Post race press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
Splendid Victory for Nakagami in Silverstone
with Pawi 28th
Rd.12 OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX: Sunday, August 27, 2017
Weather: Dry Ambient: 23℃ / Track: 40℃
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider Takaaki Nakagami took his first victory of this season at the British Grand Prix today. The Japanese rider celebrated his step up to the MotoGP class with perfect race management leading to a dramatic win. Teammate Khairul Idham Pawi finished the race in 28th place.
At 2:00 pm (GMT +1), Nakagami was off to a fantastic start from 4th on the grid. Already demonstrating his speed by being fastest in the 20-minute warm-up session in the morning, he had enough confidence to wait for his opportunity in the first few laps. Then, he improved his lap times and closed the gap to the lead. On Lap 12, Nakagami took the lead and started to pull away to reach the checkered flag.
From the 32nd grid position, Pawi managed to set a consistent pace for the entire race. The Malaysian Moto2 rookie improved his best lap time for the weekend during the race, and gained significant experience.
The next race, the San Marino Grand Prix, commences on September 8 at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, with Free Practice 1 for the intermediate class starting at 10:55 local time (GMT +2).
Takaaki Nakagami （winner, 38’20.883）
“I was determined to win this race because I have just announced on last Sunday to move to the MotoGP class next year. Today, temperatures were higher than Friday and Saturday, so I held back at the beginning to see how the race would go. Then, I picked up the pace, took the lead, and finally managed to pull away. It was just amazing to achieve the first victory this season. I would like to thank my team and all the people who always support me even when I was struggling. For the next race, we will give our best to repeat this victory because Misano is a very special place for me.”
Khairul Idham Pawi （28th, 39’07.993 / +47.110）
“In the race, I managed to keep a decent pace consistently in the 2m09s range, and improved my best lap time. It was a very difficult weekend for me, and I learned a lot from this tough race. All in all, it was a positive weekend and I am optimistic about the future.”
Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager
“Taka had a fantastic race today. It is the best result to celebrate his announcement for next year’s move up to the premier class. We can keep this momentum to win more races for the rest of the season. Pawi managed to adjust his riding to deal with the issue he has been suffering from this weekend. Finally, he found another secret as to how to ride Moto2 bikes better, so it was a productive weekend for us.”
Brilliant 14th for Atiratphuvapat,
Unfortunate DNF for Toba
Rd.12 OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX: Sunday, August 27, 2017
Weather: Dry Ambient: 23℃ / Track: 40℃
Honda Team Asia’s Moto3 rookie Nakarin Atiratphuvapat entertained the crows with a fantastic chase in today’s British Grand Prix, finishing 14th. Teammate Kaito Toba felt ill during the race and was back in the pit box after Lap 9, retiring from the race.
Thai rookie Atiratphuvapat was off to a good start from 23rd grid on Row 8, and was up to 17th place in the opening lap. He followed the lead group and contested a nail-biting battle. Atiratphuvapat maintained his scintillating pace until the race was red-flagged due to two riders crashing on the final lap.
Toba started the race from the 11th on the grid. Soon after the start, he felt dizzy and had difficulty concentrating, due to a crash he was involved in during the Warm Up. The Japanese rider was unable to continue the race, and decided to go back to the garage.
For the next race weekend at San Marino, Free Practice 1 is set to start at 9:00 (GMT +2) local time on September 8.
Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (14th, 35’56.840 / +3.812)
“Today’s race was a very precious experience for me because I have never fought in the lead group before. I changed places many times with many riders and enjoyed it a lot. It was definitely my best race so far. I learned a lot on how to manage tires and to keep consistency.”
Kaito Toba (DNF, 20’33.541 / +7Laps)
“I felt fine right after the crash, but when the race started I felt dizzy, nauseated, and lacked concentration. I wanted to finish the race, but it was just impossible. It was very unlucky because my crash in the morning was unavoidable, but that’s racing. I will come back strong in Misano.”
Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager
“Well done for Nakarin, because he made a fantastic charge from the back of the grid and followed the lead group until the end. This race boosted his confidence, and I am very happy about it. On the other hand, I feel very sorry for Kaito because his crash in the morning was not his fault at all. It’s a shame because we could have expected a decent result from his good grid position. After some rest, I believe Kaito will be back stronger in Misano.”
McPhee battles in the points at the #BritishGP
P13 and points for the British Talent Team at Silverstone after a more difficult Sunday
John McPhee had an impressive second row start for the British GP, but after lights out on race day the Scot struggled to find the straight line speed necessary to conquer Silverstone.
Fighting in a huge freight train group at the front, the Brit was battling in the points for most of the race before a Red Flag ended the contest a lap from the end - giving McPhee P13 as the result stood from Lap 16 of 17.
Now it's time to focus on Misano - with the BTT ready to fight it out again on the Adriatic in a fortnight.
John McPhee, P13: "It was a difficult and frustrating race for me today. I've been strong all weekend and felt really good on the bike. In the race I was just lacking straight line speed which made moving forward almost impossible. I pushed as hard as possible but in the end I could only maintain my position. Thanks to all the home fans for a great atmosphere all weekend, and to my team for all their hard work. I hope to be back fighting for the win at Misano!"
PRESS RELEASE 2017
Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit- 12 (RACE)-NEWSLETTER
– JAUME MASIA #15 NOT CLASSIFIED
– MARCOS RAMIREZ #42 NOT CLASSIFIED
Race to forget for the Riders of Platinum Bay.
Marcos Ramirez: the Rider started in 20th position making a good start and after few laps he reached the points area while remaining attached to the leading group of about 20 Riders. Upon reaching the 11th position he unexpectedly fell to the 13th lap when he was dangling with other riders because of a too violent braking.
