Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Brno:
Márquez adds to his win tally at Brno
Repsol rider takes authorative win in Moto2 race after an intelligent ride. He thus extends his advantage to 48 points in the overall standings.
Marc Márquez, who started from fourth on the grid, took a great start at Brno which slotted him into second place on the opening lap. He trailed Thomas Luthi for almost the entirety of the race, before making his move with three laps remaining. The Spaniard took advantage of his superior tyre management to go into the lead of the race and take victory.
With six races to go in 2012, Márquez now holds 213 points in the overall Moto2 standings and has an advantage of 48 points over his nearest rival. The victory at Brno was his fourth from the past five races —his sixth in total this year.
Viñales salvages difficult race at Brno
Repsol rider hit by difficult conditions at Brno, but concedes only three points to series leader Sandro Cortese. Álex Rins impresses with fifth, whilst Miguel Oliveira finishes ninth and Álex Márquez twenty-first.
Races declared wet by Race Direction normally present a tricky challenge for riders. They are made doubly difficult when rain has already fallen and the track is drying out, becoming something of a lottery. That was the situation at Brno today for the Moto3 riders, creating a tough situation for leading riders in the series Sandro Cortese and Maverick Viñales.
The race began with the usual suspects looking to take advantage, on a still-wet track. The majority of competitors had opted for slick tyres, but those who had gone with wets opened up an early gap. Two such riders were Vázquez and Khairuddin. Meanwhile, Viñales and Cortese held back in the third group, waiting for the track to dry. Rins, Salom and Oliveira were also waiting for their moment.
As the race progressed, Folger moved up through the field before slotting into the lead, and began to take off on his own. Kornfeil was second for almost the entirety of the remaining laps, but on the penultimate time around Brno he was caught by the group that included Viñales and Cortese. Oliveira and Rins were split from the pack, whilst Salom joined the battle for second. Repsol rider Viñales tried to get past the powerful KTM of Cortese, but both were overtaken by Salom, who eventually took the runner-up spot. Cortese was third, Viñales fourth, adding three points to the German’s advantage in the title fight. The duo are now separated by 32 in the overall standings.
Alex Rins had a great race in the Czech Republic. He placed fifth at his first visit to Brno. Teammate Miguel Oliveira was ninth, with Álex Márquez twenty-first.
4th at 6.091 sec.
"We could possibly have done better, but when the race began we had to take things with care because the track was wet. On the opening laps I focused on following Cortese. I lacked a bit of power and he was getting away from me on the slipstreams; I tried to do everything within my power, but when I tried to pass him the bike didn't respond. I didn't want to risk things.
We were able to up our pace at the end, because we were riding in the dry, and we are happy because in Germany when the conditions were similar I placed fifteenth. Today I was fourth. We also recovered confidence in the wet and the conditions were difficult, so we have to continue fighting and going for it."
9th at 13.909 sec.
"The positive part is that we made a good comeback: We started from 21st and placed inside the top 10. Ninth isn't a bad finish. The first part of the race was not the most difficult, because in the second part I couldn't control my bike and was having a harder time with the passing of every lap. That was because of a small problem with my rear tyre. That meant that we couldn't cap off a good job. This circuit has been difficult for me and we have had to fight a lot, so we should be satisfied with the result and focus on the next race."
5th at 6.490 sec.
"The moments before the race on the grid were very difficult and I was a little nervous about the tyre choice. However, once the race started I calmed down a bit. I got a good start and was able to push alongside Cortese until I got into fifth, so I am happy with the result. I focused on following the riders in front and I was able to keep up with them, which put me close to the podium. I want to thank my team and the sponsors for their support."
21st at 41.271 sec.
"At the beginning of the race I felt comfortable, having made a decent start. We began with slick tyres and I think that we made the right choice, but I lost feel with the bike halfway through the race. The track was very tricky, so I preferred to avoid taking risks and finish the race. We know that we are fast in the dry."
