DE ANGELIS EQUALS BEST RESULT IN A RACE LED BY ELIAS AT DONINGTON Alex De Angelis equalled his career best MotoGP result with a controlled and mature ride on slick tyres in dangerously damp conditions at Donington Park today, clinching an ...
DE ANGELIS EQUALS BEST RESULT IN A RACE LED BY ELIAS AT DONINGTON
Alex De Angelis equalled his career best MotoGP result with a controlled and mature ride on slick tyres in dangerously damp conditions at Donington Park today, clinching an outstanding fourth place. The final British Grand Prix to take place at the Leicestershire circuit did so in constant drizzle and was briefly led by De Angelis' San Carlo Honda team-mate Toni Elias, who charged from the third row of the grid to head the field over the opening two laps.
After losing positions to Lorenzo, Rossi and eventual winner Dovizioso, Elias was battling hard with fellow Spaniard Pedrosa for fourth place on lap eight when he ran the rear wheel of his Honda RC212V onto the white line on the edge of the track -- perilously slippery because of a light covering of water -- and was thrown out of his seat at high speed. Whilst Elias' race was spectacular but short, De Angelis made gradual progress from twelfth on the grid and produced the last of a string of considered overtaking moves on Pedrosa eight laps from the end to match his fourth place from Sachsenring last year.
Alex De Angelis (4th): "I am absolutely delighted. That was one of the most difficult races in my whole career because when you're on a bike with so much power in those conditions, on a circuit like Donington, which everybody knows is particularly slippery, it's tough! The hardest thing was finding a compromise between attacking for a good position and defending it by staying upright. I could see I had a good pace and I was closing the gap to the guys in front of me but the most important thing was to finish and get a good result. I think that shows how much I have matured because it is the kind of mistake I made last year. I hope that is a good sign for the future and I think it proves the way myself and my Chief Mechanic have kept working and kept trying to improve without losing faith."
Toni Elias (DNF): "The crash was a real shame because I felt we were capable of a good result today. I'm really disappointed for everybody in the team. I got a great start and my pace was really strong, but unfortunately my rear wheel ran slightly onto the white line and it was so slippery that I crashed. It was nice to at least run at the front for a while and even lead gthe race, and when I was behind Rossi I was comfortably able to follow his pace. That's what makes me so convinced I could have kept it up to the end. I don't want to think about the negatives or what might have been because the good news today was that we ran with the front guys and we know we can do it. That gives a great confidence boost for the future."
Fausto Gresini - Team Manager: "It was nice to see Elias leading the way and the crash was really disappointing. Just a small thing like his rear wheel touching the white line spoiled what would have surely been a great result. I'm really happy for Alex because it is further proof of the way he is working together with his crew to improve his performances. Alex was alert and cautious where he needed to be in order to bring a result home, which was crucial for us to continue our season in a positive way. We leave Donington for the final time feeling happy and satisfied."