2014 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 after Sunday's thrilling races at Phillip Island:


ANTONELLI DETERMINEDLY DUELS TO FINISH TENTH AT PHILLIP ISLAND. BASTIANINI FORCED TO RETIRE

The Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 leaves Phillip Island with 6 points, collected by Niccolò Antonelli thanks to a tenth place finish in today's Australian Grand Prix, while Enea Bastianini was unfortunately unable to cross the finish line following a technical problem that forced him to retire on the thirteenth of the 23 scheduled laps.

Starting from the fifth row with the 13th fastest time, Antonelli maintained his position at the start and fought with determination throughout the whole race in the group of riders behind the leaders. Twelfth with three laps to go, the 18-year-old rider from Cattolica later found himself in ninth place after Fenati, Kent and Binder crashes. Fighting with Finn Niklas Ajo, Antonelli was then beaten under the checkered flag for only one thousandth of a second, closing tenth.

His teammate Enea Bastianini , who started from twentieth, showed an excellent start in which he immediately recovered six positions: the 16-year-old rookie from Rimini, who anyway was not able to chase the leading group, suffered a loss of power shortly before half distance, after which he was forced to retire on lap 13, while he was in fourteenth position.

The Team now heads to Sepang to take part at the penultimate round of the Championship, the Malaysian Grand Prix scheduled in a week time.

NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (10th)

“I’m quite satisfied with the result: we could get more today, but I didn’t start very well and as a result I found myself fighting the middle of a group of riders without the opportunity to try to catch the leaders. All in all I’m happy to have collected some other points; I’m only disappointed for that thousandth of a second: at first I thought to have beaten Ajo for ninth place at the photo finish. Now we go to Malaysia knowing that we can keep a good race pace and if we can start in a more advanced position on the grid, we can try to stay with the first group”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (DNF)

“I had a good start and my intention was to go with the leading group, but today it was not possible: I wasn’t feeling comfortable on the bike. At a certain point I started to feel a drop in engine power; after 4 or 5 laps, when I was at Turn 9 of the thirteenth lap, the power dropped down sharply and I had to stop. It's a shame, but it went like this and we can’t do anything. Now we are already looking forward to the next race in Malaysia. The good news, however, is that also my direct rivals in the Championship standings - Vinales, Kent and Binder - have not collected points today”.


Gino Rea out to start afresh in Malaysia after a challenging weekend at Phillip Island

Gino Rea came out on top of a race long battle to finish 21st at the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island on Sunday. Rea had a difficult start to the race, losing a position from his qualifying position of 27th. Three quarters of the way in, Gino found his pace and battled within a group from 27th to 21st. Rea fought his way to the front of this group, overtaking home rider Ant West on the last lap to finish 21st. It was a challenging weekend for the AGT REA Racing team however they look forward to making the journey to Sepang where Gino finished 2nd in spectacular style at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix. Rea comments on his weekend at Phillip Island:

“Position wise it’s not too bad considering we started 27th but I’m not happy with the first half of the race. After qualifying 27th we didn’t have a lot to lose so we changed the bike from warm up to race to try to improve certain areas and I just did not have the pace until the last quarter of the race. Other than position, I was in big battle and managed to pass Ant West on the last lap to come out at the front of the group. Nice to battle but we really need to sort out our qualifying so we can battle higher up. This weekend hasn’t gone smooth for us at all so I’m quite happy to get it finished and turn the page starting in a few days at the next race in Sepang. Going into Sepang, I like the circuit, it suits me a lot more than here at Phillip Island. Hopefully we can have a stronger Saturday and battle in the Top 15 like in Motegi.”

Dave Peterson, Team Principal: "We struggled all weekend, from the first practice, first lap crash, I knew it was going to be tough here. Gino isn't a huge fan of the track, the wind was up and down, temperature up and down and we could never find the right setting. So seeing him battle in the group from 27th to 21st was the highlight of the weekend. On to Sepang!"

AGT REA Racing will conclude their flyaway trip next weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang.


