Press releases after Sunday's races at Misano:
Weekend without reward for Maria Herrera
Maria Herrera, the only Repsol rider to race at Misano after injuries to Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro, finishes twenty-fourth.
The San Marino GP was not an easy weekend for Repsol Moto3 rider Maria Herrera. On a track where she never felt comfortable throughout the three days, she completed the race twenty-fourth and continued to accumulate experience in the World Championship.
Herrera, who started from the twenty-fourth position of the starting grid, has lost four places during the first lap. A few laps later, she has been struggling to regain her starting position and in the end has finished twenty fourth.
The Repsol rider and her team will remain in Misano for a further day, with a test tomorrow to prepare for the final stretch of the season.
Maria Herrera 24th at 41.319 sec.
"We knew it would be a difficult race, because at no point did I feel comfortable here and it was a difficult weekend; on Friday we debuted a new chassis and Misano is a track that I did not know. I didn’t have a good feeling with the front, unlike what has happened at other circuits. The positive thing is that we were able to finish and drew conclusions for the test we will do tomorrow. I hope this test will allow us to reach Aragon stronger. I will treat this race as a practice session and am looking forward to going to my home race at MotorLand."
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia gained points at Misano
Very good race for Stefano Manzi (14th), Matteo Ferrari moves up (23rd).
Homely atmosphere was of use for San Carlo Team Italia. During Moto3 World Championship thirteenth round at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Enea Bastianini (Honda) conqueered his World Championship career first victory. Stefano Manzi made a very good race and achieved 14th place, while Matteo Ferrari moved up at 23rd place.
Stefano Manzi showed his merit during the race with his potential mixed with a perfect balance of his Mahindra MGP3O, that was refined by all team work. After a good start, Manzi was 20th at the end of first lap and then the sixteen rider of Rimini fought his way staying with third pole group at also in the points. Comparized with Jorge Martin and Juanfran Guevara Mahindras, during last race round Manzi conqueered 14th place that values 2 World Championship points. He was the second best Mahindra rider at chequered flag and, due to his best lap of 1'43"174, he was the ninth quick rider on track.
Good race also for Matteo Ferrari, who moved up and achieved 23th place, after starting from the tenth row of the grid.
Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 14th
"I’m really satisfied. It was a very good race and we are able to conqueer an important target that repays hard work made with the team during these days. I had a good start and during first laps I was getting stuck with third pole group where I lose precious time and also contact with second group, the place where I could be if I though about my run time. At that point I fought again Migno and two other Martin and Guevara Mahindras: I overtook both of them during last lap and I gained this placement. I’m happy but I also think about next race in order to reconfirm these levels."
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) 23rd
"During first part of the race I run with good times, I had only one second gap from group that was fighting for the points. Unfortunately, moment by moment, I wasn’t able to had the same rhytm of the group, specially when the moto slipped because of the wear of the wheels. So I only could defended my placement and fought against Tonucci."
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"These result came from the hard work of all the team and a perfect race performance of Stefano Manzi. As I said many times, our teams technical knowledge and potential is not less than other Mahindra teams. Home race and a fair circuit for all of us were necessary to show our abilities on track. We showed that good results as us are within our reach. Stefano run with a competitive time of 1'43" with a best lap time of 1'43"1 with a gap less of 20" from the winner and not far from the only Mahindra that preceeded us. About this point of view I can say we are totally satisfied. Matteo Ferrari, instead, wasn’t able to get to the group that run with a time of 1'43", so his final result is not a surprise."
LEOPARD RACING DEFENDS THE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD ON ITALIAN SOILE
It wasn’t the luckiest day for Leopard Racing at the San Marino Grand Prix as Danny Kent lost the race due to a penalty by the race direction whilst Efren Vazquez crashed out of the race. Even Hiroki Ono missed a points scoring finish narrowly, but his performance was the reason for a little smile in the team’s garage.
Slightly changed weather conditions with some clouds above the Misano World Circuit didn’t affect Moto3 action on track during today’s round 13 of this year’s series. As soon as the lights went out a big fighting group built the front. Leopard Racing’s heroes Danny Kent and Efren Vazquez were amongst them and played their role.
Whilst Championship leader Kent was watching the hot action in front of him, Vazquez pushed at his limits to fight for a top position till a rider in front of him forced the experienced Spaniard to go straight in corner entry of turn four. Unfortunate Vazquez couldn’t avoid a fall.
