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Jorge Navarro finishes off 2015 season with another podium
Repsol rider places second, 0.198s off the victory. Teammate Fabio Quartararo retires mid-race with discomfort in his injured ankle and Maria Herrera finishes twenty-first.
Jorge Navarro concluded the 2015 Moto3 season in noteworthy fashion, claiming four podium finishes in the last five races. At the Valencian Grand Prix, the Repsol rider took his latest rostrum with a second place –after fighting for the win up until the very last corner. Teammate Fabio Quartararo retired on lap 10 and Maria Herrera placed twenty-first in the season finale.
Navarro started well and was part of the leading group, waiting for the final laps of the race to make a definitive move. He, Miguel Oliveira, Efren Vazquez, Niccolo Antonelli and Romano Fenati were all fighting for victory. A late mistake Antonelli ended with him crashing, taking out Fenati and Vazquez. Oliveira won, with Navarro second and Danny Kent proclaimed Moto3 World Champion.
Fabio Quartararo was hoping to end the year with a good race, but on lap 10 he chose to head back to the pits due to discomfort in his injured ankle.
Maria Herrera, who started from twenty-second on the grid, finished twenty-first after suffering some mechanical problems with her bike.
With his second place today, Navarro finishes seventh in the overall standings of the Moto3 World Championship, in his first full season. He has 157 points, with 92 points giving Quartararo tenth and Herrera twenty-ninth with 9 points.
Fabio Quartararo not classified
"It was a difficult race, because I pushed hard and my foot did not allow me to complete enough laps to finish. I was right on the limit and in the end my foot really hurt, and I couldn't stand it any longer. I saw there were 14 laps remaining and knew it would not hold up. It was so hard for me to ride and I had to go slower all the time because I couldn't do any more."
Jorge Navarro 2nd at 0.198 sec.
"I'm very happy, not only with the race but with the weekend. Racing at home is always a motivation but it also gives you a little extra pressure, and I think I handled that well. I knew I had a chance of victory in the race; I was very comfortable riding in the front group. On the last laps I tried to attack and I saw that Miguel [Oliveira] also wanted to be in the lead, so I decided to go for it on the last corner. Unfortunately, my bike was sliding too much on corner entry and I could not overtake him. Second place is a very good result and I cannot wait to start working for next year."
Maria Herrera 21st at 25.655 sec.
"Right from when the lights went out I noticed something strange on the bike, and I could not get off the line as well as at other times. Nevertheless, at first I rode pretty fast and was able to catch the riders ahead of me. As the laps went by, the bike got worse and it was hard for me to keep the pace up. I had to regain ground on my rivals under braking and for that I had to push too hard. It was a shame as I had a good enough pace to finish in the top fifteen and score some points. Now we have to focus on starting next year strongly."
BASTIANINI TAKES TOP FIVE AT VALENCIA AND THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. POSITIVE DEBUT FOR DI GIANNANTONIO
Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racer Enea Bastianini closed the 2015 Moto3 World Championship in third place, crossing the finish line of the last round of the season, today at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, in fifth position. The 17-year-old rider from Rimini successfully ended a great season, which saw him collect 207 points thanks to the sensational victory at Misano, in addition to five other podium finishes and a total of 15 top ten finishes out of 18 races.
Bastianini’s team mate, rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio, finished his first Grand Prix in 23th place: the 17-year-old rider from Rome, who was replacing injured Andrea Locatelli, rode a determined race without making mistakes and collecting valuable experience for the future.
ENEA BASTIANINI (5th)
“I’m very pleased to have maintained the third position in the Championship, it is a major achievement that makes me happy! Early in the race unfortunately I had some difficulty because the bike was moving a lot on corner entry, then the situation has improved and in the last six or seven laps I was able to get a good rhythm. I catched McPhee and I wanted to try to reach the other two guys in front of me, Binder and Kornfeil, but it was not possible. I would have liked to finish the season on the podium, but that’s okay, fifth place satisfies me”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO (23rd)
“Fighting with World Championship riders is exciting! You can’t relax for a moment, otherwise they overtake you immediately! At the beginning I had a good start, then I lost a bit of ground also because of some contact; then I tried to catch the riders in front of me, but I was already too far so in the end I just tried to keep the position. It was a long race and I struggled a bit, because I’m not used to it, also mentally. I will work a lot this winter to get prepared for 2016! I’m delighted to have taken part at this race, I thank the whole team which did an outstanding job and Fausto for giving me this opportunity”.
“The third place in the championship is a great achievement, it’s nice to be on the podium! It must be said that at some point in the season we also had the illusion of being able to fight for the title, but we are satisfied anyway: we know we have a great potential and we will try to improve again ahead of the next season, in which we want to be even more competitive. This year we have learned so many things and the assessment is absolutely positive, so I would like to thank Enea and also the team that supported him in the best way. Di Giannantonio enjoyed a good debut on a demanding track: the World Championship is not easy for a rookie, but Fabio faced difficulties with great enthusiasm and this is undoubtedly positive. I’m happy for him”.
