Press releases after Sunday's races at Brno:
Marquez places just off podium in fourth, with Rins ninth
Alex Marquez misses out on rostrum by 0.013s and a penultimate lap mistake takes Rins out of the fight for the victory.
As expected, the Czech GP at Brno featured a group race in Moto3 ‒one which ended with the two Repsol riders off the podium by just a few thousandths of a second after battling for the win. Another thrilling final lap decided the race winner and the two riders to accompany him on the podium. Marquez and Rins were unable to push for victory on that final lap, but by finishing ahead of Miller and Vazquez in fourth place, Marquez regains second place in the standings and has cut two points off the Australian's lead in the overall standings.
The race was a series of laps featuring 17 riders close together, up until the final lap. Both Rins and Marquez led the race at various times and entered the closing stages chasing glory. However, Rins made a mistake on the penultimate lap that left him out of the fight for victory, believing that the race was over and that he had won. Realising his miscalculation, he reacted to fight back from thirteenth to ninth on the final lap.
Marquez tussled on the final lap with Miller, Bastianini, Kent and Masbou for the win, and although he placed off the podium, his finishing ahead of Miller chips away two points from his rival's overall lead. He also moves back into second in the standings, ahead of Vazquez.
Following this race, Marquez is 23 points behind Miller and Rins is 44 points back in fifth.
Alex Rins 9th at 0.910 sec.
"If we take the last lap out of the equation, overall the weekend was positive because since Friday we have been up at the front, working on setting up the bike. It's a pity how things turned out in the end, and it was completely my fault. Although I know it's no excuse, there were many riders in the group, I made a mistake and I apologise. At the next race I will try to be more focused and do things well".
Alex Marquez 4th at 0.200 sec.
"I'm a little disappointed with fourth place, but I think that this is racing in Moto3. You can be up at the front all weekend and then on Sunday, with a slipstream, a rider who has been slower in every practice session takes the lead. It is what I did last year when I went to a new circuit; the racing is a little crazy when this happens. I was well placed in the group until the last climb, when I think I got too close to Miller and I didn't get into his slipstream well, but in the end we saved it at the finish line by passing Miller and getting two more points than him. We have to keep taking points off him gradually and risking like we did today; I was pushing the whole race and trying to reduce the group, though it was not possible".
Miller extends Moto3 lead at Brno
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes fifth place at the Czech Republic GP and increases his lead by two points. Karel Hanika takes hard fought point in front of home fans.
08/17/2014 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
The Moto3 World Championship gets ever more competitive . This time up to 17 riders battled throughout the race for the win. The Moto3 championship leader, Jack Miller, missed out on his chance to take victory on the last chicane, eventually finishing fifth at Brno to increase his lead in the overall standings to 23 points. Karel Hanika completed a race in the first group for the first time and took a point from his home race with fifteenth place.
An excellent start for Jack Miller and Karel Hanika at Brno saw them gain two and four positions, respectively, on the opening corner. A large first group of 17 riders formed in the early stages, and they fought during the 19 laps for a place on the podium. Miller, always in the first half of the group, did not assume the lead of the race until only 2 laps remained, when he made his final attack. The Australian led upon entry to the final chicane of the track, but a small mistake dropped him down to fifth. The top 16 riders were all separated by less than 2 seconds.
Karel Hanika ended the weekend happy with his performance in front of nearly 140,000 Czech fans. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie stuck with the first group, trying to learn from his advanced position with every lap. One last effort allowed him to cross the finish line in fifteenth position and place in the points for the second consecutive race.
The next round of the Moto3 World Championship takes place in two weeks' time in Great Britain. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team reach the twelfth Grand Prix of the year with Jack Miller leading the standings on 169 points, 23 ahead of his nearest rival. Karel Hanika is eighteenth with 20 points.
