Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races:
Vierge secures splendid sixth in his home Grand Prix
Xavi Vierge collects his first top six finish of the season in front of his home crowd while Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team-mate Alex Márquez has been unluckily affected by an early collision.
Sunday’s Moto2 race, which was the 100th motorcycle Grand Prix race to be held at the Circuito de Jerez, was held in fantastic conditions with track temperatures of 40 degrees.
The 23-lap race was red flagged after just one corner of action. The luckless Alex Márquez was unable to avoid Remy Gardner, who crashed on the exit of Turn One. Indonesian rider Dimas Ekky Pratama was also involved in the incident.
The race was re-started over 15 laps, with both sides of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS garage doing a fantastic job to fix Marquez’s severely damaged machine.
24th, +32.311 s.
Alex Márquez showed enormous potential during the weekend, qualifying second and ending the morning warm-up session, finishing in first.
After colliding with Gardner in the original race,and despite the amazing job done by the Team to fix the bike, Alex had to start race two from pit lane, meaning he lost 13 seconds on the first lap.
Márquez finished in 24th and slips to sixth in the World Championship, 39 points behind leader Baldassarri.
Márquez suffered a small opening to the bone in the middle of the index finger on his left hand, as well as an abrasion on his left elbow. These injuries will be treated with physiotherapy and night time inmobilisation.
"We deserved much more after such a good weekend"
“I’m sad for the result. I think we deserved much more after such a good weekend. In the warm-up I was really fast but I had bad luck. It’s racing and sometimes it’s like this. Sometimes these things happen to you, sometimes to other riders. Every lap in every session with this bike we are going faster. I’m happy for that but sad for the result but we need to keep going. The team did an amazing job to repair the bike and because of that I finished the race, for them and the fans. Now we have a test on Tuesday. I think we’re on the right track. I have some pain. It’s an injury but it’s small. It’s more psychological pain. Physically I’m quite OK.”
6th, +4.995 s.
Having made changes to his Kalex chassis, Vierge qualified twelfth, he began the re-started race brilliantly, taking seven positions on the first lap to sit fourth and in the fight for the lead.
On lap three he dropped to fifth, when Jorge Navarro passed him. Brad Binder then demoted him to sixth on lap seven. But the 22-year old remained conistent to achieve his best result of 2019.
Vierge showed an excellent progression through the weekend and scored 10 important points for his World Championship.
"It’s not the result that we were expecting but I am satisfied"
“I’m happy to finish that race in sixth position. It’s not the result that we were expecting, but anyway, after a difficult start to the season, I am satisfied with it. We arrived at Jerez, which is a difficult track for me, and from the first moment we worked so hard, focussed on the race. But I struggled a lot. We are making steps and it was really good. Today we can see the step forward. I did a good start and I was there, fighting for first position. But lap-by-lap I started to lose a little bit. We knew that it would be difficult. It was important to stay on the bike and finish to check the points that we need to improve.”
“This shows the spirit of this team and how committed we all are in this garage”
“Today unfortunately we didn’t have the Sunday that we would have liked with Alex because one rider crashed in front of him and he could do nothing to avoid it. On the other hand I have to say thank you to the team for the work they did to repair the bike and get Alex back on track again in such a short amount of time. This shows the spirit of this team and how committed we all are in this garage. He could finish the race and this is positive. At Le Mans he will be able to do more. With Xavi our target after Friday was to finish the race first of all after the last two races we had without points. And he did it more than well. Now we are focussed on Le Mans. He likes that track and for sure we’ll have a good weekend there.”
CELESTINO VIETTI RAMUS THIRD AT JEREZ
After a hard-fought race, Celestino scored the first podium of the season, the 40th in the history of the Sky Racing Team VR46 between Moto2 and Moto3. Sixteenth Dennis Foggia.
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), May 5th 2019 - The Spanish GP for the Sky Racing Team VR46 closes with the first podium of the 2019 season, the 40th in the history of the Team. A race with many overtakings and Celestino Vietti Ramus who takes the third place.
After the front row of yesterday, Celestino was the protagonist of a great start and was immediately in the front group. Struggling with the drop of the rear tire at half of the race, he avoided for a few meter the contact with the bike of Marcos Ramirez, who crashed in front of him during the final stages of the race. Resumed the pace of the strongest guys, he climbed the rankings to the first place and after a last lap at 100% he has crossed the finishing line in third position. With today's points, he is the best rookies (36 points) and sixth overall.
Sixteenth place for Dennis Foggia who started from the fifth box on the grid. In the leading group for the entire race with the same pace as the very first riders, he was penalized in the race with a long lap for having crossed the limits of the track and then with a second penalty of three seconds for the same reason.
I am very happy for all the guys in the Team for this first podium of the season: Celestino made an almost perfect weekend and is doing a great job with the whole crew. A pity for Dennis's penalty because he is ready to fight with the strongest guys in the leading group.
It is not the result I was expecting: I had a strong start, I was in the leading group and I could fight in the last laps. Unfortunately, some contact in the group made things more difficult than we could expected and the penalization compromised the good things I had done during the weekend.
I'm happy: a beautiful race with many overtakings! I had a good start, I tried to push in the first few laps for taking a little advantage. Then in the middle of the race I struggled with the rear tire, but I was able to climb the rankings then. When I saw Ramirez crash in front of me I was worried, but I tried to avoid his bike and stay focused on the pace. The last lap I tried to give my best, I was second, but Suzuki was faster! It doesn't matter, a great result for me and the whole Team. We are doing a great job.
Sunday of broken dreams
Strength, overtakings, very decent race pace and eagerness. That’s how Leopard riders have been battling throughout the 22 laps race at the Grand Prix of Spain. A blue podium was almost in Leopard’s hands, and when everything seemed to make it come true in Jerez (first stop of the European rounds) Spaniard Ramirez has crashed two laps to the end and Italian Dalla Porta has crossed the line the eighth.
