M2: Czech GP: Tech 3 race report

Double celebration for Tech 3 Racing in Brno The Tech 3 Racing Team enjoyed a double celebration in Brno this afternoon after Yuki Takahashi claimed a stunning second place and Raffaele de Rosa scored his first points in an entertaining Moto2 ...

Double celebration for Tech 3 Racing in Brno

The Tech 3 Racing Team enjoyed a double celebration in Brno this afternoon after Yuki Takahashi claimed a stunning second place and Raffaele de Rosa scored his first points in an entertaining Moto2 race.

Takahashi was one of the star performers in a 20-lap race run in warm conditions, a stark contrast to the cooler temperatures and grey skies that covered the Brno circuit for the earlier 125cc race.

Starting from fifth place on the grid, Takahashi fell to 12th on lap one but his brilliant podium assault kicked off on lap 11 when he dived underneath Alex Debon for fifth place. He'd lost contact with the top four but that didn't deter the hard charging Japanese rider. He quickly closed down over two seconds on Jules Cluzel and passed the Frenchman on lap 15 to claim third after Roberto Rolfo was unfortunate to retire from the top three with a technical issue.

Takahashi was 2.7s adrift of Andrea Iannone in second place but produced another incredible series of fast laps to catch and pass the Italian at the final corner on the penultimate lap. It was an extra special podium for Takahashi today with his parents viewing from trackside having made a rare trip from Japan to watch him in action. His second podium of the campaign moved him firmly back into the hunt for a top three world championship finish with Takahashi now only 27-points behind Thomas Luthi.

There was also cause for celebration on the other side of the jubilant Tech 3 Racing garage after de Rosa claimed a brilliant 15th -- the first time he's scored points in the ultra-competitive Moto2 class.

Engaged in a thrilling fight for the majority of the race with Fonsi Nieto, Sergio Gadea and Dominique Aegerter, de Rosa had got to the front of the quartet on the penultimate lap. But he lost two places on an absorbing final lap after encountering a minor technical problem.

Yuki Takahashi 2nd 72-points

"This is a fantastic result for us and a great end to a weekend where we were really strong throughout. I didn't panic at the start when I dropped from fifth to 12th because all weekend we'd worked hard on the set-up of the bike when the tyres were a little bit worn. So I knew I would be very strong in the second half of the race. I was in a very fast rhythm and I was easily able to catch and pass people in front of me. When I took Cluzel I was confident I could catch Iannone and take second, even though he was nearly three seconds ahead and time was running out. This is our second podium in three races and now the bike is really competitive and this feels just as good as the win in Barcelona because I had to work so hard. The Tech 3 Racing Team has done a great job and now we are starting to get the rewards for our effort and I'm looking forward to a strong finish to the season."

Raffaele de Rosa 15th -- 1-point

"Finally I have scored some points and I'm really happy, but I still wanted more. I have to say a big thanks to my guys at Tech 3 Racing because it has been a difficult period, but they have stood by me and never given up and today the bike worked very well. I was riding a little bit cautiously today because I didn't want another crash and perhaps if I was more aggressive I could have been even higher up. Unfortunately I had a small technical problem on the last lap and I lost two places but this has given me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season."

Herve Poncharal -- Team Manager

"What a ride by Yuki. He was phenomenal today because coming from so far back in such a competitive class is a great achievement. Once he was able to get into his pace it was obvious he was much faster than most guys in front of him. He made some fantastic overtakes and I think the fans really enjoyed watching him ride. I also want to congratulate Raffaele because he scored his first points and this is the first time both have been in the top 15. Hopefully this will give his confidence a big lift and we can see him consistently in the top 15 for the rest of the season. I want to thank his crew as well because they have worked unbelievably hard to help Raffaele score his first points and we can look forward to the second half of the season with great optimism."

-source: tech 3

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Fonsi Nieto , Roberto Rolfo , Alex Debon , Thomas Luthi , Herve Poncharal , Jules Cluzel , Andrea Iannone , Dominique Aegerter , Yuki Takahashi