2013 Misano Moto2 And Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

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


Rins and Marquez celebrate renovation with win and podium

Alex Rins wins San Marino GP and Alex Marquez places third, after both confirmed continuation with present team for additional year. Victory is Rins’ fourth this season, following wins at Austin, Sachsenring and Indianapolis.

Repsol Media Service - San Marino, Misano Circuit - Sunday 15/09/2013

Celebrating the confirmation of their continuation together for 2014, under the guidance of Emilio Alzamora, Alex Rins and Alex Marquez placed on the podium today at the San Marino GP. Rins won the race, whilst Marquez finished third. The win for Rins allows him to close the gap to World Championship leader Luis Salom by twelve points. Marquez had suffered a heavy crash on Friday, injuring his right thumb, but had a perfect race today to claim 16 points. He improved his position in the overall standings to go fourth, thanks in part to a DNF for Jonas Folger.

The race began with Folger at the front, pushing hard with Rins and Maverick Viñales just behind. The trio quickly escaped from the rest of the field. Marquez, who had started from ninth, broke away from the rivals around him to pursue the top three.

As he did so, Folger suffered a big crash and left Rins and Viñales by themselves. Marquez found himself in third place at the halfway mark of the race, and maintained the position to the end. Rins made one failed attempt to pass Viñales, then was successful second time around to take an important win.

Rins remains third in the overall standings, 21 points behind Salom and 2 behind Viñales. The next round of the series takes place in a fortnight’s time, at Aragon.

Alex Rins

1st - 39:50.516

“It was a very clean, enjoyable race. On the opening laps, Jonas (Folger) pushed to the limit and I slotted into second behind him. From the halfway point of the race onwards, myself and Maverick (Viñales) set a very fast pace. In the battle for the win, on the final lap, I knew where I was going to need to pass. I knew that if I did it anywhere else, then he could pass me back on the exit of the corner, but everything worked out well. I am very happy with today's result; now we have to focus on Aragon."

Alex Marquez

3rd at 6.434 sec.

“It was a very difficult weekend for me. The crash on Friday halted our work a little then and in qualifying. I knew that it would be a tough race for us, but I felt comfortable right from the start. On the opening laps I had a problem overtaking and, when I passed those ahead of me, I tried to set my own pace. Even I was surprised at how I broke away from them. I think that the podium today is a positive result and now we have to go to Aragon, where we will need to be calm in practice and avoid any unhelpful crashes."


Salom places fourth at Misano and Zulfahmi Khairuddin sixth

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Luis Salom holds onto lead of Moto3 World Championship. Zulfahmi Khairuddin equals best result of the season and Arthur Sissis returns to the points with fifteenth.

15/09/2013 - Misano Marco Simoncelli Circuit

The Red Bull KTM Ajo team completed a positive weekend at Misano in the twelfth race of the 2013 season. Luis Salom was just off the podium at the San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix, having started from tenth on the grid. Zulfahmi Khairuddin had one of his best performances of the year and Arthur Sissis was able to finish fifteenth, taking a point for his 2013 haul. Salom continues to lead the overall standings, with a 19 point advantage over Maverick Viñales.

The race began with a good start made by Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Luis Salom, who occupied fourth and seventh place, respectively, alter the opening lap. The two Red Bull KTM Ajo riders occupied spots in the second group, alongside three other riders. The fight for fourth place was intense, and both the Spaniard and the Malaysian had spells in the lead of the pack. Following a breathtaking final lap, Salom crossed the line in fourth, with Zulfahmi Khairuddin in sixth.

Arthur Sissis started from eighteenth on the grid, but had a spectacular opening lap and overtook six rivals. The Australian kept up with the third group in the race, in the fight for tenth. He eventually placed fifteenth and claimed a valuable point.

Luis Salom continues to lead the overall standings, with 246 points to his name. He is 19 ahead of his nearest rival. Zulfahmi Khairuddin —60 points— moves up to ninth, whilst Arthur Sissis lies twelfth with 52.

