2015 Silverstone Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

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

Johann Zarco wins British Grand Prix

Moto2 World Championship leader takes victory at difficult Silverstone to increase series lead.

08/30/2015 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain

Johann Zarco took his second consecutive victory in Moto2 on Sunday, extending his podium record to eleven in a row. The Ajo Motorsport rider had to overcome a wet surface which dried out lap-by-lap and, after dropping to fifth place on the opening laps, the Frenchman recovered to take the lead and cross the finish line more than three seconds clear. With 6 races to go, Zarco has an 85-point advantage in the Moto2 World Championship.

Third on the grid for the British Grand Prix and waiting on the weather, Zarco began the race determined to stick with the leading group. A good start soon placed him in the fight for the lead, but contact with Tito Rabat made him drop to fifth place.

Quickly returning to the front, on a wet track that was drying lap-by-lap, the Ajo Motorsport rider regained the lead with 12 laps remaining and set an unmatchable pace. Putting together a run of several fastest race laps, the Frenchman established an advantage of more than seven seconds, which he used to ride more comfortably to the finish line. He was eventually 3.360s ahead of is nearest rival.

Thanks to this victory at Silverstone, his second in a row and fifth overall, Johann Zarco heads to the San Marino GP with 249 points in the Moto2 World Championship standings -85 points more than his nearest rival.


"It has been a very positive weekend, with the learning we have done. I had a crash on Friday and luckily I was not injured, but it taught me that you always have to be careful when you are fighting for the title, because the season is not over yet. The qualifying session went pretty well yesterday, because even though I was not first, I was very fast. In the race we had very different conditions because of the rain, but I felt good. The goal was to finish the race, but when the track was drying out I felt more comfortable than the other riders. I saw that Rins was sliding a lot, so after eight laps I took the lead, tried to escape and it worked perfectly.

Another 25 points is fantastic. I have to thank the team, because the tyres held up well and my feeling was perfect. Let's see if we can continue like this at Misano".

AKI AJO - Team manager

"I was a little worried, because today there were very specific conditions and that always involves more risk than in normal conditions. But in a way I was also calm, because I know that Johann [Zarco] is very well prepared for this kind of thing. He has trained a lot, both under normal conditions and under those which we encountered today, so I knew that he would almost have fun out there. He is very confident in wet conditions and is very strong with mixed track conditions like today. Once again I want to thank the team for the incredible job they have done, as well as Laurent Fellon and the people around Johann, because we are a very good group."

British podium for Rabat, career best for Márquez

Silverstone, Great Britain - 30 August 2015: Silverstone marked the best result for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS in Moto2 this year, with Tito Rabat and Álex Márquez finishing in the top four at the British Grand Prix.

A morning rain shower left treacherous conditions at Silverstone but Rabat took the lead on the opening lap from fourth on the grid. However, the race rapidly evolved into a six-rider scrap at the front. Rabat, the reigning Moto2 World Champion made a robust overtaking move on Johann Zarco but ultimately the Frenchman was able to break away from the group, leaving the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders to fight for the remaining rostrum places with Álex Rins.

With a dry line rapidly developing the wet tyres overheated in the second half of the 18-lap race and it left Rabat and Márquez fighting with one another for third. At the flag it was Rabat who claimed the honours, but it was a hugely impressive and mature ride from Márquez.

The reigning Moto3 World Champion has slowly been gaining momentum through the season with his increasing experience of the Moto2 machine. With such difficult conditions today it was a mark of the young Spaniard's talent that he was able to pick his way through the group and fight with his teammate. At the flag it was a career best result for Márquez in fourth.

Tito Rabat: 3rd

"I'm happy because yesterday I had a very bad crash and it was lucky that nothing was broken. In this morning's warm-up I had a very good feeling but in the race, once the track started to dry, I thought it was a little bit dangerous with the drying line and it was difficult to get feedback from the bike. In these conditions Johann has always been good and Álex was pushing a lot and has been performing well this weekend. Today I enjoyed the race and I only made one mistake, when the front tyre closed at the chicane when I was trying to pass Rins. After that I pushed as hard as I could on the last lap for third. I'm happy with the work that the team are doing and we can now look forward to Misano."