Guevara suffers misfortune for third consecutive race

Racing incident sees MAPFRE Aspar rider crash on Lap 10, returning to complete the race in 25th

One of the most spectacular Moto3 races this season took place today at 1pm (local time) at Phillip Island. The Australian circuit, with more clouds overhead and wind than during the rest of the weekend, saw victory for home hero Jack Miller. Álex Márquez started from pole and began dominating for most of the 23 laps of the Australian GP. The Spaniard commanded a large leading group for a significant part of the contest. There was overtaking every time a rider hit the brakes, and any distraction would lead to the loss of several positions. Márquez, Miller, Vázquez, Fenati and up to ten riders in the group were whittled down to six in the closing stages. The battle greatly slowed the pace, but the overtaking on display was worth it. Miller was in first place at the beginning of the last lap and, although Márquez and Rins attempted to pass on the home straight, the Australian took victory. Miller, Márquez and Rins, separated by just 32 thousandths of a second, made up the podium Down Under.

The tour of Asia and Oceania has been unfair to Juanfran Guevara so far. He works harder each day to improve and is in shape to battle for the podium, but luck has not been on his side. Yesterday he qualified in third position, after setting a great pace. Although at the beginning of the race he lost some positions, the MAPFRE Aspar rider kept at the back of the lead group to try to move up the order gradually. However, contact with another rider, trying to pass him in an unexpected manner at Turn 2, knocked him down on Lap 10. Guevara got back on track to complete the race in 25th position.

25th Juanfran Guevara: "At the start I tried to open up to prepare for the second corner, but I got a little stuck and other riders got past me. My strategy did not work out as I had expected, but nevertheless I stayed calm and kept in the lead group. There was a lot of chaos with everyone overtaking one another, and so we were riding at a slow pace. In the group there were several riders who had quite a fast pace, and it was difficult for them to get away. It was bad luck that one of them clipped me and I crashed. Until the crash I had learned a lot, but I am very annoyed to again end a race without a good result after having done a great job over the weekend."


Marquez finishes second and Rins third in thrilling Australian GP

Alex Marquez leads overall standings by 20 points from racewinner Jack Miller. Rins holds third position in the class, 41 points behind Marquez.

The Moto3 race held today at Phillip Island was exciting and spectacular. The three major players in this intense season –Repsol duo Alex Rins and Alex Marquez, along with Australian Jack Miller– put on a show for the fans with a great battle at the front.

The race developed, as everyone had predicted, with a large group at the head of the field. Eleven riders took their turn at the front of the pack, as numerous overtaking moves changed the order repeatedly. The group was reduced to nine by the final lap. With four laps to go, Marquez dropped to ninth, but was able to recover positions and contest the victory with Miller and Rins on the last lap. Finally the home rider emerged victorious, followed across the line by Marquez and Rins. The top three were separated by just 0.032s.

After this race 50 points remain in play, and Marquez holds a 20-point lead in the overall standings from Jack Miller. Rins is now 41 points behind his teammate. Next weekend, the penultimate round of the 2014 season takes place in Malaysia.

Alex Rins 3rd at 0.032 sec.

"It was a very difficult race with lots of overtaking, and I've learned from today. I'm not entirely satisfied with third place, because I could have done better. I knew that on the last corner we were getting swallowed up, so I tried to latch onto Miller to pass on the straight. In the end that happened to me and others got past me. Now we head to Malaysia with virtually no rest in between, and there we will go for it".

Alex Marquez 2nd at 0.029 sec.

"Today we took 20 very important points. It was a very difficult race, in which I tried to set my pace from the start. Both Rins and I were superior today in that aspect. However, with 3 laps to go I had a problem and dropped to ninth, although I was able to recover. I am satisfied with the strategy I chose; perhaps on the last lap I lacked some decisiveness, but I'm happy with the outcome and with the work of the team. We will go to Malaysia with the same mentality: To try to work as we have done here".


Miller shines at home

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Jack Miller gets the win at Phillip Island and cuts gap to leader in overall standings by 5 points. Karel Hanika, thirteenth, scores points for the second consecutive race.

