Post-race press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
DIGGIA'S #GERMANGP COMEBACK ENDS WITH 11TH PLACE FINISH
Fabio Di Giannantonio completes the ninth Grand Prix of the Moto3 World Championship season with mixed feelings, after finishing today’s 27-lap race at the Sachsenring in 11thplace. Despite the result in itself, the Italian leaves Germany in a more positive mood after improving his performance on race day.
Fabio was the only standard bearer of the team on track today due to the injury side-lining Jorge Martin; starting from 25th place on the grid, the 19-year old put together a laudable comeback, which unfortunately also highlights the importance of good qualifying on Saturday.
Nevertheless, Di Giannantonio was able to overtake 13 riders to take eleventh at the chequered flag and move back in fifth place in the standings, four points away from his team mate.
The MotoGP circus will not enjoy a month break and so will the riders of Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3, who hope to have Martin back at Brno already. More information regarding his recovery will be available after tomorrow’s surgery to the Spaniard’s right ankle.
11th - FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21
“Overall I must say that it was a positive weekend, but only if we separate performance and result. My result was OK: I made up 13 places to finish 11th and we moved up one place in the standings, which it’s not too bad. Performance-wise, I’m really happy because we showed a great race pace, which we didn’t have over the rest of the weekend. We tried something different for the race and I liked it a lot, and I was only a tenth away from the quickest lap of the race. All in all, I would rate myself 6 out of 10 here in Germany.”
Bezzecchi Pounces On The Points In Germany
Sachsenring, Germany 2 July 2017: For the third time in 2017, Italian teenage grand prix rookie Marco Bezzecchi battled through into the points in today’s German Grand Prix, at the pocket-handkerchief Sachsenring circuit near Chemnitz.
It was Bezzecchi’s third time in the points, all in the last five races, adding also to the overall score of the only Indian constructor in the World Championship series.
The 18-year-old CIP Mahindra team rider added further lustre to his reputation as a promising prospect, after a patient race of poise and tactics. Starting from 18th position, he was pushed almost off the track in the first corner. After that he showed maturity as he held his position, near the back of a huge and tightly packed group.
Overtaking is difficult at the 3.671-km circuit, shortest and twistiest of the year; but Bezzecchi bided his time and waited until the closing laps. As other riders over-extended themselves in their efforts, he moved up two places on the last of 27 laps, and finished 15th.
One of his victims was Jakub Kornfeil, who was battling in or close to the top 15 all race long. Riding the Saxoprint Peugeot, a rebadged Mahindra MGP3O, the Czech rider was less than half-a-second behind Bezzecchi, but in 18th place.
Bezzecchi had also got ahead of Mugello winner Andrea Migno in the final battle.
Mahindra Aspar team rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta was one place down on Kornfeil in 19th, a couple of tenths ahead of second CIP Mahindra rider Manuel Pagliani. Second Mahindra Aspar rider Raul Fernandez, in his second ride in place of injured team regular Albert Arenas and only his fourth grand prix, was delighted to take top spot in damp morning warm-up, and finished 22nd in the race.
The championship circus breaks up now for the four-weekend summer break, before resuming business for the Czech Republic GP at Brno on August 6.
Marco Bezzecchi, CIP Team
“It was a very difficult race because at the start Loi made a mistake in the first corner, I got pushed wide as a result and I lost some positions. I had to push a lot to overtake other riders. I got behind Migno for quite a lot of the race and that helped me to stay in the group more. On the last lap I just pushed 100% and I overtook Migno and Kornfeil and got another point. I’m happy with what we have done this weekend, it was tough. Now it’s time to relax a little during the summer break”
Mufaddal Choonia, CEO Mahindra Racing
““Marco once again showed he is capable of a strong race pace and to finish consistently in the points. But we are losing out in the first few laps, and not only because of poor qualifying positions. This leaves him with too much to do in the race. Now we have a few weeks off, and we will be working on our strategy to address this issue.”
Sixth place for Bastianini and crash for Canet at German GP
Italian wins out in a tough group, while teammate Aron Canet crashes after starting from pole position at Sachsenring.
In spite of an uncertain weather forecast and a wet track during the morning warmup, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders Enea Bastianini and Aron Canet eventually contested this Sunday’s German GP on a dry surface.
Bastianini has started from the third row from the grid, and during the opening laps he tried to catch the group consisting of the fastest riders. However, their strong pace, combined with the constant overtaking around him, prevented the Italian from achieving his goal for the first part of the race. When the contest entered its final laps, Bastianini managed to lead a large group of up to ten riders, eventually crossing the line in sixth place for further World Championship points.
Although Aron Canet started from pole position, he had a tricky start to the German GP. He was passed for the holeshot and subsequently lost ground on several of his rivals, struggling with grip issues and unable to latch onto the leading group. As part of the second pack, he battled to regain places, but the lack of feeling meant he was unable to save a crash when he lost the front end. Canet is now third in the overall standings, 55 points behind the leader.
"It's a shame that Aron is leaving Germany without scoring points. Enea had a great race, gaining strength"
"Enea had a great race, gaining strength as the laps went by. He gained positions and finally finished sixth, despite the problems with a lack of grip with the hard tyre that he had at the beginning of the race. If he had been able to push harder on the first few laps, he might have been able to reach the leading group. On the other hand, it was a shame about what happened to Aron at the start. He had chosen the hard tyre and didn’t have a very good feeling with it, but almost all the grid had chosen it and that gave a certain equality in the conditions. The positive point from the weekend is that Aron took pole and showed he is fast. It's a shame that he is leaving Germany without scoring points. In mid-July we have a test at the Brno Circuit, which is sure to make us better prepared for when the season resumes."
6th, + 13.650
"I set a very fast lap at the end of the race"
"It was a good race. At first it was difficult for me to go fast because I was riding with a very large group. As the laps went by, I felt better and regained positions. I set a very fast lap at the end of the race. We have to work on being more competitive on the opening laps, so as not to lose contact with the front group, because we have shown that we can be very fast towards the end of the race."
