Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:
A CRASH ENDS MATTIA PASINI’S RACE IN THE GERMANY GRAND PRIX
The eighth race of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship was held today, at the German circuit of Sachsenring.
Pasini, who started from the fourteenth spot on the grid, didn’t have the opportunity to repeat the great result he achieved last weekend in Assen. The Italian was together with the other CRT machines, when on the fifth lap he was pushed outside the track by another rider, which made him crash and consequently retire.
Mattia now leaves behind him a difficult weekend, looking forwards to the race in Mugello, which is held next week, hoping for a good chance to make up for today’s result.
With twelve ponts, Pasini currently holds the fifteenth position in the General Classification.
Mattia Pasini #54 - crashed out
“It’s a shame how this weekend ended. Things were going better, for the race we had managed to find a solution that helped us in being more competitive on top of the ART machine. We knew we had a consistent rhythm and that we had the chance to fight among the other CRT bikes, I was just waiting for the second part of the race to try and move up a few positions. On the fifth lap another rider made me crash and the race ended that way. Now we leave behind this GP to look towards Mugello, our home race, and we’ll see if we can make up there.”
DE PUNIET RETURNS TO CRT TOP SPOT IN RACE AND CHAMPIONSHIP
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar riders round of another strong weekend and extend advantage as best CRT competitors
The main favourite for victory at Sachsenring was Dani Pedrosa, and he proved to be the winner in the German Grand Prix this Sunday. The race was primarily a battle between the Spaniard and teammate Casey Stoner, in which both riders established an advantage over the rest of the field and then diced for victory with one another. In five laps they had already dropped the pace to 1'22, with a gap of nearly fifteen seconds over those behind. Pedrosa looked to pass his teammate at the start of lap nineteen, but the battle went down to the wire. After various changes at the front, Stoner crashed out on the penultimate turn and dropped twenty championship points. Pedrosa won from Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.
The great warmup lap pace set by Randy De Puniet (1'23.902, just 1.3 seconds slower than best rider Stoner) was a warning to the other CRT participants of the Frenchman's intentions. Riding at a consistently strong pace all weekend, the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar reaped the rewards for his efforts on Sunday. Only a small problem kept him from qualifying as the top CRT rider yesterday, but he had already moved up to eleventh by the second lap on race day. De Puniet attempted to follow the satellite and factory riders in the early going, with a pace of 1'24 that pulled him away from the other CRTs. He eventually placed eleventh, taking five points and moving back into the lead of the CRT section of the overall standings.
Just one point behind on 23 is teammate Aleix Espargaró. The two POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar riders are almost inseparable in the class, but today the Spaniard was unable to find the best setup for normal conditions following the rain of the weekend. He did, however, ride well enough around such issues to place thirteenth.
11th Randy De Puniet: "Today I had a good race, to round off a great weekend. My start was perfect and I was quickly up alongside my teammate. I got past him and latched onto the rear wheel of some factory bikes for a few laps. They broke away a little later, but this push at the start allowed me to keep my pace up. Álvaro got by me and I stuck with him as well, which also allowed me to ride fast and consistently. This has undoubtedly been my best weekend of the year -above all the race. I was riding by myself for a great deal of the time and it wasn't easy, so I had to keep focus and not drop my pace. This is the second race in which we have been the best CRT, we are working well and I feel comfortable with the bike -Which shows on track. We are going in the right direction and have to continue like this."
13th Aleix Espargaró: "Today's was a tough race, because we didn't have the bike as well setup for the conditions as for in the rain. We had barely ridden in the dry this weekend and paid the price for that. I pushed as hard as I could at the start, but the bike wasn't going as well as we wanted, I lacked front end feel and was finding it hard to hold my line on the fast corners. I kept a fast pace up to try and hold position, but Colin got past me at the end. We lost some points and it is disappointing, just like in Holland. Randy has moved ahead of us but things are very even. We have to keep fighting to continue our good form."
GOOD RESULT AT SACHSENRING AFTER THE BATTLE WITH THE FACTORY RIDERS
Pramac Ducati rider Hèctor Barberà collected valuable points after an exciting battle throughout today’s eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland race at the Sachsenring circuit.
