2012 Sachsenring Moto2 and Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:


Márquez victorious in Germany

Repsol rider wins for fourth time this season and extends World Championship lead to 43 points.

Sachsenring was the scene of yet another victory for Marc Márquez in Moto2 —his fourth of the season. The Repsol rider made a strong start to the German Grand Prix and set an opening pace that gave him the necessary advantage to lead right to the chequered flag. Only Andrea Iannone —who eventually crashed out— Mika Kallio and Alex De Angelis were able to stick with Márquez during the contest, but none of them provided any danger of a pass once the Repsol rider had established his pace.

The 2011 runner-up in the class has thus added another 25 points to his tally which, combined with Iannone's crash, fourth place for Pol Espargaró and fifth for Thomas Luthi, allows him to extend his lead in this year's competition to 43 points.


MAPFRE ASPAR RIDER NICO TEROL GAINS TEN PLACES AND CLAIMS TWO POINTS

Spaniard sets positive pace and concludes German GP in fourteenth, following two races outside the points

The Moto2 class opened the action at the German Grand Prix in a reshuffled schedule at Sachsenring. Starting at 11:20am local time, the race was contested in sunny and warm (27ºc) conditions. Marc Márquez pushed hard from the start and led for almost the entirety of the race, although Andrea Iannone kept him honest until suffering a crash. Mika Kallio and Alex De Angelis joined the fight later on, but were unable to get close enough to Márquez. Pol Espargaró added interest with a fight through the field that spices up the title fight.

After two races outside the points, MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol was back in the top fifteen in the Moto2 class. The odds were stacked against him after he had qualified 24th on the grid, but the Spaniard was able to make a steady comeback thanks to his pace and patience. His consistent lap times in the mid-1'26 mark enabled him to gain ten positions and cross the line in fourteenth, giving him two points for his overall tally.

Fellow MAPFRE Aspar rider Toni Elías did not have the race that he wanted in Germany, and was unable to make a comeback of his own -unlike at Assen and Silverstone. Almost knocked off track on the third corner of the opening lap, Elías eventually hit the deck five laps later when on a charge. He went down whilst switching between turns five and six, losing the front of his bike.

14th Nico Terol: "The race was a hard one, because we started from far back, but I am satisfied with our pace. The early laps were tricky because you could feel the nerves on track. I wanted to get a good start so badly that I wheelied a couple of times. I lost a little time early on, but slowly I found my pace and got past some riders. In the warmup I was getting some chattering from the front, which continued in the race. I gave my all on the final laps and could have taken a top ten finish had I been more incisive, so I am happy with that and with my race pace. Getting back into the points is positive and the key at Mugello will be performing well in practice, qualifying well and not having to make up as many places."

Toni Elías (DNF): "To be honest, I didn't have much luck in today's race. Redding boxed me in at turn 3 and it was a miracle that I didn't crash then. The odds were stacked against me then, because I had lost a lot of positions. I fought back until I reached a fast group, but just as I was overtaking I lost the front and crashed in almost exactly the same spot where I fell on Friday. We aren't in an easy situation, because I don't feel comfortable on the bike, but we will keep working in order to find a solution."


SACHSENRING GP: DIFFICULT DAY FOR SPEED MASTER TEAM IN THE MOTO2 CLASS

The circuit of Sachsenring hosted today the eighth race of the 2012 World Championship for the Moto2 class.

Andrea Iannone, after a good warm up in which some choices for the race were confirmed, started from the tenth placement on the grid. In few laps the Italian managed to get close to the race leaders, fighting with Marquez for the first position. Iannone proved his perseverance, setting some great lap times and staying right behind his rival, without letting him escape. A crash on the eleventh lap sent him far away from the battle for the podium, forcing him to start a comeback from the rear spots. Andrea crossed the finishing line in sixteenth position, as he holds the total of 104 points in the Championship Classification (fourth position).

The first race on top of the Speed Up machine ended with a crash for Andreozzi. Alessandro started from the fifteenth position on the grid and improved quickly his lap times, compared to the ones he set in the previous days. On the seventh lap, the young Italian crashed out, without having the chance to rejoin the race.

Andrea Iannone #29 - 16th

“For sure I didn’t want the weekend to end in this way, I’m sorry for how things went. In the practice sessions we had some problems with the bike, but by the race my crew managed to put together a great work and to find a setting that allowed me to be very fast. When I crashed out I wasn’t struggling to the limit, but I did lose the front. This is the eighth race of the Championship and anyone may have a bad day, it’s part of racing. We know we can make up for this, we are working hard and we are making some progress, time after time.”