8 JACK MILLER
"On the last chicane I had a good position, but I made a small mistake on the corner leading onto the straight and lost four places. The race could have gone better, but we should be happy because we have extended the lead in the Moto3 World Championship standings by two points. Step-by-step we are improving. We must be satisfied with the weekend. We suffered but, in the end, we had the chance to fight for the victory, which would have been great. Now we need to focus on Silverstone, which is a good track for me."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"The result is not bad. I made a great start, getting into the top group on first lap, but I made a couple of mistakes on the opening laps when I was at the back of the group. I didn't find it hard to stay in the group, but I was fighting hard to overtake. I had very good pace, even riding alone, but it was hard to gain positions. We were losing a little time exiting corners and on the straight, but that was due to the bike. We kept up with the group and it is very good news to have finished so close to the race winner. It is a plus for the future.
I am already looking forward to the next race, and I think it could look a lot like today's Grand Prix. We must work as we have done during this weekend and I'm sure we will have the opportunity to be up at the front. I'm satisfied."
AKI AJO - TEAM MANAGER
"I think Jack's race in some ways went exactly as planned. He is a very smart rider and understands that there are many riders in the World Championship who can be up at the front, and knows that positions can change at any time. The most important thing is to remain consistent and today he was very intelligent, managing his tyres, waiting and attacking at the right time. In some aspects it could have gone even better, but his lead in the standings is still increasing -so that's positive.
The point earned by Karel [Hanika] does not seem like much, but if you watch his race you can see it was very good. All the time he was very close to the frontrunners, fighting in the front group, and he did very well. He has taken a further step to get closer to the top riders."
Deroue at only 15 seconds from winner, Carrasco has to retire
Scott Deroue rode an excellent race in the Czech GP at Brno, finishing in 19th at only 15 seconds from race winner Alexis Masbou. Ana Carrasco unfortunately had to retire, 7 laps before the end.
Moto3 races are always close, but rarely as close as this one in Brno. The leading group consisted of no less than 16 riders after 19 laps, divided by less than 2 seconds. Scott Deroue was part of the second group, fiercely fighting for 18th to 21st place.
Deroue was strong in the warmup already, finishing 17th, and continued his form in the race. He had a good start – again – and moved up from 25th to 17th in the second lap. In the packed field everybody was swapping positions and Deroue ended up in the group that just lost connection to the leading group.
The Dutchman made sure he stayed in the front of his group, in case riders from the huge leading group would crash out, leaving championship points for the picking. But they all stayed upright, leaving number 16 empty handed at only 1,9 seconds from the winner.
While Deroue was entangled in a fierce fight his team mate Ana Carrasco was on her own in the back, losing contact with the field. Carrasco was running behind from shortly after the start and couldn’t make up. She retired in lap 12.
Scott Deroue – 19 (+15,179)
“That was a great race! Already in the warmup this morning I felt it was going to be good. I had the pace and the rhythm. The start was super again. We ended up with a group of four and I managed to stay at the front of the group. It is a miracle nobody crashed out in that big group in front. I’m really happy with the race and the result and hope to make it even better at Silverstone.”
Ana Carrasco – DNF (+7 laps)
“This is a bad result. I’m very disappointed. We all have to be careful not to be drawn into the whirlpool. We are working hard to turn the tide.”
