Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the British Grand Prix at Silverstone:
Determined Schrotter clinches points at Silverstone
Marcel Schrotter rode a daring race to claim a hard fought point scoring finish at round 12, having expertly overtaken 8 riders from 22nd on the grid to complete the race in 14th place. After having experienced a tricky qualifying campaign, the German rider launched into full speed as soon as the lights went out and found himself in 17th by the close of opening lap, having brilliantly overhauled 5 rivals. During the next lap, Schrotter progressed up a further place as he neared the final point scoring position. Following this he battled for the whole race with a pack of nearly ten riders who were all competing for 13th position in the highly competitive intermediate class. With four laps remaining, the German rider had clinched 15th after undertaking some resolute overtaking manoeuvres. As the penultimate lap began, he set his fastest time of the race before moving up a further place and then sailing across the line in 14th position, completing a toughly fought race as well as sealing a positive close to the Hertz British Grand Prix.
On the other side of the garage, Ricky Cardus fought back from 20th position on the grid to finish in 17th having undertaken a gruelling and fiercely challenged race at Silverstone. The Spanish rider undertook a solid start and held his grid position place as the first lap was completed. >From here he stuck into a solid race rhythm, progressively overtaking every lap and beating five riders to find himself in 14th on the 11th lap. After exchanging some daring moves, Cardus was shuffled back to 17th following a collision with another rider but remained determined and moved up to 16th on the 15th lap where he eventually finished the 18 lap Moto2 race at Silverstone.
Marcel Schrotter - Race : 14th - Championship : 12 - Points : 46
“I can’t be too disappointed to finish 14th after having started the race from row 8, but of course it’s far from my expectations, especially after having set the 5th fastest time on the Saturday morning. My initial start was strong as I managed to overtake 5 riders during the opening lap which gave me a boost of confidence, and I’m sure I could have finished higher up the time sheets, but I started to focus too much on the other riders. I was riding too defensively and without keeping my own rhythm, just adapting to who I had in front of me and these are mistakes which I have to work on during the next races to get back into the top ten. The fact that I set my fastest lap close to the end illustrates that the Mistral worked well and my physical condition is strong, so I just need to work on my race strategies. Fortunately there is not long to wait until I can return to the track and show what I can do in Misano in ten days.“
Ricky Cardus - Race : 17th - Championship : 21 - Points : 28
“Today was a hard and intense challenge for me as there was not a moment to take a breath during the entire 18 laps. It was tricky to climb up the standings and to make things worse I got touched twice by Louis Rossi plus, I was definitely lucky to stay on during one of these moments of contact. In fact, he broke the exhaust of my bike a bit and then Cortese went into the gravel which disrupted my flow as I was clipped. Of course I can’t be satisfied with this position but what annoys me the most is finishing just outside of the points which is where I need to be every race. I am sorry to the team who made a great effort over the whole weekend and I never gave up fighting, but sometimes these things happen in Moto2. Now I look on towards Misano where I believe we can achieve a really strong result.”
Herve Poncharal - Team Manager :
“It has been a difficult weekend for us. FP3 was really strong with Marcel being fifth and we were really confident and hopeful that a strong qualifying was possible. Unfortunately for reasons that we still do not understand, things didn't go according to plan and the qualifying was a bit of a disaster for our guys, which didn't make things easier for today as they had to face the race from the middle of the starting grid. However, both had a strong start off the line and kept fighting for the whole 18 laps, undertaking some interesting lap times, especially during the second half of the race which would have seem them around 10th position. Yet, unluckily in this sport you can't catch up the time that you lose at the beginning, unless you are Marc Marquez. To be honest I think we are quite lucky to get two points with Marcel and it's a pity that Ricky just missed the top 15 by finishing in 16th position. Nevertheless we are still 12th in the Championship, which is positive but our performances need to be more consistent and we have one week now to work in this direction before the action gets back on track at Misano on September 12th.”
