2012 Misano Moto2 And Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races at Misano:


Cortese shines at Misano to extend lead in Moto3 World Championship

Red Bull KTM rider Sandro Cortese rode a classic hard and tactical clever race in Misano on Sunday to seal the victory in a typical do or die Moto3 battle on Sunday on the circuit newly named in memory of Italian racer Marco Simoncelli. Luis Salom of Spain on the Kalex-KTM was second in front of Italian Romano Fenati.

It was a brilliant ride for the German racer on the KTM Moto3 bike and he has surged ahead in the points to have a lead of 46 points over rival Maverick Vinales of Spain. Vinales fought hard from the middle of the pack at the start to be a podium contender in the final laps but eventually finished fifth. It was Cortese’s third GP win of the season but he has been a model of consistency and was on the podium in every race other than a wet weather race in France when he finished sixth.

“I think it was one of the best but most difficult race of the season,” Cortese said. “Its hard to keep your concentration and do your best but in the last two laps I gave 200 percent and took risks and managed to pull away.”

Other KTM-driven machines in the top ten mix were Germany’s Jonas Folger at sixth and Australian Arthur Sissis in tenth.

Cortese started on pole after a difficult few qualifying sessions where changeable weather prevented teams from coming up with the right settings but the race day turned on near perfect conditions. Cortese got away well in the 23-lap race but right from the start the race shaped up to be a nail biter. Cortese and Folger were early leaders but Fenati of Italy proved one of the hungriest riders on the circuit. He challenged Cortese and led for most of the race, in the end picking up too much tire wear to challenge when most necessary, in the final corners.

Cortese rode his usual cool and calculated race and was still tucked in behind Fenati when riders entered their eighteenth of 23 laps. But at that stage nothing was clear with no less than 11 riders in a tightly packed group and ready to take advantage of any opening. Cortese slipped past Fenati in the nineteenth lap and Salom, whose last lap tactics have also been honed this season eventually slipped into second saying at the end of the race: “This was a very hard race. There were too many riders in the lead group and it was not possible to take Sandro in the last lap.”

Riders next compete in Aragon, Spain on September 30 before embarking on three overseas racers in the southern hemisphere before returning for the finale in Valencia, Spain in November.


Third consecutive win for Márquez

Repsol rider wins San Marino GP and extends Moto2 standings lead to 53 points.

After a restart in Moto2 for safety reasons following just three laps, Marc Márquez took off from second position on the grid in the reduced second part of the race. The Repsol rider was alongside Andrea Iannone for the first of the 14 remaining laps, but on lap two he had a scare and dropped down to fourth.

Lap by lap, the Spaniard recovered and moved back up to the leading group. With four laps to go, the Repsol rider overtook his Italian rival and occupied second place behind Pol Espargaró. On a thrilling final lap, Márquez went past his compatriot and grabbed the win. This is his seventh triumph of the season and his third in succession.

With 5 races remaining and 125 points in play, Márquez holds 238 points in the overall standings and an advantage of 53 over closest rival Pol Espargaró.


JONAS FOLGER SIXTH AND A SECOND FROM VICTORY

MAPFRE Aspar rider has strong race and takes another ten points, whilst Héctor Faubel places thirteenth

Positive riding conditions at Misano finally arrived for Sunday, and the Moto3 riders made the most of them to put on a close show. The top seven were separated by just 1.3 seconds, although the race win went to championship leader Sandro Cortese. Race pace was similar to in qualifying -1'44- and there was nothing in it until the final lap. Cortese finally split the group and took the win, ahead of Salom and Fenati.

After two races on the podium, MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger was not quite able to keep up his streak in today's 23-lap contest. The German was disappointed to finish off the rostrum, but happy with a sixth place and a final time just a second off the winner. From sixth on the grid, Folger moved up into second on the opening pair of corners, then stuck with the leading group. Lacking a little acceleration, he made up time with daring late braking and held on for ten more points.

Teammate Héctor Faubel also had a great start, but contact from various riders on the opening lap cut him off from the leaders. He tried a comeback, alongside Khairuddin in no-man's land, but eventually placed thirteenth.

6th Jonas Folger: "Today was a very close race, and I finished just a second off the winner. I am happy, because we did a great job this weekend. It is just a pity that we couldn't cap it off with another podium. On some corners I could feel that my bike lacked a little acceleration, perhaps for the weight, because I didn't take the right line or because I was lacking power. I had to brake extremely late in order to not lose touch with the leaders. I am satisfied, because we had a great race. On the final laps I could see that it was going to be tough, because there were a lot of riders going for the podium. In the end I moved up a place and got sixth place. We improved our front end feeling a lot and I can sense that the bike is much more stable in the dry. Even though I didn't take another podium and I am annoyed about that, I will keep the motivation from this for the next race."

