M2: San Marino GP: Tech 3 race report

Raffaele de Rosa claims season best in home race Rafaele De RosaRaffaele de Rosa claimed his best ever Moto2 result on home soil in Misano this afternoon after a determined ride to 13th position for the Tech 3 Racing Team. Starting down in...

Raffaele de Rosa claims season best in home race

Rafaele De RosaRaffaele de Rosa claimed his best ever Moto2 result on home soil in Misano this afternoon after a determined ride to 13th position for the Tech 3 Racing Team.

Starting down in 27th position on the grid after a troublesome weekend, de Rosa embarked on an exciting charge towards the top 15 right from the start after the 39-strong field successfully negotiated the tight and tricky first and second corners. The Italian was able to make several passes as the 26-lap race unfolded and he moved into the points with an overtake on Hector Faubel on lap 18. He secured his season best 13th with a fine overtake on Michael Ranseder with three laps remaining.

It was his second top 15 finish in the last three races, boosting confidence that he can continue his excellent recent form when the world championship makes its first visit to the Motorland Aragon circuit later this month. The Tech 3 Racing Team tested at the Spanish venue in early July and de Rosa is confident he'll have a competitive set-up for round 12 of the 2010 campaign.

Japanese rider Yuki Takahashi's hard efforts looked like being rewarded with at least a top five finish. He had produced a gritty display to come through from 13th on the grid but crashed unhurt on lap 22 while trying to chase down Thomas Luthi, who eventually finished on the podium.

Today's race was overshadowed by an incident on lap 12 involving Shoya Tomizawa, Scott Redding and Alex de Angelis.

Japanese rider Tomizawa succumbed to his injuries and the Tech 3 Racing Team wishes to express its deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Raffaele de Rosa 13th -- 4 points

"This is my best result of the season and I'm really happy because not only was it in front of my home crowd, but until the race it has been a very difficult weekend. I want to thank my team because they did a fantastic job all weekend and this result gives us something to build on for the remainder of the season. Of course this result is not the target we set ourselves before the start of the season but it was a good race and I learned a lot. It is clear we need to adjust the weight distribution for the next races and I'm now looking forward to the Motorland Aragon race. I had a good test there earlier this year and if we can get the bike more suited for me, then I'm sure that first top ten is not too far away."

Yuki Takahashi DNF -- 72-points

"It was a good race for me until I made the mistake. We made a small adjustment to the front-end after the warm-up this morning and this helped me get into the low 1.40s. The lap times I was able to do in the race were very fast and at the time I crashed I was not far behind Luthi and he finished on the podium. I'll be looking to recover at the next race at the Motorland Aragon track. I did well in the test there and I really liked the track, so I'm determined to get the season back on track and finish strongly."

Herve Poncharal -- Team Manager

"Yuki was having a very strong race and he'd made several good overtakes to get himself in contention for a podium. It looked like he was going to score some valuable points but having done all the hard work he made a mistake and that is unfortunate. Those points today would have put us back in the fight for the top five in the championship and it is a shame. Raffaele rode a determined race and scoring points again is a good reward for all the hard work made by his team. We'd like to see him higher up but in the last races he has made some progress and that is pleasing. But today means nothing after the news of Shoya Tomizawa. He was an extremely exciting character and a great hope for the future and he was already somebody who was part of our world. Everybody loved him and we all feel devastated by what happened. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

-source: tech 3

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Thomas Luthi , Alex de Angelis , Scott Redding , Herve Poncharal , Shoya Tomizawa , Yuki Takahashi