DOUBLE POINTS FOR MAHINDRA IN SEASON FINALE
Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia, 08 November 2015: MAPFRE Team Mahindra riders Pecco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin finished the 2015 season with points for each in today’s Valencia GP, in a difficult race at one of the more challenging track's for the only Indian machine in the world championship series.
Bagnaia finished 13th, with class-rookie Martin one place behind after a dramatic last lap saw mayhem erupt among the leaders.
The tight and twisty Valencia circuit has never been kind to the Mahindra MGP3O, lacking the sort of fast corners and rhythmic sections where riders can make the most of the machine’s superb handling integrity. Instead it plays to different strengths, putting emphasis on low-speed cornering and short bursts of acceleration.
Bagnaia was involved in a four-way scrap in the first third of the 24 laps around the sinuous 4.005-km track, looping back and forth in front of vast grandstands and hillside vantage points.
Once the tyre grip faded as the race progressed, the Italian teenager lost touch and was more or less alone to the flag. Bagnaia’s best result this year was third in France – one of five top-ten results in the ultra-competitive Moto3 category. He also claimed fastest lap when battling for the lead in Australia, two races ago.
Martin was within sight of his team-mate throughout, but never close enough to challenge, finishing some three seconds behind, but comfortably clear of the group fighting for the last of the points. Last year’s Red Bull Rookies champion’s first grand prix season has seen several highlights, including a best of seventh in the Aragon GP.
Bagnaia and Martin finished 14th and 17th respectively in the World Championship with Mahindra taking third in the Constructors’ Championship.
Now the GP circus breaks up for the off-season, with action resuming at Qatar on March 20, 2016.
In another exciting year for the maturing Mahindra effort, three customer teams will line up alongside the official MAPFRE Mahindra squad.
The official entry list published yesterday confirms the following:
• MAPFRE Team Mahindra: Pecco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin
• CIP Team: Tatsuki Suzuki and Martin Vanhaeren
• Outox Reset Drink Team: Darryn Binder and Karel Hanika.
• MTA Team Italia: Stefano Manzi and Stefano Valtulini
PECCO BAGNAIA – 13th Place
It was a difficult race so I am really happy to finish off the season with another three points. I was losing a lot of time on the straight, and it was hard to recover that time in the short corners. When the tyres went down I couldn’t stay with the group. But I did my best, and my lap times were good, so I am happy.
MUFADDAL CHOONIA – CEO, Mahindra Racing
Valencia has traditionally been a difficult track for us and it continues to be. We really struggled this weekend, and I am happy to see two of our factory riders in the points. I wish to thank all our riders, also in the customer teams, who have put their faith in us throughout the season. We look forward to their support and patronage next year, and also to welcome Racing Team Germany to the Mahindra family, and we look forward to a stronger presence in 2016.
Miguel Oliveira finishes 2015 as Moto3 World Championship runner-up after Valencia victory
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider completes excellent final run-in with fourth win from last 5 races. Brad Binder places fourth and Karel Hanika crashes out when in the points.
11/08/2015 - Comunitat Valenciana Circuit, Spain
Miguel Oliveira put in another great performance in the last round of the Moto3 season, claiming his sixth victory of the season at the Valencian GP -his third in succession. The Portuguese managed four wins and two second places from the last six races of the year, taking 140 of the 150 points available, but it was not quite sufficient to win the title. The World Championship crown eventually eluded him by just 6 points. Red Bull KTM Ajo teammates Brad Binder and Karel Hanika took fourth and suffered a highside, respectively, in the season finale.
From the start, Oliveira took the initiative and at all times sought the only result that could possibly lead to him becoming World Champion: First place. He was part of a vibrant battle with the likes of Efren Vazquez, Jorge Navarro and Romano Fenati, exchanging passes before taking the lead for the start of the final lap. From there he left his rivals with no chance, closing every gap to take the chequered flag in first. The only thing to deny him the title was Danny Kent finishing ninth -becoming World Champion by 6 points.
Teammates Brad Binder and Karel Hanika had mixed fortunes in the season finale. After two podiums from the last two races, Binder finished in fourth place and was just a step away from the rostrum. Fighting in the second group and climbing up from twelfth position at the end of Lap 1, the South African benefited from a crash involving three riders on the final corner to claim a positive fourth place. Hanika's race was cut short on Lap 11, when he lost rear grip exiting Turn 2 and highsided. He was thirteenth at the time.