10/19/2014 - Phillip Island Circuit, Australia

The Australian fans at Phillip Island were able to celebrate the victory of a fellow countryman, Jack Miller, in today’s Moto3 race. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider prevailed in a thrilling race that was decided on the very last metres. Miller’s win cuts the gap between him and the Moto3 World Championship leader to 20 points. Karel Hanika scored points on his debut at the circuit, with thirteenth place today.

Starting from the third row did not prevent Miller from going for the win in front of his home fans. The Australian gained two positions on the opening lap, and six laps later was at the head of a large first group of up to 11 riders. Throughout the 23-lap race overtaking was continuous and slipstreaming key on the home straight. It was precisely on the straight that Miller took the lead by the first corner of the final lap. He would not relinquish the spot before the chequered flag and took victory by 0.029s.

Teammate, Karel Hanika also took a good result at Phillip Island, where he made his circuit debut this weekend. The rookie passed 3 riders at the start to move within the first fifteen. Always well placed in the second group battling for twelfth place, Hanika made the most of several crashes for his rivals in the final stages of the race to finish in thirteenth position.

With two Grands Prix remaining and 50 points available, Jack Miller lies second with a total of 231 points –20 behind the leader. Hanika added 3 more points to his total today to reach 31, remaining in eighteenth. The next race comes next weekend at the Malaysian circuit of Sepang.

8 JACK MILLER

"I couldn’t be happier, after a qualifying session as difficult as yesterday’s was. It is the first time we have won –or even got on the podium– after failing to qualify on the front row. I cannot be more grateful to the team because they pushed me to do a great job all weekend and solved our problems. So I thank them, as well as KTM, for the fact that I was provided with a bike with which I could fight for the win. I am very happy and satisfied to have won, after a few races without doing so. Winning here at home, in Australia, is really special."

98 KAREL HANIKA

"The race did not go badly. We were able to grab some points, which is always important. The day did not start too well, but after the warmup we changed our mentality and in the race it seemed that everything worked properly. I felt pretty confident on the bike and I made a good start. As at Motegi, I did not make any mistake the entire race, and that's always positive. The downside is that we lost the front group because we were fighting with another rider and it was hard to overtake. In the second group there was also been a great battle.

The race was nice, I was enjoying myself until the last two laps, which I had not prepared quite so well and I could not overtake a couple of riders in my group beforehand. We could have done better, but the important thing was to finish the race, get some points and prepare for the race in Malaysia next weekend."


Third for Rabat at Phillip Island guarantees a Marc VDS World Champion

Phillip Island, Australia – 19 October 2014: Tito Rabat secured his 12th podium finish of the season at Phillip Island today, coming home in third place and ensuring that this year’s Moto2 World Champion will be a Marc VDS rider.

The 16 points for third place means that today’s race winner, Maverick Viñales, can no longer catch Rabat in the championship. The only rider that can deny the 25-year-old Spaniard his first World Championship title is his Marc VDS teammate, Mika Kallio, who finished fourth today.

It will be a big ask for the 31-year-old Finn, who now sits 41 points behind Rabat in the championship standings with just two races – at Sepang and Valencia – remaining of the 2014 season.

Today’s result also means that Marc VDS will be the first Belgian team to win a World Championship in any class in the 65-year history of Grand Prix racing. Rabat and Kallio have been one-two in the championship standings since the first round in Qatar, taking 10 race wins, 20 podium finishes and 12 pole positions between them in the 16 races so far this season.

Jorge Navarro also enjoyed success at Phillip Island aboard his Kalex-KTM, finishing today’s Moto3 race in 12th position, his best finish since joining the Marc VDS Racing Team at Indianapolis in August.

Tito Rabat // 3rd

“Today was quite difficult. Something happened in turn four; the wind direction must have changed or something because the track was a little bit colder. I was using the same braking reference, but I was going long every time, which was very strange. There were a lot of passes, a lot of movement in the race, so it was difficult. I am happy for the team today, because they have done a great job and I’ve never had the feeling before that I have here at Marc VDS, so they deserve to be team champions. Now I have just two races to try and ensure the team rider crowned as champion is the one with number 53 on his bike!”

