Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races at Barcelona on Sunday:
Viñales, unstoppable in Montmeló
Repsol rider escapes to victory from a tough lead group. Oliveira and Márquez complete strong weekend with third place for Portuguese and sixth for home wild card. Rins retires after collision with fellow rider.
Repsol Media Service - Spain, Circuit de Catalunya - Sunday 03/06/2012
The young Spaniard once again rode a perfect race. After a good start from pole, despite being overtaken by Khairuddin and Rossi on the first corner, Viñales moved in front by the third lap and held the lead until the chequered flag. Following his overtake on Louis Rossi, the Repsol rider gradually upped his pace to leave the chasing pack in the distance. His win was his second of the season, taken little more than 130km from his home.
Behind him, a group of riders had podium aspirations and were going to fight to the end to make them a reality. Repsol riders Álex Rins, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Márquez were amongst the pack, joined by the likes of Cortese, Rossi and Faubel. Miguel Oliveira featured between fourth and eighth place for the majority of the race, but pulled out a spectacular overtake on Louis Rossi on the final lap to take third, his first podium in Moto3 and a first rostrum for Portugal.
Wild card Álex Márquez also had a great race at the Catalan GP. The Spaniard had moved up some nine positions by lap nine, up into second place in a spectacular ride. He was in with a chance of a rostrum for the majority of the contest, although in the end his lack of straight line speed cost him and he dropped down to sixth. It was nonetheless a great showing from a rider only competing in his fourth GP. He also achieved the fastest lap of the race: 1’52.583 on lap nine.
Álex Rins had started from sixteenth and moved up into eighth at one point, until he was hit by another rider on turn 4 of the fifteenth lap and forced to retire from the race.
1st - 41:50.965
"It was a little bit of a difficult race, because I was on my own up front for a long time. I pushed as hard as possible in order to get ahead, I wanted to escape any way that I could and I kept my focus in every moment. It looked difficult at the start to get away, because the track was not in great condition and I didn’t know whether it was going to rain or not. However, when I saw the sun come out I decided to push.
When I tried to break away from other riders slipstreaming me, I began to make a real gap. At one point I had a two-lap spell in which I really extended my advantage, when I really went all-out and achieved my best laps. I used the mindset that I had the others close behind and didn’t lose focus".
3rd at 7.853 sec.
“That was a difficult race, because of the high temperatures that we have had here. In my group we were all going slower than Maverick, so he was able to escape. I had a battle with Efrén Vázquez and my teammate Álex Rins, and it was then that I lost ground. On the final lap I gave my all in order to get that podium, and I was able to do that in the end. A first podium is always something special, and I’m sure that I won’t forget it. We are very consistent and I think that we will only improve as the season goes on. We have to carry on in the same way as up to now".
“We were a little far back on the grid, but I got a good start and moved up places. I was able to get into eighth and I was in a strong position. However, things happen when you are part of a group. Another rider hit me from behind and knocked me to the ground, but these things happen. I have to focus on the British GP now, which is at a track where I have no experience".
6th at 8.267 sec.
“The start wasn’t a good one for me, but I was able to gain places later. I was able to get further and further forward and I took a lot of positions. I was part of a tough group and there was an intense fight for the front spots, but I had a lot of fun. I am very happy with the result, but now I have to turn my attention back to the CEV and then make the most of any further wild card opportunities".
CARETTA TECHNOLOGY - Barcelona GP - Race
Very good 100th race for Alexis Masbou, fighting for the podium until the end. He had to give it up only after a contact with another rider in the last corner. The great engine and the first maximum speed among Honda bikes were the presents for birthday of his team. With the Catalan test, the young Jack Miller got his first World Championship point after an aggressive race despite the problems of grip at the rear.
Alexis Masbou: "I’m fifth and happy. I got a good race in the lead group and only the contact with Oliveira keep me out of the fight for second place until the last meter. I thank my team because now my Honda is very fast and we have recovered the gap by the firsts. At this point we can be competitive in all the tracks".
Jack Miller: "My first World Championship point. I did my best, I fought a lot and I trained on this track. Unfortunately we could not find a good setup and the rear tire skidded too much impeding me to open the throttle as I wanted".
ANDREA IANNONE WINS IN CATALUNYA, BAD DAY FOR MIKE DI MEGLIO
The fifth race of the 2012 season of the Moto2 World Championship was held today, at the circuit of Montmeló.
