Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's Czech Grand Prix at Brno:
First Moto2 win for Kallio at Brno
Brno, Czech Republic - 25 August 2013: Mika Kallio stood on the top step of the Moto2 podium for the first time at Brno, after taking a hard fought win in today's Czech Republic Grand Prix. Scott Redding rode to a creditable eighth place, limiting his losses in battle for the championship, after struggling with set-up issues all weekend.
Fast in every session this weekend at Brno, Kallio was involved in a race long battle at the front with Tom Lüthi, Nico Terol and Takaaki Nakagami. The race leader changed on almost every lap but, with just two laps to go, Kallio forced his way to the front. The 30-year-old Finn then posted his fastest lap of the race to pull away from his pursuers, taking the chequered flag and the race win by 0.5s from Nakagami.
Kallio has been on the podium twice already this season, at Austin and Le Mans, but today's race win is his first in five years, his last victory coming in the British 250cc Grand Prix at Donington Park back in 2008.
The set-up issues that have hampered Redding all weekend caused the 20-year-old Briton further problems in today's 20-lap Moto2 race. Initially the bike worked well following changes to the set-up made after warm up. Redding was running as high as fifth, and battling with Pol Espargaro, before the chatter returned as the tyres went off at half race distance.
Redding still looked set for a top six finish, until Johann Zarco hit him from behind, forcing them both off track. The off track excursion meant that both riders lost contact with the group ahead, with Redding eventually finishing eighth, after holding off a challenge from Simone Corsi late in the race.
With Espargaro finishing fourth at Brno today, Redding's advantage at the top of the Moto2 Championship standings was reduced by five points to 21.
Mika Kallio #36: First
"My last win was five years ago at Donington, so this has been a long time coming. It's hard to explain how it feels to win again. Even if I don't show it on the outside, on the inside it was a great feeling, especially on the last lap when I knew I could win. It was a hard race, but I knew if I could get to the front and then make no mistakes in the last two laps then the win was on, so that's what I did. Exiting the last corner I could see the chequered flag and I thought; 'I've done it'. It was such a great feeling. The team has worked hard all season, everything came together for us this weekend and the race went exactly to plan. It doesn't get much better than that."
Scott Redding #45: Eighth
"After struggling with set-up even into warm up, we made some changes ahead of the race that improved things slightly. It was enough to allow me to catch Espargaro, eventually passing him for fifth, but then the problems started. As the tyres went off and the fuel load reduced the chatter returned and it started to get difficult. I still think sixth was a possibility, but then Zarco slammed into my knee and forced us both off track, which meant we lost contact with the group ahead. I managed to hold on to eighth, which means I lost a little of my advantage over Espargaro in the championship, but I'm happy enough that I limited the loss to just five points. Now we go to Silverstone, my home race, to see what we can do there in front of the British fans."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"From the first practice session on Friday, we knew Mika could win here in Brno this weekend. After qualifying and warm up we were even more convinced and, this afternoon, he proved us right. It was a great ride by Mika and not an easy race to win. Nakagami, Lüthi and Terol pushed him hard, but he stuck to the plan, played to his strengths and took his first Moto2 win. Now he's won once, I'm confident we'll see him winning again before the season is done. To have two riders in the team that can win races has always been our goal, and with Mika we've achieved that today. Scott has struggled to find a good set-up on the bike all weekend, but he never gave up. He raced on settings we hadn't tried previously, which made a small improvement, but it was down to him alone that he limited his championship losses to just five points today. A good job in difficult circumstances."
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Kent ends positive weekend with brilliant points finish
A determined ride to 12th position in today’s Czech Republic Moto2 race ensured Tech 3 Racing Team rider Danny Kent heads to his crucial home round at Silverstone with confidence high after a big breakthrough weekend in Brno.
Kent secured his second points scoring finish in the ultra-competitive Moto2 category to complete a hugely encouraging weekend in which he claimed a career best qualifying and race result on the French designed and built Mistral 610 machine.
Starting from 12th on the grid after his 2.02.956 in qualifying was the fastest ever lap recorded by the Mistral 610 at Brno, Kent immediately gained one place in a short drag race to the first corner. But in a typically frantic opening lap he slipped down the order to 16th.
