Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams at the Sachsenring:
TWO CRASHES AND ONLY ONE POINT FOR THE JUNIOR TEAM GO&FUN MOTO3 IN GERMANY
The German Grand Prix held today at the Sachsenring circuit saw the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 collecting only one point after a race disrupted by two crashes.
Niccolò Antonelli retired with three laps to go while he was fighting for sixth place: the 18-year-old Italian rider, who started from the fourth row, battled throughout the whole race in the group behind the top five riders - Miller, Binder, Masbou , Marquez and Kent; Antonelli took the lead of the group in the final stages, before the gearbox coming in neutral forced him to run wide at Turn 1, and consequently to fall.
Due to a crash on the first lap caused by a contact with Brad Binder, Enea Bastianini reached the finish line in 15th place: started well from the tenth position on the grid, the 16-year-old from Rimini was in seventh place when Binder went wide at the last corner touching Enea’s left arm and causing him to lose the front and fall. Bastianini rejoined the race in 30th, but he was nevertheless able to make a good recovery and to collect one point.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (DNF)
“Halfway through the race I tried to take the lead of the group to try to go away: I had already more or less 7-8 tenths of a second of advantage, but the gearbox engaged the neutral so the other riders reached me. In the last laps I tried again to push: I was back in the lead, but I had the same problem with the gearbox and I couldn’t avoid to go wide. Unfortunately I crashed and I was not able to rejoin the track. I'm disappointed because we could safely bring home the sixth place”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (15th)
“Unfortunately, once again I couldn’t finish the first lap... it's a real shame because I think that today I could stay with the fastest. Coming in the last corner, Binder went wide and hit me on my left arm, making me lose the front. I managed to keep the bike turned on and I rejoined the race: my arm was hurting and I couldn’t push so hard on the brakes, but I recovered several positions collecting one point. Better than nothing ... Now we look forward to the next race”.
“I'm really disappointed: today both our riders had a good potential, but once again we didn’t collect nearly anything. Enea was hit by another driver, while Niccolò had a problem with the gearbox coming in neutral: the reality is that once again we couldn’t take a reward for our efforts”.
Marquez places fourth and Rins crashes out
Marquez misses out on podium on final lap, but lies second in overall standings. Rins crashes on Lap 1 after contact from rival rider.
After the podium double for the Repsol riders at Assen, the German Grand Prix was not such a positive race for Alex Marquez and Alex Rins. Marquez finished just off the podium, and his teammate was hit by Eric Granado on the first lefthander of the opening lap – knocking him out of the race.
Jack Miller started very strong and managed to establish a gap of more than half a second over Marquez, until the Spanish star reeled him in on Lap 4. He brought Brad Binder, Alexis Masbou and Danny Kent along with him, and the remainder of the race featured constant overtaking between the four riders, behind Miller.
With four laps remaining, Binder escaped alongside Miller and the two created a gap of 1 second, leaving Marquez to fight for the final podium spot with Masbou and Kent. Finally Masbou took third, with Marquez fourth – 0.061s back.
After this result, Miller remains Moto3 World Championship leader and Marquez moves to second in the overall standings – 19 points behind the Australian. Rins drops to fifth 35 points behind. The series now takes a short break and will return to action in Indianapolis, USA, on August 10th.
Alex Rins - fall
"Right from the start this was a hard Grand Prix for us. We had a lot of crashes this weekend and it was all very tough. In the race I was only to ride a couple of corners, because Eric Granado hit me and we both went down. These things happen, it's racing and we will be stronger at Indianapolis because of it".
Alex Marquez 4th at 1.180 sec.
"We wanted to have a good race to go into the summer break feeling good and that is the case, despite me finishing fourth. I got a good start and was behind Miller, but I saw that I had to go right on the limit and wasn’t comfortable with the front. I also had a few scares with the rear, so fourth is very positive for us and, most importantly, we keep adding points to our tally. We will train to the fullest in the summer break in order to get ready for Indianapolis".
Fourth victory for World Championship leader Miller
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider dominates German Grand Prix from start to finish, leading Moto3 class into the summer break. Hanika crashes when fighting for sixth place.