After an exciting season in which Oliveira took the title fight to the final round, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider says goodbye to Moto3 with second place overall. He earned a total of 254 points in 2015, with 6 wins and a further 3 podiums. Binder ends the year in sixth with 159 points, and Hanika eighteenth, with 43.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"Whoever has the most points wins the championship, and we came very close, but I'm happy with the season we've had -especially the last three races. Winning all three has been very good. We have proven to be a great team and the results we have obtained make me optimistic about the new challenges to come in the future. Throughout the year I have not had hardly any head-to-head battles with Kent. It has been a fight at a distance, because we haven't really coincided at the front much. I have had ups and downs this year, but to end up winning the last three races is a great feat.
I'm happy with today's win, in a race that was very competitive. I want to thank the whole team, KTM, Red Bull and all the partners for this wonderful season."
41 BRAD BINDER
"We almost got another podium and I'm happy about that, but on the first lap another rider hit me and I went into the gravel. It was very difficult to catch back up, because I had the front group ahead of me and every time someone dropped back I overtook them, but I couldn't keep up with the Top 5. In the end I was very lucky, because several riders fell on the last corner and finishing fourth is not a bad result.
However, I hope to do better next year. I want to thank the whole team, everyone at KTM and especially my crew chief Massimo [Branchini], my data engineer, and my mechanics, because they have had an amazing year. I learned so much more in one season than I had before in my whole career, so we will keep working for next year."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"I didn't make a bad start and was in the main group, but from the beginning I saw that it would be hard to stay there because I didn't have a good feeling. I was able to brake well, but lost ground when accelerating. I didn't have a bad pace either, but yesterday I was a little better when riding alone and today I found it hard to keep with the group. I pushed as hard as I could to stick with them, until both the front and rear wheel slipped out at Turn 2 and I highsided. I'm not happy about it, but there isn't much we can do.
I've had two fantastic years at Red Bull KTM Ajo, in which despite the overall results not being as expected, the team have helped me a lot at all times. I thank the whole team and I wish them luck in the future."
AKI AJO - Team manager
"Obviously the goal is always to win the title, but I don't think we can be too disappointed because in the second half of the year -especially in recent races- we have done an amazing job. Miguel [Oliveira] has shown an incredible pace, being the strongest rider in the last six races and doing a fantastic job. We have recovered a lot of ground on the eventual champion, something that nobody could have expected midseason -especially after the problems earlier this year. We have all greatly improved: Miguel the most, but also the team with the support of KTM and all our partners. It is teamwork that has brought us back into contention.
Brad Binder was not very happy with his race today, because he had a problem in the early stages that didn't allow him to catch the front group. But I am very happy with his performance today and in the second half of the season. I think we have a good chance to fight for victories next season and we will do a good job during the winter.
It was a shame that Karel [Hanika] could not finish the last race and had a crash. It has been a difficult year, with many highlights, especially in practice. But there were also too many crashes. It is very difficult for a rider to regain calm when they have so many crashes, but we know he has potential. We hope he manages to relax over the winter and start next season in the right frame of mind."
Rabat bows out with a win at Valencia
Valencia, Spain – 8 November 2015: Tito Rabat ended his Moto2 career on a high note by returning from injury to win the final race of the season in front of a sell out crowd at Valencia.
The former Moto2 World Champion arrived at Valencia not knowing whether the arm injury sustained in a training crash would hamper him on the bike. However, after securing his 16th pole position yesterday, Rabat went to the grid determined to mark his final appearance in the intermediate class with a win.
The 26-year-old Spaniard got away cleanly at the start, but he had to do it all again when the race was halted following a crash involving a number of riders on the opening lap. At the restart the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider again got away at the front, leading every one of the 18 laps and holding off a challenge from Álex Rins to take his 13th and final Moto2 race win.
With Rins second in the race today, Rabat’s victory meant he was just three points short of reclaiming second place in the Championship standings.
Álex Márquez also ended the season in the points today. The 19-year-old Spaniard made a good start and was running in a strong position when the red flags brought the race to a halt. At the restart the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider didn’t get away quite as cleanly and a couple of mistakes on the opening lap saw him drop down the order. Márquez was chasing a top ten finish, but the shortened race meant he ran out of laps and had to settle for 12th at the flag.
While Rabat will remain in Valencia to test the team’s Honda RC213V MotoGP machine on Tuesday and Wednesday, Márquez will head to Jerez with new Moto2 teammate, Franco Morbidelli, for a two-day test starting on Wednesday.
Tito Rabat: 1st
“I’m so happy, because I arrived here not knowing if I would be able to ride at the top level. But I felt good on the bike on Friday and it got better with every day. Okay, I’m still not 100% fit, but I’m fit enough to ride fast. Today was my last race in Moto2 and my last race with my crew, so it was great to say farewell to both with a win. I enjoyed the race; I just pushed on every lap and treated it like a sprint. I thought it was Lüthi behind me at the end, like last year, but then I looked back and saw Rins, so I knew he was going to challenge, and I knew I was going to hold him off. I learnt a lot this weekend; mainly that I need to give myself time to recover after an injury, but also that I maybe don’t need to do so many laps at home to be quick. Now we start the next adventure, with the MotoGP test on Tuesday and Wednesday.”
