Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Misano:
DANCING IN THE RAIN
CHAMPIONSHIP: MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM: MARINELLI RIVACOLD SNIPERS TEAM
RIDERS: FENATI N. 5 - DANILO N. 95
BIKE: HONDA NSF250RW
DATE: 10 SEPTEMBER 2017
CIRCUIT: MISANO - SAN MARINO
The victory at Misano, in the home Grand Prix, is a big emotion. Doing that with a magistral race under the rain, without smudges, without competitors is even bigger. Today, Romano Fenati demonstrated something. The one who, last year, did not participate to this race weekend; the one who on this track, which is beautiful and complicated, turned less than other riders, the one who demonstrated to be the strongest Italian rider of his class. First victory and second podium at Misano for him. Jules Danilo was doing a great race, by recovering many positions when another rider crashed in front of him. French rider crashed too in the attempt to avoid him.
Romano Fenati: "Today the bike was really fast, I had a great feeling which allowed me to enjoy the race. This is a special victory for me, my team and for all the supporters. The Italian hymn here is a unique emotion".
Jules Danilo: “Today I was doing a good race. Controlling the bike in these conditions was very difficult but, after having overtaken many riders, I felt very comfortable on the bike and my pace was really good. Unfortunately Antonelli crashed in front of me and, in the attempt to avoid him, I crashed too. It's a shame but we have to look forward".
DOMINIQUE AEGERTER DOMINANT IN THE RAIN TO WIN THE SAN MARINO GP
The Swiss rider goes over the water on Sunday to celebrate his second victory in his grand prix career; Tarran Mackenzie had to retire after an early fall.
After marvellous summer weather on the previous days, a thunderstorm arrived the Misano area this morning and the first rain shower did not take long. Whereas the rain was not so heavy during the warm up session, conditions became more critical for the race.
Dominique Aegerter, however, was initially a bit worried about the changed weather. After consistently strong performing during all practice sessions, with qualifying for third position on the starting grid as climax thus far, due to the rain he saw his chances of achieving a top result disappearing. But as soon the lights went out, the Suter rider from the canton of Bern showed great skills dealing with these extremely difficult track conditions. Aegerter’s victory on Sunday in Misano was the second for Kiefer Racing in the Moto2™ class. For the last time, this piece of art was achieved by Stefan Bradl in Estoril, Portugal, back in 2011.
For Tarran Mackenzie, however, the trip to Italy’s Adriatic coastline ended with another disappointment. The 21-year-old Scotsman had to retire early on.
The championship moves over now to Spain’s outback for the Gran Premio de Aragón at MotorLand Aragón in two weeks.
#6 Tarran MACKENZIE (Kiefer Racing, Suter MMX2), NC:
"First, I would like to congratulate Dominique and the entire team for this fantastic win today – it was such a strong performance, I’m really happy for them and at the same time also proud to race in a winning team. Unfortunate, my race ended prematurely whereas this morning in the wet conditions it was not so bad, the setting we had was quite good. It just felt a little bit hard so went softer for the race, which was better. But as soon I left the pitlane I had two big moments and nearly crashed and then in the warm up lap I nearly crashed twice again. Conditions were slightly different with a bit more water on the track because of more raining. It was strange, I had the gas not opened but I saw me straight over the handlebars. Anyway, I’m very sorry for Stefan and Jochen because this weekend has been a disaster but I guess it’s all part of experience and we will try again in Aragón."
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (Kiefer Racing, Suter MMX2), Winner (Championship position 8th, 88 points):
"I’m so happy. I had to wait more than three years for this moment to finally be at the top again. I’m very happy for myself and also for my team, it’s such an important success. At this point, I would like to thank everybody for the great work we have done this weekend. But this morning, I did not trust my eyes when I woke up and saw that it was raining. So, I thought our plan would not work for today, as we had a really strong pace in the dry. I was therefore not so pleased with the rain."
"During the race, the conditions were very difficult. There was a lot of water in many places which made it very slippery. When Franco (Morbidelli) crashed in front of me, I thought to myself, I must remain calm now and not pushing too much. So, then I was able to ride a good pace and I had some nice fights with Tom (Lüthi). In the later stages, Hafizh (Syahrin) closed the gap to us with giant steps but I also could go a bit faster. The last laps still lasted an eternity though, I managed to open a small gap to Tom. But I realized that if he could go a faster pace, then he would pass me. On the other side, I could also image that he had the championship in his mind."
"In any case, I definitely wanted to win this race and I would have done everything to make myself broad if Tom would have launched an attack. On the other hand, I had nothing to lose, yet it was a huge challenge to stay calm and focussed. It’s a great feeling and I think Tom and I have written history today. For a small country like Switzerland, such a success does not happen every day, foremost because we have no race tracks. We all waited a long time for this moment. Thanks to my team and to Suter. They gave me a winning bike this weekend."
Stefan KIEFER (Team manager):
"What a great weekend for Kiefer Racing. Not only today’s victory in the wet, but we were also very strong in the dry at every time. With Dominique, we were among the top five in every single session and finally we started from the front row. In the end, he crowned the weekend with this fantastic victory. Congratulations to Dominique, he really delivered a masterclass performance in these tricky conditions. At the same time, the team did a great job too, as we had a good setup always. It was a pleasure to see how strong Dominique was this weekend. He was always in the top group straight always. So, it can go on like this."
"From the point of view of Tarran, it was obviously very annoying that he had this fall in the warm up session which cost him valuable practice time again. A rookie like he needs many, many kilometres. We would like to give him as many laps as possible in order that he can re-gain his confidence. Instead, a small slide at the rear has been added in the race. We hope that the next races will be more successful for him."
A second place worth as much as a win
At a flooded Misano, Joan Mir conquered the second step of the podium behind Lonely Fenati. Now the advantage of Majorca's world-class talent is 61 points over the Italian.
After the sun and the mild temperatures of yesterday, Misano woke up this morning with rain knocking away the plans of riders and teams on the most important day of the whole weekend. With Livio Loi watching from the box after the accident that caused a broken collarbone, it was now up to Joan Mir to best represent the colours of the Leopard Racing Team.