07/13/2014 - Sachsenring, Germany
An important victory for Jack Miller at the ninth round of the Moto3 World Championship allows him to reach the halfway point of the season with an advantage over his rivals. Starting from pole, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider never relented the lead up until the chequered flag. Less successful was teammate Karel Hanika, who crashed on Lap 20 whilst fighting at the head of the second group for sixth.
After a DNF two weeks ago at Assen, Jack Miller had a point to prove before the summer break. In Germany he dominated all three practice sessions, qualifying and eventually the race. He defended his lead from the opening corner, withstood Alex Marquez on his back wheel for the first half of the race and Brad Binder at the end, and claimed 25 points to raise his overall total to 142 –nineteen more than the rider in second place.
Teammate Karel Hanika, received scant reward for another good weekend. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider crashed out with eight laps remaining, when fighting for sixth. He was overtaken by Miguel Oliveira on Lap 17, and when he attempted to return the move on Lap 20 he lost the front end under braking. He clipped the Portuguese rider in the process and both fell to the ground.
After nine races, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team reach the halfway point of the Moto3 World Championship with Jack Miller leading the overall standings –where he has been for the entirety of the first half of the campaign. Karel Hanika is nineteenth, with 16 points. Starting today, they will take three weeks off before the next round, held on August 10th at Indianapolis.
8 JACK MILLER
"It was a tough race. Brad [Binder] was very strong throughout the race. From the first lap I could see he was going all out, braking like an animal and getting very close to me. That put pressure on me, because I could see him coming for me. It's something I like about Sachsenring, that you can see how you're doing on the big screen, who is in the points and what is the difference compared to the other riders. I was happy it was Brad who was behind me and not anyone else, who might do something stupid. It was very stressful and I had to push hard on the last two laps because I knew he was going to try to pass me.
It was a nice race, but the 27 laps dragged on. Also, the track was more slippery than usual. It was very important to get these 25 points. Now we have to ride intelligently at the next few tracks. I have to thank Red Bull KTM Ajo for the excellent work they are doing, which has allowed us to be in this wonderful position at this point in the season."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"I think I was having a good race until the crash. I was always between 6th and 7th. It was a great battle, but unfortunately on the first few laps I suffered some sliding with the rear tyre and could not stay in the front group. When I was 6th I was very close to the front group with a great lap time, then I began to ride a little slower. The battle was nice, I had fun and I was comfortable leading the second group, until another rider blocked me on the straight. I had no place to go and went down.
It was similar to the Assen race, because there I was fighting for fourth place. Here I was fighting for 6th, and that's always good; we have the pace that we need and also the speed. If we don’t make such mistakes, then we can finish in the Top 8 or 10."
Carrasco not happy despite strong race, Deroue crashes out early
RW Racing GP goes into the summer break with gloomy faces. The German GP at the Sachsenring didn’t go to plan for the Dutch Moto3 team. Ana Carrasco rode a strong race, finishing in 20th, but wasn’t able to fight for points and therefore the Spanish girl wasn’t happy. Scott Deroue made a mistake early in the race and crashed out.
Scott Deroue had a great start, moving up from 32nd on the grid to 23rd in the first lap. With the pack still close together Deroue wanted to outbrake Luca Grünwald in the first corner going into lap 2. He misjudged Grünwald’s pace and touched the German rider, who ran wide.
As a result Deroue crashed, taking fellow Dutchman Bryan Schouten, who was on the outside line in the corner, with him. Both walked away uninjured.
RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen: “Scott made a mistake. Things like this happen in racing. It was unintentional and Scott is very sorry.”
Ana Carrasco had a good start as well but needed all of her skills to avoid a collision between Gabriel Rodrigo and Livio Loi right in front of her. Despite the upset she managed to move up from 31st to 24 after just two laps.
In the second half of the race the field had broken into five groups, from 1 to 5, 6 to 14, 15 to 18, 19 to 21 and 22 to 23. Carrasco had a strong race fighting with Luca Grünwald but had to settle for 20th in the final lap.
Ana Carrasco – 20 (+57,149)
“The result is not so bad but I’m not happy. It could and should have been better. I tried my best but there was something wrong with my bike and I didn’t stand a chance to stick with the group in front, that was fighting for points.”