The Spanish weekend didn’t start in the best way but the whole team has been working hard and already on Saturday things started to change. Lorenzo Dalla Porta clinched his first pole position and Marcos Ramirez did the best qualifying session of the year so far, getting the 8th spot of the grid.
On Sunday morning expectations were high and riders were at the same level. After the start, both Marcos and Lorenzo were battling and overtaking riders on each lap, giving their best and commanding in front of the rest: Ramirez was extra motivated as was racing in front of his crowd, on home soil, and Dalla Porta was trying everything after having got his first pole position. And suddenly, when both were fighting for the victory, when both were swapping positions but always keeping their bikes among the three or four ones of the leading group… Marcos crashed two laps to the end as his front tyre touched the rider in front of him, Niccolo Antonelli, and Dalla Porta lost some positions after a contact with Aron Canet. This contact damaged the lever clutch of Lorenzo’s bike and therefore the rider couldn’t change gears when getting through the following turn. Dalla Porta had to run wide and many riders overtook him, losing this way his podium-or-victory chances.
It has really been a Sunday of broken dreams, as the team could have conquered the podium with Marcos and Lorenzo. After today’s final result, Dalla Porta is the 5th of the standings and Ramirez the 11th. However, Leopard will stay positive and will be ready to fight again on the next race, scheduled the 19th of May in Le Mans (France). See you all there.
#42 Marcos Ramirez, N/C
“It has been a great shame. I felt comfortable on the bike, I had a really good pace and I was fast. I could have got the first victory of my life in front of my crowd and it hasn’t been possible. I have no words to describe this sad feeling. I really felt good but in a fast point of the track where you have to go full gas, seems that the rider in front of me was slower. Therefore, I touched him with my front tyre and I crashed. I have to say thanks to the team and the sponsors but also to my closest people and my crowd, who have been amazing and have given me all their support. We will try again in Le Mans”.
#48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta, 8th
“I have a bittersweet feeling. I can’t say I’m pleased with the result because I felt strong throughout the race, I pushed a lot, overtook many riders and in the end, when I could’ve been on the podium or even got the victory, the clutch didn’t properly work due to a contact with Canet and I lost many positions. The positive thing is that we have pace and I’ve felt strong. Now we will work hard to be ready for Le Mans.”
Bendsneyder and Odendaal just miss points
Bo Bendsneyder and Steven Odendaal were close to the points in the Grand Prix of Spain, but the riders of NTS RW Racing GP just couldn't get to it. Of course they were not happy with sixteenth and eighteenth respectively, but given the course of the race that was shortened to fifteen laps, they may be satisfied.
Both riders rode a strong race, which was restarted and shortened after a major crash in the second corner. Bendsneyder was able to just avoid the crash, with five riders and their machines scrambling across the track. Remy Gardner and Dimas Ekky Pratama had to miss the restart, Alex Marquez started from pit lane.
On the narrow track of the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto, the shortened race was also hectic. In the chaos of the start, Bendsneyder lost a few places, but he soon made up for it. Odendaal, too, could come forward a little within a few laps. For the South African, the race in Jerez was the first of the season, after two operations at his foot. As a result, he lacked competitive rhythm.
Only when Bendsneyder passed Stefano Manzi and Somkiat Chantra did he have a free track. The gap to the group in front of him - with Dominique Aegerter, Andrea Locatelli and Marcel Schrötter among others - had already risen to more than 3 seconds. He could take almost a second off in the final laps, but the race was too short to really get into the fight for the points.
NTS RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen was not dissatisfied with the weekend. “The result - sixteenth place for Bo - may be a bit disappointing, but we also saw very good things this weekend. We know what needs to be improved. The eighteenth place for Steven, who has not been on the bike for months, is definitely not bad. Tuesday and Wednesday we will test in Aragon. Not only do we have a lot of new components to test for the NTS, we can also work on Bo's starts and Steven can make miles to get back into the rhythm.”
Bo Bendsneyder (16 at +18,335): “My start was not good at all, so I lost a lot of places. That was crucial for the final result. My pace was good, but the shortened race made it difficult to ride to the points. It is certainly important to start working on the starts and that is one of the points on the schedule for the test in Aragon.”
Steven Odendaal (18 at +22.591): “We could not have expected much more for a first race after a long injury with two surgeries. During the race I also noticed that my physical condition is not yet 100 percent, which is also not so strange. But it felt good to be back racing again and I am happy with the bike, the package and the work of the team. That’s okay. Now I have to get completely fit again and make miles.”
Gran Premio de Espana 2019: Race
Amazing race of the VNE Snipers pink-dressed riders. Romano positioned immediately among the firsts and stayed there. After a mistake he lost positions but started to comeback and he succeeded to do that but he found Ramirez bike on track and, to avoid it, he came out of the track. Tony Arbolino did a great race. He was systematically the fastest, he came back from the nineteenth position and arrived in the group ahead but, after a hard brake, the airbag exploded making him lose positions and points. Undeserved result in this race.
Tony Arbolino: “It was a difficult weekend, we thought to do better. For sure, entering in the Q2 would have meant a different race; here every rider goes fast, we are all on the limit. I like Le Mans and there we can do a good race. A shame also when after a contact with Vietti, the front closed and the leather airbag opened, the visor helmet ruined and I couldn't see anything ”.
Romano Fenati: “After some laps the cervical inflammation I had after Austin came back. My neck was hurting me I couldn't lift my head up. By the way, I reached the group ahead and I was preparing the final attack when Ramirez crashed in front of me and the bike was in the middle of the track and to avoid it I was obliged to exit the track and I finished my race in this way”.
SUN DOES NOT SHINE ON TEAM KÖMMERLING AT JEREZ
It was a race day to forget for Team Kömmerling Gresini Moto3, who leave Andalusia empty-handed and some regrets. It could have been Gabriel Rodrigo’s good day, after he set the new outright lap record of the circuit during FP3 and a good qualifying; the Argentine rider, however, could not turn the good work done into great results with a crash during the opening lap leading to his first DNF of the year.
