Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Saturday's races at Assen:
More Points for Mahindra at classic Assen battle
Assen, 27June 2015: Mapfre Team Mahindra rider Pecco Bagnaia claimed a hard-fought eleventh place in today’s Dutch TT, well to the front of a pack of more than a dozen riders scrapping every inch of the way behind a runaway lead group of seven.
The Italian teenager had qualified tenth, and had high hopes of being able to run with the leaders, if he could get a good enough start. He and his Mahindra – the only Indian machine in world championship racing – had the pace; but instead he found himself trapped in a brawling pursuit group as an equally tight group of seven broke away ahead.
Bagnaia got to the front of the group, but the pressure was relentless, riders entering corners two or three abreast, and the order swapping constantly.
Team-mate Juanfran Guevara was with him, until contact with another rider sent him off the track, to eventual retirement. Third Mapfre Mahindra teamster Jorge Martin lost touch with the pack, to finish 18th.
While Bagnaia showed again that the Mahindra has the speed to challenge the leading bikes, it was a disappointing result after a top-three podium in France, and a photo-finish fourth in Italy. But the racing in Moto3 is so close that a tiny slip can make a huge difference, the top seven at Assen crossed the line within just over half a second of winner Miguel Oliveira’s KTM; eighth to 16th were covered by just over 1.2 seconds.
The next race is the German GP at the Sachsenring, in two weeks.
Pecco Bagnaia – Eleventh place
Not an easy weekend for us. In qualifying we finished tenth, and I was happy with the result. But in the race it was so difficult for me in the group because I was losing a lot of positions in the straight, and it was difficult to find places to get them back. I tried to do my best, but today it was not possible to get to the podium. This is not a good result for us, because we made the podium in Le Mans, and we should be able to do it again.
Mufaddal Choonia – CEO, Mahindra Racing
There is not a lot to say. We expect better results than this, because we know our machine and our riders are capable of it, so even though we have added to our points, it is not enough. We’ve made a lot of progress, but we need to keep working hard to achieve our maximum potential, and that is exactly what we will do.
Quartararo places second and Navarro fourth in tight Dutch TT
Fabio Quartararo just misses out on maiden Moto3 victory and Jorge Navarro finishes 0.062s off the podium. Maria Herrera crashes out from eighth after contact from another rider.
Saturday was a bittersweet day for the Repsol riders in Moto3. Whilst Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro placed second and fourth, respectively, Maria Herrera has starred in a spectacular battle in the second group for eighth. However, she was crashed into by Niccolo Antonelli under braking when tryng to escape and was eliminated from the race.
At the front, Quartararo and Navarro were in a group with Brad Binder, Miguel Oliveira, Danny Kent, Romano Fenati and Enea Bastianini. Throughout the race there were countless passes in this group and, once again, the last lap was a lottery. Quartararo crossed the line second, just 0.066s behind winner Miguel Oliveira, and Navarro finished fourth. After leading the race at one point, he missed out on third place to Kent by just 0.062s.
After this race, Quartararo lies sixth in the overall standings with 74 points. Navarro is eleventh with 44.
Fabio Quartararo 2nd at 0.066 sec.
"The truth is I would have preferred to have won, but it was not possible. I am satisfied with the work we have done throughout the weekend. Here at Assen we have done well right from the start on Thursday. Today in the race I was in the front group and on the last lap I managed to overtake Miguel [Oliveira] before the third sector, because I knew he was very fast there. However, both he and Kent passed me and I couldn’t regain the lead. I’m very happy with this podium and for having fought with the top riders."
Jorge Navarro 4th at 0.179 sec.
"It was a very hard-fought race. At first I was riding carefully, after a crash in the warmup, but I found my feeling again and I decided to steadily gain positions. When there were two thirds of the race remaining I began to overtake the front riders. I saw there were possibilities, I attacked and I got into the lead for many laps. It’s a shame about the last lap; I made a mistake between Turns 10 and 11. That meant I couldn’t slipstream and enabled Kent to pass me. I'm happy with the work we've done and we continue to improve."
Maria Herrera not classified
"The first few laps went very well and everything went as I wanted. I got up to eighth, was fast and was following the pace of the leading group. As for the crash, these things happen. Today it was because of a mistake from another rider, but another day it will be my mistake. It was a shame because it could have taken a great result for the team, but there will be more races and we have to continue in the same way. This year we have to learn and gain respect. I am pleased to have reached eighth place and been able to fight in a group of very strong riders."