Scott Deroue – DNF
“Due to the wrong gamble I made in qualifying I was further down the grid than I should be. I made a good start and worked my way up. In the jostling I made a mistake. I’m very sorry to Luca and Bryan and apologize to both of them.”
Danny Kent, fifth, takes best result of the season
Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider places in Top 5 after fighting in front group. Gabriel Rodrigo finishes race in 22nd despite a crash.
07/13/2014 - Sachsenring, Germany
Danny Kent had a magnificent performance in the ninth Grand Prix of the season, held this Sunday at the Sachsenring. The Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider battled for 27 laps in the group competing for the podium, eventually finishing fifth. Gabriel Rodrigo managed to cross the finish line in 22nd position, despite a crash on the opening corner of the race.
The Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider took his best result of the season so far, after sticking with a group high up the order and fighting for the podium with four other riders. He rode in third for several laps, during a phase of continuous overtaking with Alexis Masbou and Alex Marquez. On the last lap of the race and with highly degraded tyres, Kent crossed the finish line in fifth place –just 1 tenth off third.
Standing in for Niklas Ajo in the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo team this weekend, Gabriel Rodrigo started from 26th on the grid on race day. After a small crash on the first corner of the opening lap, he fought back to finish 22nd –his joint best Grand Prix result.
After the German Grand Prix, Danny Kent begins the three-week summer break in 12th position with 46 points. Gabriel Rodrigo, will hand the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo bike back to Niklas Ajo (35 points, 15th place overall), when the Finn recovers from his right ankle injury in time for the August 10th Indianapolis GP.
52 DANNY KENT
"It definitely has been our best weekend of the season and our best race. At Assen we took a step forward and here we have started from where we left off there, taking another step forward. I'm very happy with how the weekend has gone, and we were much closer to the winning rider at only 1 second behind. It's good for my confidence, because it shows that I can be up at the front. We now have three weeks off, so I will go home and work hard on my fitness to be even stronger in Indianapolis. I will try to get that podium that we were so close to today. We have to continue working in this way and step by step we are getting closer."
91 GABRIEL RODRIGO
"I'm a little disappointed at having crashed on the first corner of the first lap, because I think that the pace we had was enough to be in a much better position than I got in practice. But that's racing. At least we were able to finish and continue to gain experience, which is important. The truth is that I am very happy with the team, with the way they work and with the bike, and I am grateful for this opportunity –so I want to apologise for my mistake. Now we have to think about the next race and continue to learn."
Grand Prix of Germany
Sachsenring, July 13th, 2014
Brad Binder second on the finish line. Jules Danilo seventeenth. Their best result in the Moto3 Class, World Championship. And the best result of the season for Ambrogio Racing. The young South African fought for victory until the last meter; Jules, starting from 30th on the grid, made up 13 places and classified close to the point zone. An almost perfect day that the team has been preparing for quite a long time, with a progression that brought the riders to better and better performances. The Sachsenring was one of the tracks reputed to be, for its characteristic, the possible stage for a good race, for Ambrogio Racing. So much that Josete, the crew chief, in Assen made his bid: “at the Sachsenring, we are going to win” he said. He lost his bet for a just a whisker - the180 thousandth of a second that separated Binder from the fastest to cover the distance.
Brad Binder (39'27”107 – 2nd ) “To be honest, I feel that it took two years too long, to be on the podium. It has been something I felt coming, and getting closer, but didn't know when could arrive. I'm very happy. My crew did an incredible job – I cannot thank them as much as they deserve. For them, the bike is never good enough. And that's great, because they always work to extract from it the last tenth of a second for me. The bike was incredible today – maybe I could even win and did my best to succeed, but at the same time I didn't want to do anything stupid, and the winner did perfect final laps - if you watch the lap times, you can see that in the last ones we improved quite a lot... I enjoyed the race very much. I'm looking forward to competing in the second part of the season: I'm sure it will be great”.
Jules Danilo (40'12”952 - 17th) “No change to the bike from Assen, because I felt comfortable with it. I've been really aggressive just after the start and in the following corners I passed a few guys. Than I had a big fight with another rider, and this cost us some time. At the end I figured out I was fighting for the points, but at the end a 17th place makes me very happy – this is my best race of the year”.