Guevara places just outside the points in close race
MAPFRE Aspar rider sixteenth at Brno and continues to learn as part of leading group for second consecutive race
Probably nobody imagined yesterday, after the strange and interrupted qualifying session, that today at Brno the Moto3 race would be so wild. Sixteen riders crossed the finish line less than two seconds apart. Sixteen riders fought incessantly in the leading group, with contact included on some near-impossible overtaking moves during the nineteen-lap Czech Republic round. The race pace was slow (the fastest lap was 2.08.064) compared to the pole time yesterday of 2.07.691. The lead changed hands frequently and it was almost impossible to predict a victor, but the packed nature of the race led to confusion as Rins celebrated prematurely with a lap remaining. After that mistake, Marquez and Miller seemed to be the main candidates for victory, before Masbou snuck ahead for a first Grand Prix win of his career. Bastianini and Kent accompanied him on a rare rostrum featuring no Spanish riders.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Juanfran Guevara’s first lap gave little indication that he would be fighting as part of the lead group. After an incident with a rival rider, he dropped five places on the opening lap. However, today Guevara was determined to continue fighting and learning amongst the best, as he did at the previous round. On Lap 2 he set his personal fastest lap –at that point the best of any rider and eventually the fifth quickest of the Brno race. That put him back in contact with the lead group, with whom he battled until the chequered flag. A thrilling finale ended with him taking sixteenth place, just missing out on the points, and finishing 1.9 seconds down on the race winner.
16th Juanfran Guevara: "On the third corner of the first lap I was knocked off the line, I couldn’t take the corner well and several riders passed me. However, I regained my composure immediately and knew that I had to make up positions in any way possible so that those ahead wouldn’t escape. On the first five or six laps I set a fast pace, in fact on one of them I put in the fastest lap. At the start of the race I felt very comfortable and capable of pushing on the bike. Today I was also even faster than in qualifying. At the end I was fighting at the back of the lead group, with many other riders around me. I had to fight hard throughout the race. It’s a shame that my third gear kept on skipping at various points, which made me lose touch with the other riders on the straights. Despite this small drawback, the positive is that we have completed another race as part of the leading group."
Husqvarna take first Moto3 World Championship podium
Danny Kent claims first podium of the year for Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo, fighting back from 19th place. Niklas Ajo finishes just 1 second behind the winner in twelfth.
08/17/2014 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
The Czech Republic Grand Prix ended with a great result for Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo. The British rider achieved his first podium of the season with third place at Brno and Husqvarna's first in the Moto3 World Championship. His top three finish was all the more impressive considering he had to work his way back up the order from 19th. Meanwhile, Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider Niklas Ajo concluded a tricky weekend with an meritworthy twelfth place, just 1 second behind the winner of the race.
The start did not go as expected for the Husqvarna riders, who lost positions on the first of the 19 laps of the Czech Republic GP. Despite this, they did not lose touch with the first group and stuck with the pack from the beginning. The first half of the race saw Kent and Ajo at the back of that group, consisting of as many as 17 riders, but with 9 laps to go Kent began to make his way through the field. A couple of scares dropped him to ninth with one lap remaining, but an excellent final sector allowed him to score his first podium of the season.
Ajo continued steadily at the rear of the pack. Despite trying to gain positions, contact with other riders ruled him out of any further advancement. Finally he crossed the line in twelfth place.
With the eleventh round completed, Danny Kent occupies eleventh position in the overall standings with 66 points. Niklas Ajo is fifteenth with 39 points after scoring 4 today. The next round takes place in two weeks in Great Britain -a home round for the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider.
52 DANNY KENT
"It was a very good and very tough race, because there was a very large group and on the first few laps I was struggling to overtake other riders. I lost more positions than I gained and I ended up in 19th. Gradually I managed to overtake one or two riders per lap and moved up into the first group. With two laps remaining I was fourth or fifth and felt comfortable about fighting for the victory. But I had a scare and dropped back to ninth on the final lap. I had to push hard, I nearly crashed twice more, but in the end we have our first podium of the year. It is a very good result for me, for the team and for Husqvarna, who have always worked very hard. It was about time we got on the podium!"
31 NIKLAS AJO
"This morning I was fourth in the warmup, because I had very good pace and a good feeling. But the race was much harder. We had a problem with our top speed. I think I did not quite work out the best way of cornering, because I'm a bit bigger than other riders. I had the opportunity to overtake people under braking, but then on the straight the smaller riders got past me again. There were also riders who were a little crazy and didn't have any problem with making contact with you in order to make a pass. That made it a difficult race, because one of those times I lost a couple of seconds. I was always at the back of the group. I was able to latch back onto the group, but as I was always at the back it was hard to place higher.