Jaume Masia:The Rider was disturbed throughout the GP weekend by physical problems because he was ill with flu and was under antibiotic therapy. Jaume started from the 28th place on the grid but managed to recover several positions, but Masia fell to 6th lap when he was a little bit behind the first group of Riders. For him, however, is a very important experience for his debut in the MotoGP in the 2018 season.
Marini and Baldassarri fought bravely through demanding Silverstone race
With a fantastic effort during qualifying the Forward Racing Team duo of Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri started the twelfth round of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship in Great Britain from the second and the third row, respectively. Marini came home with important Championship points after giving his all, while Baldassarri found a good rhythm, but didn't earn the deserved laurels of his well-fought battle.
Marini left the line impressively to find himself in fourth position after the first corner before climbing up into third place during the course of the first lap. The 20-year old showed a strong display abroad his 2017 Kalex and battled with the top guys of the highly competitive field for the first half of the race. However, after the midway point, the talented Italian experienced a drop of performance on his rear tyre, which limited his chances for a top result. Nonetheless, Marini managed to see the chequered flag in a decent eleventh position to consolidate his top 10 spot in the overall standing.
On the other side, Baldassarri tried to make up several positions after a not ideal start saw him dropping down to 14th. However, the 20-year old put his head down and quickly found into a great rhythm, which he had already shown during the practice and qualifying sessions and commenced to bounce back. Until lap number ten he recovered three places to find himself in eleventh, close to the group, who was fighting for P6 at this stage of the 18-lap sprint. While riding courageously, Baldassarri unfortunately slipped away in the loop corner, but picked his bike back up to resolutely finish the race.
Right after the British GP, Marini and Baldassarri, as well as the entire Forward Racing Team anticipate their highlight of the season, which is the second home Grand Prix at the famous Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in two weeks’ time.
Luca Marini - 11th (+12.787)
“To be honest, we had a truly tricky race today. I’m quite happy for the first part, because I started well and I was fast. I wanted to do an offensive showing and therefore, I pushed a lot during the initial laps, trying to stay close to the top and to open up a gap to the riders behind me. Maybe this was the reason why I used the tyres too much, especially the rear one, which created some trouble for the second part of the race. I had a lot of spinning and no traction, so I lost some positions. At the end the result was not what we expected. Anyway, I learned a lot today, especially when I was up there close to the front. I think now we can go to Misano in a positive mood. It will be a difficult round, but the home GP is always something very special.”
Lorenzo Baldassarri - 29th (+1’04.182)
“I’m quite disappointed about the outcome of todays’ race. My start was far from perfect and in addition I went wide on the first lap, but afterwards, I began to push and found a really good rhythm in the 2’07 ranch. I felt great when I finally passed Binder and commenced to catch the group in front. I saw Marquez going down in turn 14 and had the same speed as the laps before, but maybe I hit a bump on a slightly different line, which caused me to fall at the same place. I’m incredibly sorry for my guys, because after our hard work during this weekend, I thought I could really enjoy the race. Anyway, I can be happy about the British GP overall, because we were fast in every session and now we’re looking forward to our home round.”
Giovanni Cuzari - Team Owner
“Of course, after the fantastic qualifying positions we would have hoped for a better result. Yet, the weekend has brought many positives. Luca did a brave showing and was amazingly close to the front during the initial stages of the race. He fought like a lion and demonstrated his impressive progress this year. We are really proud seeing him growing like that and at the same time we are also convinced to see him doing this last step onto the rostrum very soon. Lorenzo has been competitive from the word go on Friday and it was a real joy to see him again among the top riders after the difficulties of the past months. Unfortunately, he made a small mistake during the race which prevented him from taking home some well-deserved points after the huge effort he put in during the rehabilitation process. Now we’re gearing up for our second home GP in Misano. We can’t wait to arrive there, to welcome many of our dear sponsors and to celebrate a weekend, which stays in the mind of the people.”
FIFTH AND SEVENTH PLACE FOR BAGNAIA AND MANZI IN SILVERSTONE
The young riders of the Sky Racing Team VR46 are protagonists of a beautiful recovery on the English track. After a race in pairs, they are close to the first guys on the finish line.
Silverstone (Great Britain), August 27th, 2017 - Francesco Bagnaia and Stefano Manzi are the first two rookies on the finishing line of the British GP at Silverstone. After a weekend of hard work and a great recovery, the young riders of the Sky Racing Team VR46 are respectively fifth and seventh under the checkered flag.
Pecco, after an uphill weekend, thanks to a change just after the warm up, finds the pace on his Kalex and closes again in the Top5 consolidating his fifth place in the Championship with 111 points (first of the Rookie)
Best career race in Moto2 for Manzi who is seventh on the finishing line. After a positive weekend, Stefano consolidates his progress with the Top10.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
I'm really happy with the good teamwork done during this weekend and this very important result for the whole Team. Pecco had a tougher approach than we expected on this track, but he did not miss the way. He continued to work and once again closed in the Top5. To Stefano I can only give my compliments: Silverstone is a difficult track and the seventh place has a special value for him and all the guys who have work alongside him in these months. An almost perfect weekend for him.
Closing a difficult weekend like this with a fifth place is a good result. Friday we struggled, but we stayed focused and we did not lose our references. Yesterday we made a step forward in qualifying and today, after the warm up, we made a change that made the difference. I knew I had a good pace, but I did not think so constant. I have a great start, I recovered several positions and this gave me an extra motivation. At the mid of the race, I saw that Manzi was behind me: we set a good pace and he did a great race. Overall, a nice end of the weekend: we managed in the best way this Sunday, despite the difficulties of the free practices.
