2016 Austria Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases:

Press releases from the teams after Sunday's exhilarating races:


Career Best sixth for Mahindra Aspar’s Martin

Spielberg, 14 August 2016:

Spanish teenager Jorge Martin (Team Aspar Mahindra) led the way to a double points-scoring finish for the official Mahindra team in the sunny Alpine foothills today, claiming a career-best sixth place. Team-mate Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia narrowly missed a double top-ten for the only Indian constructer in MotoGP racing, finishing 11th.

It was a thrilling climax to an exciting race as the paddock returned to Austria for the first time since 1997; with the Pull & Bear-sponsored MGP3O Mahindras battling in a huge pack of riders across the sun-soaked hillsides. The 4.318-km Red Bull Ring is the fastest track on the calendar, and the Moto3 riders made the most of the slipstreaming opportunities, changing places corner by corner for all of the 23 laps.

Dutch TT winner Bagnaia had qualified in sixth and got away well, in the thick of a big leading group. But he was battling minor but costly set-up issues, and it was Martin making forward progress, from the fifth row of the grid.

He quickly moved through the pursuing pack to tag on to the back of the lead group, in sixth by lap six. From there to the end he was under constant attack, but managed to fight back every time to maintain the position at the finish.

His previous best finish was seventh in mixed conditions. Today’s sixth in perfect racing conditions was a feather in the cap for the former Red Bull Rookies champion, and further proof of the growing strength of the Mahindra racing machine.

Bagnaia also fought hard in a mighty brawl, earning five points to bring him tantalisingly close to third in the overall championship rankings. He now has 90 points, just three short of rival Romano Fenati, who missed today’s race after being suspended by his team.

The team now journeys across the border to the Czech Republic, for next weekend’s GP in Brno as racing resumes to a hectic post-holiday schedule.

Jorge Martin – Sixth Position

“Finally we’ve had a good race. We’ve always been there in the points but something was always a little wrong. Today we had the pace for the whole race. It was an almost perfect weekend; I worked alone since the start of the Grand Prix, making my own pace. In the race I saw that when I was running alone it was better. It’s a shame the front group escaped me, but I’m happy. The fall of Navarro upset me a little because I lost him as a reference, but it didn’t slow me down too much. I was able to overtake well in the final laps and I finished within four seconds of the leader, which is very important. I’ve also achieved my best result in the World Championship, a great day!”

Mufaddal Choonia – CEO Mahindra Racing

“We don’t leave Austria disappointed. A lot of pundits predicted that we would really struggle at this track, where acceleration is so important. We clearly showed this to be far from the truth, proving the strength of our continuing development. A big round of applause to Martin for his career-best sixth. But we are a little disappointed that Pecco wasn’t able to take over third spot in the championship here. Now we go on to a frantic few weeks, hoping to continue building on what we have already achieved this year.”


Guevara fights for the Top-10 in the race of the Austrian GP, Rodrigo crashes out

14.08.2016

Spielberg, Austria

The tenth race of the 2016 Moto3 World Championship was held today at the circuit of Spielberg, Austria.

Both RBA Racing riders, during the warm-up, made some final checks to the setting ahead of the race.

Guevara started from the 14th spot on the grid, trying not to take risks in the first few turns. The Spaniard had a consistent pace throughout the race, and he crossed the finishing line in 12th position, grabbing 4 points for the Championship Standings.

Rodrigo tried to move up a few positions in the first laps, starting form the 18th place and fighting to approach the Top-10. Despite a great first half of the race, the Argentinian crashed out with nine laps to go, which prevented him from seeing the chequered flag and signing off with a good result at the Austrian GP.

#58 Juanfran Guevara: 12th

”It was a difficult race, because since the first few laps the first group made their way and they really had a strong pace. On the first lap I tried not to lose too many positions: the first three turns were quite difficult when it came to avoiding any contact with the other riders, since we were starting from the 14th spot. In the end I think we did a great job, we finished the race only 5.871 seconds off the winner and this proves that we are working in the right direction. Our rhythm was very consistent, maybe this was our best pace so far among all the GP events of this year. Despite having to start from the middle of the grid, we got lucky since we avoided crashing out and, even if we weren’t with the first group, we fought in the second one and we didn’t lose touch with them. Now it’s time to start thinking of Brno, where we'll be eager to keep working in order to try and achieve good results.”

#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: not classified

“After the crash from yesterday I was a bit in pain. In the warm up my shoulder was aching and, because of that, we were struggling to be further up front. Afterwards we kept working with the physiotherapist and the pain started to diminish. In the race I knew that, if I had a strong start, I would have a good pace, so that I tried to move up as much as possible in the beginning. I was a bit nervous and I made some mistakes. When I finally relaxed, I started to race with more confidence and we got closer to the front group, which got all the way up to the sixth position. I set one of the fastest laps of the race, the bike was working well because each time I crossed the finishing line I was setting a consistent and strong pace. With nine laps to go, the track was very hot, I got too much on the brakes and I crashed out. It’s a shame because we were competitive during the whole weekend, after yesterday’s crash I wasn’t 100% fit, but there was an option on having a good race and leaving with a nice result. Anyway I’m happy because we did a great job and we have to keep this line for Brno. That’s a circuit that I really like and I think that the setting we have can help us to score a good weekend over there.”


NINTH PLACE FOR NICOLO’ BULEGA AT THE RED BULL RING

The young talent of the Sky Racing Team VR46 is in the Top10. Difficult weekend for Migno who is in 25th position.

Spielberg (Austria), August 14th, 2016 - Nicolò Bulega of the Sky Racing Team VR46 closed the weekend of the AustrianGP in the Top10. Tough race for Andrea Migno: victim of a contact in the first corner, he is 25th.

Nicolò, who started from the seventh place of the grid, after a positive beginning, due to chattering with the front tyre, was forced to give some positions. The young Italian talent was ninth under the checkered flag. It is the seventh time he is in the Top10 in his rookie season.

After a good recovery, Andrea was out of the points after a very difficult weekend. For technical reason, he spent most of the free practices in to the pits and during the race he immediately lost the contact with the leading group.

The Austrian Grand Prix will not close here for the young Italian talents: tomorrow, the team will continue the developement of the bike with a day of testing here in Spielberg.

PABLO NIETO - Team Manager

It was not a completely positive race for us: Nicolò has closed in the Top10, while Andrea had technical problems during all the weekend. Bulega has done a good job: it is always important fighting in the leading group. Migno struggled and compromised his race with a contact at the first corner. He recovered more than ten places, but was not enough for the points.

