Tough race for Team Machado, Oliveira crashes on way to podium, Moncayo outside points
Alberto Moncayo had various problems during practice and those also troubled him in the race. After a good start he collisioned with another rider at the Dry Sack corner in the first lap and although he managed to avoid a crash, he couldn’t avoid being relegated to the back of the pack, ending up in 28th place. After 23 laps and a difficult race he crossed the finish line in 16th position, just outside the points.
In contrast to that Miguel Oliveira showed great performances already in the practice sessions and his progression through the ranks made the team dream of a podium position for the rookie in only his second race. He had an excellent start and first lap, making up positions and moving to third place. But the motivation got the better of him and on the fifth lap he lost the rear wheel in an attempt to prevent Hector Faubel’s escape, crashing out and unfortunately not being able to finish a brilliant weekend.
Alberto Moncayo, 16 º
“I’m not happy with this race. It’s not been an easy or positive weekend and more so here at Jerez. I’m not liking this at all, not only because it’s my home race, but also because it is for the sponsors and, above all, for the fans who have been the sweet part of this bittersweet difficult weekend. We had many difficulties and even though we had good performances in the wet last year this time I could not repeat it. It’s a shame, but now I just want to forget this race and think about the next opportunity, the GP of Portugal, a race where I’ve done very good last year.”
Miguel Oliveira, Crash
“The races in the world championship are very long and even more so in the wet. Maybe I’ve been a bit hasty to try and keep Faubel from escaping, I was third and I still wanted to improve… In any case, this is a learning year and these type of crashes teach you a lot. Despite the crash I am very happy with the outcome of the race; we showed that the team is capable of being in front and also that I am capable of running with the fastest. I have not scored points, but this race made me very motivated.”
ENRIQUE QUIJAL, Technical Director
“Both from the sporting as from the technical side it has been a difficult weekend. The setup we had in Qatar didn’t help us, but here we have done a good job on the bikes and I think both are at a very high level. The hardest thing was to find a setting for today, we could only ride in wet for ten minutes in the Warm-Up. We took the setting from last year’s Portuguese GP as the base and it worked. The result was good, because we showed today that we can fight with the fastest.”
Source: Team Machado