I had a strong start and, in the first laps, I tried to recover as many positions as possible. In the middle of the race I was behind Pecco and I tried not to lose the concentration. I was focused and I followed him. It was important not to make mistakes and arrive to the finishing line after the great job of this weekend. In the last lap I lost a position, but as I said, the goal was the checkered flag. I enjoyed it, it was a good teamwork and I want to thank all my technicians for their commitment.
Both Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders in Top 10 at Silverstone
Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder complete a good British GP with eighth and ninth place finishes, respectively.
08/27/2017 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
The twelfth Moto2 race of the year took place this Sunday at Silverstone Circuit, and ended with both Red Bull KTM Ajo riders placing inside the Top 10. Miguel Oliveira was eighth, back amongst the points after his DNF in Austria, whilst Brad Binder’s ninth place was his second consecutive Top 10.
The key moment of the contest for Oliveira came on Lap 10, when he went wide at Turn 7. The Portuguese had been in the group fighting to get onto the podium, but the incident dropped him down to twelfth place. Never giving up, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider managed to re-establish his pace and complete the 18 laps in eighth place.
Binder made another great raceday comeback at the British GP. Starting from twentieth position, the South African gained seven places on the first lap, steadily moving up the order to battle for eighth with his teammate.
After 12 rounds of the season, Miguel Oliveira remains fourth in the overall standings with 141 points. Brad Binder is fourteenth with 45 points. Both riders will try to continue adding to their totals in two weeks’ time, at the San Marino GP.
Aki Ajo - Team Manager
"This has been another good race for our Moto2 structure, at a circuit where we had never been before. Throughout the weekend Miguel [Oliveira] showed a very good pace, and that he is in great form. In the race he was able to recover from going wide, which had made him lose some positions; without that, he would have been fighting at least to be in the Top 5. Brad [Binder] again demonstrated that he is capable of making big comebacks on a Sunday. Every GP he takes a step forward. It is important to follow this path and that we all continue to learn."
41 BRAD BINDER
"I really need to learn how to set a fast lap in qualifying, because it's very annoying to have to start from so far back. In the race I know I can be up at the front, I just have to work hard to get a good position on the grid. Looking at the weekend overall, I am happy I gave 100%, even when I didn’t feel quite right; on the last few laps I felt better but I was not completely comfortable. I was able to get into the Top 10, so I’m satisfied with that. There is still a lot of work to be done, but I know that step by step we can be stronger and finish higher up."
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"In the end it was a race a little without reward for us, because I had a very good pace and I knew I could have fought for the victory. I didn’t start very well, then I got into the Top 5 and, when I wanted to pass Pasini, I couldn’t engage the gear -it was stuck in neutral and I ran wide. I was able to get back up and pass some other riders, to take some points and cross the finish line in eighth place. We will take away the positives and move on. Now we have to focus and be motivated for the next race."
Rodrigo and Guevara fight for the podium in a thrilling race at Silverstone
Silverstone, United Kingdom
The Moto3 riders got out on track today to compete in the twelfth race of the 2017 World Championship, at the circuit of Silverstone.
Rodrigo began the day with a positive warm up, setting the fourth best time. The Argentinian started the race from the first row, proving his bravery and fighting in the leading group. Gabriel kept his spot within the Top-5 and set an incredible pace: his fight for the victory was stopped by the red flag, right on the last lap. Rodrigo ends therefore with a superb fourth place, the first KTM at Silverstone, as he continues making progress.
This morning in the warm up Guevara and his crew could finalise the last details of the setting, closing the session in the Top-5. In the race, the Spaniard had a solid start, reaching immediately the front positions. Together with his teammate, he fought for the podium, lap after lap. Juanfran had a tricky moment with six laps to go, losing many positions, but he didn’t give up and he made a prompt comeback. With one lap to go, Guevara had a crash and was unconscious during thirty seconds: luckily, the rider came out of it uninjured and he will be back on track for the next race.
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: 4th [RACE]
“This was a positive way to finish a weekend during which we were consistent. In the practices we proved that we were really strong and we could stay in the leading group throughout the race. I think I handled the race in an intelligent way. After the last few Grand Prix events I’m more mature, today I managed not to make any mistake and, at the same time, I could be aggressive in order to defend my position. I must thank also my team for this result, because my bike was just perfect. I’m very happy because we are making steps forwards race after race. By the end of the race I had planned my strategy to win or, at least, to finish on the podium. However, there was a red flag. In any case this fourth position is my best result in the World Championship, I’m saving a bit of anger for missing out on the podium, in order to push a bit harder in Misano. I’d like to send my best wishes to my teammate Juanfran, I hope he recovers soon and that he can be 100% for Misano.”
#58 Juanfran Guevara: not classified [RACE]
“The race was quite alright. We had a strong start, I was feeling confident and my objective was to win. Halfway through the race I made a mistake and I got off the line, I lost plenty of positions and I was outside the points. I knew I had a good pace and I tried to go back to the front, in order to fight for the first place. With one lap to go I was already in fourth position, ready to attack on the final lap. My left hand had been hurting for a while by then, my arm was a bit numb: after the first run off, the handlebar was slightly bent and my arm was stiff. I couldn’t brake and grab the clutch, that’s why I crashed out. I got into the turn too fast because I couldn’t stop the bike. Luckily I’m alright, I think that as a whole this was a great weekend. We could overcome all the issues and in Misano we’ll go back to fighting.”
8TH PLACE FOR ANDREA MIGNO IN SILVERSTONE
After a race in the top group and interrupted during the last lap for an accident, the young rider of the Sky Racing Team VR46 is eighth on the finishing line. 20th Nicolò Bulega.
Silverstone (Great Britain), August 27th, 2017 - Andrea Migno closes the weekend of the British GP in Silverstone in the 8th place. After a difficult start, relegated to the limits of the points zone, the young rider of the Sky Racing Team VR46 is protagonist of a good recovery in the final stages of the race. In fact, he was in the head group when the red flag was exposed during the last lap.