Majorca's talent started from the second-place on the front row alongside Martin, after pole man Bastianini was penalised for dangerous riding. At the first corne, Mir put himself right behind the Gresni pair, but Diggia attacked straight away and Fenati took advantage of it to take second place. Already in the second lap, the first three detached from the group and went alone, while Bastianini slips away.
On the third lap, Fenati passed Martin for the lead and opened an incredible gap. On the fifth lap there were scary moments for both Martin and Mir: the two Spaniards swapping positions as big moments forced each of them wide. But on the ninth lap Martin lost the front at Turn 1 and Mir moved up to second. Further behind, riders battled for the third step of the podium, Diggia and Canet the most likely candidates. But at three laps from the end Canet fell and the Italian cemented himself in third.
Joan Mir cut the finish line in second place and maintains the leadership of the Moto3 category, 61 points ahead of today's winner Fenati. The rematch between the two will take place in just two weeks, on the weekend 22-24 September, at MotorLand Aragon.
#36 Joan MIR - 2nd:
"Under these conditions it is like a victory! I started pushing but I saw the track was very slippery (especially the left corners) so I tried to clear the gap but saw that I could not do more. I'm happy about how I managed the situation, not without a couple of big scares (even in the Warm Up lap!). These are the races where you learn a great deal, maybe this was the most difficult I've ever had. I do not want to make calculations about Championship. Misano and Aragon are two key rounds. I want to congratulate Romano [Fenati] for his impeccable conduct with an impressive pace and wish Livio [Loi] a speedy recovery."
Impressive 6th place for Bendsneyder after crash at Misano
Dutch rider finishes crash-filled wet San Marino GP, in which he had to fight back after a fall. Niccolo Antonelli is unable to complete the race.
09/10/2017 - Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy
The weather forecasts for the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on raceday proved to be correct, as the Moto3 field were greeted by heavy rain for their 11am showdown. The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders had mixed fortunes in a wet race: Bo Bendsneyder finished sixth, making a great comeback after falling; while Niccolo Antonelli suffered two crashes, ending his home Grand Prix disappointed. The result for Bendsneyder has special merit taking into account that only 15 riders finished the race.
Starting from seventh on the grid, Bendsneyder was up into fourth by the end of the opening lap. He maintained the spot for several laps, until he suffered a crash at Turn 4 on the seventh lap around the Misano track. Showing great courage, he picked his bike back up and rejoined the race in 20th position. Lap by lap, Bendsneyder regained a good feeling before finishing sixth -after fighting with two other riders.
The day became an uphill struggle for Antonelli, who started the day with a penalty of 12 positions on the grid for irresponsible riding in qualifying. Taking off from twentieth position, in just five laps the home rider was up into twelfth and fighting for the Top 10, but a fall at Turn 6 slowed his progression. Like his teammate, Antonelli decided to remount and try for points. After another fantastic comeback from twenty-fifth to fifteenth position, he unfortunately crashed again at Turn 16, four laps from the end.
With the 10 points earned today, Bo Bendsneyder is thirteenth in the overall standings with 48 points; Antonelli is twentieth with 16. The Moto3 World Championship will return to action in two weeks’ time for the fourteenth event of the year: The Aragon GP, between September 22nd-24th. It is a special track for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, as it is where Brad Binder was proclaimed World Champion last year.
Aki Ajo - Team Manager
"Today the track provided very delicate conditions, so I am very happy with Bo Bendsneyder’s race. He didn’t do anything crazy in the beginning, but it’s normal in these conditions to suffer a crash at any time. After crashing he managed to remain calm and finish the race in a very good position; I'm happy because today was very tough.
It was also a positive race for Niccolo [Antonelli], who was trying hard from the beginning and unfortunately crashed. The second fall came because he was pushing; in that situation it was necessary and I am satisfied that he pushed."
23 NICCOLO ANTONELLI
"Today was quite difficult, and in the warmup we saw that it would be very difficult to ride in these conditions; it was hard to have confidence. I wanted to give everything and try, because we are reaching the end of the season and I feel good and confident about getting good results. I don’t understand much about the first crash, because I was riding completely straight. For the second, I was riding pretty hard and I felt good, but when I got into a corner I lost the rear. It was a mistake, although today many riders fell and it was very difficult to complete the entire race. I'll take away the fact that we fought hard and we made a comeback. That's the positive thing."
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
"I'm quite happy because after the crash it was the best position I could have finished in; the difference to the closest other rider was very large. I gave my all; I learned from my mistake and I remained calm. It was very important to be able to finish the race and to pick up points, finishing in a good position, considering how hard it rained. In short, I'm happy about how the race went; of course I would have liked to have kept up the place I had at the beginning, but I'll take away the fact that I learned from my mistake in the initial stretch. That's the most positive thing."
Rainy Day Joy for Mahindra at Misano
Misano Adriatico, Italy 10 September 2017: A sodden and treacherous Misano World Circuit brought the best result of the season for the only Indian constructor in the World Championship, with two riders in the top ten and two more in the points-scoring positions – steadfast survivors in a race of attrition, with no less than 23 crashes.
In fact, the top MGP3O finisher, Saxoprint team rider Jakub Kornfeil, on a Peugeot-badged MGP3O, did slip off on the fifth of 23 laps at the 4.226 km circuit. But the experienced 24-year old Czech racer was able to scramble back on board. He lost 15 places, and then had to forfeit one more, penalised for an illegal overtake. But with a determined recovery ride he forged his way through to a season-best seventh.
One of his last victims was Aspar Mahindra rider Albert Arenas, who finished a close eighth, one of very few riders to experience an incident-free race, and taking full profit after starting from 26th on the grid. It was also the 20-year old Spaniard’s best finish of the year.
The next Mahindra rider in the points was Manuel Pagliani (CIP Mahindra), who missed the top ten by one place, one race after opening his points account two weeks ago, when he finished 15th at Silverstone.
Second Aspar Mahindra rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta also fell and remounted, finishing one lap down but taking a point for 15th.
Hopes were dashed for Marco Bezzecchi. The CIP Mahindra rider was running well up in the points when he slipped off. He remounted, and had moved back into the points when he fell again.
There was heartbreak also for Saxoprint class rookie Patrik Pulkkinen. The 16-year old Finn was set for his first points as he started the last lap in 13th … but he too fell. Unable to restart, he pushed the bike over the line, but was disqualified for being out of time.