"The positive thing is that in practice we were fast; it’s a pity we did not to have the same feeling in the race."
"I didn’t feel comfortable with the hard tyre, right from the start of the race, but at that moment I thought it was something momentary. I had hoped to be able to push hard to go with the lead group. However, I soon realised that I had no grip with the rear tyre, which gave me many problems both when cornering and when accelerating out of the turns. I tried my best to change the way I rode, forcing the front end more. Finally I lost the front and crashed out. The positive thing is that in practice we were fast; it’s a pity we did not to have the same feeling in the race.”
Morbidelli living the dream after sixth win of the season
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli is living the dream after taking control of the Moto2 World Championship with his sixth win of the season at the Sachsenring today.
After nine of 18 races Morbidelli goes to the month long summer break with a commanding 37-point lead over nearest championship rival Tom Lüthi.
Morbidelli’s victory in the German Grand Prix was a tactical masterstroke in a high-pressure race as he saved his race winning effort for the final lap of the 29-lap race.
It was a thrilling contest between Morbidelli and Oliveira who made a brave bid for victory when he took the lead at turn 12 on the penultimate lap.
But Morbidelli charged back to the front with a perfectly timed braking move at turn one on the final lap and then controlled the front-running to win the an intense battle by just 0.066s.
Starting from pole position Morbidelli had played a waiting game early in the race dropping back to third behind teammate Álex Márquez and Lüthi.
While looking set for a podium challenge Márquez crashed at turn two on lap four thus ending his race early after getting the holeshot and leading the opening two laps.
Morbidelli leads the standings on 173 points ahead of Lüthi on 136, Oliveira 114 and Márquez in fourth on 113 points.
Franco Morbidelli: 1st
“After this sixth win of the season I am living the dream and don’t want to wake up. It was a very difficult race especially to defend the lead against Miguel who caught me very fast in the middle of the race. But then he did not overtake and if he had done I would have been struggling. I was getting ready for a big battle over the final two laps. It was not easy but I did a very good final lap and that gave me the victory. Thanks to my team for all the hard work.”
Álex Márquez: DNF
"Today's race was not how we were hoping to round out the first half of the season. From the second lap I was struggling for grip and I had a big moment in turn seven when I shut the gas, with the rear trying to come round on me. The same happened two laps later at turn two and there was nothing I could do, the rear just went and I was down. Anyway, like I said, this isn't how we wanted to finish the first half of the season but now we have some time to recover before returning to action in Brno, one of my favourite tracks and where I hope to start the second half of the season strongly."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“It is a nice feeling to see Franco win his sixth race of the season but more importantly it means that we have a big gap of 37 points going to the summer break, this is what we wanted. It was disappointing for Álex who crashed in similar circumstances in practice on Friday; we need to find solutions for better grip as the situation is not ideal for any rider in Moto2. I think Álex will be OK, we go to Brno in 15 days to test and I think this will restore his confidence. He really suffered with rear grip this weekend.”
Resolute Gardner completes German GP in the points – Strong debut ends in an unfortunate way for Garzo
Remy Gardner closed the first half of his rookie Moto2 season with a point scoring finish today at the challenging Sachsenring track where he forcefully powered to 12th. The young Australian leapt forward from the fifth row of the grid and he maintained his consistency throughout the 29 sprint as he pursued a strong result. Gardner set his fastest time of the race on the penultimate lap and he battled in a fierce fight with Syahrin which went right down to the chequered flag before he closed the weekend positively and in 12th.
Meanwhile, Hector Garzo’s debut ended in an unfortunate way after he fell at the 12th turn on the third lap. Garzo, who is standing in for the injured Xavi Vierge, began from 5th on the grid and quickly set off at speed. However, the impressive young Spaniard’s luck turned shortly after the start of the race, but the Tech3 Racing Team would like to thank him for his strong efforts during the German Grand Prix.
Position: 12th - Championship: 23th - Points: 6
“It was a very positive race and we closed the first half of the season in a good way. The result could have been a bit better if it wasn’t for the opening lap where Binder passed me a bit aggressively at the last corner and I nearly fell. Fortunately, I saved it but then I got swamped by the next group at the first turn and I lost a lot of time. This is a big shame especially because I ran some really strong times at the end of the GP. With regards to the race, after about a third of the Grand Prix, it felt like the tyre had a blister on it and it took me five or six laps to understand how to adapt. Yet, I found the key eventually and I caught Syahrin and passed him twice on the last lap, but he put up a good fight and just beat me to the line. It was still a positive day and I think we’ve made a big jump. I have to say that the new KYB forks that we tried this weekend really made the difference and if it wasn’t for them, then I would have been down in the group behind. So it was very positive regarding the bike set up and now I am sure that we can find the next step."
Position: DNF - Championship: Not Classified
“I made a really good start and my aim was to follow the first four or five riders. However, it was impossible to follow them even though I did my best. Then on the 3rd lap, Binder passed me and didn’t take the perfect line on the turn, which pushed me wide and when I touched the brake, I lost the front. It’s definitely not the way I wanted to finish this weekend but overall, I am happy with the work that we did and with my first Grand Prix. I want to say sorry to the Tech3 Racing Team because they did a really good job but I’m happy for this opportunity which they gave me."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
“It was a shame that we couldn’t quite match the performance that we did on Saturday in the qualifying and we will never forget Hector Garzo’s fight for the front row and him ending up 5th on the grid. We knew it was going to be much more difficult in the dry because all of the riders that he was near have a lot more experience. The difficult conditions yesterday played to our advantage, but we hoped that he was going to finish the race and learn a lot. It’s a pity to not finish the weekend on a positive note, but his mistake was just a small one and I want to say thank you to Hector for his efforts and dedication over the weekend. As for Remy, he had a decent qualifying and today he showed great fighting spirit. The start was not ideal as he lost a few positions but he recovered and had a very intense battle with Syahrin who he passed in the last sector, yet, he unfortunately lost the position by the flag. The result and his fastest time which he set on the penultimate lap, shows that Remy’s potential is high. We just hope he can fix his ankle problem from the injury which he sustained in Argentina. Since then he has never really been able to ride at 100% so the summer break will be very important for him to recover completely. I think that Remy and his Mistral 610 can finish regularly in the top ten. I would also like to send my best wishes to Xavi Vierge and we can’t wait to be in the Czech Republic with him on board. I hope the whole team has a good rest in the summer and we will be back soon at Brno.”