On the other side, Kent had the pace to stay with the hard fighting leaders but did some mistakes to exceed the track’s limit some times, which was penalized by the race directions and he had to drop back one position. But unfortunately for the 22 year old Briton he had to get passed by the rider behind him, who already had a three seconds gap.
Japanese rider Hiroki Ono experienced a difficult race as he struggled to find his own rhythm fighting in a big group for positions too. He crossed the line in 16th position, which was honoured by the team.
Moto3™ continues in two weeks’ time at the MotorLand Aragon circuit in Spain.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - NC, World Championship position 6th (116 points):
“Unfortunately, we didn’t have any chance to fight for the positions at the fierce end today. I just was focussed to get a good confidence in riding with this big group but from the very early beginning we had definitely a disadvantage in terms of acceleration. So I had to ride very concentrated and I just tried to recover lost ground in corner entry because I felt strong on the brakes. But at time of my crash approaching turn four, Binder was braking really, really early and I had no another chance to avoid hitting him than to go straight. This was by using the rear brake a bit more than usual and I shifted back one more gear, but it was for nothing as the mistake happened. I’m sorry for my team because we lost a really good opportunity to add many points to our tally in this race. But foremost we need to analyse all data carefully because Bastianini and Antonelli have a faster bike than we, not only in terms of top speed but foremost regarding to their acceleration. I gave my best as soon as the lights went out but it wasn’t possible to finish this race.”
#52 Danny KENT – 6th, World Championship position 1st (234 points):
“Of course this was not the race that we were hoping for because we definitely had the pace to win today. But I had to drop back one position and the rider behind me had already a gap by more than three seconds, so we lost the race due to that. Till that point I was following and watching the hard battles in front of me, but at the same time I was confident to catch them all as long as the race went. But in the end it is a really bad outcome of the weekend and of course not the result we were looking for. ”
#76 Hiroki ONO - 16th, World Championship position 23rd (15 points):
“It was a difficult race for me and I’m a bit disappointed about the result because after our strong qualifying performance I expected more. But I had problems to race in the big group as I couldn’t get into my own rhythm. But not only due to that; I also didn’t feel as comfortable like yesterday.”
Stefan KIEFER (Team manager):
“Overall it was a difficult weekend but the outcome could have been better even though Danny’s sixth spot isn’t that bad. But on the other side we have to regret that Enea (Bastianini) won this race and in doing so he reduced the gap to us by 15 points. Fortunately with five remaining races we shouldn’t be too worried about our situation with a 55 points lead. Honestly speaking we need to agree with the race direction’s decision as it was clearly to see that Danny exceeded the track limit several times. Unfortunately for Efren that he crashed out of the race in a top position because he had a great chance for a top finish too. And last but not least we’re pleased with Hiroki’s job done today, which was of course a solid one with P16.”
Rabat fights through the pack to the podium
Misano, Italy - Sunday 13 September 2015: After an uncharacteristically slow start, Tito Rabat was forced to dig deep at Misano this afternoon, as he fought his way through the field to finish second and claim his eighth podium finish of the season.
After losing ground at the start the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider was in damage limitation mode as a lack of front end feeling in the early laps held him back. Having grown in confidence as the race progressed the 26-year-old picked his way through the pack to fight for a podium position. With six laps to go the reigning Moto2 World Champion moved into the top three and set about chasing down Takaaki Nakagami.
With three laps to go the Rabat squeezed past Nakagami and from that point onwards the Spaniard opened a healthy gap to cross the finish line comfortably ahead of the Japanese rider to claim his third consecutive Misano rostrum.
Álex Márquez crashed heavily at turn 12 on the sixth lap, after making a good start from 17th on the grid. It was a big crash for the reigning Moto3 World Champion and he was lucky to walk away with only his pride bruised. It was a disappointing end to a difficult weekend for Márquez, who has been in good form of late, finishing fourth in the last two races as he continues to adapt in his rookie season in Moto2.