Jordi Torres fights back to eleventh place
MAPFRE Aspar rider recovers from eighteenth on the grid to narrowly miss out on top ten finish as Dakota Mamola completes full race distance despite first-lap crash
With a slight change to the race order at Silverstone it was the Moto2 riders that got the action underway at the British Grand Prix, with Mika Kallio making the most of the early combat to put two seconds between himself and the rest of the field at the halfway stage. However, a late charge from Kallio's team-mate Tito Rabat, who brought Maverick Viñales with him, saw a fantastic three-way challenge for victory that ultimately went the way of Rabat, the series leader.
It wasn't the race Jordi Torres dreamed of last night but the MAPFRE Aspar rider still managed to put in a positive performance after coming through a combative start. Jordi struggled to make up positions in the early skirmishes but established his own rhythm from the tenth lap and narrowly finished outside the top ten after a strong finish. MAPFRE Aspar new boy Dakota Mamola managed to finish his maiden Grand Prix, gathering crucial experience despite having to remount following a crash at the end of the first lap.
11th Jordi Torres: “With such long straights at this circuit I struggled a lot, so we need to think of a way to either improve the aerodynamics or the top speed of the bike. I had to fight a lot at the start of the race so it was hard to get into a rhythm and make up positions but once things settled down I was able to make progress. Looking back over the weekend we paid for some indecision and today's race proved how important it is to gain a good grid position because otherwise it has hard to recover in this category. The objective for the next race is to work hard to improve the set-up in free practice so that we can throw everything at qualifying. We could have been up there today if we had a better grid position so that's the goal next time.”
30th Dakota Mamola: “I was running on the back of a group of five riders on the first lap but I ran wide in the last corner, touched the grass and crashed. It was a stupid mistake but I will learn from it. I had to come in for a new footpeg and then I was able to get back out on track. It was a long race riding on my own and it took me a couple of laps to get my confidence back but after that I focused on keeping up my rhythm and gathering experience. On the last lap I set my best time of the whole weekend so I am happy with that. I have learnt a lot this weekend and now I feel much more prepared for the next round of the FIM CEV at Navarra. I am pleased with my first Grand Prix experience and it will no doubt help me in the future.”
THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX ENDS WITH A CRASH FOR SIMEON AND BALDASSARRI
A crash during the tenth lap ended prematurely the determined comeback that Xavier Siméon put on display today at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter machine. Started from the sixth row, the Belgian rider recovered several positions in the early laps, taking the lead of the second group of riders, in tenth place, halfway through the race. Unfortunately, to laps later, Siméon fell as he lost the front coming into Turn 5.
Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter Lorenzo Baldassarri crashed out of the race on lap 15 while he was in 19th place, fighting for a points scoring position.
XAVIER SIMEON (DNF)
“Today I was feeling really good and in fact I was able to recover several positions in the early laps; Unfortunately, once again our race ended with a fall due to loss of the front end, which frankly I can’t explain. It's frustrating when you can’t understand the reason for a fall because you can’t learn how to avoid the same mistake. I always have a good feeling with the front end, but sometimes it happens that I lose it without notice. When I took the lead of the second group of riders I didn’t take too many risks, I knew that I would not catch the leading group, since I had a 6 seconds gap; I just wanted to maintain my position. I am very sorry for the team for this negative result, on a day in which we could have done well. The only thing to do now is to try to maintain a high spirit and try to make that these things do not happen again”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (DNF)
“I have no words, I suddenly lost the control of my bike coming into a corner, without warning and I couldn’t avoid the fall... It’s a shame because I was just keeping my pace without making mistakes, and doing so I managed to catch the group of riders in front of me. Unfortunately, as soon as I have reached them, I crashed apparently without a reason”.