Fiorenzo Caponera (Team principal) “We have been close to a good result quite often, in the last races. This track was one on which we knew we could deliver, because of its characteristic. Brad is often and often with the top guys, and aiming to the podium. We must keep focused – this must be the beginning of the best part of the season, for us"
Good performance from Hafiq Azmi at Sachsenring
SIC-Ajo Team rider finishes German GP in 18th after gaining five places in the race.
07/13/2014 - Sachsenring, Germany
Hafiq Azmi had a strong German Grand Prix this Sunday, as the young Malaysian rider managed to finish his sixth Moto3 World Championship race at a circuit he had not visited since 2012. He took his second best result of the season, placing eighteenth.
With bright sunshine and a track temperature of 31ºC, the SIC-Ajo Team rider made a good start from 23rd on the grid. During the 27-lap race, the Malaysian maintained a steady pace and made the most of crashes by rival riders to reach sixteenth with three laps to go. When preparing to overtake on the final lap, a small mistake relegated him to eighteenth position -in a race won by Jack Miller.
After the ninth round of the season, the Moto3 World Championship is back again in three weeks after a summer break, with the second half of the season. The next venue will be Indianapolis on August 10th.
38 HAFIQ AZMI
"Today's race was difficult for everyone. I made a good start but on the early laps my pace was a little slow and I couldn’t get into the group ahead. They got away and I rode alone for about three laps. Later Tonucci overtook me and then I passed him back. I tried to push but there was too much risk involved and I almost crashed. I saw that riders had crashed out and I was up into 16th place, but I didn’t want to pass anyone else because it would have been much more difficult to lead the group.
My aim was to pass on the last lap and get 15th place, but I had two riders behind me and I made a small mistake. They passed me on the final lap and I finished 18th. It is a good result, because it allows us to be more confident and not be afraid at the midway point of the season. I am also happy with the work the team have done with the bike this weekend."
SIMEON BATTLES TO FINISH TENTH IN SAXONY. GREAT EFFORT BUT NO REWARD FOR BALDASSARRI
The German Grand Prix ended with the tenth place finish for Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2: despite a difficult weekend, the Belgian rider collected 6 valuable points; a result that, after leaving Barcelona and Assen races empty handed, allows him to keep the 11th place in the overall standings.
After a good start from the fourth row, Siméon fought throughout the whole race for the positions close to the top ten, eventually claiming it in the final stages ahead of Spaniard Ricard Cardus.
Unfortunately, Lorenzo Baldassarri was not able to bring the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine to the finish line: the young Italian fell during the seventh lap, at turn 10, while he was right behind the leading group, in eighth place. Although his race ended prematurely, the 17-year-old rookie sported a serious speed thanks to which he was able to fight in the early laps with the best in class. This obviously bodes well for the restart of the Championship, scheduled Indianapolis the next August 10th.
XAVIER SIMEON (10th)
“Today we struggled a lot: we can’t be very happy with the result, but after four races affected by various mistakes, today it was important to reach the finish line. In the beginning, even though I made a good start I lost several positions but I kept calm; it was easy to make mistakes due to the hurry to stay ahead. The good thing is that in the next races we won’t use the hard tyres that we had in Barcelona and here at the Sachsenring, and that made us suffer a lot. Our bike has a great potential and we know that if we can make the most of it we can fight for much more important results. Now we have the summer break, in which, however, we will continue to work in order to be stronger in Indianapolis”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (DNF)
“I was recovering some positions when I suddenly lost the front at turn 10, apparently without a reason. I felt a bit of chattering and then and I lost grip; at first I tried to avoid the crash, but then I slipped. I’m disappointed mainly because the telemetry data didn’t reveal anything special and therefore we can’t understand the reason of the fall. Too bad, I was keeping a good pace and I could have my say in this race”.
“A tenth place finish is certainly not in line with our expectations, however Siméon today fought hard, struggling once again with the lack of grip that doesn’t allow him to exploit the potential of his bike. I'm sorry for Baldassarri, who fell quite inexplicably while he was doing a great race; this race was a nice chance for Lorenzo, who was keeping a good pace. Anyway, these are the races and now we look ahead”.