LEOPARD RACING EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WITH A FINE THIRD PLACE BY DANNY KENT
Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent rode a brilliant race at the TT Assen today to finish in third place after fighting for victory throughout the 22 lap distance whilst Hiroki Ono collected two further important points for his rookie campaign and Efren Vazquez crashed out of the race in lap two.
Kent, who started from fourth position on the grid, underlined his cleverness again when he was battling within a group of seven riders and didn’t take too much risk. Conditions had changed to the previous days with heavy wind. Kent spoke after the chequered flag about lack in terms of speed compared to his contenders. But with his seventh rostrum finish out of eight in this year the 22 year young Englishman extended the championship lead over Italian Enea Bastianini up to 57 points.
Behind the leading group there was another war on track with a big battle for eight position, including the team’s rookie Hiroki Ono. The young Japanese rider displayed also a brilliant performance to finish in fourteenth position after a race long fight whilst the experienced Spaniard Vazquez crashed out of the race as he lost the front.
The Moto3™ World Championship moves for the next race to Germany to the famous and every year much crowded Sachsenring in two weeks’ time.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - DNF, World Championship position 5th (76 points):
“Of course I’m disappointed because we didn’t make any mistake throughout the whole weekend and furthermore the race pace wasn’t that speedy in my opinion, so everything was on the table for me. Anyway, I arrived to that corner in the same way as the previous laps, I touched the front brake a little bit as always at this point, but after that I lost the front immediately. I don’t have any clue about what happened, maybe due to the track conditions or the wind or whatever else. Unfortunately I couldn’t start the bike again so I was forced to retire due to a system brought by Honda which stops the bike in case of a crash. So Assen is checked off and my focus targets already the next race where hopefully luck will be on our side.”
#52 Danny KENT – 3rd, World Championship position 1st (165 points):
“Wow, what a race because there was war out on track during the entire distance today. No, I’m really happy to be on the podium again and beyond that in doing so we were able to extend our lead in the championship, which is why we are here. I struggled a bit with our speed, even though in the slipstream. Due to the more windy conditions it was hard to head the group because you lost so much references as well as you lost so much on the straight. It wasn’t easy to stay calm. But to be honest, when you’re racing in a group up to seven riders you can’t really think about anything else as there were countless battles for positions. I pushed really hard in the final lap, but honestly speaking I was a bit early on the brakes into the last corner. But we can be happy overall because we finished ahead of Bastianini, who is our main contender in the championship. So this was clearly my goal for today.”
#76 Hiroki ONO – 14th, World Championship position 20th (15 points):
“I’m happy about this result and also about two very important points for the championship. I enjoyed this race a lot, fighting in that huge group was a really nice experience for me and most important I learned a lot. In any case it’s a nice outcome of a difficult weekend with some ups and downs at my very first visit to this track. But now I already look forward to the next race where the track isn’t familiar to me also.”
Stefan KIEFER (Team manager):
“Again a very good weekend for Leopard Racing here in Assen with an even more nice outcome due to Danny’s fine third place today. Thanks to this we extended the championship lead up to 57 points, which is very important at this moment or better said it’s pre-deciding, I think. Danny was strong all weekend long due to a great feeling with the bike. He dominated all free practice sessions and again he displayed a very clever race today. I think we can look forward with some confidence to the next race at the Sachsenring, which of course is our home race. We’re happy too with Hiroki, who finished in 14th position today and collected two world championship points. Beyond that we’re very pleased with his performance as he brought home this points safely after some big fights in a big group, which was our target for him for this race. Unfortunately for Efren, who already lost the front in the very early stages of the race. Overall it was a successful race weekend for Leopard Racing again so congratulations to the whole team.”
BASTIANINI TAKES SIXTH IN FRANTIC TT ASSEN. LOCATELLI BATTLES TILL THE END
Enea Bastianini got a sixth place finish in today’s Dutch Grand Prix at the historic TT Assen Circuit: the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 rider, who started from pole position, has been battling in the leading group throughout the whole race, but he could not join the fight for the win in the final stages, also because of a contact with Fabio Quartararo, during which he lost valuable ground.
