Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after yesterday's races at Brno:
Hard fought fifth for Jorge Navarro
In an eventful Czech GP, Navarro places in Top 5 and Quartararo DNF's after being hit by another rider. Herrera takes twenty-third.
Jorge Navarro was again fighting for the podium until the last moment at the Czech GP, finally crossing the finish line fifth in a large group of eleven riders. Teammate Fabio Quartararo was hit by a rival rider and, even though he got back on track, after a few laps he was forced to bring his bike back to the garage. Maria Herrera, at a circuit where she has not felt comfortable all weekend, finished twenty-third and continues to accumulate experience at new tracks in her rookie season.
There was an accident-filled start to the Moto3 race, with an incident involving several riders on the opening lap leading to Race Direction displaying the red flag. The race resumed with a sprint format of 12 laps, which brought mixed luck for the Repsol riders. Navarro, who got up to the front on the first lap after the restart, remained in the podium battle for the whole race –and was only denied a rostrum by the typical late overtaking in Moto3.
Quartararo's race ended before it truly got underway. The Repsol rider was hit by home competitor Karel Hanika during the second lap and, although he remounted, damage to his bike forced him to retire three laps later.
Maria Herrera, who started from the thirty-first position on the grid, placed 23rd at a track which had been unknown to her before this weekend –and where she never felt particularly comfortable.
The Moto3 World Championship returns to action in two weeks in Great Britain.
Fabio Quartararo not classified
"In the early stages of the race the feeling was good. I did not want to rush to get to the front and kept calm, knowing that when there were 7 or 8 laps remaining I would have to get into the top positions. That was my strategy, but it failed to go through because someone hit me from behind. I wanted to continue, but when I did three more laps I saw that it was almost impossible to ride because the handlebars had moved and the brake and footrest were broken."
Jorge Navarro 5th at 0.560 sec.
"It was a very tight race. We had done a great job since Friday to get ready for today. At times I was set back by incidents with other riders, but I did my best and I was up in front with the fastest riders. Races like these are all about scraping fairings in the group, and this has allowed me to gain a lot of experience, so that I keep learning. Fifth position feels good and we continue our progression."
María Herrera 23rd at 16.927 sec.
"The first start was pretty good and I came up to my teammate. It's too bad they had to stop the race after that. The second start was also good, but then the Grand Prix got tough. I had some touches from other riders and I could not find any slipstream or put myself in any large group, so I had to fight as best I could. This circuit has been difficult for me throughout the weekend and I have to reset to get stronger at Silverstone."
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia near to top-15 at Brno
Fighting rice with alternate fortunes for Ferrari and Manzi in Czech Republic.
Young italian riders were great protagonists of daily Moto3 World Championship race at Automotodrom Brno and it gave strenght and confidence to San Carlo italia Team. Niccolò Antonelli, 2011 Italian Cahmpion 125cc with Team Italia FMI, is the winner of this “sprint” race (the race was reduced from 19 to 12 laps because of a start accident). Antonelli came before Enea Bastianini, second rider of this “Made in Italy” podium.
Cheering signals for San Carlo Italia Team riders, even if they weren’t confirmed from line placement despite all good things made during the race. Starting from 35th place, Matteo Ferrari run with better times that practices and he went back, gained 21st place.
Stefano Manzi had a very good performance and after start he was near to top-15, vying for points. The sixteen rider of Rimini fought for that important target with a constant rhytm of 2'09", but a contact with another rider downgraded Manzi at 24th place.
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) 21st
"My race performance was better than practices. Today I had a better riding feeling and also constant race times, even if I run at 2'10". Regardless the race distance shortened at only 12 laps, I hold detachment from first laps: it confirmed that we found a good starting base, due to all team job, and we are also growing up cheering progress."
Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 24th
"It was a little bit strange race with two starts but we weren’t unprepared. At second start I was in group that’s fighting for points, near to other reference Mahindra riders. I had a good feeling with my moto and I run with very competitive times but a little mistake turned me away from second head group. I was not surrendered and I tried to reach up, but only two bends far from finish line a contact with another rider send me on grit. So my last place doesn’t reflect our potential that is growing due to all job made by our team in these days. We will try again at Silverstone."
