Close Points At the Top For Humangest Racing Honda's Andrea Dovizioso
By: Tasha Crook | Published 05 July 2006, 00:39 | Views: 768 | tags: motogp, donington park, 250gp, andrea dovizioso, humangest honda, yuki takahashi, shuhei aoyama, repsol honda, arturo tizon, wurth honda bqr, martin cardenas, chas davies, molenaar honda, fabrizio perren, stop and go racing
Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) closed in on series leader Andrea Dovizioso (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW) when he won the 250cc Grand Prix by an easy margin from Alex de Angelis (Aprilia) in second with Hiro Aoyama (KTM) third. Dovi fell on lap 17 while shadowing Lorenzo in second. But the indomitable Italian, who has now failed to reach the podium for the first time this year, managed to remount and finish in the points in sixth place.Lorenzo and Dovi were in a class of their own here, leading the field from the opening lap and pulling away from de Angelis and Aoyama to enjoy a six second cushion over their pursuers until Dovi’s mistake left Lorenzo a clear run to the flag.
Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda RS250RW) was another rider to fall and remount in this race. The Japanese fell on lap 25 of this 27-lap encounter and managed to rejoin the race for a points finish in 13th.
The World Championship points standings now show Dovi hanging onto his series lead with 159 points from Lorenzo in second with 158. De Angelis lies third with 111 while Hiro Aoyama and Yuki Takahashi (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW), who finished seventh, share fourth place with 108 points each.
Dovi said, “I’m still leading the Championship, but it doesn’t seem worth so much now as the gap with the Aprilias is too big. Today Lorenzo was fast and I did my best to stay close to him like I’ve been doing since the beginning. If I didn’t ride this way, I wouldn’t be leading now. When I crashed out I spent a few laps getting on the pace again because the footrest was damaged and one of the handlebars wasn’t in the right position.”
Takahashi said, “I did a good start but I struggled to get a good rhythm. The set-up of the bike wasn’t perfect and the track conditions were different from the previous two days; I think for this reason I was competitive in some parts of the circuit and less so in others. I made few mistakes and this didn’t help at all. The next race is at Sachsenring, which is a circuit I like where we can get a better result.”
Aoyama said, “I made a good start and I was fifth behind de Angelis and my brother, but on the third lap I made a mistake, braking too late and I lost contact with them. Then I stayed with Locatelli and we lapped together almost throughout the race. When there were three laps left I pushed a bit harder to get closer to Locatelli, but I lost the front-end. It’s my fault and I’m very sorry for the team.”
Andrea Dovizioso, Humangest Honda: 6th
"Unfortunately I recovered on braking what I lost in the straight and it is normal to make mistakes when you push hard. I've been racing in these conditions since the beginning of the season, I'm always at the limit and in the last corner I lost the front as I braked too hard. I'm still leading the championship, but it doesn't worth so much as now our gap with Aprilia s is too big. Today Lorenzo was fast, but I did my best to stay close to him like I've been doing since the beginning of this championship; if I didn't ride in this way, I wouldn't be the leader now. When I crashed out I spent a few laps to keep again the right pace because the footrest was damaged and the handlebar wasn't anymore in the right position".
Yuki Takahashi, Humangest Honda: 7th
"I made a good start but I struggled to have a good rhythm. The set-up of the bike wasn't perfect and the track conditions were different from the previous two days; I think also for this reason I was competitive in some points of the circuit and less in others. I made few mistakes and this didn't help at all. Next race will take place at Sachsenring, which is a circuit I like and where we can get a better result".
Aleix Espargaro, Wurth Honda BQR: 12th
"I am very happy with this result. I got a good start but it was a difficult race, I was still having trouble getting the bike to turn into corners while carrying a full tank. But lap by lap my lap times were faster. My engine was good and I had a good feeling with the bike. I have a lot to learn about the 250 and I have to thank my team for working so hard for me this weekend."
Shuhei Aoyama, Repsol Honda: 13th
"I made a good start and I was fifth behind De Angelis and my brother, but in the third lap I made a mistake, braking too late and I lost contact with them. Then I stayed with Locatelli and we lapped together almost throughout the race. As my bike was consuming the fuel of the tank, it went better and I was feeling more comfortable. In the first section of the circuit, the area that goes downwards with several linked corners, the Aprilia was faster but I was able to recover ground in the rest of the circuit. When there were three laps left for the end I pushed a bit harder in the downwards section to get closer to Locatelli and prepare the overtaking manoeuvre, but I lost the front end. It's been my fault and I'm very sorry for the team. I'm really sorry."
Arturo Tizon, Wurth Honda BQR: 17th
"We have had a problem all weekend trying to get the bike to hold it's line. The team improved things a little for the race but not enough. I got good start and I made up about five places. My engine was fast but with the full tank it was difficult to put the bike where I wanted. At about half race distance I got into a good rhythm but it was too late to catch the group of three riders in front of me."
Martin Cardenas, Repsol Honda:
Did not race due to crash at previous round in Holland.
Chas Davies, Molenaar Honda, substitute for the injured Arnaud Vincent: dnf - crash:
"Crash wise I went into the last corner way too hard and lost the front end. I was struggling for engine power today, the bike was not as fast as it was in practice. I was trying to stay with Perren when I crashed but his bike was way faster than mine."
Fabrizio Perren, Stop and Go Racing: dnf - crash: "I got a good start and the beginning of the race was OK with a full fuel tank. The engine was very fast and the bike working well. But at mid-race distance when the fuel load was lighter the front end was not holding the line. Eventually the front wheel turned in on me and I crashed."
MotoGP 250cc Round 09 at Donington Park:
1 Jorge Lorenzo / Fortuna Aprilia 2 Alex De Angelis / Master - MVA Aspar Team 3 Hiroshi Aoyama / Red Bull KTM GP 250 4 Roberto Locatelli / Team Toth 5 Hector Barbera / Fortuna Aprilia 6 Andrea Dovizioso / Humangest Racing Team 7 Yuki Takahashi / Humangest Racing Team 8 Sylvain Guintoli / Equipe GP De France - Scrab 9 Anthony West / Kiefer - Bos - Racing 10 Marco Simoncelli / Squadra Corse Metis Gilera 11 Jakub Smrz / Cardion AB Motoracing 12 Aleix Espargaro / Wurth Honda BQR 13 Shuhei Aoyama / Repsol Honda 14 Jules Cluzel / Equipe GP De France - Scrab 15 Andrea Ballerini / Campetella Racing Related Links www.world.honda.com