Taking a chance doesn’t pay off for Alcoba and Rodrigo who finish #StyrianGP in 18th and 20th
The first of two Austrian weekends for Team Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 ends up empty-handed for Jeremy Alcoba and Gabriel Rodrigo, who could not finish higher than 18th and 20th today as Spielberg – two negative results that arrived in very different ways.
Jeremy Alcoba got a great start and at turn two he is already inside the top eight, but few laps are enough to show that the feeling with these conditions is far from ideal. The Spaniard does not have confidence in the rear-end of his bike, which prevents him from capitalising on the work done this weekend – which saw him up to fourth place at some stage.
A completely different story for Gabriel Rodrigo who took a big gamble – which did not work in his favour. After the warm-up, the Argentine opts for slick tyres and tries to surprise everyone. Other four-five riders did the same, but the lack of wind did not allow the track to dry in ime.
Both riders will be able to try again, again at Red Bull Ring, in the #AustrianGP.
I’m very disappointed. I was feeling good, and I really wanted to have a great race. We had a great start, but I got overtaken by many riders already on lap one. Unfortunately with these conditions I was trusting the front a lot, but it was the opposite with the rear-end. I tried, but it’s clear we have to work more with these types of conditions and improve.
I was feeling good in the wet this morning, but on the sighting lap before the race I saw a stripe of dry track and I decided to take a gamble with slick tyres. It was only my decision, but my instincts told me to try to win the race with a risky strategy. It didn’t go this way so I apologise to the team, maybe with some wind we would a bit luckier.