Alessandro Andreozzi #22 - crashed out

“This was quite an unlucky weekend. On the seventh lap I crashed out and I couldn’t rejoin the race. In general, however, we can say that we managed to improve quite a lot during this Grand Prix, even if it was the first time I was racing here in Germany. Now we’re looking forwards to Mugello, which is a track I already know and this should help, as a starting point.”


Flying Márquez dominates in Germany

Repsol rider wins for fourth time this season —leading for 28 of 29 laps— and extends World Championship lead to 43 points.

Sachsenring was the scene of yet another victory for Marc Márquez in Moto2 —his fourth of the season. The Repsol rider made a strong start to the German Grand Prix and set an opening pace that gave him the necessary advantage to lead right to the chequered flag. Only Andrea Iannone —who eventually crashed out— Mika Kallio and Alex De Angelis were able to stick with Márquez during the contest, but none of them provided any danger of a pass once the Repsol rider had established his pace.

Whilst the race lacked the back-and-forth action of previous meetings, what developed in Germany was a dominant display from Marc Márquez. The poleman led for almost the entirety of the race, save for a short moment on lap seven in which Iannone found a way past. The Repsol returned the favour on the following lap, and by lap eleven he was out on his own after Iannone crashed out at the end of the straight.

De Angelis also mounted a challenge a few laps later, but was never close enough to be in with a chance of overtaking. Márquez made a push with eight laps remaining, and by the time four laps were left for the Moto2 race he had increased his advantage to over two seconds from Kallio and De Angelis. He eased off to take a comfortable finish and a fourth win of the season.

The 2011 runner-up in the class has thus added another 25 points to his tally which, combined with Iannone's crash, fourth place for Pol Espargaró and fifth for Thomas Luthi, allows him to extend his lead in this year's competition to 43 points.

Marc Márquez

1st - 41:32.467

"I knew that I had to start strong, because both Iannone and Espargaró were starting from a little further back and I could make a real difference early. However, with the new tyres I couldn't feel comfortable. The feeling improved when the grip dropped, but then I started to have problems with the rear —chattering on the corners stopped me from maintaining the pace that I had in practice.

I think that we rode an intelligent race, because when I saw that Iannone was getting closer I was about to drop back in order to save the tyres but instead decided to push. When I saw his crash on the screens I just looked to keep focus. It was very difficult to manage the entire race with such a small advantage, but it worked out well and I was able to open up the gap later on with the tyres worn down."


Double top 10 for Tech 3 at sun-drenched Sachsenring

Bradley Smith and Xavier Simeon scored the first double top 10 finish of 2012 for the Tech 3 Racing Team at the end of a hard fought Moto2 battle at a sun-drenched Sachsenring today.

Smith and Simeon made aggressive starts and were battling inside the top five in the early stages of a race run in the best conditions of a rain-hit weekend, with temperatures soaring to a physically demanding 27 degrees.

British rider Smith rode superbly in the first 10 laps to remain firmly in the hunt for his first podium finish of the season.

With little dry track time in practice and qualifying to find an ideal set-up with the Mistral 610 machine, Smith was unable to maintain his impressive early speed once he lost rear grip.

The 21-year-old produced a rousing effort to try and secure a second successive top six finish and put Italian rider Simone Corsi under immense pressure in the final laps. But with the tight and twisty Sachsenring layout making it difficult to overtake, Smith was less than 0.4s away from sixth at the end of the 29-lap encounter.

Simeon took full advantage of his fantastic qualifying performance, which had put him fourth on the grid, to fight for a career first Moto2 top six. A determined ride kept him inside the top six until lap 12 before the physical demands of the Sachsenring tr ack began to take a toll on Simeon's recovering left wrist.

The track is dominated by left-hand turns and the left wrist Simeon broke in Le Mans earlier in the season is still not at 100% strength. The Belgian rider though battled on superbly and he claimed a thoroughly deserved first top 10 finish of the season with eighth.

Bradley Smith 7th – 56 points

“I am really happy with the first part of the race because I was battling for the podium and that is where I should be. But the second half of the race wasn't so easy and it is clear we still have some work to do to improve the Mistral 610 machine. I had the same problem in the race that I had all weekend in the dry and that was a lack of rear grip. We tried a lot of things to improve it but I didn't have the drive out of the corner like the rest. It is a pity that I didn't quite finish in sixth because that would have been a decent outcome, but seventh still gives us something to build on. The Mistral 610 is getting better and that is clear because both myself and Xavier were able to finish inside the top 10, so that shows the brilliant work the team have been doing. Now we go to Mugello, which is one of my favourite tracks, and I'm hoping to have another great battle like last year when I was third.”