His team mate Andrea Locatelli crashed on the last lap while fighting for points: the 18-year-old rider from Selvino lost the front in an attempt to overtake Francesco Bagnaia. After a contact in the first laps with Karel Hanika, Locatelli was able to recover well to get into the top ten.
ENEA BASTIANINI (6th)
“Today we could achieve more, no doubt. The fight in the leading group was very tight and I’ve never managed to ride the way I wanted, making clean lines. Honestly I didn’t like some maneuvers of other riders, but we know that this category is hard-fought and this can happen. I have been struggling to stay in the group and each time I was losing a bit of ground I had to stress the tyres to close the gap. Too bad, I wanted to finish this race in a different way: we will continue to work in order to improve further ahead of the forthcoming race at Sachsenring”.
ANDREA LOCATELLI (DNF)
“I made a good start, moving up to tenth position, then on the fifth lap I had a contact with Hanika in which my front brake lever was damaged... I went off the track and I almost crashed, slipping down to the 19th position. Later I took a good pace, recovering positions, although it was not easy to ride because the brake lever was moving a lot and sometimes it was difficult to grab it; moreover, today in the race I had once again chatter problems. Finally, from the pit wall the Race Direction began to report me to give back a position; I slowed down and four riders passed me, but they continued to show me the board and I lost even more ground. At that point I didn’t have much to lose and on the last lap I wanted to try to make up some places; in an attempt to overtake Bagnaia I lost the front and crashe. I gave my best till the end... It’s a pity because today we could fight for the eighth or ninth place, the top ten was within our reach”.
“As always happens in Moto3, today the fight for the victory was really tight: Bastianini tried until the end, but a previous contact with Quartararo made him lose valuable ground, therefore on the last lap he was not so close to be able to fight for the win. Enea is a bit disappointed and also complained a little chatter on the bike, but these are the races. We look forward to the Sachsenring, where of course we will try to improve further. Locatelli rode a determined race, recovering well after a contact with Hanika in the early stages: he gave his maximum until the end and on the last lap he crashed while trying to overtake another rider. He could collect other important points, as happened at Mugello and at Barcelona. He didn’t succeed, but he gave encouraging signs of recovery”.
DISAPPOINTING WEEKEND FOR HUSQVARNA LAGLISSE AT ASSEN MOTO3
RACE INCIDENTS DASH HOPES FOR VINALES AND HERRERA
Husqvarna Laglisse riders Isaac Viñales and Maria Herrera were both on their way to possible top ten finishes at the Dutch TT at the Assen circuit on Saturday when luck abandoned them. Within a short space of time, the two promising riders where involved in separate race incidents that resulted in dashed hopes and racing bikes and riders in the gravel.
While a group of seven fast riders were out front, both Husqvarna riders were fighting hard in the following group. Herrera was in eighth and looked certain to achieve a career best finish when she was put out of the race after another rider clipped her bike. She can at least take away the knowledge that she was performing well on a circuit that was new to her, and this will give her confidence for the next round at Germany’s Sachsenring.
Herrera, who fortunately was not injured in her crash, said it had still been a good weekend in The Netherlands. “We were doing great, the bike was very good and I am feeling stronger at every race,” she said. “In Germany I will try even harder, I will have even more desire to do well and will train very hard.”
Viñales went skidding off the track in the eleventh lap of the 22-lap race and he too walked away uninjured.
Team Manager Gelete Nieto said while the outcome of the race was disappointing for the team, he still wanted to highlight Herrera’s performance. “Without this incident, she would have probably finished in a great position, but she is still happy that she was able to overtake very fast riders. Isaac was in the same group as Maria and also had bad luck. After he returned to the pits be said he had experienced an electrical problem during the race and we have to check what happened.”
Vinales is now eighth in the points in the fight for the Moto3 World title with 10 more rounds to the end of the season. In the last round in Catalunya, Herrera became only the fifth woman ever to pick up world championship points in a MotoGP competition, thus joining a very select group of riders.
Riders contest the next round at Germany’s Sachsenring on July 7.
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Oliveira wins Moto3 Dutch TT
Starting from the second row at Assen, Miguel Oliveira takes second victory of the season. Brad Binder finishes seventh and Karel Hanika places eighth.