SEVENTH FOR LOWES AT HOME
It was a tough home Grand Prix for Britain’s Sam Lowes who, despite his best efforts to push towards the podium battle, crossed the line in seventh place in his home Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The sun was shining on the 3.6 mile Grand Prix circuit this morning as Lowes made a good start to the 18 lap race, gaining a position to move into sixth place in the opening laps. Getting into a rhythm within a nine bike battle for the lead, Lowes slipped into seventh on the fourth lap.
Struggling with set-up all weekend, Lowes dropped to ninth and lost a couple of seconds towards the mid-point but determined to put on a show for the fans he fought back to close the gap and gain two positions in the closing stages, eventually crossing the line just 0.035 off sixth position.
“Today was disappointing if I’m honest” said Lowes. “I really wanted to put on a good show for the home fans and I thought we could push towards the podium but we’re at a real crossroads in terms of set-up and we’re struggling.”
“I had a good start and was strong towards the end of the race but in the middle was where it was tough, I felt if I’d pushed any harder, like I wanted to, I’d have crashed. We’ll move on from here and see what progress we can make. I like Misano so we’ll see what happens there.”
Lowes will be back in action at Misano for Round 13 of the Moto2 World Championship in two weeks’ time.
Engine failure forces Deroue to retire, lonely race for Carrasco
If anyone would have deserved to finally finish into the points at Silverstone it would be Scott Deroue and RW Racing GP. But again they were hit by bad luck. Having started the Moto3 race from 14th on the grid Deroue had to retire with less than four laps to go due to an engine failure. Team mate Ana Carrasco rode a lonely race, finishing 29th.
Blue smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe of Deroue’s Kalex KTM was the clear signal something was wrong. Deroue already had the idea his bike was slowing down halfway through the race. At that time he was fighting for 17th with Oettl, Ferrari, Navarro and Azmi. In the early laps he had been duelling with Romano Fenati, but Deroue could not stay with the multiple Grand Prix winner and lost a bit of ground.
Further back down Ana Carrasco was on her own for most of the time. Riding alone, without other riders to fight with and keep the pace up, she dropped way back to finish over a minute behind race winner Alex Rins.
Ana Carrasco – 29 (+1.02,069)
“I had a reasonably good start and in the early stages of the race my pace was good. When I started to lose connection I couldn’t keep up that pace. Riding on your own, without a fight or someone to focus on, it is very hard to remain concentrated and keep the pace high. I just couldn’t. Luck is not on our side and I am very disappointed.”
Scott Deroue – DNF (+ 4 laps)
“Very hard luck. Although my start was good and I was able to fight with Fenati for a while, the race was very tough. In this race going for points was aimed too high, I think. Surely I am disappointed with a DNF, but I’m satisfied about the weekend in total. There is progression, there is an upward trend and that is encouraging.”
Miller sixth at Silverstone
The Australian Red Bull KTM Ajo rider gained ten points and retains his lead in the Moto3 World Championship. Teammate Hanika finishes the race in twelfth.
08/31/2014 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
The Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain played host to the twelfth round of the Moto3 World Championship today, where Jack Miller finished in sixth position after contending with the group at the front for the majority of the race. Karel Hanika also challenged those in the lead group until finally finishing in twelfth place.
The start of the race saw Miller gain two positions in the first corner to place himself fifth. Hanika also made a good start and in the early stages of the race was locked in with the leading group of nearly 15 riders.
The Australian rider fought among the lead group until five laps remained, after the head group split and four riders moved ahead to contend for the podium. The final lap saw both Red Bull KTM Ajo riders contending among the second group to finally cross the line in sixth and twelfth position.
With only six Grand Prix races left, Jack Miller leads the Moto3 overall by 13 points, 179 in total. After gaining four championship points in today’s race, Hanika holds a total of 24 points and is currently ranked eighteenth.