Rodrigo had a very chaotic first lap: after a difficult launch out of row two, the rider #19 had a couple of coming together with opponents before tucking the front entering turn 13 – the last corner before the finish line. Similar “fortunes” saw Riccardo Rossi finishing 21st despite a “long lap” penalty that he wrongly observed twice. The two seconds lost would have allowed him to fight with Perez and Nepa for the 19th place.
The team will focus now on resetting, regrouping and coming back stronger, and next week’s Moto3 test at Aragon (7-8 May) will surely help to better prepare the French Grand Prix.
DNF - GABRI RODRIGO #19
“I’m really disappointed because we knew we could have done great in the race. I made a mistake that didn’t make any sense, something that I could have done on the last lap, surely not on the opening one. I must learn from this mistake – which I won’t repeat - if I want to race at the front. I don’t know why I was so stressed out during the first lap: I got a bad start and had couple of coming together with other riders. We must look at the bright side, though: we were quick, our pace was good and we’ll try to prove it at Le Mans.”
21st- RICCARDO ROSSI #54
“We decided to go with the soft tyre and at the beginning things were going well. I struggled to pass a rider in front of me and while trying I went on the green strip twice. I got the warning and I went for the long lap, a mistake I paid when the real penalty arrived. During the last laps I also struggled with a problem in my left foot and tyres were almost finished. Now we think about testing, we need some more laps and experience.”
Top 15 for McPhee and Sasaki at Spanish GP
The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto3 riders finish in the points at the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit, with John McPhee 12th and Ayumu Sasaki 15th.
The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing duo concluded the Spanish GP with two point scoring positions inside the top fifteen today. John McPhee achieved a season-best finish of 12th as well as setting the fastest lap with a new circuit record of 1:46.365, whilst teammate Ayumu Sasaki also took points by crossing the line in 15th.
For the third time from the four races so far this season, McPhee added points to his tally and was one of the fastest riders in the opening stages of the race. The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider opted for the soft rear tyre and this helped him to set the new circuit record on lap two as he moved up to sixth place early on. Halfway through the contest, the Briton's pace dropped, although he would pick it back up on the final laps.
Sasaki chose the hard rear tyre compound and also placed inside the points - for the first time since the Argentina GP. The Japanese rider, who started from 11th on the grid, had a difficult start, but managed to recover to catch the leading group for the initial part of the race. Unfortunately, Sasaki was unable to maintain this pace and dropped away from the front pack to finish three places behind his teammate.
After four races, Sasaki and McPhee are nineteenth and twentieth respectively in the overall standings, with 12 and 9 points to their names. The next Moto3 round will be the French GP, held at Le Mans from May 17– 19th.
Johan Stigefelt - Team Director
"It hasn't been a good weekend for us. We had hoped that we could fight to win the race, as we had a good pace, but today wasn't our day. John [McPhee] made a good start and had two very strong opening laps. It was looking promising for him, but for some reason he dropped back several positions and was unable to maintain his pace. We have to find out what happened there. Ayumu [Sasaki] had a hard time overtaking during the race and therefore couldn't fight for positions. He was in the top ten in the first half of the race, but then he fell back. We have managed to claim some points today, but we will have to change the way we work ahead of Le Mans."
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
"I felt very good all weekend, both about how the bike was working and our way of working in each session. In qualifying I made a small mistake that caused me to start the race from 11th. I made a good start and although in the first two or three laps I lost the front group, I was able to catch them again later. After the first ten laps my pace was good, but during the entire race I couldn't brake as I wanted or overtake other riders. The only thing I could do was stick behind the group and not lose touch with them. When the chasing pack caught us, I was left behind and all I could do was try to hold on as much as possible. The positive thing is that I was able to follow them without much difficulty, so our pace was quite good. I'm sorry for the team; we have to keep working and find solutions."
#17 John McPhee
"So far, we haven't been getting the results we wanted this season. We suffered again today, but in a totally different area to where we had focused this weekend. At the start I was able to fight and overtake riders, but on lap seven I noticed something strange with the rear on the back straight after passing another rider on the last corner. Maybe it was a puncture, but I don't really know what happened. I continued riding and after around five laps I got back to the pace I had before. However, by then I had lost contact with the leading group and had to battle with the riders in the second group. The positive thing is that when I felt good I was able to ride more aggressively. I was able to overtake riders on the brakes and get in the fight, which I hadn't been able to do up until now. There is still work to be done, but we are going in the right direction."
EXCELLENT FIFTH PLACE FOR ALBERT ARENAS ON RETURN FROM INJURY
Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team joy tempered in Moto3 by a crash for Raúl Fernández, who suffered a non-displaced fracture to the third metatarsal on his left foot
Nicolò Antonelli and Tatsuki Suzuki already gave a warning of what they were capable of at Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto in free practice on Friday and in today’s race they backed up their early pace with a team one-two, the Italian taking victory after a hectic race of up to sixteen riders in the front group. Italian rookie Celestino Vietti completed the podium, with Aron Canet and Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team rider Albert Arenas rounding out the top five in the Moto3 race. Jaume Masiá, who led the series coming into this round, crashed out.
Albert Arenas made a stunning return to action after missing the last two races through injury. The Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team rider finished fifth in the Spanish Grand Prix, making up more than ten positions after dropping back to sixteenth when he touched with another rider on the opening lap. Arenas pushed to the limit to return to the fight at the front at the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto, eventually crossing the line just half a second behind the winner. His teammate Raúl Fernández was running eighth with four laps to go when he took first gear in turn six and crashed as the bike locked up. The Spaniard suffered a non-displaced fracture to the third metatarsal on his left foot.
5th Albert Arenas: “Today was a tough race because I went backwards on the first lap after some contact with Rodrigo. It was tough to come back but I tried my best. It is just a shame that when I got to the group my tyres were spent. I am happy with fifth place though, after a month without riding and a very tough period for me. I want to thanks and happy mothers’ day to all the mums out there, especially mine, because it is thanks to them that we are all here.”
