Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the Indianapolis Grand Prix:
POINTS SCORING FINISH FROM ENEA IN INDIANAPOLIS. DETERMINED RACE FOR NICCOLO'
The Indianapolis Grand Prix saw the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 duo, formed by Enea Bastianini and Niccolò Antonelli, scoring an eleventh and an eighteenth place, respectively.
Started very well from the sixth row, after only 4 laps Bastianini took the lead in the second group of riders, in eighth place, but on lap six he went wide on the last corner, losing ground and rejoining the track back in 17th. The 16-year-old from Rimini has not, however, lost his nerve and recovered six positions setting very good laptimes, reaching and overtaking with six laps to go rivals Jorge Navarro and Karel Hanika.
His teammate, Niccolò Antonelli, produced a determined performance: despite the fractured right collarbone, operated only two weeks ago, the 18-year-old Italian rider stood in 15th position for most of the race, until a normal fatigue caused him to slow down and cross the finish line outside the points in 18th position.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (18th)
“I’m happy with my race: I started with calm and after a while I saw that I was recovering positions; the bike was working well and I could keep a good pace. This, however, is a very tiring track, and already this morning during the Warm Up I felt tired. After only 8 or 9 laps I was really tired. I tried to hold on, but at a certain point I had to give up, I lacked the strength in my arms and it was no longer possible to maintain that pace. In a week time there will be Brno, a track less demanding physically where I want to attack!”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (11°)
“On the sixth lap, when I was entering the last corner, I lost the front and I was forced to go wide. Luckily, using the rear brake I managed to get back on track and resume the race. Unfortunately, in the last few races there is always something that prevents us from being at the top. This is disappointing, but I can be satisfied because later on I was able to keep a good pace and in the end I was also catching the leading group. For the future it will be necessary to do better qualifications, in order to start in a more advanced position on the grid, because otherwise it becomes difficult to recover”.
“Unfortunately, Enea lost time going off the track on the sixth lap, even though later he managed to recover very well, coming very close to catch again the leading group. Too bad, because if he had been with them, he could play his cards to get a very important result. It's part of the game, although in the recent races there is always something that prevents us to score good results, and obviously this is disappointing because the potential is very high. Niccolò was very tired and without strength at the end of the race: congratulations to him, because it was not easy to race with that collarbone injury”.
Four points for Danny Kent and bad luck for Niklas Ajo
Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider takes twelfth place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Niklas Ajo fails to complete the race after collision at the start.
A tough and intense Moto3 race took place at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. The Husqvarna riders had mixed fortunes in the contest. Whilst Danny Kent was able to cross the finish line in twelfth place after gaining five positions in the race, the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider was hit by another rider on the opening lap and was unable to recover fully, concluding the contest prematurely after a crash.
Danny Kent made a good start and gained three places on the opening lap. Starting from the 17th spot on the grid, the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider saw the group ahead of him breaking away. The Briton tried to make up ground, overtaking a number of riders along the way. He finished the Indianapolis GP in twelfth place, part of the second group and just 4.4 seconds behind the winner, Efren Vazquez.
Niklas Ajo returned to Grand Prix participation following an injury but, after an excellent start that placed him seventh on the opening corners, contact from a rival at Turn 4 disrupted his plans. The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider received a heavy blow to his left leg and was forced to go onto the grass. Despite that, and despite feeling very tender afterwards, the Finn continued until a mistake with 14 laps to go saw him crash out.
The Moto3 World Championship gathers pace once again, and the series continues next weekend with the Czech Republic Grand Prix. Danny Kent will head to Brno in twelfth place in the overall standings –with 50 points– whilst Niklas Ajo is fifteenth with 35 points.
”We knew the race would be very difficult because yesterday we didn’t have a good qualifying session and we started from 17th. In the early stages I lost a lot of time to the first group –maybe as much as eight seconds. Later I could start riding at my own pace and I closed the gap to four seconds. We had the pace to be up at the front, but the problem was that my start wasn’t great. At least we’ve learned something this weekend: I need to have a good qualifying session. If we do this, then we are able to be up at the front.”
