Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's race at Misano:
Lorenzo Scores Superb San Marino Grand Prix Victory
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo brought his 2012 race win tally to six today, leading from the start grid to take victory in the Grand Prix of San Marino. The victory was doubly special for Yamaha as it was achieved running a special Yamaha ‘Race- Blu’ livery. The race itself started in dramatic fashion after Karel Abraham stalled on the grid causing yellow flags to come out and the start lights to remain on. Confusion followed with some riders false starting. In the chaos arch rival Dani Pedrosa suffered some technical issues and was then relegated to the back of the grid. The Spaniard was soon to crash out of the race, giving Championship leader Lorenzo the opportunity to wrap up Misano having secured a 38 point advantage and a total of 270 points from his six wins and six second place finishes.
Ben Spies was pleased to finally complete a race weekend without major incident, the Texan starting well from his third row start to jump to sixth on the first lap. A lack of feeling with the less than perfect set up resulted in a little loss of speed mid-race but Spies was soon to step up the pace again, eventually passing Stephan Bradl to take fifth at the line just seven seconds behind his team mate in first. The 11 points taken puts him on 77 and he remains in 10th place in the standings.
Position : 1st Time: 42'49.836
“It’s been a very tough weekend because Dani and I have been very close in the qualifying and the warm up. Unfortunately today he had really bad luck, first with the lights at the beginning of the race and then Hector took him out. This was really unfortunate for him. In Holland we were unlucky and today he was unlucky, anything can happen in these races. We have to be happy with our result and the point advantage we now have, for sure we are much more calm now than before the race! The race was difficult for everyone, only having qualifying was not enough when you have to set up the chassis and electronics and everything for the race. It was hotter during the race so there was less grip too. I almost crashed in turn one but managed to save it too!”
Position : 5th Time: +7.543
“I know we didn’t get on the podium but I’m glad we were able to finally just have a normal race. Some of the times weren’t quick enough for the podium but we put on a good charge in the end. We struggled with a few things, especially some feeling with the front tyre. It’s been a difficult weekend and we didn’t start the race with the perfect set up but luckily could still put together an ok race. After what’s happened in the last eight weeks it almost feels like a podium for me!”
“A very spectacular race and an important victory. Of course I feel sorry for Dani because he didn’t deserve what happened. At the end of the day you can’t have 18 races without incidents, it would be nice but impossible. We’re leading now with 38 points with five races to go so we need to keep up the pressure to the end.”
“A great victory for Jorge, especially during a special event for Yamaha with the Race-Blu launch. A shame for Dani, suffering the same as we did in Assen. We’re in a great position now but from here to the end we need to stay consistent. Unfortunately Ben didn’t have a great feeing with the front tyre which compromised his results. A top five finish is good anyway after such a difficult weekend and definitely a step in the right direction.”
Exciting podium for Rossi at Misano, Hayden seventh despite pain
On an event-filled day at the GP di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini, Valentino Rossi had his best race so far aboard the Desmosedici. In sunny and warm conditions, the Italian made it to the second step of the podium, having ridden at a pace that was second only to that of the winner, Jorge Lorenzo. The first start was cancelled, but Rossi enjoyed a great getaway when the red lights went out for the second time, and he exited the first turn in second place. From there, he held off attacks from first Stefan Bradl and then Alvaro Bautista before taking the chequered flag.
His teammate Nicky Hayden rounded out the Ducati Team’s positive day, finishing seventh despite riding with a right hand that was still swollen and painful. Tomorrow he and the team will decide together whether he’ll take part in the Ducati Team test that will take place with Valentino Rossi on the same Misano circuit.
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 2nd
“It was a really nice race, and I’m very happy. It’s a great result, which I’d like to dedicate to Sic and his family, Paolo, Rossella, and Martina. I’d also like to thank all the guys who work with me and everyone at Ducati Corse who are giving their best, like me: after two difficult years, we really needed that. I’m very pleased because we did a dry race at a high level, always with a fast pace, and with a limited gap to Lorenzo. We worked well. The new frame and swingarm allow us to make more changes to the geometry, and in fact here the feeling with the front was improved and the bike also seemed to be better balanced on acceleration. The setup that we found was also good, as I managed to be fast and consistent for the whole race. It will be important to continue working well and do our best to take the Ducati as high as possible in the next races as well.”
