“Race to forget” as Oliveira breaks arm and Moncayo rides in pain
It’s been a difficult race for the Team Andalucía – Banca Cívica – Diputación de Cádiz in the GP of Catalunya. Alberto Moncayo’s crash in practice and Miguel Oliveira’s crash at the beginning of the race have undermined any possibility of achieving a good result. Moncayo has not yet passed the 14th position in the races, while Oliveira leaves Montmeló with a fracture of his left arm.
During the race, after he just rode the first meters, Miguel Oliveira has suffered a crash which resulted in a fracture of the radius of his left arm. The radius fracture is clean and will not need surgery, but it already seems certain that he can not ride in the next race of the championship at Silverstone next weekend.
Meanwhile his teammate Alberto Moncayo has taken the toll of the two crashes during practice and rode throughout the race with a lot of pain in his left leg.
Alberto Moncayo, 15º: “It was a very difficult race. This morning we did a good job for the setup of the bike, but I’ve crashed and I’ve hurt myself in the same place as in the practice on Friday. While I was in the box my leg only hurt, but when I got on the bike I was uncomfortable and with every lap the pain increased and with the fatigue and this problem I finished the race very exhausted and I even almost passed out when I got off the bike.
I did a good start, but then I could not make up positions. The tyre has deteriorated very quickly and it has not been easy to complete the race. Now it think of Silverstone and to do a race in better condition.”
MIGUEL OLIVEIRA: “I did a good start and went up to 7th after starting in 16th. But we went out with new tyres and I lacked a bit of calm to continue. The luck was not on my side because I have broken my arm and I can’t start in the next race, but this will give us time to reflect on the work we are doing and hope to be back for the Dutch GP twice as strong ‘.
ENRIQUE QUIJAL, Technical Director
“After the race at Le Mans we went to Italy to solve the technical problems we were having and we reached an agreement that we had an Aprilia technician who helped us in some respects. The work we have done in this race has gone from strength to strength. We tried many new things and gradually the bike got better and better, but for various reasons this has only been reflected in the results of the Warm Up. Technically I believe we are on track, but we have no luck. I think if things are not turning against us we can do a great performance in the coming races. ”
Source: Team Machado