Álex Márquez: 4th

"The conditions were really difficult and the most important thing was to finish the race. In the beginning of the race I felt really good but when the track began to dry I started to struggle a little bit. We knew from the test in Jerez that we needed to improve in these conditions and to keep pushing. But in the race the podium was close so we need to keep at this level. We'll go to Aragon for a test to make some of our setup ideas clearer but our level is good now."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

"Both riders were fast in the dry on Friday and Saturday, but the conditions were completely different today at Silverstone. There was no option but to start the race on wet tyres, which meant both riders had to manage the tyres as the track started to dry out. Both Tito and Alex did a great job just to finish the race, never mind come home in third and fourth. It was a great battle on track and a great result for the team."


Aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex machine, Xavier Siméon crossed in 25th position the finish line of today’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone on a wet and gradually drying out track. Started from the seventh row on the grid and climbed up to the 15th place on lap four, Siméon then dropped back to 21st position due to a lack of front end feeling on a damp track; the Belgian rider then decided to enter the pits with eight laps to go to put slick tyres. Xavier re-joined the race back in 29th position, putting in some good laps on the dry and eventually closing in 25th.


“It was a very disappointing race today... we could take advantage of the mixed weather conditions, but we didn’t succeed. With rain tyres and the asphalt that was drying out, I struggled to ride even more than usual and I had no feeling with the front end. So I decided to enter the pits to put dry tyres, but obviously doing so I lost a lot of time. It’s been a weekend to forget, from which I cann’t take anything positive. I would like to apologize to the team for the results of the last two races: this situation is apparently due to a combination of things, not just to our technical package, which is really good. I will try to prepare better the next race to return to a good level”.


“I cannot hide my disappointment: it was a really disappointing weekend and I’m not happy at all. We have to do much better and today we were not able to take advantage of the situation. We could have put slick tyres some laps before, but it would not change a lot: there were problems on the track for all the riders and the fastest still completed the race with wet tyres. However, we were already in trouble during practice, as well as in the previous race in Brno. I’m not happy with the current situation, in the last two races we have been significantly below our standards, so I hope that soon there will be a breakthrough”.

Bitter race at Silverstone for Corsi and Baldassarri

It was a race uphill the one that has just ended at Silverstone for the riders of the Forward Racing team. After a good performance in qualifying, the weather and occasional rain affected the performance of the riders of the Swiss team who were both forced to retire five laps from the checkered flag.

Baldassari, who was starting from the third row in eighth place, after getting close to the strongest in the early laps, began to lose feeling and was forced to give up some positions when the tarmac started to dry up. Unfortunately, he made a small mistake five laps from the end of the race and was unable to rejoin.

Similar fate for Simone Corsi, 15th at the start. The Roman began to lose confidence after a good start and was forced to retire after a minor fall.

Fabio Quartararo places fourth at Silverstone

Frenchman just off the podium at British Grand Prix. Jorge Navarro and Maria Herrera DNF after crashes in a difficult race.

The Repsol riders faced tricky conditions at the British Grand Prix. Fabio Quartararo placed best of the trip with fourth place, while Jorge Navarro and Maria Herrera both crashed and were forced to retire from the race.

Morning rainfall at Silverstone had a big effect on the Moto3 contest –especially its early stages. Several riders crashed out on the initial laps, among them Jorge Navarro –who fell at the second corner of the first lap. He was thus unable to take advantage of the form that had given him a first Grand Prix pole position in the qualifying session yesterday.

A few laps later, Maria Herrera met with the same fate. The Repsol rider, who was up in an impressive fourth position, crashed on Lap 6. Although she managed to get back on track, but had to retire due to damage to her bike.

Fabio Quartararo struggled against the elements –and against a foggy visor that severely limited his visibility. The Frenchman was forced to ride most of the race with his visor up, which left him with irritated eyes and hurt his ability to see. He eventually finished in fourth place and was on the verge of a podium position.

Fabio Quartararo 4th at 50.018 sec.

"It was a very difficult race, because my visor misted up. It was my mistake, because I had never ridden in the cold and rain –and so had never needed a different visor. I now know why it is necessary, because I had to open my visor all the time to see and by the end my eyes hurt a little. I think the position I got is the best I could have aspired to today, because Antonelli was very strong and I could not pass him. I'm happy, because despite the conditions I had a good pace. I want to thank the team because they have done a great job all weekend."

