The MotoGP and Moto2 championships continued from the Marco Simoncelli circuit in Misano Adriatico, San Marino this weekend. A wet start to the weekend gave way to sunshine as Sunday’s races got underway.
In the MotoGP battle, SHARK’s Stefan Bradl held third place for the majority of the 27-lap race and after the chequered flag the 22-year Bavarian rider celebrated his 100th GP with a final 6th place. Bradl’s performance once again proved how much he has learned in the first two thirds of his rookie MotoGP season.
Meanwhile, fellow SHARK rider Randy de Puniet produced a stunning comeback after running off track in the early stages and returns to the head of the CRT ranking. De Puniet was impeded from the first lap after receiving a blow from another rider, but he was soon back in the thick of it, crossing the line ninth overall and first in the CRT class, gaining seven more points to takes the lead in the CRT standings.
The Moto2 race was red flagged after an oil spill just three laps in. In the re-start, Scott Redding was demoted from the front to the second row and started from fifth. He got away well and battled in the leading pack early on, but as the race entered the closing stages the 19-year-old Briton lost a couple of places on the straight and eventually ended in seventh.
Meanwhile, Johann Zarco struggled in the group of pursuers alternating positions with rivals several times and finishing in 10th place, earning more points and consolidating his leadership in the Rookie of the Year classification.
First of all it was a strange beginning of the race with two starts… after that, since the beginning, I was not fully confident with my front tyre and throughout the race it became worse and worse. Then in the last laps I even felt something wrong in the front but do not know what happened exactly and must check the data with the technicians. Once I arrived at the garage we noticed that I had very low front tyre pressure and we are going to investigate later. In those conditions I was not capable to stop the bike on braking so I was losing the position. It’s very frustarting because we were in a good shape and I could gain my first MotoGP podium but I have to take the positive aspect of the weekend. We are capable to stay up in the pack and we will try our best in Aragon. I want to thank the whole Team because this race was very busy for them and once again they made an excellent job.
Randy De Puniet
I am happy, because when Héctor touched me just after the back straight I was lucky not to crash. I lost a lot of places and I was nearly at the back of the group. I needed to force things in order to regain ground. I reached Aleix and stuck with him for seven laps. I didn’t really feel very comfortable, because after running off track I noticed that the bike was locking up at the front on all the right handers. I decided to wait to pass my teammate. At the end of the race he unfortunately had a mechanical issue and was unable to continue, so I’m sorry for him. We were able to complete the race, took a lot of points and are back in front in the CRT standings.
I should have been on the podium here today, no question. I’ve been fast all weekend but, today, when it counted, the pace just wasn’t there. The short race should have suited me, and I was quick to find a good rhythm, but every time I passed someone they’d just drive past me on the straight and I couldn’t retake them in the next turn, because they had the speed that I was missing. It’s getting more and more frustrating now. For me it’s stopped being about who’s the best rider in Moto2, because physical size seems to be more important than skill. We need to find something to offset the disadvantage, and we need to find it fast.
We can be happy with 10th place because I struggled in qualifying. I made a mistake that forced me to start from fifteenth on the grid. The race was very tense because of the double starts, when it happens it is always difficult to maintain concentration. At the first start, I got a good start and tried to do the same in the second, because the race was shortened to just 14 laps. I made a good start managing to make some good overtakes that led me up to eighth place and I found a good rhythm, better than in qualifying, but I was already pushing very hard and this has affected the life of the tyres that in last three laps gave up the ghost. I tried to compensate this decline by altering my riding style but my arms were pumped by then. At that point it was difficult to for my MotoBI to get good traction out of corners and I had to relinquish a few positions. If we th ink with a clear mind today’s result is important for the Championship, it is possible to reach seventh place and this is my goal.