Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's racing at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
RW Racing GP out of luck
The Moto3 race of the Aragon GP was an unfortunate one for RW Racing GP. Jakub Kornfeil crashed out in lap 4, after braking too late in Turn 1. Jasper Iwema had a brilliant start, but made a mistake halfway through the race and therefore fell back to 22nd. The team leaves Motorland Aragon empty handed, but with the focus fixed on Malaysia already.
Jasper Iwema was full of confidence after being 10th in the warm up session. He proved to be in form with a brilliant start, moving up from 22nd to 15th in the first lap. Unfortunately the Dutchman made a few mistakes in the first half of the race and lost positions. He couldn’t find his rhythm back and finished back where he started from: in 22nd.
Jakub Kornfeil was in perfect position to make a good deal in the championship, starting from 10th with his major rivals behind him. But the Czech had a rather poor start and lost positions. Trying to fight his way back forward through the pack he was braking too late in Turn 1. A lowside crash prevented him from moving on. The rider is ok.
With only four races to go Kornfeil dropped two positions in the championship. "The coming races will be of major importance,’’ says team manager Jarno Janssen. "Both riders have to pick up the thread and find their confidence back. We are working hard, but we also need a certain amount of luck now and then. Fortune favours the bold…’’
Jasper Iwema (22): "The warm up session was really good and I was looking forward to the race. I had a great start and ducked into the first corner as 17th. I could win a few more positions and everything was looking fine until I made a mistake halfway through the race. I lost momentum and couldn’t get back into my rhythm of riding 2.01’s. It’s a shame, because I know I had my hands on valuable points.’’
Jakub Kornfeil (DNF): "If there is one thing I couldn’t use it is leaving empty handed. I had my eye set on moving up in the championship and instead I lost positions. Being in the crush is difficult and maybe I was too eager to get out of busy traffic as soon as possible. I was on the brakes too late and crashed. End of race far too early.’’
Alex Rins gains ground in title chase with fifth win
Run of four wins from six races takes Repsol rider to 9 points behind Luis Salom. Alex Marquez places third and Maria Herrera 29th after first lap crash.
Repsol Media Service - Spain, MotorLand Aragon - Sunday 29/09/2013
After a competitive weekend, Alex Rins rode a smart race which allowed him to take a great victory –his fifth of the season. The Spaniard sliced another 12 points from the distance between him and Luis Salom in the overall standings, leaving him just 9 points behind the Moto3 World Championship leader. His teammate, Alex Marquez, scored 16 points with a third place that allowed him to maintain fourth position overall in Moto3. Maria Herrera did not have an easy race, after crashing at Turn 5 of the first lap. She picked her bike back up to complete the race in 29th.
Rins came out ready to break away from the start and escape the attentions of Salom, who had started further back on the grid. Within two laps Rins had already distanced himself from the rest of the pack took Maverick Viñales and teammate Marquez with him. They were the only two capable of following his pace, and Viñales had spells at the front alongside Rins whilst each rider studied the other’s lines. With seven laps remaining, Marquez was left behind due to excessive tyre wear and settled for third.
Rins took the last lap with a surprising serenity. He overtook Viñales at the end of the straight, under braking, and focused on setting a fast pace and shutting the door. Viñales had no chance to pass, and a gearbox issue with his KTM lost him half a second and ensured the win for Rins.
Rins has also overtaken Viñales in the overall standings and now lies second, 9 points off Salom.
1st - 40:04.214
“I am very happy with the result, mostly because it was an unexpected victory. We knew that today Maverick [Viñales] was much stronger than us, and I did not feel entirely comfortable with the wind that was blowing around the circuit. I knew that if I took the last lap ahead of him, I had a chance to win –and that’s how it turned out. I tried to push hard to get ahead of him on the first corner and then he dropped back. My team tell me that he missed a gear. That's something we have to improve too, as it happened to me at this race and Misano."
3rd at 12.377 sec
“After the problems we’ve had this weekend, third place is very positive. From the beginning of the race I rode to the limit and did not feel entirely comfortable, and that meant that I could not keep up. At the end of the race, when Maverick [Viñales] gave his final push, I was on the edge too much and decided to settle for third. I think it’s a good result. Now we have to improve our performance on the final laps for Malaysia, Australia and Japan, to try to keep up until the end and gain experience for next year."
