Press releases from the MotoGP teams after Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril:
Stoner victory and Pedrosa's 100th podium in Portuguese GP
Casey Stoner takes second consecutive victory of the season in Estoril, with Dani Pedrosa taking 100th podium with third place.
Repsol Media Service Portugal, Estoril Circuit Sunday 06/05/2012
The Repsol Honda Team had an historic race at the Portuguese Grand Prix. Reigning World Champion Casey Stoner dominated the contest right from the opening lap, crossing the line 1.421 seconds ahead of second placed Jorge Lorenzo. Dani Pedrosa earned his 100th World Championship podium with third place. With this latest victory at the Portuguese Grand Prix, Stoner has now won at every circuit on the current calendar in the MotoGP class.
With this third position, Dani Pedrosa joins an elite club of riders with 100 podiums to their name. Only six competitors have acheived the milestone before the Repsol rider: Valentino Rossi —175 podiums—, Giacomo Agostini —159—, Ángel Nieto —139—, Phil Read —121—, Mike Hailwood —112— and Max Biaggi —111—. What’s more, at just 26 years of age he is the second youngest —after Rossi— in reaching his century.
Since his debut in the World Championship in 2001, the three-time champion has not stopped picking up triumphs. That year he stepped onto the rostrum for the first time and now, eleven years and 179 races later, he is celebrating a hundredth podium. His most successful track for top three finishes is Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, where he holds seven podiums divided across the three categories in which he has competed.
The 2012 season has just begun and the Repsol rider has already claimed top three finishes in the opening trio of Grands Prix. The celebration of his 100th podium will serve as an extra motivation for Number 26 in his battle for the title in the remaining fifteen events. The third position takes Pedrosa to third in the overall standings, 14 points behind Repsol Honda teammate, Casey Stoner, World Championship leader.
PASINI CRASHES OUT AND IS FORCED TO GIVE IN FIGHTING FOR POINTS IN THE ESTORIL GRAND PRIX
The third MotoGP round of the year was held today, at the “Autódromo Fernando Pires da Silva” in Estoril.
Pasini, who started from the seventeenth spot on the grid, managed to make a progress after the first few laps, maintaining a consistent pace on top of his ART machine. The Italian got into the fight for the points, together with Randy De Puniet and Aleix Espargarò, waiting for the last part of the race to improve his position.
Mattia, however, crashed out on the twelfth lap, when he was in fifteenth position, and was forced to retire.
Mattia Pasini #54 - crashed out
“We didn’t really start the race well, but after the sessions of yesterday we knew that the feeling with the bike was good and that there was a chance to make a good race. Mostly we knew that we could have made the difference at the end of the race. Little by little I was coming back, I managed to pass some riders and I was together with the other CRT machines, with De Puniet and Espargarò. I was saving some tyres for the last laps. Unfortunately I made a mistake, I crashed out so the race went to waste. However, all in all I am happy: the feeling with the bike improved quite a lot and we are kind of fast. Step by step we are making progress and we are understanding how to make our ART machine work. Let’s start again from Le Mans, charged and ready to work to improve more.”
DIFFICULT RACE FOR THE GREEN TEAM
At 13:00 local time, the Grande Premio de Portugal 2012 got underway with sunny skies and dry track, after two days of practice that took place in mixed weather conditions.
The White and Green rider didn’t got a brilliant start and dropped from eighth to eleventh place on the first lap, as he struggled to find confidence with his GP12.
On lap two Hector was able to pass the factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden, but he was bound to stay in 10th place, because of a shoulder pain that didn’t allow him to get the full potential of his bike.
His top-ten position has him into the topten in the overall World Championship standings with 19 points after three rounds.
The Pramac Racing team will remain at Estoril tomorrow for a MotoGP test session before heading to Le Mans in two weeks’ time for round four.
Hèctor Barberà - Rider Pramac Racing Team -
" I am bitterly disappointed with today. After a lot of hard work by the crew this weekend we started the race with a very competitive setup and I was feeling good.
On lap five I started to struggle a lot due to a physical issue with my shoulder and I wasn’t able to use the full potential of my GP12, losing the group in front of me that included Stefan Bradl and Ben Spies.
