Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's spectacular races at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Rins places sixth whilst Viñales is forced to retire on formation lap
Maverick Viñales pulls in with mechanical problem on formation lap and drops to third in the overall Moto3 standings. Miguel Oliveira finishes eighth and Álex Márquez fifteenth.
It was a day forget for Repsol rider Maverick Viñales. The young Spanish rider had an engine issue on the formation lap of the Aragon GP, just moments before the start of the race. This latest DNF takes him further away from the Moto3 title, dropping him down to third overall behind compatriot and race winner Luis Salom. Maverick is now 66 points off the leadership, with frontrunner Sandro Cortese finishing second today.
Two riders who were in with a chance of a win were Miguel Oliveira and Alex Rins. Both were in fighting mood throughout the race, with Rins even leading the contest at one point. However, every attempt to break away by the Repsol riders was held back by the mechanical superiority of the KTM machines. Finally, the duo were split from the pack, with Rins sixth and Oliveira eighth.
Álex Márquez also had a good showing in Aragón, taking fifteenth place and fighting against Nikolas Ajo for the duration of the contest.
8th at 1.972 sec.
“It was a very fun race. The track temperature affected our tyre wear, although we knew that the race was not going to be easy. The most important thing is that we placed very close to the lead pack, despite lacking power —above all on the straight, which is where we suffered the most. The first part of the race was positive and I end the weekend happy. Now we go to Japan, which is a completely new track for me and gives us a lot of work ahead."
6th at 1.765 sec.
“I was left behind a little at the start, but we recovered positions progressively on the opening laps. I gave my all, although it is evident that a lack of power affected our end result. However, we should be happy with the job that we did. I want to thank the entire team and everyone who supports me. It was a nice race and it gives us strength and motivation ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix."
15th at 15.041 sec.
“We started from rather far back and nobody knew what pace the other riders would have. When we took off the pace was very fast, which meant that there weren’t so many battles because of how quick everyone was individually. We have to improve in qualifying, because the lead group always have that 1.5 seconds at the start of the race that is difficult to claw back later. Salíamos de bastante atrás y nadie sabía el ritmo que tendría cada piloto. We gained four places in the race, but in the end the rear tyre was shot. We hope for better in Japan and want to latch on to the lead group."
JONAS FOLGER ON THE PODIUM AGAIN AFTER TOUGH BATTLE
MAPFRE Aspar rider ups performance and pace to take third rostrum from four races. Teammate Luca Amato places twentieth in World Championship debut
The best track conditions of the weekend greated the Moto3 riders on race day: Sun, warm temperatures, clear skies and a light breeze for the Aragón GP. The race itself began with one less participant than expected, as Maverick Viñales experienced a mechanical issue on the formation lap and was forced out of action. The battle was fierce once the lights went out, with six lead changes over the duration and no clear dominant force. The fastest lap of the race, set by Danny Kent (2.01.351), was four tenths of a second quicker than yesterday's pole (Jonas Folger, 2.01.715). Five riders were in with a chance of victory on the final lap, with Luis Salom taking it ahead of Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger.
MAPFRE Aspar Team rider Jonas Folger had a point to prove after missing out in the podium fight two weeks ago at Misano, just a second off the win. Today in Aragón he was once again in with a shout. Taking off from pole, the German took the lead at the start of the contest, although he was to lose the position and contact with the top group after a mistake under braking. His tenacity put him back in the fight on lap fourteen. After passing Cortese, the series leader took him back on the straight, with Folger coming home in third. This is his third podium from four races with the MAPFRE Aspar Team.
Teammate Luca Amato had a happy conclusión to his first Moto3 World Championship race. He stayed upright and kept his cool to place 20th.