”Before the race everything was going great. This morning we made a few changes to the bike, with which we improved a lot. We set very good times with used tyres, so we had a good feeling for the race. The start was very good and we moved up many positions. After the fourth turn, another rider clipped me from the outside and went down. I stayed up, but I had to change course a lot and suffered a pain in my left leg from the collision. I tried to ride as well as I could, but it was very difficult. When you have a leg strain you can’t do anything. Then I made a small mistake that I could not save and I could not continue. It’s a pity. The riders at the front were very fast and I think I could have been up there. But that’s racing. Now we have to focus on the next race.”
Rins fifth and Marquez sixth at Indianapolis
After fighting for the top positions throughout the race, Repsol riders unfortunate not to podium at The Brickyard.
Alex Rins and Alex Marquez both had strong performances today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but were unlucky on the last lap of the race. After fighting for the top positions throughout the 23 laps, the duo finally had to settle for fifth (Rins) and sixth (Marquez).
The race was typical of the Moto3 class, with a large leading group of 10 riders who looked to conserve their tyres and put themselves in the best possible position for the final lap. Along with the two Repsol riders, Miller, Guevara, Vazquez, Fenati, Binder and Masbou were amongst those looking to break away.
On the last lap the overtaking began and Rins and Marquez ‒hampered by other riders‒ were unable to reach the finish line in podium positions. Victory today went to their fellow Spaniard, Efren Vazquez.
After this result, Marquez is third overall and 25 points behind series leader Jack Miller. Rins is fifth, 40 points off the top.
Alex Rins 5th at 0.719 sec.
"I'm happy, but obviously I would liked to have finished higher up the order. After how the weekend went, this is not a bad result and I have to thank the team; they helped me a lot and I was able to get up into the front group. I started from far back, but I started well. I even thought that perhaps I had jumped the start. It wasn’t too hard to get to the front group and from that moment on I started to think about where I could overtake and where I needed to wait. In the end I was a bit hasty, passing Miller on the fast corner of the final lap. He passed me back and I couldn’t retake the position. I'm happy with the end result, because in this category and when you are part of a group like that, you can just as easily win as finish tenth".
Alex Marquez 6th at 1.013 sec.
"I think we've had a good weekend and in the race we were fighting at all times for the podium and the victory. That’s what matters. We’ve lost points to Miller; our goal was to finish ahead of him and we didn’t quite manage it. In preparation for the upcoming races we have to be more careful, because I made mistakes that I cannot afford to repeat, and what we have to do is keep working in this way. I think if we continue like this then the results will come, as happened at Montmelo and Assen".
Hafiq Azmi battles in Indianapolis Grand Prix race
SIC-Ajo Team rider finishes in 24th place, in an intense race for his debut at the American circuit.
08/10/2014 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Hafiq Azmi managed to finish his eighth Moto3 World Championship race today, at a circuit where he was riding for the first time: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After starting from the eleventh row in 31st position, the Malaysian rider managed to finish the race in 24th place, after making several passes and taking advantage of crashes for his rivals.
With a dry track and a temperature of 33°C on track, the SIC-Ajo Team rider made a great start and gained three positions off the line. On the third lap, the young Malaysian set his best lap time of the weekend with a 1:42.876. Nevertheless, he still could not catch the group ahead of him and took the chequered flag in 24th.
The next round of the Moto3 World Championship will take place next weekend in the Czech Republic, at Brno. Hafiq Azmi has already raced there several times in a promotional cup competition.
38 HAFIQ AZMI
"Today's race at Indianapolis was quite difficult for me. My start wasn’t bad, and I could stay with the group for a few laps, but I did not quite find the right pace and was not entirely comfortable, so I could not follow them. Gradually the gap opened up to them and I had to ride almost by myself until the end of the race. I hope to achieve a better result at the next race."
