Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's race at Motegi:
Alex Marquez takes first ever GP win and Alex Rins leaves Japan empty handed
Rins, despite crashing four laps from the end, remains 5 points off series leader Salom. Moto3 title to be decided at Valencia in two weeks’ time.
Repsol Media Service - Japan, Twin Ring Motegi Circuit - Sunday 27/10/2013
Alex Marquez took the first Grand Prix win of his career, and did so at the best possible moment for his teammate, Alex Rins. The latter, who came into the race 5 points off the lead of the series, crashed out with four laps remaining. A crash for Luis Salom early on had added further intrigue to the title chase.
At the start of the race, the three title contenders were joined by Marquez at the front. It seemed as if they were going to escape, up until the unthinkable happened: Isaac Viñales went in too hot at a braking point and took out Salom, leaving the series leader with a zero to his name. That put things in Rins’ favour, as he had the chance to take the advantage in the overall standings. He, his teammate and Maverick Viñales broke away and would battle for the win amongst themselves.
Four laps from the end, Rins himself suffered a crash when riding in third. That would leave Viñales and Marquez as the only two candidates for the win. On the final lap, Viñales made a mistake and Marquez capitalised to claim his first ever Grand Prix win.
After this latest race, Salom remains at the head of the standings with 300 points. Viñales is second with 298 and Rins lies third with 295. 25 points are up for grabs at the final round in Valencia.
24th at 1:06.878.
“Today didn’t go as we had expected. I saw Salom crash on the opening lap when I was third, riding on the edge. On entry to the home straight I lost rear grip without warning and crashed out. It was a pity not to have been able to take advantage of the situation, but I hope to do better in Valencia."
1st - 39:45.953.
“It has been a very strange weekend and the race was also odd. I was riding at the limit on each lap, on every corner, and in the end we were fighting for the win with Maverick [Viñales]. It was a nice battle between us. I was able to rectify things from other races in which I wasn't with the frontrunners at the end, and today I was able to win, so I'm very happy. We will be 100% motivated for Valencia."
JONAS FOLGER TAKES THIRD PODIUM OF THE SEASON IN CHAOTIC RACE
MAPFRE Aspar rider claims rostrum finish after riding solo for much of the race. Eric Granado moves up from penultimate spot on the grid to place nineteenth
A crazy weekend in Japan ended for the Moto3 riders with the expected mayhem, featuring crashes, battles to the finish and plenty of surprises. The opening lap was as unpredictable as they come, as Isaac Viñales took out series leader Luis Salom and Álex Márquez pushed to escape. Salom got back on track, but crashed again eight hours later. With him out of action, Rins had the chance to take a big advantage in the overall standings. However, a crash for him with four laps remaining meant that Maveirck Viñales and Márquez would fight for the win amongst themselves. It was the latter who snatched the victory, by just 27 thousandths of a second. From first to third in the race, Salom, Viñales and Rins are separated by just 5 points. The final race of the season will decide the Moto3 World Champion for 2013.
Yesterday he was caught out by the rain and qualified ninth. Today, however, Jonas Folger decided to avoid any surprises. He gained two places on the opening lap and two more on the second time around, becoming the pacesetter in the second group. On the way to the head of the field he set two consecutive race fastest laps, finally catching up with Álex Márquez. After sticking in the slipstream, a mistake meant that he lost contact and was riding alone by the end. His firm and steady pace saw him claim third on the podium amidst the madness of the race. It was a smart ride by the MAPFRE Aspar rider, who took his third rostrum of the season in Japan.
Teammate Eric Granado said goodbye to Japan in good spirits. The MAPFRE Aspar Team youngster managed to complete the twenty laps of the Japanese GP and moved up from 31st on the grid to 19th.