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"About our riders, this race was more balanced from last races. We had times nearer to first times and our reference group but we didn’t center our target because of many circumstances. Manzi was determinated, it had very good times and a good race rhythm. Anyway, his tenacity wasn’t prized because of an unlucky event that cost important places but this didn’t ruined his progress. Ferrari had a better race performance than practices, he run at constant time of 2'10" filled the gap that he had during two last days at Brno. Last place of both riders didn’t give us right credit but we were nearer to the rest of the group and it gave us some optimism for next races."
LEOPARD RACING DEFENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN HARD FOUGTH BRNO RACE
Due to two crashes right after the lights went out at the Brno circuit at lunch time today the race was re-started for a twelve lap’s stint in which series leader Danny Kent wasn’t able to push at his well-known level whereas team mate Efren Vazquez lost a possible rostrum finish on the line. Japanese rider Hiroki Ono was involved in one of the two accidents in which he fractured his right foot.
Otherwise than throughout the practice days weather conditions were slightly changed with less hot temperatures but a dry track after some overnight thunderstorms today. Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent and Efren Vazquez were amongst the big front group with up to ten riders, who crossed the finish line within 1.5 seconds finally. But neither five times winner this season and dominant championship leader Kent nor Vazquez were able to set the pace at the fierce end due to several reasons.
However, Vazquez put in all his experience and efforts to catch third placed Brad Binder just before the line, but he as well as Kent were lacking acceleration throughout the shortened race distance. Finally Kent was happy to collect seven crucial points as his main contender for the title Enea Bastianini finished once again in second place on the podium.
Hiroki Ono was diagnostic with a fractured fifth metatarsus to his right foot. The 22 year Japanes will go back to Barcelona for further examinations now in order to check if he will be fit in time to race in Silverstone.
After the back-to-back races in Indianapolis and Brno this weekend the Moto3™ World Championship takes a two weeks break now before heading to Great Britain for Kent’s probably most important race in front of his home fans later this month.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - 4th, World Championship position 5th (109 points):
“Well, I think fourth place isn’t a bad result because we collected 13 important points for the championship and we could reduce our gap to the guys ahead of us. But I’m a bit disappointed because we delivered a strong and consistent performance all weekend. So I expected to be able to fight for the podium more clearly. But during all these hard fought battles for positions I made two mistakes with other riders for which I lost too much time in the end. At this point I’ve to admit that we need to work more on engine side of our bike, particularly for fast circuits like this. I don’t know the reason if it’s due to the weather with this warm and hot temperatures. Anyway, it must be the main point where we need to try something for the next races, because already at Silverstone we see a super-fast layout again.”
#52 Danny KENT - 7th, World Championship position 1st (199 points):
“Of course we’re here to try to extend our championship lead every time and we lost now 21 points over Bastianini in the last two races. The main problem was the re-start today where we asked for a new soft tyre, but didn’t get. So we were forced to put in a used medium rear because of the reduced distance with just twelfth laps. Though, the soft tyre is half a second quicker than the medium compound, of course a new one. So we went into the re-started race with a used medium race and we were losing too much in acceleration. Brno in particularly is a track, which offers a lot of acceleration, mainly the last section coming up the hill. However, I was on the limit all race long, but there were too many places where I got passed as well as I had some big moments due to the sliding rear. Anyway, we got some points, we finished in seventh place and we still have a 45 points lead in the championship. But honestly I’m quite frustrated. So now I look forward to do even better at my home race in Silverstone next time.”
Stefan KIEFER (Team manager):
“Today’s results are for sure not enough for a championship leading team even though to finish with Efren in fourth and with Danny in seventh isn’t too bad. On Efren’s side it was good to gain points over his compatriots in the standings ahead of him, but for Danny it was worse because Enea Bastianini finished in second position. So we lost points over him again. Danny wasn’t able to push as much as he is used to because he was lacking some acceleration in corner exit, maybe due to the tyre. But in the end he had a clear disadvantage due to his weight in the uphill section of the track. But we look forward to future race where we’ll find tracks, which will suit him more. Unfortunately Hiroki had bad luck once again, but this time it’s worse than ever as he suffered a fractured the fifth metatarsus of his right foot but he should be fit for the Silverstone race in two weeks’ time.”