Jorge Navarro not classified

"Today's race was a lottery and we were unlucky, but we're happy because we had a very good weekend, were strong in every session and I got my first pole. Everyone knows that wet races are difficult and, although in the warm-up I felt comfortable on the bike, in the race Hanika fell in front of me and I touched the brakes lightly, losing the front end. That's racing and you learn from it. We are improving every day and if we continue like this, the reward will come."

María Herrera not classified

"It was a shame. I was riding very well and was comfortable, but my foot slipped on the pedal and the bike swerved to where the asphalt was very slippery, causing me to crash. I didn’t get the bike started again until everyone else had overtaken me, and when I got back on track I could tell that the brake was not in good shape, so I had to stop. It was a shame as I was high up the order and had good pace, but nevertheless I'm happy with the weekend we had. Now we have to think about Misano."

The Sky Racing Team VR46

in the points on a rainy race sunday at Silverstone

A very tricky asphalt jeopardizes Romano’s race as he crashes twice, pulls back thirteen positions and ends in 12th

Migno steady on the saddle till the very end: a key test bench for him who ends the race in 15th

Silverstone, August 30, 2015. Wet race on the Silverstone circuit where the Sky Racing Team VR46 was able to secure key points, by fighting tooth and nail: after two crashes and asphalt soaked with rain, Romano Fenati managed to end in 12th, thus strengthening his position in the overall standings; Andrea Migno completed the race in fifteenth making the most of a very tricky situation to gain some more experience and add another building block to its growth path in the lightweight class.

Fenati was fighting for the podium with 9 laps remaining when he crashed and had to pull off a comeback from 25th to 11th. Then, in the final moments, a second crash nearly undermined his race, but his tenaciousness rewarded him with a finish in the points.

It was key for Migno to have the chance to test his KTM in the wet as well: Andrea can now use this experience at the British GP to keep on working on an increasingly broad database useful for next rounds.


Both Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racers, Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli, vanished a good result in the final stages of a drenched British Grand Prix today at Silverstone, after crashing when the intensity of the rain further increased.

Locatelli, who made a good comeback up to fifth place, fell with two laps to go, while Bastianini, who so far always scored points in all the previous races, ran into an high side with just one lap to go while he was in sixth place.


“I’m really sorry: I have not much experience in the wet, but overall the race was going well and I was going to bring home a good result. The rain has increased in the final stages, the track was really wet and I crashes. This is my first 'zero' of the season in the standings… unfortunately, now Kent can count on a big advantage and it will be difficult to catch him. It was a big crash and I feel a little sore, but fortunately there’s nothing broken”.


“I had a good start and I gained confidence lap after lap but then, when the rain increased, with the track that was really wet, I lost a bit of confidence and the bike started to be more and more difficult to ride. I felt good with the front end and in fact I could brake hard and be fast on corner entry, but I had some problems with the rear end, which was moving a lot into corners and also on the exit. Issues that have increased when it started to rain harder and which led to the crash: in fact I lost rear grip into Turn 1. Too bad, it went like this and we can’t do nothing to change it”.


Championship leader Danny Kent topped his home round with a superb win in a rain soaked race at Silverstone today whilst team mates Efren Vazquez and Hiroki Ono crossed the line in ninth and twentieth position respectively.

Weather conditions were changed massively for the race this afternoon as teams and riders found already wet conditions during the warm up session earlier today. However, at the time of the race, rain got much heavier to make conditions with low temperatures even more difficult for all involved parties.

Meanwhile, Danny Kent got a brilliant start and took the right choice between a risky and safely ride during the opening laps. The 21 year old from Great Britain also remained calm as the early race leader Isaac Vinales opened a gap between him and Kent, before the Spaniard crashed out of the race. Once in the lead, Kent performed a masterclass in that tricky conditions to win his sixth race this season, particularly in front of a cheering home crowd. In doing so he extended the championship lead to 70 points over Italian Enea Bastianini, who crashed out of the race too.

Whilst Efren Vazquez was amongst the front runners throughout both days of practice, the experienced Spaniard rode a clever British Grand Prix today, never took too much risk to bring home his Honda machine in ninth position. Vazquez added seven points to his tally and settled in fourth position in the series classification.