Raúl Fernández (DNF): “It was a difficult race, I was losing a lot of time in the fast corners and had to push hard to make it up in the slow ones. I’m sorry for what happened – I hit first gear and the bike locked up and I took Sergio García down with me. I want to apologise to him because an incident like this always feels bad. Now we work hard for the next race in France.”
Lopez claims points and Garcia Dols' efforts go unrewarded at Jerez
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider, Sergio Garcia Dols, gains 16 places before being taken out by another rider, while Alonso Lopez becomes stuck in the second group, crossing the line 14th.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders rounded off the Spanish Grand Prix weekend at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto with Sunday's 22-lap race. Despite cloudy skies and gusts of wind, both the warmup and the race took place on a dry surface.
Alonso Lopez placed 14th in a race won by Niccolò Antonelli. Sergio Garcia Dols was forced to retire after a crash caused by another rider, after he had risen from 23rd to seventh.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 duo will next compete on May 17th, in the opening practice sessions for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.
14th, + 7'113
Lopez set the 24th fastest time in the warmup with a 1:48.012, starting the race 21st on the grid thanks to his qualifying time of 1:46.781.
He gained several positions off the line, although the intense fight in the second group hindered his attempt to reach the frontrunners. In the final part of the race he broke into the points and finished 14th.
Following the Spanish GP, Alonso Lopez lies eighteenth in the Moto3 World Championship standings with 14 points.
"My pace was close to that of the frontrunners"
"I had expected more from this race, because the pace I had was close to that of the frontrunners. On the first few laps it was difficult for me to pass other riders, because even though I had a good pace I was starting from far back on the grid. The riders who are that far behind sometimes have less experience and are more over-excited. The best thing to do is to avoid that situation, because they try passes everywhere; that's something that prevented me from catching the front group. It's a shame, because I had the pace to be up there, but at least we scored points."
Sergio Garcia Dols took 18th place in the warmup with a time of 1:47.707. In the race itself, he started from 23rd on the grid, courtesy of his Q1 time of 1:47.065 from Saturday.
Off the start, he closed ground on the large front group, consisting of 16 riders. Nine laps in, he moved into points-scoring positions by rising to 14th.
Seventh, four laps from the chequered flag, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 rookie launched an attack, but was unfortunately hit by another rider coming into Dani Pedrosa corner. García Dols leaves Jerez empty handed, but occupies 27th in the overall standings.
"I reached the large front group and fought with them, which is very positive"
"It was a shame, because I was riding hard and gaining places, but another rider knocked me down on the brakes and I couldn't avoid crashing. I leave here with a bittersweet feeling, because I was having a good race up until then. I felt strong enough to fight for the race win. I reached the large front group and fought with them, which is very positive; it means that we keep moving forward. We will try to continue in the same way."
The race again the best of the weekend
Just like last time out in Texas, Kiefer Racing and Lukas Tulovic also delivered a strong race performance at sunny Jerez.
Also, in southern Spain this weekend it took until the race day before Lukas Tulovic was able to put in his form, steadily increasing his learning curve. In good weather conditions, the 18-year-old newcomer from Eberbach was not able to leave the line in the way he wanted.
Due to an incident with several involved, the race had to be red-flagged shortly after the start. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured by those affected. For the re-start, the distance was shortened to 15 laps. After a less than optimal start, Tulovic quickly found his rhythm and was able to catch up positions quickly. The KTM rider finally finished the fourth race of the season in P19 which means in the top 20 again.
The championship will continue in the usual two-week rhythm now. Therefore, the next station is mid-May in Le Mans, France.
#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM), P19:
"As it was in Texas and before in Argentina, the race was the best of the weekend. It started pretty blatantly, though. When I came through the first corner after the start, I have already seen several riders crashing. A few meters later there was a total chaos. Many have chosen the way through the green, while I somehow got through right through the middle safely. In the next corner, I also had to go wide, because another’s bike has slipped to the outside. In the next moment, I thought the race will be stopped anyway. That was directly the case."
"At the re-start I did not get away as fantastic as I’m usually doing. So, I had to line up at the far end of the field. But it did not take longer for me to start a strong recovery. I passed a few riders, had some good battles and rode decent lap times. I'm very happy with our pace, as well as with the gap to the top. Of course, the race distance was shorter than normal because of the crash. Nevertheless, we were much closer than in the previous races. This also applies to the race here in Jerez last year, when I was allowed to celebrate my debut in the world championship thanks to Kiefer Racing. In any case, this performance gives hopes building on it and I'm glad that after all the problems we had this weekend, we were still able to show a good race."
Jochen KIEFER (Team manager / Technical director):
"We are happy with Lukas, that we are able to have a nice conclusion of the weekend again. Things didn’t go that smoothly and it took us a while to find the pace here in Jerez. During qualifying Lukas immediately had a good feeling with the bike. So, we were back on our way. Unfortunately, he crashed early. Without this fall, a starting position one or the other row more towards the front might have been possible."
"Luckily nothing happened with this harmless fall, so we checked it off immediately. This morning, however, we had some problems again. But we think that it was more the matter of the used tires with which we went out during this session. In the race, however, everything went well again. The bike worked perfectly, and Lukas was very happy with everything. In the end, he showed a solid performance with very decent lap times. Given that it was a shortened race, 25 seconds off the winner’s time is certainly not wrong. Overall, Lukas is doing well. We can definitely build on that level. Therefore, we are confident about Le Mans, where he already knows the track."