Tito Rabat: 2nd
"I don't know why but in the first laps I had no feeling with the front. This didn't happen in practice or qualifying and all weekend I was full in turn 11 but I had to close today. After a few laps with the fuel load going down I was able to push harder, it wasn't like in qualifying or free practice but it was close. I was able to make some overtaking moves on other riders and we tried everything we could, but it looks like we needed an extra step to stay with both Johann and Álex Rins, who is also very strong now. We will work at the test here tomorrow to try and find more corner speed to match that of Johann, and we will once again be pushing for the victory in my home Grand Prix at Aragon."
Álex Márquez: DNF
"In the race the weather changed a lot and the track condition was very different compared to the rest of the weekend. In the early laps I wanted to catch the front group because I had a good rhythm and I felt like I could run with them. We had some problems this weekend, in FP1 and the crash in qualifying, so it wasn't the best weekend for us, but I think that the way that we have improved at Brno and Silverstone continued here and now we'll go to my home track at Aragon and I want to make a good result there."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"In the beginning of the race Tito said that he had no feeling with the front and that he was losing the front some times in the faster corners. It was a shame to lose a big gap to Zarco because they both had the same tyre choice and Zarco could keep his rhythm to the end of the race. For me the last ten laps were really impressive from Tito because he showed that he could fight and this had been a little bit of a weak point in the past. Today we saw that Tito is still one of the best riders in the championship. With where he came from in the race we can be happy with a second place. For Alex it was a shame because he used the same tyre selection as Tito and he was running close to his teammate when he crashed. I think that it would have been possible to finish close to the front like Tito did. Finishing the race in the gravel is always frustrating but we have to accept it. Overall though I'm happy with today and the weekend."
Dalla Porta delivers strong race performance at Misano Moto3
Team's young Ttalian rookie scores championship points for the second consecutive time
Husqvarna Factory Laglisse can come away satisfied with the team’s performance in Round 13 of the MotoGP Moto3 World Championship, with young Italian Lorenzo Dalla Porta delivering a strong race in front of his home crowd at the Misano circuit in San Marino.
The teenager, who only joined the team during the summer break, has been continually improving in form in what is a highly competitive field. Dalla Porta finished in eleventh place to pick up championship points for his second consecutive race. He has only had four starts since joining the team. The weekend was more difficult for his teammate, Spanish rider Maria Herrera who will work on getting the most out of the team’s testing in Misano on Monday.
Both riders are hoping to improve on their performance in the next round at Aragon, Spain on September 27, where Herrera will be racing in front of her home fans. Both Dalla Porta and Herrera know the Aragon circuit and have competed there in the CEV Championship, so they look forward to the next round with confidence. Both riders compete on the Husqvarna FR 250 GP.
Misano was a new track for the Spanish rider, who also incurred a five-second penalty for exceeding the track limits. The infringement involved the rider running off the designated track markings.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta 11th: "We had a good race and overall I'm very happy with the work throughout entire weekend. We were in the front group until the middle of the race but then dropped back. It is great to score points at my home circuit and I’m hoping for an even better result at Motorland Aragon, another circuit that I know.”
Maria Herrera 24th: "We knew it was going to be a difficult race because I was not very comfortable during practice. But this race was good as training for our test tomorrow, where we will try to get the bike ready for the race at Aragon. It took me some time to adapt to the new chassis and we have to regain confidence in the test. I look forward to having a good set-up for Aragon and I will be pushing for a good result.”
Team Manager Gelete Nieto: “We are very proud of the way Lorenzo raced. He fought from start to finish with highly experienced riders. I think this result will mark a turning point for him, and he has learned a lot. It was a good weekend at a circuit he knew, and now we go to Aragon, another track that is familiar to him. His aim will be to continue working this way. He is a great rider and is developing very fast. Maria had many problems this weekend but this is her debut season and there are circuits that she can easily adapt to, and others not. She has to continue to gather experience.”
The next round is at Aragon on September 27, 2015
Top eight finish for Mahindra and Bagnaia
Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, 13 September 2015:
Mapfre Team Mahindra rider Franscesco Bagnaia rode to a determined eighth place in his home event at the Misano circuit, competing hard for a possible seventh at the head of the second main group of riders as the race reached its conclusion.
He was close behind Alexis Masbou at the flag after finding the race tough at the intense 4.2km Misano circuit, having qualified in 12th place, and being the top Mahindra rider.