Alex Marquez: 12th
“The luck was not with us today. At the first start I did so well, then in the second I didn’t! I made so many mistakes on the opening lap. It’s a little bit disappointing because I know I could have made a better race – we had not a bad rhythm; not our best but not bad. I didn’t ride my best race. It’s been a difficult season, but in some circuits we were fast, and I know where we need to push. For the future I know now where I need to improve. But now I can use that when we start a whole new season this week at Jerez with 100% motivation, and push at a high level from the very beginning.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“It's the most fantastic thing for a rider to win his last race before quitting a category. We already thought that this was a great weekend because we didn't know if he would be able to do the full race distance. We also knew that Rins was a rider who can be very dangerous until the last corner of a race and keeping him behind was impressive for Tito. This was one of the nicest weekends from the last few years. For Alex the second start didn't help us because he had been in a good position before the red flag and then in the second start he lost ground in the early laps and dropped back to 18th or 19th position. Then he caught the time back and finished in the points in the last race of his rookie season. He has learned a lot about the Moto2 championship this year and now he has to come back stronger for next year.”
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia ends 2015 season
Considerable comeback race for Stefano Manzi (19th) and Manuel Pagliani (25th).
San Carlo Team Italia ended 2015 Moto3 World Championship season at Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, with Stefano Manzi 19th and Manuel Pagliani 25th at finishing line under the chequered flag. During this morning that celebrated Danny Kent (Honda), who became World Champion even if the winner of Valencia race was his antagonist Miguel Oliveira (KTM), the two bearer of Italian Motorcycling Federation succeeded to catch up after a series of very hard practices. Started from 29th position, Stefano Manzi was able to make a remarkable comeback that ended at 19th finish position and a race place in line with the initial expectations. Instead Manuel Pagliani had some problems, starting from a crash during the Warm Up, and the rider closed race 25th after showed a good competitive potential during last two days at Cheste.
Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 19th
"Starting so far from the pole we knew this wasn't an easy race, but anyway we were able to show all our potential. At the start I sprang very well and I have good times. So it was a pity that I got stuck into a group of other five riders because I lose a little bit of connection with the rest of formation. Anyway, I made this race with this little group and I overtaking especially on the brakes. The only thing I lost is the expected placement. At the end, I closed this season with many positive hints and I’m sure this experience will be precious for my future."
Manuel Pagliani (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #96) 25th
"My start was pretty good and during first laps I run well, but during the race I had more difficults that I foresaw and I was not able to iterate line times equal to times I showed during practices. To say the truth I run in World Championship only from five races and after a long period of inactivity, so I felt I was lack into the “clinch” and I know I will have much to do about this question for the future. Anyway during these five GP I conquered my first World Championship points in Australia and I show my potential in several occasions. For all of these things I want thanks Italian Motorcycling Federation, San Carlo, all the sponsors and my family because they gave me this wonderful chance that is important in order to improve my competitive heritage."
Cristiano Migliorati (Sport Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"Well, I say that we have a bitter taste from this seasonal epilogue, but we also have great satisfaction because we reached our goal of introducing Italian riders into one of the most important World Championship theaters. Today Manzi run with all his heart, he showed diligence and determination and he made his best to catch up starting from an unlucky position. Following him from trackside we clearly saw Manzi was the best rider of his little group, he run with a uncommon aggressiveness and I think he deserved a points place because he showed since the shutdown of traffic lights a great race place and a formidable strenght. About Pagliani, I can say the slide at tenth bend during the Warm Up lost him the right feeling and this was a time standstill that he remedied only at the end of race and unfortunately it was too late to long for an important position. So, today World Championship 2015 season ended and like a team we want remark our pride and satisfaction because this year we gave the chance to run to four riders and we brought three young riders like Stefano Manzi, Manuel Pagliani and Marco Bezzecchi debut into Motorcycling World Championship. Stefano Manzi and Manuel Pagliani were able to conqueer World Championship points, specially Manzi that gained double figures points, instead after Losail experience Marco Bezzecchi became 2015 Italian Moto3 Champion. So I can say we reached our goal: valorize and allow best Italian promises of motorcycling to run into international circuits and I’m proud to say for this important target we spent our energies, professionalism and also important funding."
LEOPARD RACING AND DANNY KENT CROWNED MOTO3™ WORLD CHAMPION
Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent crowned himself as new Moto3™ World Champion today when he did his utmost to score the necessary points for clinching the crown whilst Efren Vazquez was the unlucky hero in his last Moto3 race, racing for victory but the Spaniard was taken out of it in a last corner incident. Hiroki Ono accompanied new World Champion Kent on the way to his greatest career success so far during the later stages.