3rd Jonas Folger: "Today was a crazy race, especially on the first few laps where everything was pretty confusing. Many riders wanted to overtake on the outside, whilst others just slowed us down. It was all a bit strange. The truth is that I was rather lucky on the first lap, because Salom was close by when he crashed. At first I had a good pace, and this allowed me to get to Marquez. Despite the strangeness of the race, I felt very comfortable on the bike. I was able to follow Marquez and in fact he was taking me to those ahead of us, but in a moment I made a mistake. On the last corner I accidentally left the bike in neutral and that made me lose a second. It was not easy to go as fast without a slipstream. I guess that without that mistake, I would have been in the fight for the win. I think that we did a good job this weekend and I am happy with the podium, which I hope to repeat in Valencia.”
19th Eric Granado: "This weekend we practically had no track time. Yesterday was the qualifying session in the rain and today the race was dry. Despite the complications, my team did a great job and the bike performed to perfection. I started pretty well, and I overtook several riders at the beginning of the race. Then I had a major scare and lost nearly three seconds as a result. From the shaking I took a heavy hit to my leg and my feeling went down for five laps. Then I got back to riding a good pace and lowered my times. Interestingly, my best lap of the race came at the end. I think we could have finished in the top fifteen, yet I'm quite happy with how things felt here. In Valencia we will work hard to try to end the year in the points."
NICO TEROL PRODUCES FIGHTBACK OF THE SEASON
MAPFRE Aspar rider climbs from 24th on the grid to 6th. Teammate Jordi Torres crashes out whilst making a similar move through the field
The opening race in Moto2 at Motegi lasted just a single corner. At the end of the straight, Esteve Rabat was thrown from his bike, which remained in the middle of the track and was hit by Scott Redding. The red flag was shown and the race was restarted in a 15-lap shortened contest. Mika Kallio again started from pole, but Pol Espargaró would overtake him before the end of the opening lap. Podium finishers Espargaró, Kallio and Luthi were out on their own, taking the chequered flag with a gap between them. Espargaró became the first rider to seal a title win in 2013, claiming the Moto2 crown.
Nico Terol knew that his starting position did not reflect his pace. He had experienced problems with his setup yesterday on a damp track, leaving him down in 24th place. However, the MAPFRE Aspar rider was aware that his dry pace was much faster, and ninth in the practice session confirmed this. He made a great fightback and gained nine places by the end of the opening lap. Three more riders were passed by the end of lap 2, and he had the frontrunners in his sights. The Spaniard now has his home round in Valencia next up, where he will look to have another great race.
MAPFRE Aspar Team colleague Jordi Torres had aimed for a similar result at Motegi. He was 16th on the grid, also moving up into the top ten before a crash on lap 8. He lost the front at Turn 5 and suffered a deep abrasion to his right foot, requiring three stitches.
6th Nico Terol: "I'm very happy, because I really enjoyed the race. Yesterday we had a bit of a disastrous qualifying session on a wet track. This morning, in the dry, I had a good feeling with the bike. I like this circuit and I knew I could have a good race. On the first start I did very well, but I got stuck on the inside of the corner and many riders clipped me. Later, when the race was restarted, I got a better start and was able to pass many riders on the outside on the opening corner. Then I concentrated on imposing a good pace and was very consistent. I passed riders calmly, before getting to Jordi. I had a little bit faster pace than him and Pasini, so I got ahead and pushed. I was just lacking a couple more laps to move up more positions. I am very pleased with our performance today. It’s just too bad that we started so far back, otherwise we could have fought for the podium.”
Jordi Torres (DNF): "Early in the race we recovered many positions, but then I realised that it was difficult to stop the bike on the straights. I had a couple of scares, so I preferred to keep my pace up and be cautious rather than try to gain more positions. When Nico passed me I tried to follow him, but on the fast corner after the tunnel I lost the front in a strange way and crashed. It was a shame to finish the weekend like this."
Kallio on the podium as Redding's title dreams dashed at Motegi
Twin Ring Motegi, Japan - 27th October 2013: Mika Kallio took his fourth podium of the season with second place in this afternoon's Japanese Moto2 Grand Prix at Motegi. Scott Redding's title hopes were shattered on the opening lap of the race, when Tito Rabat crashed in front of him and the 20-year-old Briton collided with the Spaniard's bike.