06/27/2015 - TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Miguel Oliveira won an exciting Moto3 Dutch TT –the last to be held on a Saturday– with an excellent performance. The win was his second of the season, after a triumph at Mugello, and allows him to close the distance to the series leader by nine points. Brad Binder, seventh, and Karel Hanika, eighth, rounded off a great Saturday for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.
Sixth on the grid at Assen, Oliveira took the lead of the race at the first corner, imposing a fast pace from the start that soon split the race. A group of seven riders led the way, with Brad Binder at the back of the group. With continuous overtaking at the front, Oliveira had to defend the lead at all times and study his rivals ahead of the final and decisive lap. Determined to fight for victory, the Portuguese made a definitive pass in the final sector of the circuit, to take the chequered flag first at Assen.
Binder remained in the front group throughout the race, finishing in seventh place –just ahead of teammate Hanika. The Czech rider, who started from third on the grid, had dropped down to eighteenth before clawing his way back to eighth.
In the overall standings, Miguel Oliveira remains in third place with 102 points, just 6 points off second. Binder is seventh –66 points– while Hanika lies fourteenth –26 points. This is the second victory for Red Bull KTM Ajo in Assen from four Moto3 events there. The next round of the season will be held on the weekend of July 10th to 12th at Sachsenring: The German Grand Prix.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"I'm happy with my performance today, because I did not make too many mistakes and it was a pretty difficult race. To be honest, after the warmup I did not know if I could take the victory, having ridden behind Kent. But in the race I made a good start and I tried to believe in myself, concentrate and go forward. I followed a good strategy and I put myself in a good position to overtake the other riders. In the final braking move I tried to defend my position and I managed to win. It was fun, with a lot of overtaking, but it was very hard and the race felt quite long. I managed to maintain a good pace; it was difficult with the strong wind today, so at the end we had to be very focused. I'm really happy with this second win of the season, thank you to the team."
41 BRAD BINDER
"I'm not entirely happy with the race today. During the race I could not stop the bike as I wanted. When braking going into the corners, I had a lot of problems with the front and it became very difficult. I was in the group, but could not fight with others because every time I tried to go fast on a corner I lost the front. I feel I could have kept up with the frontrunners and got a better result, but the risks necessary to achieve that were too high. The positive is that we know which direction we have to take and I'm ready for the next race."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"I'm happy to have finished after several races without scoring points. I didn’t make too bad a start. I lost some positions, but I was riding with the fastest riders and I think I might I could have kept up with them. On the third lap I made a mistake at the last chicane, I went wide and I lost some positions.
I tried to recover as soon as possible and I set my fastest lap right afterwards, but another rider pushed me wide again and I lost another ten places. That meant that the front group got away. It was not easy to fight back, but my only option was to try to be the first rider in the second group. I'm happy to have done that, but I hope not to repeat these mistakes and finish in the first group next time."
AKI AJO - Team manager
"It was fantastic. We had decided we were going to attack in this race and Miguel [Oliveira] did really well. During every lap he tried to stay in the top three positions. Before the start you could see in his eyes that he would win.
It has also been a good race for Brad [Binder], who at the last two races was not very comfortable with the bike. During this weekend he has made great progress and has improved his feeling a lot. Finishing in the front group is a very good result.
Karel [Hanika] started from a good grid position, but unfortunately he was trapped in the second group and it was impossible to return to the first group, even though I think he had pace to be there too. In the end he led the second group. It has been a good day for us."
First podium finish at Assen for on form Rabat
Assen, The Netherlands – 27 June 2015: Tito Rabat secured his first ever podium finish at Assen with a hard fought second place in today’s restarted Moto2 race at the Dutch TT.
Having taken the lead from the start Rabat had it all to do again when the race was stopped after Luis Salom’s bike dropped oil in turn one following a crash. The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider got away cleanly from the restart, but had to work hard to catch early race leader, Jonas Folger.
The 26-year-old Spaniard smashed the lap record as he chased down the German, eventually passing him for the lead at half race distance. With three laps to go championship leader Johann Zarco joined the fight at the front and it was the Frenchman who eventually took the win, after a bruising battle between the two riders.
Álex Márquez was also involved in a titanic battle throughout today’s shortened 16-lap race, trading places with Mika Kallio until a mistake in the closing stages allowed the Finn through to take eighth place at the finish. Ninth place for Márquez equalled his best result since he stepped up to the intermediate class as the reigning Moto3 World Champion at the beginning of the season.