Starting from 10th place, Hèctor lost ground at the start but retook positions on the first lap, showing phenomenal early confidence with his Ducati Desmosedici.
Barberà was locked in a captivating five-rider battle for sixth that included both Ducati Factory riders Hayden and Rossi, as well as Honda riders Bautista and Bradl.
The 25-year-old rider rode with typical aggression, producing a fantastic ride under intense pressure to keep the group at bay. But with five contestants, all ready to fight to achieve the best result possible, Hèctor had to settle for ninth to finish just one second off from Valentino Rossi’s sixth place.
The result ensured the Spaniard gave himself big confidence ahead of the Pramac Racing Team's home race at Mugello next weekend.
Hèctor Barberà – Pramac Racing Team Rider – 9th place
“I’m really happy. It was the best and the most enjoyable race of this 2012 campaign.
I fought with the Ducati Factory riders and I finished the race between Valentino and Nicky. But the most important point was that I had a great race pace and the gap from the top three MotoGP riders wasn’t too large.
Now I want to continue on this way, trying to enjoy riding, like today.”
Francesco Guidotti – Pramac Racing Team Manager –
“A great race, fighting both with the Ducati Factory and with the Japanese machines.
During the practice sessions we were not able to find the best setup possible to ride in the dry, due to the tricky weather conditions, but the Pramac Racing crew were able to find the right way.
Now we need to continue on this road with another positive result at Mugello, next week.
Lorenzo Increases Championship Lead in Sachsenring
Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo moves further back into the Championship lead today after taking second in the Grand Prix of Germany at the Sachsenring circuit. Having been suggested the harder tyre option by Bridgestone for safety reasons Lorenzo struggled to match the pace of rivals Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner. He spent the majority of the race holding third whilst maintaining a gap to Andrea Dovizioso behind in fourth. A crash by Stoner in the final lap promoted him to second, putting him on 160 Championship points, 14 clear of Pedrosa in second.
Team mate Ben Spies made a good start from second on the grid, settling in to third on the first corner behind the leaders Pedrosa and Stoner. It was also suggested that he use the harder option tyre which combined with his set up made it difficult to find optimum edge grip and acceleration. Spies was passed by Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow but then caught them again and was just 0.071 seconds from third when he crossed the line. The Texan takes a further 13 Championship points and remains in tenth position.
Position : 2nd Time: +14.996
“Well, things can change completely in one race. In Holland we had a 25 point advantage then suddenly zero, one engine less and we were very disappointed. Then today we had some luck from Casey’s unfortunate crash. I would have been happy to have finished in third position because today the bike and the rear tyre was not so good. The race was very tough; I always seem to finish second here! I would have preferred not to crash in Assen and for Casey not to crash here but that is racing sometimes. We struggled a little all weekend with the changing weather so we must be happy with the end result.”
Position : 4th Time: +20.740
“It was a frustrating race, but I guess we have to be happy with a top five. We had a lot more potential but we did the best we could with the set up we had. We didn’t have enough edge grip and acceleration so I had to sit behind Dovi and Cal and wait. I could see Cal was getting a little impatient and wanting to pass Dovi so I was hoping he would and maybe clear a spot for me to get by. I had a good pace but not enough to out brake them so had to play a waiting game.”
“Today was a great result after a very difficult race. Our pace was never really there and we were not really happy with our set up in any session. What counts is the standings so we are happy to be back in the lead and heading to Mugello next weekend.”
“It has been a pretty tough weekend but we have to see it in a different way. We came here second in the Championship and we are leaving leading it. This is the important thing. We knew from the beginning that it was going to be a complicated race and the weather didn’t help us. This morning we were pretty satisfied with the set up then suddenly we had to run with the hardest tyre. Unfortunately this choice compromised our results.”
Superb win for Dani but despair for Casey
Dani Pedrosa took his maiden victory of the 2012 season at the Grand Prix of Germany in a dramatic race which saw team mate Casey Stoner crash out just two turns from the chequered flag whilst running in second position.
The Repsol Honda riders set an incredible pace from the beginning that no one else could match and they arrived at the final lap neck and neck, almost fifteen seconds ahead of Lorenzo in third position.