Mapfre Team Mahindra rider Jorge Martin finished with a point for 15th place at Misano, having been on course for a better result until a clash with his team-mate Juanfran Guevara; going into the final corner caused Guevara to fall and Martin to run off track. Jorge qualified 15th, one place up on Guevara, but a three place gird penalty saw him starting from 18th place. The pair raced together to the end, Guevara no-scored.
At the front of the race five riders finally vied for position, with Danny Kent a lone sixth. Masbou and Bagnaia were just over three and a half seconds from the championship leader after he had dropped back to join the second group for a time. The race was won by Enea Bastianini, closing the points gap on Kent today.
Bagnaia is 12th in the championship, with 67 points and a season high point of third at Le Mans to his credit. Martin is 19th after scoring his single point today.
Motorland Aragon hosts the next round of the championship, in a fortnight.
FRANCESCO BAGNAIA – Eighth Place
It was a really difficult race because it was tough to overtake the riders on the straights. In the braking points I could overtake a lot of riders. In the last five or six laps I tried to open up a gap to the second group by going with Danny Kent but I was at the limit and it was not possible. In the last lap, when Masbou tried to overtake me, I tried to close the line to stop any overtaking opportunity, but I finished eighth. We are happy for this because another top ten was important for us. I think we can make better results but today it was not possible.
MUFADDAL CHOONIA – CEO, Mahindra Racing
We will take the result from Bagnaia. I think he had a brilliant fight and managed to finish in a respectable position. It again goes to show that if we had started a little higher in the race we would have probably been with the front group and fighting for the podium position, Overall this was a good weekend and we can go off from here feeling satisfied.
Oliveira takes second in San Marino Grand Prix
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider places just 0.037s off victory to get his fourth podium of the season. Brad Binder takes fifth and Karel Hanika twenty-first.
09/13/2015 - Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy
The Moto3 race at Misano provided a battle for victory right until the last lap, and Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder had a leading role in the group of five riders fighting for the rostrum. The Portuguese Red Bull KTM Ajo rider led much of the race and finally crossed the finish line second, 0.037s behind the winner, whilst Binder was fifth and only 6 tenths off the victory. Karel Hanika, who had experienced difficulties during the weekend, finished twenty-first.
Starting from the first two rows of the grid, Binder and Oliveira slotted into the front group of the race. A few laps later a group of seven riders broke free from the rest of the field, and each played their cards to achieve a good result at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Binder took the lead on the opening laps, and from Lap 8 it was Oliveira who headed the pack.
With the group reduced to five riders, the Portuguese started the last lap in front, but was overtaken on the slipstream by Enea Bastianini and finally crossed the finish line just 0.037s behind the Italian. Binder, without the same feeling that he had yesterday, finished fifth and was less than a second off victory. He missed out on the podium by less than 3 tenths.
Karel Hanika, who started from the eighth row, kept a steady pace throughout the race that allowed him to move up the field to seventeenth. Unfortunately, an incident with another rider on the final laps made him lose several positions and he took the chequered flag twenty-first.
After this result and with five races remaining, Miguel Oliveira is fourth in the overall standings with 139 points. In seventh place is Brad Binder -110 points- and Karel Hanika -33 points- is seventeenth. The next race takes place in two weeks’ time at MotorLand Aragon -from September 25-27th.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"It was a pretty good race. I had a good pace and I was able to lead for many laps, although this is mentally tiring when you are trying not to make any mistakes. I think this year the level is quite high in the class and we saw a good race. We set good times and despite the fact that some of our rivals are very young, they did not make mistakes. On the last lap, Enea Bastianini was able to overtake me thanks to the slipstream; I congratulate him because he had a good race. He had not managed the slipstream on previous laps, so I did not expect it, but I have to be happy with second position because it has been a long time off the podium for me. For the end of the season I hope to do this more often and I hope to get some more victories."
41 BRAD BINDER
"Today was not a very good day. This morning in the warmup I did not have the same feeling with the bike as I did yesterday and in the race it was very difficult to try to fight in the leading group. I lost time at various points on the track and it was a shame not to have achieved a better result, because after our practice performances and the hard work of the team, I think today I had the pace to win the race. I did everything possible to keep up with the rest of the group. The positive is that we worked hard throughout the weekend, we finally got fifth place, and finished once again very close to the podium."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"After this Grand Prix, for us the main thing now is to find the ideal setup for the bike, because all weekend we had the same problem. We did not improve from the first practice session to the race, but of course we will give our all to find a solution. If we do that, then I’m sure that we can be up with the frontrunners more often.