Iannone and his crew had the chance to make some further steps ahead in the set-up of the Speed Up machine in the warm up, ending the session with some satisfying confirmations in sight of the race. Starting from the second row, the Italian proved from the beginning to be a fierce rival when battling for the victory. Andrea defended the first position with perseverance, making some outstanding overtaking manoeuvres on his rivals and grabbing the top spot of the podium.
It was a bad day for Mike Di Meglio. The Frenchman, starting from the rear part of the grid, was trying to move up as much as possible in the first phases of the race, when he got hit by a rider that was behind him and eventually crashed out. Mike didn’t have the chance to restart, and his race ended on the first lap, soon after the red light went off.
Andrea Iannone #29 - 1st
“This was a really tough race, as well as a tough battle. Today, however, I managed to win, even if Tom Luthi and Marc Marquez were very fast. I knew the level of my pace, and since the beginning of the race I tried not to get someone in my way and to leave the other guys behind, because in the initial phases of the race I’d have risked to lose a lot of time and it’d have been difficult to comeback. I’d really like to congratulate my team: this morning in the warm up they found a solution that helped us and we were faster than yesterday. This is a tough moment for Italy, and I’m happy our hymn was played: I’d like to dedicate this result also to all the people that are facing some hard days because of the recent earthquake.”
Mike di Meglio #63 - crashed out
“I was trying to move up as many positions as possible in the beginning, to try to grab some points. In front of me Simon and Rea crashed out and, after the change of direction, another rider hit me. My bike started moving and I just crashed out. I’m sorry because we were on the second turn and then straight away we were out of the race, which didn’t give us the opportunity to make up. I hope things will go better next race and to be a little luckier.”
MotoGP Moto3 – Team Italia scores important points with a furious comeback by Fenati
Romano seized 9th place, rallying from behind. Tonucci crashed, finishing 28th.
Romano Fenati showed great maturity. After going wide to avoid contact at Turn 1 and closing the first lap in 17th position, he kept his cool. After finding his rhythm in the second half of the race, Fenny caught up with the front group and seized 9th position, consolidating his 4th place in the championship with 52 points, first among the rookies.
Fellow Team Italia rider Alessandro Tonucci had yet another unfortunate race, fighting his way up from the back. During the eleventh lap, his comeback run was ended by an innocuous crash. After getting back on the bike, he finished the race in 28th position.
Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 9th +8”600
"It was a great race. I had fun trying to catch up with the front runners, but didn't take too many risks as I wanted to score some points after two null races. I want to thank my team, which worked so hard to provide me with the right bike. It was great teamwork. Now we head to Silverstone, a historic and fascinating venue. I never raced there, but I'm eager to learn everything about it. I'm confident I can do well."
Alessandro Tonucci (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#19) 28th +1 lap
"Today I made a small mistake and crashed. I was trying to climb my way back, but rushed things a little too much, went wide, and lost the front. I hope to make up for it in Silverstone, a track that I really like."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"It was a good Sunday for us. Alessandro wasn't lucky, but was able to rejoin the race after the crash and provide us with good information for the development of the bike. Fenati showed his intelligence, as it was hard for him to climb to the front from the grid. When he had some room, he managed to find a good rhythm and made up ground on the front group with a great comeback. He didn't push things too far, keeping a great mental approach to the race."
LITTLE REWARD FOR HÉCTOR FAUBEL AFTER BRILLIANT RACE
BANKIA Aspar rider involved in podium fight before racing incident relegates him to seventh
Light rain in the MotoGP warmup left things cooler on track for the Moto3 Catalan GP than in practice. However, the action on track was just as intense. Louis Rossi led the way early on, before being overtaken by Khairuddin and subsequently Maverick Viñales, who subsequently broke free for the race win. The battle between seven riders for the podium spots behind him allowed Viñales to pull away, and the rostrum spots were only decided at the end of the contest. Cortese and Oliveira accompanied home rider Viñales in the top three when the chequered flag fell. It was a slow race when compared with times from practice and qualifying.
BANKIA Aspar rider Héctor Faubel did not have destiny on his side at the Catalan GP, as he deserved to place on the podium but it wasn't to be in the end. The Spaniard started from seventh on the grid and made an intelligent start that took him to the lead group. Experience was on his side and he kept up with the rest of the podium challengers for an extended period. However, with two laps to go he was hit by another rider and lost touch with the trailing pack. In the end he managed to recover and claim seventh place.