The race was red flagged as a result of the incident but, having severely bruised his right arm, right leg and also wrecked the bike in the crash, Redding was unable to take to the grid for the 15-lap restart.
It was a bitter blow for Redding, who sustained a broken wrist just one week ago in Australia but rode through the pain barrier here at Motegi to try and keep his title hopes alive. Pol Espargaro was crowned the 2013 Moto2 World Champion today, after winning the penultimate race of the season.
Kallio got a flyer from the start, but was unable to hold off a challenge on the opening lap from Espargaro, who quickly pulled out a gap at the front of the race. The 30-year-old Finn chased hard, but just didn't have the set-up to match the Spaniard's pace and was forced to settle for second at the chequered flag, three seconds ahead of third placed Tom Lüthi.
Today's podium for Kallio saw him move to within 19 points of third place in the championship standings, a position currently occupied by Rabat
Livio Loi secured his best result of the 2013 season with 12th place at Motegi, despite only having had two sessions on the track prior to today's Japanese Moto3 Grand Prix.
Because of cancellations due to the weather on Friday and Saturday morning, the 16-year-old Belgian's first outing on the Twin Ring Motegi circuit came during yesterday's wet qualifying, which he finished in 25th position. Today Loi got a good start, making up places in the early stages of the race to eventually join the battle for a top ten finish. The Marc VDS rider looked set to claim tenth until an error on the final lap saw him drop back to 12th at the chequered flag.
Mika Kallio #36 // 2nd
"I'm happy with the 20 points for second, but disappointed not to have won here at Motegi today. The feeling was good, the pace was good and this track has always been a little bit special for me in the past, but I Pol was just to fast for me. I made a couple of small mistakes early on that allowed him to pull enough of a gap that it was impossible to catch him. Normally I'd be satisfied to be on the podium, but I've won many times before at this track and, today, I was expecting more."
Scott Redding #45 // DNS // @Reddingpower
"When Tito went down in front of me I did everything I could to avoid him, but I couldn't avoid hitting the bike and I went down too. It's disappointing, obviously, not just because of everything we've been through just to race here this weekend but also because there was nobody left to take the fight to Pol with both Tito and me out of the race. The championship's gone and, although it wasn't through want of trying, that doesn't make it an easier to accept. The important thing is to get over it, come back strong and finish the season on a high at Valencia. Congratulations to Pol on winning the title; it was a good battle and I'm just sorry we couldn't take it down to the wire."
Livio Loi #11 // 12th // @LivioLoi
"It was a difficult race, because it's not easy to make up so many places when you start from 25th on the grid. But I managed to push my way through in the early part of the race, with some good lap times, and was involved in the battle for the top ten for much of the race. On the final lap, I made a small mistake at turn two, allowing a couple of riders to out brake me later in the lap, which meant I missed out on my first top ten finish. So, while I'm happy to leave Japan with my best result of the season so far, I'm a little bit disappointed to miss out on tenth place. For next time the qualifying needs to be better, so I can run with the group in front during the race."
Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal
"With Mika on the podium and Livio securing his best result of the season, this should have been a good weekend for us. However, Scott losing out on the championship, as a result of someone else's crash, overshadowed the good results. The hard work that's gone into getting him fit to race here came to nothing in the end, and that's difficult to accept. But, what's done is done and now we need to move on. After a difficult weekend because of the weather, both Mika and Livio rode good races today. Mika picked up his fourth podium of the season, to close even further on third place in the championship, while Livio fought hard only to miss out on a top ten finish by the narrowest of margins. Both will go into the final round in Valencia looking to end the season on a high, as will Scott, and that's now our main goal. Congratulations on the title to Sito Pons and Pol Espargaro; a respected rival and a worthy champion."