Cardus and Schrotter storm to points scoring finishes in Germany
Ricky Cardus today completed round 9 of the Moto2 world championship in 11th place after a resolute and untiring race around the 3671 metre Sachsenring circuit. After having qualified in 16th position aboard the Tech3 Racing Team’s self designed Mistral 610 yesterday the Spanish rider undertook a bright start to superbly overhaul three riders by the end of lap 1. As the race progressed Cardus set into a formidable rhythm, setting his fastest time of the day on 14th out of 29 laps. He remained with the five riders in front who he attempted to close down prior to getting locked in a fierce battle with Xavier Simeon before crossing the finish line in 11th position to collect another batch of well-deserved world championship points.
His teammate, Marcel Schrotter crossed the line just behind Cardus in 12th place after having ridden a determined race in front of his ever-supportive home fans. The young German rider began the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland from 14th on the grid but unfortunately slipped back to 17th at the close of the opening lap in what was a typically frantic start for the ultra competitive intermediate class. Schrotter remained resolute and attempt to aggressively pick off the riders in front of him and after exchanging memorable passes with Julian Simon, Schrotter found himself in 15th position at the end of lap 9. He continued to close down the riders in front, setting his fastest time of the race on lap 17 prior to clinching 13th six laps later. The highly motivated 21 year old Bavarian did not give in, brilliantly catching and overtaking Louis Rossi in the last round before the summer break to seize 12th at his home Grand Prix.
Ricky Cardus – Race : 11th - Championship : 16 - Points 27
“I am satisfied to once again take another points scoring finish with 11th place. I feel that this race was very important for me and it’s good to leave for the mid season break with some more championship points in my back pocket but of course I aimed for a top 10 finish. Nevertheless I'm pleased with my first half of the season and after one week of holidays I will be back to train hard for Indy which is a circuit I particularly like. Regarding today, the race itself has been a very challenging one but I put in everything that I had. The bike was good and I set the third fastest speed through the speed trap, plus I finished in front of my team mate which is always my first goal. I truly want to give a massive thanks to the Tech3 Racing Team for all of their hard work in giving me the best bike. Every practice we worked really hard together and improved. I think there are still a lot of positives to come during the second half of the year.”
Marcel Schrotter - Race : 12th - Championship : 12 - Points : 36
“Although the result is not what I dreamed of at my home GP, I have to be satisfied after such a tough race here in Germany. Of course it would be nice to be closer to the front, but we know we have the potential to get there and will keep working for it. The weekend here was a really tricky one and we had some issues with the bike but the team and I worked hard to improve step by step and in the race itself I was determined to score points and set into a good pace to climb up the field, which I managed to achieve. I crashed last year so I didn’t want to take too many chances and risk losing everything, so 12th today is not such a bad result. I am now in 12th position in the championship which is an acceptable outcome at the midseason point, but it's nothing we could rest on as we clearly want to get into the top 10 before the end of the year. I want to say thank you to the team who have done a really great job this weekend to help me and I am sure we will be back strong in Indianapolis after a well deserved summer break.”
Herve PONCHARAL - Team Manager :
"I am reasonably happy with the last Moto2 race before the summer break, despite expecting a slightly stronger weekend from both riders. Marcel especially struggled during the whole weekend and qualifying has been really tough for him. However both riders managed to score a few championship points which is a pleasing result. Ricky had a satisfying race with a top ten finish just out of his reach after having had a close battle with Simeon where he must have learnt a lot. Marcel was unable to match Ricky’s pace, but did really well to pass Louis Rossi on the last lap. 11th and 12th today strengthens our position in the championship standings at the half way point of the season. Marcel is just out of the top ten which is a great improvement for the first half of the Moto2 season when compared to last year. I want to wish both Marcel and Ricky a well deserved and enjoyable holiday break and we hope to continue this rate of progression when we recommence at Indy for the second half of the season."