Moto3 - Race to forget for San Carlo Team Italia at Indianapolis
Andrea Locatelli finishes in 25th place; Matteo Ferrari crashes out early in the race
It was a disappointing return to action for San Carlo Team Italia at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In Round tenth of the season, that saw Efren Vazquez (Honda) on the top of the Moto3 podium for the first time in career, federal riders Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) and Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3) haven’t had any luck. Both starting from tenth row, one finished in 25th place while the second crashed out, without consequences, in the early stages of the race. San Carlo Team Italia Moto3 will have the opportunity to take revenge at Brno Automotodrom, in Czech Republic, where Round 11 of the World Championship will be held in a few days.
Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) 25th
"We knew we were going to face a tough race and unfortunately that was exactly the case. Apart for the weekend’s opening day when we have been fast on a damp track, we have always struggled. We tried everything, even taking a bet with tyres’ choice, but we didn’t get the result we were hoping for. We’ll be back in action in a few days and even if I’ve never rode at Brno I’ll do my best to take my revenge".
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) DNF
"I was confident to arrive in the points despite having struggled in practices. We changed tyres on the grid, going for a hard front and a medium rear, thinking it was the right solution for a comeback race. I felt good and I was finding the right pace to recover a few positions but unfortunately I went down. We’ll re-start from Brno aiming to get back to the levels of the last races".
Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"We knew we were going to face a complicate weekend and unfortunately we have not been able to repeat the good performance of Sachsenring. We’ll work to go back to the competitiveness’ level we showed in the last races in order to give our riders the possibility to demonstrate their value. I’m confident we’ll do better at Brno".
Podium for Jack Miller increases series lead
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes third position at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in an intense race. Hanika, thirteenth, scores three points for the World Championship standings.
Up to 10 riders fought for victory on the 23-lap Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. Jack Miller managed his tyre strategy well to cross the finish line in third position and increase his lead in the Moto3 overall standings to 21 points. His teammate, Karel Hanika, returned to points-scoring ways into the points after placing thirteenth.
An excellent start for Jack Miller from pole position saw him push hard to lead the first three laps. After observing that the characteristics of the circuit would prevent an escape from the group, the Australian preferred to allow someone else to take the initiative and follow in the front group –consisting of between 7 and 10 riders. Miller fought for the win, but it was on the last lap where he took a place on the podium.
Karel Hanika had a clear goal for Sunday, wanting to finish the race after two consecutive DNFs. The Czech rider was part of the second group, involved in the fight for eighth place in the first half of the race until his tyres went off, forcing him to slow down and secure a position that would allow him to take further points for his tally. Hanika eventually placed thirteenth.
After 10 races, the Moto3 World Championship is led by Jack Miller with 158 points, 21 more than Efren Vazquez, winner of today’s race. Hanika’s three points today put him in seventeenth position. The rookie of the Red Bull KTM Ajo team will have a home GP next weekend, as the series heads to the Czech Republic.
”I’m very happy. We’ve managed to score points that allow us to continue leading the World Championship. We finished the race without making stupid mistakes and I’m very happy about that. We have a good advantage over those behind us and that’s good for us, but now we need to focus on Brno, where I think the bike will be much better suited to the track than here at Indianapolis. We knew the weekend was going to be a struggle, but at Brno think we have another good opportunity, so I’m already looking forward to next weekend.”
”The race started very well. I was able to hold my position at the beginning. There were some great battles, a bit of contact with another rider which was completely fair. Then I lost some positions because I couldn’t get a good feeling. I had a little slide that I saved and I also rode at the head of my group, in which we had 3 or 4 riders. We set some very good times. In 15 laps we were close to catching the front group and in the end we almost did it. We were just two seconds behind them. On the last six laps the tyres were already degraded. In the end I think we had a good race, we took some valuable points and now I’m looking forward to my home round.”