NAVARRO IMPRESSES WITH SIXTH PLACE AT SACHSENRING
Jorge Navarro has scored his so-far best result of his rookie Moto2 year by finishing today’s 29-lap German race at the Sachsering in sixth place on board the Kalex machine of team Federal Oil Gresini.
The 21-year-old Spaniard got a good launch from the sixth row on the grid and was able to make up five places at the start. Jorge then began his steady recovery and, after only four laps, he was already up to tenth place before putting up a great battle with Schrotter and Binder for eighth place and starting his change to Cortese’s sixth place.
Navarro, whose pace was stronger than the one of his German rival, finally moved past the number 11 to seal sixth place, which equals his best-ever result at the track - dating back to 2015 when he was racing in Moto3. Courtesy of this performance, Jorge is now 15th in the standings with a tally of 33 points.
“If we consider that the goal for this first half of the season was to make as much experience as possible” says team manager Fausto Gresini “I’d say we’re doing really well. Jorge did a great race today and a big step forward. Surely, if he qualified a bit better he would have been with the front guys. I would like to thank the team, Federal Oil and all the team for the great effort.”
6th - JORGE NAVARRO #9
“We had a great pace today and I’m not sure I was expecting to be that competitive. We knew what we had to do yesterday in FP3, but the rain and the crash in qualifying have made things much more complicated. The start wasn’t easy and I would have had a chance at racing with the front runners had I qualified better. I did many overtakes and had great fun. I would like to thank the team: now we need to rest and come back stronger!”
Fifth seal of the season for Mir at the Sachsenring
Mallorca's talent wins the GP of Germany after a three-way battle and a calculated overtake at the penultimate curve. The only rider always points, Mir consolidates his championship lead. An excellent race for his teammate Livio Loi, a good recovering to seventh after falling back early on.
At 11:00 local time, the Sachsenring’s lights went out, the midway point in the 2017 season official here. On the sun-kissed starting grid, the Leopard Racing Team's duo started from the 1st and 5th row respectively with Joan Mir and Livio Loi. The pair were fully focussed on the 27 laps of the race after highlighting their pace throughout the German weekend.
Mir launched well and ripped into the lead at the first corner, followed by Ramirez and Arbolino who passed pole man Canet. Fenati joined their battle, taking the lead on the second lap and beginning a race long duel with Mir. Meanwhile, the other Leopard Racing team rider, Livio Loi, was recovering well after getting tangled up with Guevara and Rodrigo.
Five riders formed the head of the train and detached themselves into the lead, but soon Mir, Fenati and Ramirez were further isolated. The Belgian Livio Loi entered the points, first crossing the Italians Bastianini and Di Giannantonio, then putting the Dutch Bendsneyder and Canet, relegated from pole to the edge of the Top Ten and then finishing in the gravel, into his sights.
In the middle of the race, the top riders continued to stretch their advantage. Livio Loi, struggling in traffic and lurking behind the local hero Oettl, waited for his moment. AT the head of the race, Mir and Fenati attacked each other at every turn. Eight laps from the end, a highside for Arbolino further broke up the leaders.
Ramirez continued to push Mir and Fenati, the trio fighting for a guaranteed spot on the podium. Fenati began to try and push away, but the talent of Palma de Mallorca did not react, instead following in his wake. Then, at Turn 12, he attacked to steal victory. Joan Mir’s victory at the Germany GP, his fifth win in nine races, solidifies him as the leader in the standings (and the only Moto3 rider to score at each round), consolidating a 37-point lead over Fenati.
A beautiful race for Ramirez who took the first podium of his career and Livio Loi, seventh at the finish line, finally up to his potential on the NSF250RW Leopard Racing. The World Championship will observe a break of 1 month now over the summer. The Moto3 world title battle will resume in Brno for the Czech Grand Prix (August 4-6) and the following week at Spielberg for the Grand Prix of Austria (August 11-13). Stay tuned!
#36 Joan MIR - 1st:
"This victory means a great deal! I wanted to leave Assen's fault behind and prove I could win: and I wanted to win here. It was a long and difficult race, I immediately tried to make a break with a small group. I had a good pace and in the end our strategy worked perfectly. I would never have imagined getting to the Championship’s break with this margin of an advantage, but there are still many races. Now, a week of vacation, then I'll get back to training."
#11 Livio LOI - 7th:
"It was a great race, it was a pity to be in the 13th position because of the qualifications. At the start I was a bit uncertain into the first turn and there was contact, but from that moment on I started recovering immediately, coming behind Oettl. I was better off than him. I felt comfortable in the last sector with fast corners. In the last lap there were several overtakes, otherwise I would have taken Bastianini. I want to thank the team: it's great to come back to this level!"
Twelfth position for Guevara in the race at Sachsenring, crash for Rodrigo
The riders from the Moto3 class got out on track today to take part in an intense race at the circuit of Sachsenring, Germany.
The day started off on damp track, because of some rain showers from last night. Guevara took advantage of the warm up to check the wet setting of his KTM, in order to gather some useful data for the upcoming Grand Prix events. In the race, Juanfran started from the eleventh spot, reaching the Top-10 after few laps. The rider from Lorca set a consistent pace, finishing the race in twelfth position.
Rodrigo and his crew decided not to take unnecessary risks in the warm-up, since the conditions of the track were going to change before the race. The Argentinian started from the fifth row of the grid, moving up quickly in the first few turns. Gabriel joined the second group, holding a place in the Top-10 in different occasions. On the last lap, Rodrigo couldn’t avoid a crash and he was forced to abandon today’s race.
