Vazquez back in top ten, unhappy about late red flag in rain
Finnish Ajo Motorsport team leader Aki Ajo among many others was surprised about the decision of the race direction and especially the timing of it during the 125cc race at the Dutch TT today. The season’s seventh GP was supposed to be a dry race, but rain prompted the red flag to be waved with seven laps remaining. According to the rules there was no restart after two thirds of the race had been covered. However, the rain had started already halfway through the 22-laps race.
“My opinion is that they should have interrupted the race already 5-7 laps earlier. This was the opinion of 90 % of the people at the paddocks”, Ajo said.
Still Ajo had a reason to be pleased with the performances of his riders at the difficult circumstances. Johann Zarco was fifth while teammate Efren Vazquez took seventh.
“All in all quite good performance. But I believe that if they would have interrupted the race earlier we might have gotten two riders to the podium with the new start. Now more experienced riders reduced their speed at the difficult circumstances and raised their hands to show that the track was wet”, Ajo reminded.
Vazquez had same opinion as Ajo about the decision: “If they had acted according to the safety regulations the race would have interrupted already before the tenth lap. From that onwards the track had really wet spots and laptimes were significantly slower after the eight lap.” However, Vazquez is confident about the future. “The competitiveness is good under normal circumstances and that we saw also in Assen.”
The next GP will be held already next Sunday at the Mugello track in Italy.
Source: Ajo Motorsport