Still, our feeling was good. At the next few races everything is possible, and we have at least shown our level today. We cannot be disappointed because on the last lap I was able to overtake a few riders and in the end we were not so far from the winner. Obviously we want better results, but we have to work especially on our cornering to try to find the top speed we lack. The goal for the next race is this."
SUPERB SECOND FOR INJURED BASTIANINI IN BRNO. ANTONELLI 13th
Enea Bastianini scored a fantastic second place finish today in Brno at the Czech Republic Grand Prix: the young Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 rookie, despite the fractured right heel sustained on Friday afternoon during the second free practice session, produced an incredibly courageous display, fighting for the top positions for all the race and crossing the finish line in second position, just 157 milliseconds after the winner, Frenchman Alexis Masbou.
Bastianini was back on the podium after the second place finish he had obtained last June in Barcelona, and thanks to this result is now eighth in the Championship standings with 71 points.
In a hard-fought race that saw 16 riders separated at the finish line by less than 2 seconds, Niccolò Antonelli battled until the last lap in the leading group, closing the race just over a second behind the winner, but in thirteenth position.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (13th)
“In the early laps of the race I decided to take not too many risks, but unfortunately doing so I found myself back in tenth place. It was a bit a rip-off, because then it was no longer possible to recover: every time I tried to come back, in the middle of the group something happened, with many riders intent to exchange positions. I was able to recover up to seventh place, but then I was always stuck at the starting point. Too bad, we could get more because I was comfortable with the bike and I kept a pace almost equal to that of the fastest riders: after good qualifications and Warm Up, we didn’t collect what was within our reach. In the last few laps I was still missing a little of strength to fight, but for the next race I won’t have problems. I want to thank all the guys of the team, who gave me the right boost to return to fight at the top”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (2nd)
“Before the race I spent a lot of time in the Clinica Mobile to start the race in the best physical condition, and to be able to put my right foot in the boot without problems. I felt some pain in the last 6 or 7 laps, when I couldn’t do too much pressure on the right foot, and therefore I struggled on right corners. I got a good start and I was always in the first position, so much so that I did not even realize that the leading group was made up of so many riders! In any case, it was hard, in just a second you could go from first to fifth place and I knew it was important to be as far forward as possible on the last lap; unfortunately, at the end another rider forced me to go wide, otherwise I might have been able to fight for the win, but this will be helpful for the future. Being back on the podium after Barcelona is a great feeling, especially because in the last few raceswe have been unlucky. Now let's see if I can keep this pace... For the next race at Silverstone I should be physically ok, but we will evaluate it once we will be there”.
“Bastianini made an incredible race, considering his physical condition, confirming once again to be a real talent. In the last few races he had already proved to be very fast, we only needed to realize the result: without problems, Enea can always stay at the top, and today he proved it even more, given that he raced with a broken right foot. I’m sorry for Niccolò: in the final stages of the race he lost some positions but he was still very fast, because he crossed the line with a really limited gap from the winner. The13th position does not do justice to his performance”.
Hafiq Azmi finishes tough race
SIC-Ajo Team rider finishes in 28th place after a hard fought Moto3 race in the Czech Republic Grand Prix.
08/17/2014 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
Hafiq Azmi completed another Moto3 World Championship race this Sunday, this time at the Brno Automotodrom where he had not ridden since 2012. The eleventh round of the lower cylinder category series was hotly contested, with up to 17 riders fighting for the win. The SIC-Ajo Team rider experienced a mechanical problem on the closing laps, but managed to cross the finish line in 28th position.
With a dry track and asphalt temperatures reaching 23ºC, the Malaysian rider took the start of the Czech Republic Grand Prix. Unable to keep his position off the line, Hafiq Azmi rode in 29th place, maintaining a consistent pace without losing touch with the group ahead. On Lap 7 he achieved the best lap of the entire weekend, with a time of 2:09.389. Eventually the Malaysian rider took the chequered flag in 28th place.
