2017 Mugello Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the teams after Sunday's fabulous Moto2 and Moto3 races at Mugello:

Marini secures top 6 finish with heroic effort

The race day at the much-anticipated Italian Grand Prix commenced today under a clouded sky, but in dry and warm conditions for the Forward Racing Team duo of Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri. In front of his numerous fans Marini showed an epic battle to end up in a brave sixth position, while Baldassarri was incredibly motivated to do well, but unfortunately his race was interrupted prematurely.

When the lights turned green Marini commenced his adventure strongly from sixth on the grid closing the opening lap in a stunning fifth place. Although he still had to cope with the pain in his shoulder, the 19-year old did a resolute race running in the second group for the demanding 21 laps. Pushed by the passionate crowd all around the 5.245-kilometer circuit Marini did his very best and was able to defend the front of his pack in a thrilling battle until the chequered flag.

On the other side of the Forward Racing Team garage, Baldassarri did a fantastic start, riding inside the top 5 during the first lap. The 20-year old was hunting down the head of the field, while trying to move into fourth position, he unfortunately made a mistake, which prevented him to resume his race. Baldassarri now sets his sights onto the next round, which will begin in only five days’ time in Catalunya, where the seventh Grand Prix of the season is going to take place.

Luca Marini – 6th (+13.266)

“This might have been the most difficult race of my life, because my condition was far from 100%, but I grit my teeth and tried to make up with my heart what my body was physically lacking. Anyway, I gave all that I had, never giving up and I’m really happy. We got a fantastic result again, which is particularly special because it happened here in Mugello. It’s really something I can’t describe, when you ride around the track and wherever you watch the only thing you can see are fans. I also want to thank my team for all their help during this weekend and now I’m trying to recover as much as I can to be ready for Barcelona next week.”

Lorenzo Baldassarri – DNF

“I can’t express how sorry I am. I had a great start and felt truly strong on the bike, so I’m convinced that I could have kept up with the front group until the end of the race, if it wasn’t for the mistake in corner 15. Unfortunately, when I shifted down I went into second instead of third gear and as soon as I released the clutch, the engine brake was unexpectedly strong, so I lost control of my Kalex. I have to apologize to Taka (Nakagami), as his race was over because of my mistake. I already went to see him to explain what happened. I’m also very sorry for my team and our sponsors, because this was definitely not the way I wanted this weekend to end. Fortunately, I don’t have to wait long to get back on track, as next week we are already in Barcelona, which is a circuit I like and I hope we can finally show our full potential there.”

Giovanni Cuzari – Team Owner

“It was a race of mixed feelings for our Forward Racing Team. On one hand Luca did an amazing job to bring home this sixth position, especially considering his physical condition. You can clearly see his incredible determination and professionalism, so I can’t do anything else than thank him for this strong weekend! On the other side, I feel so sorry for Lorenzo, who had a great start and was together with the leading group fighting for fourth position, when he made a mistake and crashed out. Of course, it was a real pity, but I’m happy to see him back battling with the top of the field and I’m convinced in just a few days in Catalunya he will do better. Last but not least I want to thank the whole team for the fantastic job every single member has done during these busy and exciting days here in Italy, as well as our guests and sponsors for the time we shared together.”

Top 5 for Oliveira and heroics from Binder

Portuguese rider completes great race in Italy with fifth position and the South African, in his first race after returning from injury, finishes tenth from 23rd on the grid.

06/04/2017 - Mugello Circuit, Italy

Few imagined that the Red Bull KTM Ajo team would be able to take a fifth and a tenth position at Mugello this Sunday, after the difficulties experienced by Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder the previous two days. Oliveira placed inside the Top 5 for the fourth time this year, whilst teammate Binder made an heroic charge to move up thirteen places. The Italian Grand Prix was his return to action after three races out through injury.

Miguel Oliveira saved his best for Sunday in the race. He made a good start, gaining two places in the first sector and completing the first lap in sixth. Unfortunately, a duel with home rider Marini allowed the lead group to break away, and despite Oliveira having a pace to match them, the distance was too large and he had to settle for fifth position.

Brad Binder put in an extraordinary performance. Affected by pains in his left arm, operated on for the third time recently, the South African moved up eight places on the first lap. He continued ascending the order, breaking into the Top 10 on Lap 15. With the discomfort in his arms increasing, Binder held on heroically to keep tenth place.

After the first Italian round of the season, Miguel Oliveira is fourth in the overall standings with 70 points. Binder added a further 6 points to his tally, after taking 7 in Argentina, and is seventeenth with a total of 13. The next race will be held next weekend at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.

Aki Ajo - Team Manager

"We have to be very happy about Moto2 today. The feeling is like after a victory. Fifth and tenth position are very good results for us. It was a good fifth position for Miguel [Oliveira], especially because we could see that his race pace was good enough to be among the leaders. Unfortunately at the beginning of the race we weren’t prepared to catch the front group. It is not a big problem now, and the important thing is that we are improving with this project and we are always going forward. Miguel did a very good job.

Brad [Binder] is like a hero for us after this race, he finished with a very sore arm that he’d suffered with throughout the weekend. He made a very good start and had a good race. It’s something incredible, so many congratulations to Brad."


"Yesterday I had a hard time riding the bike; my arm hurt a lot and I had no energy. Thanks to the team, Doctor Mir, the Clinica Mobile and my physios that have helped me to feel strong and get to the race. Today, I don’t know how, but after 10 laps my left arm was very tired and the effort I had to expend with the right to compensate took its toll on me with 5 laps to go. Having come back from the injury with this result is something to be very happy about. Now I just have to keep working, try to recover the strength in my left arm to be 100% fit as soon as possible."