Scott Deroue and Ana Carrasco bounce back in Indy race
With a lightning start and a good fight Scott Deroue showed that he is a true racer. After moving up from 30th on the grid to 20th after the first lap, the Dutch rookie finished the Moto3 race in Indianapolis in 23rd. His team mate Ana Carrasco finished in 26th.
Deroue and Carrasco had to start the race at the famous Brickyard from the back of the field. RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen called the both of them to account for that. “Today was 100% better”, Janssen complimented his riders. “Already in warmup both Scott and Ana did a good job and continued doing so in the race. Scott in particular has shown resilience and positive progression. All in all the weekend has given us enough to elaborate on to make sure he can do this in every session and not only because we got mad at him.”
Deroue took off like a rocket and had moved up to 20th by the end of the first lap. He could keep up with the group well, but lost a few spots after making a slight mistake halfway through the race. In the second half of the race Deroue was 22nd and riding in a group with Granado, Sissis, Viñales and Schouten. Three laps to the end he made another mistake and ran wide, finishing 23rd.
Ana Carrasco moved up to 26th from the start, lost some places again but fought back in a fierce duel with Locatelli.
Scott Deroue – 23 (+36,525)
“Jarno and I had a good talk yesterday evening and I showed in warmup and in the race that I can do it. I realize that I could have been fighting for points if I had been further up the front of the grid; taking off from 30th isn’t good enough. My start was excellent and the first seven, eight laps were very good. After that I made a few unfortunate mistakes and I lost some ground I couldn’t make up anymore. The result isn’t bad at all, but I think I could have been 17 or 18th. There still is a lot to learn and space for improvement. I know what to do.”
Ana Carrasco – 26 (+52,806)
“The race was not too bad. My start was okay and I gained some positions. But it was difficult to hang in there. Me and the bike are not the best of friends. From the beginning of the season I don’t feel 100% confident and it is difficult to get over that. Adapting your riding style to the bike means you have to think about every move you make as you have to ride differently than is in your system. There is progression for sure, just not enough to be really satisfied.”
Classy Kallio dominates Indy Moto2 round
Indianapolis, USA – 10 August 2014: Marc VDS Racing Team rider Mika Kallio strengthened his Moto2 World Championship challenge with a majestic victory in a restarted race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Kallio had rocketed into a lead of over two seconds from pole position with some blisteringly fast early laps when the race was red flagged on safety grounds after a four-rider incident.
The unflappable Finn wasn’t to be denied and he demolished the field again in the 16-lap restart with a vital third win of 2014 cutting teammate Tito Rabat’s lead to just seven-points heading to Brno next weekend.
Battered and bruised from a heavy qualifying crash, it was a lack of rear edge grip that hindered Rabat the most, as the Spaniard slipped back from second to fourth at the chequered flag.
Jorge Navarro gave a fantastic account of himself on an unforgettable Marc VDS Racing Team debut in the 23-lap Moto3 race.
Starting from the second row after the best ever qualifying performance by a Marc VDS rider in Moto3, the 18-year-old Spaniard finished 14th and spent almost half of the race in contention for the top 10.
Mika Kallio // Race Winner
“The first two laps of the first race were incredible and I felt immediately really confident and fast on fresh tyres. For the second race we decided to keep the same tyres and I didn’t have the same good feeling. I still managed to open up a gap but I was pushing on the limit and the gap to second remained the same, so it was impossible for me to pull away. I just concentrated on keeping the gap to just over a second and it is a great feeling to win from pole position and be in control of the race from start to finish. It is a big result for the Championship and now we go to Brno where I won last year with a lot of confidence.”
Tito Rabat // 4th
“Fourth is not the result I was expecting and I had a lot of problems in the race. Once the rear tyre started to wear on the edge I couldn’t keep my corner speed and I was sliding much more than normal and losing a lot of time. All I can do is try and bounce back in Brno and try and get back to the top step of the podium. Mika is riding very strong and he is close in the Championship but we still have eight races to go.”