Xavier Simeon 8th – 17 points

“I am really happy to finish inside the top 10 because it was a very tough race. I was very fast in the early part of the race and it was a very good feeling for me to see the leading bunch in front of me. That was good for my confidence but later in the race I struggled quite a lot. I feel very tired now because this trac k is very physical, particularly for the left side of the body. My hand still hasn't fully recovered from the crash in Le Mans and with so many left turns here, it put extra stress on it than previous races. I feel shattered now but I was so determined to finish inside the top 10 that I never gave up and kept pushing at my maximum. I equalled my best every qualifying and best race result this weekend, so the Tech 3 Racing Team have done a fantastic job and hopefully we can continue this form in Mugello.”

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager

“I am very satisfied to see Bradley and Xavier together inside the top 10 for the first time this season. This result shows we are making progress with the Mistral 610 machine and we go to Mugello next week looking forward to both of them being very competitive again. It was fantastic at the beginning of the race to see them both fighting hard inside the top five and Bradley was really pushing hard to battle for the podium. We knew it was going to be difficult to maintain that pace because with so much rain earlier in the weekend it meant we only had limited time to work on the dry set-up of the Mistral 610 machine. Bradley kept his focus though and it was a shame that he couldn't quite get into the top six because I think he deserved it. I'm really pleased with Xavier too because he has been fast in the wet and dry all weekend. Being fourth on the grid gave him a fantastic opportunity to finish inside the top 10 and he grabbed it with both hands. Battling with the riders he was will give him a lot of confidence and he did a great job because his left wrist is not back to 100% and with all the left corners here, it made the race even tougher. But he never thought of backing off and his first top 10 of th e season is a good reward for his determination.”


ANTONELLI BATTLES CONDITIONS TO PICK UP POINTS AT SACHSENRING

A heavy storm at Sachsenring saw the Moto3 race start delayed this afternoon but Niccolò Antonelli remained calm and picked his way through the tricky conditions to make up six places from his starting position of eighteenth and score valuable World Championship points.

Niccolo’ Antonelli (12th) “I think I have had a decent race. The conditions were difficult and the way the track dried out made it even more tricky. I tried to make up positions without taking too many risks and in the end twelfth place is okay. Of course it could have been better but we couldn't afford to come away empty handed again today. I would have preferred another dry race because it would have been a good chance to get more data before Mugello.”

Fausto Gresini “That was a very difficult race and coming away with any kind of result was never going to be easy. In a situation like that experience always counts but Niccolò did brilliantly considering his age. He cetainly did his best to get a result and bring home the points. Hopefully that's the end of the wet racing for now and we get some more normal conditions over the next races.”


Difficult day for Repsol riders in Germany

Maverick Viñales suffers mechanical problems and joins Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins in missing out on points in rainy race.

The Repsol Moto3 riders faced a difficult race at Sachsenring, thanks to a huge downpour that befell the Germany circuit ten minutes before the scheduled start. This caused a 25 minute delay to the contest. Once the lights finally went out, the 27-lap contest was a nightmate for Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins, who finished seventeenth, nineteenth and twentiefth, respectively —all outside the points.

Qualifying yesterday had also taken place under persistent rain, making the race doubly tough for the trio due to their lowly placements on the grid. On a completely wet track, Rins got a good start and moved up to eighteenth within a few corners —although his race would become harder.

Maverick Viñales also had problems, with a mechanical issue ruling out any chance of a spectacular comeback. When the moisture on track had been reduced and his engine had heated up, the Spaniard looked to uncover the radiator that had been taped up to maintain a high temperature. However, the string had broken off and he was unable to remove the tape, leading to overheating and a drop in performance.

The trio were looking to stay upright and take points to conclude a tough weekend, but slowly dropped down the order. Viñales even conceded positions to at one point find himself in twenty-second. As the track dried out, they were able to make slight improvements. Viñales got back into a group of five riders battling for fourteenth, but just missed out due to a lack of power on the straight. His rivals went past, he was relegated to seventeenth and he joined Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins outside the points —in nineteenth and twentiefth, respectively.