All race I was overtaking riders, but I couldn’t brake well. I was running wide, and the others passed me back. Perhaps we could have finished in 17th, but I was hit on the last lap. Anyway, it does not change things that much because we were not going to score points."
AKI AJO - Team manager
"The first thing we have to do today is to thank KTM for the improvements in the chassis and swingarm. The feeling throughout the weekend has been very positive for both the riders and team. We are grateful for their efforts and we will work hard with the confidence that we have a good package for the forthcoming races. Today we finished very close to victory, so it was a positive weekend."
BRILLIANT FIRST WIN FOR ENEA BASTIANINI IN FRONT OF MISANO CROWD
In front of over 90,000 fans at Misano, Gresini Racing Team Moto3 rider Enea Bastianini took today his first win in the Moto3 World Championship: started from pole, the 17-year-old rider from Rimini rode a determined race, crossing the finish line ahead of Portuguese Miguel Oliveira and Niccolò Antonelli. A great emotion for Enea who, after having missed the success four times this season, managed to get on the top step of the podium in his home race.
Thanks to this fantastic victory Bastianini reduced the gap from championship leader Danny Kent, sixth placed today, who has now a 55 points lead with five races remaining.
The other Gresini Racing Team Moto3 rider, Andrea Locatelli, has unfortunately not taken part at the Grand Prix: the 18-year-old rider from Selvino, who had procured a fractured tailbone following yesterday’s high-side during Qualifying, put in a few laps in the Warm Up this morning, but his physical condition suggested him to rest in order to come back fit at Aragon.
ENEA BASTIANINI (1st)
“It was the greatest thrill of my life! After having missed the win so many times, to get it here in Misano, in front of all these fans, it’s a great feeling, that makes me feel satisfied. I dedicate this success to my family and my team. It’s an amazing emotion, and right now I still have to realize well what happened... We are going to celebrate tonight, but not too much because tomorrow we have a day of testing and we want to continue to work hard to try to catch Kent in the championship. This victory probably will make me even more confident: there are still five races and I think that we can recover the gap from Kent. We will fight till the end”.
ANDREA LOCATELLI (DNS)
“I gave up racing today, considering my physical condition: I don’t have so much pain, but I struggle to ride and after a few laps I start to lose focus, as I could see in the Warm Up this morning. It would have been too dangerous to take part in the race and so we decided not to risk. Too bad, it was an un lucky weekend. Probably I will be forced to give up also the test we have planned for tomorrow here at Misano, it’s better to take some rest to get back in shape at Aragon”.
“Today we had a fantastic day and it was like everything was enveloped in a magical atmosphere: Enea is from Rimini and on this track, dedicated to Marco Simoncelli, I have great memories also as a rider, having won here my first World Championship. This victory has therefore a special flavor for me. I’m also happy because with Bastianini we have been chasing this result for a while: today Enea was very determined and confident, and he rode brilliantly in the final stages to beat Antonelli and Oliveira. I’m sorry for Locatelli, but I think that Andrea made the right choice: it would have been useless to race only to suffer, without the chance to fight for a good result”.
Romano Fenati fourth in the home race at Misano
Hard-charging rider number 5 is among the Italians who shine in front of home crowd
Andrea Migno puts in a comeback from 21st spot on the grid and finishes in the points clinching 13th place
Misano, September 13, 2015. Romano Fenati shone among the Italians who delighted the home crowd at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli: the rider on the Sky Racing Team VR46 ended in fourth at the end of a close fought battle for the podium at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.
Good results for Andrea Migno too who put in a stunning comeback from 21st on the starting grid and finished 13th.
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
It was an amazing race, too bad we missed out on the podium but we must be happy anyway with our work. The KTM did very well as also Oliveira pulled off a stunning performance. Our motto is never give up, so we’ll try it again at Aragon.
Migno was getting away from behind and yet he managed to score points. That is a very good result for him considering yesterday’s disappointing qualifying. If he had started higher up on the grid, he would probably have finished in the top ten.
ROMANO FENATI / Rider
I am very sorry I failed to step on the podium, but I’m happy with my bike, even if we’ll have to fine-tune the new KTM frame and chassis. Unfortunately, with nine laps to go the wear and tear on tyres did not allow me to stay in the top three. Now we are confidently looking forward to next race at Aragon.