Jorge Navarro // 14th
“My target coming into this weekend was to finish the race and gain as much as experience as possible, so to score two-points and be fighting for the top 10 makes me incredibly happy. I think I could have made a better result but two important mistakes compromised my race a little. But for my first race with the team and everything being so new like the Kalex-KTM package and the track, I have to be satisfied with my performance. The biggest thing I learned was the first laps are very important and you have to push at your maximum right from the start. And you can’t commit any mistakes at this level because you get punished. I am very happy to get this opportunity from Marc VDS Racing and after such a positive start I can’t wait for Brno next weekend.”
Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal
“After a difficult start on Friday, Mika and his crew did a phenomenal job to get the pole position and victory double. Mika didn’t let the red flag disturb him when he already had a big lead and he showed his class and experience by managing the lead to take a win that really boosts his title challenge. It is a shame Tito couldn’t keep second so we could celebrate a 1-2 but he clearly had some grip issues that we will analyse on the data. The Championship is certainly interesting now and it is all set up for an exciting final eight races for the Marc VDS Racing team. I can’t speak highly enough of Jorge’s performance. He didn’t know the team, the bike or the track, so to qualify inside the top six and score points fully justified the opportunity we gave him. I am now looking forward to his progress over the remainder of the season because he is a bright talent.”
Juanfran Guevara equals season-best result at Indy
MAPFRE Aspar runs with the best in Moto3 to take eighth place
As expected the Moto3 race at Indianapolis saw a group battle over the full course of its 23 laps and the crowd were treated to a wide open battle for victory that went right to the line. Miller, Fenati, Rins, Márquez, Masbou and Vázquez fought for supremacy throughout a sensational contest that eventually saw the experienced Vázquez finally score the first win of his career ahead of Fenati and Miller, who completed the podium.
Juanfran Guevara pushed aside any bad memories from his first visit to this circuit last season, the MAPFRE Aspar youngster producing his best performance of the season so far and equalling his best result from Mugello. After qualifying in an impressive fifth place the Spanish rider did a great job to hold his position in the early stages of a typically combative race, learning from the best in the class on his way to making it back-to-back top ten finishes in eighth place.
8th Juanfran Guevara: “We have done a good job here since Friday and after qualifying so well yesterday I felt confident. Unlike Mugello, where we made use of the slipstreams, we set our own pace here and I was able to fight with the best riders in the championship, so I learnt a lot. I fought hard in every corner and improved in braking, which I needed to do. We have taken a big step forward this weekend, we know we can run at the front now and it is not crazy to start thinking about the podium. I worked hard over the summer break to improve my concentration and mental strength, which allowed me to be more aggressive today. We leave here happy because we have improved and we have room for more improvement in the future.”
Jordi Torres fights against misfortune to claim twelfth
After being hit by another rider early in the race the MAPFRE Aspar rider also overcomes tyre problems to take points at Indianapolis
The Moto2 race at Indianapolis was halted before three laps had been completed today, with Mattia Pasini coming off worse from a multiple crash. Luckily the Italian escaped without major injury and the grid was reformed for a 16-lap sprint race, with Mika Kallio repeating his start to leave his rivals trailing. Behind the Finn there was an interesting battle for the remaining podium positions, with Dominique Aegerter and Maverick Viñales overcoming the series leader Tito Rabat to secure the remaining silverware and champagne.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jordi Torres had an eventful race that saw him make a strong start only to be almost taken out by another rider. The Spaniard kept upright and maintained his composure to build a comeback that was only thwarted by rear tyre trouble seemingly caused by the red flag and subsequent restart. Despite that Jordi managed to pick up points in twelfth place, his team-mate Nico Terol also struggling for grip as he battled to 21st.
