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Vinales Set To Start Solo Performance at the San Marino Grand Prix
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A somewhat incomplete Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team returns to Italy for the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini this week, with Maverick Viñales as the team's sole representative following Valentino Rossi's injury.

A fortnight ago, Viñales ended the weekend at the Silverstone Circuit on a high, securing a hard-fought second place. Thanks to this podium result, he is now in third place in the championship standings, 13 points from first and with a 4-point margin to second place.

This weekend the Spaniard aims to inch closer to the top spot in the rankings again, by securing a place on the San Marino rostrum. He visited it once before, when he scored a second place in the Moto3 class in 2013. Though the improved feeling on his YZR-M1 at the British Grand Prix - and the positive private Misano test results of the week before - left the young Spaniard in high spirits, he is saddened that he will be riding without his teammate at the upcoming MotoGP round.

The Italian supporters are also disappointed that Rossi will not be racing at his home Grand Prix, especially as the track is just 20 minutes down the road from his home in Tavullia. Though the fans will deeply miss the nine-time World Champion's presence, they will be cheered up by the news that - after breaking his leg in an enduro training accident on Thursday, 31st August - his recovery is going well.

The Italian has confirmed that he will be back on his bike as soon as he returns to full fitness. For the San Marino Grand Prix, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will set up his garage as usual, so his two YZR-M1s will be there for the fans to see.

This weekend the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP bikes will again sport a "#rodamosjuntos" logo, as part of a safe driving awareness initiative started by Movistar. The safety campaign was launched during La Vuelta (and run until September 9th) to promote mutual respect between drivers and cyclists on the road.

Besides supporting this safety initiative, the Factory Yamaha team is also supporting KiSS Misano (KiSS stands for Keep it Shiny & Sunstainable). On Thursday, September 7th, Yamaha Motor Racing Srl General Manager Marco Riva will attend a pre-event press conference, where he will reveal the special Yamaha Tricity that Yamaha Motor Italy is donating to the Misano Circuit to support the environmental and social sustainability programme. The special livery Tricity is to be used for health emergencies. The vehicle is styled to match KiSS Misano's "green image", so it will stand out in a crowd, and it comes equipped with a Cardiac Science AED device (a resuscitator).

The Misano track was constructed in 1972 and was a regular scene for Italian Grands Prix throughout the 80s and early 90s. The 4.2 km track is ridden clockwise since a radical renovation was done to meet MotoGP's safety regulations in 2007, putting the circuit back on the calendar. The upgrade also included a new chicane, giving the 4.2 km track its current lay-out of six left and ten right corners. These improvements not only made the track safer, but also increased the race excitement, as the numerous fast corners provide many overtaking possibilities for the passionate Italian fans to enjoy.

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Maverick Viñales
Championship 3rd - Points: 170
"Unfortunately we will arrive at the Misano Grand Prix without my teammate Valentino and it's a big shame. I know it's a very special GP for him, as it's his home race, and it will not be the same if he's not there. I wish him a quick recovery and hope to have him back in the garage as soon as possible. We are very motivated after the podium at Silverstone, we're working in the right direction again. I'm starting to have the same feeling on my M1 that I had at the beginning of the season and that gives me a lot of calm and allows me to focus on continuing to get points in each race. It's very positive that we were able to give a good performance in the test at the Misano track some weeks ago and we improved a lot of things on the set-up, so I will try as always to give my 100% to bring a new victory to Yamaha."

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Valentino Rossi
Championship: 4th - Points: 157
"It's a big pity that I can't be at my home GP. For sure, I was really looking forward to the round in Misano, because riding in front of the fans there is something very special, but I have to treat the injury with care. I know the team is supporting me during the rehabilitation process. Fortunately I'm fine, I'm not too bad and I've already managed to start some light physiotherapy. The recovery time isn't short, but I will do everything I can to get back on track as soon as possible. I have to say thanks to everyone for the affection you have shown me during these days. See you soon!"


Massimo Meregalli
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Team Director
"After the test in Misano, almost three weeks ago, we had a really good race weekend at the Silverstone Circuit. Maverick is confident and he's 100% focused, as always, on getting as many points as possible in this weekend's race. As the championship standings are bunched up again, we're really looking forward to this next round. The whole team loves Misano, not only because the track is amazing, but the atmosphere there is something special and the San Marino Grand Prix is also a second "home race" for the team. However, Vale's accident has cast a bit of a grey cloud over the event. Our team will miss Valentino. We wish him all the best and look forward to having him back as soon as possible."
 

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Misano Challenge Up Next for Confident Zarco and Folger
The upbeat Monster Yamaha Tech3 rookie duo are fired up for the San Marino Grand Prix this weekend where they fully intend to fight for two notable results aboard their Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bikes. Johann Zarco has his sights set on concluding the 28 lap battle inside the top five at the thirteenth round of the championship. Whereas Jonas Folger determinedly aims to bounce back from a recent run of bad luck and duel for the top independent rider honours on the beautiful Adriatic coast.


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Johann Zarco
Championship: 6th - Points: 109
"I am excited to visit Misano because it's an interesting circuit and after visiting Austria and Silverstone, it will be a small track for the MotoGP bikes. It is going to be very important to work effectively with the team in order to set the bike up and feel comfortable so that we can have a positive race on Sunday. For sure the GP weekend will not be easy, but I hope to be consistent from the beginning to the end. The circuit is one that I like and I have good memories from my days in Moto2 and the 125cc class. In addition, the weather can be quite hot and the venue is right next to the Adriatic Sea. So overall, I aim to have a rewarding time and finish inside the top five to get a lot of points for the championship."