Teammate Alberto Moncayo earned two more points for his World Championship tally. Although it was not as impressive a result as his second place last time out, the difficulty of the weekend made this a praiseworthy performance. Three laps in he ran wide, returning to the track in nineteenth before moving up to a definitive fourteenth.
7th Héctor Faubel: "Today was a positive race for me, in which I was able to feel competitive again. I was in the podium fight the whole time and I think that I had things under control; my strategy was to stick in third or fourth and then attack second place on the home straight of the final lap. However, one of Márquez' passes on one of the latter laps knocked my handlebars and meant that I had to go very wide in order to avoid a crash. I lost time and positions, but I was still able to pass two riders before the end. It is a shame, because we were hoping for a better result, but we are happy with how competitive we were and with how much we fought. The category is like this, you are always battling, so we have to move on and try to adapt for the next race. The new chassis has done its job and we have taken a step forward, so I hope that we can continue like this."
14th Alberto Moncayo: "After a difficult start I focused on setting my pace in order to get past as many riders as possible. I was setting some good times, but on the penultimate corner of the third lap I ran off track and got caught by a group of riders. That meant I had to ride amongst them and it was hard to maintain my position. I decided to stay back in order to study their lines, whilst in terms of tyres the intermediates that we had chosen for the front was completely worn down. I pushed hard on the final two laps and was able to claim back some positions and get a gap between myself and the group. I was able to take fourteenth in the end, which is two points but obviously not our objective. From now on we have to be more alert in qualifying to get a better spot on the grid."
NICO TEROL FINISHES SECOND CONSECUTIVE RACE IN THE POINTS
Spaniard picks up a point whilst teammate Toni Elías crashes out from sixth on lap sixteen
At 12.20pm local time, the Circuit de Catalunya played host to the fifth round of the Moto2 season. Andrea Iannone took the early initiative and was the eventual winner, although it was a typically tight contest in the intermediate class. Espargaró, Luthi and Márquez kept the Italian honest, with a four-man group forming by lap six. An incident between Márquez and Espargaró three laps from the end left the latter out of the race and the former out of the running for the win, as Iannone held of Luthi for his first victory of the year.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol continued his adaptation to the Moto2 class with another points scoring finish. The Spaniard set off from fifteenth, made a mistake at turn two and lost four positions from the start, but kept his cool to try and end a tough weekend on a positive note. Terol kept up a consistent pace until the end, finishing in the points for the second consecutive race in 2012.
Toni Elías had begun from eighth on the grid and made an excellent start, even occupying second place for a period thanks to the second fastest lap of the race -1'46.831. The Spaniard was in sixth when, on lap sixteen, he went down at the La Caixa corner and his race was over.
15th Nico Terol: "At Le Mans we got points and we have done the same here, but we were expecting more. Nonetheless, these results keep us optimistic and we can see that we are improving. I got a good start, but in the second sector I ran wide and a few riders got past me, which I think was partially the key moment of the race. If I had stuck with the group that I was in before making that mistake, then, we could have fought for the top ten. I am satisfied with the start and, although I made an early mistake, I was able to hold my nerve and maintain a good pace throughout the race. This weekend hasn't been easy but we can look back on it positively now. Taking points is good for us and we have taken a step forward, so we have to keep working in order to keep this evolution going. We need to get better in qualifying in order to avoid the early traffic, and also I have to adapt completely to the slides of a Moto2 bike."
Toni Elías (DNF): "I am a little disappointed, because I expected more from this home race. When the tyres had more grip on the opening laps, I was able to stick with the lead riders. I was even able to slot into second and things were looking good, but in the end there was a turn for the worst and I crashed out. It is a shame, because we had done a very good job all weekend, but we never found the necessary grip on the rear. I gave everything in the race, trying to follow riders in order to get as high up the order as possible, but pushing too hard meant that I crashed. We aren't going to get down about it though. The positive from this weekend is that we have taken another step forward and we are progressively getting closer to the lead riders."
Another difficult weekend for RW Racing GP
Round 5 of the Moto3 world championship has been a difficult one for RW Racing GP, with Brad Binder leaving Barcelona with a fractured rib and a bruised back and Luis Salom disappointed with just 6 points.