3rd Jonas Folger: "When I saw that I had made a good start, I tried to push hard to escape. However, it wasn't possible. An enormous lead group was formed and you couldn't lose focus for a second. I made some mistakes braking and I lost touch with the leaders at one point. Luckily I was able to maintain concentration and join back up with them. It was a very tough race, but I was expecting that. I was able to pass Sandro at the end and slot into second, but he got me back on the straight. Third place is positive, because we are back on the podium. The most important thing is the great job that the team are doing, which is making us more competitive with every session. I want to thank the MAPFRE Aspar Team and Kalex for all their efforts."
20th Luca Amato: "The race went well, despite our feeling with the bike not being perfect. It is clear that everything is new for me and I need more races to get used to this bike. The Kalex/KTM is very different to the bike that I usually ride in the CEV. I placed twentieth, had a few problems with stability on the chicanes but had an engine that worked perfectly -it was very fast. I am very happy with this opportunity and to have finished my first World Championship race. I want to thank the sponsors and the team for this chance and I hope to continue learning in the next few races."
Márquez adds 20 points to title tally
Repsol rider wins out in intense duel with Iannone and takes second at Aragón GP.
Marc Márquez had a spectacular race at Aragón in which he battled with Andrea Iannone for second place —a fight which allowed Pol Espargaró to take victory. The Repsol rider emerged victorious in the fight and picked up a valuable 20 points for his title challenge. He currently leads the way in Moto2 with 258 points, 48 ahead of second-placed Pol Espargaró.
After a wet weekend, good weather finally arrived at MotorLand Aragón on race day. Temperatures of 17 degrees —22 on track— greeted the Moto2 riders for a dry GP. Marc Márquez was starting from seventh, but on the opening corners he was able to move up to catch the lead group. The Spaniard slotted into third behind compatriot Pol Espargaró, swiftly passing him. The Repsol rider was 481 tenths behind race leader Simone Corsi at that point, but by the sixth lap he had assumed the lead.
However, Márquez was unable to establish a significant gap and was caught by Iannone and Espargaró with seven laps to go. Rather than settling for third, the series leader engaged in battle with the duo in a spectacular finale. Espargaró made his escape, leaving Iannone as Márquez’s rival for second place. Scott Redding snuck up the order to catch them before the end, but the race concluded with Espargaró first, Márquez 1.477 seconds back in second place and Redding third.
Marc Márquez continues to lead the way in Moto2 with 258 points to his name —48 more tan nearest rival Pol Espargaró.
2nd at 1.447 sec.
“I am happy. Today we had a lot of fun and you can’t always win. On the final six laps, in which everyone —me included— were waiting to attack, Iannone and Espargaró got past me. Later, Redding did the same. I lost touch a little, but even then I think that I had some strong final laps. Pol had a great race; he was able to overtake and escape when Andrea lost time, but in the end the important thing is that he only took five points from me.
We have four races remaining and we have to think about the championship. I don’t know if I would have caught Pol, but when Andrea and I stopped holding one another up, it was already too late. We had just one lap to go and it was too risky to try and catch Pol. These 20 points are very important for the title fight."
IANNONE MISSES OUT ON PODIUM FINISH IN THE RACE OF ARAGÓN, TOUGH DAY FOR ANDREOZZI
The Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón came to an end after today’s race, the thirteenth round of the season for the middle class.
In today’s warm up, Iannone and his crew worked on some details of the setting for dry conditions, as Andrea confirmed to be among the fastest riders on track. Starting from the first row, the Italian had a great beginning of the race, taking part straight away to the fight for the podium. After trying to save up tyres for the second part of the race, Andrea began to attack, making some breath-taking overtaking manoeuvres with Marquez and showing his perseverance. The rider from Vasto ended with a great fourth position, missing out on the podium just few turns away from the chequered flag. With thirteen points achieved today, Iannone moves up to a total of 178 (third position in the General Classification).
Andreozzi didn’t really have a chance to take full advantage of the warm up session, because of a crash. Alessandro began his race from the rear part of the grid: after moving up a few spots in the first laps, the Italian had to deal with a problem with the front, which prevented him from putting together better lap times.