Toward the end I decided to manage my position and I preferred to take home some important points in order to remain into the top ten in the overall World Championship”.
Francesco Guidotti – Team Manager Pramac Racing –
"The race was more difficult than we expected, due to a less-than-stellar start.
In addiction, at the beginning, Hèctor struggled to overtake the rider in front of him, losing the contact with Bradl and Spies and he stayed in 10th place for the last 26-laps.
Now we are focusing on the next race, which will took place in a couple of weeks in France".
Determined Dovizioso claims best Yamaha result in Estoril
Andrea Dovizioso secured his best Yamaha result so far in today's Estoril MotoGP round, the Italian leading home Cal Crutchlow to help the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team celebrate a third consecutive double top five finish in 2012.
For the third race in a row in the new 1000cc MotoGP World Championship category, fans were thrilled by an exciting inter-team duel between Dovizioso and Crutchlow for fourth position.
The pair were barely split by more than just a couple of tenths throughout the 28-lap race, with British rider Crutchlow holding the early advantage going in search of his third straight fourth place finish.
But it was Dovizioso who prevailed with a display full of determination and skill once he seized fourth place from Crutchlow with a clinical overtake at the first corner on lap five.
Crutchlow shadowed the former 125cc World Champion for the remainder of the race but despite exerting intense pressure, Dovizioso rode a faultless race to ensure he finished top non-factory rider to collect 13 valuable World Championship points.
Today's result means Crutchlow remains in fourth place in the overall rankings on 37-points, with Dovizioso just two-points further back in fifth. Dovizioso and Crutchlow's brilliant consistency also helped the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team strengthen its positi on in third place in the Team World Championship standings heading to the squad's vital home race in Le Mans on May 20.
Andrea Dovizioso 4th – 35 points:
“I am very satisfied with my performance in today's race and particularly with the pace I could run because I was very fast and consistent throughout. It is a good way to end the weekend because a few small problems on Friday and Saturday meant we could not work as much as we would have liked to improve the bike. I am happy because the target this weekend was to reduce the gap to the fastest and we managed to achieve that. But the fact I could keep the speed for 28-laps that I was not able to find in practice is a very positive point. It is a good fourth place but there's no doubt starting from third on the grid hampered me at the beginning of the race because I couldn 't even try to stay with the leading group. Maybe it would have been closer or maybe we could have even been with Pedrosa, but we will never know. Now I am looking forward to racing in Le Mans because it is the home race of the Tech 3 Team and it is also a raced sponsored by Monster Energy, so everybody has a lot of motivation to do well.”
Cal Crutchlow 5th – 37 points:
“I'm pretty happy with fifth place but I would like to have been a bit closer to the top three like I was in Jerez. Fair play to Andrea because he rode a great race once he passed me early on and it didn't matter how much pressure I put on him, he never cracked. I certainly couldn't have done anything else to try and pass him but it is another top five finish and I am still fourth in the points. I had a couple of issues, which didn't help me. I knew rear grip was going to be an issue in the race and that's how it turned out. I'm not really sure why so we will have to have a close look at the data to understand this. Stopping the bike was also a bit of a problem and it felt like I was having to push a lot harder than the four in front of me to run the times. But it was a good race with Andrea and we have carried on the momentum from the first two races and now we can look forward to Le Mans. That's a massive weekend for Monster and Tech 3 Yamaha, so I'll be determined to be back fighting for the podium again.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:
“That's three races now in 2012 that have been exciting but also nerve-wracking to watch as the manager of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. On one hand I want to see all the races like t his with Andrea and Cal battling inside the top five, but it is always tense when they are fighting so hard together. But credit to both of them because they delivered another fantastic double result for Tech 3 and today confirmed how strong our line-up is in 2012 and how competitive the Yamaha YZR-M1 package is. I'm really happy for Andrea because I think a few times this season he has been quite unlucky but he needed to be riding at his best to keep Cal at bay today. We knew that Cal was never going to give him a moment to relax but he dealt with that pressure extremely well. It was another great ride by Cal today and a measure of how far he has come to be battling again comfortably inside the top five. Clearly I think for the whole team it's very exciting to see us being so competitive. We are fighting at the front in every session and every race and keeping Yamaha and our sponsors happy, which is vitally important. Now we look forward to our home race in France where we will arrive higher in the Championship than we have ever been going to Le Mans. We are excited and hoping to perform for the French fans as we have in the first three races.”