8 JACK MILLER
"I wanted to stay in the first group throughout the race, but some other riders made mistake which caused us to lose a lot of distance from the front. We had the pace and we were there lap after lap, but in the end couldn’t manage it. We suffered a bit this weekend, both with my riding as well as with set-up. Now we have to get back on a positive trend and focus and on the next Grands Prix, which will be in Misano and Aragon.
I think one of the main problems we’ve had has been with the bumps. We have to look at what we did well, and then do it again. Maybe I have also to communicate better with my team, to describe problems better to get more time during the weekend."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"It wasn’t a bad race. I started very well and I also felt really good. But on the first lap I braked very hard in a corner and lost my rear wheel completely almost went into another rider. That was where I lost many positions. But still, I had a good pace, I could gradually pass rider after rider. I was able get to 9th position, but was only a little while there, because another rider ran into me and I lost five positions again. At this point I just tried to stay there. For me, the race was better than Brno, but we still have to find something that allows us to get to the front. We will see in the next races."
Espargaro, first open bike at Silverstone
The British GP saw the NGM Forward Racing Team on top of the open bikes with Aleix Espargaro finishing in ninth position after a very hard battle with Bradl, Iannone and his brother Pol.
After a great start that saw him 4th on the first lap, Espargaro lost some positions after some laps. Aleix was suffering on the straight, while he was recovering under braking. After a hard fight, he finished with a well deserved ninth place.
With today’s result the Spaniard of the NGM Forward Racing Team maintains the 6th position in the championship with 92 points.
It was a complicated day also for his team mate Alex De Angelis, who crashed twice this morning during the warm up. Alex took the start of the race from the sixth row and was able to finish 15th despite the pain to his right wrist.
“I did a great start and in the first laps I tried to stay with the front guys. Compared to other times, today I was suffering more in terms of top speed. I was loosing a lot on the straight, while I was recovering under braking. I was battling with Iannone, Bradl and my brother Pol. They were overtaking me in the straight, while I broke very late to recover positions. It was frustrating. Anyway, we leave Silverstone 6th in the championship and this is positive. I look forward to race in Misano, it’s a small track and I think we can do well there".
Alex De Angelis
“This morning I crashed twice in the warm up due to some technical issues and this made the race very complicated. My right wrist was very painful and I was struggling a lot under braking. Despite this, I’m satisfied as we succeeded to reduce the gap from the front guys and we earned the first points. We are progressing and I look forward to next Race, the GP of San Marino, my home GP”.
Rabat takes the win from Kallio after epic Silverstone battle
Silverstone, Great Britain – 31 August 2014: Tito Rabat got the better of a titanic battle with his Marc VDS teammate, Mika Kallio, to take his sixth victory of the season in the British Moto2 Grand Prix today.
It is the third time in 2014 that the Marc VDS duo has occupied the top two steps of the podium and today’s victory means that Rabat has now won half of the 12 races run so far, giving him a 17 point lead over Kallio at the top of the Championship standings.
After struggling with both the conditions and set up at Silverstone all weekend, it was a welcome win for Rabat, who was visibly relieved as he pulled up to occupy the number one slot in parc ferme post race.
For Kallio there was only disappointment, after losing out to his teammate in a race he’d pretty much dominated until the very closing stages. Despite putting up an aggressive defence on the final lap, the 31-year-old Finn had no answer for his equally aggressive Marc VDS teammate.
Jorge Navarro finished today’s British Moto3 Grand Prix in 27th position, after what has been a difficult weekend at Silverstone. The 18-year-old Spaniard struggled to find a good feeling with his Kalex-KTM ahead of today’s race, but looked set to finish in the top 20 until a last lap collision dropped him to 27th at the chequered flag.
Tito Rabat // Race Winner
“The start was normal; the first laps were neither good nor bad, but once the fuel load started to reduce then I was able to push more and more. It put me into a good fight with Folger, Vinales, Zarco and, eventually, Mika who I managed to get the better of on the last lap. I’m happy because here I wasn’t the fastest on track, because the other riders had better settings than us today. The team and me put in everything, we took all the risk and it paid off. It makes today’s win even more special.”