Andrea Iannone #29 - 4th
“If we look into this race from the show perspective, it was really entertaining. I had a lot of fun, the battle with Marquez was definitely intense. On the other hand, I can’t say I’m happy with the final result, I’m sorry for how the race ended, I was hoping to step on the podium at least. I did my best and I believe I proved I tried in any way I could. We are working to be more competitive, my crew is trying to solve some grip and chattering problems and we are not willing to give in. I’d like to thank my crew, the team, anyone who works for me and all the people that give me the chance to be here and to fight for good results.”
Alessandro Andreozzi #22 - 31st
“The start worked out quite well, but already on the second lap I started having some problems because of a vibration from the front and I couldn’t come back. It’s a shame to finish in this way the weekend, but it’s part of racing and we’ll try to learn from today.”
Another victory for Luis Salom
Luis Salom has won his second race of this season. The RW Racing GP rider was the smartest of the leading group contending for victory in the GP of Aragon. The Spaniard saved his energy and attacked in the final stage of the race. He beat Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger on the finish line.
His victory brought Salom to the second place in the championship, after Maverick Viñales suffered an engine failure in the sighting lap before the start of the race. With his main rival out of the race it was a matter of keeping calm, stay in the leading group and get as much points as possible.
It was a bit of a messy race with a big leading group and a new leader twice a lap. With only three laps to go there were still six or seven riders together of which each one was able to win the race. In the penultimate lap Salom decided it was time to tear the group apart and break away. He put the hammer down and managed to open up a small gap, but lost his advantage when he ran wide. Championship leader Cortese passed Salom and tried the same: to get away. Salom obviously was not satisfied with second and could overtake Cortese again with half a lap to go. He did not give away this advantage anymore.
Team owner Roelof Waninge was on the podium to collect the team trophy.
Salom is now second in the championship, 51 points behind Cortese. There are still four races to go and 100 points to gain. Saloms team mate at RW Racing GP, Brad Binder, did an excellent job starting from the far end of the grid and finishing sixteenth. Unfortunately Binder finished just outside of the points. Binder had a disastrous qualifying with only one decent lap that left him in 32nd on the grid. After a difficult start the South African was able to battle himself up.
Luis Salom (1st): "It was a difficult race with many people involved in the front. Everybody was holding up one another and it was going relatively slow. That was good for me actually because I was in a lot of pain after two nasty crashes: one in FP3 and the other one in the warm-up this morning. My team did a very good job. They had a lot of work to fix the damage from the crash and my bike was ready only ten minutes before we had to go the grid. It was pretty hectic. Anyway, I could stay calm and save my strength until the end. My collarbone really hurts. I have to go to the doctor in Mallorca to examine it again.’’
Brad Binder (16th): "I think I had a good race. I had a pretty good start but I missed a braking point that cost me a lot of time. I had to start overtaking all over again. My pace was good, the bike felt good. Without that mistake I could have been 13th or 14th, at least grab some points. Well, let’s just hope next race will be better.’’
Team manager Johan Stigefelt: "Two wins and two seconds places in four races is excellent. Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves in the arm to make sure we are not dreaming. Luis damaged the bike in his crash in the warm-up. We had a problem with the brakes and it was pretty hectic between the warm-up and the race. The team has worked very hard to get it back together in time. We worked well together with Kalex and KTM for this result. Not just for Luis, also for Brad who had some technical problems this weekend that prevented him from a better result. He has shown he has the pace and the mentality. Brad did a good job.’’
MotoGP Moto3 - Team Italia seizes 12th place with Tonucci, Fenati is forced to retire
Tonucci (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#19) raced with a constant, competitive pace after having solved his issues during the warm-up session. Starting from 14th position, he climbed back steadily until reaching the Top 10, and was not far from the leading group with a few laps to go. While fighting against Antonelli, Sissis and Kornfeil, the Italian seized 12th place, 3 seconds behind winner Salom
Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) was struck by bad luck. After a strong start to the race, he stayed with the leading group with the objective to strike his attack toward the end and fight for the podium. During lap 9, however, he was stopped by a technical problem. He still managed to keep his fourth position in the standings and leadership among rookies ahead of Rins.
