M2: French GP: Tech 3 race report

Tech 3 suffer disappointing home Moto2 race High hopes of a successful maiden home Moto2 race for the Tech 3 Racing Team turned to disappointment and frustration at a sun-drenched Le Mans this afternoon. The French-based Tech 3 Team started ...

Tech 3 suffer disappointing home Moto2 race

High hopes of a successful maiden home Moto2 race for the Tech 3 Racing Team turned to disappointment and frustration at a sun-drenched Le Mans this afternoon.

The French-based Tech 3 Team started today's 26-lap race brimming with optimism of a podium challenge after Yuki Takahashi started from second position on the grid.

The Japanese rider quickly recovered from a slow start that left him seventh on the third lap. Two brilliant overtaking moves to get by Simone Corsi and Fonsi Nieto put Takahashi, who scored his first Grand Prix victory at Le Mans in 2006, in a menacing fifth position.

But as he quickly closed on the leading group to begin his podium attack, Takahashi crashed out on lap five while holding fifth position.

It was also a disappointing afternoon for team-mate Raffaele de Rosa. The Italian started from 20th position on the grid and in a typically frantic start he gained three places on the opening lap.

The 23-year-old grew in confidence and his impressive charge through the field continued, de Rosa climbing into a brilliant 11h place by the fifth lap. But just as he sought to consolidate his challenge for a first points-scoring finish in the Moto2 class, de Rosa high-sided out of the race on lap six.

Yuki Takahash DNF -- 13-points

"I am really disappointed with today because obviously we had high expectations of being able to fight for at least the podium and maybe even the victory. I didn't make a very good start but I was able to quickly find a good pace and was closing on the leading group when I suddenly lost the front like in the first race in Qatar. Unfortunately it has cost me again and I am sorry to the team because this is their home race and we expected much more. The positive is that being second on the grid and pushing hard again close to the leading group proves that the Tech 3 bike has a lot of potential. I am more determined than ever to bounce back from this and get a good result at the next race in Mugello."

Raffaele de Rosa DNF -- 0-points

"Today was a big disappointment because I'm sure I could have fought for the top ten. We improved the bike in the warm-up session and the bike felt much better. It gave me the confidence to fight on the brakes with the other riders and in the first few laps I was able to make some good overtakes. Unfortunately on the exit of the fifth corner I lost the rear and couldn't recover. It is a pity because the team have done a great job all weekend. They have worked hard and given me a bike that made me feel much more confident and comfortable on. I am convinced that with the improvements we have made I will be able to fight for a strong finish in my home race at Mugello."

Herve Poncharal -- Team Manager

"Today's race is a huge disappointment because we had really high hopes for Yuki. He was almost on pole position and his race pace was really impressive. We were even dreaming that we might win our home race but it has been another bad result. Our bike obviously has a lot of potential but we need to understand that we have to finish the race to show it. It is also a shame for Raffaele because he looked much more comfortable and confident on the bike having worked hard with his crew to find some improvements. But he also crashed and that's a pity because it looked like he was going to score his first points in Moto2. And with the class being so competitive and close, that is not easy. We have to put this weekend behind us and try and come back stronger in Mugello.

-source: tech 3

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Fonsi Nieto , Herve Poncharal , Simone Corsi , Yuki Takahashi