Results (Race)

1. Alex Rins (KTM) 39:50.516

2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.050

3. Alex Marquez (KTM) +6.434

4. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +17.297

5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) +18.011

6. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +18.133

15. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +27.899

Moto3 World Championship

1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 246 points

2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 227 points

3. Alex Rins (KTM) 225 points

4. Alex Marquez (KTM) 133 points

5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 120 points

9. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 60 points

12. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 52 points

Luis Salom

"This wasn't my best weekend, but despite everything a fourth place isn't all bad. Our worst results so far have been fifth at Indianapolis and fourth today, so we have to be happy and keep on working. I knew that after the crash on Friday this weekend was going to be tough. I will take the positives from fourth place. Now we have just five races left and we have to take them one-by-one. We have to fight hard, because this will be a tough, close end to the season."

Arthur Sissis

"I didn’t finish where I would have liked, and I think that was for the same reason as at other races. I didn’t qualify well and that makes it difficult to reach the leading riders, because you get trapped amongst the slower ones. After a few laps I was able to put in a pace faster than the second group, but they ended up breaking away and I couldn’t improve."

Zulfahmi Khairuddin

"I made a good start and felt good on the bike. I was riding comfortably in the second group and I think that it was a very good race. On the last lap the other riders were a little stronger than I was and I couldn't close the door on two corners —and so first Luis (Salom) and Jack Miller got past. It was by no means a bad race —in fact, it was one of my best weekends of the year so far and I can't wait for the next Grand Prix."

Aki Ajo

"It wasn’t the easiest weekend of the season for us, but we should be happy; fourth place [Luis Salom] and 13 points isn’t so bad. Yesterday, Luis didn’t feel completely comfortable, so this is a positive result because the season is very long. Sometimes you have perfect races and other times you don’t, so this weekend I would rate as good. We are still leading the championship and we have to focus on each race, without paying too much attention to what is happening around us and keeping up our work in every session, lap and corner.

It was a very good weekend for Zulfahmi Khairuddin. I am very happy for him, as he has been having a difficult season and is believing in himself again. He is back where he belongs and I congratulate him for his work. Arthur Sissis started very well, both on Friday and on Saturday, but unfortunately he didn’t have a great qualifying session and it was hard for him to come back from eighteenth on the grid. He placed fifteenth and I’m sure he was expecting better, but he has to keep his chin up and focus on the next race."


RW Racing GP making up positions in decent race

RW Racing GP riders Jakub Kornfeil and Jasper Iwema did what was expected from them in the San Marino & Rimini GP: fighting for the best possible result at Misano. Both gained positions from where they started the Moto3 race. Kornfeil finished in 13th and grabbed some valuable points for the championship. Iwema found his confidence, made up 12 positions and finished in 21st.

Team manager Jarno Janssen was moderately satisfied with the results. "It was a decent race, but we know both can do better. Making up 12 positions in the race is a nice accomplishment, but it is not very profitable when you have to start from 33rd. That is way below what Jasper is capable of. He can do much better than that. I strongly believe he has to stop thinking about solving problems and start thinking about dealing with problems. If you can’t find it, ride around it. It is not about the bike, because the Kalex KTM is a good bike. It’s second in the championship for a reason. Jakub has to work on qualifying, because he showed again that in the race he has the pace to be in the top 5 group with Salom, Miller and Khairuddin.’’

Jakub Kornfeil (13): "My goal was top 10 and therefore I am not really satisfied. It was a good race, although my start was not excellent. I lost the connection to Oettl because of that. I was in 10th most of the time but in the final stages I made a little mistake and lost a few positions, which surely is a pity. But I’m happy with the bike and look forward to Aragon. We are close to our goal for this season: top 8 in the championship. I am ready to fight for that.’’

