Polini Grand Prix de France 2002. 125cc ...
Polini Grand Prix de France 2002.
125cc #50 Andrea "Ballero" Ballerini.
A finish but with a poor performance.
After suffering some small problems in the warm-up session, we made some changes for the race hoping to cure and all looked good after the sighting lap, but then came the start and Andrea just made a poor start and basically the chance of a good result was over.
Just by making this mistake, Andrea ended the first lap in 30th place and then struggled over the next few laps to pass the riders immediately in front and just lost contact with the midfield riders. Once through, his pace was better but there was no way he was going to catch them and so it was a lonely race to 16th just outside the points.
The position was gifted in a way as riders crashed out in front over a period of 3 laps midway through the race.
So overall, a poor day and lessons learnt. So we will now work towards making a better performance at the next round at Mugello in two weeks, a circuit where Andrea qualified 4th last year as a wild card and also his home Grand Prix so pressure will be even greater to perform.