The problems with the tires finish with the aspirations of Vicente Pérez
The Valencian rider, Vicente Pérez left from the 29th position motivated after an incredible Warm Up placing 6th in the morning training. With the satisfaction of a job well done and with options to improve the result of the qualifiers in the race, Vicente began the race ready to come back and score a good result. But Pérez's aspirations have been frustrated because of a tires problems. After a race of survival before the Spanish fans, Vicente Pérez has only been able to finish 20º after struggling to finish among the best
'It's been a very difficult weekend. We have not found the way but in the Warm Up the team has done a great job. We have found improvements in the front of the bike that made me find the feeling and I was able to finish 6th in the Warm Up with very good pace. In the race we had a problem with the tire and we couldn´t finish the good job we had done in the Warm Up. We will come back stronger in Le Mans'
Hard fought Spanish GP for Bezzecchi and Öttl
The Gran Premio Red Bull de España turned out to be a difficult round for Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Marco Bezzecchi and Philipp Öttl today.
Following a crash in the opening lap, because he couldn’t avoid other riders, who went down in front of him, Italian Moto2 rookie Bezzecchi was brave to restart the shortened 15 laps race, grit his teeth until the end and came out 22nd. Meanwhile German intermediate class newcomer Öttl had to start from P30, lowered his lap time especially towards the end of the encounter to eventually see the chequered flag directly behind his teammate in P23.
“For me, my team this was a disastrous weekend. We tried all, but it was impossible to bring the bike in a good way and then in the race one rider crashed and hit me. I hurt my arm and the bike was completely bent. Finally, I finished the race, but I can definitely not be happy with this.”
“Overall, I would say it was difficult. The slow corners were ok, but I loose quite a lot of time in the fast corners. My riding is just not fitting together, it seems like everything is not ideal, but now we look forward to the test on Tuesday, where we can try new things and prepare ourselves for the next round.”
“Another tough weekend for the Red Bull KTM Tech3 Moto2 team here in Jerez, Spain. One more time, Marco got really unlucky. At the first start, he was taken down by another rider. There was nothing he could do, he was just a 100 percent unlucky and unfortunately, he fell down quite heavily and hurt his left arm. Still, he brought the bike back to the pits, which was quite damaged. The team did a great job to make it ready for the second start, but the rider was in pain and couldn’t ride like he can. We could see the lap time was up and down from one lap to another, there was a big change from two to three seconds, which is not Marco’s style. Anyway, the good news is, physically he should be fine and we have a test on Tuesday. KTM works really hard on the Moto2 project. We trust them and we know they are going to bring many, many parts. So, let’s be positive and look at the glass half full. Now Marco can rest on Monday and have a great test on Tuesday. On Philipp’s side, I think this Grand Prix was for sure a more positive GP to the one before. He was quite quick, was fighting with his teammate, doing quite interesting lap times. The feeling he has on the bike was improving. We are still out of the points, which is a shame, but altogether – as I said for Marco – we have a test on Tuesday and let’s hope both of our guys can take advantage of the track time and the new parts KTM is going to bring, so let’s be positive. No points here, hard work next week and then our home Grand Prix, where we might be able to use some of the parts we’ve been testing here, so carry on pushing, it’s only round four and we have two rookies and we knew, it would be difficult, but our motivation is at 120 percent and we are 120 percent behind our two riders!”
FRUITLESS FIGHTBACK FROM PASINI AND CARDELÚS AT JEREZ
Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team riders recover more tan ten positions but miss out on the points in Spanish Grand Prix
Valencia’s Jorge Navarro continued his good form in the fourth round of the Moto2 World Championship, following up his pole position yesterday with second place in a race won by Lorenzo Baldassarri at Jerez. The Italian’s third victory of the season marks a return to winning ways after his breakdown at Austin and extends his lead at the top of the championship. Augusto Fernández completed the podium in a race that was interrupted by a red flag following a multi-rider collision in the first two corners.
The Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team put together a fightback in the race that proved fruitless, with Mattia Pasini and Xavi Cardelús making up more than ten places between them from their starting positions. However, a crash for the Italian when he was running 20th halted his progress and possible challenge for the points. In the case of Cardelús, who finished 25th, the hand injury from his crash in Austin and his illness from the first day here at Jerez caught up with him during today’s race.
25th Xavi Cardelús: “It has been a weekend to forget. I came here to Jerez with some pain in my hand and I felt ill on Friday, so yesterday was like the first day for us. I feel frustrated at not being able to compete where we should be, or set the kind of competitive lap times we managed in preseason here. That is the thing that annoys me most about the whole weekend. Now it is time to put it behind us and turn the page. Hopefully I can be back to myself on Tuesday and have a positive test.”
Mattia Pasini (DNF): “It is a shame for Sunday to finish like this because we have worked really well to prepare for the race and KTM have helped us a lot. I think we have done a good job for them, they have listened to me and had faith in my opinion and we have been able to take a big step forward. Our potential was for a top ten finish here but with the chaos of the red flag just after the start, I didn’t get away well on the restart and was struggling to overtake. During the race we had a vibration from the front end that I wasn’t able to control and I crashed. We have to look at the positives from the weekend and that is the progress we have made. I want to say thanks to the team for their hard work and also to KTM for the support.”
Remy Gardner Ruled Out Of Spanish Moto2 GP Restart After Opening Lap Crash
Remy Gardner’s front running start to the 2019 FIM Moto2 World Championship came to a premature end in the fourth round held earlier today at the Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto in Southern Spain following a turn one crash for the 21 year old Aussie.
Fastest overall after the three Free Practice sessions the #87 ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing rider qualified an impressive fourth, heading the second row of the tightly packed grid for the 23 lap race around the 2.7 mile Andalusian circuit.
A strong morning warm-up session before lights out saw Remy once again inside the top three, providing that extra pre-race confidence ahead of the first European race of the season.
A typically quick getaway when the race began saw Gardner slot into third as the pack headed into turn one. Moments later he was flicked over the high-side of his Kalex machine, landing heavily which brought out the red flag.
Despite a valiant effort to repair his machine during the stoppage Remy was unable to take part in the fifteen lap restart after a visit to the medical centre ruled him unfit due to concussion.
There are a lot of positives still to be taken from the weekend however, with Gardner once again showing his front running pace from the opening on track session of the weekend.