The Catalan Grand Prix just didn’t bring the Dutch team and its riders what they all had hoped for. Salom was struggling with the new Kalex chassis and therefore couldn’t ride his bike the way he needed to to fight for the podium.
Binder had a brilliant s tart from 22nd on the grid to 8th (!) after just a few corners. He managed to stay in the top 10 for a while but was beaten off the track in lap 7 by Jack Miller who tried to pass Romano Fenati. The South African broke one of his ribs in the crash and bruised his back, but should be fit to race at Silverstone in two weeks.
Luis Salom (10th): "To start with the good thing: I’m still third in the championship. But I picked up just 6 points and that is not enough to be satisfied. We don’t really understand the problem and that is the biggest problem. Also Hector Faubel has the new chassis and it seems to work for hi m. But I cannot push the bike in the corners, I do not feel confident on it. We sure have some thinking and discussing to do before Silverstone.’’
Brad Binder (DNF): "Another DNF and another crash that wasn’t my fault. It’s really starting to annoy me. I’m beaten up and bruised and one of my ribs is broken but I’m okay. The start was perfect, the first few laps were great. I just have to learn to perform like that for the whole race.’’
Team manager Johan Stigefelt: "Brad is a rookie and it is not uncommon to crash a few times in your rookie season. He just has to learn not to be in the wrong place at the wrong moment. That is some kind of riders’ sixth sense you develop with experience. As for Luis: it’s not just him who is disappointed. We are trying to find a solution together with Kalex. Luis is third in the championship: we cannot afford another resu lt like this.’’
Double top ten for Marc VDS at Catalunya
Barcelona, Spain - 03 June 2012: Mika Kallio and Scott Redding secured two top ten finishes for the Marc VDS Racing Team in today's Moto2 Grand Prix at Catalunya. Kallio battled his way through the field from 19th on the grid, to finish ninth, while Redding overcame problems with his throttle hand to finish tenth.
Kallio threw caution to the wind at the start, diving up the inside of the field on the entry to turn one to make up a handful of places in one go. The 29-year-old Finn then continued to pick up places on the opening lap and was quickly involved in what turned out to be the battle for fourth place.
A drop off in rear grip left Kallio able to match the lap times of the other riders in the group, but unable to mount a challenge to improve his position. The Marc VDS rider was eventually forced to settle for ninth position at the chequered flag.
Redding was involved in the battle for the lead in the early stages of the race, but dropped off the back of the leading group when his right hand went numb and made it difficult for the 19-year-old Briton to brake and open the throttle with any feeling. Redding dropped back to try and recover feeling in the hand, but no improvement was forthcoming and he was forced to defend tenth place to the finish.
The Marc VDS Racing Team will be back on track in two weeks, at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Scott Redding's home race.
Mika Kallio #36: 9th Position
"After warm up this morning we made a few small changes to the front of the bike for the race. It was a bit of a risk, but we didn't really have anything to lose starting from so far back on the grid. It turned out that we went in the right direction and straight away I was quicker than in qualifying yesterday. I got a good start and made up a lot of places into turn one and even more on the opening lap. I was battling in a group when the rear grip dropped off; it wasn't severe and I was able to maintain my lap times, but I just didn't have the drive out of the turns needed to set up a pass. In the end I finished ninth, which I'm not really happy with, but it was at least satisfactory after the problems yesterday and it was enough to retain sixth place in the championship."
Scott Redding #45: 10th Position
"I felt good, the bike was good and I got away from the line okay, but then I started having problems with my throttle hand. When I was tucked in on the bike it started to go numb, as if something was pressing on a nerve somewhere. I let a couple of people through so that I could relax a bit and see if it improved, but it just wouldn't go away. It meant I was struggling with feeling, both on the gas and on the brakes, which was losing me time in every corner. It's disappointing because without this problem I know I could have been up there and battling at the front today."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"Mika rode a hard race today, to fight his way up from the seventh row of the grid and finish inside the top ten. I have no doubt that, if he hadn't had to use up his tyres fighting his way through the field in the opening laps, a top five finish was a possibility today. We need to work with Mika on his qualifying, as it's costing him good results at the moment. Scott also looked strong in the early part of today's race, but he started struggling with a numb right hand that cause problems for him on the brakes and with the throttle. He did well to defend tenth position until the end of the race. We need to find out exactly what caused the problem, as it's not something Scott has experienced before."