20th, after a good start Nicolò Bulega who can not find the right feeling on his KTM after a change in the warm up.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
A really tough race: a group of 20 riders, continuous overtakings and no space for mistakes. A difficult situation to manage for everyone. Andrea made an clever race, stayed in the group and, in the last laps, he tried to push at 100%. Nicolò, after the change that we decided to make after the warm up, did not find the same feeling of the past few days. We have to continue to work, stay focused and make an important step forward for Misano.
After the crash in Austria, it was important not to lose the concentration and continue to work hard. We have scored important points for the Championship after a good race but not a perfect one. I lost the contact with the first guys at the start, then I tried to do my best. There was something missing to be competitive in all the aspects: we have to continue to be focused, we can and we know how to do achieve a better result. We have to be ready for our home GP in Misano.
After the good FP and qualifying, it was not the race I hoped for. This morning, after the warm up, we took a risk and we made a change that unfortunately did not give the hoped results during the race. In the group I could not be aggressive and I was losing something in terms of speed.
JORGE NAVARRO IN THE #BRITISHGP TOP-15 AT SILVERSTONE
Jorge Navarro secured another finish in the points today in the Moto2 World Championship race at Silverstone after crossing the line in 13th place at the end of the 18 laps of the encounter, which was contested under glorious late summer British weather. This is a positive result for the Federal Oil Team Gresini rider, who managed to improve his performance after a slow start to the weekend on a track where he had never completed a race in the two seasons spent in the Moto3 class – despite being among his favourites.
It was far from an easy race for the 21-year-old Valencian rider, who did a good job in defending his position from a resurgent Alex Marquez – who had crashed out in the first half of the race.
Courtesy of this top-15 result, Navarro stays in the fight for the top-10 by equalling 12th place Syahrin’s tally of 50 points. The next race of the Moto2 World Championship will take place in a fortnight’s time at Misano.
13th - JORGE NAVARRO #9
“It’s been a complicated race and we hoped for something better. We tried during the weekend to find the best set-up but then we couldn’t finish higher than 13th place, which was the best we could do today. I fought with Cortese for a bit, a quite useless battle because I was way faster than him and then when I got past the rest of the group was gone already. We will analyse the data and try to be ready for Misano.”
Race red flagged after 16 laps at the Silverstone Circuit
Press release race Silverstone GP
Having to start from the last row at the “Octo British Grand Prix” the only option for the Peugeot Motocycle SAXOPRINT riders was to give everything they got to achieve the best possible result under these circumstances. Eventually Pulkkinen finished 24th, Kornfeil finished 23th following a time penalty.
The 100th race of the Moto3TM class kicked off on this Sunday under fantastic conditions. Having XX degrees and full sunshine the “Octo British Grand Prix” was started at 12.40 local time.
Both Peugeot Motocycle SAXOPRINT riders had to start from the last row so they knew from the start that this race was going to be a hard and tight one.
Not long into the race the grid split into two groups with 23 riders in the first one. Kornfeil and Pulkkinen had to settle for the second group stretching from 26th to 32nd position at first.
The numerous overtakes entailed that the leaders of this group managed to open a gap in the ninth lap. Three laps before the end of the race the group could catch both runaways again but even the Top 20 were out of range during the whole race.
Following a crash the race was red flagged and completed after 16 out of 17 laps. At this time Kornfeil was in 22nd position, Rookie Pulkkinen was 27th. A technical problem of his bike a few laps before had him thrown back from the leading position.
Due to a lot of riders short cutting, one of them being Czech rider Kornfeil, the results had to be revised. Getting a time penalty of 2.4 seconds Kornfeil finished 23th and Pulkkinen 24th eventually.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil (P23):
„It was a tough race today. We had to start from the back and the first group got away quite quickly unfortunately. We were fighting a lot and they could upon a gap then. I was trying to catch them again but all the overtakes prevented me from getting away. Anyway I am not totally disappointed because I improved my lap time by two seconds and I could fight with the other bikes at least. Unfortunately they finished the race one lap earlier when I was in 22nd position and then I also got a penalty so I finished 23rd. I am happy that we were competitive compared to the riders in my group so I hope we can continue like this in Misano.”
#4 Patrik Pulkkinen (P24):
„I am actually quite happy about my race. I could improve my lap time a lot compared to the Free Practices and I was also quite strong in my group. I was leading the group when I got a problem with my bike during the race. It just stopped in the middle of the straight so all the other riders passed me. After that it was hard to catch them again and continue fighting. When we lost the contact to the other group the riders around me were cutting the chicane to catch them again. Of course the others got a penalized for that but I was the only one not doing it.”
Florian Prüstel (Managing Director):
“The race was another difficult one again. We had to start from the back but both riders had quite a good start so they could gain promising positions in their group. Unfortunately the front group got away quite early during the race so a really good position was out of reach for both of them. In the end they had to fight in the last group but they did a good job there and both improved their lap times by nearly two seconds. For Patrik it’s a pity that he had that problem with his bike otherwise he may have been better than 24th. Anyway the most important thing now is to improve our performance in the qualifying to get a better basis for the race. This will be the aim for Misano. I have to say thanks to the team for their good work again.”
CHAMPIONSHIP: MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM: MARINELLI RIVACOLD SNIPERS TEAM
RIDERS: FENATI N. 5 - DANILO N. 95
BIKE: HONDA NSF250RW
DATE: 27 AUGUST 2017
CIRCUIT: SILVERSTONE - UNITED KINGDOM
This way up. It's not right. The race was interrupted one lap to the end when everyone was preparing the final attack. Romano Fenati was one of the rider who lose out more. He stayed ahead for the whole race and closed seventh without crossing the finishing line. Any recrimination on the irresponsible riding of some riders who risk, at every corner, to get a strike is useless now.