13th Héctor Faubel: "At the start of the race I was going well and maintained my position. I went into the doublé 'S' on the inside, passing three riders. But there was a lot of contact and we lost touch with the lead group. Alongside Khairuddin I pushed hard to latch back onto the front pack and improved upon my qualifying times. I hoped that those ahead of me would slow each other down, but they never let up. I couldn't do much more. It is positive that we finished 14 seconds behind the podium finishers despite starting from so far back, but I am not happy with thirteenth. I think that we deserved a good result, but it wasn't to be here. We now have to keep working our hardest to place as well as possible at Motorland."


Rins and Viñales take podium

fight to last corner

Riders have to settle for fourth and fifth, respectively. Oliveira places ninth and Álex Márquez retires when riding fourteenth.

This weekend was not an easy one for Maverick Viñales. The Spaniard suffered numerous problems in practice and was unable to get up with the frontrunners in qualifying. Setting off from eleventh on the grid, Viñales made a great comeback on Sunday —especially so taking into account two first lap scares which left him sixteenth. He eventually got up to the podium fight and tussled with five riders for the win. In the end, the rostrum went to Cortese, Salom and Fenati.

Viñales and Álex Rins both had great races, competing with the more powerful KTMs of Cortese and Salom every step of the way. A group of ten riders exchanged places at the front for the entirety of the contest, but the Repsol riders waited for the perfect moment to make their push. On a heart-stopping last lap, Cortese made a break in search of victory, with Rins and Viñales competing for second place with Salom. A fast entry into the final corner put both Repsol riders slightly off track, and Romano Fenati took advantage to move past the duo. Rins placed fourth and Viñales fifth.

With this result, Rins continues in fifth position in the overall standings and Viñales loses ground in his title fight, dropping down to 46 points behind Cortese. Miguel Oliveira, who also challenged for the top spots in the race, lost touch with the front five on the final laps and placed ninth. Álex Márquez crashed out when riding in fourteenth.

Maverick Viñales

5th at 1.145 sec.

“I got a good start, but on the opening corners I got clipped and I lost places. From that moment on I refocused and made a steady comeback, moving up to second by the time the final lap came around. I had a shot at victory, I tried and thought that I could close the gap on the straight —but it wasn't to be.

I couldn't do anything more, because on the back straight I was losing half a second. I am happy, because I gave my all and we regained a lot of places in the race. I can't ask for more, because I gave 100%.”

Miguel Oliveira

9th at 4.376 sec.

“We started ninth and we finished ninth, despite expecting to place higher up the order. I got a good start and was riding with the second group on the opening laps. I latched onto the leading pack later on and for most of the race I kept up a fast pace. Near the end I couldn't maintain that pace and I had to settle for ninth. We are working well, so I hope that Aragón we can get a better end result."

Álex Rins

4th at 0.974 sec.

"I am happy. It was a pretty tough race, because we started from low down on the grid, but gradually we got into the race and were able to join the leading group. I felt comfortable on the bike and moved up positions until I got to the top riders. We had a good pace for the entire race, but on the last five laps Cortese got away. That was mostly due to his engine, because he was leaving us behind on the straights. In general, I am satisfied. Regarding the incident with Maverick,I apologise to him and his team —despite the fact that I think I made a clean move."

Álex Márquez

Fall

"In the warmup we took a big step forward compared to yesterday's practice sessions. I felt comfortable for the race and I knew that we could improve a little more. I started well and, despite starting from far back, I regained a lot of places. When I was in the top fourteen I was hit from behind. It happens in races, and I had to retire. I hope to have a good result at the Aragón GP next time out."


Salom closing in on championship lead

With his seventh podium finish of the season Luis Salom is closing in on the lead of the Moto3 championship. Salom finished second in the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, on the tail of championship leader Sandro Cortese. RW Racing GP’s top rider is currently third in the standings, but only ten points behind Maverick Viñales. There are still five races to go.

Salom fought a really hard battle with Romano Fenati and Sandro Cortese. The race came at its height with three laps remaining and Maverick Viñales, who had a bad start, closed in on the leading group. With five riders close to each other and changing positions in every corner they entered the final lap. Cortese managed to get away just far enough to prevent Salom from beating him. Cortese said it was one of the most difficult races of the season so far and he took maximum risk to take the lead.