Alessandro Tonucci (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#19) 12th, + 3"067
"During warm-up we finally capitalized the work done with the team and found positive solutions. I didn't start well, but climbed back to the front. I made a small mistake with two laps to go, and lost the chance to fight for the Top 10. Still, I'm satisfied, and this result makes me hopeful ahead of the Asian and Australian races. We can do better!"
Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) retired
"I started well. It was a close race, and a big group was fighting for the podium. Unfortunately a technical issue forced me to retire. As Valentino said in 2010, "I hoped nobody would win" as I watching the race from the pits. Anyway, these things happen. I'm very motivated ahead of Japan, where I want to redeem myself on a track that I don't know but is home to Honda, a bike which I'm proud to race with."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"Tonucci proved his talent and has the right qualities to grow further. I'm happy for his race. Fenati was penalized by a technical problems, but he was fighting at the front and could have won, which is important. The next few races will show what the riders have learned so far, and hopefully bring more positive results."
Smith close to podium in nail-biting Aragon Moto2 race
Tech 3 Racing Team rider Bradley Smith fought for the podium right to the chequered flag in a pulsating Moto2 race in sunny but cool conditions at the Motorland Aragon track in Spain this afternoon.
Starting from the third row of the grid, the 21-year-old got his customary fast start and immediately put himself firmly in early contention for his first podium finish of the season when he surged into fifth.
Smith wasted no time in picking up another place on lap two with a sweeping move by Claudio Corti that put him fourth.
As the frantic early pace picked up, Smith lost vital ground and briefly slipped back to ninth, but the podium was always within in his sights and a brilliant charge back into the top six started on lap 10 when he moved by former Tech 3 Racing teammate Mike di Meglio.Smith's prowess for being super fast on worn tyres came to the fore again and he surged back into fifth on the penultimate lap after an epic fight with Johann Zarco.
As the race reached a nail-biting climax the British rider produced a determined effort to try and secure his first rostrum of the 2012 Moto2 World Championship.
He piled the pressure on compatriot Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone but despite a valiant effort, he took fifth but was less than 0.5s away from third position at the conclusion to an enthralling 21-lap race.
Xavier Simeon's hopes of capitalising on his top 15 qualifying position were ended on only the third lap when the Belgian rider fell out of contention from 14th position.
Bradley Smith 5th – 96 points :
“First of all I want to congratulate Scott on his podium because he definitely earned it. I put him under a lot of pressure but he didn't buckle and it was a fantastic battle. It was hard but fair all the time and I really had a lot fun battling with him. It was an incredible race and very tough but very enjoyable at the same time. So much happened it is difficult to know where to start but I got a good start and that was crucial because it meant I was pretty much in contention for the podium for the whole race. Despite the lack of dry track time this weekend the Tech 3 Racing Team put a great bike underneath me but I was de finitely missing some top speed. I was having to push a lot on the brakes to make up places but I'd lose out on the straight and it made it hard work. But I still want to say a huge thanks to the Tech 3 Racing Team because we've done a great job and to be so close to the podium again is a fantastic result. Now I hope we can continue this level of performance in the final four races and maybe even get a podium, which would be a great reward for everybody's hard work and dedication.”