29th at 1:54.722
“In the warmup I was much more focused than yesterday and this helped me to improve my times and setup. In the race I started well and even passed a few riders on the first corner. Unfortunately I crashed just as I was overtaking someone round the outside. As I hit the gas I ran onto the rumble strip and had to go even wider to avoid contact with another rider. I went onto the grass with the bike leaned over and, although I kept hold of the bars, I wasn't able to prevent the crash. I got back up and finished the race, treating it as another practice session in which to gain experience."
JONAS FOLGER GRITS TEETH FOR SEVENTH PLACE
MAPFRE Aspar rider overcomes pain in left ankle to take positive result. Eric Granado places sixteenth after incredible comeback
The Moto3 Aragon GP took place with a refreshing wind blowing through the Motorland circuit and temperatures of 21ªC. The heat was turned up by the riders at the front, who broke away before the first lap was out. Álex Rins was the strongest off the line and was pursued by Maverick Viñales, Álex Márquez and Philipp Oettl –a surprise challenger who took the fastest lap of the race. Viñales and Rins eventually escaped at a slower pace than in practice, deciding the victory on the final lap. Rins took the win, ahead of Viñales and Márquez.
Third place for Jonas Folger in the warmup session led to thoughts of a positive result in today’s race. The MAPFRE Aspar rider, infiltrated this morning to treat the pain in his left ankle, knew that later on he would suffer and thus pushed to establish an early advantage. After a good start, the German rider slotted into the back of the trailing group and was comfortable with his pace. He aimed to ignore the pangs of pain which eventually arrived, his foot still tender from surgery last week. At the midway point he left the group behind, then rode alone for seventh place.
Eric Granado capped off a decent weekend for the MAPFRE Aspar Team at Aragon. After two difficult races, the Brazilian rider, who started from 25th position, completed a dramatic comeback that almost took him into the points. He eventually took sixteenth, riding as part of a tough group from start to finish. The MAPFRE Aspar Team rider was very pleased after taking his second best result of the season after the ninth place achieved at the Italian GP.
7th Jonas Folger: "Since the start of the weekend the pain in my foot has gone down, but today it was clear that, with twenty laps ahead of us, sooner or later I was going to suffer. The warmup session and qualifying yesterday encouraged us a lot, and I expected to fight in the leading group, but it wasn’t to be. Over the weekend we could not put in many laps, and that kept us from establishing a steady pace. That, coupled with the pain in my foot, was what kept us from finishing the race in a better position. Nevertheless, I'm happy, I think we did a great job all weekend, despite coming back from a big injury. Although we are very demanding on ourselves, we should be satisfied with seventh place considering the circumstances.”
16th Eric Granado: "I'm happy because today we concluded a tricky weekend with a satisfactory result. At the start and on the opening laps I tried to be as aggressive as possible, and it worked out for me because I managed to stay with the group. Starting so far back made things tough in the fight for points, but we made a good comeback today. That was partly because the bike performed very well today. On the last lap I pushed hard to lead my group and score a point, but another rider got past me and we came in very close together. I am pleased with how I felt at this race and I had so much fun. Not suffering crashes this weekend has helped me gain a lot of confidence and I want to thank the team for helping me to recover from the latest set of results. For me this was the best race of the season, after Mugello."
Luis Salom recovers four places and continues as series leader
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider just off the podium at Aragon, but remains the top man in Moto3. Arthur Sissis finishes ninth and Zulfahmi Khairuddin crashes out from eleventh.
29/09/2013 - MotorLand Aragon Circuit
The Aragon Grand Prix took place today at MotorLand and concluded with a fourth place for Luis Salom, who came up from the third row of the grid to claim 13 more points for his overall tally. The Spaniard continues to lead the way in the World Championship. Arthur Sissis was able to keep up his practice form for ninth place, whilst Zulfahmi Khairuddin suffered a crash at Turn 2 when fighting with a rival for eighth.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders began well at MotorLand, with Salom moving up to sixth, Sissis seventh and Zulfahmi Khairuddin tenth. The World Championship leader was able to go up another place before the end of the opening lap and latched onto Miguel Oliveira for almost the entirety of the race. Leaving behind the group of Jonas Folger and Philipp Oettl, the duo then fought for fourth –with Salom using experience to his advantage to claim the place.
Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin formed part of the battle for eighth, in the third group in the race. Eight riders were fighting for the spot, and there were constant changes in positions throughout the race. Zulfahmi Khairuddin was at the front, until contact with Efren Vazquez knocked him down and out. Sissis took ninth place.
Red Bull KTM Ajo will begin the flyaway section of the Moto3 series with Salom leading the championship. He has 259 points –9 more than his nearest rival, Alex Rins. Zulfahmi Khairuddin lies tenth with 60 points and Sissis eleventh with 59.
After scans at the Clinica Mobile, Zulfahmi Khairuddin was diagnosed with a fracture of his right wrist. He will undergo another checkup in Barcelona tomorrow, before a small operation to get him ready for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 40.04.214
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.426
3. Alex Marquez (KTM) +12.377
4. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +16.416
5. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +16.496
9. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +27.888
DNF - Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 259 points
2. Alex Rins (KTM) 250 points
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 247 points
4. Alex Marquez (KTM) 149 points
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 129 points
10. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 60 points
11. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 59 points
"I think we had a good race –much better than at Misano– and I think with how the race went we got the best possible result. That's the most important thing. I'm happy to have finished fourth.
This morning we improved in the warmup and the race as well, but we lacked a little something to get up to the first group. The first lap was key. As the race went on I tried to impose my pace alongside Oliveira and, despite us getting in each other’s way a little, we were able to catch Oettl. This is a good fourth place.
We have to be satisfied, because we still lead the championship and would have taken that at the start of the season. There are four races remaining and we should continue to work as we always have done."
"It wasn’t a bad race, but I expected a little better because yesterday, riding alone, I had quite a good pace. At the beginning of the race I could not ride comfortably, because other riders started overtaking one another like crazy and I couldn’t keep consistent, so Salom’s group broke free. In our group we had a big fight with up to eight riders involved. I held back for a few laps, watching what was happening.
I saw that Fenati was beginning to escape, so I thought it might be my chance to leave the battle behind. I got out in front and tried to catch Fenati, with a decent pace that saw some of my fastest lap. I'm a little disappointed not to have finished higher up, but happy because it was a pretty nice race."
"At the beginning of the race it was very difficult to catch the front guys, and I did not manage to have a good first few laps. I was riding in eighth position and think I could have been a little faster, but there were many riders fighting a lot amongst one another. In every corner Efren Vazquez was trying to overtake me, but I think I was faster than him on many parts of the circuit. Then, out of the first corner with five laps to go, neither of us saw the other and I was knocked off track.
I have a small fracture of my wrist, so tomorrow I will be operated on in Barcelona and hope to be all good for the Malaysian Grand Prix."
"I think that with Luis [Salom] starting from eighth, fourth was the best that we could hope for. He felt good riding and didn’t do badly. I think he did a good job. We have been testing a new update for the chassis and wanted to try some new things out on Saturday morning, but we were unlucky with the weather and went into qualifying without much data. He didn’t feel ideal, but this morning was much more positive with the changes we made to the bike. He pushed very hard on the early laps to catch the lead group. He didn’t quite manage that, but you can’t always win and it is important that Luis relaxes, clears his mind and looks ahead.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis’s weekend wasn’t bad. >From the start they were consistent and I am happy with their progress –especially that of Arthur, who had a very good race today. Fahmi also rode well, but lost a little pace in the race and unfortunately crashed out."
Determined Kent claims hard fought top 15 at Motorland Aragon
A determined display from Tech 3 Racing Team rider Danny Kent secured the British a hard earned third points scoring finish of the 2013 Moto2 World Championship in Spain today.
In cloudy and windy conditions that were significantly cooler than Friday and Saturday at the Motorland Aragon, Kent recovered brilliantly from a disappointing start from 16th on the grid to fight his way into the points from outside of the top 20.