Mika Kallio // 2nd
“The race was a little bit how we expected today. I pushed hard from the start to try and pull away at the front, even though it’s not easy to do here at Silverstone. I managed to build up a lead of around 1.5s by the halfway point, which wasn’t too bad, but I knew that Tito would be fast at the end, like always. He dropped his lap time and started to close, so I started to push again, but I wasn’t able to improve my time. At this track, once you are close enough for the slipstream, it gives you around 0.5s and you can close a gap very quickly. I knew it was going to be a tough fight, and it was, but obviously I’m not happy with second. There’s a long way to go in the championship yet, so I’m not overly concerned about the points gap, but after today I know I maybe need to be more aggressive with Tito in the future, especially when it comes down to the two of us at the end of a race.”
Jorge Navarro // 27th
“I’m disappointed, because I came here looking for a good result, but it didn’t happen. Friday was not bad, but we didn’t really go in the right direction with the set up and I didn’t have a good feeling in qualifying or the race. My start today was good and I managed to overtake some riders to join the fight for 17th position, but I could do no more with the bike. My objective was to finish in this position and collect as much information as possible, but on the final lap another rider hit me and we crashed. I remounted to finish 27th so at least we have the data from a full race. We have to make a reset, as we have lost a little bit our direction this weekend, but we have a test at Aragon and the CEV race at Navarra during which I can rebuild my confidence on the bike ahead of Misano.”
Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal
“This is the third time Tito and Mika have finished one-two, but the first time they’ve gone head-to-head on track over the final lap. I’m sure it was exciting for the fans but, as you can probably imagine, it was a little more nerve wracking for us on the pit wall. It was a good battle and Tito did well to get the upper hand after a difficult weekend, but I’m sure Mika will now be keen to repay the favour next time out at Misano, a track he likes and has gone well at in the past. A great job by both crews this weekend and we’ve pulled even further ahead now in the Championship standings, which is also very important. It’s been a difficult weekend for Jorge but he continued to work hard with his crew to find solutions to the problems he encountered and he has learnt a lot as a result. He will test now at Aragon before returning to the CEV at Navarra and I’m confident he’ll be back on form at Misano.”
Victory for Alex Rins at Silverstone
Alex Marquez remains second in overall standings, 13 points behind leader Jack Miller. Rins moves up two places to third, 29 points off the top.
British Grand Prix - Race
"We are very happy with the victory for Alex Rins, because we all wanted him to get back to winning Grands Prix"
"I think that Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 did an excellent job throughout the entire weekend. In the race we had an advantage over our rivals because of the setup and pace that we had, and our riders were able to make the most of this to cut the gap to Jack Miller in the overall standings. That was our main objective. We are very happy with the victory for Alex Rins, because we all wanted him to get back to winning Grands Prix. This time the race strategy worked out for both riders. We still have six races remaining and we are seeing some tough, tight contests. However, we will keep working this way in order to get better results for the remainder of the season -starting with the next race at Misano".
"I am very happy to have taken this win. Today everything worked out well for us -the last three corners were perfect- although it was very difficult to follow a strategy when part of a four-rider group fighting hard to win. I think that both my teammate, Alex Marquez, and I had planned to push hard from the start to make it a small group, but we had both Bastianini and Antonelli making things difficult at the beginning. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the race and it went by very quickly. This victory is undoubtedly down to teamwork and the support of Honda."
2nd to 0.011 sec.
"I'm happy with this result because I think we had a very good race, fighting for the win from the beginning. I tried reducing the lead group by setting a strong pace, but it was really hard to break away with all the slipstreaming. By mid-race we had broken away and were in a group of four, and that gave us a little more tranquility for the end of the race. I tried for the win until the last corner and maybe I lacked a bit of aggression, but I think we rode a very good race. The most important thing is to keep on cutting points to the leader; we are just 13 points behind now."