The next round of the Moto3 World Championship will take place in two weeks' time at the British circuit of Silverstone, a track where Hafiq Azmi has already ridden several times in cup competitions. He will be looking to gain further World Championship experience in his first full season of Grand Prix racing.
38 HAFIQ AZMI
"Today's race was difficult for everyone, including me. I think I made a good start, but I was too cautious on the first corner and a lot of riders overtook me. Then I tried to stay in the group, but a couple of riders passed me; I tried to do the same to them, but it was very difficult. We kept a good battle going. Then another group reached us and I wanted to stay there. With around seven laps to go I noticed that the bike was not working especially well, but that's racing. From then on it was difficult to try to achieve a better position.
Nevertheless, I'm happy with the work that the team did with the bike. They have helped me a lot from Friday through to today and I really appreciate it. I think Silverstone will be a better weekend for the team. Now we just have to be positive and try to do better at the next race."
Moto2 Race: Set up problems persist for AGT REA Racing
AGT REA Racing were disappointed to finish the bwin Grand Prix Ceske Republiky in 26th position, having struggled with bike set up all weekend at Brno. Gino Rea comments on a frustrating weekend at the circuit where he enjoyed a victory in the World Supersport Championship in 2011.
“My pace was quite consistent in the race but I lost some time in the first couple of laps. I almost reeled in the large group in front of me but I was pushing so hard in every corner and having lots of moments. In the end I couldn’t quite get close enough. The warm up bike setting didn’t work so we went back to the qualifying settings and I was able to replicate the pace I did in qualifying but couldn’t go any quicker. I feel like I was riding good but we need to qualify higher up and need a little bit more pace. We still have work to do with the bike so we will keep plugging away. I’m looking forward to my home race at Silverstone, hopefully we can make the improvements needed so we can qualify higher. I can’t wait to see the British fans!”
Dave Peterson, Team Principal:
"I’m frustrated. This Moto2 game is a lot harder than I thought. We are still searching to put the right bike under Gino. Maybe by Silverstone we’ll have more of it figured out but we’re not going to give up!"
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 31st will be Gino Rea’s home race.
Rabat checks out at Brno
Brno, Czech Republic – 17 August 2014: Moto2 World Championship leader Tito Rabat’s perfect weekend at Brno was capped with a dominant win in today’s Grand Prix of the Czech Republic.
The 25-year-old Spaniard secured his seventh pole of the season on Saturday with a new outright circuit record and then posted a new lap record on the way to his fifth win of the season today.
Mika Kallio made it a Marc VDS one-two on the podium, after overcoming technical issues encountered during practice and qualifying to take second place behind his Marc VDS teammate.
Jorge Navarro’s race ended in the gravel trap at the first turn after just one lap, when he was hit from behind by John McPhee. Starting from 19th on the grid, Navarro fought his way through the field on the opening lap, before passing Romano Fenati and McPhee on the main straight to move up to 11th position. As McPhee tried to retake the position, he hit the back of Navarro’s Kalex-KTM causing both riders to crash.
Tito Rabat // Race Winner
“I’m very happy to be back on the top step of the podium here in Brno. I think together me and the team have done a good job, finding a solution to every problem encountered and improving the bike in every session. The win today was also an important one for me, as the last three races didn’t really go in my favour, so it’s good to get back to winning again. Now I will enjoy today, but tomorrow we start to work again so that we’re ready for the next race at Silverstone.”
Mika Kallio // 2nd
“The day didn’t start so well with the crash in warm up, but we then decided to gamble on going back to last years settings on the front, which is something we hadn’t tried this weekend. I could tell immediately on the warm up lap that it was the right decision, as the feeling with the front that is so important for me was much better. I knew Tito was going to attack from the start, so I pushed hard to get into a position to chase him, but he’d already pulled out a gap at the front by the time I was through into second. I tried to close the gap but it was pretty obvious that, barring a mistake, I wasn’t going to catch him. At half race distance I decided to play it safe and take the all-important points for second and, given the issues this weekend, I think we can be satisfied with that.”