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Jonas Folger
Championship: 9th - Points: 77
"Of course I am looking forward to this weekend after the tough time that we had at Silverstone but I am sure that we are going to have more luck in Italy. I have great memories at Misano, including a pole position in Moto3 and some good results in the past. It's a track that I really like a lot and perhaps we will try the new aerodynamic parts again because I think we will have an advantage with the winglets at Misano. I am sure that we will have a better time than the last three races and I hope to finish the weekend with a lot of points."



Hervé Poncharal
Monster Yamaha Tech3 - Team Manager
"Misano is the next event for the MotoGP World Championship and it's always a very exciting weekend with many fans, hot weather, and a fantastic atmosphere. In addition, it's a really special circuit and different to the last tracks that we have visited because it's short as well as anti clockwise and a place where some riders don't always have a good feeling. Clearly, the factory teams have been testing there, but few independent teams have and certainly not Tech3 but we are ready and excited. Aside from that, the big news is that the national hero, Valentino Rossi will not be on the starting grid due to a very unfortunate off road accident. The atmosphere won't the same without Valentino, but he is out of the hospital and we hope that he will be able to visit the track for the fans who will support him and aid his recovery process. For Monster Yamaha Tech3, it is going to be another tough race for sure as the level is so high. We have to try to be in the top five but we also have to remember that both of our riders are rookies. Most importantly, it's vital that our guys perform well so they fight for the Rookie Of The Year title which is highly significant for Johann and Jonas. Currently, we also hold the top independent position and this was not easy or planned when you consider how fast the other riders are, but we are leading this. Therefore, we aim to continue scoring some good points so that we can carry on fighting for this. Italy is a special country for MotoGP racing and we can't wait to be back on the track. Johann was our only rider in Silverstone on Sunday and he had a great race. Whereas Jonas was unfortunately not able to participate, but he is 100% physically fit so we hope to be able to produce an entertaining show and finish this Italian week on a positive note."
 

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HIGH HOPES FOR IANNONE AND RINS IN THE MISANO GRAND PRIX

Team Suzuki Press Office – September 6.
It is the 13th race of the season and Team SUZUKI ECSTAR return to Italy for the Grand Prix of Misano and the Rimini Riviera. The lovely and warm location on the seaside will greet Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins for the penultimate round before their departure overseas.

Alex Rins is arriving to the Italian Riviera in positive mood after the fine performance he had in Silverstone. Not only was he able to have a positive race with solid, fast pace, but his improvements throughout the whole weekend have been consistent. His capacity to learn very quickly and adapt to the MotoGP class is remarkable.

For Andrea Iannone this will be a sort of “home grand prix.” His hometown Vasto is only a couple of hours away from the Marco Simoncelli Misano World Circuit. The improvements made to the setup after the Brno test are paying off, and although the results of last race were below expectations, the progress made give high hopes to the Italian for a positive race in Italy.

The circuit is still 4.2km (2.63 miles) long, with six left-hand corners and 10 right-hand, with the longest straight being 565m (1853.67 ft) in length. The surface itself is fairly flat, without elevation changes, allowing fans to get the best view of the track action. In fact, the track is well-known for having a great atmosphere. Close to the city of Rimini, the Misano Adriatico circuit was constructed in 1972 and has since undergone an array of modifications. A fixture of the Italian Grand Prixs throughout the 80´s and early 90´s, Misano returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2007.

Davide Brivio – Team Manager
“We arrive in Misano with hope and will to continue to improve. In the last three races, we’ve made small steps ahead, especially with Alex, therefore we will try to continue this positive path also in Misano. With Andrea as well, we made some improvements in the practice sessions and we now need to seize on these improvements also for the race. The approach to the weekend will be a tough one for us, as we are the only team who couldn’t make any tests here before the race. We will try to make the most of Friday and Saturday. Little by little we are improving consistently, I hope Misano will be another step in our path to growth and get even better performances until the end.”

Alex Rins
"In Silverstone we succeeded in completing a positive weekend. We were able to set a good pace from the first practice session, which is crucial in this category. We were also very close to getting direct access to Q2 and the pace in the race was consistent and fast. These are positive things that help me gain more and more confidence and to head to Misano with a good attitude. The Misano circuit is one I’ve always liked, and we will try to have the same approach, with effective settings from the beginning and then improving step by step. I’m confident I will be able to learn more and more, as well as gain a greater understanding of my GSX-RR and the strategies, which are a crucial issue in this category.”

Andrea Iannone
“I hope that since Misano is my home race I will be able to make it a good one this year. So far the results have been below my expectations. I hope I’ll be able to have a better understanding of the situation and to react in the shortest time possible. In Silverstone’s race I struggled as well; I didn´t feel very confident in race, but it’s strange because in practice we had some important improvements and I felt better with the GSX-RR. We must capitalize more on the improvements we make and to show them in the races. Let’s start back to Misano with a better understanding, and find more competitiveness, with the hope of getting better results.”
 

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Repsol Honda Team head to San Marino’s Marco Simoncelli Circuit
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Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
Misano World Circuit, San Marino
MotoGP 2017, Round 13

The 2017 MotoGP season moves into its final third with the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini this weekend, and never before has the title chase been so tight, with the top five riders in the MotoGP Championship covered by only 35 points after 12 races.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are among them, Marc in second place, nine points behind leader Andrea Dovizioso, with Dani in fifth. After a tough race at Silverstone, Marc and Dani look forward to again fighting at the front this Sunday at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, a track where they both have great records and where, on 20 August, they spent their fifth and final allotted day of private testing for the year.

At the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini (held at Misano)

Marc Marquez has 4 wins, 1×125 (2010), 2xMoto2 (2011, 2012), and 1xMotoGP (2015), plus 1 podium and 3 pole positions.