ANREA MIGNO / Rider
I did not manage to put in the performance I had hoped for, even if the result is positive because I was able to score points. We need to work better in qualifying, I think that is just one of the most important goals to achieve for us.
Sixth win of the year for unstoppable Johann Zarco
Ajo Motorsport rider wins with authority at San Marino Grand Prix and continues to extend lead in overall standings.
09/13/2015 - Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy
Johann Zarco made good on his sixth pole position of the season by converting it into a sixth win of the campaign, taking victory at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. It also marked a new personal best of three consecutive wins for the first time in his Grand Prix career.
The Ajo Motorsport rider maintained the lead in the early laps, but soon he was overtaken by Rins and Aegerter, falling to third. However, the Frenchman been benefited when both of his rivals crashed out to regain the top spot on the sixth lap. From then on, Zarco dominated the race to cross the chequered flag nearly four seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, achieving a twelfth consecutive podium.
With this victory and with just five races remaining, Zarco leads the Moto2 World Championship with 274 points and is 93 ahead of closest rival Tito Rabat, with 181. The next race will be held in two weeks’ time at MotorLand Aragon -from September 25-27th.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"It was an odd race because the conditions changed so much from the rest of the weekend. This made us doubt which tyres to use. I finally chose the hard rubber, while Aegerter went out with the soft, so it was very easy for him to be strong at the front. The fact that Rins came into the fight with him helped me to concentrate on my riding, until both of them crashed. That allowed me to take the lead. I was able to relax and extending my lead, so I was in the perfect situation. However, I thought Tito [Rabat] could have reached me, because I was not feeling very fast. In the end he didn’t. I want to thank the team for the great job we are doing.
Tomorrow we have to continue to seek improvements in the test and head to Aragon in the best possible shape."
AKI AJO - Team manager
"I can’t find the words to express how I feel right now. Johann [Zarco] took another victory, the third in a row and his sixth of the season. And now he is 93 points ahead of his nearest rival with five Grands Prix remaining this season. I want to thank Johann and the entire team, who this weekend did a fantastic job once again, Laurent [Fellon] and all those around him. Thank you."
Brave Loi battles to twelfth
Livio Loi knew we would have to throw himself into the pack right from the start of the Moto3 race of the San Marino & Rimini GP. And he did. Loi blazed throughout the entire race, closed gaps, battled out numerous duels and hammered his way to twelfth at the finish line.
Although he had better results already, with a win and a fifth place, the race at the Misano World Circuit was one of the best races Livio Loi has had this season so far. Loi started from twentieth and immediately moved up to seventeenth. Lap by lap Loi was able to overtake more riders to fourteenth by lap 7 of the 24 lap race.
From there he first closed a gap of nearly 2 seconds to gain thirteenth, from where he had to overcome another 3 seconds to twelfth.
Loi took the lead in a group of five and closed in on the group that was fighting for seventh. With a group of seven they battled it out in the final laps, but Loi had given so much in overtaking and closing the gaps he couldn’t really get into the front of the group anymore and had to settle for twelfth on the finish line at just half a second from seventh place.
RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen praised Loi for his effort in the race. “Livio had to come from far but he rode a great race. He deserved more than the 4 points he gained in the end. Once again Livio has given a taste of his quality and once again he proved that he is a serious contender for the podium if only he would have qualified a bit further up. He has the speed, he has the quality, all he needs is a bit more confidence.”
Livio Loi – 12 (+ 12,214)
“I really enjoyed this race. I had a good start and I was able to push right away. I ran wide and lost a position when Jules Danilo crashed right in front of me. The guys in front of me didn’t have the same pace I had and I had to overtake them to get back in front and close the gap to the other group. When we got there and I had overtaken them as well I saw that the difference to the front runners was quite big and I didn’t think I could make it, but I kept on pushing to give it a try. It was great to close in on them and I knew I had a chance to end up even further, but in the last turn of the penultimate lap, just after I had passed Andrea Migno for eleventh, I made a mistake in shifting gears and I lost it again. Just a pity, because without that mistake I might have been eighth or ninth. The most important is that I had a good race, with great battles and that I really enjoyed myself. If only qualifying would go a bit better…. We keep on working on that and the good feeling from this race might be just that bit extra.”