JONAS FOLGER WINS FOR MAPFRE ASPAR AT BRNO
MAPFRE Aspar rider takes dominant win in Czech Republic -his second podium in as many weekends for his new team
The decision by Race Direction to declare the Czech Republic Moto3 race a wet one presented big choices for the participants. The 11am contest would be contested with some riders on slick tyres and others on wet, with the track drying out rapidly. One rider was sure about his strategy, and that was Jonas Folger. The German rider took the lea don lap four and decided to pull away from the rest of the field in search of victory. The championship leaders formed the chasing pack, as Salom, Cortese and Viñales settled their scores on the final lap. Folger took a dominant win, with Salom second and Cortese third on the podium.
If a rider is capable of finishing third alter starting from fifteenth, then what Could he do when starting from tenth? That question was answered by MAPFRE Aspar's Jonas Folger, who took his second rostrum finish in as many weekends with a race victory. A great performance in the morning warmup hinted at what was to come, as when the lights went out in the race he surged through the field. Moving into the lead on lap four, he increased his advantage to over eleven seconds and then used his head to maintain a comfortable gap. From lap fifteen he went into maintenance mode for his second career win.
Also praiseworthy was the eleventh place taken by Héctor Faubel. The Spaniard lost positions off the line, but was obviously affected by his less-than-full fitness level alter his crash at Indianapolis. He will now focus on the upcoming San Marino GP, for which he hopes to be completely recovered.
1st Jonas Folger: "Today was the perfect race for us. I can sincerely say that I had never expected it to be so simple to gain such an advantage in such little time. I made a determined start and decided to push hard when I had moved into the lead. When I noticed that I was extending an advantage, I continued to push for another ten laps in order to create the largest gap possible. The aim was to create a cushion between myself and the other riders and then maintain it, which is what I did for the last seven laps. It was incredible to win this race and I am very happy. It is fantastic to be a part of this team, Jorge Martínez 'Aspar' gave me an opportunity and I am trying to repay his confidence in me the best way that I can. Jorge and MAPFRE have got behind me and really taken me to the next level. I have come into the team from a difficult situation, and now I can see that it was worth the suffering to be able to earn this opportunity that I have now."
11th Héctor Faubel: "When I let off the clutch at the start, the bike began to slide. Once I'd got to the first corner I was swamped by other riders and found it hard to gain positions. After passing various riders I picked up a solid pace until I reached Cortese, Viñales and Salom. As the laps went by I began to notice a sharp pain in my back which distracted me. It was a pity to have missed out on a positive result because of not being 100% fit. I felt good this weekend and we had a good grid position, but in the race I was unable to perform as I would have liked. I feel bad, because the team have worked excellently this weekend and I wanted to thank them with a good result."
ANDREA IANNONE MISSES THE PODIUM IN THE RACE AT BRNO, TWENTY-FIFTH POSITION FOR ANDREOZZI
The circuit of Brno hosted today the eleventh round of the 2012 season for the Moto2 class.
After not taking full advantage of the warm up because of some technical problems, in the race Iannone started from the sixth spot on the grid, taking part to the battle for the podium since the beginning. The rider from Vasto put in his best effort in order to stay within the leading group, setting some great lap times and showing his perseverance. Andrea eventually crossed the finishing line in fourth position, achieving 13 points, for a total of 149 (fourth position in the Championship Classification).
Andreozzi had a good warm up, in which he grabbed the eighteenth time in the wet session of this morning. In the race, Alessandro was struggling because of some chatter, which prevented him from setting some better lap times and from moving up a few spots. The data that was gathered, however, will be important to get ready for the home race in two weeks, at the circuit of Misano Adriatico.
Andrea Iannone #29 - 4th
“This was a tough race. I pushed from the first to the last lap and I wasn’t in great physical conditions. I put in my best effort to try to improve and to be faster, in order to fight for the podium and not letting go the other riders that were leading the race. I’m sorry because we missed an important occasion to obtain some useful points in the Championship and I’m sorry for the team. We know it’s essential to make a consistent progress and that we must work to have a bike with a better performance on Sunday. We had some trouble with chattering and lack of grip, but in any case I know the team is working hard and they’re doing their best to provide me with a bike more and more competitive, time after time.”
Alessandro Andreozzi #22 - 25th
“In the race I didn’t have a good start and I had no chance to move up a few spots. On the first few laps, I tried to stay behind Rolfo, but then we was faster and I ended up on my own for most of the time. Today we had some extra problems with chattering, compared to the last days, but we still managed to finish the race and now we’ll try to get ready for the next GP.”