Riding on the limit, Dani and Casey were matching times in a fantastic battle and on this occasion Dani emerged victorious, celebrating his third victory in a row (fourth in MotoGP and fifth in all classes) at Sachsenring.
With this win, Dani moves up to second in the Championship standings with 146 points and Casey, who today had his first crash due to his own mistake after 25 starts with Repsol Honda, is now third with 140.
DANI PEDROSA 1st World Championship Position: 2nd with 146 points
"I'm really very happy with this win. We finally made it happen and it's great not only for me, but also for my team that never gave up, for my family and fans that have been pushing and supporting me all this time when we were taking second and third places, but missing out on the victory. The podiums we had this season were very important, but I really wanted to give a victory to my team and it arrived today at a circuit that I always enjoy. It's been a really hard day though. Casey had a superb race also and put a lot of pressure on me at the end, but I knew that I had the pace and that we both would need to fight for the victory until the last turn. I tried to brake hard, close all the doors and to take the win. Finally it is a great feeling and sure will give us a lot of motivation for the next races. It's also good for the Championship, but we will not relax; victory this season has not been easy for any of us, so we have to keep pushing as we do".
CASEY STONER DNF World Championship Position: 3rd with 140 points
"I'm pretty disappointed, I had planned to go for my 'win or bin' effort in the last corner not that one! I was happy on the bike and felt we had a few tenths a lap over Dani and confident I could pull him back in. On the final lap I made a mistake going into the first turn and I had to push a little more than I wanted through some of the sections but I got on to Dani exactly where I wanted and planned to make my overtake in the last corner, if I didn't have an opportunity earlier in the lap. I felt confident but as soon as I tried to turn in a little more, the front went. I was already off the brakes and not in the hard braking area, as soon as I eased of the brakes I guess the weight came off the front and down I went. I'm frustrated I wasn't allowed to get up and try and score some points, the bike was perfect, but the marshals pushed me away. It's our first crash in a race, down to our own mistake, for the first time in a long time so I'm disappointed for sure, but we knew we had the pace. If we can continue this momentum for the rest of the season then we shouldn't be so worried for the Championship".
BRADL ENDS HIS HOME RACE WITH A SOLID FIFTH PLACE
Sachsenring, 8th July: the MotoGP contingent were greeted by some welcome sunshine today at the Grand Prix of Deutschland 30-lap race with local favourite Stefan Bradl excelling on his RC213V machine ahead his home crowd.
The German rookie was again a strong performer both in the wet and in the dry at the tight and twisty racetrack finishing sixth fastest in yesterday’s close wet qualifying. Bradl started at the end of row two instantly demonstrating his dry weather potential by leading the second group riders till the last three dramatic laps of his home race when the 22-year German was capable to constraint more experienced riders such as Rossi and Hayden.
Stefan: “It has been a tough race since the beginning because I had to fight to maintain the gap to the group behind me. But I took another good start and this is very positive: after that I was capable to follow the Yamaha riders for a while but I could feel that our corner speed was not enough and our edge grip in the left side was poor because after 3 or 4 laps the bike started to spin already. That caused me some issues because I was not able to attack them and in the middle of the race I had to let them go. From that moment I had to manage the group behind me till the chequered flag and it was very difficult. So I had to push myself to the maximum to block Rossi, Hayden and Barbera in the last 3 laps. I am very happy about this result because I could relegate them behind me and this fifth place is a fantastic result for me, for my family, for the Team and for my local fans”.
Dovizioso takes Sachsenring podium after late drama
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Andrea Dovizioso extended his outstanding run of form at Germany's Sachsenring today, the Italian rider capitalising on a late crash by reigning World Champion Casey Stoner to finish in third position.
Dovizioso rode a tremendous 30-lap race under severe pressure from Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Cal Crutchlow and Factory Yamaha rider Ben Spies.
A third podium in the last four races a ppeared to have eluded Dovizioso when he started the final lap in fourth position. But late drama unfolded in front of a crowd of over 80,000 fans when Stoner tumbled out of second at the penultimate corner on the final lap.