The race was won by a huge margin by Romano Fenati (Honda), his second of the season; with championship leader Joan Mir (Honda) a distant and lonely second.
The next race is at Aragon in Spain in two weeks, before the GP circus packs up for the flyaway round in three gruelling consecutive weekends, in Japan, Australia and Malaysia.
Jakub Kornfeil, Peugeot MC Saxoprint
“A really crazy and difficult race. I felt really strong at the start and I made good progress. I could see that the group ahead of me was getting away so I was on the limit at every corner to try and catch them. I did not want to settle just for a top ten. Unfortunately, this resulted in a crash, but I knew I could get back into the points even with the crash. Again, I made good time and my team did a good job of communicating the penalty to me, I could wave the other rider past on the straight and then start racing as normal straight away. I am so happy with this result and so happy for the team.”
Albert Arenas, Aspar Mahindra
“I felt really good even though the race was really long and really difficult, very slippery. I just stayed at my own pace and I remained focused to not make any mistakes. I have to say thanks to the team because after the crash in Warm Up they rebuilt the bike. No laps in the Warm Up but I could see the left corners were really slippery so I was able to be careful in the race. It’s a great result, first top ten for me and first top ten for Mahindra this year. The best result so far. Now it’s time for Aragon and I’m feeling good, let’s fight for some big points in Aragon!”.”
Mufaddal Choonia, CEO Mahindra Racing
“Full marks to our Mahindra riders for our best results of the season. Never mind how it happened – we’ll take the points with gratitude. At the same time, this was high-quality riding and top-grade determination, in a race where more than half the field didn’t make it to the chequered flag. We never give up, and that paid out today. Now we look forward to a chance to show the overall strength of our package in dry weather, because we’ve certainly done that in the wet.”
Two crashes under the rain for RBA BOÉ Racing in a complicated race at Misano
Misano Adriatico, Italy
Today the Misano World Circuit hosted the thirteenth race of the Moto3 World Championship.
The riders had to deal with a sudden change in the track conditions because of the rain, which started falling from the early morning. Guevara took advantage of the warm up to check the wet setting, ending with the 15th time. In the race, Juanfran came back quickly, reaching the Top-10. With 15 laps to go, Juanfran crashed out when he was in 7th position, being forced to retire from the race.
It was a tough Sunday for Rodrigo. In the warm up, the Argentinian could complete only two laps because of a crash. Even if he didn’t have the opportunity to work on the wet setting, Gabriel started off well in the race from the sixth spot on the grid, staying within the Top-10. Rodrigo had a crash at turn 16 on the third lap, and he was left with no option to go back on track.
#58 Juanfran Guevara: not classified [RACE]
“Today the conditions were a lot different from the rest of the weekend. It started raining and we achieved a good feeling. We were having a solid race, coming back quite a few positions. I was feeling confident and I believe we had options to finish within the Top-5. Matter of facts, I was holding the seventh position when I crashed out. It was an unexpected crash, yet the circuit was in very tricky conditions and there were plenty of crashes generally speaking. I lost the rear while I was braking, the surface was very slippery. Before then, I didn’t really have to deal with any tricky moment, so I wasn’t expecting it. What matters is that we have a good pace and that we found again our feeling on top of the KTM. We go home with our work done, so we can go back to fighting in the next race at Aragón. We were fast under the rain and it’s something that we struggled with sometimes in the past, this is a positive point.”
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: not classified [RACE]
“Today the rain made things hard for us. We were having a great weekend, we were competitive on dry tarmac. Already at the beginning of the warm up I crashed out and, in the race, it happened again. I wasn’t pushing, with these conditions it was difficult enough to stay on the bike. It’s a shame because we were putting in a good progression. We have to forget this Sunday and we have to keep the good, which is our competitiveness in the previous days. In Motorland we’ll maintain our work line, fighting for our reward.”
Gardner recovers to seize 13th – Determined Vierge perseveres
Remy Gardner fought against the treacherous conditions to complete the eventful San Marino GP in 13th. When the shootout began, he bolted forward from the eighth row and by the mid point he was running in 8th. Gardner then fell on the 15th lap but he jumped back on his Mistral 610 and continued to push before falling again at turn 6 with three laps to go. Yet he remained resolute and finally completed the race in 13th.
Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge’s hopes of a top finish were dashed after he fell on the third lap, but he bravely remounted to complete the sprint in 15th. When the lights went out, Vierge bolted forward and moved up to 9th by the close of the first lap having started from 15th. However, the young Spaniard’s luck ran out as he crashed shortly after, but he re-joined the race and powered onwards before eventually finishing inside the points.
Position: 13th - Championship: 19th - Points: 17
“It was a tough day and I am happy to have finished. The first crash was a bit unfortunate because I was pushing hard and it was strange how it occurred, but I just lost the front at an acceleration point. It happened whilst I was attempting to keep the distance to the riders behind so that I didn’t have to deal with them. I got back on the bike and then a few laps later, I fell again at the same corner but this time it was at the exit. Luckily, I didn’t lose any places and I finished in 13th. I am sorry to the team and I really wish that I could have given them a better result today. I think that we can take the positives from this and build on what happened, but thanks to Hervé for the opportunity."
Position: 15th - Championship: 12th - Points: 56
“I am very disappointed with today’s outcome. Normally, in these conditions, I am competitive but this morning in the warm up, I never found a good feeling with the bike and I fell. In the race, I made a solid start by passing a lot of riders and I got into a good group. Yet, during the first few laps, I saw that it was not possible to stay there and then I fell, which of course, leaves me disappointed. Anyway, I got back on the bike and finally took one point for the championship. Now we will work hard and focus on Aragon.“
"After watching the Moto3 race, we knew that the intermediate class sprint would be full of action and we were not disappointed. Again, Xavi had a great start and he was running as high as 9th, which was an ideal position. Unfortunately, like a lot of other riders, he fell off in what was a fast crash and it was an extra pity that it happened so early. He rejoined and for sure everything was a bit bent on the bike yet, he bravely recovered to score a point, which is something even if it’s not at all where Xavi wanted to finish. On the other side, Remy had a bit of a slower start but he was pushing and was riding some really great times. He got up to 8th and it was looking like he could have ended up in 10th as the worst-case scenario without a crash. I know it’s not necessary to say, but unfortunately, he fell. We are at an important time of the year where a lot of things are being discussed and he knows that results matter. Anyway, he got back on the track, and was running in 12th and had a big gap on the rider behind but with three laps to go he fell again, before finishing 13th. He rode some very decent laps but two crashes in the race marks a disappointed close to the weekend, however, we hope to have a more successful time at Aragon."