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 7th
“I felt bad enough this morning that we considered not racing, but being here in Italy, I wanted to at least try. This track seems to provide a lot of drama, and I thought if I could just stay clean and get to the finish, I might salvage somewhat of a result. I knew it was going to be extremely difficult. Unless you’ve ever used carbon brakes with a Bridgestone front tyre, you don’t realize how hard you can squeeze the lever on a MotoGP bike now, and a couple of laps, I had to slow down to try to let my hand recover. It wasn’t very strong, and it was really painful, but I was able to hang on and get a seventh today. Hopefully I can start building up for the rest of the season. It’s great to see Vale on the podium, and it’s a well-deserved reward for all the effort by Filippo, his staff, the team, and the factory.”
Vittoriano Guareschi, Team Manager
“We’re very happy because we worked well, both two weeks ago in the test and with the bike’s setup over the race weekend, and we managed to put Valentino in a position where he could get a good result. Vale was able to perform to his potential in the dry, and to manage the race well to the finish. We needed confirmation on this new chassis in a confrontation with the other riders, and we got that today. Nicky did the best that he could in his condition. His hand certainly isn’t completely mended, and he had to receive pain-killing injections in order to race. Anyway, it was very important for him to return after four weeks off, and depending on how he feels tomorrow, we’ll see if he’ll be able to ride with Valentino in the test.”
Bad luck for Pedrosa, confident 8th place for Rea in Misano
The Repsol Honda team endured a bizarre race in the San Marino Grand Prix this afternoon, with Dani Pedrosa being taken out on the first lap.
A last minute yellow flag displayed due to issues with Karel Abraham's bike, created confusion on the grid as teams regrouped to prepare for a restart. When Dani's crew went to remove his front tyre warmer the wheel was locked, causing delay for the Spanish rider. The brake issue was resolved only after the permitted time and for this reason Dani had to start from the back of the grid.
Title contender Dani had a strong start from 21st and had climbed to 8th position in few corners, when Hector Barberá crashed in turn 6 and unfortunately wiped out his fellow countryman.
Dani's Repsol Honda team-mate Jonathan Rea avoided any such drama and found himself in clear space for much of the race. Jonathan, taking part in his first MotoGP race, took this opportunity to progress his already rapid learning curve on the Honda RC213V. As his confidence grew, he gradually closed in on Nicky Hayden but was unable to catch him. He finished in 8th position and scored his maiden points in the premier class.
The next race takes place in 2 weeks in Aragon. Dani will be looking to recover some important points on Lorenzo and Jonathan will continue to gain experience on the Honda MotoGP machine at a track he has already tested at in early September.
JONATHAN REA 8th World Championship Standing: 23rd with 8 points
"It was a tough race and I just wanted to get into a rhythm and maintain it. I'm still nowhere near the limit, I'm not really having any moments, just a few mistakes running wide, it's a matter of trust and I'm still acclimatising to the machine. I'm really happy with the progress I made throughout the race and I learnt so much that you simply can't pick up in testing about race distance, how the tyre wear goes down, the fuel load and how the bike behaves differently. In the beginning Nicky pulled a gap and I was catching him but in the end it wasn't enough. To finish 8th is ok, but the gap to the front is a little frustrating. In general I'm really happy and I'm looking forward to the next challenge in Aragon. I want to thank all the Rep sol Honda team for their hard work and support they've given me and to all the fans back home".