Jorge Navarro // DNF
“I am very sad, because this is not how I wanted to finish the race today. My objective here was to get more experience on the bike and try to be in the first group. I think we have done a good job all weekend. We have improved my lap times and, most importantly, my feeling with the bike in every session. In the race I felt good, made up eight places on the opening lap and felt confident about reaching the first group. At the start of the second lap I passed Fenati and McPhee on the straight, giving me the inside line at turn one, but then I was hit from behind and crashed. It’s a disappointing end to what looked to be a promising weekend, but now we need to put it behind us and focus on the next race at Silverstone.”
Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal
“Tito was determined to regain the upper hand in the championship this weekend and I don’t think he could have done it more emphatically. Two new circuit records, his seventh pole of the season and a dominant win today has sent a clear message to everyone - especially Mika - that he’s prepared to fight for this title. Mika also rode a superb race after a difficult couple of days and two crashes here in Brno and I’m sure he’ll be looking to turn the tables on his teammate in two weeks time at Silverstone. I know Jorge is disappointed to have crashed out of the race today, but his progress once again has been impressive. He improves every time he gets on the bike and in the race he’d gone from 19th to 11th in just one lap, before being hit and crashing out of the race. I’m happy with his approach and his style; we’re here for racing, not dancing.”
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia in the top-20 at Brno
Matteo Ferrari (20th) and Andrea Locatelli (25th) fight back in the second group
The eleventh round of the 2014 Moto3 World Championship has fully met the expectations of the crowds gathered at the Brno Automotodrom Circuit. Alexis Masbou (Honda) today got his first win in career at the end of an exciting race, which, at a certain point, saw a leading group of 17 riders. The San Carlo Team Italia riders defended themselves in the second group further cutting their gap from the lead.
Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3) made a good recover after his unfortunate qualifying, lapping at very strong pace and arriving 20th under the chequered flag. Racing for the first time at Brno, Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) has finished in 25th position, finding some promising setup solutions to adopt since the next round, set in a couple of weeks at Silverstone.
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) 20th
"This result is definitely not in line with the positives we showed today. This morning we found a setup that allowed us to get closer to the front, as it demonstrated our tenth best lap time in the warm-up and our race pace later on. Unfortunately, being forced to start behind, I lost a lot of ground in the early stages of the race and I couldn’t fight for an important result. Any way I think our race has been positive for the progresses we have made: at the Sachsenring I arrived 9th, 25 seconds down on the lead and here, while arriving 20th I was 15 seconds off the front. I think that if we will go on in this direction with the setup, trying to find the best compromise since Friday, we’ll be able to achieve important results in the next races".
Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) 25th
"It has been a difficult race for me. Being a rookie is never easy for me to race on a completely new rack: I basically lost the whole Friday just to learn the layout and to understand his secrets. Saturday we found a good setup but me being behind schedule, the others outdistanced me. Any way it was an important experience nevertheless, and useful for the future. At Silverstone I’ll try to find the best setup’s compromise since the first practice sessions".
Schrotter speeds to 10th in the Czech Republic
Marcel Schrotter produced another solid display today to finish in 10th position at the Automotodrom Brno as he concluded a positive weekend for the Tech3 Racing Team. Schrotter began his race from 8th on the grid, his best qualifying performance this year and as the Moto2 field completed their first lap, he crossed the line in his qualifying position, before slipping back two places in the lap after. By the 5th lap he was running in 10th with a formidable rhythm, setting his fastest lap time on the 11th as he plugged the gap to the two riders in front in order to reclaim his qualifying position. At the mid point of the race, Schrotter lunged up the inside of Mattia Pasini to pinch 9th place and immediately powered forwards running mid 2’03 times with his ambition firmly intact of continuing up the field at the 5403 metre Automotodrom Brno. With 7 laps remaining, Schrotter had closed in on Johan Zarco and remained in an exciting battle with him and Morbidelli until near the end of the race before finally crossing the line in 10th, adding another bravely challenged top ten finish to his 2014 campaign.