"During the first few laps I lost a lot of time behind Marini; whenever I tried to pass, he returned the move and we lost a lot of time compared to the four in front of us. Later, when I had overtaken him, there was a lot of distance to the front riders and although I had a good pace I couldn’t catch them. I’m happy about the work we did this weekend; it was a difficult circuit, but we have consolidated fourth place in the World Championship and I am satisfied with that. There is no time to rest, so from today we have to think about Barcelona."


The young talent of the Sky Racing Team VR46, on the special Italian livery, was first on the finishing line at Mugello. For Andrea is the first win in his career. 10th Nicolò Bulega.

Scarperia (Italy), June 4th, 2017 - Andrea Migno celebrates the 60th GP of the Sky Racing Team VR46 in the best possible way by winning the race in Mugello. Started from the 12th box of the starting grid, Andrea immediately was in the leading group where he was the protagonist of numerous overtaking. First at the beginning of the last lap, he defends the position on Di Giannantonio until the finishing line and conquers the first victory of his career in front of the home crowd at the Oakley Gran Prix of Italy.

Bad start and good recovery for Nicolò Bulega who started from the second row. Nicolò, at the end of the group of the strongest guys after the first turn, is tenth under the checkered flag.

PABLO NIETO - Team Manager

What an incredible race: 20 laps of overtakings, a group of 15 riders fighting for the victory and a last lap without breathing. And then? Andrea crossed the finishing line in the first place at the Grand Prix Italy. An unique emotion for him and all the guys that are working for the Team on track and at home. It is great for everyone, but especially for Andrea for his job, commitment and constancy. This is his talent. I'm really happy and excited. Nicolò also made a good race. He has a bad start, but he tried to stay in the group until the checkered flag.

Andrea Migno

The most beautiful day of my life. There are no other words to describe this moment. Winning the first race in my career at Mugello in front of this incredible crowd is a dream that goes beyond all my expectations. It was a tough weekend: I was not fast in the sessions, then in the warm up something has changed. The last lap was too long: I was in front of Di Giannantonio at the first corner, and it is difficult here at Mugello cross the finish line first from that position. I believed it, I wanted it. What to say? I want to thank my family, they always supported me, Team Sky for their incredible job and the VR46 Riders Academy that follows us step by step. A special dedication also to Marco Simoncelli and Nicky Hayden.

Niccolo Bulega

Unfortunately I had a bad start and I was forced to recover from the first few meters. There have been many overtakes, and after a contact in the group, I started to have some problems. I tried to stay with the first guys, but I did not succeed in keeping the pace.

Remy Races To First Tech3 Moto2 World Championship Points In Mugello

Remy Gardner raced superbly to finish 14th in today’s Italian GP at the picturesque and undulating 3.259 mile Mugello circuit which is nestled in the Tuscan hills.

Consistently fast throughout Free Practice, Gardner was on fine form taking 11th on the grid ahead of the 21 lap race despite a tumble in the closing stages of the session.

A solid warm up kept confidence high and with 100,000 fans packed into the Tuscan hills the Moto2 race got off to a great start with the #87 soon in the middle of the fight for the top ten.

As the race progressed the front end chatter which has plagued him all season, and which caused his qualifying spill, coupled with some pain in his forearm prevented any further push forward with Gardner eventually taking the flag in 14th to notch up his first Moto2 World Championship points of the season and his first for the Tech3 Moto2 Racing Team.

Today’s result on the back of a strong weekend in Italy gives Remy a massive confidence boost ahead of next weekend’s Spanish GP at the Montmelo Circuit where he and the Tech3 Moto2 sqaud will continue to work towards improving the set-up of his Mistral 610 machine as they strive for even better results for the remainder of the season.

Remy Gardner: “It was great to open my 2017 account in Mugello but it was a disappointing final result. I was really tired at the end of the race and I felt that I was lacking some acceleration compared to the others so I struggled to get close enough to make a pass on the other riders around me. By the time I made it through the group had gone so I couldn’t make any more progress. A decent weekend overall after qualifying 11th but I wanted more. However, we will leave Mugello with my first point scoring finish on the Mistral 610 and we have to be happy about that. I am sure that Montmelo will be positive and that we can iron out some of the small chatter issues that we still have. Big thanks to the team and to all my sponsors and to everyone sending so many tweets and messages. See you all in Spain!”

McPhee back at the sharp end in sixth

Good day for the BTT in the Italian GP

British Talent Team rider John McPhee has been on it all weekend at Mugello, and after starting from pole for the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley the Scotsman kept calm in the huge front group of the Moto3™ race to take a solid P6.

With the timescreens almost inverted each time over the line, it was a group of more than twenty riders slipstreaming their way around the Autodromo del Mugello, and McPhee kept calm to pull some impressive moves and stay right up in contention.

The Scotsman's sixth place was only four tenths off the win in the incredibly tight finish, with the British Talent Team back in the battle and ready for the Catalan GP next weekend.

John McPhee, P6: "That has to be one of the most enjoyable races ever. Although the result wasn't quite what I was aiming for, it could have easily gone both ways. I'm not really a believer in good or bad luck but to be in the correct position going into the last lap had a lot to do with luck today. The most important thing is that I finished in front of nearly all of my championship rivals and closed the gap to the front. I need to say a big thanks to my team for their hard work all weekend. It's nice to be back at the sharp end!"

20th position for Kornfeil in the showdown of Italy

Press release race Mugello GP

After full sunshine during the past days Tuscany presented itself a bit more modest today. Under the cloud-covered sky of Mugello Kornfeil and Pulkkinen crossed the finish line of the “Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley” in 20th and 27th position, respectively.

Normally the results of the qualifying preset the starting grid for Sundays race. But this time the grid positions of the “Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley” had to be revised due to penalties given to 3 riders. Following this decision Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT pilot Kornfeil started his race from 20th and Pulkkinen from 27th position.