SIMEON BACK IN THE POINTS AT MISANO WITH THE 12th PLACE
Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Team left Misano, home of today’s Grand Prix of San Marino and Rimini Riviera, with the 4 points of the 12th place: started from the 20th position, the 26-year-old Belgian rider recovered some positions at the start, reaching the points scoring zone, then he struggled with some set-up issues that didn’t allow him to befast under braking and on corner entry.
Siméon, who tomorrow will be back on track at Misano for a test session, has now 96 points in the Championship, seventh placed and 16 points behind Thomas Luthi.
XAVIER SIMÉON (12th)
“Starting twentieth knew it would not be easy today, but this morning in the Warm Up I had a good feeling with the bike, so I started the race confident. I made a good start, recovering several positions. However, before the race we made a change to the bike that made me struggle under braking and therefore it was difficult to maintain a steady pace. I went wide many times, losing contact with the riders in front of me. The positive side is that after two races with no points, today we brought home some points, even if it’s clear that these are not the results that we would like to get. Tomorrow we can take advantage of a day of testing and I hope that we can find some solutions to return competitive”.
“We brought home some points, but frankly I’m not happy: we have been struggling for some races and these are not the performance that we expect after the results obtained in the first half of the season. We are under our level and we need a turning point”.
PASINI JUST MISSES OUT ON POINTS AT MISANO WITH A STEADY PERFORMANCE
Mattia Pasini took a good sixteenth place in today’s Grand Prix of San Marino and Rimini Riviera at Misano: therefore the Italian rider, participating with a Wild Card aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Kalex machine, missed out the points for a very little. A respectable result in an hard-fought championship as the Moto2 as and considering that Mattia started from the 24th position on the grid and this year he had only raced in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello last May 31st.
MATTIA PASINI (16th)
“On the one hand I consider positive this race, because we kept a good pace and we have improved our starting position. Unfortunately, this morning in the Warm Up I had a clutch problem, which was present aldo in the first part of the race: in the first five laps I made five mistakes that made me lose contact with the group of Siméon, Pons and Luthi. Later I had to try to adapt to ride the bike with this problem and then, when I adapted my riding, tyres performance had already dropped so I decided to bring home the result without risk, because it was important to take the checkered flag. I’m happy because now I know that we have the potential to stay in the group that fights close the top ten position and this is positive. Making only one race is never easy, after all: I’d like to come back to race a full season to be able to play my cards”.
“In such a competitive championship like Moto2, it’s not easy to make one isolated race and try to get into the points: Mattia nevertheless came close to this result, making a good Grand Prix. It would have been nicer if he could have taken points, but he still showed a good performance in a championship that is, as I said, very difficult”.
Great race for Forward Racing at Misano
It was a special Sunday for the team’s Moto2 riders the one that has just ended on the Misano track, hosting today's Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini. Simone Corsi and Lorenzo Baldassarri, did not disappoint the home crowd and crossed the line in fourth and seventh place.
Great start for the Roman who was fourth on the grid and got immediately close to the leading pack. He remained for most of the race with Nakagami and Zarco but he was forced to slow down in the last laps, still managing to conquer a good placement, close to the podium. With this fourth place, Corsi got the best result of the season equaling the race the Sachsenring race.
Incredible race for his team-mate Lorenzo Baldassarri, seventh under the checkered flag. The young Italian, racing despite an injured right shoulder, has become the protagonist of a great performance.
"I'm really pleased with today's result: I was the whole race with the lead group and I kept a good pace. We worked well, the feeling was positive all weekend and in the race I was able to show what I could do. I preferred to start with the hard compound because it’s better performing in these conditions and I had a great first half. In the end I had to slow down a bit but I am very happy with the result collected on our home track".
"After yesterday's crash, I knew that the race would have been difficult. Despite this however, I started well and I managed to set a good pace. After the first few laps I was close to the Top10 and lap after lap I closed the gap with the front group and I'm really happy with this seventh place. I collected important points for the championship and I got a good result for the whole team. Thanks to the guys who work with me and all the staff of the Clinica Mobile for their help".