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Salom maintains series lead in chaotic race
Luis Salom and Zulfahmi Khairuddin crash out on opening corners, taken out by other riders. Arthur Sissis places just outside the points in sixteenth.
27/10/2013 - Twin Ring Motegi Circuit, Japan
The Japanese Grand Prix was a tricky race featuring many crashes, in which unfortunately two Red Bull KTM Ajo were taken out on the opening lap. First to fall was Zulfahmi Khairuddin, with Luis Salom following just a few corners later. In both cases the crashes came due to contact from another rider. Salom remains Moto3 series leader by 2 points over Maverick Viñales. Arthur Sissis completes race in sixteenth.
The entire weekend was one to forget. After only being able to undertake qualifying yesterday and a practice session this morning, the Japanese GP started off badly for Red Bull KTM Ajo. On the very first corner, Zulfahmi Khairuddin was hit by another rider and knocked to the ground. Just a few corners afterwards, Luis Salom was taken out by Isaac Viñales. Despite rejoining the race and putting in fastest laps, Salom would crash again 12 laps from the chequered flag. The result was not completely negative, however, as Alex Rins would later crash out and a win for Alex Marquez would keep Salom at the head of the overall standings.
Arthur Sissis was just outside the points at Motegi. Taking off from row seven of the grid, the Australian kept his position until the end. He fought with a group of riders on every lap to finally place sixteenth.
The title fight will go down to the wire in two weeks’ time at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. Luis Salom will defend his 2-point lead over Maverick Viñales and 5-point lead over Alex Rins. Zulfahmi Khairuddin lies twelfth with 65 points and Arthur Sissis is fifteenth with 59.
1. Alex Marquez (KTM) 39:45.953
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.027
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) +7.750
4. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +15.889
5. Romano Fenati (FTR Honda) +18.323
16. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +42.159
DNF - Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
DNF - Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 300 points
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 298 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 295 points
4. Alex Marquez (KTM) 200 points
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 163 points
12. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 65 points
15. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 59 points
"After the first crash, I think that riding at the same pace –or faster– than the frontrunners was important for me. I felt very comfortable and my feeling with the bike was very good. The second crash was strange, because I lost the rear and wasn’t expecting it at all. Later on, in the garage, we saw that this was due to damage suffered in the first crash.
After seeing how everything turned out, I am happy to keep the series lead. That is the important thing. It is all at stake in Valencia and I am sure that both I and the team will give our all."
"After a rather crazy weekend, the race was a difficult one. We had just 10 minutes of practice time in good conditions this morning to find a good dry setup. I am not happy with the result, so now I have to focus on the season finale in Valencia."
"The truth is that I can’t say too much about this race. It was all over for me on the opening corner, when another rider ran into me and knocked me off the track. It is a shame, because this morning I felt very good and had a strong pace. I knew that I could go even faster. Now we have to forget about this race and focus on Valencia."
"It is clear that after this race we are not happy, because Luis’ crash came through a mistake from another rider. That is why I am disappointed, because I thought we had a good chance of the victory here at Motegi. We have to be positive and look ahead like always. We have to concentrate on our own job at hand and face the final GP knowing that everything is still wide open. This team and this rider never give up, so we shall continue giving our all.
Fahmi [Zulfahmi Khairuddin] had a good practice session this morning and had a good race pace as well. Just like Luis, it was a pity that another rider ran into him on the opening corner.
Arthur [Sissis] placed sixteenth, at the end of a difficult weekend. He is not happy with the result, so now is the time to focus on the last race at Valencia and try to get the best result possible."
Second consecutive top ten finish for Niklas Ajo
Avant Tecno KTM rider takes eighth place at Japanese Grand Prix, starting from sixth row on the grid.
27/10/2013 - Twin Ring Motegi Circuit
Adverse weather conditions went away and this morning the penultimate race of the season was able to take place in the dry. Niklas Ajo took off from seventeenth on the grid, gaining 9 places to cross the line in eighth. This was a second top ten finish in a row for the Avant Tecno KTM rider –for the first time in his career.