Mika Kallio // 4th

“There’s not much to say about today. We had the chance to win today, but it didn’t happen. The extra hard tyres we are forced to use here just don’t suit my riding style. While it’s true that it’s the same for everyone, I seem to have more problems with these tyres than the other riders. Today I felt like I was riding over the limit all the time trying to catch the guys ahead, many times almost crashing because I lost rear grip. I hate these tyres; it’s as simple as that. For me, today’s race was a disaster.”

Jorge Navarro // 12th

“I’m happy with today, because we’ve worked really hard this weekend and we knew we had to make a good race after two races with zero points. The race was hard, because a lot of riders were very aggressive in the opening laps, but I decided to be a little cautious at first because it was important to finish today and I knew it was going to be a long race. In the end I managed to work my way up through the field to finish 12th, my best result in the World Championship. Now we need to keep working and finish the season in the best way we can.”

Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal

“It was pretty obvious that all the riders were struggling for grip today, as I don’t think I’ve seen so many mistakes from the leading group before. It would have been easy for Tito or Mika to make a mistake that put them out of the race, but they both rode intelligently to score important points. Third place for Tito means that only Mika can catch him in the championship now, so Marc VDS will be Moto2 World Champions at the end of the season. It’s the first time a Belgian team has won a Grand Prix World Championship, which, as a Belgian, makes me very proud. I suspect our President, Marc van der Straten, will also be very proud of what his team has achieved, and rightly so. But, while we’re a Belgian team, we count amongst our number many different nationalities and, to them, I’d like to say thank you for all their hard work and dedication this season. Now we just need to see which of our two riders will be crowned 2014 Moto2 World Champion and the end of the season.”


Niklas Ajo returns to Top 10 at Phillip Island

Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider climbs 10 places and takes ninth place at the Australian Grand Prix. Danny Kent suffers a crash with just two laps remaining when fighting for the podium, finishing 20th.

10/19/2014 - Phillip Island Circuit, Australia

Yesterday he suffered a heavy crash in the qualifying session and fractured his left little finger, but that did not stop Niklas Ajo from having one of his best races to date. The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider gained ten positions in the race to return to the top ten, placing ninth and claiming further points for his tally for the first time in four Grands Prix. Meanwhile, Danny Kent crashed with 2 laps remaining and was unable to round off a positive weekend with a strong result, crossing the line 20th.

Niklas Ajo began from nineteenth today, for a race in which he did not want to take too many risks on the early laps. Part of a large second group in the battle for twelfth place, the Finn managed to play his cards right. After 23 laps and several crashes for his rivals in the closing stages, Ajo was the first in the group to cross the finish line and took ninth.

Danny Kent gained one place off the line, moving into the top three. Watching the risky overtaking taking place at the front, the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider opted to sit back in eleventh to prepare his strategy. With 7 laps to go he returned to the front to fight for the podium, until on the penultimate lap his chances ended with a crash. He would pick his Husqvarna bike back up and remount to take the chequered flag.

The Moto3 World Championship now heads to Malaysia, where next week the first of the two races remaining in the season will take place. In the overall standings, Danny Kent remains ninth with 103 points. Niklas Ajo, with 7 points earned today, has a total of 52 and is fourteenth.

52 DANNY KENT

"Once again we have been very strong here at Phillip Island. Since Aragon we have made an important step forward by demonstrating that we can be up at the front consistently. We worked very well throughout the weekend and it was just a shame about the way it ended. In the incident, Jack [Miller] overtook me on the inside and, when I opened up slightly, I collided with Binder and crashed. It was frustrating because we were going very well and could have fought for another podium. Now we have to focus on Malaysia."

31 NIKLAS AJO

"It's been a difficult weekend after my mistake yesterday in qualifying –in which I had a bad crash. After breaking my finger and suffering pain all over my body, it was not an easy race. Besides qualifying, the rest of the weekend we had been fast and we had a good pace –but the incident relegated us to the back of the grid. We can be really happy with the final position today because we gained ten places and were able to score points. It was also important to finish the race after three DNFs. Now we have to keep working to not repeat such mistakes. It is essential that our work is consistent and that we try to get good results in practice. If we improve this and our speed, then in Malaysia we can be part of the front group."


Hafiq Azmi repeats race position in Australia

SIC-Ajo Team rider gains four positions to finish 18th –the same result he achieved in Japan.

