GP of Australia, pole and race win for Alex De Angelis and JiR! It proved to be a successful weekend for Alex De Angelis and the JiR Team, who finally conquered with their first win of the season in the Australian GP at Phillip Island. After the...
GP of Australia, pole and race win for Alex De Angelis and JiR!
It proved to be a successful weekend for Alex De Angelis and the JiR Team, who finally conquered with their first win of the season in the Australian GP at Phillip Island. After the pole position gained yesterday, de Angelis very quickly got off the line and together with Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone got into a fast rhythm, with lap times often lower than those they made in qualifying. This group of three broke away from their followers and started a duel which came with frequent position changes. With six laps to go Alex De Angelis pushed further and was able to manage his tyres better than the others, building a gap from Redding and Iannone, a gap he held until the final flag. The rider from San Marino can celebrate the second win in his career, which is the first in Moto2 both for him and the JiR Team. However, once on the podium the three riders decide not to cheer or spray champagne, instead paying respect to Shoya Tomizawa. De Angelis explained that today's success comes from the constant improvements he and the team made in last races, which has led to the first win for the MotoBI equipped with a TSR frame.
Simone Corsi was a little less happy, but still positive about his performance as he took 8th position after a hard fight that saw more than seven riders battle for the 7th place (a position taken near the end by newly-crowned Moto 2 Champion Toni Elias). This was a fierce battle, but one in which Corsi managed to keep control, while still saving some aggression for the final push to take more important points for the Championship.
Alex De Angelis, 1st place
"I'm obviously very happy for how the weekend has gone, pole position and a win in one single race are a good thing and help me re-evaluate a season that has been very difficult for me and in this happy moment I want to remember also Shoya Tomizawa. The weekend went well, the improvements we registered in the last few races gave us hope but we know that in motor racing nothing can be sure until you get to the flag. Today is a good day, I must say thank you to the team that gave me this opportunity and prepared a very competitive package. Now I want to enjoy this moment."
Simone Corsi, 8th place
"Today was a hard race, I lost some positions at the green light and then I needed some laps to find the right rhythm. During the warm-up we made some modifications that helped, but the fight in a pack of about 10 riders has been very hard. During the last laps I tried to push further and even if I can't be satisfied for the 8th place we must consider that I gained some points on Thomas Luthi who is ahead of me in the Championship. These three races out of Europe haven't given me the results I was hoping for, but I must give my compliments to Alex for his victory."