No joy for Morbidelli at rain lashed Misano
There was no joy for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli in today’s rain lashed Moto2 race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
The Italian star made a dramatic early exit when he crashed out while leading on lap four of 26.
This was only the second time in 13 races this season that the Moto2 World Championship leader had failed to score points.
However on the back of his dominant seven race victories Morbidelli continues to lead the championship with a nine point advantage over Tom Lüthi.
Morbidelli has 223 points with Lüthi on 214 with five races remaining in a tight title contest.
The race started in low visibility and steady rain with standing water creating low grip conditions.
Morbidelli made a superb start from position two on the front row and quickly opened a comfortable lead of more than two seconds over eventual race winner Dominique Aegerter.
But it was all over at turn eight on lap four with Morbidelli losing the front and bouncing uninjured into the gravel trap.
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Alex Marquez did not contest the Misano race having suffered an injury to his left hip in a fall during FP1 on Friday.
The next race is the Aragon GP in Spain in two weeks.
Franco Morbidelli: DNF
“Unfortunately at this race I was fast all weekend in the dry but in the wet today I made a mistake. Now I have remain focussed and push for a good result at the next race in Aragon because I still lead the championship by nine points. We know we are a strong team so now we need to keep pushing, anything can happen as we saw today.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Overall not an enjoyable weekend with this outcome. Firstly with only Franco in the race with Alex out injured. And then we saw some nice opening laps by Franco to lead the race but perhaps he was pushing too much to make a gap and crashed in very complicated conditions. The main thing is that he still leads by nine points after Tom Lüthi's good result today so now the championship is at a very interesting stage.”
FIFTH AND NINTH PLACE FOR BULEGA AND MIGNO IN MISANO
On the special livery "Ocean Rescue", the young riders of the Sky Racing Team VR46 achieve the Top10 at the Home GP.
Misano Adriatico (Italy), September 10th, 2017 - Under the heavy rain that has fallen on the Misano circuit since the early hours of today, the young talents of the Sky Racing Team VR46, on the special livery dedicated to the project "Ocean Rescue", are respectively in fifth and ninth place under the checkered flag.
In a elimination race, with just 15 riders on the finishing line, Nicolò Bulega, eighth on the grid, succeeds in setting his pace and is the second KTM. Positive result also for Andrea Migno, penalized by 12 positions on the starting grid and forced to start from the middle of the group. He closes in the Top10 and earns two positions in the overall standings (sixth, 98 points).
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
A really difficult race for everyone and it's a pleasure to have both riders in the Top10. We did a good job throughout the weekend and we have to be happy, but the race has been really unlucky due to the weather.
After the penalty in qualifying and the warm up, I had already imagined a race of survival. I started well, but I tried not to make mistakes and to keep calm. Lap by lap, I set my pace and I was able to recover positions. I finished in ninth place and I am quite satisfied because I have earned two place in the overall standings.
Already from the warm up, I realized that it would be an elimination race. The track was full of water, but the biggest difficulty was that in some turns the bike slipped a lot, while in others there was more grip. After the first laps, many riders crashed so I preferred not taking too many risks and riding with my pace. I did a good race and I achieved the Top5, a good result to continue working in this direction.
DIGGIA BACK ON THE PODIUM IN FRONT OF HOME CROWD AT MISANO
It was a day of contrasting feelings for Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 under Misano’s heavy rain, with the joy for Fabio Di Giannantonio’s podium finish that mixed up with the disappointment of Jorge Martin’s crash.
Diggia, as often happens with him, put together an impressive recovery, although this time not because of a poor starting position. The 18-year-old got a great launch off the front row, but after a couple of laps he ran off track and lost a handful of places. This turned out to be the key moment of this race, because while many of his opponent crashed out – only 16 of them made it to the end of the encounter – Fabio managed to keep it together and found a good rhythm. The battle with Canet in the closing stages was tough but fair and, once the Spaniard fell off his bike, Di Giannantonio rode the bike home in third place to collect his fourth podium of the season.
It was an unfortunate race for Jorge Martin, who started from pole position – following the penatly inflicted to Bastianini – but had to retire from the race with 14 laps to go after losing the front of his Honda NSF250RW #88 under braking, while he was running strong in second place. The Spaniard therefore missed out on what would have been a precious 20-point finish, and he is now tailed by his teammate, who is only four points away now in fifth.
Moto3 will return to action in a fortnight’s time at Aragon, the last European race before the traditional three-in-a-row flyaway segment in Asia/Oceania and the season finale in Valencia.
3rd - FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21
“I’m very happy. When I saw today’s conditions I was a bit worried because I recalled the race at Brno and how it went. I’m usually quite competitive on the wet but somehow that day I couldn’t get up to speed. To be racing in front of my home crowd helped me a lot as I was more determined than ever to get a good result, but a mistake early on forced me to keep my attention level even higher. I went from second to seventh and started seeing a lot of crashes. I chose to keep my rhythm until I started battling with Canet: when he got past I saw that he was a bit on the limit so I decided to put a bit of pressure on him, and then I couldn’t believe my eyes when he crashed.”
N.C. - JORGE MARTIN #88
”I’m a bit disappointed: it was one of the best weekends of my career, with similar feelings to Barcelona. I was strong in both dry and wet conditions, but the crash was strange because I tucked the front while I was riding in a straight line. I tried to keep the bike on using the clutch but once I reached the gravel I let the bike go in order to protect my leg.”
Luck and misfortune so close together – Kornfeil 7th, Pulkkinen crashed
Press release race San Marino GP
An absolutely crazy race where only 15 out of 31 riders crossed the finish line saw a happy Jakub Kornfeil catch the second points of the season. Patrik Pulkkinen is not classified after a crash in his last corner even though he showed a solid performance during the whole race distance.