Salom best of the rest
Luis Salom finished a brave second in the Czech Grand Prix, almost six seconds after race winner Jonas Folger. RW Racing GP’s rider was clearly the best of the rest. Mixed weather conditions decided the race at the circuit of Brno, with tire choice as the biggest gamble.
The race started on a wet but fast drying track. Efren Vazquez took the whole shot on wet tires and took Jonas Folger, on slicks, with him. The two of them took a huge advantage until Vazquez’ tires beg an to wear off and Folger was the sole rider left. Halfway the race he had an advantage of ten seconds over the group with championship leaders Sandro Cortese, Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom. They closed in fast and picked up the men ahead one by one to battle it out in the final couple of laps.
Two laps before the end Salom pulled out the fastest lap of the entire race, showing what he had left. In the last lap he was the most determined. He made a hard pass on Cortese going into the penultimate corner (Turn 13) and managed to stay ahead on the line. Viñales just missed out on the podium. Finishing second Salom gained some valuable points for the championship and closed the gap to Cortese and Viñales a little bit.
Brad Binder had to start from 23rd on the grid with a battered and bruised body after his crash in qualifying. Without taking any risks under the tricky conditions he finished 20th.
Luis Salom (2nd): "The plan my team manager Johan and I made was to stay with Cortese and Viñales. I did, while I should have gone with Jonas Folger. I lost too much in the beginning of the race. I was sleeping when Folger passed me and went away with Vazquez and Khairuddin. I could not get away after that. In the end I just pushed and pushed and gave all I have for the best possible result. 45 points in two races – a win and a second place – is a great result .’’
Brad Binder (20th): "I am obviously disappointed. I had no confidence at all at the beginning of this race and therefore I was way too careful. I just started too slow. It’s a pity, because the bike was running fine.’’
Team manager Johan Stigefelt: "If the race had lasted for two or three more laps, they would have caught Folger and Luis could have won the race. On the other hand Luis should have paid a little bit more attention in the beginning when a few riders got away. He was a bit too careful. So was Brad. But it is too easy to say what they should or could have done afterwards. It is what it is and everybody did the best he could. As a team we are happy. Our crew, KTM, Kalex and Ohlins have done a great job.’’
Marc Márquez win extends series lead
Second consecutive victory for Repsol rider, who now has six wins in 2012. Advantage in overall standings extends to 48 points.
One week on from his win at Indianapolis, Marc Márquez was again on the top step of the podium —this time at the Czech Republic GP. He claimed his sixth win of the season after coming out on top of a tough leading group. Thomas Luthi, Pol Espargaró and Andrea Iannone all tussled with the Repsol rider, who broke through into the lead with three laps to go and held his rivals off for another win. He thus extends his advantage in the overall standings.
Starting from fourth on the grid, Márquez got a good start that put him into third on lap one, on the tail of Thomas Luthi. As the laps went by, the Repsol rider conserved his tires and stuck with his rival, also fighting off attacks from Espargaró and Iannone. With three laps remaining, Márquez passed Luthi to go up into the lead.
With six races remaining in 2012, Márquez has 213 points in the overall standings and an advantage of 48 points over second place. He has four wins from the last five races —six overall.
1st - 41:18.178
“Yesterday in practice I felt very comfortable; I knew that I was ready for the race and that I could be up at the front, and also that nobody could escape with us all running a similar pace. That was how it panned out, because there was less grip today but I still rode comfortably. That was how I was able to study Luthi over the course of the race.
The pace was slower than I had expected and I was able to make a plan for the final laps. When there were three to go I gave 100% to get in front, then on the last lap I closed every door in order to win. It was a different tactic to normal, but this track is a difficult one for me and I wanted to keep something in reserve."
MotoGP Moto3 - Both Team Italia riders in the Top 10 in Brno
After a strong comeback, Fenati and Tonucci seize 8th and 10th place respectively
The weather played a big role in the race, which was declared wet but the track became quickly dry. Team Italia riders, both on slick tyres, came back from the bottom of the field and conquered the Top 10.