Tito Rabat: 2nd
"I made a very good start and was in third position and trying to catch Jonas, but then I touched with Johann, which lost me some time. Once I caught eventually caught Jonas I tried to pull a gap at the front, but it wasn’t possible because today Johann was a little faster than me. Second is good and I'm happy with the work that the team are doing and also I think that my performance is good. I'm pleased to get with my first podium at Assen but now we need to do our best at Sachsenring to close the points gap to Johann."
Álex Márquez: 9th
"I'm happy with the race but I think that we could have done a little bit better. I started well; that was a positive because I've not started well in other races, but then I tried to overtake some riders and I lost some time. With three laps to go I made a mistake, the bike hit a neutral and Kallio passed me. Without that I think that eighth would have been possible. We need to improve our qualifying but also the feeling from the front in the middle of the race so that we can maintain our lap times over the full race distance."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"It was a nice race and I think that it's what everyone wanted to see. Tito fought hard with Johann and at the end of the day it’s always good if you finish first, second or third. I'm happy to have another podium and I think that we've been back there at the front with Tito for the last few races and that's always good. It was also a nice race from Álex; he was near to the leading group and fighting with Kallio who has a lot of experience in Moto2. In the last two laps he was able to get ahead if Álex but I'm happy to have him in the top ten."
‘The Sniper’ turns the corner in home race
Overtaking was a bit of a problem Livio Loi shrunk from in the past few races. RW Racing GP’s Belgian rider lacked the self-confidence to simply duck into it. But in his home race in Assen it was completely different and the old fearless Sniper showed up again. Loi showed his teeth and knifed one rival after the other to finish in thirteenth, picking up another three points.
With a brilliant final stage of the Moto3 race of the Dutch TT Loi turned the corner. Not only as far as the race and the result concerned, but foremost for his own feeling: he proved to himself he could still do it, even in the most difficult circumstances and under huge pressure.
Loi’s warm-up had not been great and as a result the first laps of the race were not ideal either. The Belgian had a good start from twentieth on the grid, but was forced into the inside of the first turn and lost a handful of positions. At the start of the second lap Loi had dropped back to 27th and it didn’t look all that good for the team’s home race.
But Loi got himself together and put his head down. Halfway through the race he was back where he had started: place 20. From then on he began to move up fiercely, knowing that he was only a second away from the top 10. In the final four laps Loi got one rider after the other, chopping away the positions as if it was nothing.
In the penultimate lap Loi lost a few places when he had to avoid Andrea Locatelli, who was side-ways on the track, on the verge of crashing. In the final lap Loi gave his all to get from 16 to 13 and pick up three valuable championship points.
RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen was over the moon with the way his rider had fought his way to the finish. “Thirteenth may not look as great, but the courage and fighting spirit Livio showed was superb. He overcame his bashfulness in this race and did what we were looking for all along. It’s not that difficult to imagine what could have been if he had qualified a bit better. That’s the next hurdle we will have to take.”
Livio Loi – 13 (+ 22,024)
“I am so happy! I don’t know what the problem was the past few races, but finally I was able to pass and overtake. I bit the bullet and gave it my all. It felt so great to pick up one after the other. I could even do it in the places that were difficult for me: Ruskenhoek, Ramshoek. I could even pass two at once in De Bult. On the outside! Going into the second half of the season this is the best thing that could happen. Now we have to work on qualifying and the first few laps to get really good results.”
Sky Racing Team VR46 one step away from the Dutch GP podium with Fenati
After steadily fighting in the leading group, Romano ends in fifth: he is the first Italian rider to cross the line.
Migno (12th) gets points for the third time in the last four races
The Sky Racing Team VR46’s race at TT Curcuit Assen stops one step away from the podium with Romano Fenati pulling off an outstanding performance in the Dutch GP.
The rider from Ascoli Piceno, today celebrating his 60th GP of his career, has steadily been fighting in the leading group, from start to finish, without him succeeding to produce the decisive burst of speed that would have earned him a well-deserved podium finish. Romano, however, was the first Italian rider to cross the finishing line in fifth (37'54.679). Thanks to this result, rider number 5 on the Sky Racing Team VR46 climbs up to 4th place in the overall standings, with 86 points.
