Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's thrilling races at Assen:
BRAVE MARTIN MISSES ON DUTCH PODIUM BY FEW HUNDREDTHS OF A SECOND
The eighth Grand Prix of the 2017 Moto3 World Championship is over already, with Team Del Conca Gresini who can celebrate the great performance of Jorge Martin, who crossed the line in fourth place at the end of a crazy 22-lap race. Starting from pole, Martin led the race for many laps despite two setbacks, which put him back on the chase of the front: a small mistake sent him down to sixth place first, then a coming together with Ramirez pushed him down to 11th place with three laps to go.
Despite picking up some gravel after during the run-off, the young Spaniard was able to keep the focus and move all the way back to fourth before the chequered flag. The 13 points collected today have helped Jorge to return to fifth place – 51 points away from the current leader.
Fabio Di Giannantonio was on his way to another great comeback performance after launching himself from 21st place on the grid. The Italian rider was already back to seventh place – and had just set his fastest lap of the race - on lap three, when he crashed unhurt at the last chicane. Fabio is now sixth in the standings, nine points shy of his team mate.
The team will now travel directly to Germany and more precisely to the Sachsenring, where the second of two back-to-back Grand Prix weekends will take place.
4th - JORGE MARTIN #88
“It’s been a crazy race! I started off by pushing as hard as I could because I was trying to break the group behind me: I did it, because there were not too many of us at the front. Track conditions were not perfect, though, and didn’t allow me to keep the best pace. At one point I was passed by some riders and tried to get my place back, but had a coming together with Ramirez: he hit the brakes quite early and wasn’t expecting it. I found myself in eleventh place with three laps to go: without that, we could have battled for the win, but fourth place is still OK.”
DNF - FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21
“I was fast, but not too fast at the chicane. I rode on the white line, which wasn’t perfectly dry and there was nothing I could do. It’s a shame, because I had an amazing start to the race and was coming up strong. I wanted to get back to the leaders but today wasn’t the case. It’s probably been my worst weekend since my World Championship debut. We know we can ride at the same pace as the front guys, and we have to keep this in mind.”
TOP15 FOR BULEGA AND MIGNO IN ASSEN
After a difficult weekend to interpret, the young riders of the Sky Racing Team VR46 both closed in the points. Bulega was tenth, while Migno, after a nice recover, 14th.
Assen (Netherlands), June 25th, 2017 - Nicolò Bulega and Andrea Migno closed the weekend of the Dutch GP - on the historic Assen track – in the Top15. The young riders of the Sky Racing Team VR46 failed to interpret in the best way the changing conditions of the Dutch track and they are respectively in tenth and 14th place on the finishing line.
Bulega, third on the starting grid, in the very first stages of the race, struggled to stay with the strongest guys and was forced to reduce his pace. Alone for the most of the race, he sets his rhythm and was tenth under the checkered flag. Great recovery for Migno – who started from the 26th box of the starting lineup. Andrea battled in the first laps for being close to the Top15 and achieved 2 points.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
It was not an easy weekend to interpret: the weather was very changeable, we had to face different conditions during the weekend and today in the race, on the dry, we could not express our potential in the best way. We need to get back to work and analyze data to being competitive again in Sachsenring.
I was expecting a different weekend, instead we struggled and we were not able to interpret the condition of the track, especially in qualifying. I had a good start and I stayed with the second group. We have to find something in terms of speed to get back to being competitive.
It was not the race I was expected: at the beginning I struggled to stay with the first group and lost several positions in the first laps. I was struggling to keep the rhythm of the strongest guys, I was forced to reduce the pace and I was alone till the checkered flag.
Aron Canet takes victory in Dutch TT
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider wins at Assen after masterfully handling a hard fought final lap. Enea Bastianini is forced to retire after a crash.
The Dutch TT took place this Sunday morning in overcast but dry conditions, with rain staying away from both the Moto3 warmup and race itself.
Aron Canet was fifth in the warmup, as he prepared for a race in which he would start from sixth on the grid. When the lights went out he remained in the top ten, although soon after he lost ground by running off the track to avoid another rider who had crashed. The Spaniard then began to catch up with the frontrunners, and became immersed in the fight for victory in a group of up to eleven riders. On the final lap, he took the lead on the last chicane, passing Romano Fenati and crossing the line in first, with an advantage of just 0.035 seconds. This second win of the season sees Canet regain second place in the overall standings, 30 points off World Championship leader Joan Mir.
Despite some discreet practice sessions, Enea Bastianini put the difficulties behind him at the start of the race and made up several positions. Determined to stay in the podium fight, the Italian rode in a large group in which the action was relentless. His luck changed, however, when another rider’s prone bike impeded his path on the last chicane of the third lap, and Bastianini was unable to avoid crashing. Although he tried to return to the track, the damage to his bike and the time lost forced him to retire from the race, ending a weekend plagued with difficulties.
"We were keen to celebrate another victory"
"I think it was a deserved win. After the last win in Jerez we have always been among the fastest and we were keen to celebrate another victory for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0; And what better place than at "The Cathedral" in Assen? We had difficulties in practice with wet conditions, but in the end everything worked out well in the race.
On the other hand, it was a shame about Enea Bastianini’s crash. He couldn’t avoid another rider’s bike on the chicane. It’s a pity because we knew that in the race he could also be up there, since he had the pace. He has not been lucky this time, but we have no doubt about his ability and, if he continues to work like that, we are sure he will also fight for the victory again very soon."
"The accelerator was damaged in the crash and I had to return to the pits"
"Unfortunately it was a short race for me. I made a pretty good start and I was able to pass some riders quickly. When I got to the group at the front I saw that no one was able to escape, so I decided to take things with a little bit of calm. I had the misfortune that another rider crashed in front of me and I was not able to avoid him. I was able to pick the bike back up and rejoined the race because I knew that if it rained we would be restarting. Unfortunately my accelerator was damaged in the crash and it was dangerous to continue, so I had to return to the pits."
"It was the best race of my life"
"This circuit has always been one of my favourites and I've finally been able to convert that feeling into a victory, having what I think has been the best race of my life. At first I was a little far back, but later I was able to reach the first group and follow my strategy from start to finish. On the last lap I put myself in a good spot. [Roman] Fenati passed me, but I followed his slipstream and was able to overtake him again on the last chicane and win. At Jerez I achieved the 100th victory for Valencian riders and here I took the 44th for Spanish riders at Assen. 44 is also my number. I want to thank my team for their hard work over the weekend, because everything seemed very tough at times, but together we gave our best to finish off celebrating the victory.”