#58 Juanfran Guevara: 12th [RACE]
“This was kind of a bittersweet day. On the one hand, I’m happy with the improvements throughout the weekend, at the beginning we were struggling, yet in the end during the race we were quite competitive. On the other, we were hoping for something more, since our objective is to finish always in the Top-10 and mostly in the Top-5. We couldn’t do that today, but at least we got four points that are always handy. In the end we found a setting that was quite competitive. We weren’t starting from the front rows and that made things a bit harder here at Sachsenring. We have to keep working in order to improve the traction, this is the point we are having some issues with. What matters is that we did get a decent feeling with the bike, it’ll be useful for the upcoming Grand Prix events. Brno has a layout that is quite similar to Mugello and the performance of the KTM was good in previous occasions. Maybe today’s result isn’t the best to start the summer break, but we still are in tenth position in the Championship Standings and that’s important. There are plenty of open options and we still have lots of races waiting ahead.”
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: not classified [RACE]
“We knew this was going to be a difficult race with plenty of strategy, since the durability of the tyres was playing a main role. In the end we decided to use the hard compound and during the race I was managing the tyres consumption, trying not to wear them off too quickly and taking care when getting on the gas. I believe I achieved that, since during the first twenty laps I had a bit of margin. I knew I could be in the front of the group if I pushed a bit, or reach it again if I was left behind. In the last five laps I struggled more because of the tyres: when I chose to attack, I had a couple of moments. I believe we could have finished close to the Top-10, but on the last lap a rider was trying to overtake Juanfran, he thought about it a bit too long and he was in the middle when I had already released the brakes. I couldn’t do anything to avoid the contact and I ended up in the gravel. It’s a shame because crashing on the last lap is always very unpleasant. But that’s how races are sometimes, at least we are learning a lot and all the experiences will be useful for the future.”
Bendsneyder battles to Top 10 finish at Sachsenring
Dutch rider finishes 8th at the German Grand Prix, his best result this season. Danny Kent suffers a crash with 12 laps remaining.
07/02/2017 - Sachsenring, Germany
Bo Bendsneyder’s efforts at Sachsenring provided a reward this Sunday. The Dutch rider, who had been unfortunate at Assen one week ago, claimed his best finish of the season in the German GP with eighth place. Teammate Danny Kent, standing in for the injured Niccolo Antonelli, was unable to finish the race after suffering a crash 12 laps from the end.
Starting from the third row, Bendsneyder was in the second group from the start, fighting with over fifteen riders for sixth position. Although close to the halfway mark he had dropped to 16th, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider led the group in the final stretch, crossing the finish line in eighth place. It is his best placing of his second season in the Moto3 World Championship so far.
For Danny Kent it was a tough race. Starting from 28th on the grid, little by little he moved up the order, before riding by himself in 22nd position. Unfortunately, his progression was cut short 12 laps from the end, as he crashed out at Turn 3.
Following nine rounds of action, the season now reaches the summer break. The Moto3 World Championship will resume on August 4th-6th with the Czech Republic GP.
Aki Ajo - Team Manager
"Although the race did not begin too well for Bo [Bendsneyder], on the last few laps he was able to solve the issues. Bo has been smart with managing the tyres, something that is very important at this circuit. In addition, he led the group, although in the end he lost two positions on the last lap. As I've been saying at the last few races, he's always in a continuous state of improvement and working in the right direction. This is the way to go. I want to thank Danny [Kent] for his work replacing Niccolo [Antonelli] for this Grand Prix. After returning to Moto2 it has not been an easy weekend for him and unfortunately he started from far back. His pace on the first laps was good, but he crashed out in the end and it's a shame about that."
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
"From the opening laps I noticed that the tyre was sliding a lot, something that continued throughout the race. I think the other riders also suffered the same problem, but adapted faster, so I knew that it would be difficult to get into the lead group. As the laps went by I was able to adapt to the grip that we had at each moment and I became more competitive, although on the straight I was getting overtaken and I had to recover the positions later. In any case, I am very happy with this Top 10 finish.
Looking ahead to the second half of the season, we have to improve our first laps in the races and gain more grip. We have to work more with the hard tyre and see how everything evolves. Thanks to the team, because in the end we have achieved a good result that we deserved."
52 DANNY KENT
"The whole weekend has been quite tough, right from FP1 with the 12-place penalty. We knew that it was going to be a difficult Grand Prix. Also, starting from 28th position is something that never helps at a circuit as short as this. In the race, I had managed to gain 6 positions, but the front tyre started to drop off a lot and later on I crashed. It's a shame to end this Grand Prix like that, but I want to thank the team for giving me this opportunity to work with them again."
EXCELLENT FOURTH PLACE FOR NICOLO’ BULEGA AT THE GERMAN GP
After a race with the protagonists, the young talent of the SKY Racing Team VR46 crossed the finishing line in 4th place. Close to the points, Andrea Migno, 16th.
Chemnitz (Germany), July 2nd, 2017 - Nicolò Bulega conquered his best seasonal result just before the summer break. The young rider of the Sky Racing Team VR46, in fact, was fourth at the German GP on the Sachsenring track. Good recovery also for Andrea Migno, 22nd in the grid and 16th under the checkered flag.
Nicolò, started from the third box of the front row, was immediately in the group fighting for the podium. One of the protagonists till eight laps to the end, he lost the contact with the strongest guys after the crash in front of him, fortunately without consequences, of Tony Arbolino and he closed fourth. Andrea, who was struggling a little bit more with the setting, was 16th at the end of the race.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
Nicolò made a good race and he back to being competitive. This is the most important thing to start in the best way the second part of the season. He fought for the podium till Arbolino's crash and he proved he could stay in the front group. Andrea unfortunately was forced to recover, but was close to the points.
