M2: Australian GP: Tech 3 Friday report

Tough day for Tech 3 Racing in Sepang The Tech 3 Racing Team had a difficult and disappointing afternoon at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, Yuki Takahashi and Raffaele de Rosa both failing to finish the 19-lap Moto2 race. Confidence was high...

Tough day for Tech 3 Racing in Sepang

The Tech 3 Racing Team had a difficult and disappointing afternoon at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, Yuki Takahashi and Raffaele de Rosa both failing to finish the 19-lap Moto2 race.

Confidence was high after an impressive warm-up session, Takahashi using overnight set-up tweaks to the front-end of his machine to clock the fifth quickest time.

The Japanese rider though was unable to replicate his pace in the race as temperatures soared to a gruelling 33 degrees. Takahashi had just passed Hector Faubel to move to the brink of the top 15 when he crashed out on lap nine.

Italian de Rosa clicked into attack mode from the start and he moved up from 20th on the grid to 16th on the opening lap. He quickly passed Anthony West to move into the points on lap two and was confident he could capitalise on his early aggression and sustain a challenge for his first Moto2 top ten finish.

But a small mistake saw him crash at turn four on the third lap. He remounted despite losing 30 seconds but retired on lap 11 after damage sustained in the crash worsened.

Spanish rider Toni Elias wrapped up the inaugural Moto2 world title this afternoon and the Tech 3 Racing Team wishes to pass on its congratulations to him and the Gresini Racing Team.

Yuki Takahashi DNF -- 86 points

"It has been a very disappointing experience in Sepang and I'm glad we are racing again in Phillip Island next weekend to try and put things right. I had a good warm-up session this morning and felt more confident with the front-end, but the race was well below expectations. I didn't get a great start but I was in a decent rhythm and was confident I could fight my way through the group in front. But I lost the front and the bike was too badly damaged to continue. We have to put this race behind us and try and ensure we have a strong finish to the season."

Raffaele de Rosa DNF -- 5 points

"I was feeling quite confident on the bike and I'd been aggressive in the first two laps and made up a lot of places. We'd improved the rear grip in each session and it felt better again after some more modifications from the warm-up this morning. Unfortunately I made a small mistake on the brakes at turn four and lost the front. It is a real pity because I am sure I could have been in the top ten. Unfortunately it was another missed opportunity, but we'll try again for a positive result at Phillip Island."

Herve Poncharal -- Team Manager

"Today was a big disappointment because we were hopeful of a good result after Yuki was fifth in the warm-up. He found a good setting and more feeling with the front so he was confident going into the race. I think we could have expected Yuki and Raffaele to fight for the top ten but we couldn't do that. We'll now move to Australia hoping we can achieve a much better result. I'd like to congratulate Toni because he deserved to be the first Moto2 world champion. All season he has been incredibly fast and consistent and he has used his talent and experience to be the outstanding rider in the class."

-source: tech 3

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Anthony West , Toni Elias , Herve Poncharal , Phillip Island , Yuki Takahashi