The season’s shootout got underway on time in front of full-packed grandstands at the Valencia Circuit and in fantastic weather conditions. Kent, who left the line just in 18th position, showed once again all his cleverness that proves a true champion to avoid all troubles during the opening laps before he started to make progress through the field to bring it home in ninth place finally. Meanwhile, his only contender for the Moto3 crown, Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira, was racing amongst the front group all race long and took the win finally.
Leopard Racing’s Efren Vazquez played his role amongst the front group too but he was victim of a reckless manoeuvre by another rider in the last corner before the chequered flag. Vazquez crashed out of the race as two other riders too and suffered a laceration on his left elbow but luckily nothing serious. Vazquez felt so strong during the race and all team members wished to see him on the podium in his very last Moto3 effort.
Japanese rider Hiroki Ono showed team spirit after he started well into the final race but as soon as his rear tyre dropped down he lost positions and found himself to accompany Danny Kent on the championship winning way during the last laps.
All members in Leopard Racing congratulate Danny Kent as new Moto3™ World Champion and also would like to express their thanks to all three riders for such a fantastic season with them. The Valencia Grand Prix is at the same time a farewell for Efren Vazquez and Hiroki Ono, so all the team wished them good luck for their future efforts.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - NC, World Championship position 8th (155 points):
“There is not much to say about this outcome. This happens when you’re racing with this kind of stupid people. I’m that much upset because I had everything under control to finish this race on the podium at least. This of course doesn’t match my expectation to leave the Moto3 category as well as my team. However, I’m happy for Danny – congratulations to him. He is a true champion. Finally a big thank you to my crew, the entire team as well as all people involved in this great project for a fantastic year.”
#52 Danny KENT - 9th, World Champion (260 points):
“From the beginning of the weekend the plan was to finish the race inside the top 14 and I want to stay outside of any troubles so I settled behind the big group and just tried to manage the gap to the riders behind me which were safe two seconds. You know it wasn’t a big problem with Ono. The main thing was I was controlling the gap behind us. I wasn’t too worried about Hiroki being there, I just let him sit in front and then he let me go in front. It’s a massive relief as we’ve gone into the last four races knowing in the back of our minds that we could have been champion and we got our hopes up and then we weren’t able to do it. But now we’ve finally done it. I’m so happy about that big achievement. A massive thank you to my family and my team, to sponsors with Mr Flavio Beccha as the boss of this fantastic project as well to all fans out there.”
#76 Hiroki ONO – 8th, World Championship position 22nd (29 points):
“I’m happy that this race is done because it was such a difficult one for me. My start was great but I dropped down at halfway point to find myself with Danny. From this point, I got a bit nervous because I didn’t want to make any mistake. Finally everything went well and I congratulate my teammate for winning the World Championship. It was a great year for me where I’ve learnt so much from all people in Leopard Racing. I’m happy for myself about the results, of which some were really good but I also made some mistakes. Thank you to everybody in Leopard Racing for this great experience I gained in 2015.”
Stefan KIEFER (Team manager):
“It’s done finally! I can’t explain how big the stone was, which fell down today. We’re so happy now because the last weeks were more than nail-biting to bring home this world championship. So congratulations to Danny who rode an excellent season this year as well as he has proven as a real champion during today’s race, riding very clever, particularly after a difficult qualifying he endured yesterday. In general he did what he had to do and likewise we tried to explain to him. Congratulations again to Danny, he deserves this title so much particularly because he managed all the pressure from the last races in a great way. Unfortunate for Efren who displayed an outstanding performance today, but he missed his luck to finish this season on the podium. We would have been happy to see him leaving the Moto3 class with a trophy. We’re so sorry for him that he was taken out in the last corner from another rider. Fortunately Efren isn’t injured seriously. At this point we wish him all the best for his future career. Hiroki rode a strong race during the early stages but he dropped down some positions due to some rear tyre performance issues and he finished the race one position ahead of Danny. Also to Hiroki our thanks for his efforts and good luck for the future.”
Johann Zarco bids farewell to 2015 season with a seventh place and a new record
Johann Zarco ends Valencian GP in seventh place and sets a new record for points earned in a season in the intermediate category.
11/08/2015 - Comunitat Valenciana Circuit, Spain
The 2015 Moto2 season came to an end in Valencia this Sunday, with Johann Zarco taking seventh place in the season finale. Already crowned World Champion at the flyaway rounds last month, the Ajo Motorsport rider's result at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana helped him to set a new record for points in a single intermediate class season: 352.
The last GP of the season began with a multiple-rider crash, which resulted in a red flag. The race was resumed later at a reduced duration of 18 laps. Zarco, who started from second on the grid, did not get off the line well and lost four places early on.
After the opening laps, the Moto2 World Champion slotted into the head of the third group, in eighth. After an entertaining duel with Sandro Cortese, the Frenchman was able to escape and cross the finish line in seventh position.