ANDREA MIGNO - Pilota Sky Racing Team VR46

It has been a really tough weekend for us: I struggled both in the free practices and in qualifying and I could not complete my planning. In a race contact at the first corner, I was forced to give several positions. I tried to recover, but I lost something in terms of speed.

NICOLÒ BULEGA - Pilota Sky Racing Team VR46

I had a good start, but lap by lap the chattering was unbelievable on the front wheel it was difficult being able to ride the bike. I struggled to keep the pace and I lost some positions. Overall it was a good weekend: I'm in ninth place and the Top10 is always positive.


Vierge and Vinales fight all the way to the finish flag in challenging Austrian GP

Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge produced a tireless display in Austria to conclude the 10th round of the 2016 Moto2 World Championship in 16th after impressively overtaking eleven riders in the highly competitive Grand Prix. The 19-year-old kicked off his campaign from the ninth row but undertook a strong start to move up seven positions by the second lap. From here, he quickly set into his race pace as he looked to climb further through the field and at the midway point, the Spaniard was locked in a battle with four other riders and running in 18th after consistently making progress. On lap 15, he shouldered past his teammate to clinch 17th and then set his sights on the rider in front. Vierge remained focused and after closing in on Luca Marini, he surged past with five laps left to run. The pair exchanged passes all the way to the finish line, with the Tech3 Racing Team rider expertly winning the fight to complete the Austrian Grand Prix in 16th.

Meanwhile, Isaac Viñales fought the physically demanding circuit and produced a solid effort during the 25 lap sprint to bring his Mistral 610 home in 18th position. The intermediate class rookie leapt forward from the head of the ninth row after a tricky qualifying session and jumped up two places during the opening lap. He then set into a consistent rhythm and his hard work paid off as he moved up to 16th by just under the halfway point whilst he fought in the pack of five with his teammate. As the race enter the final stages, the fight grew more intense, with the Tech3 rider locked in a dice with Remy Gardner. Yet, the Spaniard stayed resolute and powered past Gardner on the last lap, to finish two places behind his teammate.

Xavi Vierge

Position: 16th - Championship: 28th - Points: 3

“I am very happy with today’s result, even though it was a shame to just miss out on the points. However, the most important thing is that the feeling that I had with the Mistral 610 during the Grand Prix was great. I felt really positive and my rhythm was so close to the group inside the top 15 which shows we’ve made a good step. Yesterday wasn’t the best day because my lap time in qualifying was not as quick as it should have been and so, I started from the back of the ninth row which made it tricky to reclaim positions. However, I pushed throughout the GP and eventually I clinched 16th after a good fight with Marini, Pons, and my teammate. It was important to finish at the front of this group and tomorrow we have a test where we will continue to improve. Thank you to the Tech3 Racing Team and KYB for the perfect work."

Isaac Viñales

Position: 18th - Championship: 24th - Points: 10

“I am pleased with my performance today and for the whole race I pushed non-stop and fought as hard as I could. It was a challenging GP and also demanding because of the track and also the group that I was fighting in. Furthermore, I also lost my knee slider which didn’t make things easier. However, I never gave up and another big positive is that my quickest lap today was faster than my qualifying time by nearly three-tenths of a second. The battle was tough but I am pleased and we will go to Brno feeling positive, after the test tomorrow in Austria."

Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager:

“Today I am very happy and proud of both Xavi and Isaac. They rode really strong races, the lap times were impressive and they never gave up. The guys were in a tough group where all the promising young riders were fighting and they all had strong paces for the entire GP. Unfortunately, there were no points because we ended up in 16th and 18th, but this is not the most important thing because we learnt a lot today and the boys reclaimed a lot of positions from their ninth row starts. It was a really exciting event and I would like to thank the whole team for their hard work and the riders for their efforts and never give up attitude which is what we need. We have a test tomorrow, and even if we are not sure about the weather, we will try our hardest so that we can learn more about the bike. Next week is at Brno where hopefully we can repeat this performance and score some points. The feeling is very positive, and I would like to thank the team and the riders again.”


Loi delivers epic battle in Austria

“I know I belong in the top 10-group here and I will do all I can to get there.” Livio Loi’s promise after qualifying wasn’t empty. RW Racing GP’s Belgian rider kept word and fought his way up from 21st on the grid to 10th at the finish of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Loi even had 6th at his fingertips, but a touché in the last lap pushed him back to 10th. Loi had to pull out all the stops to avoid a crash and stay on the bike.

The Belgian did an excellent job at the Red Bull Ring from start to finish. In only four laps he had moved up from 21st to 11th. Once he got there the first group of ten was at almost 2 seconds. Loi got tangled up in a fight with Jorge Navarro and Bo Bendsneyder and so it took a while until the bunch regrouped.

Loi fought his way to 8th in lap 17 and on to 6th in lap 19, 2,5 seconds back from the first five that battled for the podium. Up until halfway through the final lap it looked as if Loi would hold on to 6th, but he was touched by one of the other riders and almost lost everything. He was just about to manage to stay on the bike and get back one position to finish 10th.

RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen was very satisfied with the effort of his rider. “After yesterday’s goof Livio was motivated to the bone to deliver a good fight and he gave everything he had. This is what we want to see and how it should be. I don’t even mind that he lost a few places in the final lap. Finishing in 10th when you are fighting at daggers drawn for 6th is part of racing. The most important thing is that he has given his all and has shown he can do it. Great job!”

Livio Loi - 10 (+ 5,262)

“I knew I was strong here and felt really confident about the race, despite yesterday’s screw-up. The way up was a challenge, but it went really well: tack, tack, tack! Once I got to the front of the group I was fighting with mainly Navarro. We overtook each other several times but he wasn’t faster than me at that point. Especially in the second half of the track I was faster than him. I think he had a close look at my lines there because at some point after a few laps of duelling he overtook me and together we closed the gap. Eventually he was the only rider in front of me that crashed out of the race.

In the final lap Bendsneyder overtook me in turn 4 and the whole group was pushed wide. It was Pecco Bagnaia who hit me full in the back. It was a big bang and I was almost kicked off. It is a miracle I could save it, actually. I’ve been lucky there. It’s a pity I finished in tenth while I could have been sixth, but I am really happy I made it to the finish and especially with the way it was done. Now let’s take this confidence to Brno and deliver an even so strong race there.”