Remy Gardner: “We missed the front row by the smallest margin but I felt really good with the bike, the team and everything that is happening so was really excited for the race. After a good warm up I thought we would have a good race. I made a decent start and after a bit of elbowing into turn one I slotted into third and then I high-sided and that was the end of what could have been another really good race result. I still don’t fully understand why I went down and then they wouldn’t let me restart. I am sorry for the team, and all my supporters. The main thing is I am ok, am still fifth in the championship and will be back strong in Le Mans.”
Step forward for Can Öncü at Jerez
The young Turkish rider gains eight places and finishes 18th at the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain, despite a small collision in the race.
05/05/2019 - Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit
The first European Moto3 round of the 2019 season ended with Can Öncü completing his objective of improving, rounding off a difficult Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain with a solid performance on race day. The 15-year-old took the chequered flag in 18th, continuing his development as a World Championship rider.
The young Turkish talent started from 26th place and managed to hold his position after the lights went out. By Lap 5, Can Öncü was up into 20th, leading a group of four riders. Past the midway point in the contest, the rookie collided with another rider and lost contact with the pack, in his attempt to avoid crashing. Some falls in the leading group gave him the chance to reach 18th place, with him having gained eight positions from his spot on the grid.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team will return to the action from 17th to 19th May, at the legendary Le Mans circuit, for the French Grand Prix.
Aki Ajo - Team manager
"It's Can Öncü's first full season, so the main objective for him is to continue learning. I have seen great progress from him this weekend; he has been more calm than in the past. Being able to finish the race after contact from another rider is positive, so I hope that this result will help him to trust in himself more. I'm sure that throughout this season we will get closer and closer to the top positions."
61 CAN ÖNCÜ
"It was a good race for us and we enjoyed it a lot. I made a good start and, in the first half of the contest, I was fighting for places further up the order. Unfortunately, with 10 laps to go, I made a small mistake and collided with another rider, losing a lot of time. Even so, we were able to finish in 18th position, which is a step forward for us. Now we have to continue working to improve and get faster. I'm sure that we will achieve a great result soon."
TOP10 FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 IN JEREZ
Luca Marini and Nicolò Bulega cross the finishing line of the Spanish GP into the eighth and ninth place.
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), May 5th 2019 - Once again Top10 and important placings for Luca Marini and Nicolò Bulega at the Spanish GP. The couple of the Sky Racing Team VR46, after the second start due to the red flag exposed after the crash involving A. Marquez, R. Gardner, M. Bezzecchi and D. Ekki Pratama, was the protagonist of an good race.
Luca, who started from the 13th place on the grid, struggled to keep up the pace of the strongest guys in the first laps, but he ended up as one of the most competitive and managed to climb the rankings to the eighth overall place.
Good start, but some small mistakes during the first lap for Nicolò who found himself forced to recover positions. He crossed the finishing line in ninth place and scored the first points in Moto2 after his arm surgery.
Overall a positive Sunday: both riders in the points and in the Top10. Nicolò was back to the track after his injury in the best way, it was very important for him has reached the finishing line. Luca had a more difficulty start but he was incisive in the final stages. An aspect on which we have to continue to work on.
A difficult weekend: we didn't expect to have no feeling with the bike and start from the thirteenth box on the grid. This obviously compromised the race because I was stuck in traffic and I lost a lot, especially the first laps. In the final stages I was able to push, I had to adapt my style to this bike, because we made some changes after the warm up. I managed to recover, but we have a lot of work to do and I'm happy to go to Aragon for the testing session. We need to understand how to take advantage of the new tire and find a good setting to avoid having to adapt my riding style to each track.
The Top10 after the surgery is a good result for me and for the whole Team and I'm happy. Even in qualifying we did a good job and we need to continue like this. Improving every day and working on the details.
Masaki finished the race just behind the Top10 in Jerez Circuit Angel Nieto.
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Jerez’s sunday started this morning with Warm Up session, where riders finally founded the right pace and some positive feelings with the bike.
At 11 o’clock riders started the race (Yurchenko from P.18 and Masaki from P.22), and they were able to gained positions.
Masaki ended up in 13° place and he obtained the first points of the season.
Yurchenko, who was fighting the same with the big group crashed in a corner, tried to end up the race but as he lost a lot of time during the crash, he wasn’t able to finish in the classification.
#76 MAKAR YURCHENKO P. /
“I’m a little bit disappointed about today’s race because we were with the big group, and even if the other riders were quite aggressive I think we could have finish the race with some points.
In the third lap I had to go straight in a corner as a rider brakes too early.
I lost a lot of time with the crash but I decided to go on in order to achieve more experience and study the bike.
#22 KAZUKI MASAKI P. 13
“Today the race was quite positive because I was able to gained the first points of the season and also because the front group wasn’t too far from me. Nevertheless I have to study the bike in order to improving the approach in the corners and try to lean more.
My lap time during the race was close to the front group, but unfortunately we started from the back because of yesterday’s qualifying. Next time I will try to do a better qualifying and improving my race result. “
Kornfeil in incredible podium fight, 3 weeks after collarbone fracture. Salac with technical problem
Sometimes racing writes stories in which both joy and suffering set the tone. Sunday's race at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto awaited with much hotter temperatures and after a little tyre poker, the Redox PrüstelGP team found themselves in an action-packed Moto3 thriller - right in the middle of the podium fight: Jakub Kornfeil. Newcomer Filip Salac had to retire from the race.
Three weeks after Jakub Kornfeil broke his collarbone at the Austin race, he returned with a bang at the European opener in Jerez de la Frontera. The 26-year-old made a good start and was able to stick with the leading group. Countless overtaking maneuvers later, the most experienced Moto3 rider is fighting for third place. A few corners before the end of the race, however, a mistake and an almost crash led to a loss of position but still a very good 7th place at the Gran Premio de Red Bull España.
