Jorge Martin makes the top ten at Indianapolis, Juanfran Guevara takes 18th
Fierce rain ten minutes before a race is not the ideal situation for any rider. Nerves took over the grid and the vast majority of riders started with wet tyres before the rain had really set in, except Loi who started with dry tyres and McPhee and Oettl who were also on dry tyres but started from their boxes.
Only one lap was necessary for everyone to realize that the asphalt was dry, so most stopped to change tyres. Meanwhile, Loi escaped safely at the front. Loi, McPhee and Oettl all stepped onto the podium for the first time, a great joy after a tricky race.
As in Germany before going on vacation, Jorge Martin again put the finishing touch to a superb weekend in Indianapolis today. The MAPFRE Team Mahindra rider gained pace and confidence throughout the weekend to conclude Sunday with his best World Championship result so far, in tenth position.
Despite the initial uncertainty, the youngest of the Valencian team’s riders remained calm during the tyre change and then pushed to finish in the top ten. Although 18th was not a great result for Juanfran Guevara he was satisfied after the race.
10th Jorge Martin:
“It was a very positive weekend for us, in all the sessions we were in the leading positions and had great pace. I wanted to finish higher in the race but the rain hindered us. After the start I realized that the gamble on wet tires was a mistake so I pitted to change and the mechanics did a great job. In the end I was able to push and use my pace. I am very happy with tenth place, it gives us great confidence for further improvement. Despite the conditions I had so much fun in the race today, I hope we can continue like this.”
18th Juanfran Guevara:
“Just before the start, talking to the mechanics, I decided to put on dry tyres, but it was too late. So we started with wet tyres but on the first lap I changed to dry rubber. From there the race was chaos, we didn’t know what position we were in. As it started raining again it was just a case of holding on and finishing. In the final laps the track was wet and the bike was sliding a lot. Analyzing the Grand Prix, on Friday we did a good job, yesterday the crash prevented us from getting a good qualifying slot and the race was crazy. I was on the pace this weekend and eventually we had a safe conclusion to the race.”
Source: Aspar Media