Navarro crashes out in midst of Austrian GP comeback

Repsol rider falls when sixth and catching title rival Brad Binder. Aron Canet places twenty-first in Spielberg.

Repsol rider Jorge Navarro had an unfortunate time on raceday at the Austrian GP, suffering a series of setbacks before crashing out of the contest. Although he did not get a good start and was outside the Top 10 for the opening laps, the Spaniard climbed up the order to head the second group in the race. When riding sixth and closing down Brad Binder –the last rider in the lead group– Navarro suffered a light crash at Turn 3, leaving him out of contention with 5 laps remaining. Unable to rejoin the race, he missed out on an opportunity to close the gap in the overall standings to Binder –which now stands at 67 points. Aron Canet, who started from fourth position, dropped down the order during the race and concluded the Austrian GP twenty-first.

Next weekend the pair have a chance for redemption at the Czech Republic GP, held at Brno.

Jorge Navarro No Classified

"I knew I could do a good race after a difficult weekend. At first I took things calmly, because there are always nerves and I decided to wait until the group had stabilised. I felt better and better as the race went on, cutting time to the front group, and I knew I could catch them. I decided to push hard to reach them with three laps to go, so that we could fight for the victory, but it was not to be. The positive from the weekend is that this morning we corrected a difficult situation we had encountered in practice, and physically I feel better every time I get on the bike."

Aron Canet 21st at 14.663 sec.

"It has been a very difficult weekend and, unlike previous races, I have not managed to learn and apply the experience we have accumulated on track. I had problems in every practice session and, although yesterday we did a good lap in the qualifying session, in the race I was back to not having a good feeling with the rear. We planned a defensive race strategy, trying not to lose many positions and to take advantage of slipstreams, but the result is not what we wanted. We have been talking to the team to see how to improve things in tomorrow’s test, and get to the Czech Republic at our best."


Moto3 - 3570 Team Italia finishes a difficult weekend

In Austria, an unlucky Stefano Valtulini finishes 28th after a contact, Lorenzo Petrarca is 30th.

The comeback in action after the summer break didn't give the expected results to 3570 Team Italia. In the race on the latch of the Red Bull Ring of Spielberg, which gave to Joan Mir (KTM) his first victory in World Championship, some setbacks influenced the performance of Stefano Valtulini (28th) and Lorenzo Petrarca (30th).

After a brilliant start, Stefano Valtulini was leading the big group with McPhee, Migno, Ramirez, Suzuki, Pawi and Bezzecchi, who were fighting for the points. Then a contact with another rider forced him to lose the contact with the top-15, but proving a great determination as he recovered until the final 28th position.

It was a difficult race for Lorenzo Petrarca, 30th on the finish line without being able to find the good feeling on the bike that he showed yesterday during the encouraging third session of free practice. In few days in Brno, scenery of the eleventh seasonal round, they will have a great opportunity to get a better result.

Stefano Valtulini (3570 Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #43) 28th

"I started well and I was immediately in the first laps with the group of riders fighting for the points. Thanks to the work done with the team in the practice, I was feeling very well on the bike and there were all the premises to achieve a good result, but unfortunately after a contact with Bezzecchi, I lost some precious time. I was the last and far from the other riders, but I didn't give up and I tried to recover as many positions as possible. I'm sorry because the laptimes were competitive and it proves that we are gradually finding a good compromise to reach impressive levels of competitiveness."

Lorenzo Petrarca (3570 Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #77) 30th

"As it happened in the qualifying, today I didn't have that good feeling that I had had during the third session of free practice. I didn't have the right confidence on the bike and this influenced the whole race. The team has always supported me and we'll try to reach again high levels in few days in Brno."

Emanuele Ventura (3570 Team Italia - Team Manager)

"Unfortunately it was not a race in line with our expectations. Stefano started well and he was doing great in the group of riders fighting for the points. Unfortunately in the first phases of the race he had a contact with Bezzecchi, he lost some ground and from the last position, he did his best to recover positions with times in line with the top-15, but his race was already compromised. Concerning Lorenzo, he wasn't able to find the good feeling that he had in FP3 and he lived a difficult race, not in line with his potential."


Zarco takes fifth win of 2016 at Austrian GP

Johann Zarco wins for second race in a row on return from Moto2 summer break.

08/14/2016 - Red Bull Ring, Austria

Johann Zarco demonstrated his quality once again at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday, winning the first race back after the summer break for the Moto2 class. The Ajo Motorsport rider became the first winner of a Moto2 Austrian GP, taking victory from pole position, and further extended his lead in the overall standings to 34 points.

Despite a slow start, in which he dropped down to fifth at Turn 1, the Frenchman staged a spectacular comeback that took him into the lead with nine laps remaining. From there, he upped the pace and managed to carve out an advantage, making him unassailable to his rivals. He would take the chequered flag more than three seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

With this victory, Zarco keeps up a run of five consecutive podium finishes. Of these, four have been victories. He currently has 176 points to his name, 34 more than any other rider, and has a chance to extend that lead next week at Brno in the Czech Republic. Before that, Ajo Motorsport will be testing on Monday in Austria.

Aki Ajo - Team Manager

"The truth is that I have run out of superlatives. We could not have had a better weekend or a better result. Johann had another excellent race and was perfect for the entire Austrian GP, dominating the free practice sessions and getting pole position. However, as we always say: When a race is over we have to already be thinking about the next one, which in this case is Brno."

5 JOHANN ZARCO

"I am very happy, because I felt very good all weekend. Getting pole position was confirmation that I felt strong and could do very well here. I managed to get the best performance from the bike with used tyres and had an even faster pace. I lost many positions at the first corner but I knew that as the laps went on I could fight and have a good pace. It was a question of keeping calm and doing things right, step by step. I felt better as the race went on and other riders suffered a little more. When I passed Morbidelli I knew I could break away, although here it is very difficult to make a difference. It was fantastic. Now we are already thinking about next week. Physically it is not easy to do two races in a row, and in the summer break we have worked to do be in good shape."


Loi delivers epic battle in Austria

“I know I belong in the top 10-group here and I will do all I can to get there.” Livio Loi’s promise after qualifying wasn’t empty. RW Racing GP’s Belgian rider kept word and fought his way up from 21st on the grid to 10th at the finish of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Loi even had 6th at his fingertips, but a touché in the last lap pushed him back to 10th. Loi had to pull out all the stops to avoid a crash and stay on the bike.