Romano Fenati: “I think that today I could do the podium but, in Moto3, lots of riders enter the corners like there's no tomorrow. There are too many riders who do not understand that, going on in this direction, they could get hurt".
Jules Danilo: “This weekend we tried a different set up but I didn't adapt well, especially in turning in the middle of the corner. We now have to understand the direction to follow for the next races. I pushed at the maximum to keep the contact with the group ahead but it was not enough".
Morbidelli extends championship lead at Silverstone
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli extended his lead in the Moto2 World Championship with a calculating ride into third place at Silverstone today.
This was Morbidelli’s eighth podium in 12 races this season and he has gone 29 points ahead of nearest challenger Tom Lüthi who finished fourth.
But the British Grand Prix was a race of changing fortunes for Morbidelli and teammate Álex Márquez.
The pair dominated the race for 11 laps, swapping the lead out front as they raced clear of the pack after making perfect starts from the front row.
As the pair raced in tandem Márquez’s winning chances ended when he lost the front and slid out of the lead at The Loop on lap eleven.
Márquez re-joined the race in 16th position and soldiered on to finished 14th picking up two world championship points, an undeserving reward for his race pace.
Morbidelli inherited the lead with Márquez’s exit but only for a lap when he was passed by eventual race winner Takaaki Nakagami.
With rear grip and technical issues on a bumpy Silverstone Circuit in sunny and warm conditions Morbidelli could not hold off the late race challenge of Mattia Pasini. However Morbidelli picked up crucial championship points with his third place.
Morbidelli set the fastest lap and new circuit record of 2’06’690 on lap three of the 18-lap race.
Franco Morbidelli: 3rd
“I really wanted to win this race but unfortunately I had some problems including a drop-off in rear grip after I took the lead when Álex crashed. It was fun fighting with Álex from the start but after Nakagami passed me I decided to settle for the podium and some points. In Moto2 anything can happen so I need to keep attacking in the coming races but the good point today was to increase my lead over Tom Lüthi in the championship.”
Álex Márquez: 14th
“The crash was completely my mistake, I was a little wide in the corner before and then into the Loop I was too tight and crashed. I did a really good start and was riding a strong race and happy to be leading, but to only score two points is not a good result for all the effort by the team. We need to accept this now and move on to Misano.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“It was looking good for another one-two finish for our team as we had a nice gap to the riders behind. Unfortunately a small mistake from Álex cost him the chance of victory. Just after Franco took the lead he had a clutch problem and that cost him a chance to fight for the win in the final laps. I hope we can find a solution before the next race to protect our lead in the championship. But we should be happy with third position because Franco extended his advantage in the standings before heading to his home race in Misano."
The Leopard Racing team leaves Silverstone with an efficient haul
The two Leopard Racing team-mates Joan Mir and Livio Loi close the British GP with fifth and sixth places respectively at the end of a crazy and tight race finished 1 lap from the end due to the red flag. Moto3's leadership remains unchanged, Mallorca's talent keeps 64 points ahead of his rivals.
At 12:40 pm (GMT +1), Silverstone's impressive track, the twelfth round of 2017 and the 100th in the history of the Moto3 class, came alive as the light out. After yesterday's rainy day, the English sun re-emerged on the starting grid, placing the young riders in the ideal conditions to express themselves at their best on track. For the Leopard Racing team, Joan Mir and Livio Loi started from the 1st and 5th row.
Mir started well behind the poleman Fenati, with Livio Loi quickly recovering 5 positions in the traffic on the first lap. Soon the two RBA Racing team KTMs came to the front, but at the 2nd lap Palma de Mallorca's talent took command of operations. Meanwhile Loi took seventh position behind Fenati. But the head group was now together: the Gresini pair were also noted in the front. In the middle of the race Mir was free of Rodrigo and Guevara's vice while Loi was firmly in the top five.
The head group widened and the rhythm became locked, not a single rider able to escape in the lead. Livio Loi seemed to be reborn and, five laps from the end, even took the lead in the race, while his team mate temporarily slips to the edge of the Top Ten. The last three laps were the most important: Joan Mir came back and pondered a final attack, when in the last lap the incident between Guevara and Bendsneyder forced Race Direction to expose the red flag.
Joan Mir cut the finish line in fifth place followed by his teammate Livio Loi. A second consecutive successful result for Belgium after the near-podium in Austria and great leap in the rankings, guided firmly by the talent of Palma de Mallorca that kept the gap unchanged (+64 p.) on Aron Canet, who with the victory today has overtaken Romano Fenati (+66 p.)
#36 Joan MIR - 5th:
"I can say that 'the phenomenal fight' was not Mayweather vs. McGregor last night: it was that of Moto3 today! A crazy race from start to finish. I didn't think about the points, but I'm happy for the 5th place finish. Certainly it could have been better, but it could have ended up worse. I had a card to play for the last lap, but these are the races. Luckily this round is over, because Silverstone is not among my favorite circuits. Now there are two rounds I like, as Misano and Aragon, and I can not wait to face on them. Even last year, after this race I started to push hard."
#11 Livio LOI - 6th:
"It was a very difficult race, we were in a big group. All the laps were really difficult, I had to and wanted to be focused to be there in the top positions. Too bad for the red flag, because I could win the race. In the last lap I had the margin! I would like to thank my family and the whole team: we did a great job this weekend."
Difficult British GP for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders
Niccolo Antonelli completes race at Silverstone in sixteenth position, whilst Bo Bendsneyder is hit by another rider on the penultimate lap.