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia into top-10 at the Sachsenring
Amazing performance by Matteo Ferrari, which led to his ninth-place finish; unfortunate crash for Andrea Locatelli
In the last round of the Championship before the summer break, San Carlo Team Italia achieved his target to finish in the top-10 with Matteo Ferrari. Andrea Locatelli (who had an unfortunate crash) has been under the spotlight during the whole weekend. In a race that saw Jack Miller (KTM) taking his fourth win of the season and strengthening his championship leadership, the two riders of the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana shown all their edge, determination and competitiveness, fully confirming the positive trend undertaken by the team in the last period.
Starting form fifth row Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3) had fought his way among the top-10 positions since the early stage of the race. Cutting the gap from the second group thanks to his consistent race pace – one of the fastest towards the end of the race – the 2012 Moto3 European Champion finished in ninth place just 3 tenths of a second down on sixth place. Best Italian rider under the chequered flag, this result rewards the great effort “Bigin” and San Carlo Team Italia have made since the start of the winter tests.
Ferrari’s well-deserved satisfaction contrasts with the unfortunate weekend’s epilogue of Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) who crashed out the “Sachsen” corner during the 15th lap. Loka lost the chance to achieve an important result after a hard but correct battle with his teammate, but the young Italian has all the potential to take his revenge during the rest of the season.
Positively ended the German GP, San Carlo Team Italia will get back in action the next 8-10 August at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the tenth round of the Moto3 World Championship.
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) 9th
"I’m happy and very satisfied with my race. We needed such a result after the hard work we made during the practices where we found a good set-up for the race. My start wasn’t brilliant but I could post some consistent laps since the beginning and I was able to quickly fight my way forward. Once caught up to the second group I fought well up to end. It’s just a shame that I missed a sixth place finish by a fraction but I can be happy with this result. I wish to thanks the whole team and we will go on this way in the next races in order to do even better".
Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) DNF
"The crash was a real shame, it could have been a good race indeed! I risked a bit too much at turn 12 but I had to try it. Matteo and me were closing in the riders in front without problems, keeping a good pace and feeling well with the bike. Unfortunately it went the way it did and I feel sorry because we were in the group fighting for the sixth position. Luckily I got away with it lightly; I just have a little pain to my neck and my back. Apart for today it has been a good weekend since the beginning, I just missed the target in the race. Anyway the work we done over these three days makes me confident for the next races".
Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"As a team we can definitely be happy with Matteo’s result and in the same time we are sorry for the crash which affected Andrea’s race. Matteo showed his value addressing the race with the right spirit and demonstrating his riding skills. It was easy to see he had a disadvantage in acceleration, a problem we are trying to solve since a while. Andrea also had the chance to finish in the top-10 but unfortunately he crashed out after a good start. Anyway, these things help the rider to grow-up and to get some important experience. Surely Loka will build-on their teaching and will achieve those results in line with his potential".
Great podium finish for Simone Corsi at Sachsenring
It was a very positive race weekend for the NGM Forward Racing Team with a great performance for Simone Corsi, who secured his second podium finish of the season, and an incredible recovery for Mattia Pasini, from 18th to a final 8th position.
Started from the second row, Simone Corsi lost some positions in the first laps, but he then recovered and started a hard battle with Rabat, Vinales and Morbidelli for the third position. At the very last corner of the last lap, finally Corsi overtook Rabat conquering the podium, behind Kallio and Aegerter. With this result, Corsi confirms his 5th position in the Championship with 85 points.
It was a positive day also for Mattia Pasini, who was taking the start of the German GP from the 18th position on the grid. Thanks to the final work done in the warm up, Mattia had a good feeling with his machine and he could push recovering several position, finishing 8th.
The German GP, ninth round on the calendar, closes this first part of the season with the two NGM Forward riders in the Top10. Next appointment is at Indianapolis in 3 weeks.
“I’m very happy with this result. It was a great race. Our target was the podium and we made it. The battle for the 3rd position was very hard but in the last lap I gave all my best and it was a great satisfaction to go on the podium for the second time this year. I didn’t do a great start and I lost the contact with the front guys so I had to recover lap after lap. Now it’s time to go on holidays. See you all in Indy. It’s a track that I really like and I look forward to a strong second part of the season”.