Fenati (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) paid dearly a mistake at the start, which saw him in 28th position after lap 1. With a drying track, Fenati lapped with a pace similar to that of frontrunners, passing many riders and concluding in 8th position after posting a 2'10"181 (one of the fastest laps of the race). He thus consolidated his 4th place in the standings, behind Cortese, Viñales and Salom.
Tonucci (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#12), 12th after qualifiers, proved his good form during the race. After being stuck early on, he managed to climb back until 10th place, scoring his best result of the season.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who temporarily took Jack Miller's place, had a solid first half of the race, during which he lapped next to Tonucci but crashed out with 9 laps to go.
Jonas Folger won the race ahead of Salom and Cortese.
Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 8th, + 13"382
"The wet warm-up messed up our plan a little bit. But after a bad start I found my pace again during the race. It was a fun comeback, from 28th to 8th. My team helped me a lot, giving the right info on the board, and helped me make the right decisions. Now we head to Misano, a track that I know and where I won in the past. I can't wait to exits the pits again."
Alessandro Tonucci (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#12) 10th, + 22"466
"It was a positive week-end, during which I constantly improved, and I'm leaving Czech Republic with a smile on my face. The team worked hard to help me clinch my best result of the season, so thanks to them. I want this to be a starting point for the remainder of the season. Misano is the right place to confirm today's result, as I know the track well and can be a protagonist."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"Having both our riders in the Top 10 shows the synergy of this team. We gained a lot of information from Friday onwards, and our mechanics always showed their poise, allowing Fenati and Tonucci to put in a consistent performance. We head to Misano to confirm our working method, and we hope to do even better than today."
MAPFRE ASPAR RIDERS COMPLETE AIMS AT BRNO
Nico Terol and Jordi Torres place twelfth and thirteenth, taking further steps forward in Moto2
The practice sessions for the Czech Republic GP had set out some clear favourites, but the category can never be described as predictable. With a humid track to contend with, the intermediate class riders battled relentlessly with one another for the win at Brno. Fighting to split the pack, four riders eventually came into contention for the win: Luthi, Márquez, Espargaró and Iannone. Márquez made a move with three laps remaining, then held off Luthi for the win. Espargaró eventually took third place behind the duo.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol continued to make progress in Moto2 at the Czech Republic GP. He was one of the leading riders in the opening third of the race, fighting to stick with the front group. Chattering from his front tyre created difficulties for the Spaniard once again, accompanying him and causing problems in the same way as riders Kallio, Zarco, Corsi and De Angelis. Despite this, Terol showed his grit and fight to finish as high up the order as possible. In the end he was twelfth -his best result of the season to date.
MAPFRE Aspar teammate Jordi Torres took his first three World Championship points at Brno. The Spaniard lost ground off the line, but a decent and consistent pace established in practice took him up the placings. After twenty laps in which he learnt a great deal, Torres finished thirteenth.
12th Nico Terol: "I am very happy with my performance up until the halfway point of the race. I put up a real fight and wanted to break away with the rest of my group. However, Corsi split us up and I think that if I had latched onto the pack more in the early going, I would have had an easier time of it. I began to push away from the trailing group in order to attempt an escape, and looked at my pitboard to see if I had shaved a few tenths off my time. I had pushed my hardest but hadn't gained an advantage. I was still having chatter issues today on the front, which distracted me on the final laps. I didn't know that a large group was coming up behind me and were catching up. We have to be optimistic; we lost places on the last few laps but finished fairly well. I had a good pace going, especially at the start of the race, and we saw that we could ride with the leaders, so we will keep working to battle against them over the next few races."
13th Jordi Torres: "I had various objectives for this race and I acheived them all. The first of these was to make a strong start and keep my pace up. Thanks to the hard work of the team I was able to run a great pace right from the start and, although I lost a few places off the line, I was able to ride without being intimidated. The other aim was to finish this GP with a good feeling. I enjoyed myself a lot riding and learnt how to control the chatter that hit mid-race. I took a couple of laps to understand the problem, but I didn't lose any positions. I hope to also find solutions to the lack of pace down the straights soon. The third objective was to ge tinto the points, and I took three today. The team worked extremely hard for all this to happen, so I want to thank them. I am happy with how the weekend went."