DANI PEDROSA DNF World Championship Standing: 2nd with 232 points
"It's was total chaos and many things happened at the same time. It all began with the restart because the procedure was not at all clear. Nobody knew if it was one minute, three minutes, warmers on or off… We were also getting different information about the number of laps, 26, 27… Then suddenly we were told it was 1 minute to the start of the race, with no board signage, nothing. The mechanics were rushing to prepare and when they tried to take off the warmers my front wheel was somehow locked, they tried to unlocked it but they weren't able to and due to the 1 minute warning - where they are not allowed to touch the bike anymore - they put me to the back of the grid. I tried to remain focused, not make any mistake on the first lap, make clear moves to overtake riders and I was 8th or 9th by the sixth corner when Barberá hit me from behind, and that was it. I'm very upset because even it's easy to say now, I think I could have had a chance to win this race, even starting from the last place on the grid. Now the Championship is obviously more uphill for me, but I will continue the same way. We have done everything we could so far, the bike is working well and I'm riding well, too. So it's not over for me; there are still 5 races to go and we will do our best".
MARCO REMEMBERED ON FANTASTIC DAY AT MISANO
It was written in the stars that today would be the day Team San Carlo Honda Gresini wrote another page in their history. It had to be at the aptly renamed Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli that Alvaro Bautista scored his first MotoGP podium and his first with the team as Michele Pirro finished tenth overall and second in the CRT class. It was a special day for the team and an emotional way to remember Marco at his home circuit.
Alvaro Bautista (3rd) “It is always nice to finish on the podium but especially for me today with this being my first in MotoGP. Above all this is a very special weekend for me and the team because our memories of Marco are so strong coming here to the circuit named in his honour. After a few tough races we have worked well here and managed to fight for the podium at last. I am so happy for the team and for Marco because I am sure that wherever he is right now he was pushing us along. I could feel his hand on my shoulder today and I realised at the end that my name had come loose from my leathers so you could say it was Marco that was with us today. It has been an extraordinary day and I almost crashed at the start – I picked myself up on my right elbow. I am happy for everybody who has believed in me and I want to dedicate this very special podium also to them.”
Michele Pirro (10th) “After a few difficult weekends we have had a good day here and a wonderful weekend where Marco's presence could really be felt. I am so happy that at his home circuit we have been able to get back on the right track and I hope we can get more results like this between now and the end of the season. Unfortunately in the race I lost a little time behind Hernandez otherwise I could have been much closer to De Puniet. Anyway I am happy for me and the team, who have worked with so much determination. It has been a wonderful and emotional day.”
Fausto Gresini “What a feeling! It has been an incredible day for us and I am sure that Marco has given us a huge push from up there. To be on the podium with Alvaro in MotoGP and with Michele second amongst the CRTs in our colours and at this circuit named in his honour is just unforgettable and it will stay in our hearts forever. We needed a day like this because it gives everybody the necessary enthusiasm to keep racing. Tomorrow we turn a new page in our history with Marco in our hearts every single day.”
Dovizioso battles for home podium in Misano
Andrea Dovizioso finished a dramatic MotoGP race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in fourth position, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider putting up a fantastic race long fight for the podium in hot and sunny conditions.
Dovizioso was in contention for his sixth podium of an impressive 2012 World Championship campaign throughout the race, which was shortened to 27-laps after an aborted first start.
When the action did finally get underway in front of his home crowd of 45,104 fans, Dovizioso kept himself in contention for the podium right until the final moments of the race.
His podium bid started on lap 24 when he swept by Stefan Bradl, and he then immediately launched a thrilling pursuit of Alvaro Bautista in third.
Dovizioso, who was looking for a second podium on home soil in 2012 after finishing third in Mugello back in early July, started the final lap 0.493s behind Bautista.
The Italian quickly slashed that deficit to set up an intriguing final few corners and it looked like he had timed his bid for the podium for perfection when he passed Bautista at the final corner.
Unfortunately he ran wide on the exit and after a photo finish he was awarded fourth position, with Bautista taking third by just 0.003s.
British rider Cal Crutchlow was also in the hunt for a second successive podium after he made a solid start from the front row of the grid.