Brad Binder had a difficult race as well, 20 seconds behind the leading group. The South African finished in the worst possible position, just outside the points.

Luis Salom (2nd): "This was a very hard race. There were too many riders remaining in the group to have a decent fight. It was too close. It’s a pity I couldn’t take Cortese. He was very quick in the last lap and just too far away to try. I am happy with the result, especially for my team and for Kalex and KTM. They have worked very hard to give me the best bike.’’

Brad Binder (16th): "I had a good start and I was battling in the group that fought for fourteenth. I was in a duel with Tonucci and every time I came close to him, he messed up my rhythm. Because of that I lost the connection with the group. Unfortunately I finished sixteenth: just outside the points. I know I had a good race with good lap times but I’m very disappointed about the result.’’

Team manager Johan Stigefelt: "I feel sorry for both Brad and Luis. Second and sixteenth are just about the worse positions to finish. Brad could have been closer to the top 10. His lap times were good enough for that. He had the pace. I don’t know if Luis could have won the race. Cortese was very strong today. But we are getting closer to second in the championship and that is great. We have a clear sight at our goal for the final rounds of the season.’’


Márquez extends championship lead

Repsol rider takes top step of the podium for third consecutive race, extending series lead to 53 points over nearest rival.

Marc Márquez took another victory at Misano for the third year in a row, also his third win in succession this season. Márquez' seventh victory of the season so far came after an intense duel with fellow Spaniard Pol Espargaró in a spectacular finale, at the end of which he crossed the line just 359 thousandths of a second ahead.

The race began with Márquez out in front, with Iannone on his tail. Both escaped from the rest of the field in the early stages, until Gino Rea's engine broke on lap three and left oil on the track. Race Direction brought out the red flags to suspend the race.

Márquez started from second for the restart, which kicked off a 14 lap contest. The Repsol rider this time stuck behind Iannone, until a scare on the second lap dropped him down to fourth, behind Espargaró and Rabat. He fought his way back past Rabat and pushed to catch Pol and Iannone a little further in front.

Four laps from the end, both Spaniards passed the Italian rider after cutting back an advantage of over a second. The scene was set for a final battle. On the last lap, Márquez made the definitive move to take his seventh win of the campaign.

With 5 races to go and 125 points in play, Márquez leads the Moto2 standings with 238 points, 53 ahead of Espargaró in second place.

Marc Márquez

1st - 23:11.278

“I liked winning like that above all because of how I planned out the race. I knew that I could be out in front, but in the warm up I found it a little difficult to ride and didn't have the required pace. We didn't know if the tyres would last the race. I came close to crashing, which lost me a little concentration. At that moment Pol [Espargaró] and Tito [Esteve Rabat] got ahead of me and a third rider came close to going through as well. Being such a short race, it was difficult to think calmly on the bike. That led to such a tense finale.

I tried to regain ground by riding on the limit on every lap and, when I finally caught Pol, I tried to overtake him at the first braking point where there was an opportunity. I think that it was a nice battle for the fans to watch. Every time under the brakes I tried to leave it as late as possible and so did he. I was able to get into the final corners and close the door each time. It was an important win, because Pol has always been fast here."


NICO TEROL COMES BACK THROUGH FIELD FOR POINT AT MISANO

MAPFRE Aspar teammate Jordi Torres recovers from near-crash to place 16th

At 12:20pm in Misano, the Moto2 class took to the grid for their scheduled San Marino GP. There were two starts to the race, as an engine issue for Gino Rea led to an oil spill on track at turn 16 and the red flag coming out. A rescheduled contest of 14 laps was set for the restart, with Andrea Iannone taking charge early on. Márquez and Espargaró joined him at the front as they cut his gap, then engaged in a battle of their own. In a race decided on the final lap, Márquez crossed the line ahead of Espargaró and Iannone.

Once again, MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol had to put his head down in order to try and turn around a difficult weekend. This morning in the warmup he was able to make a small adjustment that allowed for more mobility with his bike. After the restart -from which he began in 21st on the grid- Terol looked to move up the order and made his way into fifteenth. He thus claimed another point for his tally, which could have been more with a little more aggression on the final laps.

Just behind Terol was teammate Jordi Torres. The Catalan was caught out by the tough nature of the opening laps and almost crashed out at turn six. He recovered and picked up his pace come close to a points finish -in sixteenth.