The young Finn started the race strong, with one of his typical fights through the field on the first lap. Niklas ended lap 1 in ninth place, overtaking eight riders. Despite not running the same pace as the lead group, the Avant Tecno KTM rider continued working hard at a difficult track for him. He was part of the third group and won out in a battle for eighth with Niccolo Antonelli.
The last round of the Moto3 World Championship season takes place in two weeks’ time in Valencia. After claiming 8 points today, Niklas Ajo is fourteenth in the overall standings with 62 points.
1. Alex Marquez (KTM) 39:45.953
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.027
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) +7.750
4. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +15.889
5. Romano Fenati (FTR Honda) +18.323
8. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +25.608
Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 300 points
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 298 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 295 points
4. Alex Marquez (KTM) 200 points
5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 163 points
14. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 62 points
"Today's race didn't go badly at all, and we achieved a very good position. It's true that we can't be happy with the distance that the leading riders put between us, but we knew coming to Motegi that this was a difficult track for me. It doesn't suit my riding style.
The start of the race was good, and I stuck with the group. However, as the laps went by, I lost rubber from my tyres and had to take a lot of care. In the end I was fighting against Antonelli for eighth place. It was a good way to finish a strange weekend."
ANTONELLI BATTLES HARD FOR POINTS IN JAPAN
Niccolò Antonelli went into the Grand Prix of Japan with high hopes after a strong showing in qualifying and the pre-race warm-up but the Team GO & FUN Gresini Moto3 rider could manage no more than ninth place in a tough race that saw him struggle throughout with a rear tyre issue. It is another tough lesson for the Italian teenager, who once again showed his potential and gathered vital experience as he looks towards better times next season. Lorenzo Baldassarri paid the price for a poor qualifying session, making up positions with a strong race but finishing narrowly outside the points in seventeenth place.
Niccolò Antonelli (9th) “I am disappointed because there was something wrong with the rear tyre. I didn't have enough grip and I was struggling for the whole race. If it wasn't for the fact that I was running in the points I would have come in because I was really struggling to keep the bike upright. It's a shame but we have to look on the bright side which is that we have picked up more good points and we have gathered more experience that will serve us well in the future.”
Lorenzo Baldassarri (17th) “I am just disappointed that I started from so far back today because other than that it was a good race for us. I think I have shown my true potential once again today even though once again we lost all the time we made up in the flowing sections down the straights. It's frustrating but we know what we are dealing with.”
Fausto Gresini “We were hoping for a better race than this but we have to be content with some more championship points. Niccolò had a rear grip issue and it is a shame because otherwise he had good pace and once again this weekend he has shown his talent and his potential. If Baldassarri had started higher up the grid we might have seen him in the points too but it wasn't to be. Anyway we have to look at the positives and be happy that we have seen our riders' potential again.”
PRADITA CRASHES OUT AT MOTEGI
Doni Tata Pradita had a weekend to forget at Motegi, where his preparations for the race were severely hampered by the adverse weather conditions. The Indonesian rider did his best to fight back in the race but just when he was making up positions he crashed out.
Doni Tata Pradita (DNF) “I am disappointed because after picking up points at Phillip Island I was determined to have a similar result at Motegi. Unfortunately it couldn't have gone much worse and we have finished the weekend with a crash.”
Fausto Gresini “I feel sorry for Doni because I know how hard he is working at every race. The point at Phillip Island was a nice boost for him but repeating that feat here at Motegi was always going to be a very difficult task.”
MORBIDELLI GATHERS VALUABLE EXPERIENCE IN MOTEGI RACE
Franco Morbidelli gathered valuable experience with his second Moto2 race appearance of the season in place of the injured Thitipong Warokorn at Motegi. Despite limited track time due to the inclement weather conditions here this weekend the young Italian adapted well to the circuit today and with some dry track time in practice he could have feasibly scored a much better result.