Dani Pedrosa has 2 wins in MotoGP (2010, 2016), plus an additional 4 podiums and 2 pole positions.

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We’ll try and have a great weekend in Misano, putting the last race behind us. The important thing is that lately we’ve been competitive at all kinds of tracks, so now we go to Misano, which has a twisty, tight layout, with the same approach and mentality that have worked very well for us so far. We’ll look to be as strong as possible, not with victory as the only target but ready to fight for it if we have the opportunity to do so. We’ll work to get the best result possible. We had a positive test there in August, so we’ll go there ready to start well beginning on Friday morning.



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I’m looking forward to the Misano race and it's a track I like. There are always a lot of fans there, and an incredible atmosphere. I have good memories there and I've enjoyed some strong results, so I hope to be able to work well in every session. A couple of weeks ago we had a test there that went quite well, and hopefully that will help us to get things going in the right direction right from the beginning of the weekend.



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A dominant Friday for Petrux at #SanMarinoGP: P1 after first day of FP. Scott struggled
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It was an outstanding Friday for Octo Pramac Racing as Danilo Petrucci dominated the FP2 by finishing in first position the first day of free practice for the “Grand Prix of Misano e della Riviera di Rimini”.

Some more difficulties for Scott who couldn’t fight for the Top 10 finishing in 16° position.

Petrux was very fast since the morning ending FP1 in 5° position (44 thousands of a second from the hypothetical front row). The Italian rider, despite a little flu, came back on track in the afternoon with a stunning feeling, and already from the initial laps he maintained the same pace of Marquez. In the last run, Petrux completed a masterpiece with the best time in T1 and T3 and the first position in Friday’s combined classification.

Despite the good indication from the mid-July test, Scott Redding was not able to be competitive, and after finishing in P18 the free practice of the morning, he had to settle for P16 position in FP2.

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1st - Danilo Petrucci - 1'33.231
"It was a good day. I wanted to start strongly after the difficulties of Silverstone's free practices. After the test in July I knew I had a good bike even though the weather conditions and the tires were different. I am very happy about how we started the weekend. Is going to be fundamental to start in a forward position here in Misano".


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16th - Scott Redding - 1'34.266
"The feeling is not yet the best. I am struggling with the tires. The feeling is that the medium tire is too soft and I couldn’t find grip with the hard tire. After the good feeling at Silverstone, today things did not go well. We have to work on the details, and find the areas where we can improve tomorrow".
 

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IANNONE IN TOP TEN AT FIRST DAY OF MISANO GP

Team Suzuki Press Office – September 8.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s rider Andrea Iannone classified 9th after today’s free practice sessions at the San Marino GP, with a best time of 1’33.740. Teammate Alex Rins had a best lap of 1’35.052, which sets him at the bottom of the provisional sheet.

In the morning both riders worked hard to find the ideal base settings as quickly as possible, without having a reference for the track this year. The progression through the sessions went smoothly, with solid improvements for both. The Free Practice 1 ended with Iannone in 16th place (1'35.306 +1.750) and Rins in 17th (1'35.415 +1.859).

In FP2, riders were able to benefit from setting improvements, although the team is still working on finalising the feeling with braking and corner entry. Despite this, Iannone was able to put in a strong lap that gave him 9th place in the provisional classification, which may prove fortunate in case tomorrow morning will be rainy.

Davide Brivio – Team Manager

“We still have some work to do to improve the feel of the bike for Andrea, but today we started better than the previous races. For the moment we are in top ten, which makes the day a positive one. Alex struggled a little more in the afternoon, but we are pretty much used to a slower start of the weekend with him. The important thing is to continue to improve with both of them tomorrow. We are hoping the weather will be good. With both of them we have to improve the braking and the feeling in the front; this is our main focus for tomorrow.”

Andrea Iannone
“This morning has been a strange session, with very poor grip. I’m not sure if it was only a problem for us or for everybody else. In the afternoon things went a little better, but we are still struggling. In terms of a fast lap we are still half of a second slower, which is not that much, but overall we are still far from the performance we expected. I can’t enter corners properly or brake properly, which means I lose a lot of time. This is the main issue we are working on; I hope we will be able to find some solutions for tomorrow. I still believe we can, but we are struggling.”

Alex Rins
"Today’s result is not satisfactory in terms of classification but I’m not worried too much. Mainly it’s a matter of adaptation to this circuit, as the track here is very different from the ones we‘ve raced before. It’s more narrow and intense; therefore it’s taking me more time to adapt my riding. In the morning my position was not bad, in the afternoon I had a couple of minor crashes that took away some of my confidence to push harder. Nothing serious, I didn’t get injured. I just lost control of the front, which is actually what we are working on. I don’t have the proper feeling with the front end, so it’s hard to push it to the limit. Iannone is in the top ten, this means that we have the potential. We just need to keep working on the proper riding and feel for the bike.”