Following eighteen Grands Prix in 2015, Zarco completes the season with 352 points to his name -118 more than his nearest rival. During his amazing year, he claimed a total of 8 victories and 6 podiums, plus 7 pole positions. From next week, during two days of testing at Cheste, Zarco will start preparing for next season -in which he will attempt to retain his title with Ajo Motorsport.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"It's positive to finish the season with a record number of points, even though I was seventh today, because all weekend I did not have enough pace. I had a great qualifying session, but a few quick laps are not enough to have a good race. Also today we had two starts; on the second one I made a bit of a mistake and going into the first corner I had to fight with other riders. My feeling today was not good enough and it was a shame, because I tried to follow keep up but the other riders were faster. I've had other races like this and it is all experience for the future; the main thing was to finish.
My thanks again to the team, because they have always given me their all throughout the season. It was great to ride here with the new chassis, so we could begin to get information for next year."
AKI AJO - Team manager
"We have to be very pleased with the great season Johann Zarco has had. I'm sure that, after winning the World Championship, it was not easy for Johann to concentrate on this race. It has been a long project, after twelve months of hard work, and in which we have won a race after becoming champions, so there is reason to be happy. You can't win every time. It is good to start next season with a first test this month, in which we will start focusing on the 2016 World Championship."
SIMEON ENDS THE SEASON AT VALENCIA WITH 7th IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
The 2015 Moto2 campaign ended today in Valencia with a 16th place finish for Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2. The 26-year-old Belgian rider was first faultlessly involved in a crash caused by Malaysian Afizh Syahrin, then, on the second start after the race was red flagged, Xavier failed to set a good rhythm that would allow him to recover positions.
Despite the last trip of the year didn’t bring points, Siméon nevertheless closed the season with a good seventh place in the overall standings, with 113 points.
XAVIER SIMÉON (16th)
“It was a difficult weekend and what made our race even more complicated was yesterday’s crash at the beginning of Qualifying, which did not allow us to get a good grid position. At the first start, I got off the line well, then Syahrin caused a crash in which I was involved. At the second start, after the red flag, I have not been as effective and more or less I maintained my grid position. I struggled to find a good rhythm, I could not be fast, so I was stuck many laps behind Mulhauser. When I managed to pass him I could recover some positions till the checkered flag, but I’m disappointed to finish the season in this way. Today in the race we could have done much better, if only we could get a good starting position yesterday. It’s certainly not the way I wanted to greet the team and I’m sorry for that. I want to thank everyone, they have been two years in which I enjoyed a lot and I learned so much, and I wish all the guys a great future”.
“It was a disappointing last race, but it must be said that we were able to finish the Championship in seventh place: it’s been a season marked by ups and downs, with very beautiful moments like the victory at Sachsenring, and very difficult moments. I want to thank the whole team and our partners, and especially Xavier for these two years together, for his professionalism and determination. Now for us and for him is going to start a new chapter and obviously I wish to him the best for his future”.
4th PLACE IN THE OVERALL STANDINGS FOR ROMANO FENATI IN VALENCIA: HIS CAREER BEST
The rider on the Sky Racing Team VR46 fights for the podium until the very end, then he crashes on the last lap, falling victim to his rival’s fault.
In the points both Andrea Migno, 11th, and Nicolò Bulega, 12th, at the end of a stunning race as a rookie
Valencia, November 8, 2015. Intense finale in Valencia with Romano Fenati closing the Moto3 World Championship in fourth in the overall standings, the best result of his career. The rider on the Sky Racing Team VR46 shone for 24 laps and fought for the podium until the very end only to be dragged out by Niccolò Antonelli who crashed at the last corner.
Promising finale for Andrea Migno finishing 11th after he stayed in the mix for most of the race (19th in the overall standings) with many new objectives ahead of next season. A finish in the points also for Nicolò Bulega, making the most of his wild card experience and pulling off a great race: the sixteen-year-old rider finishes 12th – in the points in his first Moto3 race – and is now willing to make the most of this experience ahead of the grand finale in the Moto3™ World Junior Championship, scheduled for next week in Valencia.
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
We have come to the end of an intense year full of satisfaction, even if today we were fighting for the podium and of course the outcome of the race has left a bad taste in our mouths. In any case we have finished the World Championship in fourth and are now looking forward to next season, which is the most important thing. I want to thank the team, Romano, Migno who pulled off a great race finishing in the top 15 and Bulega, his performance was perfect and he finished in the points in his Moto3 debut.
ROMANO FENATI / Rider
Of course I hate to finish this season with a bad taste in my mouth, but a fourth place in Moto3 standings is the best result of my career and makes me proud. Today's race staged a great battle, I was fighting for third place, but the crash dashed all our hopes.
We are now looking out to 2016 with great confidence as we have a close-knit and qualified team.