Nakagami 3rd on Podium at Assen, Pawi 26th
Rd.08 MOTUL TT ASSEN: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Ambient: 17℃ / Track: 23℃
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider Takaaki Nakagami took the podium, finishing 3rd at the 24-lap Dutch TT race today. Teammate Khairul Idham Pawi finished the race in 26th place.
At 2:30 pm (GMT +2), Nakagami was off to a solid start from 2nd on the grid, engaged in a fierce six-rider battle for the lead. Then, the Japanese rider took the lead on Lap 9 for ten laps. In the final stages, after being pulled back to 5th in the pack, he started to charge again on the last lap, to reach the finish line for his second podium finish at Assen in as many years.
Pawi, starting 26th on the grid, had mechanical problems and was back in the pits on Lap 12. He rejoined the race after repairs and crossed the checkered flag in 26th place.
The next race, Round 9, the German Grand Prix commences on June 30 at Sachsenring, with Free Practice 1 for the intermediate category set to start at 10:55 local time (GMT +2).
Takaaki Nakagami (3rd, 39’39.750 +0.630)
“It was such an intense battle that any of us could have won the race. In the final stages, I bounced back from 5th position to 3rd, so I am happy about it. In the final lap, I overtook Miguel [Oliveira] at Turn 8, then pushed harder because I knew I was stronger in the final sector. At the final chicane, we didn’t touch, but he picked up his bike, then went straight and cut the course. I stayed on the track to reach the finish line. For the net race weekend, we will keep this momentum up and to try to win the race.”
Khairul Idham Pawi (26th, 40’50.552 +3Laps)
“I had a problem with my bike in the race, that’s why I had to go back to the pitbox. This weekend was very difficult for us. For the next race, I have good memories at Sachsenring because I won the race there last year in Moto3, but Moto2 will be a different story, so I will just try hard.”
Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager
“Nakagami had a strong rhythm from the start and showed solid pace. After coming through tough races, this podium is a good opportunity for him to start over. I am happy to see his satisfied smile on the podium, so we will try to get a podium again at Sachsenring where Taka took pole last year. Unfortunately, Pawi had to enter the pit during the race due to the problems with his shifter. After getting back on the track, he concentrated and improved his lap times, which was positive. We will try our best in the next race to bring out his potential.”
Newsletter GP DUTCH – Circuit Assen Netherlands – 8 (RACE)
GP DUTCH – Circuit Assen Netherlands
– 6° MARCOS RAMIREZ #42 Gap 0.594
– 13° DARRYN BINDER #40 Gap 10.746
In the wonderful frame of the Assen circuit, by all considered the motorsport cathedral, the 8th GP of the 2017 race season were held today. Both the tests and the race were affected by very unstable weather conditions that made the work of the mechanics and of the Riders really difficult indeed.
Once again the Team Platinum Bay has obtained a very good performance by placing Marcos Ramirez in 6th position, being again the first ktm under the flag. Marcos, who started 23rd on the grid, raced an unbelievable race recovering place by place and overtaking one competitor after the other also leading the race reaching the first position after an amazing unstoppable comeback.
An unlucky contact with Martin about 4 laps from the end of the race has forced Marcos to loose important positions, bringing the Rider to the 9th place inside a compact group of Riders, all possible candidates for the podium.
Marcos did not give up just one minute and started to attack again with courage and determination and he managed to cut the finish line in a very good 6th place.
13th place for Darryn Binder who started from the 28th position managed to get some points in the world rankings.
Forward Racing Team misses luck at Assen
This weekend’s eight round of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship in the Netherlands started in a positive fashion for the Forward Racing Team duo Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri, but delivered some obstacles during the course of the weekend with both riders unfortunately leaving the 4,555-meter long track without points.
After he secured a fifth row start yesterday, Marini was confident about today’s race and determined to bring home a good result. During the first lap, he already recovered two positions and was on his way towards the top 10, when another rider tried to pass him on lap number two, yet he bravely battled to keep his spot, but was regrettably taken out by his competitor. Fortunately, the 19-year old came away unharmed from the incident and is now looking forward to the next challenge in Germany.
Meanwhile, Baldassarri was forced to sit out the eighth contest of the year due to the heavy highside which occurred during yesterday’s qualifying, when the young Italian suffered a fracture to his right ankle as well as a brain concussion. On the positive side, he already has been released from the hospital after the medical staff carried out all necessary checks and scans to exclude consequential damages he might have sustained. The Italian is now on his way home to decide the next steps for a speedy recovery.
The upcoming Grand Prix takes place in just a few days’ time at Sachsenring, Germany, followed by the summer break, after which both Forward Racing Team riders want to be back at full fitness.
Luca Marini – DNF
"I'm sorry for how this Grand Prix ended. It’s always a real pity to crash out so early, but you know, every race is unpredictable, yet when it happens for someone else's fault it leaves an even worse taste in your mouth. Some riders are quite aggressive and sometimes they exaggerate, like Corsi did today, because they are so impetuous and think they can win the race already on the first lap. Apart from that, we still have one GP left before the break and we plan to make the most of it. At the Sachsenring, it will be important to get back to work and find again the way to the top positions, the ones that count, especially for me, the ones, where I feel even more comfortable and satisfied. Today it would have been important for me to perform well on this track and to do many laps in the dry, especially since I want to further improve here. I wanted to take advantage of the race just to learn from the strongest riders. I know I could have fought in the front group and stay inside the top 10. Unfortunately, however, the unexpected happened, but the important thing is not to be discouraged. We are already focused on the next race, where we will give our best."
Lorenzo Baldassarri – DNS
"I am very sorry to have missed today's race, but I have to be pleased to be in a decent condition, despite yesterday's incident. I thought of Luca today, who was on the grid while I was here at the hospital and wanted to see him doing a good race, even for our team, but sadly he was very unlucky. As far as I'm concerned, I would really like to thank the Clinica Mobile, especially Dr. Zasa, and all the staff of the Medical Center for their assistance, their help and professionalism. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their interest and for the uncountable get well wishes. In the next few days we will decide how to treat my ankle, but I hope to get back as soon as possible and sit on my bike again quickly."