The name of the game for both riders was attack but Kornfeil and Pulkkinen couldn´t make the good start they needed to gain positions. In the first lap Kornfeil fell back to 24th position, Pulkkinen entered the first corner as 30th.

>From the beginning the race was full of tension. 25 riders were part of the leading group – countless overtakings included. Kornfeil was fighting hard to stay with his group but the various fights prevented him from charging the top 15. Nevertheless the fighting spirit of Kornfeil couldn´t be broken and in the end he crossed the finish line in 20th position.

Pulkkinen also bared his teeth this time and stayed with his group during the whole race. His constant performance secured 27th position in the end.

Now the teams are off to Spain. Next Sunday the “Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya” will be held in Barcelona.

#84 Jakub Kornfeil (P20):

„What can I say… just like the whole weekend this race was again very difficult. It was extremely hard for me to follow the guys in front of me. I always lost contact to my group on the straights and had to fight very hard to catch them in the corners. We really tried a lot but still we couldn´t find a good setup for the race. I was going back and forth and I am very sure if I could have stayed with them the result could have been better. I am happy with the chassis so now we have to check what we can do better next time. No points again is just not good.”

#4 Patrik Pulkkinen (P27):

„I had a quite a bad start and the first lap was pretty hard but all in all the race was okay. In the second corner I was last because one rider pushed me out and I basically had to start my race all over again. I had to put a lot of work into getting into contact with the group again. In between corner three and six I could pass three riders which was a really good thing but unfortunately I hit another rider in the following fast corner seven. Due to this I had a lot of movement in the bike and we lost contact to the other group. Anyway I could stay with the other pilots and had a lot of battles with them. This was really good and I really learned a lot.”

Florian Prüstel (Managing Director):

„Another difficult race for us. From the start the leading group was so big which made it even harder for everyone. Jakub´s start wasn´t the best one this time so he couldn´t gain any positions. Also on the straights he had problems to follow the other riders which made him lose contact constantly. In the end 20th position was all that was possible. Patrik´s start wasn´t much better but still he did a good job during the race. He never lost contact to his group and showed his fighting spirit there. His goal for the season is to fight in a group so we can´t be disappointed today. Regarding the team their work was really good again. I need to say thanks for their performance this weekend.”







DATE: 4 JUNE 2017


We could do well today at Mugello circuit, with Romano Fenati and Jules Danilo starting respectively from the sixth an tenth row on the grid. The pace, registered in the warm up by both riders of the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers team, was promising well. For Romano a dangerous contact caused by another rider has been crucial and made him lose the top of the race. Sucked by the group, the rider from Ascoli didn't succeed in getting the first positions in the final laps of the race. He closed thirteenth. The race of Jules Danilo was interrupted 11 laps to the end, he was knocked out by another rider who blocked the accelerator of his bike sending his bike at a high speed against the barriers. Luckily nothing serious for the rider. Next week Barcelona Grand Prix.

Canet finishes fifth and Bastianini eleventh after an uncompromising race at Mugello

Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders finish in a lead group that at one point contained more than 20 riders. Canet ascends to second place in the overall standings and cuts the gap to the series leader.

The Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders took part in an exciting race at the Italian GP, that saw the top 9 separated by barely 7 tenths of second.

After some tricky practice sessions due to the heavy traffic on track, Arón Canet found his best pace during the warmup on Sunday, obtaining the fourth fastest time. In the race, he started out hindered by his grid position, but pushed hard to regain ground and place in the large group at the front. With few laps remaining, Canet managed to get into the podium fight, but lost out on a crazy last lap. He took fifth place, and is now second in the World Championship standings, 34 points behind leader Joan Mir.

Enea Bastianini has also set out to recover positions on raceday. Although it was a race with constant overtaking, the Italian caught the top ten as the race entered its final stages. He rode in fourth, in a group that consisted of 21 riders within a second of one another, but dropped to the back of that group late on. However, in a final push he managed to overtake several riders and claim eleventh position.

Emilio Alzamora

Team Principal

"We are second in the championship and now we go to our home Grand Prix"

"Mugello is always a difficult circuit because the races are ridden in a group. No matter how much you prepare, slipstreams make the groups very large. The positive thing is that our riders were in that group and even fought to win the race. We are very happy because Canet's goal here was to finish in the top five. Now we are second in the championship and in Barcelona have our home race.

We are also very happy with Enea Bastianini. In practice he didn’t get good positions, but once again in race he was back up there with the front group. He even rode in fourth, but a mistake left him relegated to the back of the group. With the little time available then it was hard to fight for the victory. Even so, we are satisfied with the steps forward he is taking."

Enea Bastianini

11th, +1.229

"It was a very difficult race"

"It was a very difficult race for me -the most difficult one we've had so far this season and perhaps one of the most difficult of any I've had, because we were a very large group of riders. At the start I tried to recover the maximum number of positions because I felt very good, especially under braking, and I was able to move up a lot of places. As the laps went by, I felt better and better, and with five laps remaining I was fourth. However, on the last corner I made a small mistake; That meant that at the end of the straight many riders passed me, and when entering Turn 1 I was down to twentieth. I recovered positions to try to fight for the podium after that. I finally placed eleventh. I am happy with the work we have done; we need to improve in the first part of the race and this way we can aspire to more in the remaining rounds."

Aron Canet

5th, +0.364

"We leave Mugello second in the standings"

"It was a tough race and a little dangerous, since we had 20 riders just a few millimetres from each other. I have broke into the first four to attack in the last part of the race, but it didn’t quite work out. I think fifth position and achieving the maturity that we are looking for in my riding is quite positive. We leave Mugello second in the overall standings and this makes us very motivated for our home race. Montmeló is one of my favorite circuits and I hope to be back in the front group. With the Spanish fans supporting us, I think we can take another step forward."