Jasper Iwema (21): "21st is not brilliant but improving 12 positions is not bad. We found something that gave me more confidence in the front but having to start from 33rd doesn’t make it easy. On this track it is difficult to make up much with a good start. I had to be very careful not to get locked in or taken out by someone else. But after the first lap it became easier and I quickly found my rhythm. I was much faster than in practice. Halfway through the race I made a little mistake and ran wide so that three riders could pass me. Only in the penultimate lap I could get them back. Anyway, the test we had in Vallelunga before the race was very good. We couldn’t get it working in Misano, but I have the confidence we can have a much better result in Aragon.’’


MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM’S RACE TURNS SOUR AT MISANO

Jonas Folger and Eric Granado crash out of San Marino GP; Folger suffers small malleolus fracture and Granado escapes unhurt

The San Marino Grand Prix event began with the Moto3 race at 11am today, in which the front three on the starting grid broke away early. Three laps in, Jonas Folger was eliminated from the fight, crashing out and leaving Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales t olead the race on their own. The early pace was in the low 1’43s, although nobody came close to the 1’42.7 best from yesterday. Rins and Viñales fought until the final lap, with Rins winning by just 50 milliseconds from his rival. Alex Marquez placed third.

Pole position for Jonas Folgar and seventh in qualifying for Eric Granado led the MAPFRE Aspar Team riders to believe that today could be a positive day for the team. However, it was not to be. Folger pushed hard from the start, accompanied by Rins and Viñales. The German set a strong pace and was feeling comfortable, but on the third lap he was thrown from his bike in a scary crash. Taken to the circuit’s medical facility, Folger was diagnosed with a small fracture of the interior malleolus of his left foot, and a left acromio-clavicular sprain. After treatment to his leg, Folger will now be resting up in order to recover from the injuries.

Teammate Eric Granado had similar fortunes in the race. The Brazilian had a difficult start and dropped down various positions, but was still fighting for places before, on the final lap, he crashed out at Turn 3. Thankfully, he escaped unharmed.

Jonas Folger (DNF): “It hurts a lot to finish a weekend in this way. We’ve been doing a great job for a number of weekends, and we just needed to keep that up and get a good result. On Friday it was hard for us to find a good pace, but on Saturday we took a giant step forward and I was able to take pole. We had a clear plan for the race, and our aim was to finish on the podium. Things were going according to plan at the start, I pushed hard and broke away with Rins and Viñales. I had guessed yesterday that this might happen, so I was ready for a fight and wanted to keep my chances alive right until the end. But on Lap 3 I had a heavy crash without warning, and was thrown into the air. The doctors say that I have a small fracture to my left ankle and a number of heavy bruises –above all to my left shoulder. Now I have to rest up and try to recover as soon as possible.”

Eric Granado (DNF): “We’ve worked very hard this weekend. In the warmup session I felt very good. In the race I did not get the start that I wanted, and many riders got past me. That made me lose a little focus and I was unable to ride comfortably. At the start I was putting in some good lap times, but later I struggled to go under 1’45. I don’t know why I couldn’t match my practice pace. I am annoyed with myself, because I should have finished the race and brought the bike back to the pits. I crashed on the final lap and I don’t know why; the bike threw me off at Turn 3. I thank the team for all their work and I wanted to do so with a good result, so let’s hope that I can do so at Aragón.”


Ambrogio Racing, GP San Marino - race

Hard work, for the Ambrogio Racing Team, at their first Grand Prix with the new Mahindra bikes. Without previous testing, they discovered the machine dayby day (and night by night, as the work often went well over the usual business hours). During the weekend, the crew collected precious data to improve their knowledge of the bike and prepare for next race, in a fortnight, in Aragon (Spain).

Brad Binder (40'27”022 - 18th ) “The set-up is not what we wanted, but we cannot certainly expect to have a perfect bike just at our first race with it, is spite of the great job done by the guys in such a short tine. The main problem has been a sort of chattering”.