This Sunday on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli was proceeded under the slogan “after the sunshine comes the rain”.
Getting along quite well in the rain normally Jakub Kornfeil suffered bad luck at the beginning. A crash made him drop down the order but finishing in 7th position his comeback was successful eventually.
Pulkkinen on the other hand was fighting for points but wasn´t rewarded at the end.
Following grid penalties for seven riders due to “irresponsible riding” Kornfeil was allowed to start his race from 15th instead of 20th position. Quickly the Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT rider made his way up to 13th and later 8th position.
Showing a good performance he gave his team a heart-stopping moment then – he crashed but was lucky enough to re-join the race in 25th position.
Supported by the crashes of others but also because of a concentrated race and his constant fast rhythm he finished 7th eventually.
Also team mate Pulkkinen was lucky to start his race from starting row nine instead of ten. The young Fin stayed in the middle of the group not letting go on a good grid position.
He showed a courageous race and made his way up to 13th position where he remained until the last corner.
Unlucky he crashed and we saw him cross the finish line pushing his bike. Unfortunately he was not finishing in between the five minute rule so he was disqualified from the race.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil (P7):
„After the Warm up I wasn´t thinking really positive to be honest. We had a lot of problems and I wasn´t really happy with the bike. But my whole crew did an awesome job. We did some changes in the front part of the bike, we also changed the link, and with that I felt much better during the race. I was really confident and when I crashed I thought all this work was for nothing. But I got back on the bike and was lucky enough to be able to re-join the race. Then I was concentrating on getting a good rhythm and becoming faster and faster to catch the others. I am absolutely happy about 7th position and the fact that we finally got some more points.”
#4 Patrik Pulkkinen (DNF):
„I am absolutely disappointed about the result. The race was okay, I was in quite a good position even though I had a lot of problems with my bike. I had no grip during the whole race distance so all I was concentrating on was to finish the race. I don´t know what happened in the last lap but my bike was going much slower in the last corners than normal and then I just lost the front. I wanted to cross the finish line so I pushed my bike but they still disqualified me which is just devastating.”
Florian Prüstel (Managing Director):
“This really was a weekend with highs and lows. The Free Practice didn´t go so well and also the Warm up this morning was quite difficult. Anyway in the rain we were quite positive to achieve a good result so seeing Jakub crash was disappointing at first. But eventually he showed his skills in the rain and catched the second points of the season. We are happy about that and I really have to say that his crew made a fantastic job. For Patrik this race is just really disappointing. He had a good race but unluckily he wasn´t rewarded at the end.”
UNUSUAL CRASH FOR NAVARRO IN MISANO’S MOTO2 RACE
Jorge Navarro was forced to an early retirement in today’s thirteenth race of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship after yet another crash of this difficult race weekend for the Spaniard. Under treacherous conditions, Jorge enjoyed a good start but he soon found himself on the gravel after crashing out at turn 11.
The rider of team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 got away with very little damage and pain - despite the spectacular crash and the hard landing - in his left thumb and side.
In less than two weeks, Navarro will try to make amends for today’s race in third his home Grand Prix of the season, scheduled to take place at MotorLand Aragón. The goal for Jorge will be to get some more points in his quest for the top-10 in the standings – he is currently 14th with 50 points.
N.C. - JORGE NAVARRO #9
“I’m not even sure how I crashed. I had just gone past another rider at turn 11, the fastest of the track. I passed him on the straight then got back into my line and, at the entrance of turn 11 I completely lost the rear and there was nothing I could do to save it. I’m really sorry, especially for the team because it’s their home GP. It has been a difficult weekend with too many crashes, so I would like to apologise to all the guys. I feel OK, but surely today’s two crashes didn’t help.”
Binder achieves fantastic Top 5 finish with wet weather masterclass
South African rider finishes 5th in the San Marino GP and takes his best result to date in Moto2, racing in difficult conditions. Miguel Oliveira suffers a crash when riding in third.
09/10/2017 - Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy
In what has become something of a frequent occurence in the Moto2 class, Brad Binder put in another fantastic comeback at the San Marino GP on raceday. The South African climbed from 17th to 5th at Misano, in what is his best result in the intermediate class to date. He did so on a completely wet track, with rain falling throughout the race. Teammate Miguel Oliveira had an unfortunate race, crashing out on the opening laps when riding in the Top 3.
Binder appears to be at his best on Sundays in recent Grands Prix, and he provided something special in the San Marino GP. Despite starting from far back on the sixth row of the grid, and having to contest with intense rain, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was up into 9th within just five laps, and was 7th before Lap 10. He settled in that position, riding with an incredible pace, and on the penultimate lap he set the fastest time of the race, to help him climb to an excellent fifth place.
Miguel Oliveira had also been able to put his difficult qualifying session behind him in the early going, placing 3rd on the second lap and remaining in the podium spots during the initial stretch. However, the difficult conditions on track took their toll, and the Portuguese crashed out at Turn 15 on Lap 9.
Oliviera is currently 4th in the Moto2 World Championship standings with 141 points, whilst Brad Binder is 13th with 56 points. The next round will take place on September 22nd-24th, at a MotorLand Aragon circuit where Binder was crowned Moto3 World Champion last season. Before that, both riders will participate in a private test next week in Valencia.
Aki Ajo - Team Manager
"The conditions of the track were very difficult today, and we saw a lot of crashes. I'm very happy about Brad's [Binder] great result; his starting position was not very good, but on Sundays he always fights a lot and is in the battle. On the other hand, Brad is aware that he is a rookie and that he has to improve throughout the weekend, and is evolving in that direction to be stronger in the future.
With Miguel [Oliveira], his weekend started very well, but then we experienced some difficulties. Despite everything, we thought we were pretty prepared for the race -even if it rained. His performance was very good, but under these conditions anything can happen. We are getting stronger and stronger, we are positive and we want to move forward."
41 BRAD BINDER
"At the beginning of the race I saw many riders having problems, and it was not something that was reassuring. I also had a lot of difficulties, but when I calmed down I figured out how I could best ride the Moto2 bike in rainy conditions and what points of the track were really slippery. In those areas I tried to keep the bike as straight as possible, and where there was more grip I pushed a little more. Overall, I'm happy, it has been my best result in the class so far and I've achieved fastest lap of the race. On the last lap I was very strong, because I wanted to overtake the rider ahead of me. I managed it, and I'm very pleased to achieve this Top 5 we had been looking for."