The Italian weekend is more complicated than expected for the Team of young Italian talents in Moto2. Pecco crosses the finishing line in 22nd position after a race contact when he was 6th. Manzi forced to retire due to a crash.

Scarperia (Italy), June 4th, 2017 – It closed with both riders of the Sky Racing Team VR46 out of the points the Grand Prix weekend at Mugello. Francesco Bagnaia is 22nd under the checkered flag, while Stefano Manzi is forced to retire.

Pecco, who started from the 16th box of the grid, was in sixth position when a race contact, just on the last lap, forced him to the bottom of the group. Stefano, after a good start, crashed when he was in the 21st place fighting for the points.

PABLO NIETO - Team Manager

Unfortunately, it was not the race we expected for the home GP. Pecco struggled to keep the pace of the strongest, but after a good start, he approached the Top5. A race contact, just on the last lap, when he was fighting for the sixth position, forced him at the bottom of the group. Stefano was forced him to retire when he was 21st.

Pecco Bagnaia

It was not an easy weekend. I could not find the feeling I was looking for and riding as I wanted. During the race I tried to give my best, I joined the second group, fighting for the sixth position, but a race contact with Corsi force me in 22nd place. A pity, it was not the epilogue I hoped for the home GP.

Stefano Manzi

I'm sorry to close the home GP with another retirement. This weekend I struggled to repeat the performances of the last races, but after the start, I was able to joined the group close to the Top15. Unfortunately, the crash prevented me to fight for the points.

Difficult race concludes visit to Tuscany

Sunday’s race at the marvellous Mugello circuit draws the Italian round to close but without rewards for Axel Pons and his Dutch Moto2™ team.

On race day, much cooler temperatures were a welcome occasion after the heat during the previous days. Apart from that, the 26-year-old Axel Pons were unlucky, suffering physically issues last night which was why he lost all power during the demanding 23 laps race distance. After starting from P25 on the grid, Pons could not do anything to make his way through the field.

The series moves over now to Barcelona for the Gran Premi de Catalunya next weekend, which marks Pons’ home race.

#49 Axel PONS, 21st (Championship position 19th, 13 points):

“Obviously, it was really difficult today because I did not feel well physically wise since this morning so, during the race I struggled a lot to keep myself on the bike. Nevertheless, I started to push but the situation was a bit frustrating as I wasn’t able to give more at all. I’m sorry for my team because it’s hard for me to understand why this happened. Therefore, as soon as I arrive at home in Barcelona I’ll visit my doctor I trust for a detailed check in order to see what we can do to get fit in time for next weekend’s race in Barcelona. I’m frustrated because I was sixth last year here in the race and I was able to stay with the leading group all the time, Mugello is a track I like so much. But today I lost all my power getting massive problems during the race so I couldn’t push at all. I just was fighting with myself to remain seated on the bike to finish the race. We just have a couple of days to find a solution because I will race in home race in Barcelona, of course.”

Jarno JANSSEN (Team manager):

“Well, the result is for sure not what we had hoped for. It was difficult for Axel because he struggled with strange issues. But we had some strong points during this weekend, particularly in free practice sessions where we showed up really competitive. We were amongst the top ten riders every time. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do it in the race. However, the race itself is always a different story as well as it was a difficult weekend for us overall. We hope that Axel will get back for full fitness till next week where the Barcelona round awaits us, a second home race for us since it’s Axel’s home. We will give our best efforts to allow him to fight back in front of his home fans.”

Steady 26th for Pawi in Mugello

Another Unlucky DNF for Nakagami

Rd.06 GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA OAKLEY: Sunday, June 04, 2017

Weather: Dry

Ambient: 23℃ / Track: 31℃

IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider Khairul Idham Pawi crossed the finish line in 26th place in the 21-lap Italian Grand Prix today. Podium-hopeful teammate Takaaki Nakagami was involved in a crash at Turn 15 on the opening lap and retired.

Pawi made further progress in the warm-up session, improving his lap time once again and set 17th quickest in the session, boosting his confidence for the race. However, he struggled with the bike's behavior during the race, and finished in 26th place.

Starting from 5th grid on Row 2, Nakagami was off to a brilliant start and almost completed the opening lap in the lead group: another rider made a mistake and hit him from the inside at Turn 15. The Japanese rider was taken out onto the gravel where his race came to an abrupt end.

Round 7, the Catalan Grand Prix commences on June 9, with Free Practice 1 for the intermediate class set to start at 10:55 local time (GMT +2).

Khairul Idham Pawi (26th / 40'16.359 / +45.385)

“We have improved agility in changing direction in the morning’s Warm Up, but it became worse and heavier in the race. Also, I didn’t have enough rear grip in acceleration. The race was very difficult, but we will fight back in the next weekend in the Catalan Grand Prix.”

Takaaki Nakagami (DNF)

“We were perfectly prepared for Sunday afternoon, but my race abruptly finished before I could show my potential. I know that’s racing, but to be honest, I am very disappointed. Anyway, we will come back to be stronger in the next race in Barcelona.”

Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager

“In the Warm Up, Pawi set 1 m53s’ on used tires, so we expected he could maintain that pace in the race, but it was not the case, and his actual pace was 1 m54s’. If he could’ve followed the faster group, he would have clocked 1m 53s’ again. I feel sorry for Taka because it was unavoidable crash. The rider caused the crash came to us to apologize. We respect his honest sportsmanship because we understand it was a racing incident. And I am happy that both riders did not suffer any injuries. Anyway, I believe this bitter experience will make Taka stronger to get good results the next weekend.”


24th for Atiratphuvapat in Italian Grand Prix

25th for Toba

Rd.06 GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA OAKLEY: Sunday, June 04, 2017

Weather: Dry

Ambient: 22℃ / Track: 27℃

Honda Team Asia rookie rider Nakarin Atiratphuvapat finished 24th in the Italian Grand Prix today. Teammate Kaito Toba crossed the finish line in 25th place.