It was a tough weekend for Hiroki Ono, who fractured his right foot last time out in Brno and this weekend was his very first visit at the demanding Silverstone Circuit too. In addition to that circumstances weather conditions with heavy rain made it worse for the young talented Japanese rider, but he displayed an encouraging performance to finish the race even he was freezing a lot.

August was a busy month for the Moto3™ World Series with three races, so an upcoming two weeks breaks is welcomed for teams and riders. The championship continues in two weeks’ time at the Italian track in Misano with the Gran Premio de San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - 9th, World Championship position 4th (116 points):

“I think this was one of the most difficult races I did in my career, but we mastered it in the best possible way to finish in ninth position. Anyway, to remain on the bike in these conditions was the most important thing. Of course I went into today’s race with high hopes to give the team a top result like in practice sessions and qualifying, but we got really important points finally. From this point I’m quite pleased because we gained one position in the world standings. So in the next races we need to give our best too.”

#52 Danny KENT - Winner, World Championship position 1st (224 points):

“The conditions were difficult all race distance long but towards the end it got worse, so you needed to ride carefully at every time. There as definitely no time to take it easy. But I tried to stay calm as Isaac pulled away and after I took the lead I had to remain focussed all the way down to the line. However, I was sliding a lot but I managed it well to remain seated on the bike to win this Grand Prix. Of course it’s an amazing feeling to win your home round in front of this cheering crowd out there, but also my whole family is there and so many friends came to see me winning. The atmosphere is amazing too and it’s the same dream for every rider if you would like to win at any track of the calendar of course it’s your home grand prix which I’ve achieved today. I’m so happy about that. The championship is still open even though we won 25 points today, but on the other side we lost 21 points during the last two races. So you can win points as fast you can lose it. We just need to keep working hard till the very last race of the series.”

#76 Hiroki ONO - 20th, World Championship position 23rd (15 points):

“I just can say what a difficult race. I crashed very early where the footrest broke so it took me a while to adapt to the situation. Unfortunately I hit my injured foot at this crash, which what was pretty painful. After that it was very difficult to find the rhythm again and I also got very cold as long the race remained, so I didn’t push anymore, just to bring it home safely.”

Stefan KIEFER (Team manager):

“Despite a tough start it was a great weekend in the end. Danny won the race, which of course is hardly to top and beyond that our main contenders in the championship didn’t score today, which definitely plays into our cards. However, it was that much important to strike back after two difficult races last time in Indianapolis and Brno. And already said, there wasn’t a better way to do so in winning today. For Efren’s side the outcome could have been better, but it was important for him to see the chequered flag as there were so many other riders crashing out of the race. Luckily for me that he claimed one position in the championship, which is an important fact for us too. We didn’t have much hopes for Hiroki here in Silverstone after he had to underwent surgery recently, but we’re happy for him that he finished the race in these conditions. Beyond that it was his very first visit at this circuit and we need to admit that he delivered a solid job throughout the weekend.”

Schrotter seals wet Silverstone race with points scoring finish

Marcel Schrotter produced a valiant effort aboard the Mistral 610 as he battled the damp conditions at the Octo British Grand Prix and crossed the finish line in 11th position. The young German rider began the day with a solid run to 9th in the wet warm up at the Silverstone circuit, which left him fully charged for the 18 lap race. When the GP started, Schrotter bolted forward from the sixth row of the grid and quickly set into his race pace as he elevated himself up to 12th when the field crossed the line for the first time. Although he slipped back to 13th on the following lap, he remained calm and then sped past Anthony West a short distance later. At just over half race distance, Schrotter was back in 13th yet he remained fully focused as the track was drying and his consistent times saw him remain with Randy Krummenacher in front. As the race ending loomed, Schrotter lined up Krummenacher before executing a fine overtake on the final lap to seize 11th place, which marks a positive close to the weekend after battling the challenging conditions at the rapid Silverstone circuit.