The 26-year-old was running a comfortable and consistent pace when he crashed at the first corner on lap five. He walked away unhurt but he was unable to continue after his YZR-M1 suffered a bent right handlebar in the spill.
Andrea Dovizioso 4th – 163 points:
“It is a pity to finish so close to the podium in my home race because I really wanted to make the top three for the first time in Misano. It was a difficult race right from the start because I had a problem with the front and could not brake hard and enter the corners like during the practice. That meant I had to change my lines and I was not as fast as I expected and I could not catch Valentino and I could not push. I just had to ride smooth and at the end my feeling improved a bit because I could at least fight for the podium. It is a pity I couldn't take third from Alvaro but I ran wide exiting the final corner. I did my best and the good thing is that despite a difficult race I was still battling for the podium right to the very end. We still scored some very important points for the Championship and hopefully with a better feeling with the bike I can be back on the podium at the Motorland Aragon.”
Cal Crutchlow DNF – 122 points:
“I got a really bad start from the front row and quickly lost a couple of places. Actually it was not that I missed the lights but I released the clutch and nothing happened because the clutch was already out and that was my mistake. Luckily I managed to stay in fifth position but then it was really difficult to pass Andrea. On lap four I could see I was catching him a little but he is a demon on the brakes and I was also having a problem stopping the bike with a full fuel load. I wanted to pass him at the first corner but as soon as I got in the middle of the corner I lost the front. I got a bang on my left leg and thought it might be injured but the feeling came back quickly and I could have got back in the race. But the right handlebar was badly bent so the throttle didn't move. I am disappointed because looking at how the race unfolded I gave up a great chance to be back on the podium. Rossi and Bradl recovered quite a few points on me too today, so I need to get back on track in Aragon to make sure I keep fifth place in the World Champions hip.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:
“It is a pity on two fronts today because Cal's early crash I think definitely cost him the chance of another podium. He clearly had the pace to be in the top three and it is a shame that he fell so early. He had a really strong qualifying to be on the front row again and we were all confident he could repeat his podium from Brno. It is a shame for Andrea also to miss a podium by the narrowest margin. It was a tough race for Andrea with the bike not giving him the feeling he expected, so he did a great job to be in the podium battle right to the end. Unfortunately I think he lost too much time trying to pass Bradl and that didn't give him the time to overtake Bautista. It is very difficult to overtake on a tight track like this but Andrea did his best to give the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team another podium. The photo finish showed a tiny advantage to Alvaro so maybe next time we will come out on top in that situation. I want to congratulate Yamaha and Jorge today also because they scored a very important win for the Championship.”
DETERMINED BRADL TAKES 6th PLACE IN MISANO AFTER A FRONT-FIGHT RACE
Misano, 16th September: LCR rider Stefan Bradl put in a great performance riding his RC213V at San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Gran Prix holding the third place for the majority of the 27-lap race and after the chequered flag the 22-year Bavarian rider celebrated his 100th GP with a final 6th place.
Yesterday’s Bradl’s performance once again proved how much the young German has learned in the first two thirds of his rookie MotoGP season. As fast and smooth as ever, the reigning Moto2 champion was ready to achieve his first premier class podium but struggled a bit with the front towards the last laps and managed to finish 6th after an excellent race.
Stefan: “First of all it was a strange beginning of the race with two starts… after that, since the beginning, I was not fully confident with my front tyre and throughout the race it became worse and worse. Then in the last laps I even felt something wrong in the front but do not know what happened exactly and must check the data with the technicians. Once I arrived at the garage we noticed that I had very low front tyre pressure and we are going to investigate later. In those conditions I was not capable to stop the bike on braking so I was losing the position. It’s very frustarting because we were in a good shape and I could gain my first MotoGP podium but I have to take the positive aspect of the weekend. We are capable to stay up in the pack and we will try our best in Aragon. I want to thank the whole Team because this race was very busy for them and once again they made an excellent job”.
APOLOGIES TO DANI!
It was a difficult weekend for the Pramac Racing Team and Héctor Barberà.
The Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini had started with tricky weather conditions (that hampered all three free practice sessions), and it finished with Héctor’s crash during the first lap.
Getting back on the track after a six-week absence, Héctor was eager to ride his Ducati again, but unfortunately his race finished too early for him to demonstrate his potential.
Héctor lost the front of his bike in one of the first few corners, crashing and taking World Championship contender Dani Pedrosa out as well.
The error was obviously unintentional and Héctor extends his apologies to the rider and his team.
The next round is scheduled in two weeks and it will take place in Aragon, Spain.
Héctor Barberà – Pramac Racing Team Rider – DNF
“It’s a shame. I was impatient to get back on the track, but my adventure finished too early to enjoy myself.
Unfortunately, when I followed Dani’s wheel I lost my braking point and hit the brakes far too late. I tried to slow the bike down, but I lost grip on the front. I’m very disappointed, even more so because I took out Dani in the process and that was the last thing that I wanted to happen. It was my fault that he crashed out and I apologise profusely to him for that.
I also apologise to my team that worked so hard this week.
Now I have to wait another two weeks, but I will be ready for the Spanish round.”
Francesco Guidotti – Pramac Racing Team Manager –
“It’s a shame about the early crash. Héctor really did not mean it. We are sad, in particular because the crash caught up the World Championship contender, Pedrosa. Héctor was trying to gain places but he lost his braking reference and hit the brakes too hard, losing grip and sliding into Dani.
All the Pramac Racing Team apologize to Pedrosa and his crew.”
Abraham did not finish the race after the crash in Misano
The Czech rider Karel Abraham was followed with the bad luck in Sunday´s race in Misano. Technical problems on both bikes caused the heavy crash in the first lap of the race. Problems with the clutch have already occured on the starting grid and the race had to be restarted. The situation repeated again and Abaja finally started to the race with the second bike from the end of the pit lane. The winner of the race was Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo.
Karel Abraham, rider Cardion AB Motoracing
„This is like a really bad dream. It sounds unbeliveable, but we had technical problems on both bikes today. I tried four times to leave the starting grid and the engine turned off four times. We found out the defect of the small ring on the clutch pistol. In the end I had to start to the race with the second bike from the end of the pit lane. After the race start it seemed to me that the bike slides on the left side. I thought it was due to the new tyres. In the half of the first lap the rear break stopped to work properly and than came the highsider and really heavy crash. The problem was with the small screw which holds the brake tube. The oil from it dripped directly on the rare tyre. I must see doctors now as my right leg is aching. Then we´ll decide what to do.“
Marco Grana, chief mechanic Cardion AB Motoracing
„We noticed the small problem with the ring on the clutch pistol on Friday alreday and we replaced it immediately. We did it once more yesterday night just for safety reasons, so we didn´t realised the problems on the starting grid could be caused by this defect. On the second bike was the problem with the small screw on the rear brake. It was pulled out little bit and the oil dripped directly on the tyre. I can´t believe that something like that could happened to us, because the warm up session was perfect this morning and both bikes were absolutely ok. We are happy that our rider is more or less ok and he can even walk after the horrible crash. Now we must try to concentrate and get ready for the next race in Spain.“
Lorenzo leads from start to finish for Misano victory
Round 13: San Marino and Rimini Grand Prix – Race
Misano, Sunday 16 September 2012
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 25-25°C; Track 35-35°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo scored a dominant victory in a dramatic San Marino and Rimini Grand Prix today ahead of Ducati’s Valentino Rossi and San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.
The start of the race was interrupted, resulting in the race having to be restarted and reduced in distance by one lap. A technical problem for Dani Pedrosa meant he had to restart from the back of the grid and the Repsol Honda rider suffered further bad luck after being involved in an incident on the first lap that saw him crash out of the race. With his main rival out of the contest, Lorenzo took control at the front of the field and eventually won the race by 4.398 seconds from Rossi in second place, while Bautista claimed third by a meagre 0.003 seconds over the fast-finishing Andrea Dovizioso on the Monster Yamaha Tech3 M1. Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet was the top placed CRT rider in ninth place.
