GP of Motegi: race report Alex De Angelis missed the podium by a whisker today, at the Japanese Grand Prix here in Motegi. He rode the whole race at the same pace as the top riders, managing to recover some positions but a small...
GP of Motegi: race report
Alex De Angelis missed the podium by a whisker today, at the Japanese Grand Prix here in Motegi. He rode the whole race at the same pace as the top riders, managing to recover some positions but a small technical problem complicated things at the end his fight with Karel Abraham. The problem meant he had to relinquish third place right on the last lap, leaving the rider from San Marino in 4th. The team is now investigating the cause of the problem suffered by his MotoBI, but are buoyed by the competitiveness that Alex has shown.
It was a solid race also for Simone Corsi, even if the final result doesn't reward his efforts. After yesterday's qualifying, rider and technicians managed to make his MotoBI competitive again, as times in warm-up showed. During the race Simone managed to make a good start from the green light, gaining six positions in first lap alone and keeping his recovery moving forward until he took seventh place. All the hard work had to be re-started after the eighth lap, when a mistake pushed him back to 18th. Corsi didn't give up and he began another fight back to take 11th at the flag: this was a double recovery that shows his determination in this final phase of the Championship.
Alex De Angelis - 4th place
"Overall I'm pretty satisfied for the race, because we've been competitive for the whole weekend and I just missed the podium by a little. For the race we chose a soft tyre, a strange choice and one which contradicted the choices made by the other top riders, but it was paying us back at the end. I managed to gain third place and I also had a pretty good margin on Abraham. Unfortunately during the final laps we suffered a mysterious loss of power that we are now investigating, this made my job difficult and allowed Karel to gain on my position and at the end take the third place. This is how races go, you can never be safe until the flag, but I saw how close we were to the podium so we will keep on and we'll try to get more solid results in the next races."
Simone Corsi - 11th place
"In warm-up we managed to find the optimal set-up and I ran with some good times. For the race I was starting from the back of the grid, so I had to be determined from the very beginning and I managed to make a good recovery in the early laps. Unfortunately while I was pushing hard I made a mistake by missing a gear change right in the middle of a corner, losing speed and positions. I then had to start again, but at the end I managed to get into the points. It's a shame for this mistake because I was in a good condition, but we will do better in the next race."