The Belgian did an excellent job at the Red Bull Ring from start to finish. In only four laps he had moved up from 21st to 11th. Once he got there the first group of ten was at almost 2 seconds. Loi got tangled up in a fight with Jorge Navarro and Bo Bendsneyder and so it took a while until the bunch regrouped.

Loi fought his way to 8th in lap 17 and on to 6th in lap 19, 2,5 seconds back from the first five that battled for the podium. Up until halfway through the final lap it looked as if Loi would hold on to 6th, but he was touched by one of the other riders and almost lost everything. He was just about to manage to stay on the bike and get back one position to finish 10th.

RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen was very satisfied with the effort of his rider. “After yesterday’s goof Livio was motivated to the bone to deliver a good fight and he gave everything he had. This is what we want to see and how it should be. I don’t even mind that he lost a few places in the final lap. Finishing in 10th when you are fighting at daggers drawn for 6th is part of racing. The most important thing is that he has given his all and has shown he can do it. Great job!”

Livio Loi - 10 (+ 5,262)

“I knew I was strong here and felt really confident about the race, despite yesterday’s screw-up. The way up was a challenge, but it went really well: tack, tack, tack! Once I got to the front of the group I was fighting with mainly Navarro. We overtook each other several times but he wasn’t faster than me at that point. Especially in the second half of the track I was faster than him. I think he had a close look at my lines there because at some point after a few laps of duelling he overtook me and together we closed the gap. Eventually he was the only rider in front of me that crashed out of the race.

In the final lap it was Pecco Bagnaia who hit me full in the back. It was a big bang and I was almost kicked off. It is a miracle I could save it, actually. I’ve been lucky there. It’s a pity I finished in tenth while I could have been sixth, but I am really happy I made it to the finish and especially with the way it was done. Now let’s take this confidence to Brno and deliver an even so strong race there.”


Baldassarri fights his way to the Top10, Marini a whisker from the Top15

The Austrian GP has just ended on the Red Bull Ring circuit for the riders of the Forward Racing Team who again showed great determination in this race.

Lorenzo Baldassarri e Luca Marini made an impressive comeback that saw them recover positions right from the early laps and bitting the bullet until the end.

"Balda", still sore for the shoulder dislocated in Germany, started from 12th place and found himself immediately involved in the midfiled battle losing precious time to close the gap with the front group. The Italian nevertheless gritted his teeth despite the worsening of the pain managing to close in eighth place.

On the other side of the box "Maro", after losing a bit of time at the start, began to recover positions aiming for the point zone. Unfortunately a mistake at the hairpin made the Italian lose ground mid race, forcing him to brawl with the group of pursuers and to close the race in 17th position.

Lorenzo Baldassarri – 8th

"The overall race performance was good, I'm not happy with my finishing position but I had some problem at the start and I had to recover. I was riding to the limit, we were struggling a bit the whole weekend but I managed the tires well and we were quick in the end. This is a track with many right turns, surely my aching shoulder did not made it easier for me and I made a small mistake: while I was trying go get close to Pons and Nakagami, I missed the hairpin entry and two guys overtook me making me lose time. I am happy in any case, now we focus on tomorrow’s test. "

Luca Marini – 17th

"I had some problems at the beginning; too bad because I was hoping to get back position right from the start. I immediately started pushing, I managed to get in 16th position and I tried to go hunting for points, I felt well with the bike. Too bad I made a small mistake and we finished 17th. Maybe we were still missing a step with the bike but I'm glad to go testing tomorrow to work on the set-up with the team and be competitive in Brno . "

Giovanni Cuzari – Team Owner

"We finish the weekend with another Top10 here in Austria. The guys did a great job: the track was new for everyone and the team worked hard to better interpret this new circuit. “Balda”, despite the pain to his right shoulder, shown once again that we can get in the Top10 consistently even if our potential goes far beyond.

Luca ended a little bit further back but made a good comeback, he is gathering experience every race and I see him gaining more confidence and feeling with the bike.

The support of the VR46 Riders Academy and of our sponsors is as always key in approaching every race in the right way. Now we are preparing for a day of testing scheduled for tomorrow here at the Red Bull Ring. They will surely be very useful to focus on the Czech Republic Grand Prix next weekend. "


Joan Mir triumphant in Austria with glorious victory

After the pole position yesterday, the Palma de Mallorca rookie won his first race in the World Championship, with Quartararo able to tough the podium in fourth while Andrea Locatelli was in the points.

11:00 o'clock saw the lights turn off at Spielberg under a full sun with ideal temperatures for young lions in Moto3, ready to carve up the curbs and corners on the 4.3 km Austrian track. Joan Mir starting well from pole position, the first ever in his career and the first for the Leopard team this year, and running together with Binder and Bastianini.

Behind them Fabio Quartararo got rid of his opponents and, to the sound of fast laps, he caught up to the leading trio: soon joining the poker game of four players looking to command the race. Even Andrea Locatelli was not far behind, able to climb at the start of the race and entering the Top 10 by force. The Italian exceeded countrymen Bulega and Di Giannantonio grabbing provisional 6th place, leading the second group during the race.

Ten laps from the end, Quartararo jumped his rivals and threw himself in pursuit of Binder. The Talent of Nice took the fight to the South African and three laps later passed to command of the race. Just one lap later, Joan Mir was stuck to his teammate. The last five laps were a succession of passes and counter passes among the five contenders for victory.

The last lap was thrilling, a fight with nothing left to give at the end. Joan Mir was quickly in the lead and, with determination and lucidity, held his rivals back until the checkered flag. In his tenth appearance in the World Championship and after the extraordinary pole position yesterday, the Palma de Mallorca rookie won his first race in the championship standings and flys in 7th place overall with 75 points. The battle for Rookie of the Year continues to tighten, Mir only seven points behind Bulega.

The Leopard Racing team dominated the Red Bull Ring thanks to Fabio Quartararo in fourth, only 8 thousandths off the podium after photo finish at the finish line and the points finish of Andrea Locatelli (13th). This victory is a strong signal for the Leopard Racing team but there is no time to relax: between a week in Brno there is the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic!

#36 Joan MIR - 1st

"It's all so unbelievable, I'm speechless. Win a round of the World ChampioNship and also starting from pole position is fantastic. I managed my race perfectly, always in the leading group without letting anyone run away. In this area we improved, not making the mistake of the previous races, to stay behind and wait, but I went to attack and I struggled. I want to dedicate this win, in addition to the Leopard team and my family, to Luis Salom."