Starting from 26th on the grid, Atiratphuvapat fought for positions until the end and completed the 20-lap race in 24th place.

Toba started from the back of the grid due to a penalty for riding slow in Free Practice 3. He fought hard in the race to gain positions within the same group as his teammate, and crossed the finish line just 0.001s behind the Thai rider.

Both Asian world championship rookies learned a lot, and accumulated valuable experience from this weekend to be more competitive in the coming races.

The next race weekend is the Catalan Grand Prix. Free Practice 1 for the Moto3 class is set to start at 9:00 (GMT +2) local time on June 9.

Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (24th, 40'21.650 / +37.687)

“All in all, we struggled this weekend. Right after the race started, we lost ground to the front group, and had to fight far back in the field. Anyway, we learned a lot from this tough weekend, and we will make good use of these lessons for the next weekend in Montmeló.”

Kaito Toba (25th, 40'21.651 / +37.688)

“I had a good start and gained some positions at the beginning, but a few mistakes cost me the distance from the lead group. I tried to break away from there, but I couldn’t manage my riding well because I was in haste to catch them. The important thing is always trying to keep yourself calm. This is what I learned from today. We will do better next weekend.”

Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager

“It was a difficult race for Nakarin and Kaito, but we want to take it in a positive way that they gained more good experiences for the championship. In the next race weekend, we can apply what they have learned to improve their session strategy and to secure good grid positions for the race.”


After difficult days of practice at the marvellous Italian circuit, the Swiss rider and his crew in Kiefer Racing managed to find the right click to the team’s Suter MMX2 machine in time, as well as newcomer Tarran Mackenzie showed again a faultless ride during demanding 21 laps in Sunday’s race.

Race day at the season’s classic race within Tuscany’s beautiful hilly landscape has brought welcome cooler temperatures but also somewhat of a turnaround for Kiefer Racing. A poker in terms of the setting to Dominique Aegerter’s bike has fully paid off.

Aegerter, who qualified for 18th spot on the grid, played a decisive role in this decision. He had a good feeling in his mind as this setting was worked out during winter testing last February. After a hectic initial stage of the race, the 26-year-old was one of the fastest rider on track, climbing up positions from lap five onwards. In the final lap, by the way, Aegerter recorded his personal best lap time which was just two tenth of a second off the race’s best and overall fourth fastest.

On the other hand, Aegerter’s new teammate Tarran Mackenzie from Scotland showed up in determined shape too as the 21-year-old had great battles all the way with an even more experienced rider before he edged out his competitor on the last lap.

The championship is set to continue in just one week with the calendar’s next highlight in Spain’s Barcelona.

#6 Tarran MACKENZIE (Kiefer Racing, Suter MMX2), 27th:

"It was a good race and I’m happy that I finished it. This is certainly gratifying after I crashed out in Le Mans last time. Today’s course of the race was quite entertaining. After a good start, I tried to keep up the pace of Khairul (Idham Pawi) but Federico (Fuligni) gave me a dash through the bill. In the end, I rode the entire distance with him and I was very determined to cross the line ahead of him. During the last lap, I finally past him. I’m very delighted that I saw the chequered flag, even more as I was not in last position."

"But there is still a problem that I have with this bike. It appeared already in Le Mans and obviously also this weekend. I think, that I must change my riding and also how to ride this kind of bike because the move from a Supersport to a Moto2 machine is that much huge. From this point of view, I have to adapt myself even more with this bike. So, I’m glad that we go straight to the next race in just one week where the Circuit de Catalunya is again an unknown affair for me, like it was here and two weeks ago, but at least I’m able to build on more experience and I can continue my transition to the Moto2 straight on. Finally, I would like to say that I’m absolutely enthusiastic about Mugello now. It’s such a nice track and the good atmosphere here, which is hardly to be heard and omnipresent, I also like a lot. So, Mugello is one of my favourites now. I’m already looking forward to come back next time."

#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Kiefer Racing, Suter MMX2), 7th (Championship position 7th, 46 points):

"Fortunately, it wasn’t as hot today as the previous days. Nevertheless, it was a tough race. Throughout the weekend, we have tried many ways to set up the bike and my team tried and did their best to give me a good bike at any time. But for the race, we took a certain risk because we decided for a setting that worked at another circuit earlier this year. In addition, the cooler temperatures played a bit in our cards. My start from 18th position was good but too much far down the order anyway because as always, the opening laps were a mess. Everyone passed each other and it was like a wild wrestling. But as soon the field lined up, I was able to set strong lap times and almost in every lap I could overtake one other rider."

"We know that the bike reacts very sensitive. Today, however, we nailed it with the set-up and it was great to ride. I had plenty of grip throughout the distance and this is what I need to implement my riding. In any case, we were able to underline our potential again as we crossed the line just 13 seconds off the race winner's time. In addition, I set my fastest lap time in the very last lap. So, this mean that we have to continue in this way from the first practice in Barcelona and then to qualify for the first three rows on Saturday. Then, the goal is to come back into the top five."

Jochen KIEFER (Technical Director, Crew-Chief Dominique Aegerter):

"Today’s race has been very pleasing for us, we are happy with both our riders. But before the race got started, we had lots of tummy ache. We worked a lot in different directions this weekend but nothing really helped to set up the bike properly. That’s why we went a somewhat unconventional way for the race after we decided it together with Dominique. We have used a setting that we have worked out during a winter test in Jerez. Dominique had then a good feeling with the bike and after we had nothing to lose, we decided so."