In the coolest conditions of the weekend so far, with temperatures only creeping up to 16 degrees, Kent was able to quickly move back into the top 15. He then maintained an impressive rhythm that enabled him to fight his way back into 12th position, which is one place higher than his previous best result in Catalunya.
The most satisfying aspect of his performance was his pace and consistency over the 20-lap race distance. Kent has been working incredibly hard to improve his speed on worn tyres and he reaped the rewards today, with his pace throughout comparable to those battling for the podium.
He set his best lap of the race of 2.03.308 on lap 14 to finish just 12.4s behind race winner Mika Kallio. Kent is now excited to build on the momentum gained today when he races in front of his home crowd at Silverstone, where is confident he can challenge for a maiden top 10 in Moto2.
Today’s race was a difficult battle for Louis Rossi, who started down in 28th place on the grid. Despite the tireless efforts of his Tech 3 Racing crew, Rossi has never been comfortable enough to demonstrate his true potential on the fast and undulating Brno track, though he did recover to 20th position.
Today’s race was another valuable data gathering exercise for Rossi and his Tech 3 Racing crew and he is hoping to be back challenging for the top 15 again in the forthcoming British Grand Prix.
Danny Kent 12th – 7 points :
“I am really happy with how this weekend went and obviously it feels like we’ve taken a big step. The important thing was to bounce back quickly from the disappointment of Indianapolis and we managed that. To get my best ever qualifying and race result shows we are making progress with the Mistral 610. I got a decent start but unfortunately in the early laps I got a bit beaten up and that ruined my chance of being in the top 10. I definitely had the pace to be up there and that’s what I’m most pleased about. My times were fast, really consistent and as good as those running inside the top six. I had a good pace all weekend and the team worked really hard to give me a good package and now I can look forward to Silverstone with a lot of confidence. This weekend was just what I needed to get some momentum heading to my home race and hopefully in front of the British fans I will be able to break into the top 10.”
Louis Rossi 20th – 4 points :
“I gave 100% and did my absolute best today but clearly it has been a very tough weekend. I felt my pace was strong in the first part of the race but I missed some chances to pass and go with the group in front. We have to learn about what’s happened this weekend and try and be more competitive at Silverstone. We will continue working hard and hopefully I will have a better feeling on the bike next weekend to help me get back into the top 15.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager
“I am very happy with Danny’s performance this weekend and to see him cap it off with a career best finish in the race is very satisfying. We know he has incredible talent and we knew he would show the form he is capable of, but it has just been a matter of time. Running in the top six in practice and then achieving a best ever qualifying and race result is a clear sign of progress. He was ahead of Aegerter, who has been on the podium this year, and had he been able to establish a faster pace earlier I am sure he could have been in the top 10. But his lap times were very impressive and I am sure this result will give him a big lift. He showed his true potential this weekend and now we are excited to see him build on this positive result at Silverstone. Louis had another difficult weekend. He is giving his maximum effort and the whole team is right behind him and hopefully by working hard together we can see an improvement in his performance at the next race.”
MAPFRE ASPAR RIDERS PERFORM WELL AT BRNO
Nico Terol recovers top form to place sixth, leading the race at one point. Jordi Torres crosses the finish line in tenth
Despite the flowing, fast nature of a long Brno circuit, the Moto2 Czech Republic GP was one of the tightest races of the season. Starting as the opening race of the day, the intermediate class put on a show at Brno in a dry race. Takaaki Nakagami took the early lead, but usual suspects Kallio, Terol and Luthi joined the fun soon after. Groups of up to ten riders battled together to the end, with only five seconds separating them at the end. There were four different race leaders in Nakagami, Kallio, Terol and Luthi, but it was Kallio who took the win in a slow race affected by a drop in temperatures, ahead of Nakagami and Luthi.
Nico Terol had won at Brno in 2010 on a 125cc, and was motivated ahead of today’s race. He had set a strong pace on Friday and qualified ninth on Saturday in the closest ever Moto2 qualifying session to date. In the Sunday warmup he gained confidence and at the start of the race he was able to move up three places on the opening lap. He fought hard to reach the head of the field, and did so seven laps later to take the lead. With three laps remaining, Terol ran wide and had to save a crash, losing him a pair of positions and ruling him out of the podium battle. Nevertheless, the Spaniard was pleased with his performance this weekend.