The win went to Sandro Cortese, who now leads Maverick Viñales by 18 points in the overall standings. Álex Rins and Miguel Oliveira occupy eighth and eleventh position, respectively, with 54 and 39 points.

Maverick Viñales

17th at 1:11.122

“I am very angry. I think that today was a day for doing a good job and making a memorable comeback, but we had bad luck and the bike heated up a lot. We lost a lot of performance because of that. I had a cord to uncover the radiator that we had gaffer taped up to stop the rain cooling it too much, but that broke and we were left with a bike that was 130ºC for the entire race. We were expecting that it might rain, but we hadn’t bargained for this problem in which the bike wasn’t pushing at all. I tried to make up ground on the corners, but everyone passed me easily on the straights. We were convinced that we could overcome the rain and get in front with a decent pace, but it was a very hard race. We have many races to go in which to solve the issue. We know that we have to win, whatever happens.”

Miguel Oliveira

19th at 1:18.878

“That was a difficult race. We had been having problems in the rain since yesterday and things didn’t go any better for us today here. It was a pity, because in the warmup I felt very comfortable on the bike and we were looking at a dry race. In the end, we had to ride in the wet again. We were far down on the grid, so our strategy was to get a good start and make a comeback. We had the pace to be in the top three, but everything changed with the rain. Our aims changed from attack to preservation, as the most important thing was to stay upright.”

Álex Rins

20th at 1:18.957

“We got a good start, although later on we lacked the confidence to continue fighting in the group. I didn’t have a good feel on the entry to the corners, thanks to the rain and the lack of grip. I couldn’t ride as I would have liked. When the track dried, the bike started moving about a lot and we weren’t able to finish strong. We have to look ahead and focus on the next race, because today was a day to forget.”


REA FINISHES OUTSIDE THE POINTS

Despite starting from a season-best fifth place on the grid Gino Res was unable to match his excellent wet qualifying performance in today's dry race Sachsenring, dropping back to 18th place at the end and missing out on the possibility of a points finish.

Gino Rea. (18th) “It was a difficult race and unfortunately I couldn't capitalise on my starting position. I actually got away well when the lights went out but I got boxed in in the first corner and lost some places. I didn't feel too bad over the first few laps but as the race wore on and the tyres went off I lost lot of rear grip and struggled to turn the bike. It is a shame because the team are doing a great job to help me get comfortable and confident with this bike but we need to keep working hard to make sure I can hold my pace later in the race. I can match the top guys in some areas but in others we are lacking so we need to work it out.”

Fausto Gresini “Fifth place yesterday had raised hopes but Gino wasn't able to repeat his performance from yesterday. Relatively speaking he wasn't as quick in the dry as he had been in the wet and he didn't seem to have the same level of confidence in the bike. It's another chance to score points that has gone begging.”


ANOTHER CRASH FOR FEEM

Ratthapark Wilairot came close to picking up more Moto2 World Championship points at Sachsenring today but sadly a late crash cost the Thai rider an important opportunity. 'Feem' was making good progress and looked in shape to continue his recent run of improving form until he slid off in turn one with just four laps to go.

Ratthapark Wilairot (DNF) “I got a decent start but after about five laps I started to lose confidence in the front and then in the rear. I had chatter in the front and the rear was sliding around. I tried my best to adapt but I was close to crashing all over the place and then finally it happened on the gas coming out of turn one. I'm sorry for the team but we need to find a better balance for the bike because right now it is not so good."

Fausto Gresini “Not much I can say today after another crash and another potentially good result gone. We definitely need to see a more calm approach to racing because this amount of crashing is not good. We need to learn our lessons before the next race.”


HÉCTOR FAUBEL STARTS FROM PIT LANE AND FINISHES SEVENTH

Stall on the grid puts MAPFRE Aspar rider in adverse position, overcome with great comeback

The Moto3 race headlined the German Grand Prix thanks to a reshuffle of the schedule, and the contest was arguably the most exciting of the day. Delayed until 14:55 local time due to heavy rain, the riders and mechanics were forced to adapt their skills to soaking wet conditions. The slippery asphalt of the Sachsenring circuit slowed things down, breaking up the field into groups and allowing five riders to get away -including Luis Salom and Sandro Cortese. The track gradually dried out and the wet weather tyres dropped in performance, making things tricky for all involved. Cortese won the race, ahead of Alexis Masbou and Salom.