"Already after the sighting lap, his impressions were not bad. So, he wanted to try it. During the initial stages of the race, however, Dominique lost time and positions. But he is a rider who needs a while to fully understand the bike how it works. Therefore, it took a couple of laps for him to get to know how to ride and how to brake. After four or five laps, the times became gradually more decent until a few moments later he started to recover. This weekend’s weather was like during our test in Le Mans. But the characteristics of here and in Le Mans last time are completely different though there are also some hard-braking points but mostly you have to let the bike roll through all of Mugello’s fast changes in direction. From this point of view, we were not able to implement something from the setting we developed on this Monday in Le Mans."

"Finally, one sentence on Tarran, who gave us pleasure this weekend again. He gradually understands the bike better and he didn’t crash this time which we found very good. In addition, he is always pushing out on track. So, actually we are happy with his performance even if the positions are not so nice at the moment. But we are sure that when we arrive at circuits that he already knows then we will move forward with him rapidly."

Mahindra On Edge Of Points In Record-Breaking Italian Grand Prix

Mugello, Italy 04 June 2017: Mahindra riders came within less than a second of adding to World Championship racing’s only Indian constructor’s points score in today’s Italian GP. But with a pack of 19 riders crossing the line within a record 2.3 seconds, they narrowly missed the top-15 scoring positions.

The first race of the day at the majestic 5.245-km Mugello circuit, overlooked by the Apennine mountain passes of the historic Mille Miglia, produced a breath-taking Moto3 battle. Riders were changing places from the first moment to the last of the 20-lap, 104.9 km contest.

It was desperately hard to gain places in a brawling pack, running into the track’s sweeping corners four or five abreast; but easy to lose them – a small slip could easily cost a rider ten or more positions. For example, the fastest qualifier – former Mahindra rider Jorge Martin – ran right up front for much of the race, but finished 15th.

The top Mahindra rider was Marco Bezzecchi, riding for the independent CIP team, who moved up four places to 17th on the last lap. The Italian rookie was just seven tenths of a second away from the points.

Aspar Mahindra team rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta was a mere 0.060 of a second behind, lying 19th. For most of the race he had been in the top 15. His team-mate Albert Arenas had been with him, sometimes ahead, but fell on the last lap, striving to secure points.

Jakub Kornfeil, riding a Mahindra MGP3O wearing the badge of sister company Peugeot, was a close 20th.

The race brought a first victory of the season for KTM, and rider Andrea Migno.

The next race is the Catalan GP, in one week.

Marco Bezzecchi, CIP Mahindra

“It was a very funny race, a really big group all fighting so much. I got a bad start but I was able to overtake a lot of riders in the first lap. At the end of that I was able to stay in more or less my position from the start. Afterwards I started to overtake more and more riders. On the last lap I gave it everything but some guys made some big moves, maybe a bit wild. Now we start to think of Barcelona and getting points again.”

Mufaddal Choonia, CEO Mahindra Racing

“So close, and yet so far. It was a classic Mugello race with a big pack of riders all together. Frankly, when it is like this, finishing positions are a bit of a lottery. We are happy with the pace our riders showed, with fast lap times and staying with the lead group. It is just unfortunate they were not in the top 15 past the chequered flag.”

Guevara ends the Italian Grand Prix with an incredible podium


Scarperia, Italy

Today the Moto3 riders got out on track for the warm up and the race of the Italian Grand Prix.

Because of an unexpected temperature decrease, Guevara and his team decided to take advantage of the warm up to confirm the final details for the KTM set-up. In the race, the rider from Lorca started from the fifth spot on the grid. Despite not managing to stay in the front positions in the first few turns, Juanfran did his best not to lose touch with the leading group. With five laps to go, the Spaniard put in an incredible overtaking manoeuvre, entering the battle for the Top-5 and managing to lead the race. Guevara crossed the finishing line with a superb third position, the best of the Spaniards on track for this GP and the first rider from the region of Murcia to get on the podium in the World Championship.

#58 Juanfran Guevara: 3rd [RACE]

“I’m really happy for this first podium. This is a tough track, where it isn’t that easy to overtake. It was an intense race, the front group was huge and it’s incredible to achieve this result. It was difficult to reach the first positions, we were all very fast. When I ended up with Migno and Di Giannantonio, I did my best to stay with them and, on the last lap, I tried to win the race on the final straight - however the slipstream wasn’t enough. It was a very positive weekend and we leave Italy looking forwards to fighting again for Sundays like this. I’d like to thank my team and to congratulate them for this first podium. Thanks also to my family, sponsors and fan club.”

Twelfth place for Bendsneyder in battle of Mugello

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider adds four more points to his tally in wild race, with up to 21 riders fighting for the win. Niccolo Antonelli places sixteenth.

06/04/2017 - Mugello Circuit, Italy

The Italian Grand Prix provided another crazy Moto3 race, with a multitude of riders battling for the win in the final stages. Over 20 laps of constant overtaking, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders did not have the same luck as on other occasions and on the last lap were in the middle of the group. Bo Bendsneyder claimed points for the third consecutive race, with twelfth position, while Niccolo Antonelli was just outside the Top 15 with sixteenth place.

Antonelli started the race well, gaining three positions and moving into eighth, just ahead of his teammate. From that moment on, constant overtaking and a packed group meant that some 7 or 8 riders came into the first corner in a row. Bendsneyder remained in the middle of the group, but Antonelli had to fight back after falling to twenty-second place on the ninth lap. In the end, after a huge battle, the Dutchman finished 12th, just 1.2 seconds behind the winner, and Antonelli was 16th.

Six rounds into the season, Bo Bendsneyder is fifteenth in the standings with 16 points. Antonelli, with 11, is eighteenth. With no time to rest, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team now head to Barcelona, where next weekend they will contest the Catalan Grand Prix.

Aki Ajo - Team Manager

"At Mugello the Moto3 race is always very special. We have several races in the championship where large groups are formed, so many riders place outside the points when in reality they are only 1.5 seconds away from the winner. But in any case, we cannot be happy with our results this weekend. As I have repeated several times during this season, we have to keep working hard and we need to do a thorough analysis to find out how we can improve our level in the coming races."