15th Nico Terol: "Finally we have brought this difficult weekend to a close. Every step that we took in previous races was frozen still this weekend. Despite everything, I am happy, because in the warmup we found the way forward that we had at Brno again. Thanks to this way of working, we were able to make the bike turn much better. I lacked a bit of decisiveness at the end. I have a very fine style and get a bit thrown off my race when I come up against other riders, as it is hard to keep the same line. I will have to keep getting used to riding side-by-side with other riders in order to overtake more easily. I am satisfied, because in the end we were able to make a comeback and pick up another point. I hope to continue like this at the next race; the team have worked very well and I am sure that we will be back to how we were at Brno -and in the race today- when we head to the next race."

16th Jordi Torres: "At the beginning of the race I got blocked in by a lot of riders who passed me aggressively. I am not completely used to that and found it difficult to refocus. The fact that the race was restarted was very good for me, because I was able to learn more. On the restart I had trouble finding a gap, but I still stood firm and controlled my group. However, I made a mistake at turn six and the bike nearly went down, leading me to run off the track to avoid being thrown from the machine. I lost a lot of places then, which annoyed me and forced me to come back more focused. I started to put down a strong pace, the bike responded well and I was able to take sixteenth. It was another learning weekend for me; the mechanics worked to adapt to my riding style and I adapted to the bike more in each session. I am happy and hope to continue like this at Aragón."


IANNONE STEPS ONTO THE PODIUM FOR THE MISANO GRAND PRIX, ANDREOZZI FINISHES IN TWENTY-THIRD POSITION

The 2012 season twelfth race for the Moto2 class was held today at the circuit of Misano Adriatico.

After a good warm up, when he scored the top-5, Iannone started from the second row, fighting for the first spots immediately. The race was then red flagged and stopped once the third lap was completed, in order to clean the track after a problem with Rea’s bike. In the second race, the rider from Vasto started leading the group, holding the first position till the tenth lap. Soon after Espargaró and Marquez reached him, Andrea still did his best to stay within the top placements, crossing the finishing line in third position. Iannone, the best Italian in today’s race, moves up to 165 points and he is third in the General Classification.

The second race was positive also for Andreozzi, who had a consistent pace: starting from the rear of the grid, Alessandro moved up a few positions. A better feeling with his Speed Up machine, after the previous days’ sessions, helped him to finish the race in twenty-third position.

Andrea Iannone #29 - 3rd

“This was a very difficult race. I tried to get away since the beginning, because after the first start we realized that we hadn’t made the best choice for the gearbox and it was tough to stay with Espargaró and Marquez. In the second race I tried to create a gap, but it wasn’t easy. Marc and Pol came up behind me and I lost the advantage we had. We’re again on the podium and that’s always a positive result, now we’ll see how Aragón goes and let’s hope for another good weekend.”

Alessandro Andreozzi #22 - 23rd

“The first start didn’t work out quite well, I was way behind. Then there was a red flag, and when we restarted things went a little bit better. I stayed for the whole race with the last group and we fought till the chequered flag. In the last few laps I was lacking grip and they overtook me. We finished another race, now we’ll wait for Aragón to keep improving.”


Not so sweet sixteen - a finish just outside the points

RW Racing GP is very happy with Brad Binder, he has once again shown how fast he can be – battling with far more experienced riders – Moncayo and Kornfeil.

Brad constantly improved his lap times with his direct rivals but finished just outside the points – leaving him disappointed. Brad improved with each lap – his lap times much faster at the end of the race than in the early stages. Even though it wasn’t a fantastic result and Brad had hoped to be in the points, he did finish the race - following a very challenging 2012 Season thus far. Brad has finally had the chance to battle on equal terms with his competitors and the outlook for the remainder of the Season is positive for the young South African.

Brad Binder : " I can't say I'm happy with this result, but I'm glad I got to finish the race! Plus, my lap times weren't bad at all! In the end I was able to stay in front of Tonucci, but unfortunately I couldn't overtake Kornfeil in the final lap, even though I had reduced the gap a lot. Our next stop is Aragon, a track I've never raced on so I will have a bit of homework to do once I get home! Finally, I would like to congratulate my teammate Luis Salom on his fantastic race! "

Team manager Johan Stigefelt: "I feel sorry for both Brad and Luis. Second and sixteenth are just about the worse positions to finish. Brad could have been closer to the top 10. His lap times were good enough for that. He had the pace. I don’t know if Luis could have won the race. Cortese was very strong today. But we are getting closer to second in the championship and that is great. We have a clear sight at our goal for the final rounds of the season.’’