On the other side of the pits, the race was over after only 10 laps. Although 17-year-old Filip Salac rode a strong race and was in a group with a lot of potential, reaching up to the 14th position. The former Red Bull Rookies Cup rider had to return his Moto3 KTM to the pits after a technical defect. After a first inspection, Stefan Kirsch, crew chief of Filip Salac, explained that "an electronic problem was found in the data logger. A switch that turns the ignition on and off was the reason for our retirement. We can't investigate any further as the part has to be given to KTM." The visibly disappointed youngster will nevertheless take the good feeling he had lately with him to Le Mans.
The Redox PrüstelGP Team, with the team owners Ingo and Florian Prüstel, would like to thank all the sponsors who supported the young team from Sachsenring on site and in front of the TV screens. After the Czech's strong performance, the anticipation and motivation for the next race at Le Mans from 17 - 19 May 2019 is immense, because once again the team has proven that it is possible to fight for the podium.
Jakub Kornfeil #84
I felt really strong in the race, although I had to find a way to make it through. I am happy with our hard tyres choice. The bike was working really well and at the beginning I managed to keep up with the leading group. I quickly found a rhythm and my race pace was faster than ever here at Jerez. I am super unhappy with how the last lap went because I was coming in third after keeping Canet behind me for some laps. Just as we came into the final lap of the race there were many things happening. I know if I was surviving the first and second sector in thrid, I know nobody would be able to overtake me in section 3 because I was just pretty strong and fast but then I made a mistake. I knew if the others would catch me on the brakes, I would be screwed but then I braked way too late and went wide. I came out of this corner fifth or sixth and even managed to0 overtake Arenas again but then in turn 11 I nearly high sided over the front wheel, so another moment where I lost time, my line and positions. It was a tricky race with a lot of things happening and I am just super upset because today I lost a podium finish. I am sorry for my team but I guess that’s racing. I am already looking forward to Le Mans because I like that track and I will be much fitter and it is now clear that the podium is close.
Filip Salac #12
In the warm up I made two stops after two laps because my rear tyre was broken, so we had to change it and then, when I was in the fast lap, my front wheel closed and I almost crashed but then I saved it. In that lap I rode my best time but the position wasn’t so good. But we knew what to do for the race and we did it, and in the race I didn’t have a good start but then I was pushing. I made a good lap time of 1’47.249, which is my record here in Jerez. I tried to catch the group with Toba, he was attacking me and he tried to catch the group in front of us, the group was fighting for the fourteenth place but after two laps with Toba, my bike’s power went down and after two laps my bike’s engine turned off and on and then it totally stopped and I had to finish the race earlier because of a technical problem. It was another unlucky race. But I am happy about the lap times. I made good progress and I feel more comfortable on the bike. We’ll see in the test on Tuesday if we can improve a little bit more but I want to say thanks to all sponsors, my family, all the fans and people who support me.
Hard fought Top 5 for Binder in Jerez
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider finishes fifth, whilst Jorge Martin suffers a crash with 7 laps remaining.
05/05/2019 - Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team experienced mixed results at the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain -the first European round of the season. Brad Binder put in a solid performance, salvaging a hard fought Top 5 finish after a difficult weekend. Jorge Martin suffered a crash 7 laps from the chequered flag, when attempting to break into the points.
An incident involving multiple riders on the opening corner of the race caused the contest to be restarted, at a reduced length of 15 laps. The South African managed to stay calm and got off the line well, maintaining his grid position of 10th. In just 7 laps, Brad Binder had gone up to fifth and a solid race pace allowed him to cross the line in that spot for a positive result.
Jorge Martin made a strong start the second time around, climbing two positions from 22nd on the grid. The reigning Moto3 World Champion progressively rose up the order, until crashing at Turn 10 when in 16th place, and he was unable to remount after the fall 7 laps from the end.
Brad Binder is 10th in the Moto2 overall standings, while Jorge Martin occupies 25th place. The next event for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team will be the French Grand Prix, held from 17th to 19th May at the historic Le Mans circuit.
Aki Ajo - Team manager
"It was a difficult weekend for us in Moto2. Brad Binder had a good performance, as it is not easy to ride here when it's so hot. We had some issues controlling the bike and we suffered from chattering. I want to congratulate Brad because he has finally reached the Top 5, which is a solid result. Unfortunately, Jorge [Martin] crashed, but I want to emphasise that he did a great job throughout the weekend. After his fall beforehand, we understand that it was difficult for him to regain his confidence for the race. At the factory everybody is working very hard, preparing new updates continuously. I'm sure we'll be fighting for the top positions soon."
41 BRAD BINDER
"I have to thank the team, because we tried everything and worked very hard. Despite this, we weren't able to find the way and we suffered from the same problems. When we managed to improve in one aspect, we had issues with another. Today was a very hard race for me; I tried to stay calm and be smart, because when you see that you have riders ahead, it is very difficult to resist the urge to push. I did my best, so we are happy about that. I hope we can change things for Le Mans because we are able to do much more than what we are showing now."
88 JORGE MARTIN
"It was a difficult race. I got off the line very well on the first start, but the second one was a little harder for me. I managed to recover positions but the bike was skidding out a lot going into corners, making me run wide all the time. I tried not to lose contact with the group that were in the points. Unfortunately, I crashed, but the important thing is that I escaped uninjured. Despite not having finished the race, we have improved slightly, so now we have to take advantage of the test on Tuesday to keep making progress and get to the next race much stronger."
Best global combined result ever for Honda Team Asia
Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto
Rd.4 Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain
Ambient:19℃ / Track: 30℃
Both riders have been protagonists in an electrifying race in Jerez, starting from the middle of the grid to finish in the points in a blazing race in Jerez. Toba finishing in 6th place and Ai Ogura in 9th.
Hiroshi Aoyama - Team Manager
A very exciting race in this Spanish GP. To start in 20th and 24th position is not great to start a race. They choose the hard option tyre and that permits them to recuperate positions from the middle of the race to the end when the other riders were slower. They catch up the top group to finish 6th and 9th, an excellent job. But we are also a little bit angry because with a better result in qualifying for sure they could do a better race. We are really motivated for the next race in Le Mans.
