Difficult race for Team Pons at Assen
It’s been a difficult day for the HP 40 Pons Racing Team at the circuit of Assen. In the Moto2 race for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands again the rain was the main protagonist.
Aleix Espargaro missed out on points, because he could find a good feeling with the wet tarmac, a problem which already complicated the previous Grand Prix at Silverstone and the wet practice sessions this weekend. His teammate Axel Pons suffered a crash during the race which ended his comeback, being well on the way to the top ten, after having to start from a position far behind on the grid after yesterday’s incident that left him with almost no time to ride in the dry.
The World Championship doesn’t stop. This coming weekend Mugello will host the eighth round of the calendar, for the Italian Grand Prix.
#40. Aleix Espargaro: 16º
‘I can not say much. I knew if rains it’d be hard for me, because during practice I wasn’t able to find a good feeling in the wet. I have improved a bit with every lap, but not enough to be where I think I should be. I don’t really understand why I’m having so much trouble riding in the wet with this bike, but I know that eventually I will get better in this regard. Fortunately in a few days we are in Italy for a new race challenge, in which I hope it won’t rain again and I want to make up for these two bad results.”
#80. Axel Pons: Crash
“I was very far behind on the grid but I did a very good start and also a very good first lap. I think starting from 34th I managed to be 24th, moving up ten places. Gradually I have been improving and passing other riders. I felt very comfortable with the bike, I was fast compared with the others. I was in a group with Baldolini and Neukirchner who finished in position ten and eleven. I think I could have gone with them, because I didn’t have any trouble following them. But you have to finish the race and I haven’t done that since Le Mans. The asphalt was complicated and it was difficult to find the limit. I opened the gas a little more than normal and I lost the rear. I could not do anything. A pity, because I could have gotten a good result. Luckily now Mugello comes and we’ll see if we have a little more luck with the weather.”
Source: Pons Racing