Andrea Migno continued on his path of improvement as he got points for the third time in the last four outings. Getting away from 17th spot on the grid, the rookie managed to stay in the top-15 group and finish in 12th with 38'16.150, thus equalling the result obtained in Austin (second best result of the season after the French GP where he had clinched 9th spot).
The Sky Racing Team VR46 continues to enjoy a large following on social networks: during this race weekend, in fact, Twitter and Instagram followers have exceeded the 30k milestone. The team itself, the most social of the Moto3 World Championship with over 90k overall followers, wanted to thank its fans with a special snapshot directly from Assen: https://instagram.com/p/4ZO0voAfwu/?taken-by=skyracingteamvr46
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
It was quite a sensational race, full of passes, with Fenati constantly fighting in the leading group. Unfortunately he did not manage to step on the podium even if he would have deserved that as he pulled off an outstanding race, always keeping an excellent race pace. The good thing is that he has had a great feeling with the bike for the whole race weekend. Also Migno put in a good race, as he fought with the top-15 pack. That is the place where he deserves to be and his 12th finish today is the result of great teamwork able to overcome the difficulties we got during Thursday free practice sessions.
ROMANO FENATI / Rider
I am happy with my performance, even if we failed to step on the podium. In any case we managed to snatch key points. I climbed up a position in the overall standings and now I’m in fourth. Now we’ll have to focus on the German GP where we will try to hold our sway.
ANDREA MIGNO / Rider
It was a good race, I managed to fight for top ten positions and stay in the point-zone. It is the third time I have got points and so we have to continue on this path, sticking to these positions while trying and getting closer to the leading group.
Johann Zarco wins at Assen for second consecutive victory
Moto2 World Championship leader takes third victory of the season in a race reduced to 16 laps after first lap stoppage.
06/27/2015 - TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands
Johann Zarco was the winner of the Dutch TT on Saturday afternoon, taking his third victory from pole position. It was a hard-fought in which he had to make several overtaking moves, and the win allows him to increase his lead to 45 points in the Moto2 standings. It is the first time the Ajo Motorsport rider has placed on the podium at Assen and he becomes the first French rider to win back to back races in the intermediate class of Grand Prix racing since Christian Sarron in 1984.
The Moto2 Dutch TT was stopped shortly after the start. Luis Salom fell at the first corner and left oil on the track, forcing race direction to stop the race. Reducing the final distance to 16 laps, they ordered a restart. Johann Zarco ceded his lead with a discrete start, and was third at the end of Lap 1.
During the early stages, Zarco confirmed the good pace he had shown throughout the weekend, moving up into second place after eight laps. Closing the gap to race leader Tito Rabat, the Ajo Motorsport rider put himself right behind the Spaniard to launch his final attack on the penultimate lap. He passed Rabat at Turn 4, then held the lead until the finish.
Thanks to this victory, Zarco’s lead in the Moto2 World Championship standings has been extended to 45 points. The win also marks the first time Ajo Motorsport have had winners in both Moto2 and Moto3 at the same event.
The next round of the season will be the German Grand Prix, held the weekend of July 10th to 12th.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"Making two starts was not a big problem, because I was able to keep calm before going out again. My first start was not good and I thought I had a second chance to do well, but it didn’t really work like that. I repeated that I had to remain calm and enjoy the race, because we had done well in practice. I was fighting with Tito [Rabat] at the beginning of the race and that showed he would be up there and it wouldn’t be easy. We led in the final stretch, but I saw that I had a stronger pace and I thought taking the lead and trying to escape would be the best solution to get victory.
I passed him and I saw that first I opened a gap of two tenths, then another, and I continued pushing on the last lap. This is my second consecutive win and it's great. I want to thank the team because I am very confident with the bike and I can ride it very fast."
AKI AJO - Team manager
"After the Moto2 race we can only say that Johann [Zarco] continues to put on an excellent show at every race. I have no words; we just support him as much as possible. As with Miguel [Oliveira] in Moto3, today the riders were the winners, so thanks to them. We have a great team and great riders.
I cannot find the right words to describe how I feel right now after winning in two different categories. It is a very special feeling. Today has been a very, very good day for us. I want to thank everyone –our partners and all the team we have– for their hard work and passion."