On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team garage, Ricky Cardus completed the bwin Grand Prix Ceske republiky in a hard fought 20th position. The Spanish rider began the 20 lap dash around the Brno circuit from 16th on the he grid and moved up one place by the first lap’s completion. Cardus started pushing his hardest to close the four riders in front involved in the frantic battle for 12th in the intensely competitive intermediate class. However, the Spaniard made a mistake and slipped back to 20st position by the 9th lap, despite his best efforts and concluded round 11 of the 2014 world championship in this position.
Marcel Schrotter - Race : 10th - Championship : 12 - Points : 44
“I am definitely pleased to be back in the top ten again as this is where we should be and it’s a positive close to a good weekend. I really gave it my all during this race and I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed that I couldn’t stay with the leading pack. Unfortunately I lost too much time in the first four laps as I was battling with a few riders to climb up the standings when Corsi, who is especially hard to battle with, hit me quite hard on my right leg. However, as soon as I fought my way through the pack, I improved my rhythm thinking I could pass Zarco. I wanted to keep going but he came back after I overtook him, along with Morbidelli and unfortunately I wasn’t able to keep up with them at the end of the race. It’s a bit of a shame, but I’m still pleased with 10th as it strengthens our standings in the championship. There was a big step in the right direction especially in qualifying so I want to say thanks to the team and I am sure I can beat this result in the next few races."
Ricky Cardus – Race : 20th - Championship : 17th - Points : 28
"It goes without saying that I wished the race would have turned out differently to brighten up this tricky weekend for me, but unfortunately this has not been the case. I still can take some positives from today as I wasn’t too far back from the leader with the overall gap, especially considering that I have never really enjoyed riding at this circuit. Moreover, I had an issue with shifting up in the gearbox that's why I made a couple of mistakes as I was trying to compensate for this problem, but I still wasn’t able to make up the lost ground. I really wanted to finish the race without crashing so when I realised that I was too far behind to get some points, I didn't want to take any unnecessary risks. I can't do anything else now other than focusing on Silverstone which is the next race and I look forward to getting back in the points there.
Herve Poncharal - Team Manager
“Altogether it has been a strong weekend for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team here in Brno. Marcel performed well from the first free practice session and the fact that he qualified in 8th position was really encouraging for the whole team as we knew he had the pace to have a competitive race. After a solid start today, he unfortunately lost a few positions during the opening laps but he got his head down and for a long time in the race he continued with the speed we expected him to have which was the same as Luthi and Aegerter in 4th and 5th position. In the second part of the race he had a determined battle with Morbidelli and Zarco for 8th place and during the very last laps when he understood that he probably couldn’t pass them, he wisely decided to go for another top ten finish instead of ending the race in the gravel. So we are truly satisfied although not euphoric as we are still 15sec from the top, but I want to thank Marcel for his great performance and perseverance today. Meanwhile Ricky showed he had the pace today and rode some really good lap times but I think he made a few mistakes and in such a huge, fighting group such as the one he was in for almost the whole race, a few tenths here and there make the difference. Still Marcel is holding a strong 12th position in the Championship and we are just 5 points behind Caterham Suter in the constructor standings which is always something we look for, so I'm happy. Silverstone has always been a good track for our Mistral, therefore I am confident that both riders will have a strong performance there.”