COMEBACK KING ANTONELLI IMPRESSES AGAIN
After losing no fewer than seventeen positions at the start Niccolò Antonelli once again showed his prowess as a comeback specialist in his fifth Moto3 appearance today, fighting through the pack to threaten the podium pack before an exhaust problem saw him drop back to finish in twelfth. However, for much of the race he was the fastest rider on track, once again outlining his huge potential in his rookie season.
Niccolo’ Antonelli (12th) “I was a bit too careful at the start and lost a lot of positions but from the second lap the bike felt great and I was able to fight back. At the halfway stage I was still making up positions but I heard a strange noise coming from the back of the bike and it started to lose power. At the end I realised it was because I had lost a part of the exhaust. It is disappointing for me and the team but up to that point we showed our potential again and I set the second fastest lap of the race so I know we'll make up for it soon.”
Fausto Gresini “Niccolò did a great job but he was unlucky today. Unfortunately he was a little bit too prudent over the first lap when he thought the track might still be damp and he lost a lot of positions but he fought back brilliantly and he was the fastest rider on track for much of the race. Then the exhaust problem prevented him from finishing as high as he could have done but I am still really happy because he is showing his great potential and we will do all we can to help him exploit it.”
Brilliant start for Binder at Catalunya, but more bad luck puts paid to best efforts
The Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya culminated in yet another unlucky ending for Brad Binder.
The weekend started off positively for the young South African and Team RW Racing GP - considering Brad had never been on this track before. His first brush with the tar happened while he was on a fast lap in qualifying practice, Miguel Oliviera fell taking Brad with him, this prevented Brad from qualifying well and ensuring that his work was really cut out for him for the race.
Nevertheless, when the lights of the Catalan Moto3 race switched on, Brad on his KALEX-KTM had a fantastic start that brought him from the 22nd position straight into the Top 10! While he was fighting with Fenati and Miller, the Australian youngster went wide (probably due to a high side) and while going back across the track he hit Brad's front wheel: that was the end of what could have been a very good race for Bradical. This is the third time this season that Brad hasn’t been able to finish a race - due to no fault of his own, hopefully the tide will turn and Brad will finally come into his own. He is still hoping for the elusive “perfect racing weekend”.
When Brad came back to the pits after the crash, he had hit his head hard and his back was swollen and hurt a lot. Doctors diagnosed a fractured rib, but said it will heal soon. Despite his injuries, Brad will take part in the British Grand Prix, which will take place in Silverstone in 2 weeks time.
Tom Luthi second and championship leader
One-minute-penalty for Marc Márquez
At the Grand Prix of Catalunya, the Suter riders in the Moto2 category had mixed luck. On one side, Swiss Suter star Tom Luthi and his Team Interwetten Paddock celebrated a fantastic second place, which awarded Luthi with the championship lead. The 25-year-old from Oberdiessbach/Switzerland had waited and saved his tyres for most of the race, but mounted his decisive attack four laps from the end and passed Márquez on the inside line going into the lefthand corner after the backstraight. Luthi almost caught race leader Andrea Ianone (Speed Up) as well, but had to settle for second by a mere 0.083 seconds after a thrilling final.
Dominique Aegerter also was in brilliant shape. The young Swiss Suter rider had qualified in sixth position and exceeded his own expectations when he passed the third Swiss rider in the Moto2 category, Randy Krummenacher (Kalex), to confirm his sixth position in the race.
But Aegerter also gained one position due to a questionable decision of the race direction. Four hours after the race finish, Marc Márquez, who had been third initially, was penalised with a full minute that was added to his overall race time, putting the Spaniard into 23rd position in the final race result. Márquez had suffered a slide right after Luthi’s attack and managed to re-gain balance. But when he pulled back onto the racing line, he caused a collision and a crash of Pol Espargaró (Kalex), who had moved into his slot.
Whereas the race direction was of the opinion that Márquez should have known about his next pursuer and should have been more careful, others didn’t think the penalty was justified. “In my opinion, the penalty is ridiculous”, said Eskil Suter, CEO of Suter Racing Technology. “It was a normal race accident, where two riders crossed paths in an unlucky way. I can only shake my head about this decision.”
The stewards of the international motorcycle federation FIM indirectly agreed with Suter and cancelled the penalty later in the day.