Rabat and Márquez deliver for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Brno, Czech Republic - 16 August 2015: Tito Rabat bounced back to form today at Brno to claim his sixth podium finish of the 2015 season. While the reigning Moto2 World Champion was unable to challenge for the win at the Czech Grand Prix, today saw another strong and consistent performance from the Spaniard.
Rabat started from the front row but a big slide on third lap of the race allowed Johann Zarco to open a small gap at the front that, despite his best efforts, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider was unable to close over the course of the 20-lap race. In the final stages Rabat held off a strong challenge from Álex Rins to claim second place at the chequered flag, elevating him back to second place in the championship standings, one point ahead of his compatriot.
Álex Márquez had the best race so far of his rookie Moto2 campaign, finishing an impressive fourth after starting from the third row of the grid. Márquez was confident coming into this weekend at Brno, one of his favourite circuits on the calendar, and that confidence proved well founded with a strong performance in qualifying followed by his best race result since stepping up to the Moto2 class.
Fourth place today moves the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider into the top ten in the Moto2 World Championship standings for the first time this year.
Tito Rabat: 2nd
“This weekend has been a good one for us, as we’ve improved the bike and my feeling with it a lot, but we still need to find a little more, especially on corner entry, if we are to be in a position to fight for the win once again. We’re close, so we need to continue working, but it’s good to come back to the podium again here at Brno, after such a good job from the team both here and in Indianapolis.”
Álex Márquez: 4th
"At Indy we were making steps all weekend and we knew that coming to Brno, one of my favourite tracks, that we had a good opportunity. In the first laps I lost a little bit of time passing other riders and without that maybe we could have battled with Tito. In the end I'm really happy with fourth position here, after some difficult races this season. I want to thank all the team for their work this weekend and I’m confident that this is the way we will continue for the next races. I’m still a rookie in this class, but we made a step here and now we’re ready to take the next.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"It's always a shame when you don't win the race but the incident at the start of the race, when Tito had a big slide, could easily have gone the other way. It was good to stay on both wheels but having lost nine tenths we couldn't close the gap to Zarco, who rode well today. I think that we had the same pace as him but we just couldn't get close enough to challenge for the win. Álex had a great rider today, too. Some people have questioned him but we saw at other fast tracks that he has the potential to make it, exactly as he did today. I think this was a great result for the team and, for a Team Principal, when you have a result like this you have to be happy!"
Incredible comeback by
Romano Fenati, sixth at Brno
The rider on the Sky Racing Team VR46 pulls back 16 positions thus securing some more key points.
Also Andrea Migno hits the points-zone, thirteenth after getting away from far behind
Brno, August 16, 2015. Enthralling comeback by Romano Fenati at the bwin Grand Prix České Republiky: the rider on the Sky Racing Team VR46 gets away from 22nd - due to receiving a 3-place penalty from Race Direction – and finishes in sixth pulling back 16 positions.
A mistake while backing off the throttle with one lap to go prevented the young talent from staying in the tight fight for the podium. Thanks to his brilliant performance, Romano secured some more key points thus keeping third place in the overall standings.
Also Andrea Migno finished in the points as he clinched thirteenth spot after starting from ninth row in 26th.
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
We can be happy as Romano pulled off one of those races we got used to be expecting from him. But we’ll have to analyze the whole weekend well, because we did not make a good qualifying. Too bad he let the podium finish slip, although the most important thing is that we got to fight with the leading pack. Migno put in one more outstanding race as he finished 13th and secured key points. Even in this case, though, we have to learn a lot from yesterday’s qualifying because it was not one of the best at all this season.
ROMANO FENATI / Rider
The race was a lot of fun, it’s always amusing to pass everyone from far behind. I clawed my way through the field, but most importantly I got some points. Of course it would have been way better fighting for the podium and win. I want to thank my team because they all did an awesome job, each single member gave his best, including our teammates in the pits, they helped us a lot. But it was Andrea who gave me the first jostle, so sports competition is still very high!
ANDREA MIGNO / Rider
I'm happy, also because yesterday I was convinced that we could have pulled off a comeback race, I was feeling confident, even though we were not able to fix the bike as we wanted to get away from the first rows and stay with the leading group. It was a very tough race, I suffered a bit in terms of cycling, but then the KTM engine kept running high and allowed me to catch up with my group. We were able to finish in the points and that is a good thing ahead of Silverstone and Misano GPs where we’ll have good chances to do well.