GP of San Marino – Classification after Free Practice 2:
1. Danilo PETRUCCI, OCTO Pramac Racing - 1'33.231
2. Maverick VIÑALES, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - 1'33.236 +0.005
3. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Ducati Team - 1'33.294 +0.063
4. Dani PEDROSA, Repsol Honda Team - 1'33.346 +0.115
5. Marc MARQUEZ, Repsol Honda Team - 1'33.475 +0.244
6. Cal CRUTCHLOW, LCR Honda - 1'33.545 +0.314
7. Michele PIRRO, Ducati Team - 1'33.591 +0.360
8. Jorge LORENZO, Ducati Team - 1'33.614 +0.383
9. Andrea IANNONE, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 1'33.740 +0.509
10. Tito RABAT, EG 0,0 Marc VDS - 1'33.820 +0.589
11. Aleix ESPARGARO, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 1'33.832 +0.601
12. Johann ZARCO, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - 1'33.914 +0.683
13. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Pull&Bear Aspar Team - 1'33.937 +0.706
14. Loris BAZ, Reale Avintia Racing - 1'34.054 +0.823
15. Hector BARBERA, Reale Avintia Racing - 1'34.137 +0.906
16. Scott REDDING, OCTO Pramac Racing - 1'34.266 +1.035
17. Jonas FOLGER, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - 1'34.322 +1.091
18. Jack MILLER, EG 0,0 Marc VDS - 1'34.411 +1.180
19. Pol ESPARGARO, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 1'34.499 +1.268
20. Karel ABRAHAM, Pull&Bear Aspar Team - 1'34.678 +1.447
21. Bradley SMITH, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 1'34.842 +1.611
22. Sam LOWES, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 1'34.903 +1.672
23. Alex RINS, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 1'35.052 +1.821
 

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Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa and Marquez in close fourth and fifth places on Day 1 at Misano
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8 Sep 2017
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Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
Misano World Circuit, San Marino
MotoGP 2017, Round 13

On the opening day of the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Dani Pedrosa set the fourth-quickest lap, just 0.115” down on the top time, improving on his best effort from FP1 (which had put him in P7) by over a second.

Marc Marquez was fastest in the morning and was lapping at the front in the afternoon session as well, but was unable to try a final time attack after suffering a small crash at turn 16 around eight minutes from the end. Marc finished in a very close fifth position, less than two and a half hundredths of a second off provisional pole-setter Danilo Petrucci.

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Dani Pedrosa 26
4th / 1'33.346


“This morning the track conditions were not 100% after the yesterday’s rain, and even though they improved this afternoon, the grip wasn’t as good as when we came here for the test about two weeks ago. Anyway, we were able to do quite a lot of work, especially on the tyres, looking to understand which one adapts better to the track, and also on the suspension settings. Tomorrow we’ll keep working on the tyre choice and we’ll also concentrate to improve in the third sector, where we’re still missing something.”



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5th / 1'33.475


“I’m quite happy with today. Just the small crash at the end was a bit of shame, but in general I felt good on the bike from the beginning, which is positive. We also started FP2 very well, but then we decided to try a few different things on the setup that didn’t work as expected. That aside, I’m feeling comfortable at this track and we’re working very well. Tomorrow we’ll work more on the tyre choice, focusing on the hard option in order to make a few comparisons with what we did today.”



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Petrux fights in Q2 and conquers a precious P8 at #SanMarinoGP. Seventh row start for Scott.
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A good Saturday for Danilo Petrucci, who gives Octo Pramac Racing the third row in the “Gran Premio of San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini”. Scott can't find the right feeling in Q1 and ends in 19th position.

After dominating Friday's free practice, Petrux shows that he is also in confidence on the qualifying Saturday of his "Home GP". After having encountered some difficulties in the Fp3, also due to a strong wind, the rider from Terni found a good feeling in the Fp4. In Q2, he fought until the last lap for the second row and then finished in eighth position, 5 thousandths of a second behind Pedrosa and 3 tenths of a tenth from the front row.

After Friday's difficulties, Scott was not able to be competitive during the Q1 and had to settle for the seventh row with a time of 1'34.132.

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8th - Danilo Petrucci - 1'32.997
"I was expecting something more. Yesterday, I was not really at the maximum with the bike but I managed to be fast. This morning the wind gave us some troubles, and I was not able to find a good pace. A good result would have been the second row but I did not make a perfect lap. However, there are the conditions in order to make a good race".


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19th - Scott Redding - 1'34.132
"I am very disappointed for the result of the qualifying, but if I have to be honest I struggled all week end. The feeling with the front was never good and I could not find the right confidence. I was not expecting much from the qualifying, a good result was not easy to obtain. However, there was the opportunity to do something more. The rain? Will see what will happen".
 

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Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa and Marquez in close fourth and fifth places on Day 1 at Misano
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Misano World Circuit, San Marino
MotoGP 2017, Round 13

On the opening day of the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Dani Pedrosa set the fourth-quickest lap, just 0.115” down on the top time, improving on his best effort from FP1 (which had put him in P7) by over a second.

Marc Marquez was fastest in the morning and was lapping at the front in the afternoon session as well, but was unable to try a final time attack after suffering a small crash at turn 16 around eight minutes from the end. Marc finished in a very close fifth position, less than two and a half hundredths of a second off provisional pole-setter Danilo Petrucci.

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Dani Pedrosa 26
4th / 1'33.346


“This morning the track conditions were not 100% after the yesterday’s rain, and even though they improved this afternoon, the grip wasn’t as good as when we came here for the test about two weeks ago. Anyway, we were able to do quite a lot of work, especially on the tyres, looking to understand which one adapts better to the track, and also on the suspension settings. Tomorrow we’ll keep working on the tyre choice and we’ll also concentrate to improve in the third sector, where we’re still missing something.”



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Marc Marquez 93
5th / 1'33.475


“I’m quite happy with today. Just the small crash at the end was a bit of shame, but in general I felt good on the bike from the beginning, which is positive. We also started FP2 very well, but then we decided to try a few different things on the setup that didn’t work as expected. That aside, I’m feeling comfortable at this track and we’re working very well. Tomorrow we’ll work more on the tyre choice, focusing on the hard option in order to make a few comparisons with what we did today.”
 

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20TH AND 21ST PLACE FOR RINS AND IANNONE IN MISANO

Team Suzuki Press Office – September 9.

Alex Rins: 20th - 1'34.138 (Q1)
Andrea Iannone: 21st - 1'34.148 (Q1)
Qualifying day at the San Marino GP and the Rimini Riviera saw Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone struggling to get the right feel with their bikes in Q1, the Spaniard ending in 20th place (1’34.138) and the Italian in 21st (1’34.148).