Franco Morbidelli (18th) “It has been another nice experience for me here. I would have liked to have had more time to learn the track but the circumstances were very unusual and it wasn't possible. It's a shame but I know I could have been even faster in this race today and I think I can go home happy with my Japanese adventure.”
Fausto Gresini “This was a great experience for a young rider like Morbidelli and he did a good job – I am sure that with a few more laps he would have finished further up. Apart from the result I think this weekend will prove to be a big positive for him. ”
Difficult end to flyaway races for Tech 3 Racing
The final round of a gruelling flyaway triple-header at the Twin Ring Motegi track in Japan did not end on a high note for the Tech 3 Racing Moto2 Team.
For the third race in succession, the Moto2 field did not complete a full race distance after red flags came out on the opening lap this afternoon for a nasty accident involving Scott Redding, Tito Rabat and Alex Marinelarena, who will join Tech 3 Racing in 2014.
Fortunately all three escaped serious injury and the race, which was due to run over 23-laps, was shortened to a 15-lap encounter.
After practice and qualifying was severely disrupted by torrential rain and poor visibility caused by fog, today’s race took place under gloriously sunny skies, as ambient temperatures hit a weekend high of over 20 degrees.
Today’s action though didn’t go according to plan at all for the French-based Tech 3 squad, with Louis Rossi’s hopes of challenging for a top 15 finish were ended when the young French rider went twice off track while he was locked in an exciting multi-rider fight.
Danny Kent’s joy at claiming a season best grid position yesterday was unfortunately short-lived, with the British rider forced to miss the penultimate round of the Championship.
The 19th-year old was optimistic that his outstanding qualifying performance in tricky conditions yesterday would be the springboard for him to compete for a maiden Moto2 top 10 finish.
Those hopes were denied though by a crash in an extended morning warm-up session that left Kent unable to start because of a broken right collarbone.
Louis Rossi DNF -
“This race was a disaster for us because yesterday we did not find a good set-up and also the modifications we tried during this morning’s practice session did not make me feel more comfortable on the bike. Also being so far back on the grid did not help us today and as soon as I touched the brake the bike started to slide a lot, so I have to release it and I end up going straight in nearly every corner. That’s why I decided that it would be better to return to the the pit box after ending up twice in the gravel. Of course it’s really frustrating, especially after the strong performance we had in Australia. But I just have to forget about this weekend and keep on working for the last race in Valencia."
Danny Kent DNS -
“Obviously I’m really disappointed about the injury today and the fact that we managed to qualify in on third row yesterday leaves a sour taste in my mouth. I would have loved to do a good race here and show our true potential and also to pay back my Tech 3 Racing team for all the support they gave me during this season, But these things can happen to everybody. My bike went into first gear and just went sideways. There was nothing I could do. It just threw me off and I landed on my shoulder. Now my right collarbone is broken and we will have to wait and see how much my physical condition can improve when we go to Valencia. I don’t want to finish my season in this way and I am determined to try and ride in the final race.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager
“After the strong qualifying from Danny yesterday we were really hoping to score our first top 10 finish of the season here in Japan. Unfortunately things did not go according to plan during this morning’s free practice. He did a small mistake and paid a high price for it and with the broken shoulder he could not start. Now we have to wait and see if he might be declared fit to ride in Valencia. Louis had another difficult weekend and he struggled yesterday as soon as the track dried up and starting far down the starting grid did not make things easy for him. He never felt confident during the race and we can just hope that we will be able to finish the Championship with a better result in two weeks in Valencia."
Crash for Iwema from top 5
Jasper Iwema had a brilliant start in the Moto3 race at the Motegi Twin Ring. Fighting in the top 5 of the race he was too late on the brakes and crashed. Iwema finished the Japanese GP in 25th. Jakub Kornfeil fought for the top 10 when a yellow flag prevented him to overtake and left him finishing in 11th.
For the first time in the raceweekend the sun was out at Motegi, making it difficult for everybody after two wet days. The warm-up had been stopped in the morning due to bad visibility. So without much experience in the dry the Moto3 riders started their race, with Jasper Iwema on 11th and Jakub Kornfeil on 16th position.