08/27/2017 - SIlverstone Circuit, Great Britain
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team were not able to repeat last year's success at Silverstone this Sunday afternoon. It was a tough race day for Niccolo Antonelli and Bo Bendsneyder, and their results were not what had been expected after a good qualifying session. Antonelli –not feeling 100% fit– finished sixteen, whilst Bendsneyder crashed with two laps remaining after being hit by another rider, when up in tenth.
Starting from the second row, Niccolo Antonelli got off the line well, remaining in fifth position after the opening lap. The Italian was up at the front during the first 3 laps, until he began to feel physically weak. Little by little he dropped down the order in the 23-strong lead group, to finally finish sixteenth.
Bo Bendsneyder was unfortunately one of the protagonists in an incident at the end of the race. Also in the large front group, the Dutchman was working his way through the Top 10 when he was hit at Turn 16 of the penultimate lap. The incident forced Race Direction to show the red flag and cut the race one lap short.
After 12 rounds of the season, the Moto3 World Championship moves on to the next event in two weeks’ time. It will be a home race for Antonelli, at the Misano Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
Aki Ajo - Team Manager
"Once again the Moto3 class has treated us to an exciting race, with more than twenty riders in the leading group. However, in the end it wasn’t a good day for us. Bo [Bendsneyder] was close to the leading riders all the time, but he still had a little way to go to get into the top positions. Everything was still open for him on the last laps, until there was the incident with another rider. That’s racing. For Niccolo [Antonelli] it was a difficult race. It's time to look ahead to the next round at Misano."
23 NICCOLO ANTONELLI
"The truth is that today in the race I felt very comfortable with the bike and that's why I could be up there on the opening laps. However, the problem today was my fitness. I'm still not feeling well and had to make a big effort to keep my pace up. With the changes of direction here I was very tired and that didn’t allow me to attack and go hard on the gas like the others. I feel bad about being in this situation and we must look at how I can work so that it doesn’t happen again. Now we have to forget about this race, train hard and try to do well at my home GP."
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
"Overall, today’s race in general was difficult. We were battling with more than twenty riders in one group, and that’s never easy. The positive is that we were always in the Top 10, so it was a good race and I felt comfortable with the bike.
In this sport incidents like today’s can happen, but we can’t do anything about it. It was at Turn 16, I was hit from behind and I went straight off track. I hope Juanfran [Guevara] is OK.
Now it's time to put this race behind us and concentrate on the next round. We’ll keep working; the results will come."
Vierge completes Silverstone visit in the points – Gardner perseveres in challenging battle
Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge fought nonstop at the British Grand Prix to seize 12th aboard the Mistral 610. The young Spaniard undertook a rocket start and leapt up to 8th by the close of the first lap after beginning from 13th on the grid. He then stuck into a solid rhythm and remained in the tightly contested second group for the entire sprint. Vierge pushed right until the end to earn the strong finish, which leaves him fully confident for the next round in San Marino.
Meanwhile, Remy Gardner concluded the gruelling 12th round of the championship in 20th. The Australian rookie leapt forward from the head of the seventh row of the grid and quickly began his charge. He plugged away throughout the 18-lap sprint before meeting the chequered flag in 20th despite his best efforts.
Position: 12th - Championship: 11th - Points: 55
“This race result was positive after the hard weekend that we have had at Silverstone with the traction. I finished thirteen seconds back from the winner and only three from the top five, which is pleasing and I pushed throughout the race. The end result is satisfying and I am also happy for the team because they worked so hard to try and amend the issue that we had, and they did it in the right way. Now we will study the data to try and find some more improvements for the next event.“
Position: 20th - Championship: 22nd - Points: 14
“I can’t hide my disappointment about this race. The first couple of laps went well, and the bike felt good so I felt positive about my chances. Yet, after about five laps, the rear tyre dropped and I couldn’t open the throttle, plus I struggled with the front as well. It was a really long GP and very challenging but I did what I could. I am not happy but hopefully, we can come back stronger in Misano and have a more successful time."
“Great race by Xavi Vierge and we are happy about his start and the pace that he ran. Unfortunately, he ended up at the back of the group that he was fighting in, which was from 5th to 12th. Yet, the pack was tight and very competitive so it shows that we are at the right level because we could have finished in any position up to 5th today. I want to thank Xavi for his efforts, and even though 12th is not a big reward, he was there and he pushed like always. We can see that we have a bit more work to do but everyone is happy and it was a positive weekend for him. On the other side of the garage, the highlight of the weekend was 6th for Remy in FP3. We were pleased when he told us that he found something good at the test in Austria. Therefore everyone was confident and the FP3 result showed promise. However, after that, his qualifying position was very average, but he got a good start at the beginning of the race. Yet, unfortunately, he didn’t progress as the GP advanced and this is not the way to go. I am disappointed but we know that Remy has potential, yet at the moment, things are not going in the way that we want them to. Let’s see what happens at the next round in Misano and I hope he can deliver there."
Sensational one-two for Canet and Bastianini in Great Britain
Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders finish first and second in an exciting British GP cut one lap short.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders Aron Canet and Enea Bastianini took a one-two finish at the British Grand Prix this Sunday at Silverstone. The race, held under clear skies and in ideal conditions, was one of the most exciting of the season to date, and was red-flagged with one lap remaining due to an incident between two riders.
Aron Canet had set the ninth best time in the warmup on Sunday morning, and in race he quickly moved up to sixth. Part of a large lead group, the Spaniard climbed to second place with the intention of leading the contest, although his rivals stuck with him and gave him no respite. The appearance of the red flag due to a crash for another rider meant that final positions were counted back to the previous lap, giving Canet his third victory of the season. With this result he remains third in the overall standings, cutting the gap to the series leader by 14 points.
Enea Bastianini also had a positive warmup. His improvement in the last free practice session gave him enough confidence to start the race gaining ground on the leaders, moving up to eighth place in a group of up to 20 riders with ten laps remaining. Little by little he gained positions until he went into the last lap occupying second. The red flag brought an end to his charge for victory, but gave him the runner-up spot in what was his best race of the season so far.