Giovanni Cuzari – Team Owner
"This Dutch TT is definitely an event that will remain well in our minds for a long time. After Lorenzo's terrible accident yesterday, we can only say how fortunate we have been, despite the fracture of the right ankle. The Dutch doctors have released Lorenzo from the hospital just a short while ago and our rider is now returning to Italy to evaluate how to proceed with the treatment in order to be back on track as soon as possible. Due to the absence of Lorenzo, Luca was our only flag bearer on the grid today, but unfortunately luck was not on his side. He was involved in a slightly too aggressive passing attempt by Corsi that did not go to plan and prevented both riders from finishing their respective races. It's a big pity because Luca was setting up a good race and I'm convinced he could bring home an important result, especially considering his physical condition, which is still not ideal. Therefore, I can’t hide my disappointment about how this GP evolved and ended, but I would like to thank the whole team for the hard work done, and I'm sure luck will soon knock on our door and we will be ready to welcome it with open arms."
TOP 10 FOR FRANCESCO BAGNAIA IN ASSEN
After the yesterday’s crash, Pecco was the protagonist of a good race. Important step forward for Stefano Manzi, 20th on the finishing line.
Assen (Netherlands), June 25th, 2017 - After the bad crash of yesterday, fortunately without consequences, Francesco Bagnaia closed the Dutch GP in tenth place. A positive day for the entire Sky Racing Team VR46: after a series of retirements, Stefano Manzi crossed the finish line into 20th position.
Pecco, started from the 13th place and forced to change the gear lever on the grid, struggled to handle the gears in the initial stages of the race, but was able to keep the contact with the group behind the strongest guys. Renewed the feeling with his Kalex in the second half of the race, he set his pace and was tenth under the checkered flag, second rookies.
Twentieth, after a good start, Stefano, who after a series of difficult races, scored his goal at the end of a positive weekend.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
After the bad crash of yesterday, I did not expect a good race as this one from Pecco. He struggled a bit in the early stages of the race, but he was able, lap after lap, to impose his pace and approach the strongest guys. I'm also happy for Stefano, after so many retirements, it was important to finish the race.
A very long and difficult race. Due to the bad crash of yesterday, I was not 100% fit: I had pain in my leg and shoulders. I had a good start, but I struggled in the first laps. On the starting grid, I was forced to change the shift lever. The Team guys did a great job, but I had to figure out how to manage this situation. In the final laps, I had the same pace of the Top guys. It was a pity for that race start, otherwise I could fight for a better place. Overall a good weekend, I'm happy to be back so fast and competitive.
It was a tough race but at the same time beautiful. After so many retirements, I wanted to finish the race. I had a good start, but I tried to stay focused not to make mistakes. I kept the rhythm of those who were with me, but 6 laps to the end, due to a race contact, I was forced to exceeded the limits of the track and I preferred not to risk. Thanks to all the Team guys for their work and support in this first part of the season: we have to continue in this direction.
Magic Morbidelli wins dramatic Dutch dice
Franco Morbidelli celebrated his new MotoGP deal with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS in perfect style today when he triumphed at the end of pulsating and dramatic Dutch TT in Assen.
Starting from pole position for the fourth time in 2017, Morbidelli was immediately launched into the toughest and most engrossing fight of this year’s Moto2 World Championship, with the Italian locked in a close battle with Tom Lüthi, Takaaki Nakagami, Mattia Pasini, Miguel Oliveira and teammate Álex Márquez for the entire 24-lap encounter.
The top six served up close action that a capacity crowd of 105,000 fans could not take their eyes off, with numerous overtakes for the lead, before Morbidelli made a decisive last lap attack on closest title rival Lüthi.
Morbidelli then kept his cool under immense pressure in the final sector to give Lüthi no chance to retaliate, and the Italian took the chequered flag first for the fifth time in eight races. The top five were covered by 0.7s in a classic encounter and Morbidelli’s stunning late burst of speed moved him 12-points clear of Lüthi heading to the halfway stage of the season in Germany next weekend.
Márquez fully played his part in today’s gripping action when he kept his Kalex machine firmly in podium contention until the final stages of the race.
With the race building to a thrilling climax, Márquez couldn’t quite maintain his strong challenge, and rather than take unnecessary risks that could have cost him crucial World Championship points, he wisely settled for a hard earned sixth place to remain third in the standings.
Franco Morbidelli: 1st
“I gave absolutely everything in that race and that’s what makes the victory feel even more special. The battle was so intense that I was just doing all I could to stay in contention for the win in the last five laps. Once I could stay close for an attack at the end I was always confident I could take the win. I had to ride the final sector like the best in my life without making a mistake and I did that. It was perfect and nobody could try and overtake me at the final chicane. That was the toughest of my five wins by a long way and I’m pleased to show that I can still battle well and manage the fight when it is so strong. It was important to get back on the podium after the difficult last two races and it is the perfect way to end a dream day for me after confirming my MotoGP future with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.”
Álex Márquez: 6th
“Today was a very tough battle and I think the fans certainly got value for money. But I can’t be entirely happy because I was expecting more from today. We only had one day of dry practice on Friday and the conditions changed a lot again today, and I just didn’t have the right feeling to keep myself in the battle for the podium right to the end. It’s a pity but I didn’t lose a lot of points in the World Championship. I finished the race and collected some important points and I hope to be stronger and fighting for the podium again in Germany next weekend.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“That was an incredibly tense race and it was certainly a spectacular one for all the fans. It was like Moto3 at times and when the action is so close it certainly makes the taste of winning even sweeter. Franco did an incredible job because he has not been on the podium in the last two races and everybody was talking about the pressure building on him. But today he proved he can handle it and it was a fantastic final lap that he judged perfectly from a tactical point of view. He’s had a memorable day with the signing of his MotoGP deal with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, and I think his performance in the race showed why we wanted to secure his future. Álex contributed to a great spectacle today and his result was not what he wanted but it certainly wasn’t a bad day for him. He made sure he finished and I’m convinced he will back on the podium soon.”
McPhee back on the podium after incredible 'Cathedral' comeback
From nineteenth to the podium for the British Talent Team
John McPhee had a barnstorming Dutch GP for the British Talent Team, staging an awesome comeback from nineteenth on the grid to fight for the win - eventually completing the podium in P3.
Off to a slower start than the Scot wanted, McPhee only made up a handful of places initially before getting in the mix in the second group. As the race began to close up and eventual winner Aron Canet led the charge to catch the frontrunners, McPhee stayed with the Spaniard and was soon up into podium contention. Hitting the lead for the first time with four laps to go, the Scot prepared a final charge after the incredible comeback - challenging for the win on the final lap before crossing the line in third. From P19 to the podium, the gain was an incredible 16 places.
With the big haul of points in the bag McPhee is back in the top five of the Championship. The next stop is now Germany and the Sachsenring, as the grid head out for one last showdown next weekend ahead of the summer break.