It looked like his hard charge back through the field would leave him just outside the points in 16th position but an incident packed final lap that saw San Marino experienced Alex De Angelis tumble out of top 10 contentions secured Kent his first points scoring finish since a season best of 12th in Brno last month.
Teammate Louis Rossi enjoyed a positive opening to the 21-lap encounter and after starting in 23rd position he was quickly into a fast rhythm and within five laps he had moved into the top 20.
The French rider led the Mistral 610 challenge until Kent found a way through on lap nine and he eventually finished in a respectable 18th position, which ensured him his highest finish since he was 13th in the historic Dutch TT at Assen in late June.
The Tech 3 Racing Team now heads off on the grueling flyaway triple header in Malaysia, Australia and Japan looking foward to finish the 2013 championship with a series of strong performances from Kent and Rossi.
Danny Kent 15th – 8 points :
“I was terrible at the start and it was probably my worst first lap in Moto2. The wind had picked up from this morning’s Warm-up session and I made a couple of big mistakes on the first lap while I was trying to adapt to the conditions. I scored a point, unfortunately a lot of people crashed but that can happen in racing, and I will take a top 15 finish after another difficult weekend. We worked really hard to find a good set-up with the bike and never really found it, so to claim one point is not a bad outcome and hopefully I can be stronger at the flyaways on tracks I really like.”
Louis Rossi 18th – 4 points :
“I think a top 15 finish was possible today and at least Danny got in the points, which is a positive result for the team. I made a mistake and nearly crashing out that's why I lost the contact with the group five laps from the end and that was a bit frustrating. I pushed at my maximum until the chekered flag and it waf really positive to gain one more place when I passed Cardus at the final corner. Even if It is not a fantastic result it's still better than what I expected after a difficult practice and qualifying. Now I am looking forward to the final four races where I will give it my all to finish the season on a high level.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager :
“We can’t get too excited to finish in 15th position although to leave the Motorland Aragon with one World Championship point is at least a positive way to finish the weekend. Danny managed to fight his back through to score a point but it was more of a gift because one rider crashed on the final lap. I would prefer us to be in that position on merit and showing how strong and competitive the Mistral 610 can be. The gap to the front is much too big as well but one point was at least some reward for the hard work and effort of the Tech 3 Racing Team this weekend. It has been a difficult weekend for Louis knowing he is performing to earn a ride for 2014 but he did a good job. Today was his best finish since many races and he was only four seconds behind Danny, so that shows he performed well and I want to thank him for his professionalism and continued commitment to giving 100% to our project.”
Niklas Ajo places 21st on difficult weekend
Avant Tecno KTM gains five positions off the start at Aragon Grand Prix, finishing 21st in the race.
29/09/2013 - MotorLand Aragon Circuit
This morning at Motorland in Aragon, one of the toughest weekends of the season for Niklas Ajo came to an end. Despite trying his best, the Avant Tecno KTM rider was unable to find a comfortable enough feeling to mount one of his trademark comebacks. The young Finn finished 21st in the race –the last before the flyaway series of GPs.
Starting from the ninth row of the grid, Niklas Ajo gained five places on the opening lap. The 19 remaining laps saw a constant struggle for him in a group of eight riders, all with their eyes on a points finish. Niklas Ajo tried everything that he could, but eventually had to settle for 21st place in a contest won by Spaniard Alex Rins.
With thirteen races completed, Niklas Ajo will embark on the flyaways with 43 points to his name, in fifteenth in the Moto3 standings.
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 40.04.214
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.426
3. Alex Marquez (KTM) +12.377
4. Luis Salom (KTM) +16.416
5. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +16.496
21. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +48.796
Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 259 points
2. Alex Rins (KTM) 250 points
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 247 points
4. Alex Marquez (KTM) 149 points
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 129 points
15. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 43 points
"The race was like the whole weekend, very difficult. All the Grand Prix it has been tough, the bike was going well but I was not able to ride better. The team have worked very hard and we just lacked feeling comfortable on track. I need to analyse this and keep it in mind for the future. I should have been fighting for the points today. I tried to overtake some riders at the end, but I could do no more."