MAPFRE Aspar teammate Jordi Torres rounded off the top ten after a long fight against front end chatter with his Moto2 machine. The Spaniard managed to complete the contest, but will be looking for a better result next weekend at Silverstone in the British GP.
6th Nico Terol: “I’m delighted with today’s race. After seeing how the weekend went, I knew that I had a good pace. I started strong and fought hard from the beginning. I almost got stuck between two riders, but I managed to shake off my rivals until I caught up with Kallio. Afterwards I took the lead and tried to escape, but things were very even today. Kallio got back past me, and I stuck with the podium fight. However, I was suffering a bit with the rear, which was sliding out on every corner and losing me time against Nakagami, Kallio and Luthi. I caught them back up and passed Nakagami with three laps remaining, but I ran wide and almost crashed. That was the key to the race, because if I had got past him then I would have been fighting for the win right to the end. Pol and Johan overtook me later and I was unable to reel them back in. Despite everything, I am happy because I was very aggressive and rode assuredly. For Silverstone I hope to remain at the same level and get onto the podium. I want to thank the team for their work in helping me improve over the course of the weekend.”
10th Jordi Torres: “Yesterday we had a good setup for the bike, which allowed us to run a more consistent pace. This morning we wanted to make a change in order to gain speed on corner entry. We worked on the suspension in the warmup, but I think that the cold meant our data was deceptive. Unfortunately, with it being colder today we began to have chatter. I started well and on the opening laps was able to find my spot. However, as the laps went by the chatter increased and I had to adapt my riding to go more smoothly. That was when I dropped back from the leading pack. The positive point from this race is that we have been able to see our weaknesses. We have to keep in mind the variations in temperature when establishing our setup. I am happy, because I was able to complete the race despite a couple of scares. We know that we can be fast over a single lap, we were able to start well and fight, so from no won we are going to have to work on our consistency and pace.”
SMALL PROGRESS FOR PRADITA AT BRNO
The end result was not what he had in mind, but the Czech Republic Grand Prix provided an increase in pace for Doni Tata Pradita compared to his practice times. However, in an attempt to push hard and make a pass, he suffered a misfortune and lost contact with the group ahead of him. It was a shame, but the experience will help to add to his experience in Moto2.
Doni Tata Pradita (24th) “I am pretty satisfied, because we were faster today than in practice and found some develpments which will help us in the coming races. Unfortunately I lost touch with those ahead when trying to pass Rivas, and they got away from me then. Also, from then on I didn’t have the same pace as before.”
Fausto Gresini “Besides the result, we saw a Doni who was determined and motivated today. He was not as laid back as in the last two races, which is very positive and very important for the coming races.”
WAROKORN PUTS IN BRAVE PERFORMANCE AT BRNO
Despite suffering pain as a consequence of a crash in practice on Friday, Thitipong Warakorn was able to complete the Czech Republic GP. It was not easy for the Thai rider, but he showed great character to reach the chequered flag. He will now face the coming races on the calendar knowing that he is capable of strong performances when at full fitness.
Thitipong Warokorn (25°) "I gritted my teeth and tried to stay on track until the end, and I did. For me it is a source of a little satisfaction, I gained experience and can now be more confident about future races in the World Championship.”
Fausto Gresini “Just like he did yesterday, Warakorn showed that he has a strng character. He overcame considerable pain to finish the race. It is a real credit to him and a good sign for his future in the World Championship.”
ANTONELLI TENTH AT BRNO
The aim was to pick up points and finish the race at Brno, and Team GO & FUN Gresini Moto3 rider Niccolò Antonelli was able to obtain a fine result in the Czech Republic. He could maybe have placed even higher up the order, but prefered to avoid taking unnecessary risks as it was more important to achieve the goals set by he and the team. It was a boost in morale for Antonelli, ahead of future rounds. Caught up in the second group, Lorenzo Baldassarri tolied hard to recover positions –only to come unstuck at the end. He crashed out, thus missing out on another race finish.