Weather conditions for the race were fine and warm with a peak track temperature of 35°C and as was the case in qualifying yesterday, the combination of the softer rear and harder front slicks was the preferred tyre choice for the race, with every rider on the grid utilising this arrangement.
Lorenzo’s sixth win of the season coupled with Pedrosa’s DNF sees his championship lead swell to thirty-eight points. Pedrosa remains in second place in the championship table ahead of teammate Casey Stoner who is still recovering from injury.
Kyota Futami – General Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“Congratulations to Jorge and Yamaha for their dominant win today, but all three riders that made the podium today put in brilliant performances. It was great for the Italian fans to see Valentino achieve his best result in dry conditions on the Ducati, and Alvaro’s first MotoGP podium was also a fitting tribute for the San Carlo Honda Gresini team at a circuit that was renamed to honour Marco Simoncelli. It was pleasing to have such a memorable race to commemorate Bridgestone sharing in its one-hundredth MotoGP victory and I’d like to thank the all the teams and riders, Dorna, IRTA and the FIM, and of course the legions of MotoGP fans, for all the support they’ve given Bridgestone since we joined the premier class of Grand Prix racing in 2002.”
Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Track conditions today were at the best level of the entire race weekend as there was no overnight rain and the ambient temperatures were higher than yesterday. Every rider on the grid selected the same tyre combination of the softer rear slick paired with the harder front, which was not surprising as this was widely used in yesterday’s qualifying session which took place in similar weather conditions. Overall, tyre performance for the race was positive as the softer rear provided consistent grip levels over the race for both the works and CRT bikes and worked well in conjunction with the harder front option.”
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing – Race winner
“Well to be honest we’ve been really lucky today as without the problem with the lights at the beginning of the race, maybe Dani wouldn’t have crashed. I almost crashed myself in the first corner on the third lap, but somehow I saved it and after that it was hard to keep concentration as I saw Valentino was quite fast in the middle of the race. This was an important race to win and it was a fantastic result for the championship.”
DE PUNIET COMES BACK AFTER RUNNING OFF TRACK AND COMES OUT ON TOP OF THE CRT RIDERS
The POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider produced a stunning comeback and returns to the head of the CRT ranking, knocking his teammate off the top after Aleix Espargaró suffered a technical problem
Today at Misano a problem for Karel Abraham delayed the start of the MotoGP race, with a yellow flag waved in order to avoid any safety issues. As nerves spread down the start/finish straight Dani Pedrosa also experienced a problem and had to pull away, meaning he was then relegated to the back of the grid for the restarted race. His title rival Jorge Lorenzo made the most of the situation and pulled away at the front from the beginning. That was not the end of the drama though as shortly after the end of the first lap Hector Barberá took Pedrosa out of the equation. The Spanish pair were not the only ones to crash out, in a race which saw just 15 riders reach the finishing line. Indeed the contest produced several crashes and proceedings were dominated by Lorenzo as the balance of the World Championship shifted in his favour, whilst there was a welcome second placed finish for Valentino Rossi in his home GP. Rossi beat Alvaro Bautista in a photo finish on the line on what was anything but an average Sunday.
For POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar both riders could have had better luck when they both truly deserved to be at the front of the CRT battle. De Puniet was impeded from the first lap after receiving a blow from another rider, but he was soon back in the thick of it, chasing down his teammate Aleix, catching up with him by lap six. After following his colleague's moves for ten laps De Puniet made his decision to overtake, but Aleix countered the Frenchman and fought back. It looked as though the pair would fight for CRT supremacy in the final stages, but with four laps to go the Catalan rider was forced out with a technical issue, leaving De Puniet to cross the line on his own, in ninth place. In gaining seven more points De Puniet takes the lead in the CRT standings, three points ahead of Espargaró.