6th Kaito Toba #27
What a difficult race! I didn’t do a good qualifying and I started form the 24th position. Also, in the first laps of the race I was very slow and I loss some positions, with a big gap in respect to the front. I tried to recover during the race, pushing really hard for this 6th position. It’s not a bad result, but it’s a shame because with a better position on the grid and a better rhythm in the first lap, it was possible to be in the podium. I must improve in this point.
9th Ai Ogura #79
To finish with a gap of only 1.4 to the winner is good after to start in 20th position and recovering to finish 9th. At the end of the race I was strong, with a very good pace but I need to overtake more riders at the beginning of the race to make easier the final part of the race. I need to fight more, especially in qualifying and get a better starting position.
A SUNDAY TO FORGET FOR LOWES IN THE #SPANISHGP
It is needless to say that after the brilliant preseason test at Jerez de la Frontera, expectations were very high for Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 to be among the absolute protagonists of the first European weekend of the season in the middleweight class.
Things did not go as planned, however, with Sam Lowes struggling to find the right feeling throughout the weekend; today, in what was a shortened race following the crash by Marquez and Gardner on the opening lap, he crashed while entering turn nine with only few laps in.
A mistake that came with great cost, with the Briton that was putting together a good recovery: he was running in eight position at the time of the crash, and with the pace shown he could have easily finished within the top six.
There are now a few hours available to analyse what happened and decide what to do, before taking on a one-day test at the same track on Tuesday 7th.
DNF - SAM LOWES #22
“It has been a very difficult weekend because this is a track I really like and where I’m normally very competitive. I was expecting to be quick this time too, but it was all ups and downs. We were quick in one session but then not so much in the following one. Things didn’t go well at all during warm up, but then the situation improved during the race. We were still missing some grip, but the crash was my mistake – nothing wrong with the bike. I was too fast entering turn nine and then I crashed. We didn’t have the pace to win but surely to be in the top six. We now have to focus on the test in order to better understand the new tyres and be 100% ready for Le Mans.”
Little fortune for our riders in Jerez
Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto
Rd.4 Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain
Ambient: 20℃ / Track: 40℃
Chantra finished in a remarkable 17th position, even though he suffered some issues. Dimas was involved in a big crash on lap 1 and miss the race, but he’s ready for Le Mans.
Hiroshi Aoyama - Team Manager
After the big accident in turn 1 and the red flag we saw that Dimas was involved, after the medical check fortunately he’s ok but of course he misses the race. Chantra had some issues with the front feeling making it impossible for him to push like yesterday. He was fighting every single lap trying to do his best a behaviour that we appreciate. Being a rookie, I think he has done a good job during this weekend. We stay in Jerez for a one-day test on Tuesday, where we will try some solutions that help him to be faster.
DNF Dimas Ekky Pratama #20
I’m disappointed because I made a good start of the race and I overtake some riders, but between the first and the second corner Gardner crashed in front of me and it was impossible to avoid contact with his bike. I tried to get up even though the impact was hard but the doctors don’t permit me. After the medical check I’m ready and fit for Le Mans.
17th Somkiat Chantra #35
I’m very happy with my race, finishing in 17th position. Despite an arm pump and a problem with the front feeling, that didn’t let me maintain the good rhythm I had in practice. Maybe after Le Mans I will need a surgery to solve this problem with my arm, we will know more later this week.
THE MV AGUSTA IDEALAVORO FORWARD RACING TEAM STILL POINTS UN THE FIRST EUROPEAN RACE
The fourth race of the season of the Moto2 World Championship saw the team MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward Racing win additional points for season 2019 on the circuit of Jerez de la Frontera. The first European race for the Italian-Swiss racing team therefore comes to a positive end.
It was a shorter race, only 15 laps, instead of the 23 expected, following the red flag on the first lap that also determined the quick restart .
Dominique Aegerter, starting from the 23rd position on the grid, managed to recover 6 positions on the first lap. Continuing to lead a race all in comeback, with a constant pace that allowed him to make several overtakes and to move to 13th position at the finish line, placement that allowed him to win, for him and the team, three more points in the overall standings.
Stefano Manzi in his return on the bike after his injury in Argentina, led his Mv Agusta in 21st position.
Great emotion the one experienced today, a sign that the team has finally taken the right path to bring up the renowned brand Varese. Now the next appointment is for Tuesday in this same track for further testing in view of the next race of the Moto2 World Championship scheduled for the weekend of May 19 at the circuit of Le Mans in France.
DOMINIQUE AEGERTER #77 - p13 +14.179
“It was a shorter race than expected, only 15 laps to go: I made a good start, around the twentieth position there was batte with other riders with whom I also had some contacts. I have to say that the bike has improved a lot, I drove well and I felt at ease on the bike and I also managed to do several fast laps. For me it would have been better to have a longer race to have a little more time to recover. I am happy to have overtaken some good riders and that is a good sign. I thank the team, MV Agusta and the sponsors, I'm happy to celebrate these three points with them. Now we look forward to the test on Tuesday, we have a lot to try in view of the next race at Le Mans. Now we have 5 points in the championship and this is good for this young project that is going in the right direction”.
STEFANO MANZI #62 - p21 +27.887
"Today's race was a bit unusual, I certainly didn't expect it, given the good warm-up this morning. Now we have to understand what happened and work well during Tuesday's tests in view of the next race in France. I'm sure my commitment will always be great and I'll do my best to find the best possible feeling with my F2".
Giovanni Cuzari – Team Owner
“I am happy with this result obtained just at the fourth race of this great project. After the points gained in Texas, with Dominique, we were able to confirm that we are there; the direction is the right one. Even Stefano, despite his return from injury he managed to do a great job, we are constantly working for the development of this bike even if his position at the end of the race is not what we expected. I'm happy because this constant work brings important points. I thank all the guys for putting their heart into this ambitious challenge every day and all our partners who support us. Now we remain focused because the road is still long and there are still many kilometers to go”.