Double points finish for American Racing Team as Ramirez and Skinner finish shortened #AustralianGP in 10th and 12th
In true Phillip Island fashion, Friday got off to a chilly start with track temperatures hitting 26C in FP1 but that didn’t deter Marcos as he slotted himself into ninth place. As the temperature climbed for FP2, the Spaniard improved on his best time but was pushed down into 13th spot.
As the weather began to take a turn on Saturday, track temperatures dropped to 19C but Marcos was able to secure his direct Q2 place in 11th after shaving off half a second from his best time on Friday before claiming 11th on the grid in Qualifying.
With the wet and windy weather setting in for Sunday, a 10-minute warm-up session was added to the schedule as the riders tested the tricky conditions with Marcos finishing up the crash-laden session in 26th.
As the lights went out, Marcos maintained his position before dropping down into 16th by the second lap. Regaining two places on the next lap, the Spaniard kept his cool despite the conditions to move up into 10th before the red flag flew on lap 10 and the race was not to be restarted. With half points being rewarded, Marcos left with three to his name.
Rory’s first trip to the Island got off to a steady start as the Scot amassed 22 laps in FP1 to get to grips with the circuit. Despite a brief red flag in FP2 for the local wildlife on track, Rory improved 1.5 seconds to finish Friday in 26th.
He continued his progress into an extra-chilly Saturday, knocking another half a second off his previous best time to end final practice in 24th. Unfortunately, it was a difficult Qualifying for the Scot as he rounded it out in 29th. However, a penalty for Mattia Casadei promoted Rory into 28th place.
Testing out the track conditions in the newly added 10-minute warm-up, Rory ended the morning session in 20th.
Making a stellar start, Rory made up seven places from 28th to 21st in the opening lap before making his way into 18th by lap two. Despite a near highside on lap three at Turn 10, the Scot continued to gain places in the wet conditions as he moved into 12th place before the red flag came out to leave Phillip Island with two points, his first in the World Championship.
Marcos Ramirez #24 – 10th
The weekend was super positive. All weekend in the dry, I felt competitive and felt like I could fight for the best result of the season but today it was rainy, windy, and cold. We went into the race with little practice, just the warm-up but it was good. I just tried to survive as I knew there would be a lot of crashes, so I just stayed on the bike. Finishing in the top 10 again is good for me and let’s see what we can do in Thailand.
Rory Skinner #33 – 12th
My weekend was quite good. Well, the race was, the rest of the weekend was a bit difficult. Friday was good and Saturday morning too but I quite enjoy this track; it’s fast and flowing, I think every rider that comes here enjoys it too as it’s a proper riders’ track.
I made a mistake in qualifying yesterday and didn’t put myself in the best place to make the most of the time on track.
For the race today, when the weather changed so dramatically, it’s fair to say the rain helped me. Coming from P28 on the grid to P12 to get my first Moto2 World Championship points, I’m super happy with that. It’s been a long old season so far but I’ve finally got the points in the bag and it’s a weight off my shoulders. We’ll continue the hard work but I don’t have to put as much pressure on myself which will help me in the future.
I just want to say a massive thank you to my team, John and Eitan for all their work and support to get me here.