Redding and Kallio make impressive recovery at Aragon
Aragon, Spain - 29 September 2013: Scott Redding and Mika Kallio put on a master class in overtaking, taking 19 places between them on their way to finishing fourth and fifth respectively in today's Moto2 Grand Prix of Aragon
Starting from the fifth row of the grid, Redding attacked immediately, pushing his way past eight riders on the opening lap and carrying the forward momentum on to take second place four laps into the race. The 20-year-old Briton then came under concerted attack from Tito Rabat, who eventually squeezed his way through into second.
The second half of the race saw Redding trying to hold off Pol Espargaro, despite an obvious speed disadvantage on the long Aragon straight. Espargaro made his first move with three laps to go, only for Redding to immediately retake the place, but with two laps remaining the Spaniard went again, pulling a slight gap and leaving the Marc VDS rider too far back to mount another challenge for the last podium position.
Redding's fourth place in today's Moto2 Grand Prix of Aragon limited his loss to just three points in the championship standings, which he now leads by 20 points over Espargaro.
While Redding was blitzing his way through the field in the early stages, Kallio was forced into a more steady approach, picking off riders on every lap to eventually work his way through to fifth place by half race distance. The 30-year-old Finn could see Redding and Espargaro ahead of him and, lap by lap, eventually closed the gap to join the battle for third place.
Kallio was able to comfortably match the lap times of Espargaro, but lacked the little bit of extra pace needed to mount a challenge on the Pons rider. The Finnish rider eventually followed his Marc VDS teammate across the line to take an impressive fifth place.
Livio Loi added another World Championship point to his tally, after heading a seven-way battle to finish 15th in today's Moto3 Grand Prix of Aragon.
The 16-year-old Belgian was moving steadily through the group fighting for 15th position until an error saw him run off track, leaving him to do it all again as he re-joined at the back of the group. Having worked his way back to the front of the group, Loi took 15th place and the final championship point by passing Ana Carrasco on the final lap of the race.
Scott Redding #45 // 4th // @Reddingpower
"Today the plan was simple; attack and keep fighting. I knew I had to fight today, for a result and for the championship, and that's what I did. I got a clean run through the field from the start and managed to get a good run onto the back straight on the first lap and pass some more people. The problem was that when there was nobody to slipstream on the back straight I was losing too much time and that's what gave Pol the final podium position today. It was a little disheartening, to work so hard throughout the race, trying to make it perfect, trying to block the line and yet they still come past you on the straight. I did my best today, but the straight was our downfall. After the problems in qualifying we can be happy that we limited the loss to just three points today."
Mika Kallio #36 // 5th
"I didn't get my normal start to the race and then almost came to a stop on the inside of turn one because of the traffic. Lap by lap I got more feeling and I started to catch the guys in front of me. My lap times were good and every time I passed a rider there was another one there to chase. At the end I managed to close on to Pol's back wheel, but I just didn't have that little bit extra to try and pass safely. It wasn't a bad result, but I had the pace today to be on the podium if I hadn't made the job so hard for myself by qualifying so far down the grid. This is something we need to address; if you want to be on the podium you need to qualify at least on the front three rows, not the fifth."
Livio Loi #11 // 15th // @LivioLoi
"The start and opening lap weren't so good, but I managed to get back on the group and was pushing hard to make up places, but then ran off track trying to pass Eric Granado and had to do it all again. I eventually got back to the front of the group and pushed to pull a gap, but while I was faster I wasn't quite fast enough to get away. It's good to be back in the points here at Aragon."
Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal
"This was exactly the result I was expecting from Scott. He was 13th on the grid, but we knew from last year that, when he has the slipstream on the straight, he can make up the 0.2s or so that we miss in qualifying. He's shown here that he will fight for this championship. He was almost on the podium today, beaten only by the straight at Aragon. It was also an impressive ride from Mika, to come from 15th on the grid to catch the fight for third, but it's a little bit a shame that he didn't quite have the pace at the end to get into a battle with Pol. Once again Livio finished at the head of his group to take another championship point. Four or five laps into the race he was running the same lap times as the group ahead of him, which he could have been a part of with a little more aggression in the early stages of the race. Overall it's been a satisfactory weekend for the Marc VDS Racing Team here at Aragon."