In the morning session, Rins was able to improve from yesterday´s lap time, but not enough to get better than 18th position. His struggle with more efficient riding continued in the Q1, with low confidence with the front end.

More struggles for Andrea Iannone: he couldn’t improve his time in FP3, costing him his chance to get direct access in Q2. The team delivered a new chassis, in order to be more rigid, which proved to be effective for some points but not a complete solution. In Q1 his bad feeling with the front end prevented him from setting a better time, and ended in 21st place.

Davide Brivio – Team Manager
“Unfortunately today has been very tough for us. This track is not really the best for us and we are facing difficulty in adaptation. Alex made good progress. He improved his skills, but still can’t be as effective as he’d like. With Andrea we tried today to anticipate some work that was scheduled for the test, introducing a new chassis, aimed to improve the rigidity. He gave us important feedback that we will now analyse, but at the end of the day his performance was not as we would have hoped. Alex and Andrea will start from 20th and 21st position, which means they will need to recover. We will try to find some improvements tonight and hopefully get them two configurations that could make them feel more confident.”

Alex Rins
"This weekend it is difficult to make progress. We are working hard with the team, as always, only this time we are finding it harder to find what would help us to improve in the rankings. Tomorrow we have the warm up to continue testing and afterwards the race, although the forecast says it may be wet.”

Andrea Iannone
“Honestly I don’t know what’s happening. We are struggling a lot. I can’t ride as I would like to or be as fast as I normally am. I’ve never been so slow. This year I can’t find a way. We are always almost there, but not resulting in the success we expect. I will speak again with engineers and technicians to see how we could improve. The problem is that we don’t have one single major issue, but we have many small issues. We tried a new chassis, but it didn’t make a major improvement. It’s better, but not as much as we’d like. Let’s continue working. That’s what we can do.”

GP of San Marino – Qualifying classification:
1. Maverick VIÑALES, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - 1'32.439
2. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Ducati Team - 1'32.601 +0.162
3. Marc MARQUEZ, Repsol Honda Team - 1'32.636 +0.197
4. Cal CRUTCHLOW, LCR Hondav - 1'32.768 +0.329
5. Jorge LORENZO, Ducati Team - 1'32.792 +0.353
6. Johann ZARCO, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - 1'32.885 +0.446
7. Dani PEDROSA, Repsol Honda Team - 1'32.992 +0.553
8. Danilo PETRUCCI, OCTO Pramac Racing - 1'32.997 +0.558
9. Aleix ESPARGARO, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 1'33.149 +0.710
10. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Pull&Bear Aspar Team - 1'33.417 +0.978
11. Michele PIRRO, Ducati Team - 1'33.491 +1.052
12. Karel ABRAHAM, Pull&Bear Aspar Team - 1'34.374 +1.935
13. Hector BARBERA, Reale Avintia Racing - 1'33.920 (Q1)
14. Jack MILLER, EG 0,0 Marc VDS - 1'33.933 (Q1)
15. Loris BAZ, Reale Avintia Racing - 1'33.946 (Q1)
16. Jonas FOLGER, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - 1'33.987 (Q1)
17. Pol ESPARGARO, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 1'34.080 (Q1)
18. Tito RABAT, EG 0,0 Marc VDS - 1'34.095 (Q1)
19. Scott REDDING, OCTO Pramac Racing - 1'34.132 (Q1)
20. Alex RINS, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 1'34.138 (Q1)
21. Andrea IANNONE, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 1'34.148 (Q1)
22. Bradley SMITH, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 1'34.507 (Q1)
23. Sam LOWES, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 1'35.659 (Q1)
 

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BRILLIANT RACE FOR THE ROOKIE RINS - 8TH IN MISANO GP

Team Suzuki Press Office – September 10.

Alex Rins: 8th / +34.662
Andrea Iannone: DNF
The rain arrived in Misano Adriatico at the beginning of race day, making a mess of the whole situation. The wet conditions rewarded an effective and mature Alex Rins, who took 8th place. This is also his best result of the season so far. Andrea Iannone suffered a problem with his arm which forced him to retire before the end of the race.

Starting from 20th place, Alex Rins did not have a perfect jump at the start. He found himself in last place after the first corner. However, the excellent pace he set from lap 2 on was as fast as the riders at the head of the race. This allowed him to advance many positions. The wise management of the race in the second half was crucial to make his way into ninth place and then go for the eighth in the very last corners.

Despite a positive warm up, where he was feeling good with the GSX-RR in wet, the race proved to be a hard one for Iannone. Immediately after the early laps he started to have problems with an arm pump that made his forearms too stiff to maintain mobility. In these conditions he was not able to safely ride his machine and decided to retire before the end of the race.

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager
“Finally the bad weather helped us. Alex did a very good job; he was able to adapt very well right from the warmup, and also in the race he kept a very good pace. 8th position is a great result, the best in this season. I want to thank him very much. Unfortunately Andrea could not finish the race, which is a real shame because his effectiveness on a wet track was good. I hope the next time he will get a good result. The truth is that this weekend we struggled a lot in dry conditions. This is a fact and we have to face it and find a solution. We will stay here in Misano tomorrow and Tuesday for some private testing. We have many new items, some of them for immediate use for the rest of the season and others for the longer term, for the next season. We will be looking for the missing piece to a better performance.”