Héctor Faubel put on a show of persistence in Germany to earn a creditable result, having suffered a setback on the starting grid. The MAPFRE Aspar rider's bike stalled whilst he awaited the start, obliging him to roll it to pit lane and start behind every other rider. Not to be demoralised, the Spaniard moved up to seventeenth within a few laps and continued to climb up the order, eventually claiming seventh at Sachsenring.

Teammate Alberto Moncayo's race was also affected by the rain. The downpour ahead of the Moto3 race likely caused a mechanical issue with his throttle, and he was later hit by an engine temperature issue. Five laps from the chequered flag, his bike finally broke down and he was forced to retire.

7th Héctor Faubel: "I don't know why, but my bike stopped on the grid when I was in neutral. It's strange, because this is a four-stroke. I was taken off the grid and made to start from pit lane. I rode with calm, because I didn't want to make any mistakes. I was shown the times of the leader son my pit board and I just tried to match those in order to move up the order. Today's race was a great effort, because we started from last and crossed the line seventh, but it is also a shame that we had these unexpected setbacks. Without them, I think that we could have fought for the win. Despite the strange happenings, I can be happy with the comeback and this boosts my motivation -I'm sure that if we continue working hard, we will see the results that we deserve."

Alberto Moncayo (DNF): "At the start I had a lot of trouble finding pace, because I felt the bike was accelerating too hard. Maybe that was because some water had got into the mechanism before the race in the downpour. I had trouble keeping the throttle in at low revs and lost feeling. As the track dried out, the engine started to heat up. I don't know why, but I started to feel a lot of sharp increases in temperature. I was nonetheless able to keep my pace up, but near the end of the race I felt another huge temperature surge. I grabbed the clutch but couldn't avoid the bike breaking down. It was a shame, because the weekend had been going very well, but once again we weren't able to cap it off with a good result."


Brave battle by Salom and Binder

The RW Racing GP team almost could not believe what they saw in the race for the German Grand Prix. Both of their riders Luis Salom and Brad Binder were battling in the top 5. Unfortunately an overheated engine took out Binder with just six laps to go. Salom ended on the podium again but he was not too happy with his result as he was chasing his first victory.

The race at the Sachsenring started half an hour late due to horrendous weather. It was raining cats and dogs and therefore is was too dangerous to start the ra ce. The start was on a soaking wet track on which the order of the grid was messed up immediately. But in lap 7 the rain stopped and the sun came out. A dry line showed up soon after and every rider had difficulties cooling the tires and the engines as temperatures increased quickly. The last third of the race was on a near dry track with air temperature up to 27 degrees Celsius, giving almost everybody problems with overheating.

Sandro Cortese won in front of his home crowd, grabbing the lead in the championship. Alexis Masbou had his first podium finish in second. Maverick Viñales had a terrible qualifying and couldn’t make th at up in the race. He finished with no points. Luis Salom remained a solid third in the championship.

Luis Salom (3e): "The conditions were so difficult. I had a good start and I was able to fight in the front of the leading group all the time. But when the sun came out and the track began to dry, it became even more difficult. It became harder and harder to cool the engine and the tires and I could feel the power going down. I made a mistake in turn 1 and I just didn’t have the power to get back to Cortese and Masbou. I knew I would miss another chance for victory and actually I ha ve to be happy I finished third. But at the moment itself it was so frustrating that I smashed my window. I’m sorry for that.’’

Brad Binder (DNF): "This was another unlucky race. I was battling for top 5 and my bike felt so good! But suddenly it started to go slower and slower and just broke down with 6 laps to go. It is such a pity, I would have been in top 10 for sure, and probably even top 5. Let’s hope I have a bit more luck in the next rounds.’’

Team manager Johan Stigefelt: "We could believe our eyes when we saw both riders fighting in the top 5. Everybody was so nervous. We knew Luis was able to battle for a win, but we were pleasantly surprised with Brad. He did a tremendous job in that leading group. It’s a pity he couldn’t take it to the finish.’’


Kallio takes first podium of the season with second at Sachsenring

Sachsenring, Germany - 8 July 2012: Mika Kallio took his first podium finish of the 2012 season with a superb second place in the German Moto2 Grand Prix at the Sachsenring this afternoon. What was already a difficult weekend for Scott Redding got even worse today, as he collided with Toni Elias on the opening lap and crashed out of the race.

Kallio, starting from the front row of the grid for the first time this season, got away from the line cleanly and squeezed his what into second place on the run up to the first corner. Andrea Iannone briefly relegated Kallio to third, but the 29-year-old Finn reclaimed second position when the Italian crashed out just eight laps into the race.