Kallio finishes fourth in restarted Misano race

Misano, Italy - 16 September 2012: Mika Kallio took a hard fought fourth place finish this afternoon at Misano, in a Moto 2 race run over just 14 laps following a restart because of oil on the track. Scott Redding was battling with his teammate early on in the race, but dropped back in the final few laps of the race and eventually finished seventh.

Both Kallio and Redding got away with the leading group of riders from the original start, but the race was red-flagged after just three laps when Gino Rea's engine blew and deposited oil on the track. While Kallio restarted the race from his original grid position, ninth, Redding was demoted from the front to the second row and started from fifth.

Kallio got away cleanly once again at the restart, making up a handful of places in the run down to the first turn. The 29-year-old Finn then safely negotiated the tricky first three corners and was immediately involved in the battle for the race lead. Kallio continued to pick off places and was closing on the leading trio when he was held up by Tito Rabat, who was struggling for rear grip.

By the time Kallio had found a way past the Spaniard, Iannone, Espargaro and Marquez had already built up an insurmountable gap at the front of the race. The Marc VDS rider came under pressure from Tom Lüthi and Dominique Aegerter at mid-race distance, but held off both to claim fourth position at the chequered flag.

Redding also got away well from the restart, battling in the same group as his teammate. At the midpoint it looked like both Marc VDS riders would finish inside the top five, but as the race entered the closing stages the 19-year-old Briton lost a couple of places on the straight, which he was unable to reclaim through the corners.

It was a disappointment for Redding, who has been strong at Misano in all conditions this weekend and was confident of being able to fight for a podium finish today.

The Marc VDS Racing Team will return to action in two weeks time, in round 13 of the FIM Moto2 World Championship in Aragon, Spain.

Mika Kallio #36: 4th Position

"The start is all-important here at Misano, and I got away from the line cleanly from the restart, making up a lot of places into the first turn. Then I managed to find a clean line through turns two and three, which isn't always easy, which put me onto the back of the leading group. I was pretty comfortable running the same pace as the front three, but then Tito Rabat started struggling for rear grip in front of me and trying to find a way past him held me up for a few laps. By the time I was through and into fourth, the leaders had gone. I tried to push to close the gap, but I felt like I was on the limit. I'm happy with fourth, but also disappointed to miss out on the podium. If we can find that little bit of pace we're still missing, then I think we can be challenging for the podium at every race."

Scott Redding #45: 7th Position

"I should have been on the podium here today, no question. I've been fast all weekend but, today, when it counted, the pace just wasn't there. The short race should have suited me, and I was quick to find a good rhythm, but every time I passed someone they'd just drive past me on the straight and I couldn't retake them in the next turn, because they had the speed that I was missing. It's getting more and more frustrating now. For me it's stopped being about who's the best rider in Moto2, because physical size seems to be more important than skill. We need to find something to offset the disadvantage, and we need to find it fast."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

"Mika rode a great race, holding off some serious challenges from the likes of Lüthi, Rabat and Aegerter to finish fourth today. It was just unfortunate he got held up in the early stages otherwise I'm confident he'd have been on the podium today. Scott has been strong here all weekend but, once again, he was losing out on the straight in the race. We have tried everything we possibly can to reduce this, but we've only been partially successful. He's bigger than everyone else, and we're trying to compensate for that, but we're starting to run out of options. But, we need to do something ahead of the next race at Aragon, where the long straight is certain to cause similar issues in the race. It's not easy but then if it was, everyone would be doing it."


Smith battles to hard fought eighth in Misano

Tech 3 Racing Team rider Bradley Smith battled hard to a determined top eight finish in a dramatic Moto2 World Championship encounter at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli this afternoon.

Only four of the scheduled 26-laps had been completed when the red flags came out to halt proceedings after oil was dropped on the track approaching the final corner.

The race was restarted over a shortened 14-lap distance and British rider Smith was immediately locked in a typically clo se and exciting battle inside the top 10.

A sun drenched crowd were treated to an enthralling battle between eight riders for fourth place and 21-year-old Smith secured his ninth top 10 finish of the season with a brilliant late charge.

He started the penultimate lap in 10th but superbly steered his Mistral 610 machine by Thomas Luthi and Johann Zarco to move into eighth. Smith then put compatriot Scott Redding under intense pressure but was unable to find a way into seventh despite a determined last lap attack.

Smith took the chequered flag just 1.8s behind fourth position and he is confident that with more laps he could have fought his way comfortably inside the top six.