"It's an excellent result"
"We are very happy. We have been looking for this result for a long time because of the great potential of our team and our riders. From practice onwards we knew that they could be up there with the best, but in qualifying the times we knew Aron and Enea are capable of didn’t materialise. This is an excellent result for the team at a key moment of the season, when there are still six races remaining. The race was stopped a lap early due to the accident for Guevara, and the only thing that we hope is that he is ok."
2º, + 0.063
"It was very nice to get on the podium"
"I feel very good because finishing on the podium was a goal for the whole team, and today we achieved it. We have worked hard in the last three races but without a result to show for it, and today it was very nice to get on the podium. It was a very difficult race because there were many riders fighting in the same group. In the end I saw that little by little, as the fuel tank emptied, I could gain places and reach the front group to fight for the podium. On the last lap I saw that I had a chance to attack for the win; even though I didn’t get the victory, it's great to be back on the podium."
"I saw that I could fight for the victory"
"I'm very happy with this third win of the season. We are improving in many ways and I am consistently riding in the front group. We had a difficult race ahead because we started from sixteenth, but I was able to gain positions until making contact with the frontrunners. I studied the riders in the group and Jorge Martin was the one with the best pace, so I kept covering whilst he led to see if we could break away from the group. In the end it was not possible, but I was able to overtake him. On the final laps was overtaken by a couple of riders, but I saw that I could still fight for the victory and I went for it; shortly after, the red flag was shown. Leading on the previous lap gave us the win."
SIXTH PODIUM OF THE YEAR FOR MARTIN AT SILVERSTONE
Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 claimed another podium finish in the 2017 Moto3 World Championship with the third place of Jorge Martin, who ends up in the top-3 for the sixth time in the season today at Silverstone. After a not exciting start to the race, the young Spaniard quickly made his way to the front of the field after overtaking ten riders.
Once in the lead, Martin increased his gap up to 0.4secs in the final laps, but as he realised he could not pull away from his rivals, he decided to sit in third place as the race entered its final lap – a strategy that was carefully planned in advance by the team. When red flags were deployed, however, the final results were determined based on the riders’ positions at the end of lap 16 – which resulted in a third place for Martin. With a tally of 121 points, the rider #88 consolidates his fourth place in the standings.
It was an unlucky race for Fabio Di Giannantonio who could have fought for the win today, but two run-offs – the first after a coming together with his opponent and the second one following a gearbox problem – did not allow him to finish higher than 10th. Two weeks from now, the young Italian will have another chance at the podium in his home race at Misano.
3rd - JORGE MARTIN #88
“We knew we had something more today and the result was not what we were hoping for. After a difficult start I had a good comeback and my pace was great. A real shame about the red flag, because we had a strategy with my telemetry guy to be third on the last lap. It all went according to plan, except for the red flag. Still, it’s a podium finish we took despite the pain being higher than in Austria. Now we have two weeks to rest and then Misano, where we want to and must do better.”
10th - FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21
“I had a great start to the race, I was with the front riders and had a great pace. Unfortunately due to a collision started by an opponent I had to go straight and lost many places. I recovered them all and was right behind the leading group with three laps to go, then a gearbox problem forced me to run wide another time. I tried to make it back to the front again, made it up to ninth place but then the red flag was deployed and changed my result. I was hoping for a podium finish which was within our reach, and yet another wasted opportunity…”
Mahindra Makes The Points In Hectic British GP
Silverstone, United Kingdom 27 August 2017: CIP Mahindra rider Manuel Pagliani claimed his first points of the season in an epically close British Grand Prix today, which was red-flagged with one lap to go, when the 21-year-old Italian was lying 16th.
He had his eyes set on moving up into the top 15, but his hopes were dashed when the race was stopped before the end of that final lap, after an accident left an injured rider in a dangerous position.
Final results were taken from the end of lap 16 of a scheduled 17, and Pagliani was promoted to 15th, in the points, after another rider was penalised for an infringement. He was an almost notional 0.048 of a second away from 14th place.
Pagliani was the top Mahindra rider, in a trio who had been close throughout and changing places, in a huge pack of more than 20 riders, all within less than three seconds of the front. Riders were constantly swapping back and forth, all within touching distance, and running four or five abreast into the fast corners of the 5.9-km British Grand Prix circuit of Silverstone, the longest and one of the fastest on the calendar.
At the premature finish, Aspar Mahindra Team rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta was 17th, a couple of tenths behind Pagliani, and one tenth and two places ahead of second CIP Mahindra rider Marco Bezzecchi.
Second official Mahindra Aspar rider Albert Arenas finished 26th, a brave ride after having a second heavy crash of the weekend in morning warm-up.
The race was won by Spain’s Aron Canet (Honda).
The next race is the San Marino and Rimini Riviera GP at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, closer to the Italian home base of the only Indian constructor in the championship.
Mauel Pagliani, CIP Mahindra
“It was a great but difficult race. With the starting position, we were a little behind, but at the Silverstone circuit you cannot breakaway. There was a big group and I waited a little bit with Bezzecchi and Dalla Porta, not wanting to take too many risks early in the race. The bike was perfect, it did everything I wanted and finally I was able to come stronger at the end. I hope that Guevara is OK after his crash, this is the most important.”
Mufaddal Choonia, CEO Mahindra Racing
“I was pleased to see our bikes were able to not only stay in the leading group but to move forward, but once again poor qualifying positions meant they had an unequal struggle to get to the front of this typical big Moto3 pack. Our best finisher, Pagliani, came through to 15th from 29th on the grid. It was a lot of work for one point. If he had started further forward, who knows what could have happened? We need to work on qualifying to make the most of our chances."