SIMEON GRABS A SOLID SIXTH PLACE AND MORE POINTS FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT ASSEN
The trip on the historic TT Assen Circuit was successfully completed by the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 and Xavier Siméon, who collected 10 important championship points thanks to a sixth place finish. The race, initially red flagged on the first lap following a crash of Luis Salom, was held over a distance of 16 laps.
Siméon made a great start from the second row, taking the third position, but he could not defend himself from the attacks of Zarco, who went to win the race, Lowes, Rins and Luthi. In the final stages, a nice pass Folger handed the sixth position to Xavier who, thanks to this result, maintains the eighth position in the overall standings with 59 points.
XAVIER SIMÉON (6th)
“Zarco, Rabat and Lowes were very fast, but not impossible to catch. Unfortunately today we lacked a bit of power and we don’t know why. My bike was fantastic, I could push really hard and ride well, but I was losing a bit of ground in all the straights from the guys in front of me. In the end I managed to overtake Folger and all in all sixth place is not bad, although it’s certainly not the result I wanted to achieve today. I did my best to try to get on the podium, but it was not possible. We collect important points after the stop in Barcelona and this is the important thing. We still lack something to fight for victory, although frankly it’s hard to see where we can improve, because we have reached a base set-up that works really well in all the tracks. We will certainly try to improve, as always!”.
“We knew today it would have been difficult to fight for the podium, so we are happy with the result collected by Siméon. Xavier did once again a good start, then he rode a strong race, keeping a good pace. Sixth place means other important points for the Championship, waiting to return to fight for the top positions: we still lack something to do that, but we are not far and we will push to fill this small gap”.
Moto3 - Comeback in race for San Carlo Team Italia at Assen
After difficult practice, Stefano Manzi is 22nd, Ferrari 24th.
In today's race of the Moto3 World Championship at the TT Circuit Assen, the riders of San Carlo Team Italia were protagonists of a comeback that partially redeemed an uphill weekend, compromised by difficulties during the practice. With Miguel Oliveira (KTM) at his second victory of the season and of his career in the World Championship, the riders of the Italian Motorcycling Federation didn't make mistakes, gaining experience for the continuation of the season.
Started respectively from the eleventh and twelfth row, Stefano Manzi and Matteo Ferrari finished in 21st and 24th place, both recovering ten positions from the their place in the starting grid. A performance that must represent a starting point to come back to the levels of competitiveness highlighted in the first part of the season, in line with the speed potential of riders and team.
For San Carlo Team Italia the next engagement will be from 10th to 12th July at Sachsenring (Germany), ninth round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship.
Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 22nd
"The start was good, i was immediately in the second front group and I had a good pace, absolutely better than in practice. Unfortunately during the race I made two little mistakes that made me lose the contact with the riders in front of me who later fought for the points and for a place in the top-10. In the second part of the race I rode on my own, without any riders close to me, and this justifies the gap. Anyway we improved a lot compared with the previous races, we will start from here for the next races."
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) 24th
"We leave behind a very difficult race and weekend. I struggled a lot and I wasn't able to find a good feeling with the bike, essential to do my best. Moreover, on the final lap a contact caused by Rodrigo didn't allow me to win the sprint of my group, but that's not what we are working for. Sometimes and also lately, we had proved that we can be up ahead in the standings: this is not our potential and for sure we won't give up. At Sachsenring we will start with a new strategy, we'll see if it will pay off, but I am sure that it will be a solution that will make us improve our position in the standings. With the team we will work hard to come back to the levels that we deserve."
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"The final result isn't rewarding us, we are far from the goals that we decided at the start of the season. We will try to start again from this difficult weekend, learning from the experience of these three days. The race of Manzi leaves a sour taste: he started well, he reached good levels with the "S" tyre (soft blend) and kept a good pace in line with the riders that later fought for the top-10. Without two little mistakes he could have been with them and it would have been a different race not just for the final result, but also for the experience that he could have matured fighting with these expert riders. The gap of 37" from the winner is justified by this fact, not by not competitive times. Talking about Ferrari, he was a difficult weekend for him and in race he wasn't able to improve the times of the practice. Now we move on and we think of Sachsenring, a track where Matteo finished ninth last year, a good omen to start the weekend with the right attitude and to improve our position in the standings."