Triple points for Mahindra trio
Brno, 16 August 2015:
All three Mapfre Team Mahindra riders, Jorge Martin, Pecco Bagnaia and Juanfran Guevara, finished in the points at an abbreviated Moto3 grand prix at Brno today, the trio making a swathe of brilliant red as they rode in close formation, leading a big pack chasing the leaders round 12 laps of the sweeping 5.4-km circuit.
GP rookie Martin came out on top in 11th, just one hundredth of a second ahead of his more experienced team-mate Bagnaia; Guevara was a season-best 14th, with former Mahindra rider Andrea Migno interposing his KTM in 13th at the last gasp.
The first race of the day was cut from a scheduled 19 laps to 12, after a four-bike crash on the first lap left an injured rider by the track, and the red flags came out as he was tended by medical staff.
Martin had qualified ninth and Guevara 13th; but Bagnaia had a mountain to climb, from 27th on the grid. He took a flying start to join his team-mates. He and Martin were changing places all race long.
By that time, an ultra-close lead group had broken free. At the finish, the first nine crossed the line within less than 1.5 seconds.
The race was won by Honda’s Niccolo Antonelli, the Italian’s first victory.
The vivid red Mahindras led an equally furious pursuit group, staying in control under constant pressure, with riders entering the corners of the broad, sweeping circuit four or five abreast.
The Brno race came just one week after a chaotic rain-hit Indianapolis GP, where Martin was again the top scorer, in tenth. The next round is the British GP, at Silverstone, in a fortnight.
JORGE MARTIN – Eleventh Place
The first start was really good and I went with the front group, but then they put out the red flag. For the second start I was in a pack and it was so difficult to pass them. Finally I got to the front of the group and I was catching the front group, but other riders were attacking me, and it was impossible. My pace was good and I am improving step by step. Let’s see what I can do at Silverstone.
MUFADDAL CHOONIA – CEO, Mahindra Racing
If I were to see the weekend in totality, I guess it was a positive one. Martin had the pace and showed that he can be consistently strong. I believe he has taken one more step in growing up. A bad start let him down and he finished where he did. I also hope this result will lead to the “rediscovery” of Pecco. Finishing 12th after starting 27th is definitely a good feeling under any circumstances. And Juanfran also fought hard to finish in the points. So we go back feeling slightly better than what we did when we came here on Thursday.
DETERMINED BASTIANINI SEIZES IMPORTANT SECOND PLACE AT BRNO. BAD LUCK FOR LOCATELLI
Today’s Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno saw once again a great performance from Enea Bastianini, who seized another podium finish thanks to a determined race, ended in second place: started from the fifteenth position, the 17-year-old rider from Rimini immediately reached the leading group, battling with Navarro, Fenati, Antonelli, Binder and Oliveira. With two laps to go, a contact with another rider made him slip back to seventh place: Enea still managed to recover positions, but he had no longer the possibility to fight for the victory, obtained by Niccolò Antonelli for just 152 milliseconds.
The placement claimed in Czech Republic - the fifth podium of the year - is especially important because it allows Bastianini to recover another 11 points in the standings on championship leader Danny Kent, seventh today. Eneas now can count on 154 points, while the Brit is at 199: therefore now Enea is 45 points behind, with seven races remaining.
It was definitely a bad day instead for the other Gresini Racing Team Moto3 rider, Andrea Locatelli: the 18-year-old rider from Selvino was involved in a crash after only three corners, which didn’t allow him to restart the race after the interruption with red flag. In the fall Locatelli has fortunately remedied only a slight bruise to his left elbow.
ENEA BASTIANINI (2nd)
“This morning we made radical changes to the bike set-up, in order to find more confidence and we succeeded: I’m happy with the result, but also because we were able to come out of a difficult situation. The bike today was not bad, but I struggled to hold the line at Turn 1, so in that point many riders often passed me, also touching me, such as Navarro and Vazquez. In the final stages of the race in that point due to a contact I lost valuable ground and I had to make a recover, but we know that the fight is always very tight, we are always many riders fighting and anything can happen. I thought it would be hard to beat Kent today, but actually we recovered 11 points in the standings and now Danny is closer: he will always be very fast on all tracks, however, and he makes few mistakes, so it won’t be easy to beat him in the future. We hope to continue to reduce the gap on him in the coming races”.