Lorenzo Retains Unbroken Podium Record at Estoril
Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo continued his unbroken podium record at Estoril today. Starting from fourth on the grid he was quickly into second at the first corner and held the position to the line after a determined effort to stay with race leader Casey Stoner. The Mallorcan's legendary consistent lap pace meant Stoner was never more than one second ahead until the final lap and at times just 0.2 seconds in front. Lap three of the race saw Lorenzo deliver a new fastest lap record for Estoril of 1'36.909. He now heads to Le Mans in two weeks time just one point adrift of the Championship lead.
Team mate Ben Spies started well from fifth, slotting into fourth in the first corner before running wide and dropping back several places. The Texan made a couple of mistakes and dropped to ninth where he battled Stephan Bradl for eighth, eventually passing the German to take the position at the line. Spies will arrive in Le Mans in 11th position with 18 points.
Position : 2nd Time: +1.421
“I’m happy with this second position because I was expecting to fight for third or fourth and not the victory. The bike improved a lot from the practices so it was possible. I had two problems, at the start I used a lot of clutch and burnt it so for two or three laps it was burning and I lost a lot of distance from Casey. Also at the end Casey was very strong. After this everything was working well and I made a fastest lap, which is not very common for me. We are just one point behind Casey, hopefully we can improve something on the bike tomorrow and be in front again.”
Position : 8th Time: +33.262
“Very mixed emotions today, this is actually the first time in three years that I’ve finished a race here. As I told the team, I made four or five big mistakes during the race, they cost me time and places. It was a rough race but I’m continuing to build my confidence, I don’t enjoy Estoril so I’m happy to have finished. Now we go to Le Mans which is a great event with an amazing crowd but another track I don’t love so much! I’m happy with the bike and it’s performance so we’ll continue to build my confidence and improve the results.”
“A fantastic result after a very tough race weekend. Both Jorge and the bike got on very harmoniously in the race and he was able to push. We are only one point behind Casey and we’re consistently finishing on the podium which is important. We’ll test tomorrow to see what developments we can use to improve and see what happens in Le Mans in two weeks time.”
“Ben had some difficulties during the race, he made a few mistakes, I think the first one put a lot of pressure on him so he was trying to push harder and was unable to. The most important thing is he got back his feeling and was quite satisfied with the set up which gives us good confidence for the coming races. Tomorrow we will test some new items, let’s hope they give us some good results. Jorge did a really great job and pushed really hard. He never gave Casey room to breathe and he couldn’t do more than that. This is the right attitude to get the title.”
Determined Stoner takes first win at Estoril
Round 3: Portuguese MotoGP™ - Race
Circuito do Estoril, Sunday 6 May 2012
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium; Rear: Medium, Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 19-20°C; Track 32-38°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner has now won a MotoGP™ race at every circuit on the calendar after the Australian took his second successive victory in a strong performance at Estoril.
Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha Factory Racing M1 put Stoner under pressure throughout the entire race but ultimately could not find a way past the defending champion. Dani Pedrosa completed the podium on the second Repsol Honda RC213V while for the second race in a row, Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was the first CRT rider across the finish line in 12th place, just ahead of teammate Randy de Puniet.
As track conditions for the race were warm, but not hot at around the mid-35°C mark, all riders on the grid chose to run the softer rear slick, which at Estoril is the medium compound, in combination with the medium compound front slick tyre. Of the twenty riders that selected the medium front slick, thirteen opted for the compound in the new specification front slick tyre including top-five finishers Jorge Lorenzo and Monster Tech3 Yamaha riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow.