Two top tens for Husqvarna at Silverstone
Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo fought to the last lap in an intense race long battle, finishing the twelfth championship round in ninth and tenth respectively.
08/31/2014 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
The Moto3 race weekend at Silverstone played out similarly to the previous round in Brno (Czech Republic), featuring a large group of fifteen riders fighting a race long battle for the podium. Both Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo were amongst the challengers, eventually crossing the line in ninth and tenth places respectively and adding valuable general classification points to their totals.
Kent and Ajo gained one and two positions respectively in the first of seventeen scheduled laps of the British GP. Both Husqvarna riders moved to the front after good starts, contending in the lead group for the majority of the race which included up to fifteen riders battling for the front positions.
And just as in Brno two weeks ago, the fight at the front featured continuous overtaking, often with two and three riders involved until the final five laps where the intense group allowed four riders to escape. In the end, Kent and Ajo crossed the finish line in the ninth and tenth positions, just five seconds behind the winner.
The paddock travels next to southern Europe, specifically San Marino, where the next Moto3 race will be held on September 14th. The Husqvarna riders will arrive in Misano with the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider tenth in the championship with 73 points, and the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo fourteenth overall with 45 points.
52 DANNY KENT
"Ninth position is good, but because it's my home Grand Prix, I'm a little disappointed. We wanted to fight for the podium, but still we were only four seconds back. For some reason, the temperature of the bike was really high and this made for an even more difficult race. We made an effort over the weekend to find a better top speed, because this is where we were losing compared to other riders. Now we have to sit down and see where we can improve. We hope we can have a repeat performance of Brno when we go to Misano in two weeks."
31 NIKLAS AJO
"It was a tough battle. We suffered a bit with the top speed, but we improved from Brno. It was difficult to overtake because everyone wanted to take advantage of the slipstream. Anyway, I'm happy with the race we had, but I'm not happy with my final position. There were lots of people stuck in the fight and in the end you equally win or lose. I'm also happy for the team, the way everyone worked together. Now for the next race we will try to improve our position. We were with the front group the whole time, so we only need to stay there."
Moto3 - Unfortunate race for San Carlo Team Italia at Silverstone
Andrea Locatelli closes in 19th position, Matteo Ferrari fights hard before finishing 24th
The promising feelings the team had got in the practices have not yielded the kind of results San Carlo Team Italia would have hoped for at Silverstone today. In a race came down to the wire with Alex Rins (Honda) leading teammate Alex Marquez and a strong Enea Bastianini (3th), the pair of the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana fought hard in the second group.
After a good start from the thirtieth spot on the grid Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) performed a strong comeback to finish in 19th place. Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3) fought at length for a placement close to the points but finally finished back in twenty-fourth place due to a little problem on the penultimate lap of the race.
San Carlo Team Italia Moto3 will be back on track at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, where the 2014 Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini will be hold in two weeks.
Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) 19th
"I can be satisfied with my performance today and, generally speaking, with the progress we made over the weekend. It’s never easy to start form the tenth row but I was able to make up several positions in the first laps finding, in the same time, a good feeling with my bike though the conditions were quite different from yesterday. I finished in 19th, ahead several riders from my group. This weekend definitely left me with some positives: every experience is important for my future and I can be happy under this point of view. In two weeks we’ll race at Misano, a track I know, so I hope we’ll start to the weekend with renewed optimism, aiming to move up the order and to confirm our positive trend".
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) 24th
"What a shame the little problem I had on my penultimate lap, otherwise my race could have been, all in all, positive. Contrary to the last races I got a decent start but unfortunately the front group cleared off while I was fighting to pass Deroue. I maintained the 17th position, at the head of my group, until the penultimate lap when I hit neutral trying to avoid another rider under braking: I had to quickly change my line and I lost some ground. Without that problem I might have finished first of my group. Too bad but I hope to take my revenge at Misano".
Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"We are a little frustrated about Matteo’s drawback while Andrea did well despite starting so behind. Matteo remained between the 16th and 19th position up to one lap to go when he got a bit haphazardly into the corner to avoid another rider who missed the breaking point. It will be a good lesson for him for the future and I’m sure it won’t happen to him again. Andrea has got a brilliant start and recovered several positions though his feeling with the bike was quite different from yesterday. Actually the setup was identical but today the temperature rose up to 22° C while Saturday it never got over 14°C: a difference of 2 degrees is enough to change one’s feeling on the bike, above all with suspensions. Any way he did a good race and it is a good signal for Misano".
Perseverance pays off for Juanfran Guevara
MAPFRE Aspar rider comes through eventful race to score points on final lap
The Moto3 race was the final action to take place at Silverstone this afternoon but as usual it was well worth the wait as the youngest riders in the paddock produced a repeat of the epic battle of Brno a fortnight ago. Fifteen riders made up the lead group over the opening ten laps, swapping paint and positions throughout. In the final third of the race the only four riders to have led (Rins, Márquez, Oliveira and Bastianini) finally made a break, with polesetter Rinssecuring the victory by 0.011 seconds from Márquez in a photo finish. With a crash for Vázquez and a discreet result for Miller, the Moto3 World Championship is tighter than ever going to the next race at Misano.
Juanfran Guevara produced an epic race of his own to come back twice after running wide, matching the pace of the podium finishers to sneak back into the points with two crucial passes on the final lap. The MAPFRE Aspar rider set the fifth fastest lap of the race with a 2'13.937 that represented an improvement of half a second from his qualifying effort, a clear sign that the result could have been very different if it wasn't for a huge moment in turn thirteen that almost cost him his race.
14th Juanfran Guevara: “It was a good race but more than that I am happy with the job we have done over the whole weekend here. The team gave me the best they could and thanks to that we improved in every session. I lost a couple of positions at the start of the race but quickly made them back with my best lap of the weekend, half a second quicker than I managed yesterday. I touched with another rider and missed a couple of corners so I had to let some guys back through to avoid a penalty. Despite all that I managed to stick with the front group, I felt comfortable there, but with eight laps to go when I was trying to make up positions again I went too deep into turn thirteen and lost contact with the group. Fenati came from behind me and together we were able to catch back up, pass a couple of riders and get back into the points. So I am happy with the weekend as a whole and looking forward now to Misano”.
Hafiq Azmi holds his own in a tough British Grand Prix
The SIC-Ajo Team rider crossed the finish line of the British Grand Prix in 20th position after overtaking several riders.
08/31/2014 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
Hafiq Azmi held his own through another tough Moto3 World Championship round, this time at the British Silverstone circuit, where he had not competed since 2012. The Malaysian rider lost some positions in the early stages of the round, but by the end of the race managed to regain the lost positions to cross the finish line in 20th place -the same as his starting grid position.
With a dry track and intermittent sun, this final day of the weekend offered warmer weather than the previous days with the temperature of 19ºC. The SIC Ajo Team rider made a tentative start wherein he lost a few positions. Hafiq Azmi found himself in a group of seven riders, in which he maintained a steady pace, saving rubber but gradually overtaking other riders. In the end, he finshed the 17 lap race in twentieth position, 28 seconds behind the winning rider.
The thirteenth round of the World Championship will be held in two weeks at San Marino, where Hafiq Azmi will continue his progress in the Moto3 category.
38 HAFIQ AZMI
"I'm not too happy with the result because I expected more. But that's racing and I am still in my first year, so I have a lot to learn to get closer to the front. I didn't make it to the top 15, but I learned and gained more experience. I have to figure out how this works and then I for sure I'll be in the top 15 soon. I was in a group of around seven riders, and I was second in this group, behind Oettl. For a while I chose to stay behind to help save my tyres. On the last lap I was in 19th position but Zulfahmi Khairuddin overtook me and then Locatelli was also in the middle and I couldn't get around him. The races are like this, I hope the next one will be better."