"It's true that Moto3 races at Mugello are a bit of a lottery, and you can win or be very far back based on very little. I’m not happy with the race because I wasn’t in the fight for the top positions. In addition, a small mechanical problem prevented me from completing the final laps with the good feeling I had previously. In any case, we had not really been at the head of the group at any point. Nevertheless, I am quite happy with the step forward we took in this race. After the bad luck in the last few races, it was important to complete all the laps. This should be a starting point heading to Barcelona."


"As you can see today, the races at Mugello are different: Riders who have been at the front all weekend with better pace, can be passed on the last lap to drop to the end of a group of twenty riders. It's like a video game. Personally, I am happy with the feeling we had, and it has been a positive weekend, especially thanks to the step forward we took in the race. Maybe it's not the result we expected after practice, but I think if we are 1.2s behind the leader and always fighting in the front group, it won’t be bad. I'm not happy with the twelfth position. The next step is to fight at all times to achieve a place on the podium."

Márquez celebrates podium finish in Italian Grand Prix

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Álex Márquez consolidated his third place in the Moto2 standings with a superbly judged podium finish at Mugello today.

Márquez was part of a breathtaking final lap at the Italian Grand Prix to finish in third, just 0.136s out of first place taken by home favourite Mattia Pasini.

Márquez, Pasini and Tom Lüthi had staged an absorbing three-way battle for the victory for most of the 21-lap race run in cool and overcast conditions.

The trio took turns at the front but it was Pasini who surged from third on the final lap to take the win ahead of Lüthi and Márquez.

The Spanish rider had conserved his rear tyre for the late race contest but admitted his final lap was perhaps a little too conservative.

However the podium is the perfect platform for Márquez for next Sunday’s Catalunya Grand Prix in Barcelona.

Italian rider Franco Morbidelli maintained his championship points lead with a calculated ride that secured him a comfortable fourth place.

Under intense pressure to win at home Morbidelli focussed on his campaign to win the Moto2 world title and took a sensible approach to score valuable points.

He rode patiently in fourth place for most of the race just behind the frantic fight staged by the leading trio.

Morbidelli and Márquez had qualified 1-2 on the grid but today’s result ended a five race winning streak by Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS in Moto2.

After six races Morbidelli leads the championship on 113 points with Márquez third on 78.

Álex Márquez: 3rd

"The last lap was incredible and I pushed as hard as I could but maybe I thought too much about it. I saved my tyres for the final lap but in the end it was not enough, Pasini had unbelievable rhythm for the whole race. I’m happy to be on the podium in Italy and score some very important points for the championship and now we go to my home race in Barcelona."

Franco Morbidelli: 4th

"I had to be intelligent today because I didn’t have the best pace. The front guys were faster than me so I had to focus on getting points for the championship. The good thing is that the next race in Barcelona is only a week away so I’m looking forward to improving our set-up and having the pace to challenge for the win there."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

"The most important thing at Mugello is to finish on the podium, it can be a tricky race in Moto2 with all the slip-streaming on the final lap. Álex was in the fight for the victory the whole race and I am very happy he finished on the podium. And Franco maintains his championship lead with a sensible ride into fourth. Our winning streak may have ended but we leave Mugello with a smile on our faces."


Jorge Navarro has scored his first top-10 finish in Moto2 by finishing today’s race at Mugello in ninth place. The Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 rider has built speed upon speed throughout the weekend after starting with the 20th time in FP1 on Friday and qualifying in 7th place yesterday.

It was not an easy day, however, because Navarro struggled to find a good pace in the early laps of the encounter. Throughout the end of the race, the series rookie was able to finally find his rhythm as he moved past three riders.

The ninth-place finish gives Navarro seven important points, which help him move up to fifteenth place with the same points as other four contenders. No time to rest for the Spaniard and the rest for the MotoGP paddock, as the Catalunya Grand Prix – Navarro’s second home race of the year - takes place in a week’s time.


“Looking at how the weekend started I’m really happy with today’s ninth place. Over the last two days I was finally able to ride the way I think I’m capable of and this is a good sign. I think I fell asleep a little today in the race, especially at the start: when I saw the front-runners pulling away, I thought more about saving the tyres and I therefore I couldn’t find a good pace. I wasn’t able to bridge the gap with riders ahead and the ones behind me were getting closer. In the last three laps, however, I found my focus, lapped in the 1’53secs, passed three riders and finished two seconds away from sixth place.”

Gardner closes Mugello account with solid point scoring finish

Remy Gardner powered to 14th in the gruelling Italian Grand Prix today to clinch his first World Championship points of 2017 aboard the Mistral 610. The young Australian began the sprint from 11th on the grid and quickly set into a firm rhythm as he diced with the vastly experienced opponents. He valiantly fought all the way to the chequered flag to seal the finish and positively close the weekend in Tuscany.

Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge sat out the Grand Prix today after following the doctor's advice to rest due to having minor breathing problems as a result of a heavy fall in qualifying. The young rider took the precautionary decision but will seek to bounce back at his home Grand Prix next week. The Tech3 team would like to wish him a speedy recovery.

Remy Gardner

Position: 14th - Championship: 26th - Points: 2

“The race was certainly challenging but I am happy to have scored my first points of the year, even if I had expected more today. My start was average, but then I got caught up and pushed around by some other riders so I couldn’t advance properly. I felt that I was lacking a bit of acceleration and it was really tough to pass the riders without this. Then, some slower riders, who lost some grip later, overtook me and I tried hard to gain on them, but it was tricky. In addition, I also had an issue with the nerves in my left arm, which made it harder to ride. However, we will leave Mugello with my first point scoring finish on the Mistral 610 and we have to be happy about that. However, I have to say that I expected more but I am sure that Montmelo will be positive."