Davide Brivio – Team Manager
“We can be very happy for Alex’s race. He’s been excellent in very difficult conditions. He started from the 20th place and recovered many positions. The race was very difficult and it was easy to make a mistake. Considering that he´s a rookie, he’s been very good in the management. The pace in the middle of the race was as fast as the top riders; this makes us proud of him. Sadly we’ve not been very lucky with Andrea. He had a problem at his forearms that forced him to retire from the race. It’s a real shame but we keep positive. Tomorrow if the weather is good, we will have one day of testing here in Misano with some new items. For us it is important to prepare well for the final five races of the season, and also to think about 2018, in order to find a more effective and consistent performance in dry conditions.”

Alex Rins
"I’m happy about this result. During the whole weekend we struggled in dry conditions, but on wet we did a very good job. After the start I found myself in last position. It was a problem with visibility, with all the water kicked up by the other riders ahead of me. Little by little I managed to recover positions, setting my own pace. I saw I could get up to the 9th position and settled behind the rider ahead, where I waited until the last lap to attempt the challenge for 8th place. Then in the last corners we crossed lines with another rider and I lost some ground, without a chance to recover further. My team prepared a fantastic setup for the wet, despite only lapping for 20 minutes in this morning’s warmup.”

Andrea Iannone
“Sadly I had a problem in my arm. I decided to wear the rain suit for the race, which actually proved to be too tight, obstructing the blood flood to the arms, so right after two or three laps my forearm started to pump and get rigid, preventing me from riding properly. I was never able to open the gas full-throttle, and then I also lost responsiveness with the brake. It’s a shame because the machine was performing well and had good potential. I’m sorry for Suzuki because we could have taken advantage of these conditions.”

GP of San Marino – Final race classification:
1. Marc MARQUEZ, Repsol Honda Team - 50'41.565
2. Danilo PETRUCCI, OCTO Pramac Racing - +1.192
3. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Ducati Team - +11.706
4. Maverick VIÑALES, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - +16.559
5. Michele PIRRO, Ducati Team - +19.499
6. Jack MILLER, EG 0,0 Marc VDS - +24.882
7. Scott REDDING, OCTO Pramac Racing - +33.872
8. Alex RINS, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - +34.662
9. Jonas FOLGER, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - +54.082
10. Bradley SMITH, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - +57.964
11. Pol ESPARGARO, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - +1'00.440
12. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Pull&Bear Aspar Team - +1'17.356
13. Cal CRUTCHLOW, LCR Honda - +1'35.588
14 Dani PEDROSA, Repsol Honda Team - +1'38.857
15. Johann ZARCO, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - +2'02.212
16. Loris BAZ, Reale Avintia Racing - 1 Lap
17. Karel ABRAHAM, Pull&Bear Aspar Team - 1 Lap
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Tito RABAT, EG 0,0 Marc VDS - 9 Laps
Andrea IANNONE, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 12 Laps
Sam LOWES, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 13 Laps
Aleix ESPARGARO, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 15 Laps
Hector BARBERA, Reale Avintia Racing - 17 Laps
Jorge LORENZO, Ducati Team - 22 Laps

MotoGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING
1. Marc MARQUEZ, Honda - 199
2. Andrea DOVIZIOSO, Ducati - 199
3. Maverick VIÑALES, Yamaha - 183
4. Valentino ROSSI, Yamaha - 157
5. Dani PEDROSA, Honda - 150
6. Johann ZARCO, Yamaha - 110
7. Danilo PETRUCCI, Ducati - 95
8. Cal CRUTCHLOW, Honda - 92
9. Jorge LORENZO, Ducati - 90
10. Jonas FOLGER, Yamaha - 84
11. Alvaro BAUTISTA, Ducati - 62
12. Scott REDDING, Ducati - 54
13. Jack MILLER, Honda - 53
14. Aleix ESPARGARO, Aprilia - 43
15. Loris BAZ, Ducati - 39
16. Andrea IANNONE, Suzuki - 33
17. Pol ESPARGARO, KTM - 31
18. Karel ABRAHAM, Ducati - 28
19. Alex RINS, Suzuki - 27
20. Tito RABAT, Honda - 27
21. Hector BARBERA, Ducati - 23
22. Michele PIRRO, Ducati - 18
23. Bradley SMITH, KTM - 14
24. Mika KALLIO, KTM - 6
25. Sam LOWES, Aprilia - 2
26. Sylvain GUINTOLI, Suzuki - 1
 

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Stunning Petrux leading until last lap and on podium again. Super Scott from 19th to 7th
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Once again on the podium, for the third time this season, the second in Italy after Mugello. Petrux was fantastic and has brought to Octo Pramac Racing an extraordinary Sunday. Scott gave extra enthusiasm at the team party with a good seventh place.

Over Misano the rain was constant through all morning, and Petrux started pushing already from the first lap gaining 4 positions. After overtaking Crutchlow and Vinales he was fourth in the second lap. At the fifth lap he was the fastest and he was able to overtake Dovizioso. The fantastic overtake on Marquez came the lap after. Then Lorenzo crashed, and Danilo became the leader of the race in the 6th lap. The Italian rider was the leader until the last lap but Marquez managed to overtake him at the end of the straight. Danilo finished in second position after a fantastic #SanMarinoGP. Thank you Petrux!

Scott started in 19th position but since the first lap the pace was good. The English rider had the strength to remain focused and in the 12th lap he overtook Espargaro for the 9th position. Ten laps from the end he tried to catch Zarco who had a technical problem on the last lap. A precious P7 finish for Redding.

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2nd - Danilo Petrucci
"It was a fantastic race. From the first lap the feeling was good. I was leading for long until I saw Marquez coming back. I was thinking to make him pass but my fear was that he could run away. Marquez has done a fantastic last lap and he deserved the victory. I would have liked to win the race but I am very happy for how the weekend has gone, and I have to thank the whole team".