Niccolò Antonelli (10th) “I am fairly satisfied. In the race I think I could even have finished in a better position, but I prefered not to take the risk. It was more important to bring the bike home and finish the race, so I rode a more prudent race.I hope that this brings us us the confidence to do well at the next race.”
Lorenzo Baldassarri (DNF) “The traffic in the pack was really slowing us down, and it made it really hard to make up ground. We are a little down on acceleration and that means risking a little more than the others. We bagarre nel gruppone era veramente agguerrita ed io mi trovavo in difficoltà quando dovevo recuperare terreno. We also have a small problem that affects my confidence. The result isn’t a god one, but I am happy in general withthe important experience I have gained.”
Fausto Gresini “Niccolò had a good race, taking a positive tenth place. The race was hard and he fought tenaciously –without losing sight of his aim of finishing the race. He gained confidence which will serve us well in the future. I am disappointed for Baldassarri, because he was caught up in a group of riders. His height also works against him in terms of being able to attack and recover ground, so he is always on the limit.”
Fourth and Fifth for Rins and Marquez
The Repsol riders fought for victory among a group of six until the very end, just missing podium positions in the final corners.
Repsol Media Service - Czech Republic, Brno Circuit - Sunday 25/08/2013
The fourth and fifth positions were bittersweet for Alex Rins and Alex Marquez at this weekend’s Czech Republic Grand Prix, after both had an excellent weekend and were in positions to fight for victory. With these results, Marquez is fifth in the Championship points and Rins remains third overall, 28 points behind race winner Luis Salom.
The race played out as predicted, with a large group fighting at the front from which no one could break away. No fewer than six riders battled each other in the final laps, with Rins, Marquez, Salom, Viñales, Folger and Masbou all looking for a chance to lead the Moto3 pack. On the final lap, a slim stream strategy by Salom proved to be the winning move, with the Viñales and Folger crossing the line behind Salom. The Repsol duo of Rins and Marquez finished just a few tenths behind the race winner, in fourth and fifth positions.
In less than a week’s time, both riders will have a chance to better their results at Silverstone, the third race in three consecutive weeks.
4th at 1.081 sec.
“It was a very difficult race, although we knew it would be. Both the team and I have been working really well throughout the weekend to be in good shape for the race. Here at Brno it’s hard to get in front and get away from the group, as there are several possible lines to take on the track. In the last two laps today, there was a lot of overtaking and fighting for the front positions and we finished fourth. We worked really hard and it’s a shame to not end up on the podium, but we’ll try again at Silverstone, as we are in good shape to do so."
5th at 1.240 sec.
“I’m quite happy, because after the warm up session we had a problem with the bike that wouldn't let me ride comfortably, but we fixed it in time for the race. From the start of the race I was in front and was able to fight with the leaders, which is very important at a circuit like this because you learn a lot. At the end, we knew it could be anyone’s race and we lacked a little bit of experience with how to approach the final laps. I think it was a mistake to go to the front with one lap to go, because then everyone behind passed me. I was in second at the rise and that’s when it got a little messy. I was passed by Maverick [Viñales], and also Alex [Rins] and then Jonas [Folger] under braking. It was a little strange but I’m happy because we fought, we gave everything and that’s what is important, to keep improving."
MotoGP Moto3 – Uphill race for San Carlo Team Italia in Brno
Salom wins a close battle, Fenati is 18th, Bagnaia 28th
The Moto3 race in Brno crowned the championship leader Luis Salom, who won a close battle against Maverick Viñales and Jonas Folger. Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) took advantage of the improvements found during WUP to get back into the points zone after starting in 22nd place, but tire wear made him lose positions towards the end.
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) also faced an uphill race, but struggled to find the rhythm of past days in the constant slipstream game. The rookie closed in 28th position.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 18th, 41'38.390
"The race was hectic. I was gaining time in corners, and losing it in the straight. I was 15th and barely missed some points. What matters is that we improved the setup during WUP, and we head to Silverstone with more confidence."
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) 28º, 41'48.118
"I started well but had some issues with throttle connection and I couldn't push, also I couldn't find the pace in such a crowded battle. I lapped slower than yesterday, but it was still good experience to get under the belt and I want to be ready for next race."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"Tough race. We couldn't find the right compromise with a setup to have a normal tire wear during the race. Brno turned out to be a tough track for us, and we have been chasing ever since FP1. We didn't get any points, so we head to Silverstone for a turnaround."