John McPhee, P3: “After the weekend we’ve had I’m absolutely delighted to be on the podium, so happy for me and the team to pull this result out after such a tough weekend. The race was great fun - starting from nineteenth was quite difficult but we had the rhythm and the pace and we kept chipping away. I realised I was catching the second group and the second group were catching the leaders. So I kept on fighting away and with about five laps to go I thought I could even win the race and that we had a real good chance. I timed everything perfectly going into the last lap in Turn 9 and 10…I tried to pass Canet and then Canet and Mir ran wide, but to claim the last step on the podium I’m really happy.”
Third consecutive Top 5 finish for Oliveira
Portuguese rider finishes 5th at the Dutch GP, competing in the lead group. Brad Binder continues to grow in the Moto2 class, with thirteenth place.
06/25/2017 - TT Circuit Assen, The Netherlands
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team continue to consolidate their Moto2 project with good results. This Sunday at the Dutch GP, Miguel Oliveira took fifth position –a third consecutive Top 5 placing, after those at Mugello and Barcelona. The Portuguese was part of the front group throughout the race, crossing the finish line only 6 tenths off the winner. Teammate Brad Binder was back amongst the points with thirteenth place.
In spite of the result, Miguel Oliveira finished the eighth round of the season with a bittersweet taste, as he had been aspiring to a podium finish. After a good start, which allowed him to go up to second, Oliveira took the lead for three laps. Later, he was part of a battle at the front with a total of six riders. Although he pushed hard until the last lap, in the end the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider placed fifth in one of the season's finest Moto2 races.
Brad Binder made a strong start from the sixth row, gaining five positions in the first sector to go into twelfth. Early on, the South African remained in that position, leading a group of four riders. After dropping down one position, Binder rode by himself to take the chequered flag and further points.
Oliveira is fourth in the overall standings after the Dutch GP, with a total of 94 points. Binder, with 16, is seventeenth. The riders now head to the next round of the season, which takes place next weekend at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany.
Aki Ajo - Team Manager:
"This Sunday we had a great race and, in short, it was a great weekend in Moto2 with both Miguel [Oliveira] and Brad [Binder]. We have been able to gather a lot of information and we have taken another step forward. This is very praiseworthy, because it was not an easy task due to the different track conditions that we have been encountering: in the rain we had more difficulties than in the dry. With this fifth place for Miguel, who was always in the lead group, and the thirteenth place for Brad, we have rounded off some great work from both the team and the riders."
41 BRAD BINDER
"I'm not happy, but the result is not bad either. The weekend has been very difficult for us. Today I had a good start and I felt strong, but I still lack those 3 or 4 tenths per lap that can make a difference. I give many thanks to the team, because they are working very hard. Even if things are not going as well as we want, I'm sure we'll find the way to get back to the front. This weekend we have taken a further step forward and I achieved my best qualifying result, even though we did not have a good race. We have to keep going, working very hard every weekend, and in this way we can be a bit further ahead in future races."
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"The truth is that I'm not entirely satisfied with today's race. It was a hard-fought race with a fairly large group at the front for this class. I hoped I could be more consistently in the lead positions or stronger, but we gave as much as we could. I have a bit of a bittersweet taste in my mouth because I felt we had possibilities for this race. This will serve as an experience to continue improving and doing better next week at Sachsenring –another completely new circuit for our bike."
NAVARRO IN THE POINTS AT ASSEN
Jorge Navarro has had an encouraging day at the TT Circuit Assen, where the eighth race of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship was contested. The Spanish rider of team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 was able to turn the tables after a difficult weekend to secure fifteenth place at the end of the 23-lap encounter.
Navarro didn’t enjoy the best of starts from 19th place on the grid and was 22nd at the end of the opening lap. The 21-year-old Spanish rider then started a steady comeback that would eventually lead him back into the points, courtesy of a good pace that at times was similar to the one displayed by the riders at the front (best lap in the race 1’39.057.
In the final part of the race, Navarro managed to recover more than three seconds in less than five laps to eventually overtake Gardner to finish in the top-15 for the sixth time in eight races. Jorge currently lies 16th in the championship.
Moto2 action will resume in less than six days at Sachsenring, the venue hosting the ninth race of the season.
15th - JORGE NAVARRO #9
“There are two ways of looking at today’s race: the negative way, given the recent seventh place in Catalunya, or the positive way, if we look at the struggles we had to endure this weekend – and the crashes. I still prefer the second option! I had to get used to the track and the bike in the early laps of the race, but then I got into a nice rhythm and I think that with a better start and without the rain at the end I could have been in the top 10.”
Dutch Grand Prix: Race
Second once again after an amazing race. Romano Fenati gave life to a great fight at Assen circuit. At the end, just the Spanish Canet succeeded in doing the last corner correctly and staying in front of him. After one victory and three second places, the rider from Ascoli is third in the general standing and recovered 13 points on Mir. The defibrillator, in the box, would have been useful even for the race of Jules Danilo. The French rider fought until the end and was author of an exciting race, always close and even in front of his teammate. A great result for the whole team.
Romano Fenati: "It was a great race, the first podium here at Assen. In the last few laps we struggled a lot. At the end, McPhee, Canet and Mir have fought before the long straight and left me the best trajectory. Then, I tried to stay ahead. I knew I hadn't to be first at the last corner but I thought I had enough gap. I didn't consider the wind and Canet was very fast in overtaking me. Anyway, I tried. I am very happy, we recovered points on Mir and we'll try to do better at Sachsenring... ".
Jules Danilo: "It was a very positive weekend, I am happy of the feeling back with the bike, after Mugello and Barcelona, which were not so good. At the beginning of the race I lost the contact with the group ahead, but when Canet went in front of this group the pace was faster and we succeeded in going ahead once again. In the last few laps there was a great fight: I was third but I knew that it was not the right position for the few last corners. In the last lap. few corners to the end, Romano and Canet braked very strong in front of me and I did a small mistake which made me lose the podium. Obviously it is frustrating having lost the podium but we have to take the positive side. I know my potentialities now and I can stay always there".
Rodrigo achieves a well-deserved Top-10 in the race at Assen, solid comeback for Guevara up to the points
Today the Moto3 riders got out on track at Assen for the eighth race of the 2017 World Championship.
The day began with a positive warm-up for Rodrigo. Despite the pain caused by yesterday’s crash in the QP, the Argentinian confirmed a solid pace on the Dutch track, setting the tenth best time. In the race, after facing with caution the first few turns, Gabriel started to put in competitive lap times, approaching the Top-10 promptly. Rodrigo fought till the end and he finished in seventh position, scoring an important result in this complicated first half of the 2017 season.