Iwema had a great start moving up to 7th. He brilliantly avoided an early crash of Isaac Viñales and championship leader Luis Salom. The crash meant Iwema could improve to 5th. While battling in the top 5 Iwema was a bit too excited. In the last corner he was too late on the brakes and ran off the track. The Dutchman was able to rejoin the race but only as a backmarker. He finished in 25th, but looking at his lap times it would have been possible for Iwema to finish well within the points.
Jakub Kornfeil had a solid race. After a not so good start he managed to avoid the crashes in front of him and fight for another top 10 finish. It was because of a yellow flag in the last lap (after a crash involving Alexis Masbou) Kornfeil wasn’t able to overtake for 10th.
Jakub Kornfeil (11): "I don’t know what’s wrong with my start and first lap. If I could only have starts and first laps like Jasper, I could have been much further to the front. Maybe we should have a chat about that on the way home. Plenty of time for that. Except for the first laps I’m satisfied with my race.’’
Jasper Iwema (25): "I was too late and lost the bike in the last corner while running 5th. Such a pity that was. I could rejoin and finish the race, but it was a big deception of course because I should have grabbed points here. At least I was able to try some things which could help me in the future.’’
IT WAS A DIFFICULT RACE FOR CAME IODARACING TEAM IN MOTEGI
MOTEGI, October 26th 2013 - It wasn't an easy Sunday for Came Iodaracing Team in Japan. Only the MptpGP rider Danilo Petrucci has finished the race, in 18th position, while both Lukas Pesek and Johann Zarco were retired.
Aftrer Zarco's 3rd place in qualifying practice, there were very high expetations on the Moto2 race. After a good start in the second race (the first one was suspended for a big crash ad the second corner), the French rider was fighting in the leading group when at the 10th lap he was forced to retire for a problem to the quickshift.
Danilo Petrucci in MotoGP has tried to finish in the points, but he couldn't do it for the different track condition despite of the practice. Danilo was very competitive on the wet, but on the dry track he has non found a good feeling with his bike. Lukas Pesek has retired again. The Czech rider had some problem to the electronics of his Ioda Suter BMW that denied to him to finish the race.
JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER - DNF - "I was lucky in this race only in the second start. I did a mistake on the first, but after the red flag I did good start defending my third position. I was fighting with Luthi and Espargaro when I did a mistake loosing some time. I could finish in 4th or 5th position but I've lost the control to the gearbox of my bike because the quickshift was broken. It was really a pity!".
DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - 18th - "I did my best but it was enought. My lap times were all the same and that means that I'm riding at the limit my bike. Yesterday on the wet I was very close to Edwards but today on the dry my gap was of 2 seconds every lap".
LUKAS PESEK - MOTOGP RIDER - DNF - "I had again problems to the electronics of my bike, when I open the throttle the bike was very nervous and was useless to stay on track".
Ambrogio Racing - GP of Japan, race
Grand Prix of Japan
Motegi, October 27th, 2013
Low temperatures – as low as ten degrees – but sun shining, on race day's morning, in Motegi. Francisco, the typhoon, was already far up at north, and all sessions – warm up and race – benefited from a good weather. Brad Binder concluded in the top ten, in spite of qualifying 15th and having had quite a moment in the first lap. Luca Amato did a good start, but was slowed down when hit from behind by a rider. He crashed at lap 14, while was catching up.
Brad Binder (40'18”886 – 10th ) “The best start of my life. Then, the clutch went to neutral, and I hit another rider. I did everything in my power to avoid collision, but I could not. I'm happy that he's fine. I got a few damages to my bike, and spent a couple of laps to evaluate the situation. Then, I started to push and overtake. Tough battle in the last laps, but I was confident in myself and my bike. So, I waited for the best moment to attack, and got it”.