“I’m satisfied with my performance. The weekend was compromised by 2 crashes, one on Friday and the second on Saturday, but in the race I had the right feeling with the bike and I could push. In the warm up, in fact, we changed something in the front and I was more comfortable. I struggled a bit at the beginning losing the contact with Simone, but all in all it was a good race. Now I look forward to some holidays and recharge battery to arrive stronger in Indianapolis“.
Podium for Kallio as his championship challenge gathers pace
Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany – 13 July 2014: Mika Kallio took a hard fought second place in today’s German Moto2 Grand Prix, after a titanic, race long battle with eventual winner, Dominique Aegerter.
The result saw the Finn close to within 19 points of Marc VDS teammate and World Championship leader, Tito Rabat, who finished fourth at the Sachsenring today.
It was pole sitter Aegerter who made the early running, but Kallio forced his way into the lead on the second lap and immediately tried to gap the field. However, he was unable to shake off the Swiss rider, who eventually made his own move for the lead on lap 26. Kallio responded immediately to head the race once again, but he had no answer when Aegerter came past on the final lap and was forced to settle for second place.
Rabat lost ground in the first three turns on the opening lap and by the time he’d fought his way through to lead the group disputing third place, the gap to Kallio and Aegerter was too big to bridge. The 25-year-old Spaniard looked all set to join his teammate on the podium, but a mistake in the final corner allowed Simone Corsi to claim third place at the chequered flag.
Livio Loi had a day to forget at the Sachsenring. At the start the 17-year-old Belgian was forced off track in turn one as a result of someone else’s crash and, after re-joining the race, was eventually forced to retire when his engine expired.
Mika Kallio // 2nd
“It’s always frustrating to finish a close second, but it was doubly disappointing today because we went into the race knowing that it was ours to lose. Once I got past Aegerter on the second lap I put my head down and tried to pull a gap, but he was glued to my back wheel for almost the whole race. With four laps to go he went past me, but our lap time increased immediately so, rather than wait until the last lap, I decided to go early and retake the lead. On the final lap he got a really good drive out of T11 and there was nothing I could do to stop him coming under me at the bottom of the hill. I tried again in the last corner, but there was no way through. We’ve closed the gap to Tito in the championship standings, which is a good way to go into the summer break, but I think this has only been a warm up. I suspect the real championship battle will only get properly underway when we return to racing at Indianapolis.”
Tito Rabat // 4th
“This weekend we’ve had a lot of problems at a race track that is certainly not my favourite. But after all the hard work we’ve done this weekend, fourth place is a little disappointing, especially as a podium finish was possible until the very last corner. Corsi passed me on the final lap and I was looking to retake third in the final corner, but I made a mistake, went in a bit too hot and ran wide. At the end, we go into the break leading the championship by 19 points. We have some work to do now before we head to Indianapolis to start the second half of the season.”
Livio Loi // DNF
“This is not the way I wanted to end the first half of the season. I was unlucky at the start; a rider crashed in front of me and I had nowhere else to go but the gravel trap. I had to actually get off the bike and push it back to the track to re-join the race, which obviously lost me a lot of time. Straight away there was a problem with the engine; the bike was revving but the power just wasn’t there. Again, I decided to continue, but kept my hand ready on the clutch just in case the engine seized. Coming out of T11 and down the hill the engine lost all power and I could only freewheel down to T12 and retire. Obviously I’m disappointed, but luck was not on my side today.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“I know Mika is disappointed to have finished second today, but he should take consolation in the fact that he rode a fantastic race. All season he’s struggled with the harder rear tyres but through sheer hard work by him and his crew, he turned a disadvantage into an advantage this weekend. The consistency of his lap times when he was leading the race was incredible and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen a rider post two consecutive race laps with an identical lap time. Tito has struggled a little this weekend, at a track that hasn’t been kind to him in the past, so to finish fourth today was a good result, although I know he’s kicking himself for missing out on the podium by such a narrow margin. Both riders need to use the summer break to recharge their batteries, as I suspect they’re going to be fighting tooth and nail for the championship in the second half of the season. Livio had no luck today. He was pushed off track at the start as a result of someone else’s crash and then, after re-joining the race, was forced to retire with his first mechanical problem of the year. Not a great way to end the first half of the season, especially as both issues were unavoidable.”