Smith back in top 10 after epic Brno battle
Tech 3 Racing Team rider Bradley Smith stormed into the top 10 for the eighth time this season after the British rider played a starring role in a thrilling battle in today's 20-lap Moto2 race at the Brno circuit.
Under grey and gloomy skies, Smith immediately surged into contention for the top 10 from 15th on the grid.
In a typically pulsating Moto2 battle, Smith became locked in a group of eight riders battling for fifth position and the fight continued right until the chequered flag in front of a huge crowd in the Czech Republic of almost 140,000 fans.
The 21-year-old had fought his way superbly into ninth place starting the final lap and he then conjured up another masterful overtake to seize eighth from Mika Kallio. Smith finished just over 0.5s away from Simone Corsi in fifth and just 2.5s split the eight-rider group at the end.
Xavier Simeon looked well set to score World Championship points for the fifth time this season when he capitalised on a stunning start from 21st on the grid to move into the top 15 on lap nine.
The Belgian rider then continued his charge through the field and he was challenging for 13th place when he crashed out of contention on the 12th lap. He was unhurt in the crash.
Bradley Smith 8th – 77 points :
“Sitting on the start line today I was a little bit worried to be hone st. I was 15th on the grid and not 100% sure the direction we had taken with the set-up was the right way. It wasn't too bad and throughout the whole race I was involved in a really exciting battle. There was lots of overtaking but I lost a bit of time when I tried to pass Zarco and on the next lap I had a problem with the clutch and that cost me some more tenths. I think if I could have got to the group battling for fifth a little bit earlier I might have had a chance to gain some more places. But I'm still pretty satisfied with the outcome of the race and it was important to bounce back quickly from the bad weekend we had in Indianapolis. Being back in the top eight is a strong result and now we can look forward to Misano to try and build up some momentum for the final part of the Championship.
Xavier Simeon DNF – 17 points :
“It's a big pity because I made a really good firs t lap and I was battling for some points when I crashed out at the middle of the race. At that point I was gaining some places and feeling really confident with the Mistral 610 machine. I had a good rhythm but while passing Aegerter I had lot of chattering and unfortunately lost the front. I'm very sorry for the Tech 3 Racing Team because this weekend they did a really good job to prepare the bike and we could have fought for the top 10. That's two races in a row now without points and that doesn't reflect our true potential in both.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager :
“After the disappointment of Indianapolis I am pleased to see the whole Tech 3 Racing Team has bounced back strongly with a good race today. Both Bradley and Xavier showed a lot of determination and it was great to see Bradley involved in such an exciting battle. I think if he had been a bit higher up the gri d he might have been able to battle with the leading four because his lap times were as fast and consistent as those at the front. Eighth position is still a positive result and he was very close to the top five, so it seems we have quickly got our season back on track. Bradley again showed the high potential of the Mistral 610 machine and I think it is realistic to think he can be on the podium before the end of the season. Xavier was doing a fantastic job and it was unfortunate he crashed because he showed he has the potential to be a regular inside the top 15. He made a small mistake passing Aegerter but that can happen when you are pushing and fighting hard for the top 10. It's a pity because he could have scored some important points and that would have been good for his confidence going into the last six races.”
DIFFICULT AND DISAPPOINTING RACE FOR ANTONELLI
Optimism turned to disappointment for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini Moto3 youngster Niccolò Antonelli at Brno today as he struggled for feeling with slick tyres on a damp track in the opening races and was unable to significantly recover ground. Once he did regain his confidence the group in front of him had escaped and after qualifying fourth fastest today to finish outside the points is a genuine disappointment for the talented rookie.
Niccolò Antonelli (23rd) “I didn't have confidence with the track conditions over the opening laps and I lost too much time trying to get my pace together. I am so disappointed because our pace was really good in practice but again this is another race that we can put down the the learning process and hopefully the experience will serve me well at some point in the future.”
Fausto Gresini “The track conditions were really strange and for such a young rider like Niccolò it is the worst possible situation. Unfortunately he is still lacking that experience that you only gain through races. He was a little too cautious at the start and lost a lot of ground and even though he gradually got his pace together it was too late. It was a tough race but he has had two very positive days here and I am sure he will be back on form at Misano.”