Luca Amato (40'42”021 - 24th) “The feeling with the bike has been very good. I found a good rhythm, very constant. The only problem was on the brake – bike too nervous, moving too much. Anyway, the main issue is what happened to the last lap, when I was forced to go wide, loosing positions, because I've been touched on the front wheel by another competitor.

We worked very hard, today's, result is a step ahead from last race, and I want to thank the guys for the job done”.

Fiorenzo Caponera (Team Principal) “We had good practices and bad practices, this weekend – up and down, as it was expected from working on a totally new bike. But we know the reasons for our problems, and are sure that in next race, Aragon, we will be able of a better result”.


Niklas Ajo makes another great comeback at Misano

Spectacular showing from Avant Tecno KTM rider moves him up ten places in San Marino and Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix and takes him to eleventh.

15/09/2013 - Misano Marco Simoncelli Circuit

Niklas Ajo produced another of his almost trademark comebacks today at Misano. The Avant Tecno KTM rider had started from 21st on the grid, having only been able to ride for five minutes in the qualifying session on Saturday. He crossed the line eleventh and claimed an important five points for his tally.

A great start for the young Finn allowed him to move up six places on the first sector of the race. As the laps went by, the Avant Tecno KTM rider slotted into the third group in the race, alongside five other riders. The overtakes were constant and everyone was pushing hard, and after 23 intense laps Niklas Ajo took eleventh place in a race won by Alex Rins.

The Avant Tecno KTM was thus in the points for a second consecutive race. He occupies fourteenth in the overall standings with 43 points, heading into the Aragon GP.

Results (Race)

1. Alex Rins (KTM) 39:50.516

2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.050

3. Alex Marquez (KTM) +6.434

4. Luis Salom (KTM) +17.297

5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) +18.011

11. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +27.619

Moto3 World Championship

1. Luis Salom (KTM) 246 points

2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 227 points

3. Alex Rins (KTM) 225 points

4. Alex Marquez (KTM) 133 points

5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 120 points

14. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 43 points

Aki Ajo

"I think that the race wasn't bad. The grid position could have been better, and if that were the case I could have been up into the next group. But the situation was what it was, and I did the best that I could. I made a good start and was in a continual fight in the group —although I'm a little disappointed that Fenati broke away at the end. We were all slowing each other down a little, and he found a small advantage that we couldn't pull back."


Kent and Rossi finish inside top 20 at Misano

Tech 3 Racing Team riders Danny Kent and Louis Rossi delivered determined performances at the Misano track this afternoon to finish inside the top 20 at the end of a tough 26-lap Moto2 race in San Marino.

A sensational start launched Kent immediately inside the top 10, but as the early battle intensified in warm but blustery conditions at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, he was unable to keep his Mistral 610 machine in contention for a third points scoring finish of the campaign.

The British rider was able to maintain a constant rhythm in the 1.39 bracket, but despite giving his maximum effort to the chequered flag he finished in 19th position.

One place further down the rankings was teammate Rossi, who was able to gain more braking confidence throughout a race that took part in front of a large crowd of close to 51,000 fans.

Danny Kent 19th – 7 points :

“That was definitely not the result I had anticipated after a strong Friday and Saturday. I got an amazing start and was into eighth position but I ran wide going onto the back straight and that lost me a lot of places. I couldn’t find my rhythm and I was making a few mistakes so obviously i'm very disapointed because 19th is not where I expected to finish. I need to go away now and try and regroup and be back fighting strong for the next race.”

Louis Rossi 20th – 4 points :

“I made some mistakes at the start and I lost the group in front and that was a shame because I didn’t finish far behind Danny at the end. It was a very difficult race because the pace of those around me was almost identical and that made it hard to battle through. I finished 20th and that is not a bad result but obviously I would have liked to do better. I gained some more confidence in braking this weekend and hopefully I can be more competitive and closer to the points in the next race at Aragon.”