10/19/2014 - Phillip Island Circuit, Australia

Hafiq Azmi put in another great performance today, this time at the Australian Grand Prix. The young Malaysian rider made a good comeback at the sixteenth round of the Moto3 World Championship on race day. After starting from 22nd position, he has managed to finish 18th, repeating his result from a week ago at Motegi, Japan.

The start for the SIC-Ajo Team rider was not as good as he would have liked, as going into the first corner he lost a couple of positions. Hafiq Azmi was patient during the race and, thanks to a great pace shown during the 23 laps, climbed up the order to match his second best result of the season.

After completing his ninth consecutive race in the Moto3 World Championship, Hafiq Azmi has his sights set on the next Grand Prix –to be held at his home circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, next weekend.

38 HAFIQ AZMI

"The race was tough, but I'm happy with everything I learned over the 23 laps and how comfortable I felt. I didn’t get a bad start, but I was very careful and so was overtaken by several riders. Afterwards a group was formed and we began to exchange positions. As a result, gradually we lost the front group. Later on, alongside Migno we tried to push to catch the group Hanika was in, although it was not possible in the end. I'm not happy with the final result but am pleased with the work the team did and with my KTM. I hope to be stronger at home next weekend and score some points."


Third consecutive points-scoring race for Jordi Torres

MAPFRE Aspar rider rounds off the top ten, whilst teammate Nico Terol rises nine places for eighteenth

The script that everybody had expected for the Moto2 race at Phillip Island took an unexpected twist. In accordance with the evidence given in practice, Tito Rabat was the clear favourite to win today –but the Spaniard almost finished off the podium. Far from the lonesome escapes of other rounds, today at Phillip Island the Moto2 leading group consisted of five riders (Viñales, Luthi, Rabat, Kallio and Lowes). Rabat had his first chance to become World Champion, but made several mistakes on the early laps. On the last five laps Viñales managed to benefit from uncertainty, gained the distance needed to break away and took the win. Luthi took second position and Rabat managed to close the door to his teammate and rival Kallio to complete the podium.

Eighth at Aragon, eleventh at Motegi and tenth at Phillip Island today, Jordi Torres' hard work is taking him forward in the final stretch of the season. After suffering in the first half of the year, the MAPFRE Aspar rider had set a target to improve his performances in recent races, and so far he is doing just that. Although he had a tough race in a group full of overtaking moves, Torres kept his composure to finish the race closing out the top ten and scoring six points. It was his third consecutive points-scoring finish.

The race began with a shake-up for Nico Terol, who started from twenty-third on the grid and completed the first lap four positions further back. Unlike at previous rounds, the MAPFRE Aspar rider managed to recover and looked for the pace to fight his way through the field. In the end he gained nine places for eighteenth, taking another step forward to regaining full confidence.

10th Jordi Torres: "Today I started strong and was looking forward to a good race at this track that I like so much. The bike was going very well and the team had worked to perfection, so at the beginning of the race I pushed a lot. I almost bumped into a couple of riders on the first lap, and that made me lose touch with those at the front. I was in a group in which there was a lot of fighting; no one wanted to lose position and we were getting in each other’s way. Today I needed to turn the bike in more. In the middle of the corners I was leaning over a lot but was not gaining ground, so I have to learn from this mistake for the next races. Today I suffered because of being so open when cornering. The bike responded very well under braking and had good grip in the rear, but I was not been able to turn in more during the race and that prevented me from fighting more forcefully. The positive is that, despite all this, I enjoyed riding today."

18th Nico Terol: "This morning in the warmup session, I did not feel comfortable with the wind. However in the race I had a better feeling I went out to give everything I had from the start. At the first corner I didn’t take a position well, got off-line and lost several places. I then focused on my pace and I managed to pass several riders. Seeing how the weekend had gone, I think we set a fairly consistent race pace today. The important thing is that I feel competitive again and I was able to take a step forward. Although I made some mistakes and there are things to improve, this race has helped me to gain confidence."