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the Tech3 Racing Team pit box, Xavi Vierge battled his way to 22nd in his first race in the wet in only his third appearance in the Moto2 class despite having never ridden the track before. The young Spaniard kicked off his British GP from 24th on the grid as he aimed to move through the pack whilst gathering some valuable race experience. He undertook a good start to move up to 21st at the close of the first lap, but was shuffled back to 25th by the time lap two finished. Nevertheless, the 18 year old remained determined and dug deep as he set some consistently quick lap times which allowed him to move up to 23rd at the halfway point of the race. His determination prevailed and two laps later his bravery paid off as he lunged past Jesko Raffin and Azlan Shah to clinch 20th at the end of lap 13. He continued to push before eventually meeting the finish line in 22nd, which sees the promising rookie complete the weekend having made some positive steps forward.

Marcel Schrotter – Position : 11th – Championship : 21th - Points : 19

“It was positive to score some more points here which hasn't happened in the last few races and it's a reward for me and the team, who like always, have been working really hard. Having said that, I am slightly disappointed because I was expecting a bit more after my performance this morning in the warm up where I had pace in the wet. However, after only 3 or 4 laps, there was a small issue with the bike which made it slightly trickier to ride in the damp conditions. The rear wheel didn't have a lot of grip but I remained calm as I was determined to finish the race. However, this issue prevented me from riding how I wanted to and normally, I'm comfortable and quite quick in wet conditions. Anyway, when it dried up, I was much faster than the group in front of me but I couldn't quite reach them in the end. So overall, it was not a result that I hoped for but nevertheless, points are vital so we need to keep working in order to carry on this momentum.”

Xavi Vierge – Position : 22nd - Championship : Not classified

“First of all I must say thank you very much to the team who worked hard all weekend. I managed to improve in every session and I was quite pleased with my qualifying performance, so I felt ready for the race. I had a good feeling in the dry, but then this morning the rain hit the track and so we had to adjust our strategy. I tried my best, but it was a very challenging battle for me. I came off the line strongly and recovered several positions, but then I had to back off a little bit as there was lots of movement on the rear tyre. Therefore, I just focused on finishing the race and then step by step, I started to get the feeling back when the track began to dry and I could set some faster lap times. I am happy to have finished my first Moto2 race, but next up is Misano, which I am looking forward to and there, I hope to continue making some further progression with the team.”

Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager :

"It was a very exciting Moto2 race, although it must have been difficult for the riders and for the teams following it from the pit wall. Most riders started on wet tyres, which I think was the best decision. We saw this morning that Marcel was at ease plus fast in the wet warm up and in the race he had a really good fight throughout the 18 laps. He was lapping quickly at the end of the GP and was unfortunate to just miss out on a top ten result. In addition, he showed some good fighting spirit and made no mistakes, so I hope that this points scoring finish will boost him mentally. Meanwhile, it was Xavi's first wet race so of course, he was a bit cautious at the beginning but at the end of the race he was lapping the same times as Raffin which was positive. Xavi was also closing in on the group in front but unfortunately, he lost a bit too much time at the beginning. I want to say congratulations to him as finishing the race in these conditions is not easy, but he will have learnt a lot which is his mission this year. We are happy with both riders and it was one of our best results this year for Marcel, so hopefully he will be full of positive vibes at Misano. Lets see what Xavi can do there too as it's again a new track for him, but for sure he will do his best and continue to get stronger."

Difficult day for Red Bull KTM Ajo in the rain at Silverstone

Miguel Oliveira completes British GP in thirteenth position, while Karel Hanika and Brad Binder crash out.

08/30/2015 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain

The Moto3 class closed race day at the British GP -a day in which the weather proved to be of particular hindrance to the riders in the lower cylinder category. A completely wet track surface and heavy rain in the final stretch of the race made it something of a lottery, from which Miguel Oliveira earned three points with thirteenth place. Teammates Karel Hanika and Brad Binder both crashed out of the race when fighting for the top positions.

Starting second on the grid at Silverstone, Hanika made a good start to take the lead in the race. It would not last, however, as the Czech crashed at Turn 3. Binder had a similar crash on the same corner on Lap 3. Despite rejoining the race and gaining positions, both riders added further falls -Hanika crashed once more, Binder twice- which eventually ended a difficult race for them.

Oliveira was the sole representative of the Red Bull KTM Ajo to complete the race. The Portuguese -ninth on the starting grid in Great Britain, could not get comfortable on the track, dropping to 23rd place. He recovered positions on the bumpy Silverstone circuit to take the chequered flag in thirteenth position.

