Rodrigo and Alcoba unable to capitalise on qualifying success with 8th and 10th respectively in the #DutchGP
There is no need to hide it: the expectations for today’s race were a lot higher, especially in light of yesterday’s excellent qualifying performance which saw Jeremy Alcoba claiming pole position while Gabriel Rodrigo earned a spot on the second row of the grid. Rodrigo’s eighth place at the line, two positions ahead of Alcoba leave a bitter taste in the team’s mouth before the summer break.
The race was a very quick one and neither of the Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 riders had the pace to battle at the front of the field. Still, the valuable points earned today put Rodrigo and Alcoba eighth and night in the standings, respectively – separated by only one point.
The Moto3 World Championship will now enter the summer break and will return to action at Spielberg in early August for the first of two back to back races at the Austrian track.
We struggled quite a bit at the circuit, especially at changing direction. As I said yesterday, we were not as competitive in terms of pace as we were in other races and unfortunately today the situation didn’t improve. I stayed in touch with the front group as long as I could, but then a mistake by Artigas ahead of me cost me some ground and I there was no chance for me to bridge the gap. A bit of rest will be useful to reset and recharge.
We gave it all and then some today, but we didn’t have the pace to battle at the front. I’m really exhausted after such a tough race. It’s a shame because we really wanted to play our part in the fight after yesterday. This was my first appearance here and I leave Assen with a bitter taste in my mouth.