Top 20 for Loi as Danilo hits his target
Brno, Czech Republic - 25 August 2013: Livio Loi bounced back from set-up issues in practice and qualifying to finish a creditable 20th in today's Czech Moto3 Grand Prix.
Jules Danilo came to Brno looking for a finish inside the top 25. The 18-year-old Frenchman leaves the Czech Republic having achieved his goal, after finishing in 24th position in today's race.
Looking to add to his championship points tally today, Loi wasted no time in making up places after starting the race from 24th position on the grid. Having battled with Romano Fenati and Jasper Iwema throughout the race, the 16-year-old Belgian had fought his way up to 15th and looked set to add to his world championship points tally. With just two laps to go a collision with Jasper Iwema pushed Loi wide and he dropped back to 22nd, recovering two places to eventually finish 20th.
Danilo got a good start from 34th on the grid, but made up six places in the first chicane and then a further three places on the opening lap, to tag onto the group contesting 15th position. The Frenchman spent all but the last three laps in a battle with this group of ten riders, but dropped back after being caught up in Lorenzo Baldassarri's crash and was eventually caught and passed out of the slipstream for 23rd place by Ana Carrasco.
Livio Loi #11: 20th
"I got a good start today, immediately getting into a battle with Romano Fenati and Jasper Iwema that went on for the whole race. I had the pace to lead, but not quite enough to get away from them, so it was always going to come down to the last few laps. With three laps to go Fenati came up the inside of me at turn four, Iwema tried to follow him through and we touched. I had to sit the bike up and come off the throttle, which allowed the group behind through on the inside. I managed to retake a few places on the final lap to take 20th at the line. I'm disappointed to have missed out on the points, but it was a good race and I enjoyed the battle."
Jules Danilo #95: 24th
"I got a normal start, but then I managed to get up the inside of a big group of riders into the first chicane, passed a few more later in the same lap and made contact with the group disputing 15th to 25th place. I was fighting like crazy with Philipp Öttl, but then Lorenzo Baldassarri highsided late in the race, Brad Binder hit his bike and touched me, pushing me wide. I lost contact with the group and got caught by Ana Carrasco right at the end. I enjoyed the race; it's amazing how fast it seems to go when you're battling in a group, rather than riding on your own. I'm happy to achieved my goal after a difficult start to the weekend and I leave here having gained a lot of valuable experience."
A memorable victory for Salom
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider took his fifth victory of the season despite riding with a broken heel. Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin both scored points after a race long battle.
25/08/2013 - Brno Circuit
Luis Salom was the star of the Brno race this afternoon, riding with a broken heel sustained in a crash at Indianapolis a week ago. Red Bull KTM Ajo rider returned to the highest spot on the podium at this weekend’s Czech Republic Grand Prix, while teammates Arthur Sissis, still sore from a fall yesterday, finished fourteenth and Zulfahmi Khairuddin returned to the points with a fifteenth place finish.
Rain threatened over the Czech track throughout the day but held off until the chequered flag was given to the race winner and championship leader, Luis Salom. The Spanish rider had an excellent start that put him into the lead position on the first lap. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider maintained fourth position for much of the race among a lead group of seven riders. With five laps to go, he launched his attack, but it wasn’t until late in the final lap that Salom took over the lead, riding to his fifth victory of the year and crossing the line half a second clear of second place.
Arthur Sissis had a tough race but hung in to finish in the points. The young Australian climbed aboard his KTM sporting a painful neck after yesterday’s crash in qualifying. But Sissis had no thoughts of quitting as he fought among a pack of riders in the second group, his efforts paying off with two well deserved points. Finishing just behind him was his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who grabbed a point after starting from twenty-fourth position.
Points leader Luis Salom arrives in Great Britain next week holding 208 championship points, a 14 point advantage over his nearest rival. Arthur Sissis heads to the Silverstone circuit in ninth position with 51 and Zulfahmi Khairuddin is tenth with 50 points.