Randy De Puniet 9th: "I am happy, because when Héctor touched me just after the back straight I was lucky not to crash. I lost a lot of places and I was nearly at the back of the group. I needed to force things in order to regain ground. I reached Aleix and stuck with him for seven laps. I didn't really feel very comfortable, because after running off track I noticed that the bike was locking up at the front on all the right handers. I decided to wait to pass my teammate. At the end of the race he unfortunately had a mechanical issue and was unable to continue, so I'm sorry for him. We were able to complete the race, took a lot of points and are back in front in the CRT standings".
Aleix Espargaró (retired - DNF): "It was a real shame to have the problem as I'd got away well. It was tough to get into race pace in the early stages but lap by lap I was getting more comfortable. Today I was quicker than I had been earlier in the weekend and once my teammate caught me I was able to fight properly with him. Once he overtook me I was riding smoothly and waiting to attack but with seven laps to go I noticed an engine fault and four laps from the end I had to stop on the final straight. If I had not had that problem I would still be provisional CRT leader, but now is not the time to worry about that. There are five race to go and we need to keep fighting."
PASINI CRASHES OUT ON THE SECOND LAP IN THE MISANO GRAND PRIX
The thirteenth Grand Prix of the 2012 season for the MotoGP class ended today at the circuit of Misano Adriatico.
In the warm up of this morning, Pasini tried out a different option for the set-up of his ART machine, which wasn’t used in the race.
Mattia started from the sixth row, and thanks to a good move he got up to the tenth spot in the first lap. However, he crashed out on the second lap and that forced him to end his race in advance, without achieving any point in his home Grand Prix.
The Italian holds 13 points, and he’s nineteenth in the Championship Classification for the MotoGP class.
Mattia Pasini #54 - crashed out
“This was an unlucky Sunday. We had a good potential, our setting was well-thought and we were confident we could move up a few positions in the race. We had an hectic moment with the first start, but once things were rearranged I managed to move up to the tenth placement and we were top CRT. The bike was working well, but on the second lap I crashed out: we could have had a good race, but we now have to wait for the next occasion to make up for this.”
PETRUCCI GETS FIRST IODA-SUTER BMW POINTS
The sun shines over the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the race day of the San Marino Grand Prix. The great pubblic has seen three wounderful races with two starts for the Moto2 and MotoGP class.
Danilo Petrucci, finishing the race in 14th position, has got the first constructor points for the new IODA-SUTER BMW. The Came Iodaracing Team rider, after a good start, began to fight for points and for the CRT podium. Unfortunately a problem to the quick shift, during the fifth lap, and then to the clutch forced Danilo to slow his pace and to ride in very difficult conditions, but it didn’t denied to him to finish the race getting two points in the championship.
A chash at six laps to the end closed Simone Corsi’s race. Restarted from the 19th place in the second race, the Came Iodaracing Team rider began to force the pace to get some position, but at six laps to the end he has lost the front of his FTR crashing and hurting Takahashi.
In Moto3 class Luigi Morciano, started from the pit lane for a problem to the engine of his bike during the warm up, did a great race finishing in 21st position. Armando Pontone finished his race during the fourth lap at Carro 1 corner where other riders hurted him when he was fighting in the points group.
"I know that it could be an hard race because we did just one practice on the dry with a brand new bike – Petrucci said – but my team find the right way to set up the bike. Unfortunately from the fifth lap I had a problem to the quick shift and then to the clutch, but I finished the race because this two points are very important for the next race in Aragon that is a track that I like very much”.
"I’m very disappointed – Corsi declared – I pushed hard to get many positions as possible but I’ve lost the front of my bike and I crashed. I’m sorry for Takahashi for having stopped also his race”.
"I was doing a good race – Pontone said – but other riders hurted me during the third lap when I was fighting for points. My feeling with the TR002 is growing up and this is good for the end of this season”.
"We was forced to change the engine of my bike for a problem during the warm up – Morciano declared - and so I had to start from the pit lane. I did a good pace from the begining and I heve got many positions”.