NICO TEROL CLAIMS SECOND WIN OF 2013 IN DOMINANT FASHION
MAPRE Aspar escapes from the start with series of fast laps, whilst teammate Jordi Torres takes sixth place despite clutch issue
The Moto2 race at Aragon took place this Sunday at Motorland, and after practice it was not difficult to guess what might happen on race day. MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol, starting from pole and clearly dominant in almost every session this weekend, broke away from the start and was able to ride to victory by himself. At first he had Espargarò, Rabat, Nakagami, Redding and Torres behind him, but once Rabat split in the chase for second place there would only be a battle for third to be decided. Espargarò eventually passed the Briton with an excellent overtake, rounding off the podium
From the first lap to the twenty-first, the lead at Motorland belonged to MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol. Recalling his time at 125cc, the Spaniard earned the win thanks to a speedy start that featured three consecutive fastest race laps. He was soon two seconds ahead of any other rider, later increasing the gap to 4.6s. Terol has now been on the podium three times at Aragon, with two 125cc rostrums and this latest result at Motorland. The win today was his second at the track, and also his second of the current season.
The MAPFRE Aspar Team’s weekend was capped off by Jordi Torres, who with his sixth place in a tough race took further points in his first full season in Moto2. The Spanish rider had problems with his clutch from the third lap onwards, but kept his cool to work around the issue and finish the race. It was a successful return from a weekend in which he had undertaken few laps in the run-up to the race.
1st Nico Terol: "Before this weekend, at the Alcarrás test, I knew that I had found something very positive with the bike. I felt that we were getting an excellent feeling with the grip level. Nevertheless, it was unimaginable to have such a good weekend in Moto2, which is such a tough category. We’d had some trouble over the last few races, but this is a circuit I like and I knew I could use it to mark a turning point for our fortunes. We worked very hard over the weekend, and taking my first Moto2 pole yesterday gave me an extra bit of confidence. Today the weather changed and I thought that maybe it would even things up at the front with the strong wind. On the first few laps I was very consistent and this allowed me to gain some distance. I want to thank the Chiron-Dexeus Hospital and all the doctors for their treatment. I’ve had some health problems and I am recovering gradually. This victory is very special, here at home, after a super weekend in which I was always establishing the gap that I wanted. This victory confirms that we can fight for the top places, so we’ll try to keep things that way."
6th Jordi Torres: "Despite experiencing some unforeseen setbacks during the weekend, we had pace coming into today. Putting in few laps during the weekend prevented us from trying everything we wanted ahead of the race. In the warm-up session we had a couple of positive findings, but in the race we had a little problem with the clutch, which kept engaged and made it hard to move through the gears. I had to adjust to slot the gears in, which put me off somewhat. I wasn’t able to go as fast as I wanted, but I was able to stick in sixth –which I think deserves credit. We were fortunate to finish the race, so should be happy with that."
BOOSTING POINTS FOR ANTONELLI
Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 rider Niccolò Antonelli followed up his Misano haul with more points today in a morale boosting ride at Aragon. The Italian youngster battled hard in a combative group to take fourteenth place, despite conceding ground down the long straight here. Lorenzo Baldassarri's horsepower troubles are accentuated even further by his excessive size compared to his rivals and the Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 rookie was unable to show his true potential today.
Niccolò Antonelli (14th) “In the end I am quite happy because I had fun, like at Misano. I was losing time down the straight but in the tighter sections I was really fast and that is very satisfying to know. Two points may not be much but they are still a nice reward for us and they set us up for a demanding finale to the season as we look to build for next year.”
Lorenzo Baldassarri (26th) “Unfortunately we struggled with the same problem as usual today but I won't stop trying and we will give it our best until the end of the season. I know that I have higher potential than I am currently able to show and even though we are not getting results I am staying positive and hopefully we get some rewards in the coming races.”