Xavier Simeon DNF – 17 points :
“The race started well and I felt really comfortable and wanted to stay calm during the first few laps as a lot of riders were battling quite hard. After a few laps Kallio made a mistake just before the straight and I lost some time. Simon, Torres, Pons and Aegerter all passed me on the straight and I lost six places in just five seconds. Then I was behind Aegerter and he braked incredibly early entering Turn 3 and I tried everything to avoid him but I couldn't manage it and crashed. I feel so sorry and unhappy for the Tech 3 Racing Team. My crew did a really good job all weekend again and they really deserved a decent result.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager :
“What an amazing race that was and I think with any doubt it was one of the best of the year. Fortunately for the Tech 3 Racing Team Bradley was right in the heart of the battle with the front group and he did a fantastic job. Like always he had a great start and being fifth out of the first corner put him in a great position to fight for the podium. He capitalised on that start though and although he dropped back a little bit, he never let the top three out of his sight. The final l aps were incredibly exciting and we were really willing Bradley to try and score his first podium of the season. He couldn't have tried any harder and I am proud of the way he fought right from the first corner to the last. Hopefully we can build on this strong result to finish the season in really positive fashion. It is a big pity for Xavier again because we all knew he wanted to finish this race with a decent result and make up for some of the recent disappointing races where he has not finished. Unfortunately though he has made a mistake and that has cost him a certain top 15 finish, so it is a big shame for him and his crew. Hopefully he can recover his confidence and come out strong again in Japan.”
JORDI TORRES TAKES BEST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT TO DATE WITH EIGHTH PLACE
MAPFRE Aspar rider overcomes frantic opening laps to fight back to eighth. Teammate Nico Terol places thirteenth
The Moto2 class had a hard act to follow after the Moto3 show, but the intermediate class riders were up to the task. The lead group broke away quickly, with Simone Corsi fastest out of the blocks from pole. Espargaró, Márquez and Iannone followed him closely and tried to reel in the Italian, with Smith, Zarco and Redding arriving later. With seven laps to go, Espargaró broke away from the fight with Iannone and Márquez to take the win, with Iannone losing out to Redding for third.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jordi Torres had a great race to take his best result of the sixteen Grands Prix in which he has participated to date. The Spaniard took off from fifth on the grid after a strong qualifying performance, but had a few early difficulties when crowded in by the riders around him. He had problems finding his pace and dropped down to sixteenth, but picked things up from lap seven onwards to make back places. He eventually crossed the line eighth, full of happiness and ready to do even better in Japan.
Teammate Nico Terol continued to develop in Moto2. He had trouble finding his pace in the early stages, but was able to fight back to thirteenth.
8th Jordi Torres: "The aim for today was to continue learning the class and to enjoy the race. I am very satisfied, because this weekend we took a big step forward which took me to eighth. On the opening laps I was unable to defend my position very well, as I still don't know the limits of the Dunlop tyres. I was then capable of putting down a fast pace and increasing it with every lap. My handicap was not going as fast on the first few laps. The mechanics worked to perfection once again this weekend and put a lot of graft in. The bike was fantastic and perfectly adapted to my riding style. I am still lacking a little bit of experience with these tyres and I still need to learn how to make a fast getaway, as well as how to set off with a fast pace. That penalized me today and I hope to improve this for Japan."
13th Nico Terol: "On the opening laps I was a little off. I didn't feel as comfortable as I would have liked. Despite that, I am happy with my race pace. Luthi overtook me and I should have responded, as it became the key to the race. I was boxed in and the group behind me caught up, riding a tenth or so faster and leaving me behind. I am satisfied with how I maintained my high pace from the midway point on, and I am convinced that if I can be more active on the opening laps I can soon be a leading rider. I have to adapt to circumstances and learn how to pass people back wherever I am. Riding like the frontrunners from halfway through the race onwards is no use, because they escape at the start. I have to improve this. I leave Aragón very happy, because we took a big step forward in terms of pace. I hope that this continues in Japan."
TOP TEN FOR NICCOLO AT ARAGON
It could have finished better for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini Moto3 rider Niccolò Antonelli at Aragon today but in the end tenth place is a positive finish and further proof that the Italian youngster has the potential to be a consistent frontrunner at World Championship level.