Promoted into third position, Dovizioso aggressively attacked the final two corners to brilliantly fend off an attack from Spies and he took his 19th MotoGP podium by less than 0.1s after a tense run to the finish line.
Dovizioso's result moved him into fourth in the World Championship standings after Crutchlow's valiant effort to extend his impressive sequence of top five finishes.
The British rider was once again locked in a close and exciting duel with Dovizioso but just as the fight headed towards a nail-biting climax, Crutchlow ran off track at the first corner on lap 26.
He managed to keep control of his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine in the gravel trap and re-joined the race in 11th.
The 26-year-old was barely knocked out of his rhythm and he fought his way back into eighth position to collect eight valuable World Championship points.
The final result certainly didn't reflect Crutchlow's true potential and he demonstrated his speed and consistency once again by setting the third fastest lap of the race behind Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner.
Andrea Dovizioso 3rd – 92 points:
“I am really happy to finish on the podium again and it is a great feeling to do it here because this track has never been the best for me. It was the same in Assen last week, so to be on the podium there and also here at the Sachsenring shows the fantastic job that we are all doing in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. Of course we have to consider ourselves a little bit fortunate today to finish third because of Casey's crash. But it proved how crucial it was for me to remain at the front of the battle with Cal and Ben for the whole race. If I had let them overtake me then perhaps I would not have been third. I am happy because I rode an intelligent race today. I never pushed completely at the limit, especially during the first laps, as I knew from the past that I would probably pay for that tactic at the end of the race. My focus was to be consistent and I managed that and that was the key to this result. I was only six seconds behind Lorenzo and that is good because he is the benchmark at Yamaha and that means I was only 0.2s per lap slower than him. We can still improve but my feeling with the Yamaha is fantastic and I am really happy with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. Now I go to my home race in Mugello with a lot of confidence and the goal will be to battle for the podium again.”
Cal Crutchlow 8th – 85 points:
“I'm pretty disappointed to be honest and I think we definitely deserved better. My mistake was not passing Andrea earlier because I had the pace to be with Lorenzo. I was just waiting behind Andrea for the last five laps to size up an attack but unfortunately I ran off at the first corner. It was my mistake but I got back on track and was just as fast and recovered a couple of places, so it wasn't too bad in the end. I'm not sure why but Andrea's bike seemed to accelerate better than mine and he had more speed on the str aight. I would catch him in the corners but lose a couple of tenths on the straight. I'm sure I could have been fourth because the podium would have been a gift. I wouldn't have wanted my first podium in MotoGP to come just because another rider crashed out. Once again though I have showed what I am capable of. Last year here was a disaster and I was 14th, but today I was fighting two seriously fast riders and I had the pace to beat them. I got the third fastest lap of the race too so we definitely have the speed to battling in the top five at every race.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:
“That was another exciting race for the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team and once again it was quite a nervous experience for me to see Andrea and Cal fighting so closely together. We have seen that many times already in 2012 but it do esn't make it any easier to watch. It is almost like they can't race without each other! It was a shame that Cal made a mistake so close to the end because it would have been interesting to see the fight go to the last lap. Andrea once again was fantastic and his pace was very consistent. He didn't make even one small mistake that would have given Cal and Ben an opportunity to pass him and to ride under that pressure takes a lot of concentration and also skill. We are fortunate this time to be on the podium because of the crash of Casey but Andrea would not have been third had he not worked so hard to stay in front of Cal and Ben. So he deserves it and to get a third podium in the last four races is incredible for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. It is a shame that a small mistake compromised Cal's race because perhaps he could have been on the podium for the first time. He felt he was faster than Andrea and he was just waiting for the right moment to make his move. But he ra n off track at the first corner and that was a pity. He showed his pace and potential though again and I am sure his wait for a first podium will be over soon.”
BAUTISTA FIGHTS BACK BUT PIRRO OUT OF LUCK AT SACHSENRING
Alvaro Bautista fought through from last place on the grid to battle for fifth in a gritty ride at Sachsenring, a circuit where it is notoriously difficult to overtake. The Team San Carlo Honda Gresini rider pulled off some brave manoeuvres to move into the pack chasing the podium positions although he had to settle for seventh in a final lap skirmish. His team-mate Michele Pirro made a good start and was in the battle to be the top CRT when he was forced to retire with a technical problem.