For the next 16 laps Kallio shadowed race leader Marc Marquez, matching the pace of the current championship leader but unable to find that little bit of extra pace needed to affect a pass. With six laps to go the Marc VDS rider experienced a drop off in grip from the rear tyre and was forced to let Marquez go.

Kallio was briefly relegated to third by a hard charging Alex de Angelis right at the end of the race, but put in a pass with three laps to go to reclaim second position, which he then defended to the line.

Redding also made a good start from 26th position on the grid, making up places in the first two turns and ready to make up more on the remainder of the opening lap. Unfortunately for the 19-year-old Briton, Toni Elias was forced to sit his bike up in turn three, leaving Redding nowhere to go but the gravel trap. The Marc VDS rider's Kalex Moto2 machine sustained too much damage in the crash for Redding to safely rejoin the race.

The Marc VDS Racing Team now head to the Italian Grand Prix, which takes place at Mugello next weekend. Both riders head to Italy keen to add to the team's podium haul, which currently stands at four - three for Redding and one for Kallio.

Mika Kallio #36: 2nd

"I was pretty confident I could fight for the podium before I lined up on the grid today. The bike has worked well in every session, and in all the weather conditions we've had here at Sachsenring. I got away from the line really well and managed to get cleanly through turn one, then it was just a case of settling into the race and finding my rhythm. I was able to match the lap times of Marc Marquez for most of the race, but in the last six laps I lost a little bit of grip and he was able to pull out a gap at the front. The drop off was enough to allow Alex de Angelis to catch and pass me, but there was no way I was going to let him take second place away from me. I reclaimed second with three laps to go and then held on to the chequered flag. I really enjoyed the battle with Marc and Alex, and I think they did too, and I'm obviously happy to be on the podium for the first time this season. I have to say a big thank you to the team, who worked hard to give me such a competitive bike this weekend."

Scott Redding #45: DNF

"It was never going to be easy starting from the ninth row of the grid today. I had a plan for the opening lap, to pick up as many places as I could, and it worked perfectly in turns one and two. Unfortunately it didn't work quite as well in turn three, where I just clipped Toni Elias after he stood the bike up in the corner. It was enough to put me in the gravel trap with the bike too damaged to continue. It's not been a good weekend for us at all, but we need to put it behind us now and move on to the next race, which is just seven days away at Mugello."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

"Today we experienced both the highs and lows of racing. Mika has done a fantastic job all weekend, running at the front in every session and all conditions. He got a great start, settled into the race quickly and was able to match Marc Marquez lap for lap right up until the closing stages, but dropped back slightly as the rear tyre went off with just six laps to go. Mika had a good battle with Alex de Angelis at the end of the race, getting the better of him right at the end to take second place. I'm really happy for him and his crew, as they've worked hard for this since the start of the season. Scott knows that his qualifying performance was the cause of today's crash. He had to push to make up places from the ninth row, and that put him in the wrong place at the wrong time. He will learn from this experience, as he always does, and I'm confident he'll be back at the sharp end next weekend at Mugello."


First podium of the season for Alex De Angelis

The result has finally come. After all the work done in the past few weeks by Alex De Angelis and the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team, the first podium of the season for the rider from San Marino has arrived after a spectacular comeback after a very complicated start from the middle of the third row.

It is De Angelis´s 39th podium of his career and a total of eight top3 finished here at Sachsenring. He can now begin his season in a completely different way, thanks to the feeling acquired with his new FTR bike.

A day to be forgotten for Yuki Takahashi, that after having made the best qualifying result of this season (11th) and having fought during the race to be in the top10 but was forced to retire due to a technical problem.

Alex De Angelis – 3rd

“I have been happy on this bike from the very first lap at Assen and I would like to say thanks to my team for believing in me and changing the bike. The first time I was with this bike was Assen and that’s where I got by best result and now I pushed and pushed during the race and made the record track lap here at Sachsenring. We now know that with this bike in race distance that at the beginning of the race this bike is good and that towards the end we have found some problems that we need to adjust. We haven’t done many kilometers with this bike yet. In Mugello we will be working on this and I am sure we can fight for the rest of the season to be in the top5.”

