M2: TT Assen: Team Aspar race report

The heat is rising in the MotoGP World Championship, and there were high temperatures in Holland on Saturday for the Moto2 Dutch TT at the historic Assen circuit. In keeping with the topography of the host country, the race was perhaps a little ...

The heat is rising in the MotoGP World Championship, and there were high temperatures in Holland on Saturday for the Moto2 Dutch TT at the historic Assen circuit. In keeping with the topography of the host country, the race was perhaps a little flat, although there were plenty of points of interest for the spectator. Andrea Iannone put on a dominant display to win by a comfortable margin from pole, breaking away as if he was competing in 125cc. Toni Elias and Thomas Luthi took the remaining podium spots.

Mapfre Aspar's riders had a decent race in the Moto2 class, riding for a long time alongside one another. Julian Simon and Mike Di Meglio finished sixth and eight, respectively, in Assen with the former starting from the same position on the grid. Simon had a tough start and wasn't able to put himself amongst the frontrunners on lap one, but was able to make up the three places lost and finish high up the field.

Di Meglio had his second speedy start in as many weekends, and made up places from sixteenth on the grid. He followed his teammate in order to be pulled up further, but was blocked by a rival and lost ground on Simon. Once again, the Frenchman was a points finisher in the top ten.

6th Julian Simon:
"Sixth place isn't bad, because we picked up further points, but obviously I would have preferred a podium. If I were to have got a better start and put myself into the mix on the opening lap, then perhaps I would have been in with a chance of the rostrum, which is a pity. After that, I was at the limit trying to keep in the 1'39's, but that was tough. Iannone was very fast. Elias y Wilairot weren't as quick, but took off much better. We worked well all weekend, even making a few changes in the warmup, but I think that in the end we had too soft a suspension on the rear and difficulties opening the throttle to the full. We also had a soft rear tyre, so when that wore down we didn't have the grip to push harder on the final laps. It was a hard-fought sixth place, but apart from last year it has always been a difficult track. I hope that next weekend we can be back on the podium in Montmelo."

8th Mike Di Meglio:
"I am very happy to continue my run of points finishes. At the start of the race I was doing very well, and I made up a lot of places on lap one. I stuck on the back of Simon and picked up some tricks from him, and my aim was to follow him and push forward. However, Pasini's move on me blocked me off for a couple of laps, although in the end I was able to pass him. It is a shame, because those two laps dropped my pace and from then on I was unable to regain my speed fully. I made a mistake yesterday, but we sorted things out this morning and the Suter was working perfectly -something very positive for us if we want to keep taking points. I think that now we have got stuck into the championship and should now focus on grander objectives. This was a good weekend, although we didn't have a great qualifying. I am convinced that next weekend we will be inside the top ten o the grid."

-source: team aspar

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Toni Elias , Thomas Luthi , Julian Simon , Andrea Iannone