It was not the weekend I hoped for: I have struggled since Friday and even today I did not find the right feeling. I made a good recovery, I approached the points area, but I can not say that I’m happy. I need to recharge the batteries in this break.
It was really a great race, especially after Assen, I was able to find the feeling I wanted with my KTM. This fourth place is, at the moment, my best seasonal result and it must be an extra injection of confidence to better manage the second part of the Championship. I started pretty well, I was losing something at the engine level, but I was able to ride as I wanted. After the crash of Arbolino in front of me, I lost contact with the Top guys and I was not able to back into the podium fight.
German Grand Prix: Race
Third consecutive podium for Romano Fenati at Sachsenring circuit. Three times second in the last three races and if we think that at Montmelò, Assen and Sachsenring the rider from Ascoli has never gone on the podium, his job is greater. Well done for Romano and for the team: together they took the best from a weekend full of technical choices. The M choice at the rear was, may be, a gamble but, at the end, it was correct even if the tyre, at the parc fermé, demonstrated all his "suffering". Once again a good recovery for Jules Danilo who crossed the finishing line fourteenth, coming up from the twenty-fifth position on the grid. Just a contact at the last lap with another rider deprived him from a better result. We go on holiday happy, aware to be protagonist of the Championship.
Romano Fenati: "This second place is like a victory for me and it's a special result considering that we had problems for the whole weekend and the podium seemed to be not reachable this time. Instead we did a great job with the team, we did the right choice with the M at the rear as I was fast and strong even in the final part of the race. It was a correct battle and I fought until the end. Now the summer break and from Brno we'll stay focused on the Championship, race by race".
Jules Danilo: "The final result does not reflect the hard job done in the race to recover from the twenty-fifth position. I could fight for the sixth position today but in the last corner, when I was eleventh, I lost three positions following a contact with Di Giannantonio. The positive side is that I demonstrated once again to be fast and from Brno we will come back to fight for the important positions".
Miguel Oliveira takes third podium of the year at Sachsenring
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider finishes runner-up at the German GP, just 0.066s behind the race winner. Brad Binder makes a great fightback to place 7th -his best result in the Moto2 class.
07/02/2017 - Sachsenring, Germany
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team rounded off the first half of the Moto2 season in Germany with their best weekend of the year to date. Miguel Oliveira fought for KTM’s first victory in the intermediate class, leading the race one lap from the end and eventually finishing second. Brad Binder made another magnificent comeback: He moved up from 19th to 7th, taking his best result so far in Moto2.
The beginning of the race wasn’t easy for Oliveira, as he lost contact with the front three. He gradually upped his pace, setting a new circuit record of 1:24.483 in the process, and could catch the leaders with 13 laps remaining. Alongside Franco Morbidelli for the rest of the race, Oliveira led the way coming into the final lap, although he would finally conclude the contest in second.
Brad Binder also had a positive Sunday, after suffering during practice. He took a step forward in the race, after starting 19th on the grid. The South African rider worked his way up to 9th place in the space of just five laps. He would finish 7th after dicing with another rider in 6th place, taking his best result in Moto2 so far.
Halfway through the season, Oliveira is 3rd overall with 114 points and three podiums, while Binder is 17th with 25 points. The Moto2 World Championship now takes a one-month break, before returning to action on August 4th-6th with the Czech Republic GP.
Aki Ajo - Team Manager
"We have to be very happy with this weekend in Moto2; overall it has gone very well. We have the feeling that we have taken another step forward, and even in wet conditions we have learned a lot, in addition to what we have already improved from Assen. Miguel [Oliveira] has been very consistent throughout the weekend, always fighting amongst the fastest riders. In the race he didn’t start too well, but then his pace was incredibly good. Maybe we can improve a little in braking, but I am very satisfied with the weekend and how step by step we are improving our riding and getting closer to the front.
Brad [Binder] also had an incredible race. During practice he didn’t find things easy, but he showed that on the first few laps he can be very good and very aggressive; I'm really happy for him."
41 BRAD BINDER
"Today went very well. I came into the race with great confidence after the warmup and I thought 'today could be a great day.' I pushed my hardest and I took advantage of having a good feeling. At first I found it a little hard, because I was a bit far back, but it's great to see that I'm also capable of making good comebacks in Moto2 -even if we have to do better in qualifying.
I’m happy because at the end of the race my pace was very good; I just have to work a little on my riding to continue taking steps forward. It's the closest I've finished to the front, so I want to thank my team. The bike was perfect. We will continue to work hard during the break and try to get even stronger."
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"Today Franco [Morbidelli] was very strong under braking. I tried to overtake him on the downhill section a couple of times and also during the last lap, but it wasn’t to be. In any case, we are very strong and have already taken many Top 5 finishes this year. I had been wanting to return to the podium for the last two races, and here we have taken another small step forward towards the top positions. The whole weekend has been amazing; I am very happy for the whole team and for myself.
Now we will use the holidays to rest and to analyse what we have done so far. It is incredible that we are third in the World Championship; it is something we weren’t expecting and we will try to continue with this positive dynamic to continue to take good results."
Forward Racing Team ready for well-deserved summer break
Today the Forward Racing Team had to start the German Grand Prix with Federico Fuligni as their sole rider on the grid.
The Italian, who usually competes in the FIM CEV Moto2 European Championship with the Forward Racing Junior Team, was called as a replacement for injured Lorenzo Baldassarri. Fuligni had to face the tricky Sachsenring circuit for the first time and showed a decent performance starting from 29th on the grid to complete the race in 24th position. The 22-year old improved day by day with the help of Baldassarri's very experienced crew and was able to collect many precious information for the remainder of his season.
On the other side of the Forward Racing Team’s garage, Luca Marini was forced to retire from the ninth round of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship, as he still suffers a lot of pain in his left shoulder after a crash during the GP in Le Mans. This deficit was furthermore emphasized by the unique layout of the circuit with counts ten left corners. Therefore, the 19-year old will now head back to Italy for additional treatments in order to be back at 100% for the tenth event of the season, which takes place at the beginning of August in Czech Republic.