Alvaro Bautista ( 7th ) “I am happy because to start from last and finish seventh is a good result. It's just a shame that I lost so much time at the start trying to pass the CRTs. I was trying to do it without taking too many risks and then once I got past them I had a lot of sliding from the rear tyre, which made it a long and difficult race. I tried to adapt my riding style and use the throttle in a different way and in the second half of the race I was able to close down the guys in front of me. I actually managed to pass Rossi and Bradl on the penultimate lap but I lost the front and almost crashed. I wanted to try again on the last lap but as we came into the braking zone at the bottom of the hill I could see the yellow flags so that was that. I had another look in the last corner but couldn't make the pass. Anyway, the result is good and for that I want to thank the team for giving 100% all weekend even though they knew this would be a tough race. ”
Michele Pirro (DNF) “There is not much I can say after another unlucky race. We didn't need the crash yesterday and today we had the same problem that caused me to retire in Qatar. It's a shame because we could have had a good race and made life difficult for the top CRT. I am disappointed for me and the team but we will try to make up for it at Mugello.”
Fausto Gresini “A wonderful race from Alvaro – it's just a shame he had to start from the back of the grid. Obviously it was always going to be a tough race for him but he showed the belief and the spirit to fight back. Alvaro made a huge effort and had a great race. Unfortunately he arrived a little bit late to the battle for fifth, otherwise the result could perhaps have been even better, but we're happy anyway. We had a problem with the chain jumping off on Michele's bike, which already happened once in Qatar, so the engineers will have to look at that and make sure it doesn't happen again. I am disappointed because Michele had made a good start and had every chance of fighting to be the top CRT. ”
Pedrosa makes it three wins in a row at Sachsenring
Round 8: German Grand Prix – Race
Sachsenring, Sunday 8 July 2012
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Extra-Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 28-28°C; Track 41-36°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was victorious at today’s German Grand Prix to secure his third consecutive triumph at Sachsenring and strengthen his position in the MotoGP™ championship standings.
Pedrosa and Repsol Honda teammate Casey Stoner were engaged in an exciting battle for the whole race until Stoner crashed out on the last lap while fighting for the lead, promoting Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo into second place while Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso took the final place on the podium in third position. Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet is now the top CRT rider in the standings after the Frenchman crossed the line in eleventh place.
In a complete contrast to yesterday, conditions today were warm and dry with a track temperature of 41°C at the start of the race before conditions cooled towards the end of the race as light drizzle began to fall, though without causing any disruption. Only one rider selected the medium compound front slick, with all other riders preferring the greater cornering stability and durability of the extra-hard front, while rear tyre choice saw the field almost split between the softer and harder slicks, with eleven of the twenty-one riders selecting the softer rear option.
Lorenzo’s second place sees him regain the championship lead, while Pedrosa’s victory moves him up into second position on the points table and just fourteen points behind Lorenzo, while Stoner is now in third place overall and six points behind Pedrosa.
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Thankfully we had fine weather and dry track conditions for the morning warm up session and this provided much needed track time for teams to find a dry setup for the race. Sachsenring is a very abrasive circuit and after analysing the rear tyres after the warm up session, we advised some riders to use the harder rear slick option instead of the softer rear to limit tyre wear during the race. Another benefit of using the harder rear slick is that its grip levels are very stable over the duration of the race as shown by Dani Pedrosa being able to set the fastest lap of the race on the very last lap.”
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda – Race Winner
“Today was difficult because we made many changes before the race and I couldn’t get familiar with the bike at the beginning of the race. Casey and I were together the whole race and we were both doing fast laps so I knew it would come down to the last lap. I was good under braking and pushed really hard to the end and I am very happy that after so many podiums I won my first race of the season and I’d like to thank my team and everyone around me for their support.”
Close race for Rossi and Hayden at the Sachsenring
Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden crossed the finish line of the German GP in sixth and tenth places, respectively, after fighting throughout the race in a group of four or five riders.