Following the twelfth race of the season, Miguel Oliveira is fifth overall with 114 points. Brad Binder is seventh with 99 points, whilst Karel Hanika is seventeenth with 33. The next race is the Grand Prix of San Marino and the Riviera di Rimini on the weekend of September 11th to 13th.


"In wet races you need to have a good feeling and I did not have that today. From the beginning I was tense on the bike and I could not go as fast as I would have liked. I wanted to finish, whatever happened, and in the end I was able to take three points that do not help much now, but may be important later on. The next time it rains I hope to have a better feeling. Now we have to think about Misano. Hopefully it will be a normal race and we can achieve a good result."


"Today was a difficult day for us. We came into the race with great confidence and possibly that was not the best thing. On the first lap I was not comfortable, but gradually things improved. I thought I was able to push, and I passed a couple of riders for fourth place. However, I crashed at Turn 3 after losing the front. I got the bike back up and, although the handlebars were damaged, I continued as best as I could. It was not easy to ride with that damage, so I crashed a further two times. Three crashes in a race had never happened to me before. We should learn from everything that happened today and go for the podium at Misano."


"We took the track after a small amount of experience with the wet track in the warmup, but in the race the conditions were completely different and it was very difficult to go as fast as in the morning. I made a good start, but at Turn 3 I lost the front and crashed. That was despite going slow, as my telemetry shows. I picked up the bike and managed to move up to sixteenth place in five laps. I felt pretty comfortable, but again I crashed out when cornering. I don’t know what to say after a race like this, other than we need a little luck."

AKI AJO - Team manager

"The Moto3 race was very, very tough, with very difficult conditions at all times and especially at the end of the race.

Obviously, we are not satisfied with the results we achieved today. Miguel [Oliveira] managed to finish the race, but with a result that was not what we were expecting. The positive has been that he did not crash.

Brad [Binder] and Karel [Hanika] crashed several times and finally were forced to retire, so we cannot be happy.

We have to discuss how to improve in these conditions and fight for the podium again at Misano. I would like to congratulate [Danny] Kent, who had another great race in extremely difficult conditions."

Massive push brings Loi to excellent fifth

The trickier the conditions, the braver Livio Loi seems to be. RW Racing GP’s Belgian youngster fought his way to an excellent fifth in the pouring rain at Silverstone, scoring 11 points to his account in the Moto3 world championship.

The conditions for the British Grand Prix were atrocious. The morning warm up was damp already but by the time the Moto3 race was about to start in the late afternoon rain was pouring down heavily. Livio Loi nevertheless made the most out of the conditions. In the first lap already he had moved up from 28th to 22nd and he continued his push to the front consistently. While Danny Kent had pulled a gap of 6 seconds in the end of lap 4, Loi had moved up to 14 and still it wasn’t enough.

A number of riders crashed out in the wet, some of them twice or even three times, but Loi managed to stay on his Honda, build up his pace and keep on passing.

After brilliantly overtaking John McPhee for 8th Loi was closing in on Enea Bastianini in 7th, narrowing the gap over and over again. Yet Bastianini was able to control his lead on Loi until giving way under the pressure and crashing out in the penultimate lap, handing over 5th place to the Belgian (after Locatelli and Bagnaia had crashed out already in front of the pursuing group).

“It is incredible what Livio has shown under these harsh circumstances,” RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen cheered. “Once again Livio has showed what he is capable of. If he believes in himself he can do anything. Like in Indianapolis he came from a practically hopeless position and turned everything around. He can do it, but it really is necessary that he believes in himself in other circumstances as well because he absolutely has to start doing it in the dry and in qualifying as well. And he can, I’m sure of that.”

With his fifth place Loi gains 11 points for the championship, in which he is 13th now.

Livio Loi – 5 (+51.755)

“It definitely wasn’t an easy race. Pfew! I had to come from so far behind: with 27 riders in front in the wet you hardly see a thing in the first lap. Gradually it got better and I could overtake one after the other. But in the end it became worse again as it started to rain heavier and it was really difficult to stay on the bike. I almost got knocked off by Bastianini when he crashed. But the result is great. I won 23 positions and I enjoyed the race very much. This really is another confidence boost. Now we have to keep the momentum going to Misano.”

Moto3 - Bad luck hits San Carlo Team Italia at Silverstone

A potential good result for Manzi and Ferrari fades due to a series of unfortunate events.