Grand Prix of Australia

Phillip Island, October 19th, 2014

Race

Great race by Brad Binder until a few kilometers to the end, when he and a rival rider collided. Both crashed. The South African has been able to re-join the race, but the fight for the podium – which before the contact was at his fingertips – was obviously gone. Brad has been able to bring home one point, thus defending his tenth position in the world championship. Binder, who kicked off from 12th on grid, in just three laps had been able to overtake everyone except the leader, and from that moment on has always been in contention for the podium. Until the crash.

Jules Danilo fought for a place in the top twenty, narrowly missing it.

Brad Binder (37'45”677 - 15th) “I don't know precisely what happened, but someone hit me. I was convinced we could sip a little bit of champagne, today. I had already tested my chances against the fastest, seeing I could get the upper hand... I fought hard all the race, and to end like this is really bad. I'll try my best in the next one, in Sepang, in one week's time”.

Jules Danilo (38'05”521 - 22nd) “I imagined it difficult, in a group fighting for position 21. I was constantly clocking 1'38 high,– 1'39 low, but that was not enough today. The last lap I was leading the group, but down the straight they slip-streamed past me, so I lost the 21st , but anyway what we wanted was to fight for the points. So, first of all we must understand why we struggled so much this weekend, – I think the track had a big part in it – and then hopefully in Sepang we can fight with the group in front and finishing in the points”.

Fiorenzo Caponera (Team Principal) “Great race by Brad, who unfortunately has been forced to surround at the last lap because of a collision with a rival. He has constantly been with the fastest group and fought until the end – when he crashed was third. He's, no doubt, a top-five rider”.


SIMEON BLAZES TO SECOND CONSECUTIVE TOP TEN FINISH. BALDASSARRI SCORES 2 POINTS

After the tenth place finish claimed one week ago at Motegi, Xavier Siméon collected another positive top ten finish in today’s Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island, crossing the finish line in ninth place.

Aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter machine, the 25-year-old Belgian rider lost ground in the early stages due to a mistake the, despite the strong wind, he managed to maintain a good pace, gaining positions and engaging a good fight with Torres, Morbidelli and Aegerter. The latter was then able to beat Simeon in the final sprint for only 6 milliseconds.

Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter, rookie Lorenzo Baldassarri scored his third points scoring finish of the season, after those collected in Barcelona and Assen, thanks to the 14th place: the 17-year-old Italian, started eighteenth, overtook Jonas Folger with a great last lap, thus collecting 2 points.

XAVIER SIMEON (9th)

“I’m happy with this result, even though at the beginning of the race I did a mistake, going wide and losing several positions. I was able to recover, though actually the strong wind complicated things and it was difficult to repeat the same pace we put on display yesterday. Anyway, I enjoyed a lot the fight with Aegerter, Torres and Morbidelli: we overtook each other so many times! I'm just a little disappointed for having lose the eighth place to the finish line for just 6 thousandths of a second. Like we did in Japan, we hit the top ten again: now we have under our belt two good races that give us great confidence after a negative period”.

LORENZO BALDASSARRI (14th)

“I’m very happy! Before the race I was confident and I knew that a points scoring finish was a reasonable target, but in the beginning of the race I struggled to be fast, losing time in the fight with other riders and still suffering understeer issues going into fast corners, also because of the strong wind. Later on also the rear grip started to drop down, but towards the end of the race I was able to change my way of riding and I was able to manage the bike in a better way. Therefore I reached the group of riders in front of me and on the very last lap and I also passed Folger, setting my fastest lap time of the race”.


Schrotter storms to personal best finish at Phillip Island

Marcel Schrotter surged to a fantastic 7th position in round 16 of the Moto2 World Championship at Phillip Island today, to seize his best ever result in the Moto2 class aboard the Mistral 610. The young German began the 25 lap dash around the 4448 meter circuit from 10th on the grid, having brilliantly completed the morning warm up in 3rd place, leaving him fully confident of a charge to the top ten. As the lights flicked to green, he lunged forward immediately to complete the first lap in 7th having aggressively overtaken three additional riders. From here, the 21 year old ran behind the leading group and then became involved in the fight for 4th. Several laps later, Schrotter was locked in a fierce battle with Johann Zarco and Sandro Cortese as he fought for 6th position which continued for the rest of the 25 lap long race. The young German remained in the hunt and fought mercilessly right until the finish flag before eventually clinching an expertly executed 7th, which was only 0.080 behind 6th place. His superb performance today marks a fantastic close to a strong weekend as he was just 11.777 seconds behind the leading bike in the super competitive intermediate class. The 7th place sees him elevated one place up to 11th in the championship standings and he now confidently looks towards the Malaysian race next week.