Xavi Vierge

DNS - Championship: 11th - Points: 32

“It was a big shame that I was not able to compete in this race, especially because I know that we would have had a good chance to seal a strong finish, but I had to follow the doctor's advice after the crash yesterday. I feel fine but we didn’t want to risk anything so now I will focus on the next round which is my home Grand Prix at Montmelo and I am really looking forward to it."

Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager

"What an incredible race! This is why we love Moto2 and I would like to pass on my warmest congratulations to Mattia Pasini. Regarding Tech3, it was a big shame about Xavi because a top result was well within his grasp. He had a good run in FP3 and we were hoping for another strong point scoring finish but unfortunately, in qualifying, he had a nasty crash. He is ok apart from his lungs, which are not quite 100% and we know that breathing is vital when racing so the doctors advised him to rest and we fully supported their advice. It’s not the way we wanted this weekend to end but this sometimes happens in racing. On the other side, we are very pleased with Remy. He has been really unlucky so far this year and is still recovering from an injury, plus he is very young, but he had a really strong weekend. He has shown that he is coming back and that we were right to have faith in his talent. 14th is not super exciting yet, it’s his first point-scoring finish with our team. This performance is what he needed to boost his confidence for the future so I’m sure that this result will motivate him and I hope he can score many more points in the future rounds. Congratulations to him and his side of the garage who have had some tough times and I want to wish Xavi a swift recovery because we need him and want him back at full power in Catalunya."


Another positive racing weekend comes to a close for Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 at Mugello, for what has been the sixth Grand Prix of the 2017 Moto3 World Championship. Fabio Di Giannantonio has put together another incredible performance by coming inches away from what would have been his first win in the series to claim his third podium finish of the year.

The Rome-born rider was quick throughout all weekend: he topped the timesheets on the opening day before qualifying fourth – and being promoted to second on the grid. Today, ‘Diggia’ did his utmost on track and was always within the sharp end of the field; on the last lap, Fabio tried to pip fellow Italian Migno at the line but had to settle for second place, a result that helps him move up to third place in the standings, 30 points away from the top.

Jorge Martin had a less fortunate weekend after being demoted from pole to 13th place on the grid. The Spaniard had his shot at the lead, but then moved down the order and was ultimately fifteenth at the chequered flag.

“I’m really happy for Fabio” says team manager Fausto Gresini, “even though it would have been amazing to get the win. He was finally able to be consistently quick throughout the weekend and that’s the way I want to see him every weekend. Too bad for Jorge, who since Jerez is being unable to find his rhythm during the race. There’s a lot of work to do.”


“The idea was to be second entering the last turn and get the slipstream from Migno. I was where I wanted to be and did everything right, but he was super quick so I couldn’t overtake him before the line. It’s been an extremely good weekend nevertheless, for the team and myself. This is my third podium of the year: we really wanted to be competitive here and we did it, from start to finish. It has been the best racing weekend of my career so far.”

15th - JORGE MARTIN #88

“It’s been a tough race, especially because I was feeling good at the beginning and managed to pass a lot of riders to even get into the lead. Then I suffered a bit in the middle of the group as there were a lot of manoeuvres at the limit and I was lacking a bit of grip at the rear-end. I fought hard in the final part of the race, but I got away with only one point. We need to focus and bounce back, starting from Barcelona!”

Precious points for Mir in mad Mugello race

The Spaniard of the Leopard Racing Team finishes the 2017 Grand Prix in seventh position, maintaining an unchanged advantage over his rivals in the championship. Trouble for his teammate Livio Loi, outside the points.

At 11:01 local time, the traffic lights of the Mugello race went out, the sixth race of 2017 getting underway. The duo of the Leopard Racing Team started from the first (Mir) and the ninth (Loi) rows. Mir’s front row coming after yesterday’s miracle, where he landed on the front row with just a single flying lap as the flag came out.

From the beginning of the race it was immediately apparent that achieving victory would be no simple matter. A swarm of riders all fought for the lead, using a variety of different lines in every corner. Joan Mir fought with a knife between his teeth for the top five. His team-mate Livio Loi, after a great Warm Up, was still at the back of 26th place.

Turn 1 saw almost constant action, riders heading in six abreast. Palma de Mallorca's talent fell to 9th position after contact with Binder, but in just one corner he returned the favour to take command of the race with a big break at San Donato. Just as with the South African, this stared a barrage of attacks from all comers.

But soon it became a game of tactics and slipstream and in the last laps we had 24 pilots in just 2.5 seconds. Livio Loi did not find the feeling with his bike, but the Belgian clenched his teeth and returned to 23rd place. At the head of the race, the daggers were drawn by a dozen riders who brawled for the win. Mir was good at keeping up and making no mistakes.

The Spaniard cut the finish line in seventh position, bringing home more prestigious points in the World Championship, taking advantage of the traffic that relegated his rivals to the edge of the points zone. Mir climbs to 108, leaving the gap of 34 points unchanged to his pursuers. And we're just one-third of the season, but the World Championship does not know a break: in a week we run to Montmelo!

#36 Joan MIR - 7th:

"I am not very happy for today's seventh position, but I'm also happy because in this race the main goal was to pick up points: I knew perfectly well that here at Mugello the race would be a madness ... but not like this! It was a really crazy race: there were several overtaking moves and many contacts, on a couple of occasions I even risked falling off. I tried to do my best, hoping in the last laps to be a bit ahead. We are always leading in the rankings with the same gap, and now we head to tracks I like."

#11 Livio LOI - 23rd:

"It was a very difficult race, one of the most difficult of all my career. All weekend we had problems and in the race I could not follow the group: in some places I lost too much time and did not feel the right feeling with the bike. Let's see how to improve for the next race."

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