Casey Stoner now leads Jorge Lorenzo by one point in the MotoGP™ standings, with Dani Pedrosa 14 points adrift in third place overall.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“I’d like extend my congratulations to Casey Stoner on his first MotoGP win at this circuit. Track conditions were better today and our tyres performed very well with Jorge Lorenzo setting a new lap record using a combination of the medium compound rear slick and new specification front slick tyre, also in the medium compound. The winning race time was fourteen seconds quicker than last year with the top three riders pushing each other hard at a very fast and consistent pace right up to the checkered flag.
“The whole race weekend for us was very constructive and I am happy how our 2012 specification tyres performed at this demanding circuit. Now we are focused on assisting teams at tomorrow’s post-race test and preparing for the next race at Le Mans in two weeks time.”
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Race conditions today were similar to those we had in qualifying yesterday and as expected all the riders selected the combination of the softer rear slick and the harder front slick. This combination gave riders the best mix of rear grip and front-end feel. I am pleased with the performance of our 2012 specification tyres here at Estoril and in particular, the positive feedback we have received on our new specification front tyre at the last two races shows it performs very well in a wide range of conditions.”
Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda – Race Winner
“In general we’ve been pretty happy this weekend, though for the race I had to keep up the pace as best I could as my pit-board showed that Jorge was always there behind me. In the middle of the race I tried a few changes to the map settings and slightly changed the way I rode which helped things and in the end we had enough in the bag to hold on for the win.”
POSITIVE DAY AT ESTORIL FOR TEAM SAN CARLO HONDA GRESINI
Alvaro Bautista picked up another positive result whilst Michele Pirro achieved his objective of bringing the CRT home on a positive day for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini at Estoril. A top six finish for the Spaniard and the Italian's first points of his MotoGP career give the team a timely morale boost ahead of the next race at Le Mans in two weeks' time.
Alvaro Bautista ( 6th) “It was a tough race. After practice I thought I had the pace to be fighting for fourth place but I didn't have a good feeling for the front and was struggling to turn the bike. It cost me a few valuable tenths that made me lose touch with Dovizioso and Crutchlow. Now we will have a close look at the data and try to understand why this happened, as well as working on our weak point which is braking. Sixth place isn't a bad result but we should have been much closer to the two Yamaha Tech3 bikes. We have a test tomorrow and that will be very useful to us. ”
Michele Pirro (14th) “With eight laps to go I could see on the big screen that Stoner was starting to lap people so I pushed extra hard to the end because I would have been really disappointed to get lapped. I'm happy we made it to the end and I picked up my first points of the season. Today I just tried to stay upright and make the most of what we had underneath us and hopefully in the future we can hope for more than that. I want to thank the team for their hard work here, hopefully we can have some new stuff to work with at Le Mans.”
Fausto Gresini “It has been a good day and to get our best result with Alvaro so far is encouraging. We made progress over the weekend and I think the data we collected today will help us make further progress in future. Our objective is to be fighting with the Yamaha Tech3 bikes and I think we will be doing that soon. I am also happy that we were able to finish the race with Michele on the CRT bike, picking up points and avoiding being lapped. Overall it's been a good weekend that bodes well for the future.”
Victory for Stoner and 100th podium for Pedrosa
Today at the Grand Prix of Portugal, Casey Stoner took his second successive victory of the season with team mate Dani Pedrosa again joining him on the podium with a third position, in another strong race for the Repsol Honda Team which is sure to be remembered.
Today Casey today took his 42nd win in all classes in Grand Prix racing equaling the record of Max Biaggi and Tony Mang. After his win in Estoril today, Casey has now won at every circuit on the current GP calendar.
This podium has also been very special for Dani because with this third place finish, he joins an elite club of riders with 100 career podiums to their name. Only six competitors have achieved the milestone before Pedrosa: Valentino Rossi (175 podiums), Giacomo Agostini (159), Ángel Nieto (139), Phil Read (121), Mike Hailwood (112) and Max Biaggi (111). In addition, at just 26 years of age he is the second youngest, after Rossi to reach this milestone.
Casey's victory has given Honda it's seventh win out of thirteen races in the premier class at the Estoril Circuit. The Australian rider attacked hard from the beginning, setting an incredible first lap of 1'42.369 which put a one second gap between him and Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. The current World Champion led every lap of the 28 lap race and maintained a high pace for the duration with Jorge and Dani also riding consistently in the 1'37's.