ANDREA MIGNO / Rider
It was a good race, we had fun, we got a great race pace and pushed hard right from the start. Then there was a scrap and I could not make my way up to the field. In any case, we hope we will be able to meet this goal next year. I can’t wait to start again.
NICOLO' BULEGA / Rider
It was an enthralling first race, we completed it despite difficulties and the fact of having finished in the points makes me very proud. I am happy and I want to thank the Sky Racing Team VR46. Now I am being focused ahead of next week: I will be fighting for the Championship title and today’s race gave me the chance to gain some valuable experience. It is a great lead for me in the race and I will try to make the most of it .
Baldassarri a whisker away from the podium in Valencia
Lorenzo Baldassarri closes the 2015 season with yet another positive result with the Forward Racing team at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. After the good result in qualifying yesterday, the young Italian competed with the leaders throughout the race and crossed the line in fourth place. Good result also for Corsi, ninth under the checkered flag.
Baldassarri, who started from fifth on the grid, had a good start and was hunting for the podium positions when the race was redflagged because of the accident that involved Syahrin together with eight other riders. Back on the grid for a new starting procedure, the young rider from Marche repeated what he did in the first attempt and battled with Luthi for fourth. After eighteen laps he had to set for fourth crowning a great season with yet another placement in the top ten. With the points collected today, Baldassarri got the ninth place in the standings with 96 points.
Another positive result for Simone Corsi giving his farewell to Forward Racing with a ninth place. The Roman also had two positive starts but struggled to keep the right confidence with the front. After seven laps with the leading group, he was forced to give away some positions and finished in ninth place.
"I managed to round off the Championship with a beautiful fourth place. I'm glad of what we did this season: I finally harvested the results of our hard work. Today in the race I kept the leaders’ pace. In the final laps I tried to go for third but Luthi had something more. Too bad for the podium as it was within our reach, but I handled it well. Thanks to all the team for this year together".
"I collected another positive result in this farewell Valencia race. I had good starts and I was close to the leaders. I was fifth when I started to struggle with the front and I was forced to give up some positions. I’m closing this adventure with Forward Racing after three seasons, I want to thank all the guys and Giovanni for these years together".
Schrotter perseveres to clinch points in chaotic season finale
Marcel Schrotter rode to an expertly executed point scoring finish at the last race of the 2015 season to end his partnership with the Tech3 Racing Team in a positive manner. The race began in tricky circumstances for the French based Moto2 team with both riders being involved in a collision on the first lap, which caused the red flag to be shown. Once the shortened 18 lap race recommenced, Schrotter started from the rear of the 7th row of the grid and impressively overtook seven riders on the first lap before setting into his race pace. He kept up his solid rhythm throughout the GP and jumped into 15th with two thirds of the race distance having been completed. The 21 year old then coolly carried on his effort before closing his two year spell with the Tech3 Racing Team in the points.
Meanwhile Xavi Vierge concluded the season with a hard fought battle to 17th at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. The 18 year old kicked off the fight from the head of the 8th row and climbed up to 17th by the close of the first lap. He determinedly set into a consistent pace which saw him remain on the fringes of the points before locking horns with Ricky Cardus. Vierge then passed him and carried on pushing before reaching the finish line in this position, marking a positive close to the weekend as well as the year for the Spanish rookie.
Marcel Schrotter – Position : 15th – Championship : 20 - Points : 32
“What a last race! I am very happy to complete my final GP aboard the Mistral 610 with a point scoring result. At the beginning, I nearly thought that it was all over at the second corner on the first lap where I was involved in the crash and fortunately the red flag was shown. To be really honest, it was almost a blessing because we got the restart and the chance to try again. I must say thank you very much to the team who repaired the bike so quickly when the race was stopped. After the impact, the right handlebar and throttle didn’t move so it was tough to get back to the pits. I had to fight with the marshals, who wouldn’t let me go, but I pushed them away and started the bike on my own! The crowd saw it and they all cheered, so it was a bit of a funny start to proceedings! Anyway, the team fixed everything and this shows how good my mechanics can work together and how well they understand each other. Afterwards, I gave my all in the race and finished in the points, so we have to be happy with that even though we were struggling a bit with the bike. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay with Folger who was a bit faster than me, yet I’m pleased to finish the year in a positive way. The season was not what we expected, but I’m proud of what the team and I achieved together and I’m glad that I joined.”