Meanwhile Baldassarri, who underwent surgery on his broken right ankle on Tuesday this week, had to watch the race from home, but is soon about to start his rehabilitation to rejoin the team after the summer break in Brno.
Federico Fuligni - 24th
“Overall, this weekend has been a truly interesting one. At the beginning of the race, I was in a group with some other riders, but when I tried to make a step and pushed harder to lower my lap time, I wasn’t able to, because I had a small issue with the front. I couldn’t turn the bike really well, as sometimes the front closed, so I told myself not to take any unnecessary risks, as the main thing was not to crash out. After the race together with the crew, we analyzed, what I could have done better in order to improve my time. I’m very happy about this occasion. Many thanks to the entire team, Lorenzo’s crew and thanks to Giovanni. I believe this experience here will help me for my work in the CEV next weekend in Valencia. In addition, I obviously want to send my best wishes again to Lorenzo, I hope that he and Luca will be back at 100 percent soon.”
Giovanni Cuzari - Team Owner
“If we sum up this first part of the Championship, I have mixed feelings about our Forward Racing Team. Certainly, the positive aspects are numerous, and I think of the tremendous growth that Luca has demonstrated every time we saw him on track in normal conditions, plus Lorenzo, who proved with his fourth place in Argentina and the fifth at Barcelona, that his level of competitiveness is really high. These facts make us look ahead with a positive frame of mind towards the second part of the season. However, at the same time, we have also been unlucky in several occasions, one example is the terrible accident in Assen, which has prevented Lorenzo from being here with us today. As for Luca, the injury sustained at Le Mans has affected the last four races a lot, and this did not allow our rider to fully demonstrate his potential. We hope that this break will allow us to return on the track with two competitive and resolute riders, ready to outline the real value of the Forward Racing Team in 2017. Regarding this Grand Prix here at the Sachsenring, Federico has done a decent job, he was adapting to a different motorcycle than the one he is usually riding in the CEV, plus with these uncertain and contrasting weather conditions he surely did not have an easy task today. He has collected a wealth of new experiences and skills that we believe can benefit him during the next CEV races, where we hope he can demonstrate his value. Finally, I want take this opportunity to wish everybody a good holiday, we will be back stronger in Brno."
Kornfeil barely missed the points at the Sachsenring
Press release race Sachsenring GP
The riders of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT barely missed the points at the „GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland“. Kornfeil crossed the finish line in 18th, Pulkkinen in 25th position.
With positions 12 and 24 in the warm up the day started quite good for the squad of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT. Also the weather conditions changed in a positive way. No rain and some sun rays provided the perfect scenery for the Saxony based squads Home Grand Prix.
Going into the race from 6th starting row Kornfeil came off with a good start and made his way up to 16th position right away. Finding himself in a group of 15 riders the experienced Czech had to fight hard for every position. Countless overtakings made it difficult for Kornfeil to attack the top 15 during the whole race. Entering the last corner in a big group Kornfeil crossed the finish line in 18th position.
For young Patrik Pulkkinen the race started with a few more difficulties. Following a jump start he got a ride through penalty. After entering the track from the pit lane again he was last of the grid. Even though he was 13 seconds behind the last rider and managed to cut down this gap to only four seconds he had no chance to gain a better position than 25th.
Missing out on the points again the crew of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT has to work hard during the summer break to get prepared for the second half of the season. On the 6th of July the squad will be back on track in Brno.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil (P18):
“I had a very good start this time and I could gain some positions right away. I tried to stay with my group for as long as possible. There were a lot of fast riders around me so I am happy that I could follow them. Anyway it was a hard race because I could stay with them but not overtake them. In the waterfall I always lost positions and getting them back was very difficult. I was always fighting for the points and my lap times weren´t too bad as well. I only lost the points in the last corner where I had to go wide because of the rider in front of me which is a pity. I have to say thanks to my team because today they made a fantastic job and also to all the sponsors who came along.”
#4 Patrik Pulkkinen (P25):
„Actually the race today was good from my point of view. Well besides the jump start. When I realized I made a jump start and had to go to the pit lane I was so mad. So mad about it because I was in a good position and was following Kent but then I had to go in. When I came back to the track I just wanted to push and catch the other riders who were already 15 seconds away. My lap times were quite good so in the end I came very close to them. I can be satisfied about that. Now I take this positive feeling home. I have to say thanks to my team and everyone else here in Germany. I really enjoyed the weekend. Now we will work as hard as possible to prepare for the second half of the season.”
Florian Prüstel (Managing Director):
“The start of Jakub and also most of the race was good. He could stay with the top 15 for the whole race and posted some good lap times. Still we didn´t win any points today. That´s a shame because this time they were really close. During the summer we have to see where we can improve to be prepared for the second half of the season. Regarding Patriks performance we are quite satisfied. Of course the jump start was not positive but beside that he did a really good job. His lap times were fast and he managed to close the gap to the guys in front of him. From being 15 seconds off he was only three seconds behind in the end. So I think we can go into the break with a good feeling. Thanks to the team and the sponsors for this fantastic weekend. We are happy that everyone keeps supporting us no matter what.”
THIRD PLACE FOR FRANCESCO BAGNAIA AT SACHSENRING
The young rookie of the Sky Racing Team VR46 conquered the third podium of the season at the GP of Germany. Good job also for Stefano Manzi at the first point in Moto2.
Chemnitz (Germany), July 2nd 2017 - Francesco Bagnaia gave another satisfaction to the Sky Racing Team VR46 by scoring at the Germany GP the third seasonal podium.
The young rookie, started from the tenth box of the grid, showed a great maturity and managed the resources in the best way possible overtaking Simone Corsi at the last lap and reaching the third place. With the points of today, Pecco is sixth in the standings with 77 points, first rookies of the category.