#20 Fabio Quartararo - 4th

"It was a difficult race, I enjoyed fighting in the lead. In the first laps three riders were running away, but I managed to close the gap, even trying to run away, but it was not possible. When you get attacked on the last lap you never know what will happen in the finish. This race really gives me a great motivation for Brno."

#55 Andrea Locatelli - 13th

"At first I recovered nine positions and I was 6th, but halfway through the race I started to feel some vibration too: after the race, we have detected a problem with the tyres. In the second part of the race I suffered and I was sucked into the group behind. I tried to fight, but the tyre betrayed me. We could have a good race, we will try again in 7 days."


Binder extends Moto3 World Championship lead with second place in Austria

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes eighth podium of the year, with teammate Bo Bendsneyder claiming best result of 2016 with seventh.

08/14/2016 - Red Bull Ring, Austria

Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder both placed in the Top 10 in a thrilling Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring, with the Moto3 World Championship leader earning a hard-fought second place. Binder was on the podium for the eighth time this season, holding a record of three victories, three second and two third places. Teammate Bo Bendsneyder achieved his best result of the 2016 season with a seventh position finish.

Binder made a spectacular start and had moved into the lead by the end of the opening lap, but was unable to escape from the lead group. The South African controlled the tempo of the race and fended off attacks from his rivals throughout, until passes on the final laps saw him relegated to fifth. He managed to climb to second before the chequered flag with a late charge.

Bendsneyder had started from tenth place and was immediately caught up in a large group of riders. As the race progressed, the Dutchman was able to find his pace and began to gain positions. Riding in the second group, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie performed well in the final stretch of the race and a last lap attack was sufficient to move up to seventh position -another positive finish for him in his first season in Moto3.

With 179 points to his name and a 67 point advantage over nearest rival, Binder leads the way in the Moto3 World Championship standings. Bendsneyder moves up two positions and is twentieth with 27 points. The Moto3 season continues next weekend at Brno.

Aki Ajo - Team Manager

"This was a very special weekend for us, because it was a home race for Red Bull as well as KTM, and there is an incredible atmosphere in Austria. The whole weekend was very good and the race was another thriller. I'm very happy with how Brad [Binder] managed to get another podium. He has taken another new step forward in the title situation and has been able to increase his advantage. We have to stay as focused as we have been up to now, working session after session with the races in mind.

It has also been very nice to see Bo [Bendsneyder] have a great weekend. He rode at a high level throughout practice. The Moto3 World Championship is very tight and he is still a rookie, so I'm very pleased with his consistency -making no mistakes and finishing races."

41 BRAD BINDER

"I'm very happy with how things went today. I was close to throwing everything away, because I went wide a couple of times on the final laps, but I was able to regain contact with the group quickly. Today I had a strange feeling with the bike and it did not let me go as fast as during the rest of the weekend. On the last lap I felt strong and I tried to overtake Mir, but I went a little wide and I had to pass Bastianini as well. I'm sorry, because it was a bit of a hard move, but I wanted to try and win. To finish second here is amazing. Regardless of what others do, I always try to win as if it were the first race. I think I have nothing to lose and everything to gain."

64 BO BENDSNEYDER

"I am very happy to have achieved my best result in the Moto3 World Championship. I think we have done a great job all weekend, the bike has worked great and in the race everything went perfectly. I am also happy for Red Bull and KTM, as it was a special Grand Prix for them. I didn't have much feeling in my left hand after ten laps, so it was very difficult to pull the clutch in. I stayed with the group, conserving my energy until the last lap, and then I pushed hard at the end because I felt strong. I overtook many riders who tried to brake very late but went wide, so I was able to pass them up the inside. Overall, I'm very happy with the result and how the race went."


BASTIANINI TAKES BRONZE MEDAL IN AUSTRIA. DI GIANNANTONIO EIGHTH

Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racer Enea Bastianini was one of the great protagonists of today’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring: the 18-year-old rider from Rimini in fact battled for the win for all the race, then crossing the finish line in third place.

A “bronze medal” which a little bitter taste for Enea and the team, considering that at the beginning of the final lap Bastianini appeared to have the chance to cross the finish line in front of everyone. A strong maneuver from Brad Binder at Turn 4 has however forced Bastianini to go wide, losing ground from the other four riders of the leading group. Enea in the final corners was still good to recover well, snatching the third place behind winner Joan Mir and Brad Binder, second.

The other Gresini Racing Team Moto3, Fabio Di Giannantonio, completed the positive day of the team with a good eighth place, claimed despite some physical problems in his left arm, which affected the 17-year-old rookie from Rome under braking. “Diggia” still put in a determined performance, remaining attached to the leading group for more than half race, then in the final stages he was involved in a great battle with compatriots Bagnaia and Bulega, closing eighth and bringing home 8 important points for the Championship.

ENEA BASTIANINI (3rd)

“Today I was hoping for a victory, because we were very fast: I had a good feeling and I could do what I wanted with my bike. But I knew that Binder would be very strong on the brakes in the final laps: in fact it was definitely not easy to fight with him. On the last lap I tried to brake very late at Turn 4, but he still managed to pass me on the inside, forcing me to go wide. Therefore, the other riders of the group were able to be faster than me on the exit and I lost valuable ground for the final sprint. Binder anyway apologized for his maneuver and I accept it: of course I’m disappointed because I know that today we could have won, but these are the races. For the next races we have to work on the braking area because I want to be more competitive in order to be in the game in the last lap. It should be said that we are working very well, the bike has improved so much since the beginning of year and now I feel very at ease. I’m able to be fast all tracks right from the start of the weekend”.

FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO (8th)

“I’m pretty happy with this result, which still allows us to bring home important points for the Championship, although actually today we started the race hoping for something more. During the race, however, on the one hand the physical problems in my left arm - which didn’t allow me to manage well the clutch and thus often led me to mistakes under braking - and on the other the fight with the other riders at one point made me lose contact with the leading group. On the last lap I tried to recover positions, but the battle was very tight and there were other contacts with some riders, so I crossed the finish line in eighth place. That said, I’m very happy with how the team has been working during the weekend: in the race I had a very good bike. Overall I’m pleased with the weekend, now we look forward to Brno!”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“This third place leaves a little bitter taste in the mouth, because today Bastianini fought for victory throughout the whole race. On the final lap Binder’s maneuver actually took away our chance to win, even if Enea did very well to recover and to grab a podium that was unexpected at that point. Congratulations to Enea who rode very well and to the team that gave him an excellent bike. I’m also happy for the result obtained by Di Giannantonio, who made a great race despite some physical problems in his arm. Fabio crossed the finish line close to the leading group, proving once again his growth. He’s also in the game and he can definitely have a go for the Rookie of the Year title”.