Yuki Takahashi - retired

“The start of the race was very good and during the first lap someone hit me and I thought something might have broken, like the front brake. I took a look and it seemed to be ok so I decided to go and started picking up the pace and gained positions. My lap times were good enough to make me be in the second group and from yesterday to today I got to improve my lap times. Finally the engine stopped because of a problem with the electronics. The important thing for us was to find out what the problems was before going to Mugello so that’s what we are working on now. I am happy because every day on this bike we make improvements and makes me be confident for next week’s race.”

Pietro Caprara – Moto2 Technical Director

“For Yuki we are very sorry because we had a technical failure, we are investigating what caused the bike to have this problem. It is a shame because he was doing best race so far this year, had a good start and could have been in the top10. He has made a big change this weekend with this bike and is very happy with this bike. We will investigate the causes of that technical failure so that in the future it doesn’t affect either riders in the future.

We are very happy with Alex´s result. We knew that he likes this track. We have always known that. We considered Assen like a test because it was the first time the team and riders worked with the FTR bike, the guys worked a lot to find a good machine setting for Alex. We are very happy that he was able to fight for the podium, it’s a shame that he lost the second position in the fight with Kalio but we consider that with the time that we have had so far with this bike, this is a very good result.”

Giovanni Cuzari – Team Owner /CEO

“I would like to thank all the team that has yet again show what this team is made of! A particular thanks to Alex for third first podium of the season…that we hope will be the first of many! Yuki has also had a good weekend and I am happy for it. Would like to thank our to our sponsors, who continue to support us in this endeavor. We go to the next round to Mugello with a smile.”


MotoGP Moto3 - In Sachsenring, Team Italia gets some experience in the wet

The rain spoilt both qualifiers and the race in Sachsenring.

The young Team Italia riders thus got a chance to make some experience on a wet track, refining their riding skills. The start of the race was delayed due to a downpour, but the race ended in dry conditions.

Alessandro Tonucci showed a strong comeback, climbing his way back form the 26th position on the grid but barely missing points as he closed 16th. He was consistent in the wet, lapping with times close to those of the frontrunners in the end and preceding Viñales, Webb and Oliveira in the end.

Fenati had a chance to learn, closing in 24th position and posting the second-best lap (1'36.917) at the very end.

Sandro Cortese won the race ahead of Masbou and Salom, and is now the championship leader. Fenati still leads among the rookies. Next race is on July 15 in Mugello.

Alessandro Tonucci (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#19) 16th, + 1'10.640 behind

"The weather was against us today. At first it poured rain, then the sun came out. I tried to stay focused while fighting with Ajo, Grotzkyj and Viñales, but it wasn't easy. We'll be back on track in a few days, this time in Italy, and I'll be even more motivated."

Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 24th, + 1 lap

"It was a tough week-end for us in the rain. As soon as the track started to dry, I improved my lap times immensely. Still, I've learned so much in Germany. I want to thank the team, which supported me throughout, and my mind goes to Mugello, a track that I love and can't wait to race on."

Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)

"It's been a learning experience for us. We got a chance to train in the wet, where we're not consistent yet. I'm happy for Tonucci, who showed he can be strong in difficult conditions and be a team player. Fenati is now more aware of the areas he needs to strengthen as a rider. Our kids needs difficulties as well in order to get better. We are serene ahead of next week-end."


Brad runs the best race of his Moto 3 season ......... until just 6 laps to go at the Sachsenring

After starting the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland from a well deserved 6th place on the grid, Brad Binder had to retire with just 6 laps to go while battling for a Top 5 position.

Yesterday in QP, Brad showed everyone what he's able to do in difficult wet conditions, he went on to demonstrate his talent during the race today setting some of the fastest lap times during the first half of the race.

It was dry until a few minutes before the start of the German GP, and the whole team was on the grid while it started to rain harder and harder, race direction first declared the race wet and then, when the situation started to deteriorate, delayed the start of the race, and sent everyone back to pit lane to prepare the bikes for a very wet race.

Brad had a good but cautious start, that brought him into the Top 5. He was able to defend his position like a real champion, and made no mistakes at all. Soon the track started to dry up, and Brad did a great job trying to avoid the dry patches of asphalt, moving into the wet to cool his tyres. But suddenly while he was in 4th position and still very close to the guys in front of him, the bike started to slow down. At first, Brad lost a few positions and was able to stay in the top 10, but then the bike just "collapsed", and finally the young South African had to stop in the kitty litter. That was the end of what could have been a fantastic result for him, and once again another DNF through no fault of his own.