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"It is bad news for the team to have suffered a crash, as the podium was a result that would have suited us very well for the championship. Unfortunately I entered corner a bit faster and it was enough to lose the front end. I'm going to take away the positives: We went fast in the race, we made a good start and we were able to fight. Now we'll have a couple of days of testing in Valencia to finish preparing for the next GP in Aragon -and for the flyaways."
Difficult race for Bastianini and Canet at Misano
Rain affects conditions at San Marino Grand Prix, with a Moto3 race hit by a high number of retirements. Bastianini finishes fourteenth after two crashes.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders Aron Canet and Enea Bastianini were faced with weather conditions on Sunday diametrically opposed to those they had enjoyed during practice for the San Marino Grand Prix. The pair had only the morning warmup in which to prepare their bikes for what would be a wet race at Misano.
Enea Bastianini had taken pole position on Saturday afternoon, but it later transpired that he would be penalised three positions on the grid due to apparently obstructing another rider during qualifying. However, the Italian continued strong in the warmup, placing sixth in preparation for his start from the second row of the grid. After the start, Bastianini moved up to sixth and was quickly on top of the first four riders. Unfortunately, he then crashed at Turn 1 of the second lap. Although he rejoined the race, he would crash once more several laps later, cancelling out his progress. Nevertheless, he remounted to cross the line in 14th place, collecting points. He remains ninth in the World Championship with 87 points.
Aron Canet had his grid position improved two positions due to multiple penalties for other riders. In the warmup he set the fifth best time, leading the session and also suffering an unusual crash. At the start of the race he began to recover ground, moving up as high as sixth. When crashes for other riders became more frequent, Canet decided to ride more conservatively, in seventh and several seconds off the front. As the race progressed, Canet continued to gain places and was up into third with nine laps remaining, battling with Fabio Di Giannantonio until he crashed, three laps from the end. Although he tried to get back on track, he was finally unable to do so. Canet is now third in the standings with 162 points, due to the race victory for rival Romano Fenati.
"Now we are only thinking about the race in Aragon"
"Everything had gone well over the weekend, but the race was difficult because of the state of the track. We know that it is always very difficult in these conditions, and from the wet warmup we had verified that there was very little grip on track. Although it is the same for everyone, our riders unfortunately did not achieve their goals. Both Aron and Enea had been very competitive in practice and both had a chance at fighting to win or get on the podium. However, the conditions weren’t favourable and they ended up being two of so many riders affected by crashes. Now we are only thinking about the race in Aragon –a home Grand Prix. Aron has lost second place and is now in third, so we will have to face the race at MotorLand ready to regain lost ground."
14th, +1 Lap
"Despite the two crashes, I was able to finish in the points"
"Yesterday we had a very good feeling in the dry and we got pole position, but today the conditions were completely different. Even so, in the warm up we had a good feeling and expectations were high. In the race, I quickly realised that the leader wanted to open the gap and was pushing hard, so I tried to stay there and stick with him. The track was very slippery, and at Turn 1 I lost the front and couldn’t avoid crashing. I picked the bike back up because I wanted to finish at all costs, and I was able to continue and find my pace despite suffering a lot on the right hand corners -because the bike was damaged due to the crash. I was regaining positions and overtaking many riders. I crashed again, at Turn 6, but was still able to get up again and finish in the points. It’s a pity because we had a very good pace in the dry and we could have had a good race."
"The conditions were very difficult"
"At first I was comfortable, controlling the race and riding behind Phillip Oettl and Fabio Di Giannantonio. I saw that Digia was escaping a little, so I decided to overtake Oettl, although we made contact with each other. I tried to push to find out if I was stronger than Diggia for pace and if I could escape, but he was still on my rear wheel; riding like this would have made it risky to finish the race because the conditions were very difficult. Even so, I rode comfortably behind him, until at Turn 6 I suffered a crash three laps from the end when I lost the front. The marshalls that were there to help the riders were all collaborating, but one of them prevented me from going back onto the track. I don’t think that this is something that should happen; they should try to help all riders with the same effort."
FOURTH PLACE FOR FRANCESCO BAGNAIA AT THE HOME GP
In a race under the rain, the young rookie of the Sky Racing Team VR46 once again is in the Top5. Manzi forced to retire when he was tenth.
Misano Adriatico (Italy), September 10, 2017 - Francesco Bagnaia is the first Italian at the end of the San Marino GP. The young rookie of the Sky Racing Team VR46, riding on the special livery dedicated to the campaign Ocean Rescue cross the finishing line of the home GP in fourth place.
Pecco, who started from the sixth box of the grid, manages in the best way the initial stages of the race when track conditions were really prohibitive, and once again is in the Top5. With the points gained today, he confirms the fifth place in the standings with 124 points, first rookie.
Different epilogue for Stefano Manzi, who crash three laps to the checkered flag when he reached the tenth position.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
As in Moto3, a very hard Sunday. Pecco made a great race, using the head and the fourth place is a great result. Stefano, he is growing up, he worked hard all the weekend, has been constantly around the points area and it is a shame the crash 3 laps to the end.
A race of survival: the track was really slippery, especially in left turns, and I'm really happy to have closed again in the Top5. Compared to Silverstone I made another big step forward in the wet and I was able to better manage the situation. In the first laps I struggled: the start, in these kind of conditions, is the most dangerous part of the race. I was calm, I did not push and I did not take any risks.
It was not the epilogue I hoped for: I started well, I was focused and tried not to make mistakes. Lap by lap, I was able to recover until the Top10. It was a pity for the crash just three laps to the end but the track conditions were really difficult.
McPhee falls foul of torrential conditions at Misano
British Talent Team rider victim of difficult conditions in the #SanMarinoGP
John McPhee fell out of contention at the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini after race day dawned wet, with difficult conditions creating a race of attrition for the Moto3™ field.
The Scot started P14 after penalties for other riders affected the starting grid, cautious off the line before starting to gain ground and move back up through the points. In the top ten by Lap 7, the BTT rider crashed out soon after, unhurt but unable to continue.