In the Moto3 category, Suter Honda rider Miguel Oliveira celebrated a hard-fought third place at the home race of his Spanish Estrella Galicia Team. Team-mate Alex Márquez, brother of Moto2-star Marc and a wild card rider at Barcelona, rode to sixth place.
In the MotoGP category, Suter BMW rider Colin Edwards rode well within the other CRT riders but then missed the chequered flag due to a motor problem.
Good result, but disturbing experiences for Alexander Lundh
Finishing in 24th position, Alexander Lundh replicated his best ever result in a Moto2 Grand Prix – he did the same earlier this year at the race in Jerez de la Frontera, also in Spain. But the way this result was achieved left many questions unanswered for the rider and his team.
During the Sunday morning warm-up practice, Lundh got the impression that his bike was working better than in the qualifying session Saturday afternoon. His crew had changed the front fork completely, using a different set-up that made the machine slightly shorter. But during the race, that the only Swedish rider in the Grand Prix paddock rode on his own most of the time, the known problems appeared again and produced very inconsistent lap times.
Ton Finsterbusch, MZ's entry in the Moto3 world championship, hat to sit out the race at home injured. The Youngster from Krostitz in Saxony broke his right collarbone in a crash at the Le Mans race two weeks ago. Meanwhile, the broken bone was fixed with a titanium plate. Since the stitches from the operation have already been removed, Finsterbusch started light training to prepare for the Silverstone Grand Prix in Great Britain in two weeks time.
Alexander Lundh (Moto2) – 24th position:
"The race was boring. And we haven't resolved our problems yet. The first part of the track is okay, but the fast sections at the end of the lap – it's impossible to ride the bike fast. I get chattering all the time. I'm riding like in rain mode. Would I try to ride it hard, I would crash for sure. I should never be in danger of a crash doing these lap times. I tried absolutely everything: different lines, different corner speeds, but nothing helped. That was the reason for my lap times changing so much. What we need now is a private test to spend time thinking about the chassis. We should re-set it to it's original specifications and then work our way to a setting that suits me step by step."
Peter Rubatto MZ Racing Team Manager:
"During the race, I didn't know if Alex had some kind of problems, but I was confused by his inconsistent lap times. When he went out on the track on Friday for the first time ever, to learn it, he clocked a 1.49,8 as his best time. So today I had no explanation for his times varying from 1.49,7 to 1.52,7 minutes. You know, we tried everything to get the bike into a good shape. We worked on the engine mapping, we put a brand new exhaust on it, we changed the front fork. But the times we expected just wouldn't come. The result is okay, but we cannot be satisfied."
CORSI GETS THE FOURTH PLACE IN BARCELONA
After two sunny and hot days, the sky over Montmelò Circuit is grey for the last day of Grand Prix of Catalunya. Fortunately it doesn’t rain for the three races, except during MotoGP warm up.
It was a difficult race for Danilo Petrucci that finishes at the 19th place. The Came Iodaracing Team rider didn’t a good start and tried to push but he hadn’t a good pace. From the second half of the race he began to keep Silva that overtooked him during the last lap finishig the race in 19th position.
Simone Corsi did a good race finishing at the 4th place. He lost some poistions in the beginning of the race and he started to fight with Rabat, Redding, Elias, Zarco and De Angelis with Rabat that went away tring to keep the first group. In the second part of the race the Came Iodaracing Team rider has got the 6th place, but at three laps to the end Marquez, third, hurted Espargarò that crashed and Simone finished the race at the 5th place. For this collision Maquez gets a one minute penalty and so Corsi was classified at the 4th place.
Luigi Morciano in Moto3 finished the race at the 26th place. The Ioda Team Italia rider has fought for all the race with Fuji, Pedone and his teamate Folger, retired during the fouth lap because his shiftgear screw was broken.
"It was a very hard race – Petrucci declared – we hadn’t solved the traction problems of theese days and when I tried to force the front of my bike close. The next race will be in Silverstone, I know and I like that track very much and I think that we should not have the same problem of this race”.
"I’m happy because after two crash in the last races now I get some points for the ranking – Corsi said – but we still had the same grip problems of the practice and I risked too much during the race. We have still to work hard to be competitive like the top riders”.
"The things are going better – Morciano declared – but I suffered a lot the effect of the slipstream on the straight. We are growing up a lot and I’m optimist for the next races”.
