Vinales fights his way to eighth after dropping down the order in first lap
Yesterday it rained during the Moto2 class qualifying practice and today it rained during the 125cc class race. Rain shower erupted on the grid a few minutes before the start to the race so that a choice had to be made between taking it out to the track with wets or slicks. As it seemed self-evident that the track was drying out most riders opted to ride with slicks although the first few laps would be difficult. Maverick – like most of the riders he has been in league with at the world championship – chose to ride with slicks and made a very cautious start waiting for the track to dry out. Unfortunately an issue caused him to drop down to the 21st position as he was crossing the finish on lap 1. Afterwards he managed to battle his way up to the eighth position and he rode at the same pace as the lead pack. For his part Josep Rodríguez did a good job at this complicated and difficult weekend and eventually managed to finish the race for the first time since he has been incorporated into the Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team.
25 MAVERICK VIÑALES (8º, +35.635): “For a start I’d like to apologize, because the problem I experienced on lap 1 was due to a mistake of mine as the motorbike was stopping, because I was riding at too low a speed. Once I got over it I managed to ride at a high pace and scrape my way up. We eventually managed to find some adjustments I was really feeling at ease with – even in windy conditions – and I could ride at the same pace as the lead pack. It’s real pity, because I think we could have had an option for the podium if the conditions had been regular. It has been a difficult weekend and it can be said that we managed to save the day. We have dropped down to the fourth position of the world championship, but in Malaysia we’ll attempt to get this third position back.”
28 JOSEP RODRÍGUEZ (17º, +1´10.093): “ It has been a complicated and difficult weekend but I am happy because it’s the first time I have finished a race since I have been incorporated into the Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team. Riding on this track unknown to you and in such conditions is definitely not the best thing that can happen to you. The track was really awkward at the start of the race and that’s why I took it easy over the first few laps. Then I managed to get a good pace and to lead the pack I was in. I am gradually getting more and more self-confident and I am sure things will go better in Malaysia.”
Source: Team BQR