Career Best Second Place for Morbidelli in Austria

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli scored a career best second place podium in a fiercely contested Austrian Grand Prix.

The Spielberg shoot-out was a classic Moto2 battle with Morbidelli delivering two superb final lap overtakes to beat fast-finishing rivals Álex Rins and Tom Lüthi.

Morbidelli was in a ruthless mood as he engaged Lüthi in the fight for second, passing his Swiss rival with two superbly timed moves.

Morbidelli had put himself in contention by taking the lead at turn one from the start and holding the advantage until race winner Johann Zarco swept to the front on lap 16.

With Zarco untouchable Morbidelli set himself for his final lap assault as Lüthi and Rins joined the challenge for the podium.

With a stirring sixth place finish Álex Márquez was to back to top form with a fast start from the second row taking him into second behind Morbidelli in the opening laps.

After being bumped wide by the charging Zarco on lap five Márquez elected to consolidate sixth place, his best result of the season to date, and score valuable championship points.

Franco Morbidelli: 2nd

"It was a very nice race and better than I expected. I made a great start and was able to lead for 16 laps. But when Johann caught and passed me to take the lead he was very fast and I wasn't able to stay behind him. But then on the final lap I had a big fight with Tom and gave back to him what he did to me in the Qatar, race so it was a nice way to get second place and onto the podium."

Álex Márquez: 6th

"I made a really good start and trusted myself to get into second behind Franco on the opening lap. I was on the limit so when Zarco passed me with a tough move I lost a little bit of concentration and decided to make sure of sixth place. This was not my target, I wanted a better result but this circuit was not perfect for my style but now we go to two tracks, Brno and Silverstone, which are fast and flowing and my favourites. I am 100% motivated after this result."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

"Today's result is the reward for the hard work we have done during practice and in the test here at Spielberg. But the most important thing is that we saw the real Franco Morbidelli and his ability to fight in a close race, this is why we signed him and confirmation we made the right decision. It was a good result for Álex because in Moto2 anything can happen in the top six positions so his race was very positive I'm very proud of Franco, Álex and the whole team this weekend and it was nice to see Franco and Álex 1-2 in the opening laps. I want to see more of this in the future."


EARLY FINISH FOR SAM LOWES AT UNLUCKY AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX

The tenth round of the 2016 Moto2 World Championship, the Austrian Grand Prix held today at the Red Bull Ring, saw the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 rider Sam Lowes retired after a crash during the fourth lap of the race.

After losing the front at Turn 9, despite a damaged bike the determined 25-year-old English rider tried to continue the race, but he struggled to ride with the handlebars damaged, which then led him to another crash.

Despite the setback Lowes maintains the third position in the Championship standings, 55 points behind series leader Johann Zarco, today’s winner.

SAM LOWES (DNF)

“I was feeling strong in the part of the track where I crashed early in the race: probably I struggled more with the full fuel tank, losing the front. I was able to re-join the race, because you never know what can happen, but the handlebar was damaged and this led me to a second fall. We struggled all weekend and today my pace was not enough to get on the podium, but I could have fought in the group battling for sixth place and limit the damage. I’m very disappointed because now the top of the standings is far: anything can happen, of course, but now my priority is to have fun and to enjoy riding my bike again, in order to try to win some races and get some podiums. It's been a tough weekend, but now we look forward to Brno and Silverstone, two tracks I really like, and of course we will try to come back”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“It was a disastrous race for us... Fortunately Sam had no injuries in the crash. Now we need to think carefully about what’s happening, to understand why recently we were not able to be as competitive as in the previous races. Obviously I’m very sorry for Sam and for the whole team: now we have to stay focused in order to find a solution that would allow us to return to winning ways”.


Kent and Oliveira end in the points at Spielberg

A tough and exciting race in the intermediate Moto2 class for the two riders of Leopard Racing team, both in the points.

After the triumph of Joan Mir with his first career victory, the Red Bull Ring was ready to host the Moto2 class with the two teammates Miguel Oliveira and Danny Kent looking to be protagonists of the events and ready to do their best when the lights went out.

The race, however, started immediately with an uphill battle for Oliveira, who in the second corner touched with another rider and miraculously remained standing, losing important positions. From there began the personal comeback of Pragal native, who proudly tapped into its full potentialNd managed to climb, hosting a good battle with Luca Marini. Despite the obvious vibration to his Kalex, in the final laps Oliveira brought out his best to cross the line in the points in 14th place.

Kent's race got off to a rough start and he dropped down the order. The Moto3 champion soon rallied and got into a groove, posting very competitive lap times. His 12th position betrayed his true potential, the Brit proving he and the Kalex are working well together and the best is yet to come.

#52 Danny KENT - 12th:

"This is by far our best race of the year. I was able to get a good start but unfortunately in the first couple laps I dropped back to 20th but once I got into my rhythm it was ok. I was able to post some good times, I got down to a 29.8 which is point faster than qualifying lap and 0.3 in Moto2 is maybe two or three rows. Our pace the last ten laps was the same pace as the top five. Really happy with the race even if 12th doesn't show out full potential."

#44 Miguel OLIVEIRA - 14th:

"It was a difficult race because the second corner I chose the wrong line, there was no room to get in and there was contact that made me slip into the back of the field. Then I started to recover but, with the passing of laps, I began to experience the same problem suffered in qualifying yesterday: the bike was vibrating a lot under braking and cornering center. I lost several tenths and I pushed hard doing my best."


Result Not True Reflection Of Pace For Remy In Austrian GP

He may not have added to his Moto2 World Championship points tally at the Austrian GP but Remy Gardner (Tasca Scuderia Racing) showed pace and determination worthy of a future champion as he finished 19th at the Red Bull Ring yesterday.

Starting 23rd on the grid after making steady progress in each of the Free Practice sessions and the sole qualifying session, Gardner made a lightning start to end the opening lap fifteenth after a series of incredible overtakes put the talented young Aussie immediately in contention for points.

Moving up to fourteenth before locking horns in a titanic six rider fight for the top twelve at the ultra fast Austrian venue, Gardner was forced wide on lap 11, dropping to 23rd before regrouping with a series of personal best laps to claim a solid and well deserved 19th at the flag - close once again to the World Championship points.