12th Jordi Torres: “It was strange to have to start the race twice today. I got a good start the first time but I wasn't decisive enough after that and lost some positions. I started even better the second time and tried to be more aggressive but another rider almost knocked me off and I lost positions again. After that I tried to get my rhythm together but it was difficult because the feeling with the bike was different. We went for the soft rear tyre, which had worked well for us all weekend, but I think it must have cooled during the restart and that changed its characteristics. I had less and less grip as the race went on and started to get some chatter from the front too. By the end the tyre had a big hole in it and it seems I was lucky to even finish the race, so we have to be thankful for that and look forwards to Brno.”
21st Nico Terol: “It was a strange race with some nasty crashes and the red flag. I set a good pace in the warm-up this morning but the bike had less grip in the race for some reason – maybe it was the increase in temperature. When Folger came past I was able to set two fast laps but I was taking a lot of risks and the bike was getting so hot that it was burning my feet to the point that I had to lift them off the pegs on the straight. We made a big effort this weekend but it wasn't enough so we have to keep working. When everything clicks I will get my confidence back and everything will start to flow again.”
AGT REA Racing finish 25th at Home Race following tyre issue
AGT REA Racing finished their home race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix in 25th position, following a tyre issue during the restarted race.
The only American team in the MotoGP paddock were on the verge of a top 20 finish before Rea’s machine jumped out of first gear, instigating a collision with another rider. The incident lost AGT REA Racing too much time in order to regain a top 20 spot as Gino Rea explains:
“The race definitely didn’t go as expected. We went with the softer tyre option and it gave me extreme chatter on the entrance to all turns. I was doing my best to ride around the problem but I couldn’t get close to what I did in qualifying or even in the warm up in lower temperatures. My bike jumped out of 1st gear and I was hit from behind which bent the exhaust. I didn’t know what was wrong with the bike at first, I couldn’t lean it over on the left turns and soon realised the exhaust was bent and touching the ground. That was my race over as I lost so much time after the incident. I was close to pitting in but just stayed out there to finish the race. Of course I’m disappointed because yesterday I knew I had the pace to be in the points battle. But the bike today didn’t allow me. It was good this weekend to close the gap to the leaders so I hope to continue that in Brno next week.”
Dave Peterson, Team Principal:
“All in all a great first experience at this incredible venue. It was American Green Technology’s home race and we welcomed dignitaries from far and wide. Indy is such an iconic place, my team were in awe the entire time, we even kissed the bricks! Although it’s not the result I would have wished for, we are learning with every free practice and race, and we look forward to a better result at Brno”.
AGT REA Racing now make a swift return to Europe for the next race at Brno, Czech Republic on August 17th.
SIMEON CRASHES OUT OF INDY GP. BALDASSARRI TAKES HARD FOUGHT 17th
The second round on American soil of the 2014 Moto2 World Championship saw the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 leaving the US empty handed: Xavier Siméon has infact been forced to retire following a crash on lap four of the Indianapolis Grand Prix, while Lorenzo Baldassarri, despite a brilliant comeback from 32nd place on the grid to the 17th position under the chequered flag, narrowly missed out on the points.
At the second start, following the interruption of the race due to an accident involving Mattia Pasini and Randy Krummenacher, Siméon was immediately in tenth position and he was confident he can fight for a good result. In an attempt to overtake Takaaki Nakagami, hovewer, the Belgian lost the front and crashed.
The Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Team is now heading to Europe for the Czech Republic Grand Prix, round number 12 of the Championship scheduled in one week.
XAVIER SIMEON (DNF)
“Too bad, I made two good starts and I was feeling very comfortable: the bike was working well thanks to a good set-up change, but unfortunately in an attempt to overtake Nakagami I lost the front and I crashed. I do not know really what to say, except that I am very disappointed. We work hard and the team is supporting me at its maximum, but often for a small mistake we pay a very high price. In this season we are proving to be competitive, but for various reasons we can’t get what we deserve. I hope that the luck will be on our side very soon”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (17°)
“All in all I'm happy with my race, because starting so far back I knew it would have been very difficult to stay out of trouble. I was calm in the early laps, then I started to recover because I was feeling good, even though I was on the limit. I needed a lot of strength to ride my bike and at a certain point I started to feel really tired. This should not happen, but I started to make mistakes and I lost the front, as happened at the Sachsenring, so at that point I decided to bring home the result without risking too much”.