MAPFRE Aspar riders end Brno round with bittersweet race
Jordi Torres and Nico Terol unable to overcome setup difficulties that had plagued them in the Czech Republic, and finish lower down the order than hoped
After a fantastic Moto3 race, it was difficult for the Moto2 contest to reach the same level of excitement. What followed was a dominant race from Tito Rabat to take the win in the intermediate class, when a more even battle had been expected due to the close lap times in practice. Rabat broke away from pole position, established a gap of nearly half a second on his opening lap, then set a series of fast times through to the chequered flag. Mika Kallio also attacked with a fast lap, but his response was late. Behind him, Sandro Cortese rode alone for third place to complete the podium. The most interesting fight starred Thomas Luthi and Domnique Aegerter for fourth place.
Fortunately for the MAPFRE Aspar riders, the Czech Republic round is now over and they can concentrate on the next race of the season in Great Britain. Both Jordi Torres and Nico Terol experienced a weekend of problems in which they suffered more than necessary to setup their bikes. Despite carrying out productive work during the warmup session, in the race they were again affected by chattering and a lack of grip which prevented them from performing at their best. Torres finished in eighteenth position and Terol in twenty-fifth.
18th Jordi Torres: "I started quite well, but upon arrival at the first corner I noticed that something was wrong. I felt a lot of chatter on the rear and each time I released the clutch the bike behaved in a very reactive way. The rear wheel was bouncing a lot. I tried to adapt to this situation and that made me lose concentration. I had to play around with the clutch a lot to keep the bike from shaking me off. Halfway through the race I tried to gain positions, but I almost crashed on a couple of occasions. So in the end I focused on finishing the race however possible."
25th Nico Terol: "This morning we recovered a decent feeling during the warmup session, and I could enjoy myself a little when riding. Then, just as the race started, the first corner was disastrous. I was taken off the track and almost crashed. On the following corner two riders fell in front of me and I also lost a lot of time. Fortunately after that first lap I managed focus and set a consistent pace, much better than yesterday."
SIMEON SCORES TWO POINTS IN A DIFFICULT RACE AT BRNO. BAD LUCK FOR BALDASSARRI
The Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 leaves the Czech Republic with the two points of the 14th position, claimed today at Brno by Xavier Siméon. The Belgian rider experienced a difficult weekend, struggling more than expected with the new Suter chassis he used since the first free practice session. Starting from the 20th position, however, Siméon was able to recover several positions, improving his lap times in the second half of the race.
Lorenzo Baldassarri’s race aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter only lasted a few corners: the 17-year-old Italian has been knocked out of the race by Wild Card rider Lucas Mahias, who crashed at Turn 3 on the first lap. Lorenzo was hit by Mahias’ bike and he could not prevent the fall, in which he also sustained a dislocated left shoulder.
XAVIER SIMEON (14th)
“For sure this is not the result we were looking for, but we tried a new Suter chassis this weekend and we struggled more than expected. I started the race from behind and after Indianapolis where I was very aggressive from the first lap and I crashed, I decided to keep calm and not use my full potential from the beginning. I couldn’t ride at hundred per cent, and this was a little bit frustrating, but we didn’t want to pay for other mistakes. In the latter part of the race I could ride more comfortably, I reached the group of riders in front of me, and in the end we took two points; it’s not what we want, but it’s better than zero, like happened in Indianapolis. I would like to thank all the team because is supporting me a lot and this is making me stronger: we keep working for the upcoming races”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (Rit.)
“Right after the start, at Turn 3, Lucas Mahias lost the front end and crashed: his bike hit me, making me going down. I couldn’t do anything to avoid it and in the fall I also dislocated my left shoulder ... It’s been a disastrous weekend, there’s nothing much to say. At the moment I’m not feeling pain in the shoulder, so now I’m already looking forward to the next race”.
“Despite starting from the 20th position, Siméon today was able to collect some points, but we got another result below our expectations. Too bad for Baldassarri, who was knocked out after a few corners: in the fall he also sustained a dislocated shoulder; nothing serious, but it’s disappointing when these things happen”.