Remy Gardner - 19th: "I made a good start and had a really good first couple of laps. I felt I was riding well but I was struggling a little with being passed down the straights and having to make a lot of time up on the brakes. I was in the hunt for twelfth until Vierge passed me a bit too aggressively which put me off the track and I lost a load of time and about six places. I managed to close the gap but by then it was too late. the result doesn't reflect how fast I was or the final position that me or the team deserved but we are all satisfied with the steps we made so we go to Brno in a few days confident of putting it back into the points!"

Disappointment aside, the #87 Kalex rider has little time to rest or dwell on the events of Sunday's race with the next round of the series begins at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic on Friday where Remy and the team are keen to keep the momentum going as his impressive return to the World Championship paddock continues.


KTM Moto3 riders Joan Mir and Brad Binder finish 1-2 at brand’s Home Grand Prix

10th Rd. Moto3 2016 – Red Bull Ring Spielberg (AUT)

Leopard Racing’s Joan Mir of Spain and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s South African rider Brad Binder got down to business at the sweeping Red Bull Ring in Austria’s Spielberg on Sunday to give KTM the double at the company’s HomeGP Moto3 race. Enea Bastianini took the podium third in a race that saw six of the top ten riders on the Austrian brand bikes.

KTM riders finished 4,5,7 and 9 with Fabio Quartararo (FRA), Philipp Oettl (GER), Binder’s young teammate Bo Bendsneyder (NED) and Nicolo Bulega (ITA).

After a spirited battle for the lead, Joan Mir took the win when he dived up on the inside of championship leader Binder in the last corner. It was his career first in this class. The rider who has come up through the ranks of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup also broke the run of riders this season who have not won from pole position.

Mir: “Incredible. What can I say about this weekend – it was perfect right from the first free practice. We worked a lot with the team and thanks to them because we worked well together and this is the result.”

Both Brad Binder and Mir were major players in the lead group throughout the 23-lap on the Red Bull Ring when the MotoGP competition returned to the new-look Austrian circuit after a 19-year absence.

The South African took holeshot honors but Mir immediately went into the lead in lap two to launch a five-way duel between these two riders, Bastianini, Mir’s teammate Quartararo and Oettl. Binder had the best of the action at the front in the first half of the race but he was constantly challenged by the fierce competition amongst the lead group. He went out of the top three for the first time in lap 18 of the 23-lap race when he got into difficulties in turn four and dropped back to fifth while Mir took care of business at the front. The final stages of the race saw Mir and Quartararo in a tough contest while Binder set his personal best lap with three laps to go. He moved up to third but again ran into difficulties in turn four in the penultimate lap. Half way through the final lap Binder hit the front but Mir dived in low on the inside of the final corner and took the prize.

Binder: “I'm very happy with how things went today. I was close to throwing everything away, because I went wide a couple of times on the final laps, but I was able to regain contact with the group quickly. Today I had a strange feeling with the bike and it did not let me go as fast as during the rest of the weekend. On the last lap I felt strong and I tried to overtake Mir, but I went a little wide and I had to pass Bastianini as well. I'm sorry, because it was a bit of a hard move, but I wanted to try and win. To finish second here is amazing. Regardless of what others do, I always try to win as if it were the first race. I think I have nothing to lose and everything to gain."

While Binder had to settle for second, he leaves the circuit with an impressive 67-point lead in the championship. The South African’s dominant position was further secured after his closest challenger Jorge Navarro crashed out with five laps to go after spirited ride from grid position 17. Binder’s other main challenger, Romano Fenati, was also not on the start with his KTM RC250 GP after his team sanctioned him for a rule infringement.

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s rookie Bendsneyder can also leave the Red Bull Ring satisfied with his season’s best result.

Bendsneyder: “I think we have done a great job all weekend, the bike has worked great and in the race everything went perfectly. I am also happy for Red Bull and KTM, as it was a special Grand Prix for them.”

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Race 1

Aleix Viu crossed the line first but fellow Spaniard Marc Garcia won the first ever Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race at the Red Bull Ring. Pole man Viu was penalised for exceeding track limits and thus gave up first spot to 16-year-old Garcia while Cup points leader Ayumu Sasaki, the 15-year-old Japanese, completed the podium places.

Viu’s race on the KTM RC250 RB was almost perfect as the 15-year-old did most of the leading just as he had done a few weeks ago at the Sachsenring. This time he was only threatened by Garcia as the pair stretched an advantage over Sasaki who was having his own private battle with fellow countryman Kaito Toba but got way from the 16-year-old Sachsenring Race 2 winner in the closing stages.

The Rookies Cup lap record as well as race win goes to Garcia who did do a fantastic job of chasing Viu and arguably pushed him into exceeding those track limits on the final lap. “Yes it was a great race and I did everything that I could, my plan was to pass him at the last corner but he came across and took the line,” explained the Catalan. “The bike was great, I changed my lines a bit through the race and looked for the best way. I really thought there would be a lot more riders up front and of course tomorrow it might be a very different race, we’ll see,” said the third year Rookie who takes his first win of the season and the second of his career.

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Race 2

After a string of second places, Viu would not be denied his victory on Sunday at the Red Bull Ring. An incredible final lap of Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup action on the KTM RC 250 RBs saw the 15-year-old Spaniard respond to attacks by Sasaki and Garcia and lead them across the line to claim his second win of the year.

“The three of us had agreed before the race that we wouldn’t fight until the end,” explained Viu. “We knew that it needed to be like that to get away from the others. On the last lap I knew Ayumu and Marc would attack and I also knew I just had to pass them straight back, I was feeling great on the bike and I was confident I could do it.” Before Race 1 I planned to try and get away in front but I couldn’t do it so it made sense to run with Ayumu and Marc this time, I just made sure I didn’t exceed track limits. I have felt great on the bike these last races, we have a good setting and it is gives me great confidence so I think we can carry this to Brno next weekend,” enthused the Catalan.


Top15 for Ono, 27th for Pawi in Austria

Rd10 NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix Von Österreich : Sunday, August 14 2016

Weather: DRY

Ambient: 24℃ : Track: 35℃

Honda Team Asia rider Hiroki Ono finished fifteenth for the Austrian GP and successfully salvaged an important championship point today.

In the morning warm up, Ono and his team made solid progress on their bike and recorded fourth fastest lap time. When the race has started at 11:00am, the Japanese rider climbed up his position lap by lap and crossed the line for fifteen place.

 His team mate Khairul Idham Pawi started from twenty-seventh on the grid and kept concentrating throughout twenty-three lap long race. He had checkered flag for twenty-seventh place.