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager :

“I feel a bit like I am repeating myself in recent races but once again I am very disappointed with the outcome of today. Like in previous races we were very excited after Danny was able to ride very well on Friday and Saturday and when he got an incredible start I was hoping he would at least be able to finish inside the points. But he lost places very quickly and the big disappointment is the lap time. He was not close to his pace over the rest of the weekend and he finished behind people that could not get close to him in practice and qualifying. Moto2 is a tough class and to be competitive you need your rider’s to believe and push. Louis had a better race than Danny because he was more constant and he was a long way behind on the grid but was only three seconds behind at the finish. But i also needs to be stronger though in the final five races. On a positive note I was thrilled to see Pol Espargaro take a fantastic win. He will be with our MotoGP team in 2014 and today he showed how strong he can be and why we are all excited to be working with him in the future.”


MotoGP Moto3 – San Carlo Team Italia FMI in Top 10 with Fenati in Misano

Rins wins ahead of Viñales and Marquez. Fenati climbs back from 15th position to seize 10th. Morbidelli is 21st in Moto2, while Bagnaia and Marini crash out.

In front of his home crowd, Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) confirmed his grit during the race starting from 15th position and passing several opponents during the second half of the race to finish in the Top 10, a result that boosts his morale before the final races of the season.

Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) and wild-card Luca Marini (San Carlo Team Italia Twelve Racing) crashed out without injuries and were denied the satisfaction of seeing the checkered flag at home but not valuable experience ahead of their next efforts.

Franco Morbidelli (San Carlo Team Italia FMI) had a positive debut in Moto2, taking 21st position and showing both a great form and a constant pace throughout the race.

Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5)

"I'm happy because the bike fast fast and I managed to come back through the pack. After the half-way point, I was lapping just like the guys at the front. Unfortunately early on I lost time in the group, but the start is always a lottery and I have to improve during QP. But we have all the means to do better."

Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4)

"I'm sorry because when I crashed out I was getting quicker, but unfortunately I lost the bike and couldn't pick it up. It's a shame becauseI felt comfortable on the bike, and the team worked really well."

Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)

"Overall it's been a positive race. Romano was fast, he has great potential and we know that since a long time ago. We still have to do better in the first two days of the week-end, as we have the pace but always start from the back. I'm sorry for Pecco as he crashed out while showing great steps forward, but we are ready to proceed with his growth path."

Franco Morbidelli (San Carlo Team Italia FMI)

"I'm almost exhausted. The race went well, as I wanted to finish it and I was able to do that. I made a few mistaked, but overall I was consistent. I want to thank my team for their great work, FMI and San Carlo. This was a great opportunity, and I'm ready to chase the European title with even more confidence."

Luca Marini (San Carlo Team Italia Twelve Racing)

"Unfortunately I made a mistake and crashed out at Turn 1. I could have done a good race, but this experience on the world stage made me grow and change mindset. Now I only focus on the CIV races in Mugello, ready to give my best."


Tough day at Misano for Marc VDS trio

Misano, Italy - 15 September 2013: Scott Redding remains upbeat after taking a hard fought sixth in today's San Marino Moto2 Grand Prix, despite his advantage in the title chase being reduced to 23 points.

Redding got a good start from the second row of the grid but was having to push hard to stay with Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat during the early stages of the race, as the trio tried to chase down Takaaki Nakagami at the front of the field.

The 20-year-old Briton was losing ground to the two Spaniards coming onto the back straight on every lap, forcing him to go harder on the brakes and the throttle for the remainder of the lap, as he tried to maintain contact. Inevitably the demands on the tyres proved too much and performance dropped off, allowing the two Pons riders to pull away and pitching Redding into a battle with Dominique Aegerter and Johann Zarco. Redding eventually managed to force his way past Zarco to take sixth at the chequered flag.