Guevara and his crew found some valid options in the warm-up of this morning, achieving some improvements for the KTM machine set-up on dry tarmac. Juanfran started the race from the tenth row of the grid, fighting to comeback since the beginning. Within few laps the Spaniard managed to reach a spot within the points, proving his determination. Juanfran crossed the finishing line in 12th position, grabbing four points in the Holland Grand Prix.
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: 7th [RACE]
“Today’s race was very positive, I’m happy. We matched our best result in the World Championship today, when I was still sore from yesterday’s crash in the qualifying practice, with plenty of pain in my collarbone. After the warm-up I had to get injected and honestly I didn’t know if I could make it through the whole race. I put in my best effort and I tried to ride smoothly. I didn’t really start well, but I managed to move up a few spots soon after. Lap after lap we were getting fast times, Canet was pulling the second group and we reached the guys in front. When we got there, I decided to take it easy: I was attacking only when I could see that the gap was wider, in order to stay in the leading group. When there were few laps left, I chose to stay at the back, since the other riders were very aggressive and I was lacking strength in the braking points because of the collarbone pain. On the last lap I pushed hard and I could move up some positions. It’s a great result to finish in seventh position, after all the tough moments we had during this weekend. This is a good starting point before the end of the first half of the Championship. We’ll try to keep working in this direction for Germany, so we can go on holiday with some positive results.”
#58 Juanfran Guevara: 12th [RACE]
“Today we could fix things, eventually. This was one of the most complicated weekends we’ve had since the beginning of 2016. We had sessions on dry tarmac and sessions under the rain, three crashes throughout the Grand Prix: generally speaking, it was quite complicated. I believe that in the end we managed to put in a strong comeback. We started from the last row of the grid and we crossed the finishing line twelfth. We moved up seventeen places and I’m satisfied with achieving four points for the Championship Classification. In any case we still have plenty of work to sort out, I don’t really think this is the type of results we deserve. However, today we couldn’t have done much better, the setting we found wouldn’t have brought us much farther. During the upcoming week we’ll work for Sachsenring. We’ll do our best to have a happy ending before the summer break and to keep making progress: it’s something we can achieve, in order to sum up important points.”
Leopard Racing looks to turn the page at the Sachsenring
An error in strategy at the TT Circuit prevented Mir from achieving his second consecutive win. House's bitter also for his team-mate Livio Loi, out of the points area.
At 11:00 local time, the lights in Assen went out, known often as 'Cathedral of Speed' Assen was host to the eighth race of the 2017 season. The Leopard Racing Team duo appeared on the starting grid with high morale after an encouraging Warm Up in the morning, confirming the competitiveness of Joan Mir (3rd) and the pace of his team-mate Livio Loi (16th), who treats Assen as a home race.
The talent of Palma de Mallorca's started well, jumping straight into the Top3 behind the poleman Martin and local hero Bendsneyder hero. Meanwhile Livio Loi remained enthralled in the back traffic of the Oettl and Binder on the KTMs. On the fourth lap the lead group was made of six riders, Martin and Bo alternating the lead, with Joan Mir retaining third position.
Livio Loi was anchored in the 24th battlefield with Toba and Herrera. On the 8th lap his advantage on the group, previously opened to 3 seconds, was cut by the return of his pursuers captained by Canet. They continually alternated the lead and sent the fans wild at every turn. 5 laps from the end, the game began to get harder: McPhee comes back with Ramirez, while Mir remains always alert in the Top3.
A lap later the Spaniard of the Leopard Racing Team took command of the race, followed by the Scottish and the reborn Danilo. McPhee appeared in the rear vision mirrors of Joan Mir. But with four corners until the finish, the Spaniard committed a small mistake in strategy. The heat of battle saw him leave a gap open and dropped him down to ninth at the line. His team-mate Livio Loi, struggling with the rear grip, closed the race in 21st and out of the points area.
The two colleagues of the Leopard Racing team will learn from their mistakes, without letting themselves be demoralized: in seven days the rematch is booked at Sachsenring!
#36 Joan MIR - 9th:
"It was a great race, in the final lap I knew I had something more than the others and I could win. I missed the strategy in the last lap: four laps from the finish line I slowed down to make my run but a rider came past then the advantage of the slipstream in the last chicane proved. In spite of everything, we have the edge over our rivals in the standings; It is not a negative result because in the end these are valuable points. No one is infallible: the important thing is to learn from our mistakes. There will not be a second time."
#11 Livio LOI - 21st:
"It was a very difficult race, already in the first laps I lost many positions. After that I was struggling to find the rhythm and I had no grip at the back. I could not push hard in the home race. It's a shame because the overall weekend was not so bad."
Bendsneyder ends Dutch GP empty handed after unfortunate crash
Dutchman suffers a crash a few metres from the finish line, when fighting in the leading group. Niccolo Antonelli is unable to race due to severe pain in his right shoulder, after his crashes in FP3 and the Barcelona test.
Bendsneyder ends Dutch GP empty handed after unfortunate crash
Dutchman suffers a crash a few metres from the finish line, when fighting in the leading group. Niccolo Antonelli is unable to race due to severe pain in his right shoulder, after his crashes in FP3 and the Barcelona test.
23 NICCOLO ANTONELLI
"It's a shame that I was not able to participate in the race, but I was suffering too much pain. We already had doubts about participating in the warmup, and when I did it, I wasn’t able complete a lap and returned to the box. My back hurts, and especially my right shoulder. I had no strength in my arm and I couldn’t ride, it was impossible. Now it's time to focus on recovering."
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
"On the last chicane I went a little off-line and I got to the finish line with less speed. I hadn’t taken that into account, I was clipped and the bike went down. It was a fight for everyone and, in the end, these things happen. It's a shame to end the race like this, but in the end I had a good race in front of my home crowd. The positive side is that we were very strong throughout the weekend; it’s a shame that we leave here without any points, but we have shown that we can be at the front and, despite the crash, we can be satisfied. It has been nice to receive the support of my fans over the last few days, and when I took the lead I heard them cheer me and it was very exciting."
Marcel Schrötter storms from 24th to eleventh
Suter MMX2 rider Marcel Schrötter turned the Dutch TT on the legendary Assen circuit into a thriller. The Bavarian rider of Team Dynavolt Intact GP dropped back to 24th place after a collision with Spanish rival Alex Márquez on the opening lap of the race, but then pushed himself and his Suter MMX2 to the limit and recovered position by position to cross the finish line in eleventh place. Schrötter’s ride was one of his best performances ever in the Moto2 category and also a demonstration of what his Swiss-made Moto2 prototype is capable of.