BASTIANINI CELEBRATES ANOTHER STUNNING PODIUM FINISH AT SILVERSTONE. ANTONELLI TAKES SEVENTH
The young Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 rookie, Enea Bastianini, claimed today at Silverstone his second consecutive podium finish, taking the third place in the British Grand Prix.
The 16-year-old rider from Rimini engaged a great battle for the victory, taking the lead of the large leading group in the fifth of 17 scheduled laps; with six laps to go Bastianini was able to open a gap together with Rins, Marquez and Oliveira, with whom he fought for the win until the last corner, closing the race in third place, just 72 thousandths behind the winner, Alex Rins.
Even Bastianini’s teammate, Niccolò Antonelli, tried to join the fight for the podium, but a contact with Rins caused him to lose ground, forcing him to fight in the middle of the group without the possibility to catch the first four riders.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (7th)
“I’m not happy, because today we could get more: as always, I struggled in the early laps, then I found my rhythm and I was able to take second place, but after that a contact with Alex Rins made me lose all the positions I had gained. I found myself in the middle of the group, where the battle with the other riders made me lose time and as a result the first four riders were able to open a small gap. The seventh position doesn’t satisfy me, I wanted to fight for the podium but due to the battle with other rider it was not possible. We will try again in Misano”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (3rd)
“Today I would really like to win, because in the last four laps I was in the lead and I thought I had something more than the other riders; but unfortunately, three corners from the finish line, they made me go wide a bit and I couldn’t resist on the outside. I still have to improve a bit my strategy for the final stages of the race. I'm happy anyway, even though the victory this time was really close... Today we had everything to get it, maybe we just lack a little experience, but we are doing it! However, I think that in the next races, starting from the Misano round, we will still be part of the game. After crossing the finish line, while I was greeting Rins for the win, I was hit by Hanika from behind: in the fall I also hit my injured right foot, but fortunately I feel good”.
“Bastianini fought till the end like a lion to win: considering how he rode today, the third place leaves a little bitter taste in the mouth, but we are obviously delighted with this result, which shows once again the potential of this young guy. Congratulations to him and also to the team. Antonelli has been fast all weekend her, so he expected more than the seventh place: anyway, also Niccolò battled with determination making another step forward, not only in qualifying but also in the race”.
Silverstone GP: Solid Top 20 Finish for AGT REA Racing
Gino Rea came home in 20th position at his home Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday following a strong performance in morning warm up. Rea headed the British contingent in Moto2 warm up on Sunday morning, finishing the session in 13th and improving on his qualifying time by over half a second. Starting from 26th on the grid, Gino had a good start of the line however a big moment early on prevented him from keeping in touch with the group in front.
“It’s been a positive Sunday to finish the weekend, starting from a strong performance in the warm up where I went 0.6 seconds faster than I did in qualifying to finish 13th. Unfortunately in the race my first few laps weren’t so strong. I lost the front going into turn one and somehow saved it on my elbow. At the time I thought that my race over so I was glad when I stayed on the bike. That incident let a few riders through and by the time I got back past them the big group in front had gapped us. I was behind Salom and I thought he would get us back to the group but he didn’t have the pace and I couldn’t pass him. It’s frustrating but it shows I’m capable of being a lot closer to the front than we have been recently. Salom is a top rider and in one of the best teams so it was nice to battle with him.
“We made good progress this weekend with the bike and could have made some more if I hadn’t crashed out of FP1 on my third lap. That lost us a whole session of data and set up which put us on the back foot. Considering that, I think we made very good improvements throughout the weekend so I hope to continue that into Misano in two weeks time.”
The AGT REA Racing team will be back in action at Misano for the San Marino Grand Prix on September 14th.