“Unfortunately here in Indianapolis we have experienced a disastrous weekend: Siméon was not able to see the finish line and the disappointment is so great, because we had high expectations after the long summer break, but again we go home without collecting points. Baldassarri rode very well, making a nice comeback and giving up only in the latter part of the race, since he came close to a crash: starting so far back we knew it would have been difficult to finish in the points, but Lorenzo was nevertheless good to get close to it”.
Unlucky race for Pasini, with Corsi finishing 5th
It was a difficult race for the NGM Forward Racing Team in a red flagged interrupted race that saw Mattia Pasini involved in an incident during lap 4 at turn 10 together with Krummenacher, Shah and West. The Italian, who was initially unconscious after the crash, fortunately was able to walk away. In the incident Pasini suffered a head trauma and was taken to the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for precautionary scans, that gave a negative results.
The re-start of the shortened 16-lap race saw Simone Corsi starting from 4th position. Simone made a mistake at the end of the first braking, running off. In this way he lost the contact with the front guys. He was very good at managing the race, defending the 5th position. With todays’ result he maintains the fifth position also in the world championship with 96 points.
Simone Corsi 5th: “We were competitive today but in the first corner I ran off, losing the contact with the front group. I tried to recover but I lacked a bit of grip on the rear. Anyway I was able to defend the fifth position. It’s a pity, but we will come back stronger in Brno”.
Mattia Pasini DNF: “It was a difficult weekend. On Friday I crashed, injuring my finger, yesterday we struggled but today I had a positive feeling with the bike. I did a good start and I was close to the top 10 when I was involved in this incident at T10 on lap 4 together with other riders. I don’t know what happened. I lost the consciousness for a couple of seconds but then I could walk in the medical car. The result of the scans were negative so I look forward to race in Brno”.
Not a brilliant Saturday, to be honest, but a great Sunday to make up for it. Bad Binder qualified quite far away from pole – 19th position – but in the race, in just one lap – the first – has been able to make up ten places. Than, lap by lap, the South-African has progressed to a 5th position. For most of the race he has been able to fight for the top prices, but had to slow down a bit in the very last part, crossing the finish line 9th. Jules Danilo at the start was even more distant from the green light – he had qualified 26th. His race has been a charging one, and intense; at the end, he classified 16th, just 33 thousandth of a second off the points.
Brad Binder (39'15”014 – 9th ) “My start was great, and I have been able to make up several positions in just few laps. At a point I realized I was 5th. And not over my limit: I could keep the same pace of the fastest. Then, for some reason, we lost consistency in the performance, and I wasn't able to be as fast as before on the straights. The set up was yet excellent, so I could keep fighting: I want to stress the great job done by the team”.
Jules Danilo (39'29”408 – 16th ) “Already yesterday the bike was good, and the only issue was the top speed. So we worked on the gear ratio and in the race, even if not the fastest, we too were fast. Unfortunately, I did a bad start. Add to it that, being my pit board very close to the corner, I could not read well the indications from the box. Than, I understood that I could fight for one world point; so I pushed and overtook the rider in fifteenth place. Then I did a mistake and let him pass me... bye bye to my point. Anyway, believe me: I'm more than happy.
Josè Manuel Ruiz Gomez (Technical Director): “Last night we changed the weight distribution, ad this has been a big step ahead – in the Sunday morning warm-up Brad was able to brake ten meters deeper and, considering that he's a hard breaker, we had a good reason to hope in a good race. To be honest, he has been even faster: his first lap has been a masterpiece. For a while, we thought that a podium could be within reach, but this track has a very long straight that cannot still be considered a supporter of us. But when we can go fast through the corners, we have good cards to play”.