A good start from 15th on the grid saw Mika Kallio slot into the second group of riders who, during the early stages of the race, were working to close the gap on the leaders. This forward momentum was somewhat impeded by the inclusion in the group of Mattia Pasini, who was obviously looking to impress in front of his home crowd.

On lap six the Italian collided with Kallio on three separate occasions, using the rear of the Marc VDS rider's bike to reduce his speed on corner entry, rather than the more usual approach of utilising the brakes. The repeated collisions saw the group lose contact with the leaders, with the gap increasing further when Pasini went on to force both Kallio and himself off track later in the race. Kallio eventually managed to get away from the Italian to take ninth at the chequered flag.

Livio Loi missed out on a top 20 finish by the narrowest of margins, eventually finishing a creditable 22nd, having had to fight his way back after falling victim to two collisions during today's 23-lap Moto3 race at Misano.

Loi got his best start of the season, leapfrogging the two rows ahead of him to move up to 16th on the run down to the first corner, only to lose out after being hit from behind and pushed wide. The 16-year-old Belgian was hit again on lap seven, forcing him off track and leaving him almost last by the time he re-joined the race. A concerted effort over the remaining laps saw Loi fight his way back to 22nd position at the chequered flag, missing out on the top 20 by less than one second.

Scott Redding #45: 6th

"We were struggling a little bit all weekend, not a lot, but we were definitely missing just a few tenths to the top three in qualifying. This morning was better, but we knew it was going to be a hard race. In the beginning I could stay with the leading group, but I was pushing hard on the first half of the lap, just to make up the ground I was losing coming onto the back straight every time. It meant I used a lot of tyre and that cost me towards the end of the race today. I did my best and managed to steal sixth from Zarco right at the end, so I'm not disappointed with today, although I'm obviously not happy to have seen my championship lead reduced to less than one race win again."

Mika Kallio #36: 9th

"Today was more or less what I was expecting. Starting from the fifth row of the grid was never going to be easy, so I knew I was in for a tough race. We made a big change to the bike ahead of the race and there was a marked improvement. The feedback from the front tyre was better, the bike turned in better and the pace was better than it has been all weekend. I'm a bit disappointed with the end result, as we were closing on the leading group during the early part of the race, but I think Pasini thought he was battling for the win on the last lap rather than running in eighth place on the fifth. Three times he ran into the back of me, almost bringing us both down, which meant we lost contact with the leaders. We had problems all weekend with the bike, right up until the race, but we need to find a solution earlier in future, to ensure we start higher up the grid."

Livio Loi #11: 22nd

"I got a good start, making up about two rows on the run down to turn one, but then I got touched and pushed wide at the first two turns and dropped back. I was fighting my way up to the front of my group when I got hit again, ran off the track, lost all my speed and re-joined almost in last place. I got my head down and managed to make contact with the same group, but I only had time to put in a couple of passes before the chequered flag. It's not the result I wanted; I was happy enough with my pace today, and I never gave up, but the two collisions cost me a lot. I need to defend my position on track more aggressively, especially into turn one at the start, as other riders don't hesitate to use their fairing to make a space."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

"Both Scott and Mika gave everything today, and I can't ask any more of them than that. Yes, it's a little disappointing to see Scott's championship lead reduced to 23 points, but you can't turn up each weekend expecting to win every race. Pol Espargaro and Tito Rabat are going to make us fight for this championship, but that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, and it certainly doesn't to us. I'm not sure what was going on with Mika and Mattia Pasini, but there is more black paint on our bike than there is silver now, so it was obviously a pretty tough battle! Livio also learnt a lot today; he got a great start and was able to run a good pace, but he needs to defend his position on track a little more aggressively if he isn't going to be an easy target, especially going into turn one for the first time. Overall, not a great weekend, but certainly not a bad one."