Xavier Simeon was enjoying a positive race and he was battling inside the points when he unfortunately crashed out at the halfway stage.

The Belgian rider escaped injury in the accident but he was disappointed having seen a great chance to score his first points since the Sachsenring round in Germany slip through his grasp.

Bradley Smith 7th – 85 points:

“It was a good race and I'm just a little bit disappointed that we only had 14 laps because normally I'm really strong and recover some positions during the last part of the race. Had the race been longer I am convinced I could have been in the top six because I felt a few guys would not be able to keep that pace. It was a tricky race and it felt like 14 qualifying laps but the encouraging thing is I was very clo se to fourth and I managed to beat Luthi and Zarco. We are still lacking in a few areas but we made a good step forward and I'm excited to go to Aragon because we have a direction we want to try with the Mistral 610.”

Xavier Simeon DNF – 17 points:

“I'm really disappointed because it's the fourth race in a row I did not finish and I just want to say sorry to the Tech 3 Racing Team because today I had a really good bike. The first race was not too bad. I did a good start and could have been able to fight for a top ten result. When the race was interrupted I lost a bit my rhythm but I was still able to fight inside the top 15 and I was confident I was going to get stronger as the race wore on. But I made a mistake. Unfortunately I lost the front going into Turn 8. I still don't really understand why because I wasn't a t lean angle when I crashed. It's a pity and I'm just looking forward to Aragon hoping to improve my performance there.”

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:

“The weather played a big part this weekend but I think Bradley, Xavier and the Tech 3 Racing Team coped brilliantly in tough circumstances to give us a good opportunity to have both of them in the points. It is hard mentally when the race is stopped and restarted because you have to psyche yourself up again but Bradley and Xavier were doing a really good job. Bradley was involved in a really strong fight in the group that was battling for fourth position and as always he gave his maximum effort. He achieved another very strong result and I am happy with his performance. I'm also pleased with Xavier, although it would have been much better if he could have scored so me points. We know he has great potential and he showed that again this weekend, but the key point is finishing races and unfortunately he was unable to do that. He has the speed but he has to learn not to make mistakes at crucial times.”


ANTONELLI EIGHTH AT MISANO

Niccolò Antonelli started from the front row of the grid at the San Marino Grand Prix but was unable to hang on to a top three position until the end, finishing eighth despite crossing the line just two seconds behind the leader. The youngster fought hard in the lead group throughout the race but struggled for feeling in the final stages and was unable to hang on to the finish.

Niccolò Antonelli (8th) “I tried to give the maximum and in the first half of the race I was able to but then I started to have the usual problems in corner entry and I didn't have the feeling I needed to push the bike. I had to take a few risks and even though the gap was small I couldn't make it up. We have to work on solving this problem, which we think is related to the ballast. I am disappointed but not demoralised because I have confidence that the team will soon put me in a position to show my full potential.”

Fausto Gresini “Obviously we'd hoped for a better result than this and in the first half of the race it looked like we might get one but then he started to struggle. He didn't finish far behind the winner but it wasn't the result he wanted here and we clearly have some things to work on. No doubt the extra ballast is part of the problem. It's a shame but Niccolò continues to improve and gather experience. ”


FEEM OUT OF LUCK AGAIN AT MISANO

Ratthapark Wilairot's day started in the worst possible way today with a crash in warm-up that had the team worried for several minutes. Thankfully the damage wasn't as bad as it first appeared and he was able to take part in the race.

Ratthapark Wilairot (19th) “The weekend could not have finished much worse than this here at Misano. I am so disappointed because I had a good feeling yesterday and I had hoped this would be the turning point of our season. It's a shame but we will try to take the positive s to Aragon and make up for it there.”

Fausto Gresini “I am sorry for Feem – he was really unlucky and he had me worried for a few minutes there because we weren't sure how he was after the crash. In the race he could do no more than hang on to the end but I am sure he will get his confidence back at Aragon.”


REA OUT OF LUCK AGAIN AT MISANO

Gino Rea's race lasted barely the blink of an eye today as his engine gave up the ghost just moments after the start. It was a day to forget for the British youngster after an otherwise positive weekend.

Gino Rea (N.C.) “My race couldn't have gone any worse. It was over before it had started. I got away well but then the engine blew – it's such a shame because we have shown good pace here.”

Fausto Gresini “When an engine blows like that there's not much to say. We have to move on and look ahead to Aragon. I am sorry for Gino because he made a great start but it literally went up in smoke.”


Round Number: 
13
2012

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