ANDREA LOCATELLI (DNF)
“Right after the start of the race, I was on the middle of Turn 3 when suddenly I was hit on the left side and I ended up in the gravel... I don’t know who did it and how it happened, I need to review the images. Too bad, but the races are also like this and today I was really unlucky. In the contact I hit my left elbow, but fortunately nothing serious, so at least it went well from this point of view”.
“Today Enea rode another fantastic race, with a great determination. If he had been closer to Antonelli in the final stages he could also fight for the victory, but we are happy anyway, because this second place allows us to recover other important points in the standings on Kent. Another nice podium which gives us the right boost to keep fighting. Unfortunately Locatelli was very unlucky: he was bumped by another rider after a few corners, and there’s nothing else to say. We are sorry for him and we hope he can do well at Silverstone”.
Second podium of the year for Binder
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider concludes good weekend in the Czech Republic with third place, in a race in which Oliveira places eighth and Hanika 26th.
08/16/2015 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
Brad Binder was on the podium for the second time this season at the Czech GP. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was part of a leading group of up to 11 riders throughout the race, and had a great last lap to take third place. In the same group were Miguel Oliveira, who eventually finished eighth, and Karel Hanika, who was involved in an incident with another rider on Lap 2 and finished 26th.
The Automotodrom Brno hosted an unusual race today, running for just 12 laps. An incident on the first lap forced Race Direction to stop the race to evacuate a rider, repair airwalls on the straight and restart the contest with fewer laps than originally planned. The three Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were inside the first eleven competitors on the restart, in a group that fought for victory until the last lap.
However, Karel Hanika's race was turned on its head on the second lap: Contact with another rider left the home rider out of the running for the rostrum. He climbed back onboard his KTM and finally crossed the line in 26th position. At the front, Oliveira and Binder were fighting for the win, with countless overtaking moves on every lap. The South African took advantage of the last lap melee to move from sixth to third position. Less fortunate was the Portuguese, who even set the fastest lap of the race -but was off the rostrum and placed eighth goal. He was only 1 second behind the winner.
After eleven races, Miguel Oliveira is fourth in the World Championship with 111 points, Binder is sixth with 99, and Hanika sixteenth with 33 points. The next meeting will be held in two weeks' time at Silverstone.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"In the race we had a bit of everything: Good moments and others not so much. The first start was very good and I was in fourth place before we had to return to the pits. The second start was not the same, but afterwards I found it quite easily to recover positions and I was up at the front after a few laps. Following a strategy was difficult, since all the riders were overtaking one another on every lap and defending against attacks was a bit tricky.
On the last chicane I could not defend as I wanted and they passed me. That's Moto3, especially on a track where it is important to slipstream. Now we have to prepare for Silverstone, a circuit I like, with the same enthusiasm and try to do my best."
41 BRAD BINDER
"It's my second podium of the season and I'm very happy about that. In the race I fought as hard as I could, right to the end, and I worked to achieve the best possible result. On the last lap I gave 110% and overtook many riders, so I'm very happy to be back on the podium. Before the red flag I had a tyre problem so we were lucky with that; in the second race we put another one on that worked wonders, gave me a lot of confidence and meant I was able to ride very strongly throughout the race.
This race has been very positive for me, because at Jerez I did not really earn the podium -another rider cleared the way for me on the last corner- so I believe that this is my first 'real' podium of the season."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"I made a good first start, easily putting myself into the leading positions, but on the second start -although I got away well- I was blocked and I lost many positions on the first lap. I started to come back, but afterwards -on the second corner of the second lap- another rider slowed more than normal and we could not prevent a collision that I hadn't expected. I am sad about the result, but we have to take the positives away from this weekend. I want to thank the fans for their support throughout the whole weekend, even when I was riding by myself at the end. We will go to Silverstone eager to continue in the front group."
AKI AJO - Team manager
"We have to be positive. Today was a tough race, with many riders at the front, and of course luck plays a role on the final laps. For Brad [Binder] it has been a very positive weekend. Since his first stint in the first practice he has ridden very well and fought in the race until the end. He even had a chance to win, but there are always a lot of fights just before the end.