Xavi Vierge – Position : 17th – Championship : Not Classified
“Overall I am happy to close the year with a good feeling although, I have mixed emotions because I am a bit disappointed as I just missed out on the points. It was a tough race and even though we were aiming for a top 15 finish, it was just out of our reach as the other riders were pushing to close the year strongly. Nevertheless, I’m really happy about this experience as I’ve learnt a lot in terms of track knowledge and how professional you have to be in a World Championship. Therefore, I am already fired up for the forthcoming season as we already know how we can improve the bike and my riding style. I really don’t want to miss the opportunity to give a big thanks to the team and Herve for believing in me and I’m already very excited to show everyone my true potential in 2016.“
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
“The last race is always a bit sad as it’s the end of a long season. We’ve worked with Marcel for two years and have had some up and down moments together, but the highlight was 2014 where he finished in 10th in the championship. We’ve had some good times, but for many reasons, this year wasn’t as good as last, yet I’d like to thank Marcel for his commitment and for helping us develop our special Moto2 project and we all wish him good luck for his new challenge. Regarding today’s race, unfortunately both guys were involved in the crash at turn 2, but I’m happy that we got them back on the grid and the team did an excellent job so I must say thanks to them. Despite the first lap incident, Marcel got 15th and one last point in his Tech3 account so thank you to him as well. Whilst it’s the end of one adventure with Marcel, it’s the beginning of another for Xavi. He is young but has already been very close to the points on quite a few occasions which shows his high potential. Yet today, he was also unfortunately involved in the incident during the first lap, but when the race finally got going, his lap times were very close to his teammate which means that he is already at a good level. Therefore, we know that during the winter, we will work hard together and come back stronger next year as we hope he will be a regular point scorer. I also want to say welcome to Isaac Vinales who will be joining us for his debut on the Mistral 610 on Wednesday at the test at Jerez. Next year we will have two young Spanish riders who will push each other, so we go into the winter break with a positive frame of mind and we’ll have some more news about the Tech3 Racing Moto2 project to announce very soon.”
Best result of the season at Valencia for Florian Alt
Valencia, November 8, 2015 - The last race of the 2015 season in Moto2 has been the best for Florian Alt and for Team e-motion Iodaracing. The German rider in the first start of the Grand Prix of Valencia, had the misfortune to be among the bikes that were the protagonists of the crash that has caused the red flag.
One of the bike falls came in touch Florian Alt in the back and why the Team e-motion Iodaracing had to run with painkillers. In the second start there were some sliding problems, then Florian Alt managed to enter the group formed by Randy Krummenacher, Xavi Vierge and Marcel Schroetter, with whom he fought throughout the race.
The checkered flag has seen passing Florian Alt twentieth place, the best result of the season, about 5/2 of the points.
FLORIAN ALT - MOTO2 RIDER# 66 - VALENCIA GP - 20th PLACE - "In the first start a motorcycle falled in the big crash on the curve 2 of the first lap, ended up in my back and that's why I went to the Clinica Mobile where the doctors told me that I had nothing broken, just a bruise. I had to take painkillers on the starting grid of the second start to drive. In the first laps I had some difficulties with the rear grip, but with the turn the situation has improved. In the end I managed fighting with Krummenacher, Vierge and Schroetter, finishing just five seconds from the points. I am very happy with what we did on this occasion, this was the best race of the season for me. "
KENT – BRITAIN’S FIRST WORLD CHAMPION FOR 38 YEARS
Twenty one year old Danny Kent became the first British grand prix World Champion for 38 years when he clinched the Moto3™ title at the Motul Grand Prix of the Comunitat Valenciana in Spain this afternoon.
The Leopard Racing Honda rider from Wiltshire finished ninth in the 24 lap race to become Britain’s first World Champion since Barry Sheene retained the 500cc crown in 1977. Scotsman John McPhee finished seventh after starting the race from pole.
It was another great day for Oxfordshire’s Bradley Smith with a sixth place in the 30 lap MotoGP™ race. Riding the Monster Tech3 Yamaha he finished sixth in the World Championship. He was the top Satellite and British rider and together with Valentino Rossi was the only rider to score World Championship points in all 18 rounds of the championship. Cal Crutchlow was an impressive ninth despite having to start from the back of the grid because of mechanical problems with his LCR Honda.
Lincolnshire’s Sam Lowes cemented his fourth place in the Moto2™ World Championship with a hard fought fifth place
Danny Kent championship facts
• Kent is the first British rider to win a grand prix world championship title in any of the solo classes since Barry Sheene won the 500cc title in 1977.
• He is the fifth British rider to win the lightweight-class world championship title, joining: Cecil Sandford (125cc – 1952), Bill Ivy (125cc – 1967), Phil Read (125cc – 1968), Dave Simmonds (125cc – 1969).
• At the age of 21 years 348 days, Kent is the second youngest ever British rider to win a world championship title; the only British rider to win a title at a younger age is Mike Hailwood who took the 250cc title in 1961 at the age of 21 years 168 days.
• Kent took the lead of the championship when he won the second race of the year in Austin and remained the head of the championship table throughout the rest of the season.
• During 2015 Kent became the first British rider in any of the grand prix classes to win three successive races since Barry Sheene in the 500cc class in 1977.
• Kent has taken six race wins in 2015, the most GP wins in a single season by a British rider since Barry Sheene won six 500cc GP races in 1977.