Fellow Suter rider Dominique Aegerter started well from eleventh place on the grid and moved up to ninth place on lap two. For the first half the race, the Swiss rider of German Team Kiefer Racing was able to defend his position and looked set for a strong Top Ten finish, but when tyre performance started to drop in the second part of the race, things got increasingly difficult. After dropping back to eleventh two laps from the end, he eventually had to give way to Marcel Schrötter on the final lap. Out of luck was Schrötter’s team-mate Sandro Cortese: After a heavy practice crash, Cortese had to start from the rear of the grid and was taken out by Spanish rider Axel Pons on lap six of the race.
Despite the accidents and incidents, Suter Racing’s Technical Director Alex Giussani was delighted with the progress of the project, after new development parts were successfully introduced to improve handling, aerodynamics and engine cooling, which had been an issue in the blistering heat of Barcelona two weeks ago. “We brought the first stage of updates to this track and tried them with both teams, Dynavolt Intact GP and Kiefer Racing. We collected a lot of data that we are going to analyze very carefully, and then we will launch more updates in the very near future”, said Giussani. “Both Dynavolt Intact riders were very happy especially with our chassis parts and it’s a shame that both riders ran into bad luck, Sandro with his two falls, when he touched the white line of the track in practice and when he was taken out by Axel Pons in the race, and Marcel with his first-lap incident. He was very strong after that and he only lost a little bit of confidence towards the end, when a slight drizzle started.”
“Dominique’s result also doesn’t show the true picture. He was able to ride very well with new tyres, but once tyre performance dropped, things became difficult, because we didn’t go all the way with a set-up change for the race conditions today. It was not easy to get the best possible set-up in the ever-changing weather conditions with our new bike. But all things considered, we still showed that we can be competitive!”
Mahindra Within Sight of Points at Special Assen Circuit
Assen, The Netherlands 25 June 2017: Mahindra’s top rookie Marco Bezzecchi missed the points by one position at the Dutch TT today, after a career-best fifth-fastest starting position was spoiled when he was delayed by other riders’ errors at the Indian constructor’s special circuit.
The 20-year-old Italian finished 16th, with points paid for the first 15 across the line, after 22 laps of the classic 4,542-km circuit in the north of the Netherlands.
One year ago, Pecco Bagnaia claimed the first win for the only Indian constructor in the championship here, going on to win again at Sepang in Mahindra’s best season so far.
With this year devoted to bringing on younger and less experienced riders, Bezzecchi’s second-row qualifying position didn’t raise false hopes of a repeat win. But second class rookie Manuel Pagliani – Bezzecchi’s team-mate in the CIP Mahindra squad – had also qualified well on the third row, and a double points score seemed a reasonable target.
Race fortunes decided otherwise. Both the young Italians were running strongly in the top ten in the early stages of the 22-lap race when Bezzecchi had to slow to avoid a crash which took out two other riders. Soon afterwards, Pagliani became another of several crash victims at the notorious final chicane. Bezzecchi had to slow once again to avoid his team-mate, losing more positions and momentum.
At the finish, he had regained 16th place from Jakub Kornfeil, riding another MGP3O machine, badged as a Peugeot for Mahindra’s sister company.
Mahindra Aspar team rider Alberto Arenas was missing a second race while recovering from injury. Spanish teenager Raul Fernandez joined the Mahindra Aspar team regular Lorenzo Dalla Porta again, but both crashed in the tricky conditions and failed to finish.
Sixteen-year-old rookie Patrik Pulkkinen finished 22nd on the second Peugeot MC Saxoprint machine.
After earlier rain, the eighth of 18 championship rounds was run in cool and damp conditions. The track remained dry on the racing line in spite of a brief shower at the start, but conditions were fraught for any rider pushed off line.
The race brought a second victory of the year for Spaniard Aron Canet (Honda).
The next race is the German GP at the Sachsenring next weekend.
Marco Bezzecchi, CIP Team
“I had a good start and I was able to stay with the front group at the beginning. But after two laps Di Giannantonio crashed and I lost the front group. After that some riders passed me and my teammate Pagliani crashed in front of me and I lost the group again. I stayed in the third group with Kornfeil and some other riders. In the last lap I was able to pass them but it’s a big shame because I was high on the grid and couldn’t take advantage of it. We struggled with the dry conditions a bit due to the limited track time. We will try and do better in Germany next week.”
Mufaddal Choonia, CEO Mahindra Racing
“We were hoping for a better result here: I was quite optimistic when Marco qualified fifth … so this was not the race we were expecting after we won here last year. It should have been different, but sometimes racing is like that.”
CHANGEABLE WEATHER PLAYS ITS ROLE FOR KIEFER RACING
The German Moto2™ team wasn’t quite happy with Dominique Aegerter’s twelfth position in the Assen race, whilst Tarran Mackenzie collected further valuable experiences on race day at the legendary TT Circuit.
Constantly changing weather was also on race day an unpleasant companionship in Assen. After a violent downpour in the morning, warm up session took place on a completely wet track, although it dried out again till the race starts at 2:30 pm this afternoon. Dominique Aegerter left the line well from his eleventh spot on the grid und he also was able to make up ground quickly by passing two other riders. Till halfway point of the race, it seemed that the 26-year-old Swiss rider will bring home another solid top ten finish. But, obviously, his competitors had more reserves for the final stages.
After a nasty crash during Saturday afternoon’s qualifying, Tarran Mackenzie recovered well last night. During this morning’s warm up on a rain-soaked track, however, he proved his talent once again and the young Scotsman also performed faultless during the race in the afternoon. Mackenzie came home in 25th position finally.
The championship moves over now to the Sachsenring for the German round in just one week where Kiefer Racing is excited to race in front of their home crowd.
#6 Tarran MACKENZIE (Kiefer Racing, Suter MMX2), 25th:
"First, I’m happy to finish another race. I felt more confident over the weekend overall. This weekend’s wet sessions went really positive while we struggled a bit in the dry. My crash during qualifying didn’t help to ride as hard as I did in practice before, I was lacking some confidence. That’s why I’m happy to finish the race. I know Sachsenring as well, which is nice. So, in a few more days and then we are there again, I’m excited to go out there and trying to improve again."