It was a shame about Miguel [Oliveira], as he was very strong throughout the race and also had the chance to fight for victory. But some other riders attacked very strongly in the last two laps and he was unlucky. In any case, it has also been a positive weekend for him.
Karel [Hanika] has also been very strong all weekend, but unfortunately he lost positions on the opening lap, then had an incident on lap two in which he crashed with other riders."
Brave push for 14 positions but no points
After a penalty had demoted Livio Loi to 32nd on the grid for the Moto3 race of the Czech Grand Prix, RW Racing GP’s Belgian ace made a brave push of 14 positions. Despite this huge advance he came 2 seconds short of finishing with championship points.
There was nothing more in it than finishing 18th in the shortened race. After two major crashes in the first lap, with eight riders involved, the race was red-flagged and restarted for 12 laps remaining.
Loi was able to capitalize on the few empty spots on the grid in front of him and after a few brave overtaking manoeuvres had moved up to 22nd by the end of lap 2. After a few more passes he got into 18th position. From that point the gap to the group in front of him had already grown too big to get involved in the fight for championship points.
“We knew already it was going to be difficult,” RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen says. “We lost the race in qualifying, especially with the penalty on top of it. That was foolish and unnecessary as Livio made it extra complicated for himself. The good thing is that he managed to stay out of trouble in the race and did not get involved in one of the major crashes. He had a good fight and made a brave advance, but unfortunately just not enough to gain some points. It is obvious that our weak point is qualifying and we really have to work on that to make it easier on ourselves.”
Livio Loi – 18 (+ 8,207)
“The whole weekend has been difficult. Actually the race was the best part. The first start was pretty much okay. I was next to Ajo and could just avoid the crash. The second start was not that good but I could find a good rhythm quickly and get to a decent pace, but the feeling still was not good enough to be 3 or 4 tenths per lap quicker and be able to get in the group fighting for points. About the penalty: I think they should have penalized at least ten other riders as it wasn’t just Fenati and me, but it was stupid anyway and I have no one else to blame but myself. In the end this demotion of three places is just the difference between points and leaving Brno empty-handed. Better forget about this weekend quickly and move on to Silverstone: new round, new chances.”
Fourth back flip of the year for Johann Zarco
Ajo Motorsport rider dominates Czech GP, taking a tenth consecutive podium and setting a new record in Moto2 in the process.
08/16/2015 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
It was a perfect weekend for Moto2 World Championship leader Johann Zarco at the Czech Grand Prix, rounded off by his fourth victory of the season. The Ajo Motorsport rider led the race from the second lap to the finish, with a machine-like performance over 20 laps. With this victory, Zarco set a new record in the Moto2 class of 10 consecutive podiums.
Poleman and dominant in the morning warmup, Zarco gave up the lead at the start of the Czech GP, occupying second place after Lap 1. Confident of his pace, the Frenchman soon got back in front, and would not relinquish the position until the chequered flag.
Consistent with his pace lap-by-lap, Zarco maintained the lead in the race, masterfully managing the gap to his pursuers and not offering any chance for them to catch him. He would cross the finish line 1.421 seconds ahead of the rider in second place.
Thanks to this victory -his fourth of the season- Johann Zarco extends his lead in the overall standings to 79 points, with a total of 224. The next race will be the British Grand Prix, held on the weekend of August 28th-30th.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"This weekend I had a good feeling from the start. I felt comfortable on the bike at all times, riding well with both a full and empty fuel tank. The race was not easy, as I had a lead of between 6 tenths and 1 second, which is a good advantage but far from definitive. I had to be very focused and on the final laps I was able to extend the gap to take the victory. I am very happy with the win and for having extended the lead in the standings, which is very important to me. I do not look at the statistics because I am fortunate to have a team behind me who make me concentrate on what really matters. I want to thank them, and now we will focus on Silverstone."
AKI AJO - Team manager
"I don't know what I can say after this incredible race and another victory -and in this way as well! Johann [Zarco] got on the podium for the tenth consecutive Grand Prix, which no one had ever been done before in the history of Moto2. It is something very special and shows the great work Johann, the team, his manager Laurent and everyone else are doing. I am grateful for everything they are doing, and their way of doing it. Thanks to everyone."