NICO TEROL TAKES SIX POINTS AND JORDI TORRES PLACES SIXTEENTH

MAPFRE Aspar riders make comebacks at Misano. Terol places 10th and Torres 16th at end of tough weekend

The Moto2 San Marino GP followed the script of the Moto3 race, with various riders carrying their qualifying form through to race day. Pol Espargaró set off quickest from pole position, breaking away to avoid becoming embroiled in a battle at the front. Tito Rabat and Takaaki Nakagami followed him, with the trio separating from those behind. The five-strong trailing group provided the excitement, whilst at the front Nakagami took the lead four laps in and appeared to be on course for victory. However, a late push from Espargaró with two laps remaining gave him the lead and the win, ahead of Nakagami and Rabat.

Despite not having had an ideal weekend, the MAPFRE Aspar riders pushed hard on race day at Misano. Nico Terol had started from twelfth on the grid, but dropped down four places in the chaos of the opening laps. Getting back to his pace from practice, the Spaniard was able to make a progressive comeback through the field. He recovered six places to finish tenth, claiming six points for his tally.

Jordi Torres was also closet o the points, following a radical change made for race day Turing the warmup. Improving his ability to turn into corners, Torres was able to move up from 24th to 16th in the race. Despite not leaving Misano satisfied, Torres remains optimistic about the conclusions obtained from the weekend.

10th Nico Terol: “Both the race and the weekend as a whole have been tough. In this and the last GP we have found it harder to find pace, but I am convinced that through hard work we will be rewarded, sooner or later. Now we have to work hard to get back amongst the frontrunners. I can’t wait to get to Motorland, which I love, and be ready to fight for the podium. This weekend it was difficult for me to get the bike turning in, above all on the corners where you are braking on entry. Thankfully, despite these difficulties we have taken steps forward every day, and I am satisfied with the experience that we have gained. I began the race well, but the problems on the opening lap made me lose concentration. I then looked to set a good pace and steadily moved up the order. In the end I finished tenth, which is OK.”

16th Jordi Torres: “This morning we tried something completely different, because yesterday we didn’t find the right solution to get the bike turning perfectly. We played about with the geometry, making a radical change. The improvement was considerable, despite the clutch feeling strange and making the rear chatter. We were far back on the grid but we had nothing to lose. We discovered in the race that the problem wasn’t with the clutch. The bike was turning better, but I continued to notice the chatter with the rear and I had to manage the engine braking carefully. The positive is that today we drew a lot of conclusions from our changes –more so than on Friday and Saturday. The negative is that I had to ride very smoothly in order to avoid any nasty surprise, causing me to drop my pace. We were able to recover a lot of positions, but it’s a shame not to have taken any points.”


ANTONELLI SHINES AT HOME GRAND PRIX

Niccolò Antonelli had the home supporters on their feet today as he battled for fourth place before eventually dropping positions to finish eighth at the line. The Italian youngster's increasing confidence with his machine is starting to show in his performances and even though he couldn't stay with the lead riders today he had his say in a very competitive second group. Lorenzo Baldassarri did his best to fight from the back end of the grid but it has not been a weekend to remember for him and he will have to take the lessons into the final five races.

Niccolò Antonelli (8th) “I really had fun out there today and lost count of how many overtakes I made. Hopefully I put on a show for the crowd to enjoy in my home race. I felt confident with the bike and I think the progress we have made recently augurs well for the final stages of the championship. I fought from start to finish for fourth place and even though I finished eighth I am still happy. The team have done a great job to make progress together and we are all more confident about the future now.”

Lorenzo Baldassarri (23rd) “I am partly satisfied because even though the final result is not ideal we have learnt some things over the course of this Grand Prix, such as how to attack fast corners, that I think will help us in future. I want to make sure we take the positives from the weekend into what remains of the season.”