1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 40:58.770
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.507
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) +1.015
4. Alex Rins (KTM) +1.081
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) +1.240
14. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +31.044
15. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +39.198
Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 208 points
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 194 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 180 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 110 points
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 101 points
9. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 51 points
10. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 50 points
"During the race I was in a lot of pain, but I managed to concentrate and think about the race. I knew that in the end anything was possible—I could finish fifth or I could win. It was a race that needed strategy, so I tried to remain calm and in that succeeded. Even on the last lap, we set the fastest lap of the race. Overall, we had a great weekend.
I want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this week, the whole team has been behind me and helped me, and the doctors who have done a very good job. So I can only say thank you because without them, I would not have been able to compete this weekend."
“It was a very complicated day for me. Today I woke up with a lot of neck pain and could hardly move. In the warm-up it was hard to ride, but I managed to finish it without stopping at all. I started the race well, felt comfortable riding the bike and with feeling good. But after a few corners, the pain just got worse and then became nearly unbearable.
I gave it everything I could to get into the points, so I'm glad I added two more to the overall standings. Now it’s time to head to the Clinica Mobile.”
"Throughout the weekend I couldn’t find the right feeling with the bike. Today in the race we were pretty good, considering that in the first lap we were sixteenth and in the second, a lot of riders passed me everywhere. I had some problems in the corners, especially in the last one, where I was getting a lot of chatter. In the end we managed to finish fifteenth and score a point. Personally it’s been a tough weekend, so I think we can be happy with this point considering the times we had over the last three days.
At Silverstone there won’t be any excuses, we need to get faster. The team is working very hard to improve the setup, but this year I haven’t managed to adapt my riding to the bike. I have to work hard to improve my performance."
"It was a great race for Luis Salom, who rode very well. Normally I always say that in motorcycling, team work is very important, even more so than in football. But today I have to say that Luis achieved this victory alone. Throughout the weekend we worked hard on the setup and preparation of the bike, as we are at a very important point in the season for the championship. This morning, Luis was not entirely satisfied with the bike and we decided to go with the old settings that were used for the last few races and that improved the feel for the rider. He's done a great job.
I have to say, too, that especially at Indianapolis there has been a positive change for both riders. Arthur [Sissis] continued to work very well in this Grand Prix, although it was a shame about the fall he suffered yesterday, which left him with a much bruised neck today. This morning he went to the clinic to try to improve his state of fitness for the race, and after he was a little dizzy. So even to participate in the race has been a lot.
For Zulfahmi Khairuddin, it’s been another difficult week. We’ll have to talk with his mechanics and analyze what we can do to make sure he is comfortable on the bike in the races to come."
DESERVED PODIUM FOR JONAS FOLGER
MAPFRE Aspar shows his quality again to run with front group and secures podium finish with great late move
The revised schedule of racing which saw Moto3 last up today at Brno ought to become a permanent fixture - if the final race of the afternoon was anything to go by. Salom took the initiative early in the race despite riding with an injured heel, but as the battle progressed he was pushed hard by the likes of Viñales, Rins and Márquez. A leading group of 8 was later reduced to 6 with the race going right down to the last lap and the pódium contenders all in with a shout right to the end. Salom won it by just a few metres, with Viñales and Folger following him home, whilst Márquez and Rins slowed each other up.
Jonas Folger showed consistency at Indianapolis giving himself a base to build on and showed greater competitiveness this weekend. He worked hard from Friday onwards in Brno and had a great race. The MAPFRE Aspar rider gained three positions early in the race and went with the front runners throughout the race. Having just lost touch with the front group towards the end he had to work hard to get back into contention, with some late braking helping him to his second podium of the year. After his deserved podium in third at Jerez, he showed his strengths at a track where he won last year. Folger’s teammateEric Granado, meanwhile, also had a good start to the race. He gained two places early on but a lack of pace saw him eventually come home 22nd. He will look for improvements at Silverstone next weekend.
3rd Jonas Folger: “It was a great race and I enjoyed myself a lot at the front. It was a hard but interesting fight, with no-one giving any ground. On the second to last lap I lost some time, but didn’t give in and the battle in front of me meant I could catch up. I broke late and hard and took back two positions. We deserve this podium as we’ve worked hard for it. I think we should be proud of our work. I want to thank our team and the Kalex technicians. At Indy we took a step forward and here we took another, so I want to keep that going next weekend. This third place makes up for our hard work and I’m really happy about it.”