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Kiefer Racing, Suter MMX2), 12th (Championship position 8th, 50 points):
"It was once again a difficult race for us. Till halfway point of the race, I was able to keep up well, although I was at the limit all the time. When it started to rain at this point, I also risked a lot in order to stay and keep my position. But, as the rain stopped again I couldn’t go faster than the others as they were half a second faster from this point onwards. However, I was able to keep a constant rhythm, but I couldn’t go faster than 1´39.1."
"Therefore, I was an easy prey for the riders following me. In the last lap, I got passed by Marcel (Schrötter). It was a tough but fair move. But this is racing and I wouldn’t have done it in another way. Nevertheless, it’s annoying that I lost one position more in the last lap."
Stefan KIEFER (Team manager):
"Overall, it wasn’t an easy weekend for us again. Nevertheless, with Dominique we were always close to the front. In almost every session, we found us in the range of the top ten which is actually quite good. Unfortunately, we were not able to make the final step to give him a better bike for the race. But regarding to the championship standings, the outcome of the race with twelfth place isn’t so bad too. But overall, we can’t be satisfied as we aim for more and we will try to get one step more at the Sachsenring."
"On the other side, we suffered a nasty crash during qualifying with Tarran after which the bike was pretty much damaged again. This, of course, was not conducive for his self-confidence. But from this point of view, we are glad that he recovered quickly and he did a solid warm up this morning. He finished 17th fastest in the rain. After that, Tarran also performed well during the race and in doing so he gained valuable information again. He still has a lot to learn and he must improve race by race."
18th for Atiratphuvapat in Dutch TT
19th for Toba
Rd.08 MOTUL TT ASSEN: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Ambient: 19℃ / Track: 25℃
Honda Team Asia’s Moto3 rookie Nakarin Atiratphuvapat finished 18th place in the 22-lap Dutch TT race today. Teammate Kaito Toba crossed the finish line 19th. By completing the race, both Asian rookies gained more valuable experience for the Moto3 World Championship.
Starting from 4th grid on Row 2, Atiratphuvapat was off to an impressive start, taking the holeshot. Lap by lap, the 21-year-old Thai rider improved his pace and set consistent lap times until the final lap.
Toba also concluded the race in solid style despite a very difficult starting position, far back on the grid. The Japanese 17-year-old rookie learned much at the “Cathedral of Speed,” to be stronger in the races to come.
The next race weekend is the German Grand Prix, with Free Practice 1 for the lightweight category set to start at 9:00 (GMT +2) local time on June 30.
Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (18th, 38'36.843 +16.479)
“This race gave me very good experience. Although we didn't have enough dry sessions to find a good setup, my lap times were better than Friday by 2 seconds. At the beginning of the race, I pushed too hard and almost crashed because I didn't know how to go fast within the lead group. Anyway, I tried to keep my lap times as consistent as possible and did it. I am happy with what we achieved this weekend.”
Kaito Toba (19th, 38'54.209 +33.845)
“It was difficult to recover my positions from far back on the grid. If I had improved my pace in the early stages, I could’ve chased down the guys in front of me because my bike was good and I rode with ease in my group. Next weekend, I have experience with Sachsenring, so that I will do better.”
Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager
“It was a nice surprise to see Nakarin take the holeshot! I think he saw what fast riders are doing in the race, and found differences with his riding. Overall, this weekend was a precious experience for him. Toba could not get his rhythm this weekend. But he can learn from this. For the next weekend, we will move on with a refreshed mindset.”
Tricky race for RW Racing GP in their home
In Sunday’s race at the TT Circuit in Assen Axel Pons battled through the pain after his nasty crash during qualifying.
The 87th edition of the Dutch TT was characterised once again by typical weather with fast changing conditions. Warm-up for the Moto2 was wet after a brief but heavy downpour, but after that the weather remained dry despite some light drizzle. Apart from all this, RW Racing GP’s hopes for a good result had evaporated as Axel Pons suffered a nasty crash on Saturday, leaving him with a bruised body. The Barcelona born rider recovered well during the night but was still not 100 percent fit to take benefit from the great starting position from tenth on the grid. An early mistake followed by a collision with another rider destroyed Pons’ race in front of his team’s home crowd.
Meanwhile, there is no rest for RW Racing GP as the series moves on to Germany for next weekend’s legendary Sachsenring, the last race before the well-earned summer break.
#49 Axel PONS, 22nd (Championship position 19th, 13 points):
“After yesterday’s crash, I was still in pain. But this wasn’t the biggest issue today. It began with a mistake at the start when I ran wide in turn one. I tried to gain positions as fast as I could. I settled quickly into a good rhythm so my idea was not to lose any further time with the guys in front of me. I continued trying to overtake other riders quickly but I touched with Sandro (Cortese) and we both ran into the gravel. Unfortunately for him he fell, and I apologize for that, whilst I could continue. Practically it was the end of my race too, as I had lost the rhythm completely. In the end of course 22nd is a disappointing outcome because we had a really good pace here in both in the wet and in the dry. So, to leave Assen without any points feels really bad. However, the pace and the work we did give much confidence and this is really important with the next race coming up in a few days.”
Jarno JANSSEN (Team manager RW Racing GP):
“It’s a pity how this weekend came to an end. We had such a strong run with P5 on Friday and we qualified for tenth on the grid on Saturday. But unfortunately Axel suffered a big crash which made it very unsure if he could even race. Finally, Axel recovered well last night and we made a good warm up, lapping again with a good pace this morning. Before the race, however, a small problem occurred after the sighting lap which we could fix quickly on the grid but at the start, Axel made a small mistake in the first corner. This was why we lost connection to the top 15 riders. But then we were able to set fast and consistent lap times as well as Axel passed a couple of riders. In another incident, he touched with Cortese for which we are very sorry. This cost us another ten seconds and we were last, so our race was finished at this point. It’s a pity because we were strong all weekend, consistently amongst the fastest Moto2 riders in the world. Here in Assen at our home race we had a lot of guests and a good result would have been nice. On the other hand, we’re really, really happy with how Axel recovered in the short break after Barcelona and with how his fitness is after such a heavy crash as he had Saturday. So, it’s on to Sachsenring now.”
Determined Gardner Looks Ahead After Strong Dutch GP At Assen
The 8th round of the Moto2 World Championship at the iconic Cathedral Of Speed, the TT circuit in Assen, the Netherlands lived up to its reputation earlier today providing fans trackside and around the world an enthralling 24 lap race that saw Australian Remy Gardner finish in a very credible 16th place.
Mixed weather conditions throughout the weekend allowed Remy to show his skill in both the wet and the dry, the #87 posting some impressive times from the very first Free Practice session on Friday.