Niccolò Antonelli (10th) “Today the chassis set-up of the bike was perfect and the feeling I had allowed me to stick with the front group in the early stages. We are perhaps a little down on acceleration so if we can work on this aspect we can be even more competitive because I think I showed today I can race with these guys.”
Fausto Gresini “I think it was a positive race and result for Niccolò and definitely better than Misano. We are seeing progress that he will benefit from in the future. Today was an improvement from practice and that means that the team and Niccolò are working in the right way. Obviously there is still room for further improvement and everybody has their part to play in that.”
SIGNS FOR A RECOVERY FROM WILAIROT AT ARAGON
Finishing a race outside the points is usually a disappointment but for Rattapark Wilairot today the main aim was to make it unscathed to the end of the race and rebuild his confidence after a crash-strewn couple of weeks in the Moto2 World Championship. The Thai rider crossed the line in 25° place at Aragon and now has more faith in himself and his machine as the series makes the long trip to the next round in Japan.
Ratthapark Wilairot (25) “Obviously I am not happy with this result and I want to apologise to the team because as usual they have given their best to put me in the best possible position to do a good job. The positive side is that compared to practice I had more confidence in the bike today and that gives me hope for the remainder of the season. ”
Fausto Gresini “It is not a result to jump around about but listening to Feem it sounds like his feeling with the bike is coming back after a particularly difficult weekend here in Aragon so we can all head to the flyaway races with more confidence now.”
Making up places at Aragon
Brad Binder certainly had nothing to lose today, after qualifying third from the back due to a technical problem that prevented him from taking part in the QP session. This disappointment followed three brilliant free practice sessions that saw him consistently in the top 10 for all three sessions. However, with his usual grit and determination, Brad didn’t give up and managed to make up 16 places to end 16th – just outside the points.
Brad had a good start that brought him from 32nd to 24th, but made a mistake at turn 12 that caused him to lose all the positions he had just gained. His lap times were much faster than the other riders in front of him, so Brad soon caught up with the group and started battling it out for a better position. In the end he won the fight and finished, once again just outside the points, but this time a 16th place after making up, first 8 positions and then 14 positions,which is no small feat!
The 17 year old South African showed everyone his skills today, jumping from the 11th row of the grid into the top 20 without having even ridden a session in dry conditions and being at Aragon for the very first time.
Now Bradical is ready for the next 3 overseas races, which will keep him busy during the whole month of October.
Brad Binder: "Considering the position I started the race from, a 16th place isn't bad! If I didn't make a silly mistake at turn 12 I probably could have done better, but I won the battle in my group so I'm happy about that. I'm ready to go overseas now, and I must say I'm amped, and I can't wait to get back on my KALEX-KTM. We've had many problems this season, and certainly Lady Luck hasn't really been on my side so far, but I'm not giving up. Congratulations to my team mate Luis Salom, he's had a very difficult weekend but he also never gives up and he totally deserves this victory! It was so good to have my dad and my brother at Aragon this weekend. Good luck to my brother for Red Bull Moto GP Rookies Selection, I would love to have him in the Paddock with me next year."
Team manager Johan Stigefelt: “Two wins and two seconds places in four races is excellent. Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves in the arm to make sure we are not dreaming. Luis damaged the bike in his crash in the warm-up. We had a problem with the brakes and it was pretty hectic between the warm-up and the race. The team has worked very hard to get it back together in time. We worked well together with Kalex and KTM for this result. Not just for Luis, also for Brad who had some technical problems this weekend that prevented him from a better result. He has shown he has the pace and the mentality. Brad did a good job.’’
GINO REA OUT OF THE POINTS AT ARAGON
Gino Rea was one of the few people at Aragon who was sorry to see the sun shining this morning, having shown great form in wet practice here all weekend only to suffer problems in the dry conditions. Chatter issues today seriously hindered the British rider's progress and after spending much of the weekend at the top of the timesheets he was unable to even make the points this afternoon.