Schrotter encounters luckless weekend despite best efforts
Marcel Schrotter concluded the 13th round of the Moto2 World Championship at Misano in 17th position after a gruelling race despite his best efforts. He commenced the 26 lap sprint from the seventh row of the grid after qualifying in 19th position and undertook a solid start to jump up four places by the close of the first lap as he joined in the battle for the points. After setting into his fierce race pace, the young German plugged away and climbed up to 11th on lap 7. He continued his fight as he looked to close in on the top ten, yet, the rear tyre grip level started to drop at this point and caused him to drop back to 16th with over half race distance being completed. However, Schrotter continued to push aboard the Mistral 610 as the race distance progressed, but the luckless German began to struggle with the worsening grip level. Still, he managed to move past Syahrin on lap 22, yet his issue caused him to slip back and he eventually finished the race in 17th and just outside of the points.
On the other side of the garage, Xavi Vierge was unfortunate to fall in his fourth Moto2 race yet bravely remounted to finish the GP in 23rd position. The young Spaniard kicked off proceedings from 28th on the grid after a tricky qualifying campaign despite a promising day on Friday. Vierge leapt into action as soon as the lights went out and after navigating his way around the circuit, he closed the first lap in 26th. He then locked into his rhythm and upped his pace to climb through the pack to 21st by lap 5. The 18 year old remained fully determined and snatched 18th one lap later, marking a shift of 10 places since the race start. He then continued his battle, however on the 11th lap his luck turned and he fell. Vierge remounted despite the large gap to the riders in front and determinedly finished the race in 23rd position. Nevertheless he will fully intend to bounce back at the next Grand Prix in Aragon, which marks the first track where he has previously ridden a Moto2 bike.
Marcel Schrotter – Position : 17th – Championship : 21 - Points : 19
Schrotter - 2015
“It’s such a shame about what happened in the race as I was doing well until the final stages. We knew it would be tricky, but I had a great start and in the first few laps I was closing in on the top ten. I was comfortably running in the points for the majority of the race, yet halfway through the tyre started to drop and finally, in the last six laps or so, it was completely destroyed. Pieces of the tyre came off the bike, it was just impossible to go fast and so I was two to three seconds a lap slower. However, I thought I could still finish in 15th as the gap behind was five seconds, but in two laps they had caught up with me and passed. It’s a big pity that I couldn’t get into the top fifteen, but I wasn’t able to do anything about it in the end. The team and I made a joint decision to use that tyre as it was working well for us all weekend but it looks like it affected some other riders as well. So it’s disappointing to say the least, but we have to think of the positives and move onto the next race.”
Xavi Vierge – Position : 23th - Championship : Not Classified
Vierge - 2015
“Of course I am disappointed with the end result after all of the hard work that the team and I put in. It’s even more of a shame to finish the event like this after the good day that we had on Friday but as the weekend went on it became a bit trickier. Yet, the team worked perfectly every day and it’s just unfortunate that we couldn’t finish the race well this afternoon. In the GP itself, I had a good start and stayed in the group fighting for 16th, more or less. Things were going well, but I lost the front nearly halfway through the race and it was impossible to save the crash. I remounted afterwards and eventually finished in 23rd but I can’t hide my frustration. We have a test here tomorrow where we aim to improve my riding style as well as the bike we’ll be back stronger than ever in Aragon and I will give my all there. I know the track well so I hope to get a good result to pay the team back for their great work.”
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager :
"It was a very unfortunate weekend for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team after all of the effort that was put in. This GP started really well for us with Xavi shining in the Friday practice sessions, but sadly his luck changed after that as he crashed twice in qualifying and then again in the race. It’s a shame but also a bit unnecessary, as he is here to learn, but having said that he has the potential to be a World Championship Moto2 rider. On Marcel’s side, it was a frustrating ending. He did well in qualifying, even though the position was not ideal, but he was close to the front guys with his lap time. He had a good start and pushed really hard to get up to 11th, yet with three laps to go we understood that there was a big problem because the times dropped dramatically. Usually, it would be impossible for the riders behind to catch him because there was a gap of five seconds but they did, so we knew something was up. When Marcel came into the garage, the tyre had almost exploded which is a worry and could be a safety concern. The same thing happened to other riders too but that doesn’t change the situation as he was clearly in a point scoring position. Anyway, we have a test tomorrow and hopefully we can find some solutions. Nevertheless, we are sad because we did all of the hard work and had high expectations but in the end there were no points. Having said that, this is racing so we will regroup and come back stronger."