Qualifying 21st on a drying Dutch circuit yesterday afternoon, the Tech3 rider was inside the top ten in this morning’s warm up session providing a real sense of optimism ahead of the race which thankfully began in the dry.
14th at the end of lap one after passing 7 people on the opening lap, Gardner kept his focus, maintaining his position before involving himself in an epic fight for the final championship point.
After riding race long with chatter and a loss of grip, Gardner's pace worsened with 5 five laps to go meaning he dropped to 16th, and despite a valiant attempt on the final lap of the 2.822 mile circuit 16th is where he would remain, narrowly missing out on his second point scoring ride of the year.
Today’s result once again shows Remy’s potential and with just a week until the German GP at the Sachsenring it won’t be long until the #87 Mistral 610 rider / machine combo will be back on track.
Remy Gardner: “That was a long hard race. My ankle is still giving me problems and the bike still has some chatter that we are trying to fix. It was hard to stay consistent. I made a great start and passed a bunch of people but then later in the race had three bad laps which let Navarro catch me. I tried to to take the place back around the outside at Turn 14 on the last lap but I couldn't make it stick. Anyway, we learned a lot and I am confident that if we can just fix the issue with the chatter we can make a big step forward. Off to Germany now so it's time to rest the ankle. Thanks to my Tech 3 Moto2 team and all my supporters."
Tireless Gardner produces strong fight at Cathedral of Speed
The sole Tech3 Racing team rider Remy Gardner fought relentlessly throughout the gruelling 24 lap sprint today in the Netherlands to finish just outside of the points despite his best efforts. The young Australian undertook a solid start from 21st on the grid and moved up six places by the close of the first lap. He then ran a formidable groove and fought ferociously until the chequered flag which he eventually met in 16th.
Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge did not take part in the Dutch Grand Prix after fracturing his left thumb in a fall yesterday. The young Spaniard will have an operation on Tuesday in Barcelona but will be forced to miss the upcoming German Grand Prix. The entire Tech3 Racing team would like to wish Xavi a swift and full recovery.
Position: 16th - Championship: 26th - Points: 2
Gardner - 2017“It was a long and hard race today. My first lap was really good but to be honest, we needed the warm up to be dry this morning because we had a few things to test in order to try and amend the chatter issue that we had. However, due to the rain, we could not do this, so we went into the GP knowing that everything was not absolutely perfect. Anyway, in the sprint itself, it’s a shame that I couldn’t pass Navarro at the end for the last point. I did my best to go around the outside of him at the 14th corner but I couldn’t make it stick, yet races are like that sometimes. I think that now we just have to work a little bit more on the bike but I know that we can make these steps forward and when we do this we can finish the rest of the season in a really good way."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
“This weekend was tough for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 team. It was a big shame for Xavi because we could see that he looked really good in the dry conditions on day one. He was confident and then rode three very fast laps in the wet yesterday, but unfortunately, he fell and there was a high price to pay. Xavi severely damaged his left thumb by breaking a bone and a tendon so he has to have an operation on Tuesday in Barcelona and he obviously won’t be riding in Sachsenring. This is a big shame but we can say that he was fast and the bike was quick here. Hopefully, the summer break will be long enough for him to recover so that he can come to the Czech Republic fully fit. On the other side, Remy was our only rider yet, he tried really hard and had a positive weekend, plus the race looked like it was going to be the best of the year. Unfortunately, we ended up 16th and just outside of the points, but he fought all the way to the flag. The last two or three laps were his quickest and he made up a lot of ground on Navarro but he lost much time half way through the race. Remy is definitely coming back to where his level is and hopefully his ankle will be completely healed by the time we head to the Czech Grand Prix. There, we should have our two riders fighting for top ten positions which is where we want and need to be."
Dry race in Assen doesn´t bring luck to Kornfeil and Pulkkinen
Press release race Assen GP
Another difficult race for Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT saw Kornfeil finish 17th and Pulkkinen 22nd on the dry “TT Circuit Assen”.
Until shortly before the race nobody at the TT Circuit Assen was really sure if they have to prepare for a wet race or not. In the end the conditions stayed dry for the whole Moto3TM race distance.
Starting from 13th position, with that from 5th row, Kornfeil wanted to secure the second top 15 result of the season. Gaining a few positions he was off to a good start but lost this good position shortly after. The first lap saw him in the middle of the action but in the second lap a lot of riders past him on the straight. Being in 20th position now Kornfeil had to fight hard to get back to where he was. Meanwhile the leaders were able to get away and opened up a gap of 10 seconds. Eventually he could only fight in the second group leaving him cross the finish line in 17th place.
Also Pulkkinen couldn´t exploit his promising qualifying result. Having a bad start a few riders already passed him in the first corner. The young Fin tried to push to stay with his group but a mistake made him lose the contact in the beginning of the race. Riding alone once again he came 22nd.
Now the squad focuses on the upcoming home grand prix. In a few days the action will kick off at Sachsenring already. The team of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT is looking forward to the weekend with their supporters and fans.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil (P17):
“Well race started pretty good. I had a good start and I could gain a few positions in the first lap but after this the progression of the race was not what I had expected. Instead of staying with the group the guys passed me on the straight and I found myself back at 20th position. I tried to push but they always destroyed my rhythm so I could not get back into top 15. My lap times were just as good as the top 10 guys for the rest of the race but it was too late then. It was not easy because I had a lot of movements in the bike. We need to be happy with the fact that this race was at least better than the one in Barcelona. We are making small steps so now I am looking forward to Sachsenring. It is one of my favourite tracks so I want to get a better result at our home race.”
#4 Patrik Pulkkinen (P22):
“There is not much to say about todays race. I am disappointed by my performance and the result. After 20th position in the qualifying I wanted to do better in the race. I had a poor start so I lost a lot of places. I didn´t feel so good on the bike today and made a few mistakes. One made me lose the contact to the group so I had to go alone once again. For our home race in one week I need to show a better performance and I will work hard to achieve that.”
Florian Prüstel (Managing Director):
„Our grid positions were good but we couldn´t benefit from that today. Jakub had a good start and passed a few riders, but during the race he lost too much time on the straights. He fought hard and came back from 20th to 17th position but didn´t get into the points once again. Also Patrik couldn´t really meet our expectations. We knew a few riders would pass him because there were a lot of good guys starting behind him. Anyway we wished he could have stayed with the group to get some more experience. We have to work with him so that he can improve his lap times in the races as well. This will be the task for the next races. With the next one being our Home Grand Prix we look forward to the weekend at Sachsenring. We want to achieve a better result in front of our home crowd for sure.”