Hiroki Ono (15th)

“In the warm-up session, we modified front-end on our bike to improve my braking. It gave me very good feeling and I was able to fight against our rivals in the race. Scoring a championship point is good because I could not do it for a while. If I would have taken better grid position, my result would be different, so my next target is to improve my performance in the qualifying.”

Khairul Idham Pawi (27th)

“it was very difficult weekend for me and it was the case on Sunday, too. In the race, I tried to follow the group from the beginning but I had to go alone for almost all laps. Only positive thing is I was able to finish the race. Anyway, we have another race in next weekend so we will make it better again like we did before.”

Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager

“Although Ono had to come through a difficult weekend, he concluded in a positive way with scoring championship point. However, lower grid position costed him a lot, so our next target for Brno is improving in that area. For Pawi, we could not find a favorable setup for him, which was why he had to struggle in this weekend. We will try our best to bring him a good result.”


DIFFICULT WEEKEND FOR PEUGEOT MOTOCYCLES SAXOPRINT AT THE CALENDAR’S FASTEST TRACK

The team’s new entry Albert Arenas missed a possible top 20 finish narrowly today whilst John McPhee used the race in Austria to find his riding form after the long break.

Great weather conditions and fully occupied grandstands along the picturesque Red Bull Ring in Austria’s Styria, the greenest landscape in the Alps, provided an outstanding spectacle for all participants during the comeback of the world’s most prestigious racing series on two wheels in Austria. Particularly a nice record cheered the Austrian organizers that they beat the number of spectators from their colleagues from the Sachsenring race one month ago.

Both riders in Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT had to deal with a disadvantage as they started a bit far down the grid but newcomer Albert Arenas showed his fighting spirit, fully focussed on his start in order to gain positions early on. The 19-year-old Girona born rider left the line in a great way and settled well in a big group with some more experienced riders, fighting for the top 20 positions. Unfortunately, Arenas wasn’t able to pass other riders because of lacking top speed and moreover he endured a broken clutch just as he was set to start his final attack to fight for positions till the line.

Meanwhile, team mate John McPhee from Scotland also started well but lost time due to an accident with some riders in front of him. After that, McPhee mostly was riding alone till he and Italian rider Andrea Migno put together to close the gap to the group ahead of them. In the end it was a disappointing 24th position for McPhee who showed a great performance last time in Germany.

The team stays for one more day in Austria to take part in a test at the Red Bull Ring tomorrow before heading to the Czech Republic for the next race in just one week.

#12 Albert ARENAS – 22nd:

“Well, our first handicap was that we started a bit far down the grid today. But I was very focussed at the start to catch a fast group early on which I was able to manage well. I settled rapidly in a good rhythm and within my group. I also could set fast and consistent lap times. I had the pace and I felt comfortable with the bike but it was so difficult to overtake other riders. I think me need to change the gearbox in sixth gear in order to achieve a better top speed. But in any case I was able to stay with my group for the entire race and my plan was to attack during the final laps to finish my first race with Peugeot in the top 20 or a little bit more in front than P22 at least. But unfortunately the clutch broke and I couldn’t do anything. I hardly could finish the race because it was so difficult to downshift. In the end I’m pleased how things went this weekend overall because we know that we can do better. We make a good work during all days so a big thanks to the guys in the garage. I think the team is happy with my work and I’m happy too and I want to improve next time. I’m looking forward to join the team during tomorrow’s test and it’s also already confirmed that I’ll ride with Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT in Brno next week too.”

#17 John McPHEE – 24th (World Championship position22nd, 20 points):

“The Austrian Grand Prix was a difficult weekend from the start to the end. We mainly worked with some settings to the bike and I tried some different things to improve my riding too but without making significant progress. During the race I felt a little bit more comfortable but the problem was in the beginning that some riders crashed in front of me so I lost the group ahead of me immediately. When Migno came passed me, I was able to took benefit from the speed of his engine. We could go together and caught the group again. In the end his rhythm wasn’t faster and every time I passed him, he re-passed me again due to his faster engine. Overall, it was a difficult weekend. I used the race to try and learn and try to work on my riding and to focus to improve in the next race. Fortunately we stay at the Red Bull Ring for tomorrow’s testing’s. I really look forward to it and try to understand the bike and this tricky circuit a little bit more.”

Terrell THIEN (Team manager):

“Our first visit to this track proved as a tough weekend at all. For sure we missed some laps in comparison to other teams and rider though it was nice to see that we weren’t far off in terms of lap times. But we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s test here for which we received some new parts from Mahindra. Thank you to them for supporting us with these technical upgrade. Hopefully the weather remains stable so that we’re able to use this test in dry conditions and also hope that we will gain some finding for the future races. Beyond that we decided to continue with Albert in Brno next week because he delivered a solid weekend to our content here in Austria.”


Nakagami finishes in 7th

With 22nd for Wilairot in Austria

Rd10 NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix Von Österreich : Sunday, August 14 2016

Weather: DRY

Ambient: 26℃:Track: 40℃

After twenty-five laps’ intense battle at Red Bull Ring circuit, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider Takaaki Nakagami had a checkered flag for seventh place.

The Japanese rider overcame the difficult situation in this weekend and improved his competitiveness in all sessions. During the twenty-five lap race, despite being pulled away from leading group in early stages, Nakagami kept chasing them till the final lap and successfully collected nine championship points.

His team mate Ratthapark Wilairot, who started the race from twenty-first on the grid, accomplished his objective: to finish the race. The Thai rider had checkered flag for twenty-second place .

Takaaki Nakagami (7th)

“During the race, I tried very hard to maintain my pace without making any mistakes, and kept pushing until the final lap. It’s a pity I could not overtake Marquez in final stages when I caught him within 0.7 second. Usually, seventh place is not an idealistic result, but considering the fact that we had to struggle all though this weekend, I would like to take it in a positive way. For Brno, we will come back again with our strong competitiveness.”

Ratthapark Wilairot (22nd)

“Although I am not happy about the race result, I am satisfied with our work in this weekend. From FP1 to the race, we always kept improving, which gave me a good confidence. My next target is to improve my performance in qualifying and have a good pace at the beginning of the race. We will make it happen in Brno.”

Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager

“Knowing that it would be very difficult weekend for us, I think Taka and his team did very good job. Seventh place for this race is a good achievement. Ratthapark also made a good step forward in this weekend. For the next race in Brno, we already had good testing there last month, so we can expect something good for next weekend.”


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