The Repsol Honda riders have been on the podium, together with Lorenzo, in all three races held so far this season. Today, Casey also takes the lead in the World Championship standings with 66 points, followed by Lorenzo with 65 and Dani in third with 52 points.
The team remain in Portugal for a one day test tomorrow in preparation for the next GP, at Le Mans in two weeks.
CASEY STONER 1st World Championship Position: 1st with 66 points
"In the end it was another fantastic weekend for us. This morning we were more confident but also a little concerned because yesterday afternoon when we had a very similar setting to FP3 the bike was a little bit worse in the warm conditions. In warm up we didn't have a big problem with chatter but then for the race, under the warmer conditions, we struggled a lot more. This was very difficult to ride with, in the first part of the race I was confident and attacking the track but I closed the front twice due to the chatter. From this point I backed of a little, tried to stay smooth and just wanted to stay in front of Jorge and Dani, but Jorge was coming strong. I had to try and keep my pace and not make too many mistakes, I was changing t he mapping to try and reduce the chatter problem. Towards the end of the race I began to understand how to ride around it, this made things smoother and I found some more pace and was able to bring it home for a great race win".
DANI PEDROSA 3rd World Championship Position: 3rd with 52 points
"It's been a really tough race from the beginning, the pace was very very high from the first lap to the final one. Casey did a good race, unbelievably strong. I had a big shake in the first braking area, Casey and Jorge overtook me and I lost 1.5 seconds on the first lap. During the race I had some issues in the middle of the corner, I was not fast with corner speed; each lap I tried to get a little better, to try and modify my riding style, the mapping, braking later, I tried everything, I managed to match the lap times but not to close the gap. Three races on the podium is very good overall, but in three races we missed something, so let's try it again in the next one. To reach my 100th podium is amazing and shows how fast the time goe s. I'm very happy for that and I want to thank all my teams and sponsors during this time and especially Honda because I've been with them for my whole career".
Positive signs for Rossi in Portuguese GP, misfortune for Hayden
The Portuguese Grand Prix saw the Ducati Team improving with Valentino Rossi and unfortunate with Nicky Hayden. After two days of working on his GP12’s settings, the Italian lapped at a pace that was both relatively fast and very consistent, eventually finishing in seventh place, which is his best result of the season so far.
Nicky Hayden, on the other hand, had to just try make it to the finish due to an electrical problem with his bike’s ECU, which was subject to interference from a radio signal near the track. As a result, all of the electronic calibrations were out of phase around the circuit, making riding extremely challenging. The American nonetheless rode with great determination to an eleventh-place finish.
Tomorrow the Ducati Team will remain in Portugal for a one-day test, with hopes that the rain forecasts turn out to be wrong so that development can continue on the GP12.
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 7th
“It went a bit better this time, in the sense that we started from a better base on Friday and we managed to prepare for today over the course of the weekend. I was able to approach the race knowing what to expect from the bike, and I therefore managed to push harder and get a little closer to the limit. The first laps were decent. I moved up a couple of positions and then I maintained a consistent pace, doing times that we expected to do. We can say that we took advantage of our current potential, and now we’ll have to work to make another step forward. We must improve on corner exits and on acceleration because right now we’re not able to be as effective as the others due to the fact that we can’t get all of the power to the ground. We have a test tomorrow, and we’ll start working. Anyway, today I even managed to have some fun.”
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 11th
“Starting from the first lap, there was an electrical problem and the bike didn’t know where it was on the track. I tried my best to ride around the problem and not make mistakes. It’s really a shame to work hard all weekend but not be able to take advantage of it with a result in the race. The team did a great job overnight, and I felt so much better this morning in the warm-up. I almost matched my qualifying lap and was pretty consistent. Of course I’m not saying I was going to fight for the win, but it would have been nice to at least have a decent race. We’ll focus on tomorrow’s test now and look forward to the next race at Le Mans.”