Schrotter and Cardus turn around a tricky weekend in Indianapolis.
Tech3 Racing Team rider Marcel Schrotter bounced back from a tough qualifying from 24th on the grid to climb up to 14th at the 4170 metre world famous Indianapolis circuit. The young German undertook a solid start and had recovered five places up to 19th by the time the red flag was issued after a crash from another rider caused the race to be briefly suspended with the laps cut back to 16 at the restart. When the race resumed, Schrotter kept 19th position and as time progressed he advanced place after place, locked in a battle with seven other Moto2 riders while exchanging some memorable moves aboard the Mistral 610 to expertly ascend up to 15th position on lap ten,then forcing his way through to 14th with three laps remaining. By this point he had made up ten positions from his starting grid point and concluded a tough round 10 gathering more valuable World Championship points.
Meanwhile, Ricky Cardus completed round 10 of the Moto2 World Championship with a resolute ride to a hard fought finish in 15th. He began the Indianapolis GP from 26th on the grid and undertook a rocket start to seize 19th position by the beginning of the second lap. The Spaniard remarkably moved back into a points scoring position on the 3rd lap before the red flag came out. At the restart Cardus redid his initial work to clinch 15th again by the end of the first lap and continued to fight his way though the mid pack of the fiercely competitive intermediate class setting his fastest lap of the race on the 3rd. By the 7th lap, the Spaniard found himself in 11th staying with the group as he aimed to retain this position. As the end of the race loomed closer, Cardus emerged victorious in a tough duel in the final lap to clinch 15th having superbly risen eleven places from his qualifying position.
Marcel Schrotter - Race : 14th - Championship : 12th - Points : 38
“It has been a really difficult weekend here in Indianapolis so to fly back home with a few points in our luggage is truly rewarding. Of course starting from far backdidn’t make things easier especially during the opening laps. But I managed start well twice and tried to be as aggressive as possible. I struggled a bit more in the group after the second start because as soon as you are a bit off line, the grip changes a lot and you can easily loose a couple of positions. However, as soon as I had a clear track I could push harder and quite easily catch the guys in front of me. It's kind of a pity because at the end, the gap to the big group reaching 6th was just one second away so the lost time at the beginning is a real shame. The positive is that we know where our problems lie and that there is a lot of margin to improve but nevertheless we have been still able to score some important points.”
Ricky Cardus - Race : 15th - Championship : 16th - Points : 28
“For sure this is not how I wanted to start after the summer break, where I worked hard, but unfortunately it has been a really tricky weekend and we struggled a lot during all the sessions and the more I struggled the more nervous I got. But that's no excuse as the team has worked hard to give me a better bike in each session and then finally during the race I was able to show a bit more of what we are able to do. I had a good start from the line and was battling inside the group for 6th but afterwards I made a few mistakes and risked crashing out a few times so I preferred to guarantee one point instead of finishing the weekend in the gravel. Now I'm looking forward to the next round in Brno where we will certainly be stronger.”
Herve Poncharal - team Manager
“After the summer break, where both Marcel and Ricky trained hard, we were hoping to come back a bit stronger for the first race of the second half of the season. However, for many different reasons the qualifying campaign has been a tricky one. Perhaps today luck was slightly on our side as there were a few riders who should have finished in front of our boys butthey made some mistakes, which in turn gave us a chance to be in the points, though this is racing and you need to see the finish flag. A positive aspect from this weekend was that we were only five seconds from 6th position which is not too far and certainly encouraging plus we were with the riders who eventually finished in 6th and 7th at the beginning of the race, but unfortunately we lacked two tenths per lap to stay with them. Overall, I am pleased that we managed to finish in the points and I really want to say thank you to both Marcel and Ricky for pushing as well as never giving up. I'm confident that we can do much better next week as our potential is higher.”