Determined Schrotter perseveres in tricky Motul TT Assen race
Tech3 Racing Team rider Marcel Schrotter completed the eighth round of the 2015 Moto2 World Championship in 18th position in the fiercely competitive intermediate class after an incident packed event at the Assen circuit. As the action got underway, the race had to be red flagged at the end of the first lap due to an oil spill caused by an accident at corner 1 which involved three riders. Half an hour after the scheduled race start, the Moto2 battle was resumed but reduced to 16 laps. Schrotter, who was involved in the collision, remained upright and when the race restarted he shot off the starting line from 17th and completed the first lap in 14th position. He was then shuffled back five places after making a mistake but the young German remained fully focused on climbing into a point scoring position and promptly regained a place on the third lap. On lap seven he ran wide and fell back to 22nd, yet he persevered and managed to overhaul four riders to move up to 18th and then meet the chequered flag in this placement.
On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team pit box, Ricky Cardus was unfortunate and fell just before the midway point of the reduced race at the Motul TT Assen after making contact with Randy Krummenacher. When the round 8 battle began, which was the 85th time a Grand Prix motorcycle race had been held at the Assen venue, the Spaniard jumped forward from 22nd on the grid. By the end of the opening lap, he was running one position higher and then stuck into his rhythm. Cardus pushed onwards as he aimed to plug the gap to the competitors ahead of him, yet on the sixth lap his luck ran dry and he retired, despite his best efforts.
Marcel Schrotter - Position : 18th - Championship : 20th - Points : 12
"It was a tough weekend and no one in the team wanted to leave the race track in this position but we tried our absolute best. This was the first race event that we ran with the KYB suspension and we can see a lot of potential in using their equipment. It goes without saying that it takes time to get the bike set up and it’s not easy to make everything work well with the new suspension. Now, after having completed a full race distance, we have collected the vital information that we need in order to understand how to adjust the Mistral. So for sure we will be able to make a step forward at the next round. In terms of the setting, it was a big difference, we had and will have to learn a lot, especially for me as a rider. I tried my best and I was able to pass a few riders at the beginning of the race just after the restart. However, I made a mistake and came together with another rider and ran on, so I lost five places. Unfortunately, as I was pushing so hard to try and make up some ground on the riders in front of me, I made another error later on and fell back again. To finish the weekend in 18th is not great, but I am confident of improving at my home Grand Prix and we all know that we need to work, fight and come back stronger."
Ricky Cardus - Position : DNF - Championship : Not Classified
"It’s very disappointing to end the weekend without finishing the race, especially when it’s not your fault and you get hit by another rider. I started well but in the second corner of the first lap, Krummenacher touched me and so I ran wide and lost some positions. After that, I felt confident on the bike and was running with Marcel, Aegerter and West. I thought that I was quicker than these riders and I was positive about getting past them, so I told myself to keep calm and then make a move later on. Then Krummenacher hit me again at the third corner and I went into the gravel and crashed. This was a real pity because I was on my normal race line and I didn’t expect anyone to hit me. So I’m truly disappointed, but nevertheless, I now look on towards Germany where I finally aim to have a strong result before the summer break."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
"It was not an easy weekend for Marcel, Ricky and the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team and it’s disappointing to leave the Netherlands with no points after everyone put in so much effort. Following the Moto2 test on Tuesday after the Barcelona race, we decided to go ahead and use KYB suspension after consulting with the riders. They were positive despite it meaning that there would be a lot of work to undertake, but it was the way to go and we knew that it was very positive to have some special support from KYB who have big potential and experience in racing. This was the first race weekend using the suspension and we know we have to work a bit more, but overall, it was interesting. It’s plain to see that the gap in Moto2 is almost nothing due to it’s level of competition but anyway we had a good qualifying and Marcel was only 0.4 away from 4th place which was very encouraging. In the race, he ran on at a corner which unfortunately cost him the chance of scoring some points and Ricky fell also. Nevertheless, we have to carry on working with this project and we are fully aware that it’s not easy changing suspension halfway through the year as it is a key element in terms of getting results and performance. However, we feel this is the right direction to head towards even thought it was a bit tough at this race. In Sachsenring hopefully our efforts will be repaid with better race positions and as always we will keep working hard for this."