CORSI FINISHES FIFTH IN BRNO
The rain conditioned the result of Czech Grand Prix, because the Moto3 race started with the wet track and the riders had to choose between rain and silck tyres, while the other races took place on the dry.
Hard race for Danilo Petrucci that finishes in 17th position. After a good start Danilo tried to get the points but he couldn’t do a good pace and some grip problems made him to finish the race in 17th place.
Simone Corsi get the 5th plece after a very good race. The Came Iodaracing Team rider did a good start fighting for the podium. In the second part of the race Simone has lost the contact from the leading group and began to fight with Zarco, Smith, and De Angelis and tank to a perfect last lap he finished in 5th position.
In Moto3 the two TR002s started with differen tyres: Pontone with rain while Morciano has choosen the slick. In the first three laps Pontone, started from the pit lane with his teammate, reached the points but the track became dry and he lost many positions finishing in 28th place, just behind Morciano.
"I did a bad race – Petrucci declared – I couldn’t do a good pace because we have some grip problems. I think that from Misano everything will be better”.
"I’m quite happy – Corsi said – but we still to work to try to fight for the victory. I hope to improve our FTR for Misano where I want to get a good result for my fans”.
"At the beggining of the race I had some problems with silck tyres – Morciano declared – then I did a good pace and this is good for Misano where we will not start from the pit lane”
"I have choosen rain tyres because I planned to push to gain position – Pontone said – and it was like that untill the track get dry, then I finished to push trying to finish the race without any problem”.
TURN ONE TROUBLE FOR RATTHAPARK
Ratthapark Wilairot ran into trouble in the first corner of the Moto2 race at Brno today and was unable to recover positions as the race progressed. Struggling again for confidence in the front end of his bike the Thai rider was unable to turn around his recent run of disappointing results here, crossing the line in 21st place.
Ratthapark Wilairot (21°) “Today I made a good start off the line but there were so many riders on the inside of turn one I got caught up in all the traffic. I had a lot of chatter and couldn't get the bike turned throughout the race and follow the guys in front. I think we had a problem with the engine too because so many riders passed me down the straight. I tried to stay concentrated and keep the lap time consistent but I couldn't do any more than this today.”
Fausto Gresini “Feem started well but got into trouble in turn one and was unable to bring it back after that. He is not happy and neither is the team because all in all this is a disappointing performance.”
DISAPPOINTMENT FOR REA
After finding confidence and speed during free practice Gino Rea's weekend at Brno finished on a low note today, the British rider unable to reproduce his best form in a damp race and dropping out of the battle for points due to a mid-race crash.
Gino Rea (24th) “It is hard to describe how frustrated I am to be honest. We have shown the pace here to be in the top ten or fifteen and after yesterday's disappointment in qualifying we had some very different track conditions to contend with today and that brought on some big problems with our set-up, especially front end chatter. I kept saving it on my elbow or knee but I was pushing so much to stay with the guys in front a crash was always going to happen. Even after the crash the bike felt better towards the end than it did at the start so we know we could have been fighting for a decent position. So I'm sorry to the team but I hope I have shown them I have the potential to deliver the results they deserve if we can keep working.”
Fausto Gresini “The same old story. Unfortunately despite some positive signs in practice the race result didn't come. It goes without saying that I am bitterly disappointed and I don't have much to add to that. ”
Top ten for Kallio in difficult Brno race
Brno, Czech Republic - 26 August 2012: Mika Kallio overcame technical problems mid race to take ninth place in today's Czech Republic Moto2 Grand Prix at Brno. Scott Redding crashed out of the race uninjured at turn two on the opening lap while battling for the lead.
Redding, starting from the front row of the grid, lost places from the start, but had forced his way through to fourth as he looked to make up more places on the entry to turn two when he lost the front of his Kalex Moto2 machine and crashed out of the race. The 19-year-old Briton was bitterly disappointed, after running at the front all weekend, but is determined to make amends next time out at Misano.
Kallio got a good start, moving his way up from 12th on the grid to ninth position by the end of the first lap. The 29-year-old Finn made up further places as the race progressed, eventually becoming embroiled in the battle for fifth place at the halfway stage.