On the other hand Ricky Cardus, undertook a brave effort to end up in 16th at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix after issues with his helmet hindered his efforts to score a top ten finish. The Spanish rider began the race right behind his teammate in 11th place on the grid and as the event began, undertook a typically forward start to leap up to 8th by the close of the first lap. However, the connection of his camelback water supply broke and caused liquid to spray inside his helmet causing vision problems. Therefore, on the tenth lap Cardus had slipped back to 17th but remained determined to try and ascend up the field and get back inside the points. The Spanish rider relentlessly powered onwards throughout the 25 lap race and despite a tough effort, he eventually finished in 16th position and just outside the points. The Tech3 rider will now look towards the next race in a weeks time at Sepang where he will aim to bounce back and produce a strong performance as he targets the top ten once again.

Marcel Schrotter - Race : 7th - Championship : 11th - Points : 66

“It goes without saying that I am really happy to have ridden to my best ever position today at Phillip Island. I had a strong start and managed to climb up a few positions even though it could have been better as I didn’t choose the best line in the first couple of corners. However, I closed the gap to the leading group right away and I knew that I was able to run at their pace. Yet, Zarco held me up a little bit as I struggled in trying to get past him because he was very strong on the brakes. Then once I got through, I was hit by a sudden gust of wind so he got back past me along with Cortese. At this stage of the race, the three of us basically had our own GP with the lap times not being the most critical factor. I could follow Cortese quite comfortably, but he had a very fast bike and I wasn’t able to pass him out of the slip steam, so I made my move on the last downhill right corner. However, the gap I made was unfortunately not big enough for me to meet the finish line in 6th so he retook the place from me right at the chequered flag. Of course, this leaves me with a slightly bitter taste in my mouth as I lost out to my compatriot, yet I did gain one position in the championship and finished just over ten seconds from the leader which is our best result so far this year. Therefore I am very pleased with the whole weekend and look forward to continuing this form in Malaysia.”

Ricky Cardus - Race : 16th - Championship : 20th - Points : 37

“Unfortunately today was a very difficult race for me in Australia. In all honesty, I feel that I made an error in choosing to ask the team to drill holes in the fairing in order to combat the wind, which was quite strong today. This slowed me down a lot on the straight and many riders managed to pass me. Yet, my biggest concern was vision problems, as the connection of my camelback inside my helmet broke in the middle of the race and I wasn’t able to see anything on the straight. Therefore, I got a bit nervous and struggled enormously to find the right braking points and lines as there was a lot of water inside my helmet which really hindered my progress. Nevertheless, there are still positives for the weekend as we had a good pace during all the sessions and qualified well, so we intend to repeat this performance in Sepang next week.”

Herve Poncharal - Team Manager :

“It was a great race for the Tech3 Racing Team in Australia thanks to Marcel’s performance. Throughout the whole weekend he was very strong, just like in Japan, although this time he didn’t make any mistakes in the race and managed to score his best ever result in the Moto2 World Championship. He had a great start, a strong rhythm and the battle between Marcel, Cortese and Zarco at the beginning was very competitive. In addition, he managed to run with the front group for the first few laps so of course, he will have learnt a lot. I am very happy and proud to see him clinch his 7th place finish with the Tech3 Racing Team on the Mistral 610. So I must say thank you as well as congratulations to him and the team. On the other side of the garage, we expected a lot from Ricky today as he had a good, firm qualifying just like Marcel and then took a strong start. However, he was unfortunate to suffer with the problems that he had with his helmet as well as loosing speed due to the holes in the fairing which he chose to have. Hopefully he will remember the positives from this weekend and come back stronger than ever in Malaysia next week where we hope to see his full potential.”