McPhee remains seventh and in the top echelons of the title fight, however, and only two points off the rider in P6. Next up is MotorLand Aragon in a fortnight.
John McPhee, DNF: "Conditions already this morning were quite difficult, and in the race with more standing water it was much more slippery. It's difficult. The crash I had wasn't actually on the gas, I'd rolled out the gas because I was running a bit wide and just with engine braking it was enough to break the rear away and it spun round on me. Really tricky conditions, and all I can say is sorry to the team. Hopefully we'll bounce back in Aragon."
A great recovery and a crash for Zannoni in the Misano Moto3
Misano Adriatico (Italy), 10 September 2017
Team Althea and rider Kevin Zannoni have concluded a first adventure together in the Moto3 world championship at the Misano World Circuit, with a race characterised by an excellent recovery. From 30th on the grid, the squad moved up to 16th place, when unfortunately Kevin suffered a crash just three laps from the end.
The race took place in wet conditions, on a very slippery track. From thirtieth on the grid, Zannoni was lying 31st after one lap. Slowly improving his performance over the subsequent laps, the Italian was up into 27th after four laps. From there, the young Althea rider continued to effectively manage what was a difficult situation, making progress during the central phase and moving up into 20th towards the mid-race point in the tricky conditions that saw several riders crash out. Kevin remained focused, earning a further three places through the second half but unfortunately the Italian fell victim to a crash, bringing what was a great race to a premature end, three laps from the end. The young rider can nevertheless be proud of the progress made over the course of the first 20 laps of today’s race.
“Conditions were really tough today and there was a lot of water on track; many riders crashed. It was important to finish the race and I nearly did so, only that we had a few issues with the bike early on and while I was pushing to make up the time lost I crashed three laps from the end. I’m really sorry, as we could have finished in the points today… I thank the whole team for their great work this weekend and Genesio Bevilacqua for having given me this opportunity. We’ll continue to battle in the national championship, where we’re fighting for the title.”
“Unfortunately, conditions were really bad today and many riders crashed out due to the wet, slippery track. We were fighting for thirteenth position in the final stages but unfortunately, just a couple of laps from the end, Kevin suffered a crash, something that can happen in these conditions. This is racing of course… He did well to make up as many places as he did up until that point though. Now we will turn our attention back to the national championship and focus on doing our best there…”
The Forward Racing Team leaves Misano without well-deserved laurels
Following a strong display in practice sessions and qualifying, both Forward Racing Team riders, Lorenzo Baldassarri and Luca Marini overcame some tricky conditions in today’s warm up to deliver an impressive performance, but unfortunately weren’t able to reap the fruits of their hard work in the 26 laps lasting sprint.
Baldassarri, who secured a fantastic fourth place on the starting grid for the thirteenth round of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship, showed an excellent pace during warm up this morning. The 20-year old mastered the circumstances brilliantly to top the time sheets with a fastest lap of 1’54.372 minutes, as rain hit the track early this morning. With a solid start, the number 7 rider cautiously tested the conditions during the race to occupy sixth position, until he regrettably slipped away on the third lap.
On the other side of the Forward Racing Team garage, Marini felt highly motivated for his home GP, also because of the special livery the Swiss based team displayed for the second home round of this season, which was referring to Giacomo Agostini’s MV Agusta, with which he won the Championship in 1967.
With the third fastest time in warm up, the talented Italian commenced Sunday in superior fashion and well-aware of the fact that he was very competitive on wet tarmac. After a great launch off the line, Marini went in seventh position, but unfortunately also his race was cut short by a crash at the end of the first lap.
Now, Baldassarri and Marini, as well as the entire Forward Racing Team are willing to check off the San Marino GP quickly to be fully focused on the next round, which takes place in just a fortnight on Spanish soil.
Lorenzo Baldassarri - DNF
“Honestly, I don’t know where to start. I feel incredibly sorry for my guys and the whole team, which was working hard on this special weekend. Compared to this morning, I struggled a bit with the rear, yet, I was fast during the first laps, despite the difficult conditions. Some riders passed me, when I was just testing the circumstances on track, however I was catching up quite quickly while getting into my rhythm. When Pasini crashed in the fourth corner in front of me, I couldn't do anything to stay on the bike, it happened to both of us in exactly the same way. I was braking like the lap before, but I went down and I don’t really know why. It’s a shame to finish this great weekend like this, nevertheless we need to look ahead.”
Luca Marini - DNF
“It’s a huge pity, especially as today was a very important race – a great chance for me and the team as well. I’m sad, because I think we could have reached the podium quite easily today, as my pace was very good and my feeling was fantastic, also in wet conditions. Anyway, this is racing, we knew that it’s like walking on ice in the rain here. Our goal was just to finish, easy as that. I was calm, overtaking some riders without taking too much risk and only thought about the end of the race. I’m sorry for my guys, but now we have to look forward to the some of the other opportunities, which still await us this season.”
Giovanni Cuzari - Team Owner
“It just wasn’t meant to be our day today, even if we would have definitely deserved it as luck wasn’t really on our side so far this season. Anyway, we have to take the positives from this weekend, which were a lot. Lorenzo and Luca were working hard with their respective crews and we have always been competitive, especially on race day. I am convinced that both had a good chance to arrive on the podium today. In addition, our presentation yesterday evening was a huge success and we were truly proud to do this home round in Giacomo Agostini’s legendary colors. We hoped to give a better result to our fabulous supporters, who are always with us. Yet, we can’t do anything about what happened today, that’s racing and we have to forget quickly and concentrate on the Aragon GP.”
Dominique Aegerter and Suter celebrate historic victory
Suter rider Dominique Aegerter stormed to a historic win at the Moto2 Grand Prix of Misano today. The success of the 26-year-old Swiss rider is also the first victory for Suter Racing since the return to the motorcycle world championship at the beginning of the 2017 season, and ends a string of 46 victories of the competing brand Kalex from Germany. Sandro Cortese, rider of German Team Dynavolt Intact, added to the Suter success with sixth place.
Aegerter had been strong in practice and scored a front row start when he qualified in third position on Saturday afternoon. But when the hot and sunny late summer weather at the Riviera of Rimini turned into dark skies, thunder and rain on early Sunday morning, the star of German Kiefer Racing Team had his doubts about his chances in the race. “We had a strong weekend so far and I wasn’t happy about the weather change because I had no idea how competitive we would be in these conditions”, said Aegerter.
