TWO OUT OF TWO. SR-GP AGAIN ON THE MOTOGP PODIUM
SR-GP stepped on the podium once again yesterday at Termas de Río Hondo (Argentina) thanks to Andrea Dovizioso, third on the finish line.
Starting from first row, he dictated the pace within the group of riders fighting for the podium while chasing Marquez. AD04 held the second position for most of the race to fend off his rivals valiantly until the very last lap before facing a drop in tyre performance.
Dovi's third-place finish marks his second consecutive podium in 2019 after a thrilling victory in Qatar and puts him in second position in the championship, just four points behind the provisional leader.
An important result arrived also for Francesco Bagnaia, who managed to score the first two points of his MotoGP career.
After a positive start that allowed him to recover three positions in the first 3 laps, Pecco pushed hard during the whole race, despite the high consumption of the front tyre.
He has the merit of not giving up, finishing his second MotoGP round in 14th position.
“I'm undoubtedly happy with the podium, which was our goal ahead of this round on a historically difficult track for us. On the other hand, I'm not particularly satisfied with how the rear tyre performed, because we couldn't pull away towards the end of the race, which is the opposite of what we expected in light of what we've seen during practice. In the last lap, I couldn't shake off Rossi or pass him back, it would have been too risky and 16 points are still very important for us. For sure, we collected some interesting data, which we'll analyse in depth ahead of next race. Austin is yet another tricky track for us theoretically, so our goal in Texas will be to try to step once again on the podium.
“It was very important to finish the race and understand as much as possible. I am quite happy with the result: it is a good starting point. I understood a lot about how to ride in the first phase of the race. I got off to a good start and managed to go fast but I overheated the front tyre. It was a good weekend and we are going to Austin with confidence”.
A lack of fortune for the talents of the others classes.
In Moto2, Stefano Manzi, who started from the eighth row, managed to make a good start in the race, which allowed him to gain 5 positions before crashing due to a contact with another rider, after a braking at the limit. At the medical center, the doctor detected an infraction of the distal radius of the right wrist without apparent fractures. Depending on the pain of the next few days, Manzi may have to be subjected to further examination.
“It was a pretty stupid crash because I was in the first lap launched, but unfortunately to pass another rider I had to hazard a braking a little bit hard to save as much time as possible and since I was not on the side, but behind him, the other rider didn’t see me and closed the turn. When I got back, I didn’t have time to stop and there was a contact. I had a bad crash but luckily, I’m pretty well. Now let’s get back to work for the race in Austin”.
Difficult race also for Romano Fenati in Moto3 who, despite having shown a winning pace during all the practice sessions, ends the race out of the top fifteen.
I"It was a quite difficult weekend. Yesterday I was feeling good as we solved braking problems and we did a good qualifying. In the first two laps the front closed a couple of times in a strange way and this compromised my race. We'll do better for sure in Texas ".
DOVI BACK INTO THE MOTOGP CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD
An extraordinary comeback for our Andrea Dovizioso who finished fourth in the GP of the Americas at Austin, reclaiming the chanpionship lead after three rounds with 54 points in the standings, .
After qualifying in fifth row in 13th position, Dovi got off to a strong start and immediately recovered several positions. With a strong and consistent pace, Andrea was able to progressively cut the gap from the rider in front of him, finishing the race just nine tenths of a second from the lowest step of the podium.
An important weekend also for Pecco Bagnaia, protagonist of an extremely convincing race that leads him to conquer the first MotoGP Top 10 of his career, finishing in ninth position.
"I'm happy with this result, especially considering that I was 13th on the grid, even though if I had one half lap more to ride I would have probably finished on the podium. It's been a very tough race. Early on, I was struggling with the front and I didn't have the pace to stay with the leading group, but I managed to stay calm and collected. Lap after lap, I regained confidence and my rhythm in the final stages was very competitive, so much that I almost managed to catch Miller. We've also been lucky because there were some crashes, but those things happen when you ride on the limit. We're back on top of the Riders and Constructors standings, and my feeling with the bike has improved compared with last year, but it's not enough because there are many competitive rivals so we need to keep improving."
“We did a great job throughout the weekend on a track that is not exactly my favorite and that’s why I’m very happy. We are constantly making progress and the direction is the right one. The important thing right now is to have some good races. We have won the first Top 10 and this gives us great confidence”.
Bitter weekend instead for our Moto3 talent Romano Fenati, who lost the rear with 8 laps to go when he was giving his best to come back on the top.
"I imagined a different weekend here in Texas, I hoped to get a good result. This morning I was very fast in the warm up but I didn't start so good in the race. The first laps were difficult, then I started to push. Eighth laps to the end I lost the rear and crashed".
Now we have only to wait for the first European round of this exciting World Championship. Jerez de la Frontera will be the next race.
There all the crew of the #suomyriders will be ready to fight, with Stefano Manzi returning after Argentina's injury.