Gino Rea (22nd) “I finished the race in the same position I started from and I'm not happy with that. Unfortunately I really struggled with the same old chatter problems and I couldn't ride the bike like I wanted. I'm disappointed because after seeing our pace in the wet here at Aragon I thought we could come away with a result.”
Fausto Gresini “Gino is so strong in the wet, up there with the very best, but when the track is dry he just can't find the same level of competitiveness. The technicians will analyse the chatter problem and, if it exists, try to solve it in the next races.”
Redding secures his fourth podium of the season at Aragon
Aragon, Spain - 30 September 2012: Scott Redding took his fourth podium finish of the 2012 season with an impressive third place in today's Moto2 race at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain. Mika Kallio finished 16th after struggling throughout the race with a lack of grip.
Redding qualified ninth fastest in the difficult conditions yesterday, but got a good start and made up places in the first two turns to complete the first lap in sixth position. The 19-year-old Briton was able to match the lap times of the front runners in the early stages of the race, before upping the pace at the halfway point, moving his way through the field and eventually getting involved with the battle for second place being waged by Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone.
There was no quarter given or asked by the three riders as they fought for supremacy on track, with hard moves the norm rather than the exception. After an intense battle with Marquez, who eventually escaped to secure second place, Redding set his sights firmly on Iannone and the final podium position. With both riders on the limit, and evenly matched in terms of lap times, it took a brave move from Redding in the Aragon Corkscrew to secure third position and his fourth podium finish of the season so far.
Kallio had high hopes of a top five finish at Aragon, but realised almost from the start that today would be a battle with the bike rather than with his rivals. The 29-year-old Finn struggled with a lack of grip in the cold conditions yesterday and, while most riders found more available grip with today's higher track temperature, the same wasn't true of Kallio. The Marc VDS rider pushed to the limit throughout the 21-lap race, but was unable to match the lap times of the leading group and had dropped back to 16th position at the chequered flag.
Scott Redding #45: 3rd Position
"It's been a tough weekend, both with the weather and my right wrist. The wrist wasn't causing me problems on the bike, but it was causing a lot of pain. I opted to go with painkillers for the race and I'm glad I did, but every lap was so busy I probably wouldn't have even noticed the pain anyway. The battle with Marquez was a good one. I managed to pass him a couple of times only for him to pass me back on the straight. I didn't want to slow us both down by continually passing him in the corners, as I wanted to catch Iannone, which we eventually did. Marquez managed to pull a gap, but Iannone couldn't get away and I eventually managed to pass him for third with a bit of a risky move at the corkscrew. It's a great result and I'd like to say a big thank you to the team and the guys in the Clinica Mobile for making it possible."
Mika Kallio #36: 16th Position
"What can I say, this result was not what we were hoping for or expecting. Actually I'm not sure what happened during the race. We saw yesterday in the dry qualifying session that I was struggling for grip and I had the same problem today. The track conditions were better for the race but while others were able to find more grip, I was having the same issues as yesterday. It felt like I was on the limit and every time I tried to push it was like hitting a wall. I tried to be more aggressive then less aggressive, but it made no difference. I was off the pace and losing places with every lap without being able to do a thing about it, which was incredibly frustrating. We need to find out what the problem was, so we can ensure we don't have similar issues in the future."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"Scott was impressive here at Aragon. He's played down the impact of his recent surgery all weekend, but he's had to deal with a lot of pain on the bike and that's especially true of today's race. He rode a very clever race today, conserving his strength in the early laps and then taking the fight to Marquez and Iannone in the closing stages. He had the beating of both today, but he just couldn't compensate for the ground lost to Marquez on the back straight. His move on Iannone was a risky one, but it showed just how much confidence he has in the bike and in himself. It was a great result for Scott in difficult circumstances. Mika is obviously disappointed to finish outside the points today, as he expected to be fighting for at least a top five finish. Why he should have grip issues when others didn't is not clear at this time, but we are working to identify the problem so we can find a solution ahead of Motegi."