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7th - Scott Redding
"It was a difficult weekend. I never had feeling throughout all free practice and qualifying. All things considered I am very satisfied for this result. I was able to have a good race pace, without making any mistake. This very good result will give me trust for Aragon. I have to thank the team for the work that the team has done this weekend".

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Viñales Fiercely Fights Off Rivals for Fourth in Misano
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Under today's gloomy skies, at a soaked Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the air was filled with tension as Maverick Viñales made his appearance on the starting grid for the Tribul Mastercard GP S.Marino e Riviera di Rimini. However, the sole Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider remained calm and collected, securing fourth place in a very slippery race.

With his teammate Valentino Rossi unable to compete in his home Grand Prix due to injury, Viñales had to fly the Movistar Yamaha flag alone, and all eyes were on him as he started from pole. After a good launch off the line, he entered the first corner with caution, slotting into fourth place. He took a couple of laps to get heat into his tyres, after a small wobble on lap 2 gave him a warning of just how tricky the wet track conditions were. Danilo Petrucci passed the Yamaha rider at the start of lap 3, but the Spaniard had a plan.

Viñales gradually upped his pace in each sector, trying to determine the limit whilst having to contend with a lack of rear grip in most of the left corners. He set consecutive personal best laps, but he had to keep an eye on his pursuers at the same time. He got into a fight with Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller, which lost him some valuable time, but the battle was short-lived.

Crutchlow was soon caught out by the treacherous conditions of the race, allowing the number 25 rider to seize the opportunity. Back in fourth position on lap 7, as Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of the lead, the 22-year-old could pick up where he left off and started to better his rhythm again. He steadily broke away from Michele Pirro and Miller, opening an over 2-second gap. Viñales had a lonely ride in the final stages of the race, though he didn't stop pushing for even a second. He ultimately took the chequered flag in fourth place, 16.559s from first.

Today's results keep Viñales in third place in the championship standings, 16 points behind the joint leaders and 26 points ahead of Rossi, who holds on to fourth place in the standings. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is in second place in the Team Championship, with a nine-point margin to first. Yamaha is also in second place in the Constructor Championship with a five-point gap to the top of the rankings.

The MotoGP paddock will next head to the MotorLand Aragón for round 14, the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, held from September 22nd - 24th.

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Maverick Viñales
Position: 4th - Championship: 3rd - Points: 170
"I'm happy with the result, because it is the best we could do. Honestly, today we asked 100% of the bike. I tried to get the best result and today that was fourth. We have to continue to work in the same way, because today was a good improvement compared to the wet race at the Sachsenring, especially the handling of the bike. We still need a lot of grip on the traction, so we have to keep going. I'll have to push in Aragón and believe we can close the 16-point gap to our rivals. On the dry we were really fast, I'm happy we made another step here in Misano. I hope we can do the same in Aragón."


Massimo Meregalli
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - Team Director
"Today's race was really difficult. We only had this morning's 20-minute warm up to prepare a wet set-up and it was clear that the track conditions were going to be very tricky. Maverick stuck to his original plan of riding at his own pace and he did a good job holding off his rivals, which is especially challenging when the track conditions are changing throughout the race. Moreover, Maverick had to manage his race pace whilst suffering from a lack of rear grip in most of the left corners. Nevertheless, he didn't get lured into making mistakes and secured some very valuable points for the championship. We now look forward to the next Grand Prix in Aragón, in two weeks' time, which is a very special event for the team, as we share the title sponsor."

Resolute Folger Snatches 9th in San Marino – Heroic Zarco Seals 15th After Bad luck Strikes on Final Lap
Monster Yamaha Tech3 team rider Jonas Folger produced a tireless effort to claim 9th in the highly challenging San Marino GP. The young German began the soaking wet race from 16th on the grid and undertook a decent start to move up two places by the close of the first lap. He maintained his consistency in the tricky conditions before finishing the grueling GP inside the top ten, marking a positive close to the weekend.

Meanwhile, Johann Zarco suffered bad luck on the final lap of the race but showed great determination as he wheeled his Yamaha across the finish line after running out of fuel. The rapid French rider began from 6th and ran a formidable pace throughout the sprint, as he held 7th whilst heading into the last lap. The issue then struck but Zarco memorably pushed his bike down the start finish straight to clinch 15th.

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Jonas Folger
Position: 9th - Championship: 10th - Points: 84
"I am not so happy about this weekend overall, but I did my best. Qualifying was a different story compared to today because I felt good in the dry conditions. In the wet warm up, we decided to change something but we were a little bit unlucky because by the end of the race we understand that it was the wrong direction with the setting. I struggled with the rear grip and the turning in the last part of the GP but eventually, I finished 9th, however, this was due to Johann's bike giving up. We didn't have the speed so I am a bit disappointed as I expected more, especially in the wet. Now, we have to look onwards to Aragon."

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Johann Zarco
Position: 15th - Championship: 6th - Points: 110
"It was challenging but tough for everyone. In the warm up I saw that I wasn't as strong as I would have liked, but then at the beginning of the Grand Prix, I felt quite good. I was happy to have control and see that the other riders were not much faster than me. I stayed focused and then I saw Crutchlow and Lorenzo crash, who are dangerous for me in the championship. Because they fell, it made me realise how difficult the conditions were for everyone. The race was long but step-by-step it got less wet, although it did not dry and this gave me some confidence but not as much as I expected. I had to stay focused and in the end, I was managing the gap to Redding quite well so I thought that everything was in order for the last lap. However, I had no more fuel from turn 11, which was a shame. I did my best to preserve the fuel until the last corner but then the bike stopped and I had to push it on the home straight and that was long. Some riders overtook me and it's a big pity but I made sure that I got to the end because it's the racing mind. I finished 15th, which equals one championship point but it is better than nothing."
 