ANOTHER TOP TEN AFTER AN UP AND DOWN WEEKEND
A tenth place from Dominique Aegerter, however, did not meet expectations for the Silverstone race, whereas Tarran Mackenzie’s hopes for a good result at his home were ruined soon.
Race day at the 2017 edition of the British Grand Prix was marked by gorgeous summer weather with temperatures even a few degrees warmer than on the previous days. So, this was why teams and riders found best conditions to tackle the twelfth points haul of the season.
After Dominique Aegerter’s great results in all practice sessions, including a second row start from sixth as its climax, he and his Kiefer Racing team were counting with a similar outcome for Sunday’s race. Thanks to a good start, the 26-year-old Swiss rider was able to keep up with the front group for a while. Ultimately, however, Aegerter was not able to get through in the second group during the final stages, which fought for fifth place in the end.
Tarran Mackenzie went into his home race in great mood after he qualified for P26 on the previous day, he best starting position on world stage so far. The 21-year-old Scotsman also got off well from the line, but soon afterwards he had to realize rear grip issues. Nevertheless, performing very ambitious not to lose contact to the riders in front of him, Mackenzie lost the front in lap eight. At least he was able to implement his firm plan, which saw to see the chequered flag in what was his first home race since being a grand prix rider.
The championship will continue in two weeks with the Gran Premio di San Marino at the Italian Misano World Circuit.
#6 Tarran MACKENZIE (Kiefer Racing, Suter MMX2), 30th:
"Yesterday was good for one lap. The bike felt good and I felt good too. But, the problem I had was on the rear. We tried to make a change already during qualifying but it caught me up and I crashed. So, this morning we tried something else for warm up but it did not really work. My feeling with the front was so good, when I did my fastest lap during qualifying so we did not want to change that. For the race, we said ok, let’s go with what he had yesterday even if we know that the rear might not be good. After a couple of laps, I realized that the tyre was not good as I did not have much rear grip. It was frustrating and I always tried to make time on corner entry everywhere. I could do this for however many laps but in one lap the gap me too much on the exit and I tried to make it up and had a fall. So, this was even more frustrating but I wanted to finish the race. I was lucky that I could continue even if it was not the best finish because of this crash but I saw the chequered flag in my home race which is not bad. I cannot be too sad because yesterday it was good and we made a step to the guys in front of us, such as the likes of Edgar Pons, Andrea Locatelli and some other more experienced riders. So, I have to be positive with this and my feeling with the front is really good now. We just need to keep working hard and make some more steps soon."
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Kiefer Racing, Suter MMX2), 10th (Championship position 9th, 63 points):
"Until the race we had a strong weekend here in Silverstone. After our great qualifying, we expect more for today of course. In the race, however, we can’t exploit our full potential yet. Coming home in tenth place, we lost just eleven seconds on the race winners time but overall, we are still a bit too far off. Now, we will analyse what has happened today why we were not as constant as yesterday. The conditions were perhaps a bit hotter than during qualifying but in any case, we must continue working and fine tuning on the whole package."
Stefan KIEFER (Team manager):
"This weekend was somewhat of a Roller Coaster for us. During days of practices we were really very, very strong at all times. From this point of view, we were counting with something better for the race. In the end, to finish in tenth with Dominique is basically not bad but this is by far not enough in respect to our results in all practice sessions. So, we have to improve our race performance. Therefore, we will work hard to prepare the bike better for the races."
"Tarran, on the other hand, showed sometimes a great speed during practice sessions and for this long track, his gap to the top times were very low. On the whole, he did a brave job this weekend. In the race, unfortunately, he lost the front and crashed. This misfortune has ruined him all chances for a good result. Luckily nothing happened. In Misano next time, we will try to take the next step with him."
Aegerter and Suter close to the top
Dominique Aegerter fought consistently close to the top at the British Grand Prix, scoring a second-row start in qualifying and a hard-fought ninth place in the race, which was his sixth Top Ten result aboard the all-new Suter MMX2.
Increasing bumps due to the wear and tear of Formula 1 racing represented a special challenge for all teams and riders on the fast and sweeping Silverstone circuit, who were looking for a smooth ride and high-speed stability at the same time. Aegerter and his German Kiefer Racing Team mastered the challenge and put in strong lap times in the free practice sessions of day one as well as in qualifying on Saturday afternoon. “Now, the bike gives me the confidence I need not only for a single lap, but to maintain the pace in the race”, beamed the 26-year-old from Switzerland, who had high hopes to battle for a top five result in the race.
After a good start, Aegerter seemed to be able to turn these hopes to reality. On the first lap, he held sixth place between eventual race winner Takaaki Nakagama in fifth and title contender Tom Luthi in seventh position, but soon aftter, he had to realise that an increase in track temperature on this especially warm and sunny late-summer Sunday caused a slight change to tyre grip and the overall performance of his bike. Instead of gaining positions, Aegerter had to give way to some other riders as the race went on, and finally settled for tenth place. “We thought a little more would have been possible today, but I am still happy with our overall performance”, said Aegerter who lost less than 11,5 seconds to the race winner.
Another strong performance came from Jake Dixon, replacement rider of injured Marcel Schroetter in German Team Dynavolt Intact. The 21-year-old Briton, who competes in the British Superbike Championship, eased into his first ever Moto2 Grand Prix without any problems, was all smiles about handling and performance of his Suter MMX2, improved his lap times consistently and scored an impressive 25th place in his world championship debut.
The other two Suter riders were not quite as lucky. Local hero Tarran Mackenzie, teammate of Dominique Aegerter, crashed but continued heroically until the chequered flag came down, which earned him roaring applause of the crowd. Sandro Cortese, teammate of Jake Dixon, also crashed with five laps to go.