Fausto Gresini “Niccolò had another good race today, lapping in a group that was not too far from the front. It's another impressive performance that gives us optimism for the future. He stayed in there fighting until the end and finished just a few seconds behind the top Honda so he deserves credit. It was a more difficult race for Lorenzo because he is simply too big for this category and at a track like this it shows, which is disappointing for him because he's not able to show his real potential.”
PRADITA MAKES UP NINE POSITIONS AT ARAGON
Just as he had promised last night Doni Tata Pradita produced a performance of concentration and determination this afternoon to secure a positive result in the Grand Prix of Aragon. The Indonesian rider made up nine places from his starting position to cross the line in 22nd and with a comfortable advantage over his compatriot Sucipto.
Doni Tata Pradita (22nd) “I am happy because I rode with a good pace in the race and we have finished with a positive result. I finally adapted to the circuit and had a good feeling with the bike out there today. This result gives me a nice boost and we can heads to a circuit I know next week with a different mentality.”
Fausto Gresini “Good! Doni has come away with a positive result today, which is a nice way to go to the next round in Malaysia, not far from his home in Indonesia. He knows the circuit well there so hopefully he should be able to take another significant step forward.”
WAROKORN TAKES POSITIVES FROM STRONG ARAGON START
Thitipong Warokorn was left to rue a mistake on the twelfth lap that saw him concede positions and only manage 30th place in the Grand Prix of Aragon. The Thai rider is taking the positives though after making a strong start to the race, which he will look to build on when the championship moves on to the Sepang Circuit in Malaysia in two weeks' time – a track he is finally familiar with.
Thitipong Warokorn (30th) “Unfortunately my race was compromised by a mistake on the twelfth lap but I set some really good times over the first few laps and was on course for a good result. I am happy though, especially because the next race is at Sepang where I will have a lot of supporters.”
Fausto Gresini “Thitipong made a good start and set some impressive lap times so it was a shame that he made a mistake midway through the race. Even so it was a positive race for him and a nice boost for his confidence because we go to Malaysia next. ”
MotoGP Moto3 – Strong race for San Carlo Team Italia FMI in Aragon with both riders
Fenati conquers a solid eighth, while Bagnaia barely misses points in the final rush
Alex Rins, with a perfect last lap, won today's race beating Maverick Viñales under the checkered flag. Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5), after another strong comeback from 14th to 8th, gave his best in the final laps to catch Folger, confirming his status as a leader for both Honda-FTR and Italy. In the world rankings Fenati leads the Italians and will try to finish in the Top 10 with four races to go. Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) confirmed his progressive growth, closing in 17th position, missing the Top 15 by only two tenths but making a wonderful comeback as he was 30th after the start. The Italian laid out the foundations for the Asian triple header.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 8th
"It's been a good race, I'm happy with the result. I wanted to enter in the Top 10 and I've done so thanks to the bike and the work done by the team. If we keep up the good work, we can have a strong finish to our season."
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) 17th
"This was my best race so far. The team and I worked well throughout the sessions and my feeling on the bike improved significantly. Now I want to re-start from this base to finish my debut year as well as possible."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"We worked well as a team here in Aragon. Romano was fast, catching the Top 10 and being first among Honda-FTR riders thanks to some setup modifications. Pecco only had a small hesitation at the start, but lapped consistently and climbed back many position with some exciting overtakes. Now he only needs to keep pushing. We can head to Malesia with more confidence, ready to make more improvements."
Back in the Points!
As Brad lined up on the grid in 14th he was determined to make a good start and charge the short distance to turn one. The opening lap of the race saw Brad rocket up to 11th and get involved with a large group up to 9th. The group fought tooth and nail, in typical Moto3 style, and changed positions frequently. Several crashes and strong closing laps saw Brad fight up to 12th after having a slow mid-race. It was a welcome return to the points for the South African.
Brad Binder now sits 13th in the Moto3 World Championship with 50 points.
“It’s really good to be back in the points after four races. I’m really pumped. I would have liked to be higher, top ten, but oh well. We were pretty close to Vazquez who has been on the Mahindra all year and I think we can keep fighting with him in the final races. We’re making steps with the bike every time we ride it and it’s really great. I was able to pass people down the straight, which was nice. We obviously still have some points to work on but I’m feeling really good for Sepang now.” Brad Binder