Good day also for Stefano Manzi who, after a good start, closed the first part of the season with the first point in Moto2.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
A really busy day: Pecco managed the race in a very mature and cleverly way and he overtook Corsi at the last lap. It is the third podium for the Team and arrived just before the summer break. It will be an extra injection of confidence for the second part of the Championship. Stefano, after a big effort and hard work, gained the first point. He has to stay focused on his goals and continue in this direction.
A really long and difficult race, but what satisfaction at the end! We did a great job after Mugello, Barcelona and Assen to return to being competitive in the group and this is a great result just before the summer break. I did not start in the front rows, but I immediately pushed to reduce the gap. I stayed with Corsi and Pasini till the checkered flag and, in the last two laps, I gave my 100%. I overtook Simone (Corsi) and I tried to take a minimum of gap from him. My fast lap, just before the finishing line, was the proof. Thanks to all the Team for their great work and a special dedication to my mom for her birthday. I start the holidays with a big the smile.
I'm very tired, but extremely happy. I start to see the results of my commitment and it is a satisfaction. I had a good start and I found myself in the group behind the points. I tried to do my best and I got my first point in Moto2. Thanks to all the Team: they have done a great job these months and they have always supported me.
McPhee ready to recharge after the #GermanGP
British Talent Team rider crashes out at the Sachsenring
John McPhee had a difficult end to the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, crashing out of contention after a promising qualifying in the top ten on Saturday.
After a solid start, the Scot then dropped back before the fall - unable to get back into the race and focus immediately switching to Brno after rear grip issues.
The Czech GP gets underway on August 4th, and McPhee will be recharged and raring to go after the summer break.
John McPhee, DNF: "I'm disappointed with the crash today but I knew already from the first laps that I had rear grip issues. All weekend I've been doing consistent decent laps on the hard tyre so I'm not sure why it was so bad today. It's certainly not the way I wanted to go into the summer break but I will 100% come back stronger and even more determined. The break is shorter than we think and with a test in the middle I'll be fully ready come Brno."
Newsletter Grand Prix Deutschland – Sachsenring- 9 (RACE)
– 3° MARCOS RAMIREZ #42 Gap 0.218
– 10° DARRYN BINDER #40 Gap 14.666
The Team Platinum Bay gives its first World Motorbike Championship podium to Dubai with the third today’s place of its young Rider Marcos Ramirez.
Already from a lot of races Marcos was constantly placed among the protagonists of his category.
Several times the Rider with his excellent performances has been so close to the podium this season, finally at the GP of Germany, “Moscu” reached his goal shortly after his debut in the World Championship.
A tough race without shutting off has seen the Rider always protagonist, Marcos has fought all the race in the top three positions and he has been again the best KTM under the checkered flag.
It is undoubtedly a great satisfaction for the whole Team and for our Title Main Sponsor.
Platinum Bay had the great courage to invest in young Riders and today the Company brought Dubai inside the World Motorbike Championship Olympus.
Good race also for Darryn who, although he started in the 16th position on the grid,has finished the race in a good 10th place.
Double Top Ten result for Dynavolt Intact GP
Sandro Cortese celebrates best race weekend so far
Suter MMX2 rider Sandro Cortese turned his home Grand Prix at the twisty Sachsenring into his best race weekend this season so far. The former 125 cc world champion rode to an amazing third place in the wet qualifying session on Saturday afternoon and scored a solid Top Ten result in the dry race on Sunday, when he finished in eighth place ahead of his Dynavolt Intact GP team-mate Marcel Schrötter.
“During the previous race at Assen, we went a new direction with the set-up of our bike for Sandro, which suits him very well. Since the Dutch TT, he is incredibly strong in wet conditions, which he showed in qualifying on Saturday”, said Alex Giussani, Suter Racing’s Technical Director. “He is also getting stronger and more confident in dry conditions, but not to the point yet where he is in a position to fight for a podium finish or to challenge world championship leader Franco Morbidelli. This is why he finished the race where he did, which is still a very strong result in this hard-fought category.”
Cortese’s team-mate Marcel Schrötter, who had been very fast and confident in dry conditions, could have been much higher up in the classification, but suffered with the harder tyre choice that he had made for the race and that didn’t give him the same amount of grip and traction he had during the dry practice sessions. Swiss Suter MMX2 rider Dominique Aegerter, winner of the Sachsenring Grand Prix aboard Suter in 2014, also went into the race with high hopes, but was forced to retire due to misfiring caused by an abraded cable.
“Even though Marcel and Dominique were not able to show our bike’s full potential today, there is no doubt that we are going the right direction with the development of our bike”, added Giussani. “We introduced a new swingarm and a new linkage for the rear suspension, and in combination with a new set-up, our progress in terms of lap times is clearly visible. We also brought a new chassis to the German Grand Prix, but the ever-changing weather conditions made it impossible to carry out a first test. But we will definitely test our new frame before the next race in the beginning of August at Brno!”
Nakagami Solid Top 10 at Sachsenring, Pawi 20th
Rd.09 GoPro MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND: Sunday, July 02, 2017
Ambient: 20℃ / Track: 29℃
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider Takaaki Nakagami staged a strong comeback from far back on the grid to cross the finish line in 10th place in the 29-lap German Grand Prix today. Teammate Khairul Idham Pawi finished the race in 20th place.
Nakagami was 23rd on the grid as the race started at 12:20pm. Despite a difficult starting position on the twisty and undulating track, the Japanese rider displayed an unwavering determination, and Lap 3 was running in 11th place. He maintained a consistent pace for the rest of the race, reaching the checkered flag in 10th place.
Pawi, starting 30th on the grid, put what he had learned this weekend to good use, clocking his best lap time of the weekend on the antepenultimate lap.
The Moto2 World Championship now takes a 4 week summer break. Takaaki Nakagami will return to Japan to take part in the 40th edition of Suzuka 8hours race, which will be held at the end of this month.
The next Moto2 race, Round 10, the Czech Grand Prix, commences on August 4 at Automotodromo Brno, with Free Practice 1 for the intermediate category is starting at 10:55 local time (GMT +2).