CAREER BEST FIFTH PLACE FOR LOWES IN AUSTRALIA

Sam Lowes achieved a career best result in today’s Moto2 race at Phillip Island, crossing the line in an impressive fifth place.

The Brit ran top ten times throughout the weekend and qualified on the third row in seventh place for Sunday's race.

Making a strong start, Lowes latched on to the back of the leading five riders and comfortably ran in the top four for a large part of the race. Unfortunately his front tyre dropped off in the closing stages with the 24-year-old nearly losing the front on numerous occasions. He eventually crossed the line in a respectable fifth place, his best ever result in Moto2, over six seconds head of Sandro Cortese in sixth.

Sam Lowes: “I’m really pleased with today’s result, we ran at the front and I felt really confident of getting on the podium but in the last three laps we struggled with the front tyre and nearly lost the front. Fifth is a mega result, my best in Moto2, and I’m really happy with how things have gone with the team in the last few races. Things are starting to look up so we should be able to finish the season on a high, hopefully on the podium!"

Lowes will be back in action for Round 17 of the Moto2 World Championship in Malaysia next weekend.


Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia wrap up a difficult weekend

Locatelli crashes out early in the race, Ferrari finishes in 24th place at Phillip Island.

In the big day of home hero Jack Miller (KTM) who won the race and kept his title’s chances open, San Carlo Team Italia have not achieved the kind of results they would have hoped for at Phillip Island.

Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3), starting from row eleventh after difficult practices and a nasty crash on Friday, worked hard to move back through the pack and crossed the finish line in 24th positions.

The race of Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) has been compromised by an early crash leaving him understandably disappointed with such an end to his first weekend at the Australian track.

Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) 24th

"After experiencing a lot of difficulties in the practices we decided to completely change the bike’s setup for the warm-up this morning. As normal in these cases we have got some positives and some negatives but overall my feeling with bike improved and later in the race I was able to make up ground on the guys ahead of me. Now we just want to leave behind us this difficult weekend, hoping to do better in Malaysia. We’ll continue to work hard to close this season in a high".

Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) DNF

"After our positive practices I was quite confident we could have had a not-so-bad race today but unfortunately I crashed out of the race in turn 2 on the second lap. I have a sore left shoulder but luckily no injuries have been diagnosed. I’m ready to make amends in Malaysia and to put into practice what positive we have found out here in Phillip Island".

Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)

"Andrea has done well in practice but he crashed out of the race on second lap. After a massive crash on Friday Matteo step by step has restored his confidence with his bike after finding a better setup both for his riding style and his Mahindra’s characteristics. He hasn’t had an easy race but he didn’t give up demonstrating his determination and his undeniable riding skills".


Also the race full of contrasts for Scott Deroue

Not only the Phillip Island circuit but also the Moto3 race of the Australian GP was packed with contrasts for Scott Deroue. After an excellent first half of the race Deroue messed up in the second part, seeing him finish in 23rd position.

Once again there could have been more in it. Deroue made a great start from 28th position on the grid to 22nd. Soon he was in a group of four with Luca Grünwald, Andrea Migno and Hafiq Azmi, running low 1.38’s and even a 1.37 lap time.

As the race continued Azmi and Migno managed to drop a small gap to Grünwald and Deroue, who were tangled up in a fierce duel. When in lap 14 the German came out of the duel as the winner, Deroue surrendered.

It looked as if Deroue had spilled his energy and fighting spirit. The others were not faster, it was Deroue who dropped back and lost 2 seconds per lap. In lap 16 he already had lost 5 seconds to Grünwald, giving Philipp Oettl and Jules Danilo the chance to close in from behind. In lap 20, with three laps to go, the pair had caught Deroue.

Scott Deroue – 23 (+40,514)

“The start was almost perfect and I was in a good group, running a good pace. I came on my own after I had to let Grünwald go and it became a struggle. A group pulls you through the hard parts of the track. I was fighting myself more than anything else. But even then a decline of 2 seconds per lap is way too much. I have to keep working on that, to make it easier for myself to get through the whole race. I could have been fighting for 17th and maybe even for points if I didn’t have to forfeit my chances.”


Round Number: 
16
2014

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