Eleventh place for Corsi in Brno
It was a difficult race for the riders of the Forward Racing team competing today in the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.
Simone Corsi, twelfth on the grid, crossed the line in 11th position thus scoring championship points. The Roman, who was close to the quickest in the free practice sessions, suffered in terms of power in comparison with his rivals without being able to gain positions.
His teammate, Lorenzo Baldassarri, was forced to retire eight laps from the checkered flag. The young Italian had to leave the race ahead of schedule due to technical problems when he was in 16th place.
Simone Corsi - 3
"It was not an easy race. I was starting from the fourth row and I was not able to stay with the leaders. I lost something in term of power and I was forced to give up some places. I can’t wait to get back on track at Silverstone".
Lorenzo Baldassarri - 7
"Unfortunately the race ended earlier than planned because of a technical problem that forced me to retire at Turn 2. I didn’t have a bad start, I immediately hooked the Top 10 but after a few laps I started to suffer from tire wear".
SIMEON ENDS WITH NO POINTS A DISAPPOINTING WEEKEND AT BRNO
The Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 trip on Czech soil unfortunately didn’t bring the expected results: already struggling during practice and in Qualifying, in today’s race on the Brno circuit Xavier Siméon failed to join the fight for a good placement in the points scoring positions, reaching the finish line in sixteenth place. A result below expectations, which leaves Siméon with the same tally of 92 points in the overall standings.
XAVIER SIMÉON (16th)
“It was a very disappointing race and I’m not happy at all. I would still like to thank the team, who tried everything to give me a fast bike; but unfortunately during the whole weekend we suffered a lack of power. Obviously this is not our real level of competitiveness: we take this race as an important opportunity to think and to analyze in depth what happened, in order to return even stronger at Silverstone”.
“Siméon struggled all weekend, and he said he suffered a lack of acceleration. Today it was not possible to get more, and of course we are disappointed for not picking up points, even though we still maintain the sixth position in the Championship standings. In this race we couldn’t express our potential, which is obviously different: we will try to quickly forget this weekend, looking forward to the forthcoming round at Silverstone, where we absolutely want to return to fight at the top”.
Husqvarna Laglisse riders work hard but efforts unrewarded at Brno Moto3
DESPITE BEST EFFORTS FROM RIDERS AN TEAMS, DELLA PORTA AND HERRERA OUT OF POINTS AT BRNO
Husqvarna Laglisse duo of your riders, Lorenzo Dalla Porta of Italy and Maria Herrera of Spain both drew praise from team boss Gelete Nieto for their MotoGP Moto3 efforts at Round 11 in Brno, Czech Republic, but sadly their efforts were to go unrewarded.
The team wanted Dalla Porta and Herrera to gain experience and knowledge of the traditional circuit that was new to them, but the job was made more difficult when Dalla Porta was among a group of riders who fell at the first corner of the race. It was one of two incidents in the opening minutes and when a number of riders were involved in crashes, race officials raised the red flag to signal a restart. Thanks to very fast work in the Husqvarna Laglisse garage, the team quickly completed repairs to Dalla Porta’s Husqvarna FR 250 GP machine, and he was back on the grid for the restart.
In the first part of the race Dalla Porta managed to stay with the group fighting for the points. He was able to maintain a good speed, even though the bike, after the earlier crash, had some setup issues that the team were not able to resolve in the very limited repair time. The rookie, fresh from the CEV Championships has only been with the team since competition resumed after the summer break. He can still be satisfied with his nineteenth place finish in a highly competitive field.
It was also a difficult weekend for Herrera, who although she put in her usual determined effort, only managed to finish in twenty-third place, well below what she had expected. Her possibilities of scoring a good finish were also hampered by the fact that the restarted race ran only over 12 laps. She now wants to put the race down to experience and move on.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta #48, finished 19th:
“The team did a great job repairing my bike in record time so I could be on the second start. I was able to do a good race but I wasn’t very comfortable in the last laps and I couldn’t fight for a better position in my group. But I think we did a good job and we hope for a better result in Silverstone.”
