Vinales second in Australian photo finish, Carrasco relegated to 19th after tyre struggles
It was a dramatic Moto3 race at Phillip Island in which the Team Calvo riders once again played an important role. Maverick Viñales was fighting for victory until the finish line and it eventually escaped him by only 0.003 seconds. But the rider from Roses is happy with the weekend, he was always in front during the practice sessions and made up points on the championship leader. There are now two races left in which the win will be crucial.
After qualifying for 7th position on the grid, Ana Carrasco started the race highly motivated. With a perfect start she went the pace of the front group in the first laps, but then her rear tyre quickly lost performance and the Team Calvo rider was losing positions without being able to fight back. But Ana once again learned a lot this weekend and in Japan she hopes to make another step forward.
Maverick Viñales #25 – 2º “After crossing the finish line I was celebrating, because I thought that I had won. In the end that wasn’t the case, but I am happy, because this second place for me is like a victory. We finished very close together and we have made up points to the championship leader and he has more pressure for the final two races, so we have to look at the positives. We did a great race and I had a lot of fun on the bike. During the entire weekend I felt very comfortable, but we have to keep working to win.”
Ana Carrasco #22 – 19ª “I started very well and although the pace was very high I felt comfortable and felt that I could stick with them. But from around the fifth lap the tyre suddenly went down. I don’t know if it was defective or if we didn’t have the setup right, but during the whole weekend we didn’t have any problems and it started in the race. I started to ride a second and a half slower, they passed me and I couldn’t defend my position. But we showed that we can be there and this motivates me for the next round.”
Source: Team Calvo