The Marc VDS rider got the better of his rivals to take fifth with just seven laps to go, but was forced to relinquish the position when front-end chatter problems meant he wasn't able to maintain his lap times. Kallio continued to push, but the problem meant he was unable to hold off the challenge of the riders behind him and eventually had to settle for ninth position at the chequered flag.
The Marc VDS Racing Team will complete a one-day test at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy, before heading to Misano for round 12 of the Moto2 World Championship in three weeks time.
Livio Loi, the Marc VDS backed Rookie Cup rider, took an emphatic win in round 12 of the series today at Brno. Loi had a lead of more than four seconds at the front of the field when a crash in the final three laps caused the race to be stopped and the 15-year-old became the first Belgian to stand on the top step of the podium in this prestigious series.
Mika Kallio #36: 9th Position
"I got a good start, and the first few laps I was able to make up quite a few places. I was lucky not to crash on lap four when Aegerter missed a gear and I ran into his swinging arm, but that was the only issue early in the race. I was pushing hard, but by the time I got past Terol the front group were already gone. I had a big battle to push my way up to fifth but, just after the halfway point, I started to have the same chatter problem that we've had so many times this season. It got worse every lap and I couldn't carry the speed into and through the corners, which meant I couldn't hold off the other riders in our group. It's frustrating, because we don't seem to be able to identify the cause of the chatter. I just hope we can figure it out at the Vallelunga test, before the next race in Misano."
Scott Redding #45: DNF
"I'm gutted. I've been fast all weekend, in the wet and dry, and I know I was on for a podium today. The bike hooked up a bit quick off the line and I had to back off to bring the front wheel down, which lost me a few places, but I squeezed back through at turn one. I saw Corsi in front of me and didn't want to get held up while the front group got away, so I was looking to put in a pass at turn two when the front just tucked with no warning. I held it up on my knee almost to the gravel trap, but it just wouldn't come back and down I went. I was no faster into that turn than I've been all weekend, so I don't really know why the front tucked this time. Like I said, I'm gutted, but I'll be back on it at Misano. In the meantime, congratulations to Livio Loi on his first Rookies race win today. After his second place yesterday it was only a matter of time before he stood on the top step of the podium."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"What a weekend. After both riders were so fast in free practice and qualifying, it's disappointing to be leaving Brno with just a ninth place finish to show for all the hard work. Scott didn't get the best of starts from the front row, but squeezed his way through in turn one before losing the front and crashing out at turn two. He had a good chance of being on the podium this weekend, so to crash so early in the race is a big disappointment, both for him and the team. Mika looked on for a top five finish today but then, once again, he encountered the chatter problem that has plagued him all season. This is something we need to fix before Misano, as it's costing us results. So, a disappointing end to what had been a promising weekend for the team, but I'm confident that both Scott and Mika can bounce back next time out in Misano. On a more positive note, our Rookie Cup rider, Livio Loi, backed up his second place yesterday with his first win in the series today. It's been a long time since we've heard the Belgian National Anthem played for a race winner in the Grand Prix paddock, but I'm confident that we'll be hearing it a lot more in the future thanks to Livio!"
A battered and bruised Binder bravely fights the pain in tricky conditions
After the terrible crash Brad was involved in yesterday, a 20th place in very tricky conditions is more than satisfactory.
Obviously Brad wouldn't normally be happy with a Top 20 finish, but considering he's still in a lot of pain, this result doesn't disappoint him too much.
The young South African fought the pain during the whole race, and battled with the other riders in his group straight from the first lap.
He didn't have one of his usual great starts, and at the beginning he didn't have much confidence because the track was half wet and half dry , and crashing again was the last thing he and his team needed.
Now Brad has two weeks to recover, before getting back on track at Misano.
Brad Binder : " It was a very tough race for me: I'm still sore after yesterday's crash and today's asphalt conditions were very tricky! I don't like it when it's half wet and half dry, especially when I'm hurt, so I wanted to be careful. At the beginning of the race I didn't have much feeling with the bike, but I was fighting with the guys in my group, and in the end a 20th place isn't too bad considering how the whole weekend went. Hopefully I'll be 100% fit for Misano! Once again, congratulations to my team mate Luis Salom for another podium finish!"