Maria Herrera #6, finished 23rd:
“It was a pity the first race was stopped because I was going well and I was in a good position. The second start was not so good for me and I made contact with several riders. They made me lose the slipstream and I wasn’t able to fight for the position we had set for our goal. This circuit was not kind to me so now I’ll make a fresh start and go to Silverstone much stronger.”
The next round of MotoGP Moto3 is the GP of Great Britain, at Silverstone, August 30.
Determined Schrotter battles demanding Czech Grand Prix
Tech3 Racing Team rider Marcel Schrotter fought relentlessly and produced a solid effort at the challenging bwin Grand Prix Ceske Republiky to finish in 19th. The young German rider, who celebrated his 100th Grand Prix race today, began the 11th round of the Moto2 World Championship from 21st on the grid. When the lights flicked off, he leapt forward aboard the Mistral 610 and started his Brno fight. By the close of the first lap, Schrotter had slipped down to 24th, yet he persevered and lunged past two riders on the third lap moving him up to 22nd. The race distance continued to count down and at the midpoint he was running in 21st and rose up one position on lap thirteen after setting a series of consistent times. Then, a short distance later, he moved past Randy Krummenacher to seize 19th and from here he continued his pace before crossing the line in this placement, closing a tricky weekend aboard the Mistral 610.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the Tech3 Racing Team garage, Xavi Vierge suffered bad luck in his second Moto2 World Championship race despite his best efforts as he failed to see the finish flag due to a rear puncture. The 18 year old sprinted off the grid at the start of the 20 lap race and overtook four riders to finish the first lap in 26th position. After that he stuck into his rhythm as he was closing in on the group in front. At half race distance, Vierge was running in a pack of five riders and making steps forward. He continued his pace, yet with four laps remaining, the Spaniard had the puncture which forced him to enter the pits and retire. Nevertheless, he will seek to bounce back at the British Grand Prix in a fortnight’s time.
Marcel Schrotter – Position : 19th – Championship : 21 – Points : 14
“Overall, there are some positives to take home from this race, even though it was another tough weekend but we gave our absolute all like we always do. We are still having some issues with the bike and at the moment we are not finding the solutions straight away. Last year we were able to adapt to these difficulties and get around them, however this season we are struggling as the tyres have changed a bit and the level seems to be higher. It’s tricky for us, but fortunately here we managed to improve the bike in every session so we must keep plugging away in the future. The race itself was not too bad even though the position is not where I want to be or could be. When it started, the first few laps were a bit challenging, yet I had a good pace and in the end, my lap times were not too far off the top ten. Therefore, this is a big encouragement and we hope to pick up some more positives at the next race in Great Britain.”
Xavi Vierge – Position : DNF - Championship : Not Classified
“I am happy with how the race panned out although of course, I can’t be pleased with the end result. The whole weekend was demanding for me, but the team and I worked really hard and we managed to improve every session. My goal for the race was to stay in front of Edgar Pons, Cardus, so around 23rd position and it was possible for me to continue fighting there. However, I passed Shah four laps before the end of the race and he touched me which cracked the rear wheel on my bike and caused a puncture. It’s a big pity because we put all of that great work in for nothing. Having said that, we have made some good steps forward here and in two weeks we will race in Silverstone where I am certain we will be stronger. Thank you to the team for the their amazing effort and also to my sponsors."
Hervé Poncharal : Team Manager
"It was a bit of a disappointing end to the weekend for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team after the great endeavours by the guys. Everyone came here confident as Marcel scored some points in Indy in what was quite a strong race plus Xavi was entering his second GP and knew the team as well as the bike a bit better. Practice went reasonably ok and we were optimistic of another encouraging finish for Marcel and for Xavi, we were sure there would be an improvement from the last race. Marcel did his absolute best, but it was unfortunately not enough to be in the points and on the other hand, I am really frustrated and sorry for Xavi. He was following the plan exactly as he should have and we were very happy with his progress. Yet, four laps from the end, he had to retire due to a flat tyre and now we have to investigate to find out what happened. The silver lining to the cloud is that fortunately it was towards the end of the GP, so he now has almost a whole race’s worth of experience and we are pleased with his attitude. Now, lets see what we can do at Silverstone, which holds fond memories for us from 2011 where Bradley Smith had an incredible race from 20th on the grid, up to 2nd aboard the Mistral. It will inspire us to have a good time there this year and we hope to make a step forward."