The rain and several events were the main protagonists of Moto3 class at Silverstone. With Danny Kent (Honda), winner of an incredible race with a "product" of Team Italia as Niccolò Antonelli who reached again the podium after the victory of Brno, the riders of San Carlo Team Italia were protagonist of a series of unfortunate events that compromised a potential good result.

Always competitive in conditions of lack of adherence, Stefano Manzi was protagonist of an attack race enough to reach the 10th position at the turning point of the race. At that point, a crash forced him to move back but still near points, and he fell again while trying to make up ground, so he had to come back to the garage at just few laps to the end of the race. The race of Matteo Ferrari actually never started, since he was touched by a local wild card and he wasn't able to go back on his Mahindra MGP3O #12.

For San Carlo Team Italia the next engagement is in Misano Adriatico (11th-13th September), but not before celebrating the excellent place in today's Motogp race of Danilo Petrucci, who was 2nd, completing an all-Italian top-3 with Valentino Rossi (1st) and Andrea Dovizioso (3rd). Before making his debut in MotoGP in 2012, "Petrux" was a rider of Team Italia, and he won the 2011 Superstock 1000 Italian Championship and was runner-up in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup with several podiums and victories to be highlighted.

Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) DNF

"It was a crazy race and unfortunately we paid the penalty. The team worked perfectly, today I had a great bike in order to do well in wet conditions. The feeling was good since the first laps, and the fact that I was able to reach the 10th position, proves it. Unfortunately when it was getting good, I crashed: I didn't give up and I did my best to get a good result on the bike, but I crashed again at the first turn. Suddenly I lost the back of the bike, in that moment the rain was falling intensely. It was a pity since it could have been a great day for all of us, but I am sure that we can improve in Misano."

Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) DNF

"In wet conditions we have always been competitive and today we could have reached an important result. Unfortunately, on the first lap Taylor made a mistake and Rodrigo and me crashed out. My race finished in that moment: I tried to start again, but because of this crash the front brake was blocked and it was not possible to continue the race. It was not our fault, but a great opportunity to get a good result faded: we only missed a little of luck."

Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)

"It could have been a great day for us, but we lived a nightmare. Our riders are fast in wet conditions, but as always, in this particular conditions, you can get a lot as easily as you can get nothing. Manzi gave his best and before his two crashes, he was even in 10th place; Ferrari instead was touched by another rider on the first lap. It was an unlucky day, now we have to think of Misano and to continue to give our best in order to achieve results in line with our potential."

Mahindra salvage top ten in rain-wrecked race

Silverstone, 30 August 2015: Mapfre Team Mahindra rider Juanfran Guevara rode the flood for his best result of the year in today’s British Grand Prix, surviving a rain-swamped crash-fest to claim seventh place.

It was a first top-ten finish for the Spanish racer, and some recompense for the fate that claimed the other two Mapfre Mahindra riders.

Pecco Bagnaia had ridden a canny but forceful race, and by the closing stages was one of three bikes going for second place. As the pace hotted up, the Italian paid the price, slipping off and out of the race.

Jorge Martin had an even more eventful afternoon. Up to fourth place from 16th on the grid, he slipped off on the second lap. Hastily remounting, he had fought back into the top ten when it happened again. Undaunted he got back on, and was again in the points when his third strike put him out.

While the end result was not what the team and riders deserved, the pace of the only Indian machine in the world championship series was proof of steady progress, and an ever-stronger challenge for regular podium finishes to add to the third at Le Mans this year.


We did a good race – a good start and first lap, passing a lot from the beginning. In these conditions we took some risks, but didn’t push to the limit because I saw many other riders crash, and I was determined to finish. Overall I am pleased: I kept my best position to the end, didn’t crash, and had a good feeling with the bike. I hope we can keep it up for the next race.


It could have been a double podium. Jorge Martin had the pace and the position when he fell; and Pecco Bagnaia was fighting for what could have been second at the finish. The reality was different – but Silverstone’s silver lining was that Pecco has found his rhythm again, and was in the position he deserves as a factory rider. Hats off to Martin, who was as fast as the leaders when he was on track, and in spite of already crashing twice was fighting for a top ten. And to Guevara, who kept a steady pace and got a high finish for it.

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