He needn’t have to worry. After a good start, he was second behind world championship leader Franco Morbidelli on the opening three laps and snatched the lead on lap four when the Italian crashed in truly treacherous and difficult conditions. Unlike many other riders that went down – only 16 riders saw the chequered flag, 15 did not finish – Aegerter kept his cool and defended his lead with consistently fast lap times, without taking too many risks. Even when fellow Swiss rider Tom Lüthi closed in from behind, Aegerter remained firmly in control, improved his pace towards the end and crossed the finish line 1.4 seconds ahead of his compatriot.
“After Morbidelli’s crash I said to myself, don’t push too hard, stay calm and smooth. When Tom came from behind, we had a bit of a fight, but I was able to stay in front “, smiled Aegerter after the second victory of his career. “To win here is fantastic and I want to thank Suter Racing and my team who gave me a race-winning bike this weekend. This victory is even better due to the fact that both Tom and I were on the podium today. It is a moment that we’ve waited for since a long time. Switzerland is a small country and a double success of two Swiss riders will boost the interest in our sport”, added Aegerter, who had scored his first ever Grand Prix win in Germany back in 2015, on the previous version of the all-new Suter MMX2.
“This was a great race and a fantastic result for all of us”, beamed company founder Eskil Suter. “Dominique was really switched on over the whole weekend, and he rode a brilliant race without making a single mistake. My congratulations to him, but also to his team and the entire crew of Suter Racing who have worked overtime over the last months to develop our bike and to catch up with our competitors in this hard-fought championship. This victory is the just reward for the hard work of everybody involved. The fact that it was our new bike that ended 46-races-long superiority of Kalex in this class only adds to the motivation of our engineers. I am sure more great moments will follow in the remaining five races of this season!”
Super KIP Finishes 9th at Misano, Nakagami 11th
Rd.13 GRAN PREMIO TRIBUL MASTERCARD DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Ambient: 17℃ / Track: 17℃
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider Khairul Idham Pawi, a.k.a. Super KIP finished 9th at the rain soaked San Marino Grand Prix today. Japanese compatriot Takaaki Nakagami finished the race in 11th place.
In contrast to the previous two days, race day saw fully wet conditions. At 12:20 pm (GMT +1), Pawi cautiously started from 28th on the grid. The Malaysian Moto2 rookie's careful and bold riding moved him up through the field, every single lap. He managed to survive the tricky conditions in spite of many experienced riders crashing, and reached to the finish line for his best result in the Moto2 World Championship.
In the meantime, Nakagami overcame his weakness in the wet, almost finishing in fifth place, but without warning, suddenly fell on the final lap. The Japanese rider re-joined the race and crossed the checkered line in 11th place.
The next race week, the Aragon Grand Prix starts on September 22 at Motorland Aragon, with Free Practice 1 for the intermediate class starting at 10:55 local time (GMT +2).
Khairul Idham Pawi (9th, 52'41.204 / +1'01.495)
“Finishing in 9th place is a very good result for us. It was difficult to start the race from the back of the grid and in the beginning, I pushed a little hard to follow the group. I didn't have enough grip from the front and almost crashed many times. I tried to stay concentrated to keep my pace and rhythm until the end. Today’s result boosted my confidence.”
Takaaki Nakagami (11th, 53'12.157 / +1'32.448)
“Knowing that it would be a survival race, our priority was reaching the finish without crashing. However, I crashed in the end, which is a great shame. I am really sorry for my team because they always work very hard for me. The positive side is we managed our pace in today’s difficult conditions with so much rain.”
Tadayuki Okada Team Manager
“Well done for Pawi, he managed his pace until the end despite many riders crashing. He boosted his confidence by completing today’s race and I am very happy about that. It’s a pity that Taka crashed on the final lap, but he picked his bike up to rejoin the race and gained championship points. Before the crash, he was very competitive, which is a positive for us. I believe he will show his potential again next weekend.”
A Day to Forget for Honda Team Asia
DNF for Toba and Atiratphuvapat
Rd.13 GRAN PREMIO TRIBUL MASTERCARD DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI: Sunday, September 10, 2017
Ambient: 18℃ / Track: 18℃
As forecasts predicted, the San Marino Grand Prix for the Moto3 World Championship was raced under full wet conditions, causing a total of 23 crashes during the 23-lap race. Honda Team Asia's Moto3 rookie Kaito Toba and Nakarin Atiratphuvapat were also casualties of the tricky conditions.
With grid penalties to a number of riders for their slow riding in yesterday's Qualifying, Thai rookie Atiratphuvapat started the race from 23rd grid. He adapted remarkably to the wet conditions and improved his position to 14th in the opening laps. ATurn 11 on Lap 4, however, he lost rear grip and fell.
Meanwhile, demoted 12 grid places after qualifying, Toba started the race from the 25th. The Japanese rider concentrated well, patiently moving up the field to within the top 15, but he abruptly lost control of his bike and crashed at Turn 15 with 5 laps to go.
The next race, the Aragon Grand Prix, begins with Free Practice 1 at 9:00 (GMT +2) local time on September 22.
Kaito Toba (DNF, 37'41.463 / +5Laps)
Conditions were very difficult conditions, and I felt as if I was riding on ice. I tried not to push too hard and slowly picked up my pace because I knew I would get some championship points if only I could survive, but it was not the case. Apart from the race, we m
ade good progress this weekend, so we will try our best again in the Aragon Grand Prix.”
Nakarin Atiratphuvapat (DNF, 6'18.204 / +20Laps)
“In the race I pushed too hard because I had set the 3rd fastest in the warm up session. If I hadn’t pushed too hard, I would have gained championship points. After the crash, I tried to restart, but it was just impossible. I learned from today’s mistake so that I will never repeat it.”
Tadayuki Okada Team Manager
“Kaito tried not to push too hard in the race, and actually he did very well until his crash in the final stages. Nakarin had a good start with fast pace, but he couldn’t finish the race, either. I believe that today’s tough race in these tricky conditions made them even stronger, so that they can be more competitive next weekend in the Aragon Grand Prix.”