Di Meglio one meter short of the points
Finsterbusch missing front end feel
MZ Moto3 factory rider Toni Finsterbusch ran into bad luck at the Czech Republic Grand Prix. Even though his crew changed the set-up during a pit stop in order to adjust his bike to the drying track at Brno, the German teenager still didn’t get the feeling for the front that he needed and pulled in. His French Moto2 team-mate Mike di Meglio went much better and had a really strong race, but missed out on a world championship point by just one meter or six hundredths of a second.
Di Meglio battled within the same group and within reach of the point rankings throughout the entire Moto2 race. Two laps from the end, he got himself into the right position for an attack und rode his second fastest lap of the race – but on the finish line, it just wasn’t enough by a fraction. “It would have been really helpful for our team to get this point. But nevertheless, we must be happy with this result”, said team manager Peter Rubatto. “Mike did his lap times very consistently, but he lacked top speed visibly. We will have to analyze why.”
After heavy rainfalls during the night and in the morning, the Moto3 race had been started on a damp, but drying track. Almost the entire field started on slicks. Toni Finsterbusch, who was 22nd on the grid, managed to defend this position for one lap, but then started to drop back. “We thought his engine had overheated like it did at the Sachsenring race. That’s why we called him in for a pit stop”, said MZ CEO Martin Wimmer. The engine temperature turned out to be okay, but Toni Finsterbusch didn’t have a good feeling for the front end of the bike. After a small change, he tried his luck again but things didn’t improve.
Toni Finsterbusch (Moto3) – did not finish:
”We opted for slick tyres in the race, like most of the other riders. When a dry line developed after a few laps, I tried to take the same cornering lines as my rivals, but I just couldn’t do it. I went wide everywhere and kept getting onto the wet part of the track. Then I saw the pit board signal to pull in. Our set-up change improved things a little bit, but not enough and since it was obvious that there was nothing to gain I decided to stop.”
Mike di Meglio (Moto2) – 16th place:
“We got a good result but I can’t be entirely happy. We deserved a world championship point today, because the team did a great job throughout the weekend. My pace was good in the race, but we need some more engine power. The bike is good in many aspects, we just need more speed. If I continue with MZ, there is a lot that needs to be done. At the same time, I have a chance to test a CRT bike at the Brno testing session on Monday and then we see what future holds.“
Fantastic comeback for Alex De Angelis at Brno
Starting from the 18th position of the grid due to an unfortunate crash during qualifying is to say the least unlucky but Alex De Angelis has proved once more his talent by finishing in sixth position at Brno.
A remarkable performance by the rider from San Marino and all of the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team, who managed to set the bike perfectly for this weekend and could have been fighting for the podium, had the qualifying session gone differently.
A positive race also for Yuki Takahashi, who finished in 18th position and keeps improving his feeling with his FTR bike, The Japanese rider hopes to go back to Misano, where he has proven to be very performing.
Alex De Angelis – 6th
“I am extremely happy with my 6th place at today’s race, for the comeback and for the lap times during the race, which were similar to the ones done by the front group riders. It was a pity to start the race so far back on the grid, the bike felt great. If I had started the race further up I could have been fighting with the front group. We have to be happy to be back in the Top6, which is where we wanted to be and we hope to be able to remain at this level and improve. I am really looking forward to Misano.”
Yuki Takahashi – 18th
“This morning we had some problems with the front of the bike and during the race the problem was still there. I tried to keep the position but I couldn’t and in the first two laps I lost 2 positions. After three laps I recovered the positions but the group in front of me had opened the gap. I tried to catch on to the group but from the middle of the race onwards but the front tire was a bit damaged, causing me to experience chatter and I couldn’t maintain the same pace and ended up finishing in the 18th position. I look forward to Misano and I want to make a good result.”
Pietro Caprara – Moto2 Technical Director
“Complicated beginning of race for Yuki, who found himself having a good pace but got stuck in traffic, making it difficult for him to gain positions. This weekend’s performance was good and this make us be positive going Misano, a circuit that he particularly like. Alex had a very good race, with a very impressive comeback. In the first laps he was one of the few that was with in 2´03.6. Both rider and team have done a great job and going on this two week break taking points at the end of the weekend is very good for the team spirit.”