Fausto Gresini “Niccolò had a great race today. He did a great job, fighting from start to finish for fourth place and showing a level of competitiveness that we want to see repeated for the rest of the season. He stayed focused and was decisive with his passes and I am sure the fans enjoyed watching him. His performance was simply fantastic and just what the team and our sponsor GO&FUN needs. I feel a little sorry for Lorenzo, who deserved more from the race but I am happy that he has learnt some important lessons here that should help him in the coming races.”


Race 10 for Belgian Rider Livio Loi: Tough day at Misano for Marc VDS trio. Co-sponsored by Arados Consulting.

Livio Loi missed out on a top 20 finish by the narrowest of margins, eventually finishing a creditable 22nd, having had to fight his way back after falling victim to two collisions during today's 23-lap Moto3 race at Misano.

Loi got his best start of the season, leapfrogging the two rows ahead of him to move up to 16th on the run down to the first corner, only to lose out after being hit from behind and pushed wide. The 16-year-old Belgian was hit again on lap seven, forcing him off track and leaving him almost last by the time he re-joined the race. A concerted effort over the remaining laps saw Loi fight his way back to 22nd position at the chequered flag, missing out on the top 20 by less than one second.

Livio Loi #11: 22nd

"I got a good start, making up about two rows on the run down to turn one, but then I got touched and pushed wide at the first two turns and dropped back. I was fighting my way up to the front of my group when I got hit again, ran off the track, lost all my speed and re-joined almost in last place. I got my head down and managed to make contact with the same group, but I only had time to put in a couple of passes before the chequered flag. It's not the result I wanted; I was happy enough with my pace today, and I never gave up, but the two collisions cost me a lot. I need to defend my position on track more aggressively, especially into turn one at the start, as other riders don't hesitate to use their fairing to make a space."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

"Livio learnt a lot today; he got a great start and was able to run a good pace, but he needs to defend his position on track a little more aggressively if he isn't going to be an easy target, especially going into turn one for the first time. Overall, not a great weekend, but certainly not a bad one."

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MORBIDELLI MOVES FORWARD IN MISANO RACE

Franco Morbidelli's debut Moto2 experience ended in positive fashion today as he improved four places on his qualifying position to take 21st place at the San Marino Grand Prix. The Italian youngster has made progress from practice session to practice session over the course of the weekend here at Misano and he maintained that trend right through to the end of the race. Despite not being used to such a long and demanding race Morbidelli showed great strength and the experience will certainly serve him well in the future.

Franco Morbidelli (21st) “I am extremely happy with the way this weekend has gone. Over the past three days I have learnt a lot and adapted quickly to Moto2. Obviously there is a lot more to learn but I think I can go home feeling happy and proud of my performance.”

Fausto Gresini “Morbidelli has shown his talent this weekend and proved that he is a youngster with promise. Session by session he improved his performance and adapted quickly to the frenetic pace of the Moto2 World Championship.”


Still more work to be done

After a very difficult Saturday, particularly in qualifying, Brad was eager to push hard in warm up to return to the top ten form he had shown all weekend aboard his new Mahindra. The South African star did just that, 11th in warm up and within a second of Vinales at the front. This gave Brad and the Ambrogio team confidence for the race, despite being 24th on the grid.

A strong start is exactly what Brad got, charging forward on his Mahindra machine and gaining over five places by the exit of the first turn. By the end of the first lap Brad was up in 16th and quickly hunting down the group ahead, hungry for points. Eventually chasing them down, Brad fought hard with the likes of Vazquez on the factory Mahindra and Arthur Sissis on the factory KTM. Unfortunately, they eventually pulled away and Brad began to drop back, ultimately finishing in 18th.

“Today was really disappointing to be honest. We had really good pace the entire weekend and then we messed up in QP. Even with that I felt like I could fight for points, especially in the first laps. I felt really good early on but as the race went on the feeling got worse and worse. We have some work to for the next race but there’s a lot of potential. Keep pushing hard is what we will do. Thanks to the team and sponsors as always, especially during this transition.” Brad Binder

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Round Number: 
13
2013

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