Vittoriano Guareschi (Team Manager)
“We managed to work well this weekend, taking full advantage of our dry track time to improve the setup and confirm that we now have a good base setting. Today Vale rode the whole race at close to the same pace as his qualifying time, he made some nice passes, and he was able to push a bit closer to the limit. I think this is a good starting point. We’re really sorry for Nicky because during the race, a radio signal interfered with our ECU’s transponder, forcing him to ride with the electronic calibration out of phase. Riding in those conditions is truly difficult, and he did a great job to finish the race.”
ANOTHER TOP TEN FINISH FOR MOTOGP ROOKIE STEFAN BRADL
Estoril, 6 May: the LCR Honda MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl takes another positive 9th place in today’s 28-lap Grand Prix of Portugal at Estoril holding the 7th position in the world classification with 24 points after three rounds only.
The complex, bumpy and narrow Estoril circuit is always a special challenge, especially for MotoGP rookies like Bradl but the German rinding the Honda RC213V made a typically professional job of his first weekend here on a MotoGP bike ending free practice in tenth and demonstrating his skills in the qualifying session until a red flag incident which relegated him on 11th post on the grid.
Bradl- 9th : “Well... this has been a very hard weekend for us in general. We have struggled a lot with rear grip immediately on Friday morning but Saturday we have found some good adjustments. Unfortunately for the all race we had some issues going into the corners. My start was ok and I could make some good manoeuvres in the beginning but then I was a bit on the limit and in the middle of the race I was losing too much in the corners entries which was our problem all the time during this weekend. Especially in the fast corners I needed to wait in opening the throttle and this cost us a lot of time. We have never had this problem before and Spies had a better pace than us during the race but I can say this is another good weekend for me and the Team”.
POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR TAKE CRT DOUBLE AT ESTORIL
Aleix Espargaró and Randy de Puniet fight for top CRT place in Portuguese GP.
What is likely to be the final Portuguese MotoGP race for a while was pushed forward to a mid-schedule slot on the Sunday lineup, thanks to the time difference used by Portugal with respect to the regular Grand Prix timetable. Coming hot on the heels of last weekend's Spanish GP, the race at Estoril followed much the same script. Casey Stoner won from Jorge Lorenzo, with Dani Pedrosa in third place. The trip had broken away at the beginning of the contest, maintaining their positions until the end.
POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR riders Aleix Espargaró and Randy de Puniet achieved a fantastic CRT double at Estoril, placing 12th and 13th overall. Espargaró was once again in fine form and had increased confidence onboard his ART machine. The Spaniard set off from twelfth place and held onto the position thanks to an improvement in pace as the race went on. Espargaró was the top CRT rider for the second weekend in a row, and he is now the best of the new class with a World Championship total of nine points.
Teammate Randy De Puniet had been looking to push Espargaró, but there was nothing he could do, bearing in mind his fitness issues. The Frenchman had hurt his ribs in a crash yesterday afternoon, but still wanted to compete in his 219th Grand Prix despite pain in his side. After an injection at the Clinica Mobile to reduce the pain, he set about gaining points for his own goal of becoming the best CRT racer. Setting off from 14th, De Puniet moved up one place over the course of the contest, left behind by Espargaró after an exchange of places and the Spaniard's breakaway.
The next round of the World Championship is De Puniet's home race, the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.
12th Aleix Espargaró: "I am very happy. I was riding well on the ART and am delighted to be part of this POWER ELECTRONICS ASPAR team. We have improved so much since Qatar and Jerez -yesterday we were the fastest CRT and very close to the Ducatis. I thought that I could catch Abraham in the race and I was battling with Randy a lot today, but I had a little more pace in me this time. We can see that the non-CRTs are making the most of their new tyres at the start of the race and breaking away. Over ten or twelve laps things even out, but by then the race has already taken shape. Our race is our own though. I am clear about wanting to be the best CRT rider this season, so when I found out that Randy was going to be my teammate I knew that it would be tough to fight against him. Today he was very fatigued, admittedly. To lead the way in the CRT standings sounds strange, but we are working well."
