This weekend SHARK’s supported racers took to the track at Sepang, Malaysia for the 15th round of the MotoGP Championships.
In Moto3 Miguel Oliveira scored is firdt podium this season finishing third.
In Moto2 Scott Redding saw his championship lead reduce to just nine points after finishing seventh in a re-started and reduced-lap race. At the end of the re-started first lap Redding had moved his way up to seventh place, by the halfway point the young-Brit had edged into sixth. A last lap challenge by fellow SHARK-man Johann Zarco left Redding crossing the line in seventh, with Zarco in sixth.
Michael Laverty suffered another weekend of disappointment in MotoGP after being penalised with a ride-through penalty for a jump start, and eventually crashed out, unhurt, on the final hairpin on lap 13. The Irish-man hasn’t scored any points since round three, at Jerez, but remains 24th in the overall championship standings. Meanwhile Damien Cudlin qualified in 19th place, but his luck ran out during the race on lap seven, and was forced to retire with technical problems.
The MotoGP and Moto2 championships will now travel to Phillip Island, Australia for round 16 on 18-20 October. While, the final round of the British Superbike Championship will take place at Brands Hatch, Kent on the same weekend, where the BSB title will be decided.
Just as I started to tip in to turn one at the restart I saw someone coming through, trying to win the race in the first corner, so I put the anchors on as Simeon wiped out himself and De Angelis in front of me. That was it for me, because to run the same pace as the front-runners on the straights I needed to be with them, like in the first race, not chasing to catch up like at the restart. I did my best, but when you’ve got two straights back-to-back like this, it’s really hard to do anything. No matter how hard I brake, or how much corner speed I carry, I can’t make up the losses from the two straights. Now we need to go to Australia and win. At this point in the championship, with just three races remaining, it has to be all or nothing. We’ve lost points at the last three races, so now is the time to put it on the line and win again.
Things didn’t quite go my way on race day here at Sepang. Hector Barbera jumped the start in front of me, and I instinctively dropped the clutch and jerked forward. Unfortunately any movement before the lights is deemed a jump start. I was up to 15th position but the ride through penalty ruined any chance of scoring points which we had the pace to do today. I then had a small crash pushing hard trying to catch the guys in front. Hopefully a bit of luck comes our way next weekend in Phillip Island.