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Honda’s Marquez Takes Fourth Win to Share Title Points Lead at Misano
10 Sep 2017
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Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini
Misano World Circuit, San Marino
MotoGP 2017, Round 13

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) conquered foul weather and fast rivals at super-slippery Misano this afternoon to take his fourth win of the season and recover lost ground in a thrilling battle for the 2017 MotoGP title.

The 24-year-old Spaniard had started from the third on the grid – his sixth front row in succession – on a day when treacherous conditions had caused a record number of crashes in the earlier races. The defending triple MotoGP World Champion seemed to dance with his RC213V as it skipped and slithered through the puddles, then pounced on long-time race leader Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) at the start of the last lap. He held his advantage over the Italian to win by just over one second.

A fortnight earlier Marquez had lost his hard-won championship lead to Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) with a rare technical issue. Dovizioso finished third today, so the pair are now equal on points, with four wins each, and just five races to go in the closest title fight in racing history. Technically, however, Marquez is ahead, with three second places, while Dovizioso has just one.

Marquez has built momentum this season thanks to steady improvements to his machine and some very intelligent riding. Here he was fastest in the first three practice sessions, narrowly missed pole position in qualifying and was fastest again in this morning’s wet warm-up session, during which he had his third tumble of the weekend.

The difficult conditions brought unpredictable results for the other Honda riders, with independent-team rider Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) best of the rest, taking a sixth-place finish to equal his own top result this season. The Australian has shown he can excel in difficult conditions – last year he claimed a first premier-class win in heavy rain at the Dutch TT.

There were two more Hondas in the points, in an afternoon of mixed fortunes for the other riders.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda RC213V) finished 13th, fighting back after falling and remounting in the early stages. He had qualified fourth, and had just moved up to fifth place, before he slid off. Crutchlow rejoined in 21st place and moved steadily forward. As well as coping with a battered bike, the Briton had to overcome pain from a severed tendon in his left-hand index finger, suffered in a kitchen accident last week.

It was an even more difficult afternoon for Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V). The former 125cc and double 250cc World Champion and multi-MotoGP race winner struggled with the ice-like conditions to finish 14th. Pedrosa won at a sunny Jerez in May and has claimed six more podium finishes so far this season.

Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) was having a good run in the points, lying 13th when he joined the crash list on lap 20. He was one of six riders not to finish the race.

The next race is the Aragon GP in a fortnight, after which the GP circus embarks on three gruelling flyaway races on consecutive weekends, in Japan, Australia and Malaysia.

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Marc Marquez 93
1st


“This was one of the best races of my career. It gave me an amazing feeling because it required incredible concentration to manage the tension the whole time. It was very easy to make a mistake, and that’s why I decided to attack only on the final lap. That lap was amazing; I took many risks, but with such a close season, it was worth trying to get the five extra points for the win. Of course I was thinking about the championship the whole race. At the beginning the feeling wasn’t so good, probably because there was so much water on the track, and I had a couple of very scary moments. Lorenzo was amazingly fast early on, and so was Danilo later when he took the lead after Jorge’s crash, but I was able to follow him and finally to attack. Thanks to the team for the great job. I’m happy for everyone after what happened at Silverstone. We always try to be ready for every situation, so because we knew that changing the set-up from wet to dry takes quite a long time at this track, we agreed that if I felt the track was drying, and there was even a small possibly of a flag-to-flag race, I would signal the team. So I did, and even if in the end that didn’t happen, it was right to do so as we got close to it. This championship is amazing; anything can happen, but now we’ve returned to the top, equal on points with Andrea. The last five races will be very tough, but we’ll keep pushing and give it our 100 percent. Finally, I wish to congratulate Toni Bou for his 22nd title, it’s just amazing. Keep doing like that, Toni!”



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Jack Miller 43
6th


“At the start of the race I felt I had more pace than Vinales and Crutchlow but by the end of the race my pace dropped and I probably switched the engine map too late to help look after the rear tyre. It was good on the edge but I had lost some drive grip and it wasn’t possible to hold off Pirro in the final laps. This was my best weekend in the second half of the season so far and with some good points I am looking forward to the next race in Aragon.”



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Cal Crutchlow 35
13th


“I felt really good: comfortable and confident, and I knew that after ten laps I could start pushing. I didn’t want to take too many risks early, but then I ended up flying as high as I’ve flown in a long time! It was my own mistake. Jack [Miller] had passed me, but I wanted him and the rest behind me, because I felt I could come back to Dovizioso ahead and maybe even Marc. But as soon as I passed Jack again I crashed. I got back and got a couple of points, but it was a long and difficult race, with the handlebar touching the tank and no footrest. I’m sorry for the team, because we should have had a good result today.”



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Dani Pedrosa 26
14th


“It has been a very difficult race. Unfortunately, I struggled a lot as I could not put any heat into the tyres. For me, it was like I was riding on ice. This morning I crashed during the warm-up and even if we tried everything to solve this issue we could not come out with a solution. I was very slow, risking to crash at every corner. Only at the end, with much less water on the track, was I able to increase a bit the temperature and my lap times immediately dropped by almost four seconds. It was a shame as we’ve lost many points. We can now only keep focusing in the next races and try to achieve better results. Regarding Toni (Bou) I think he deserved this impressive 22nd Trial title, he is an example for everyone!”.



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Tito Rabat 53
DNF


“At beginning of the race I had no grip from the rear and I don’t know why, and this made the early laps difficult on a very wet track. Then I was able to take my rhythm and catch the guys ahead and was in a position to score points. With the crash I just rolled the gas a little at turn six and the rear slid out. It is disappointing for me and the team, I wanted to finish the race in these difficult conditions.”



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