Brad Binder : " I have no words. I was in fourth position in the mix with the other guys, and felt so good on my KALEX-KTM. Everything just came so easy that I thought I could have a shot for the podium! But then with only 6 laps to go, my bike started to go slower and slower, and I didn't know what was going on until it just broke down. It's real pity because we could have gotten a great result, that would have brought me lots of points. I just would like to thank my team for their hard work, and congratulate my team mate Salom for getting on the podium. See you all at Mugello."

Team RW Racing GP: The RW Racing GP team almost could not believe what they saw in the race for the German Grand Prix. Both of their riders Luis Salom and Brad Binder were battling in the top 5. Unfortunately an overheated engine took out Binder with just six laps to go. Team manager Johan Stigefelt:“We could believe our eyes when we saw both riders fighting in the top 5. Everybody was so nervous. We knew Luis was able to battle for a win, but we were pleasantly surprised with Brad. He did a tremendous job in that leading group. It’s a pity he couldn’t take it to the finish.’’


CARETTA TECHNOLOGY - Sachsenring GP - Race

Beautiful race for the riders of Caretta Team who have fought always in the top positions for the hard-fought race. Alexis cuts the finish line in second position and Jack for few cents is fourth.

Giorgio Bertelli (Team Manager): "A great compliment to both riders and at the team: they done a great job especially considering the difficult weekend had"

Alexis Masbou: "I am very happy. The race was very complex and difficult as the entire weekend. Thanks to the team who worked hard and gave us the competitive bikes. Early in the wet it was difficult not to slip and I preferred to be calm. Then in the second half of the race when the track was drying I battled with Cortese but he was really loud in front of his fans "

Jack Miller: "Today was a very difficult race but also a good one. I had many fights and learns a lot. But we still must work dry setting. A special thanks to the team".


Marc Márquez celebrates his fourth victory - Tom Luthi battles his way to fifth place

At the German Grand Prix, Suter MMX2 rider Marc Márquez rode to a fantastic victory ahead of Finnish Kalex rider Mika Kallio and FTR rider Alex de Angelis from San Marino. The fourth win of the season for the 19-year-old Spaniard meant also the fifth victory of the year for manufacturer Suter Racing Technology, who conquered the podium in all seven races so far and who leads the constructor’s championship with a comfortable margin.

Whereas Márquez was leading the race almost from start to finish – only Italian Andrea Iannone managed to squeeze past for a short time in lap eight, but crashed soon after – Swiss Suter MMX2 rider Tom Luthi had a tough battle before he was able to hunt the leading group of riders. At the start of the race, his bike made a wheelie, which meant he couldn’t accelerate as early and hard as he would have liked to. And in the first corner, fellow Swiss Suter rider Dominique Aegerter attacked on the inside line und pushed Luthi wide, which cost him another couple of positions.

Towards the end of the race though, Luthi was as fast as race leader Márquez and took a strong fifth place, which earned him third spot in the rider’s championship. Luthi’s race was also a successful technical test, since the 25-year-old from Switzerland used a new swingarm that boosts traction and grip of his Suter MMX2. “At the beginning of the race, I didn’t notice a lot of extra grip. But in return, my bike saved the tyres very well, so I could repeat my lap times very consistently”, said Luthi, who wants to do thorough comparison tests at the next race in Mugello before coming to a final conclusion about the technical update.

Márquez, who had tried the new swingarm in the dry Friday practice sessions, was thrilled with its performance straight away. “He noticed a big difference in grip and traction and really wants to use the new swingarm in the next race”, said Reto Karrer, Moto2 project leader of Suter Racing Technology. The fact that Márquez was not able to use the new swingarm at the race on the Sachsenring was due to a heavy crash on Friday afternoon, which caused considerable damage to his bike.

After the race of the MotoGP category, Team NGM Forward also was in a triumphant mood. In the wet qualifying on Saturday, Colin Edwards had been the second-best CRT rider on the grid. In the dry race on Sunday, the “Texas Tornado” repeated this success, passed Spanish ART rider Aleix Espargaró and finished in 12th position behind Espargaró’s French team-mate Randy de Puniet. “In the beginning, the traction control was reacting too abruptly. I managed to adjust it to a more suitable setting and then the bike worked very well”, smiled Edwards.

In the Moto3 class, the only wet race of the day, the Suter Riders continued to suffer. In difficult conditions on a drying track, Simone Grotzkyj was best Suter Honda rider in 15th place, Miguel Oliveria from Portugal and his Spanish team-mate Alex Rins finished in 19th and 20th position.


Round Number: 
8
2012

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