13th Randy de Puniet: "That was a very difficult race because of the pain that I have on my left side from yesterday's crash. This morning I got an injection at the Clinica Mobile in order to ride in the warmup and, although I was really sore, I decided that I was going to race. I haven't broken anything, but even breathing hurts me at the moment. The opening lap was difficult, because I had no confidence on the bike. It took me a while to gradually find it and to begin to lower my times. Aleix and I were riding together, but then he picked up the pace and I was left fatigued from lap ten onwards. I couldn't keep up with him. It is a pity that we didn't get the result that we wanted, but I hope to have a good weekend at Le Mans."
No finish for Karel Abraham after crash at Portuguese Grand Prix
Czech rider Karel Abraham had just five laps remaining to claim his first points of the season, but after a heavy fall in 12th place he was unable to finish the Portuguese Grand Prix. Throughout the race he kept the Ducati Team rider Nick Hayden in his sights, gradually closing the gap down to 1.5 seconds, before suffering an unlucky crash.
„‘I wasn’t seriously hurt in today’s crash. I was trying to catch Nicky, but lost my rear wheel coming out of a corner. I wasn’t expecting a highsider, and I finished up getting thrown off. I’m really angry, that’s all I can say about it! Tomorrow during testing we’ll see if there’s anything else we can do to improve the bike’s set-up’ said the Czech rider after the race, adding, ‘before Le Mans I will get my spine looked at. After the fall in Jerez, I wasn’t 100 %, but I’m not going to make excuses for myself. Over the next two weeks I’m going to have to sort myself out and finally get a few points in France.’
Marco Grana, Chief Mechanic Cardion AB Motoracing
‘This is a real disappointment - the bike was working well, and compared to yesterday, Abaja rode one lap over half a second quicker, which we were all very pleased about. Unfortunately, the incredible effort to overtake Hayden ended with him crashing out. After the morning’s warm-up, the track surface had cooled a little, so today we chose a combination of hard front tyre with a soft mixture for the rear. Tomorrow we’ve got tests, and we’ll again be trying out new settings on the motorcycle. The main problem we’re facing right now, though, is the mental state of our rider – which after three race failures isn’t too good.’
PETRUCCI GETS ONE POINT AT ESTORIL
A seventeen degrees sunny day shines on the last day of the Portuguese Gran Prix. The good conditions have permited to see three fantastic races with the victories of Stoner, Marquez and Cortese.
After two difficult days of practice, Danilo Petrucci has finished the race in fifteenth position. After a good start, where he has overtaken Silva and Ellison, the Came Iodaracing Team rider has done a good pace that has permitted to him to finish in the points. Now Danilo has reached Edwards at the third place in the CRT rider classification, and allows to the Iodaracing Project to reach Suter at the fifth place in the constuctor ranking.
A crash at six laps to the end ruins the Simone Corsi’s race in Moto2. The Came Iodaracing Team rider, after a very good start from the eighteenth place, has reached the seventh positiont during the fifth lap, fighting with elias, Iannone, Kallio, Simon and De Angelis. At six lap to the end a crash at the chicane exit forced Simone to the retire when we was in tenth position
It was a good race for the TR002 in Moto3 where Luigi Morciano and Armando Pontone have fighted for all the race against Pedone, with Oral, and Hanus. A mistake of Pontone and Pedone on the finish line, the confused signals from the marshals made them finish the race through the pits, allows to Luigi Morciano to get the twentyfourth position.
"It was a difficult race – Petrucci has declared – because we had many problems during the practices. I did my best and I have got one point thet is the right prize for the great work of my team. I have to say thank you to them beacuse they were able to give me the best bike as possible for the race”.
"I tried to push hard since the first lap – Corsi has said – also if the bike had still the same problems of the practices. I was doing a good race but during the twentieth lap, in exit from the chicane, I have lost the front of my bike and I crashed. We still have a lot to do and I hope that the FTR will give us the help that we need”.
"Finally we finished a race – Morciano has declared – and we had also other good feedbacks from the TR002. We tested different maps and the Armando’s one had a good result in temrs of speed and this will be very good for the Le Mans race”.
"I’m very disappointed – Pontone has said – because I did a good race and for a stupid mistake I’m not classified. I’m very sad for my mechanics, because they did a great job in these days, and for Giampiero Sacchi that gave to me this great opportunity”.