Luca Amato (dnf) “A good start, and at the first corner I had already overtaken quite a few riders – five or six. At the second corner, however, I've been hit from behind, went wide and lost several positions. When I rejoined the track, the group was already gone. I set on my rhythm, being faster and faster. At lap fourteen, braking, the front folded and I crashed”.
Josè Manuel Ruiz Gomez (Direttore Tecnico) “Great start by Brad, but at the first corner the gear went to neutral, and there was a contact with another rider. He was able to stand on and continue, but his bike too was damaged – especially bodywork and quick-shift – and, after a couple of laps in which he tested the response of the bike to assess the damages, decided to push again, and catching up with the group in front. At the last lap he didn't risk, letting others pass, because he knew he had quite a margin in braking. So, he preferred to use it just once – at the last corner . It worked, and he crossed the finish line ahead of his group
Luca too did a good start indeed, but had, so to speak, a close encounter – too much close. So was forced out, and when in again, he was alone, a condition in which focusing can be hard. He aced the moment, and was closing the gap with the riders in front, but crashed”.
Back in the Top Ten
After an extremely tricky weekend, Brad Binder was able to salvage an excellent result. Weather had limited dry track time to a mere five minutes for the Moto3 bikes. This was especially troublesome for Brad and the other Mahindra MGP30s who has no previous data to work from. The team and Brad took a gamble on set up, wanting to charge through from 15th.
The race got off to a rocky start as an incident with Khairuddinn forced Brad to run wide, dropping him to 19th. The young South African dug deep and pushed hard, hunting down the riders ahead of him. Brad soon found himself fighting with Oettl, Kornfeil and Loi for points. The crashes of Rins and Masbou played into the hands of these riders, gaining them all two places in the final stages of the race. A strong last lap secured Brad another top ten finish.
Brad now sits 13th in the championship with 62 points.
“This whole weekend has been so tough, the hectic schedule and lack of setting for the bike, then the lack of feeling in qualifying. Luckily it was dry for the race and we were able to find a better feeling. I got an okay start off the line but when Khairuddin crashed I had to run wide. From there I just put my head down and push, push, pushed. I had a good battle with Loi and Kornfeil. It all came down to the last lap and there was a cheeky move or two but I’m super excited to be back in the top ten. Huge thank you to the team and all my sponsors! Roll on Valencia.” Brad Binder
MotoGP Moto3 - Best race of the season for San Carlo Team Italia FMI in Motegi
In Honda's home-track, Romano Fenati closes in fifth place after starting from 26th position. Francesco Bagnaia also makes his way back, to end in 20th place
Alex Marquez took the thriller that marked the second-to-last race of the Moto3 season in Motegi. Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5), after a strong start, climbed his way back to the second group with several exciting overtakes, beating Jack Miller under the flag to take fifth place and be the first rider on Honda-FTR machine. The result marks the best race of the season for the youngster, who is eager to close his two-year sting with the FMI team on a positive note. Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) also showed a strong comeback after starting from last position on the grid to take 20th place at the end. The rookie paid a dear price for the lack of track time, but is looking forward to the final race in Valencia, a track he knows well.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5), 5th, 40'04.276
"What a fun race! I enjoyed making my way back and passing other riders. The bike was perfect, which confirms the good work the team and I are doing. We got our best result of 2013 and we're hopeful about Valencia, where I want to take some important points to wrap up the season in the Top 10".
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4), 20th, 40'33.347
"It's a shame I started so far behind because of the QP ruined by bad weather. I tried my best to regain as many positions as possible, and I closed in 20th place. I really missed some track time to setup the bike and get comfortable. Now we head to Valencia, where I hope to close my debut year positively, taking my maiden points."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"Romano had a great race and once again showed his undisputed talent with a strong comeback that led him to his best result of the season. Pecco was unlucky once again, and really could have used some track time on Friday. I want to compliment the whole team for the good work done in such a little time. Romano was once again the first Italian at the checkered flag and first on a Honda-FTR bike. We'll try to bring the momentum to Valencia."