"I’m very disappointed – Folger said – I didn’t a good start but I began a good pace, then during the fourth lap my gearbox footstep broke and I had to retire. I’ll do my best in Silverstone where last year I won the race”.
Home podium for Marc Márquez
Repsol rider places third after saving a crash three laps from the end. The FIM overturn a sanction imposed by Race Direction after the conclusion of the race.
Repsol Media Service - Spain, Circuit de Catalunya - Sunday 03/06/2012
The fifth round of the Moto2 World Championship was once again an action-packed contest for fans, with the winner not decided until the final lap. Prolonging proceedings even further, third place for Marc Márquez was not confirmed until some six hours after the conclusion of the race. The Repsol rider had been involved in a racing incident with Pol Espargaró three minutes from the end, was sanctioned by Race Direction and promptly had the punishment lifted by the FIM commission.
On track, a lead group rapidly formed consisting of the favourites for the title in the intermediate class. Iannone, Márquez, Luthi and Espargaró were all battling for the win, with the latter joining back up with the leaders after dropping his pace. Tenth by tenth, they left the rest of the field behind.
As the laps went on, the tension mounted until, three laps from the end and with Iannone in the lead, Luthi overtook Márquez. The Spaniard ran wide, and that eliminated the Repsol rider from the fight for the win. As he attempted to save a crash and rejoin the racing line, Pol Espargaró attempted to go through and contact was made. Espargaró crashed out and the definitive tenths of a second were lost for Márquez. Iannone and Luthi escaped to finish first and second, respectively, joined by Márquez on the podium.
Upon the conclusion of the contest, Race Direction penalised the Repsol rider for irresponsible driving, imposing a 1 minute penalty that would have relegated him to 23rd. Upon appeal, FIM officials cancelled this, returning third place to Márquez. With this result, he is currently second in the World Championship, two points from leader Thomas Luthi (88 points).
3rd at 1.137 sec.
"That was a race in which we had to fight hard. Maybe we didn’t have the best setting, but we fought with all we have and did a good job. I felt comfortable behind Iannone, but he was very clever and logically tried to slow me down. I decided to risk a pass on the final laps, but with three to go I made a small mistake and that brought me into contact with Pol Espargaró. I’m sorry for him and I apologise for it happening —I hope that he isn’t hurt, because I didn’t even know that he had crashed until the end. I noticed that we touched, but I didn’t see him because we have no mirrors and I can’t see what is going on behind me".
ANOTHER CRASH FOR REA
A promising race for Gino Rea ended in disappointment following a crash with a local rider for the second week in succession today. The British rider leaves Barcelona empty handed despite making progress with his Suter machine during practice and now he is hoping for a turnaround in fortunes at his own home race in two weeks time.
Gino Rea. (DNF) “Another frustrating Grand Prix, unfortunately. Two weeks ago a French rider took me out in France and this week it was a Spanish rider in Spain. It is hard to take because I made a great start and was fighting for a position in the top ten but then I got hit hard from behind. I don't know why he hit me but there was no chance for me to save it. It is very frustrating because we need track time and now we go into the next race with a big job to do in terms of setting the bike up. It's my home race next so I know the circuit well and hopefully we can get better luck there.”
Fausto Gresini “This is happening too much and we need to talk about why. Gino is struggling to get on the pace in practice and then unfortunately his chances in the race are being spoiled by crashes. We'll have a look at things and hopefully at Silverstone he can turn things around.”
WILAIROT CLOSE TO THE POINTS IN BARCELONA
Ratthapark Wilairot looked set to battle for points in the Grand Prix of Catalunya today but unfortunately the Thai rider was unable to maintain his challenge beyond the opening nine laps after struggling with early tyre wear. However he rode hard to the finish to take the flag in seventeenth place and gather some vital data as the team look to continue with their recent progress in the coming races.
Ratthapark Wilairot (27th 1’ 48” 096) “In the beginning of the qualifying session we made some good progress but I made a mistake in waiting for too long to get a tow from another rider and it didn't work out. I am sorry to the team for that but even though we start from the back we are making progress and I will be pushing hard to make up positions tomorrow."
Fausto Gresini “It is a shame because he was close to the points today and missed out but we have to take the positives. We clearly need to work on the balance of the bike because it used the tyres too quickly today but we are on the right lines in terms of the work we are doing and I am sure we will break into that top fifteen soon.”