Takaaki Nakagami (10th, 41'24.428 +19.291)
“We came to the race with yesterday's Free Practice 3 setup which I felt good with. I didn't, however, get the same grip feel at all. I was confident in getting a better position, so I am very disappointed with today's result. Racing the Suzuka 8hours will be a good change for me, then we will be back to be more competitive for the second part of the season.”
Khairul Idham Pawi (20th, 41'54.671 +49.534)
“I learned many things in this weekend. At the beginning of the race, it was very difficult to push 100% because my grid position was very bad. Then, I started to improve little by little and set my best lap time for this weekend on worn tires. Big thanks to my team for their hard work this weekend. After the summer break, I'll be back in stronger shape!”
Tadayuki Okada Team Manager
“I am glad to see Nakagami catch and overtake many riders right after the start from his difficult grid position. Suzuka 8hours is always a good opportunity for riders to learn many things from the long and demanding race. This experience will make him a more robust rider, and it will give us good momentum after the summer break.
“Well done for Pawi, he improved his best time in the final stages of the race. More than anything, I am happy that he learned in the race about throttle management and how to find a good racing line. He will be more competitive in the second part of the season by following this learning curve.”
Difficult Race for Honda Team Asia:
Toba 21st, Atiratphuvapat 23rd
Rd.09 GoPro MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND: Sunday, July 02, 2017
Ambient: 20℃ / Track: 29℃
Honda Team Asia's Moto3 rookie Kaito Toba finished 21st place in today's 27-lap German Grand Prix. Teammate Nakarin Atiratphuvapat reached the checkered flag in 23rd place.
Starting from 19th on the grid, Toba suffered from a lack of rear grip feel and struggled to improve his position. The Japanese 17-year-old nevertheless battled on with persistent riding until the end. Atiratphuvapat, who started the race from 26th position, battled with an unstable rear end during turning and acceleration. Despite his difficulties, the Thai rider finished the 27-lap race, completing all races in the first half of the season.
After a four-week summer break, the next race week, the Czech Grand Prix, begins with Free Practice 1 set to start at 9:00 (GMT +2) local time on August 2.
Kaito Toba (21st, 40'15.296, +40.521)
“I could not push hard, or improve my position because my rear tire was sliding from the beginning of the race. We made good progress every session, so we will continue this process in the next races. Our target is getting championship points in every race.”
Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (23rd, 40'44.241, +1'09.466)
“I didn't have enough grip in the rear in the corners and during acceleration. I tried to give 100%, but I made mistakes because of the lack of grip. I am very disappointed with today's result. I will train hard during the summer break to become stronger for the second half of the season.”
Tadayuki Okada Team Manager
“Kaito didn't have confidence entering the turns. We will improve his bike to sort his problems out, then after the summer break, he will be able to ride more confidently to improve his lap times and position. Nakarin had a good start, but after that, he struggled to get a good rhythm. Anyway, I think he learned something important again from this race. Completing the race is the best opportunity to improve, and this is what he is doing this season.”
ELECTRONIC BLOCKS KIEFER RACING IN ITS HOME RACE
Whilst Dominique Aegerter had to retire at an early stage, the young Scotsman Tarran Mackenzie delivered his best race so far.
After constantly changing conditions on the previous days, the weather appeared more stable on Sunday at tight and twisty Sachsenring. Despite dark skies, it remained dry all day. As so many times, Dominique Aegerter put in a lightning start but was soon abandoned by his race machine. Electronic issues forced him to a pit stop, where his crew could not fix it. Therefore, unfortunate, the Swiss rider had to retire.
Tarran Mackenzie, on the other hand, was delighted by his best race performance since he entered the World Championship at the French Grand Prix last May. Crossing the line in 23rd position, Mackenzie was able to significantly improve his overall race time in comparison to the previous races.
At halfway point of the championship, the series heads into a four-weeks summer break now. Action returns early in August at Czech Republic’s Brno circuit.
#6 Tarran MACKENZIE (Kiefer Racing, Suter MMX2), 23rd:
"For me, the race was a big improvement compared to the previous ones. It was my best race so far in World Championship. I improved my overall race time by twelve seconds, compared to Assen. So, I’m happy with that. In addition, I improved my lap time by half of a second. But with twelve laps to go, I was struggling a little bit. But we know the reason why I was running a bit wide. Maybe this is something we can help for in Brno with the setting. Yesterday, however, it was not ideal crashing but to finish this weekend with my best result and my fastest time of the weekend, I’m happy and I go into the summer break even more pleased now."
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Kiefer Racing, Suter MMX2), NC (Championship position 9th, 50 points):
"I’m very sorry for my sponsors and all the fans who came to the Sachsenring to support me. I’m sorry for them all that I could not finish the race because of technical problem. This is really a pity and it is always disappointing when you are forced to retire in this way. Good points and a top ten result were definitely possible today. As soon as the problem occurred, I went back to the pits immediately where we tried to fix it. Unfortunately, also a second stop did not help, we could not fix it. This is certainly not a nice way to end the first half of the season."
Stefan KIEFER (Team manager):
"Of course, we had even more high ambitious goals for our home grand prix and we were very convinced that we could do well here at the Sachsenring. We were confident that we finish the race in the top five with Dominique. During all practice sessions, we were also not too far from it. The rainy conditions during qualifying did not play in our hands, unfortunately, because Dominique realized a bit too late, what was possible on the wet track. So, we had to start a bit far down the order, which was no matter, though. Dominique showed a strong opening stage once again and he was able to recover up to 14th position quickly. It was a pity that an electronic problem forced us to retire. For this, it is a disappointing outcome of the weekend and we would like to apologize for this to Dominique. But this is also racing."
"On the other side, Tarran did his best race so far. With a 1´26 lap time, he reduced the gap to the front to somewhat of two seconds. This is certainly not bad for a rookie with just five races to his belt. In addition, he finished a faultless and solid ride in P23 and so we are happy with this performance today. From this point of view, we are going confident into the next races."