22nd Eric Granado: “I made a good start and was running with a decent group in the early laps. I tried to stick in there but was losing ground in the third sector. I fell back and got caught up in a huge group coming from behind. At half way stage I started to have problems on cornering and tried to go again towards the end but it was too complicated in the group I was riding in to maintain any decent pace. I didn’t know what else to do so we have to work on the race pace at Silverstone.”
Short race for Niklas Ajo in Brno
The Avant Tecno KTM rider suffered a fall when and another rider touched before completing the first lap of the Czech Republic Grand Prix.
25/08/2013 - Brno Circuit
The weekend finished for Niklas Ajo in Brno earlier than he was hoping for. The Finn from the Avant Tecno KTM team, who started from the twentieth on grid, was frustrated that his race ended in Turn 4 of the first lap after coming together with another rider. Despite suffering no injuries, the young rider could not rejoin the race.
With this disappointing end, the Avant Tecno KTM rider finished one of the toughest weekends of the season. But Niklas already has his thoughts turned toward the coming weekend, when the Silverstone circuit will host the British Grand Prix.
After ten races including this one, the young Finn is now fourteenth place in the overall standings with 37 points.
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 40:58.770
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.507
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) +1.015
4. Alex Rins (KTM) +1.081
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) +1.240
-. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM)
Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 208 points
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 194 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 180 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 110 points
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 101 points
14. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 37 points
"This has been one of the worst weekends of my life. Since the first day in Brno we've struggled with the set-up of the bike. Although in the first practice sessions we had some quick laps and pretty good times, the feelings on the bike in general haven’t been anything great. We managed to find a good set-up to do a decent job this weekend. Although the team has worked very hard, it did not go well. During the race, in the first lap in turn four, another rider came from behind and hit me."
Confidence boost after strong race
The Moto3 race of the Czech Grand Prix ended with an exciting hard-won 8th place for Jakub Kornfeil and an only just lost point for Jasper Iwema (16th). Both RW Racing GP riders fought like lions for every inch and were leading their respective groups for most of the race.
Jakub Kornfeil began his home race from 12th on the grid and lost a few places at the start. He managed to make up for the loss quickly and move up to 10th within three laps. From there on it was a continuous battle for 9th place, with Kornfeil leading the group for most of the time. In the final stages of the race John McPhee dropped down from the leading group and the fight went on for 8th. Kornfeil changed positions with Miguel Oliveira and Niccolo Antonelli. In the final lap the battle rose to a climax with Kornfeil being the strongest at the finish line.
Unfortunately in the third group Jasper Iwema lost his battle for 15th by an inch to Zulfahmi Khairuddin. Iwema had a nasty crash in the morning warm up and was lucky the Moto3 race was the last one of the day instead of the first. The team was able to repair his heavily damaged Kalex KTM just in time for the start of the race in which Iwema had was 26th on the grid. He paid off the hard work of the team with a lightning start and entered the first corner as 19th. The Dutchman fought his way up and was battling for 15th until the end of the race, where he was unrewarded at the finish line.
Jakub Kornfeil (8): "I’m happy with this result. It was a great race and a great battle. Having another top 10 result is a great boost for my confidence. I’m looking forward to Silverstone in just a few days time. We know what our weak point is: qualifying. We really have to work on that to improve our position on the grid. To start from the third or the fourth row is a huge difference.’’
Jasper Iwema (16): "Sorry for missing the final championship point, but happy I got my confidence back after the crash in the warm up session. Thanks to the crash we know what the problem was with the front ad we could make an adjustment to the bike. I was able to push to the limit without having fear of losing the bike. My start was incredible. For a few laps I was afraid I might have had a jump start.’’
Team manager Jarno Janssen: "The team has worked hard for both Jakub and Jasper. The riders rewarded that with doing an excellent job. Looking at what they achieved they would have deserved more. We already knew the race is not the problem. Qualifying is. As a team we have to look to ourselves as well to see what we can improve to have a better position on the grid and make it easier to battle further to the front.’’