With just one practice session and the warm-up having taken place with no rain, the Ducati Team had little time to work on the dry settings that they used for today’s Grand Prix, but they both identified a number of adjustments that allowed them to consistently ride at a good pace.
On Friday, the team will return to the track in the first practice sessions for their home GP at Mugello, where a one-day post-race test will take place on the following Monday, concluding three intense weeks of work.
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 6th
“Today’s race went a little bit better. This weekend we decided to work on a setting that was similar to the one we used at Barcelona and Estoril, in order to suffer less with the rear tyre. Although we weren’t able to try it much in the dry, it turned out to be pretty effective. It allowed me to have a pace that was consistent and pretty fast until the end. The gap to the Hondas is large, but the Yamahas were closer today. When I realized that I didn’t have the pace to escape the group I was in, I waited for the right moment to attack, and in the end, I was able to pass almost all of them. I tried with Bradl as well, but when I was almost next to him, they gave us the yellow flag for Stoner’s crash, and I backed off because anyway, I would have had to let him back by. I was sixth, our best result in the dry this year, so now we’ll continue in this direction. The bike is a little more difficult to ride, but at least I’m able to brake hard and to ride at a good pace until the end.”
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 10th
“I’m really frustrated to have been in a big battle like that, only to arrive at the end of it. For the most part, I felt just as fast as the other riders in the group and even faster in places, until about the last five laps. Then I think I was hurt by the combination of the tyre going off and me trying too hard at the end. I really started to spin and lost the rear a couple times on entry. We had tried a couple of things in the warm-up, and considering the lack of dry time this weekend, the bike was decent. In parts of the track I was fast, but I had troubles getting into and out of the last corner, as well as braking for turn one. To arrive tenth, when fifth was just over a second in front, is hard for a racer to take. I can’t be too happy with that one, but we’ll get another shot in a week at Mugello.”
Vittoriano Guareschi, Team Manager
“It was positive day from a number of perspectives: we used two settings for Vale and Nicky that allowed them to ride at a decent pace, close to that of the Yamahas, to not stress the tyres too much and to fight for the entire race with a number of competitors. In the end, Vale got to the front of that group, and although he wasn’t able to get Bradl because of the waving yellow flag, he finished sixth, which is his best result in the dry this year. Nicky’s result didn’t match the potential that he demonstrated for the entire race, but that can happen in a close battle, frustrating as it may be. We must continue working to improve the bike, and today we gathered some interesting information.”
Edward among the best of his category at the German GP
Twelfth position like in the first round in Qatar. Edwards smiles again from the Sachsenring circuit after a great performance with his Suter-BMW bike and the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team. The German weekend has been very positive for the team, which has been able to work on improving the setup for both dry and wet conditions.
The rest was up to Colin, who had a problem with the traction control during the beginning of the race and managed to fight with the best of his category (De Puniet, Espargaro), and finishing as second best CRT.
The American rider has now a total of 8 points in the championship standings and in a week, will try to repeat to retrieve other important positions.
Colin Edwards – 12th
“I had a great start, got to the first corner but Barbera wouldn’t le me have it, so he comes up on the inside and pushes out and a couple of other got me there. I put my head down and started putting laps together, tried not make any mistakes. We had a big problem in the beginning of the race with the traction control, just steps to fast out and its just not very friendly. I spent the next few laps playing with the traction control, trying to get something more to get it to be smoother. The Espargaro was in front of me and I saw that I was catching little by little on to him, passed him then he passed me and finally passed him again and made it stick. I could see De Puniet was coming back little by little but I just didn’t have enough time to left. Thanks to my guys, we worked really hard this weekend in both the wet and the dry and thanks to Bridgestone.”
Sergio verbena – Crew Chief
“We are back in the points and that has not repeated itself since the Qatar round. We were not the best CRT, we had De Puniet ahead of us but we are making big improvements. Today we have been faster than during Friday’s FPs and this is a good base to go from for the next two races.”
Giovanni Cuzari – Team Owner /CEO
“It has been a great race for Colin today and we are all happy for today’s result that brings us confidence. We go to Mugello knowing that we can be competitive and make us think that maybe we might be able to repeat the Qatar results.”