Eighth And Ninth For Honda
By: Tasha Crook | Published 05 June 2006, 13:00 | Views: 617 | tags: motogp, 125gp, mugello, gabor talmacsi, lorenzo baroni, humangest honda, thomas luthi, sandro cortese, elit honda, bradley smith, repsol honda, hiroaki kuzuhara, seedorf racing world, mike di meglio, ffm honda, aleix espargaro, wurth honda bqr, joey litjens, molenaar honda
Italian Mattia Pasini won the 125cc race from his team-mate and series points leader Alvaro Bautista (both Aprilia) by one thousandth of a second with Czech rider Lukas Pesek (Derbi) third. Two of Honda’s main hopes in this class were riding injured at this race: Gabor Talmacsi (Humangest Honda RS125R) injured a shoulder while engaged in on-bike promotional work, while Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R) broke a collarbone testing last weekend and rode with the bone plated. They finished eighth and ninth.The man most likely to feature in the results here was Fabrizio Lai (Seedorf Racing Honda RS125R) who started on the front row and held second place on the opening lap before dropping down the field as the 20-lap race unfolded to eventually finish 11th.
Bradley Smith (Repsol Honda RS125R) finished a very creditable 19th in a 43-rider field at a track the 15-year-old only saw for the first time this weekend.
Talmacsi said, “I did my best with this bike. Unfortunately, Luthi, Corsi and I passed several times each other and this slowed us down losing space with the front group. Then, in the last three laps I just pushed as hard as I could in order to finish in front of my group. It was a difficult race for me, we have to improve in the general settings of the bike.”
Luthi said, “My start was so-so, but I made up a lot of places braking for the first turn. I felt I could run faster than the group I was in but every time I tried to break away Corsi outbraked me into a turn and slowed us both. He should have stayed behind me and we would both have gone forward. On the last lap he got in my way and that let Talmacsi past.”
The World Championship points table now shows Bautista leading with 119 points, Mika Kallio (KTM), who finished sixth here, lying second with 88 points and today’s winner Pasini third on 74. Reigning World Champion Luthi is currently eighth with 44.
Gabor Talmacsi, Humangest Honda: 8th:
“I did my best with this bike. Unfortunately, Luthi, Corsi and I passed several times each other and this slowed us down loosing space with the front group. Then, in the last three laps I just thought to push as hard as I could in order to finish in front of my group. It was a difficult race for me, we have to improve in the general settings of the bike.”
Thomas Luthi, Elit Honda: 9th:
“My start was so – so but I made up a lot of places braking for the first turn. I felt I could run faster than the group I was in but every time I tried to brake away Corsi out braked me into a turn and slowed us both. He should have stayed behind me and we would both have gone forward. On the last lap he got in my way and that let Talmacsi pass me.
Fabrizio Lai, Seedorf Racing World: 11th:
“Looking back at yesterday something strange happened, probably the higher temperature today robbed the engine of power. In qualifying yesterday my Honda accelerated very fast I set my qualifying time easily. We have to look for what happened and prepare for Catalunya.”
Bradley Smith, Repsol Honda: 19th:
“Starting from thirty-second didn’t do me any favor but we made a good start. I followed Olive along the first corner and we went really wide, maybe I lost a bit of time there but it wasn’t possible to get to the inside so that was the option. Then I made a mistake; I pushed hard in the first laps trying to pass some people and braked too late into the first corner. The back end came up and I nearly went in the grass so it was difficult to turn and get back. I lost the contact to the second group, the big group, and then I went on the race on my own. I just tried to do consistent lap times but it is difficult when you’re on your own. Nineteenth is something you should be happy but I’m not happy. I still want to be in the top fifteen and I want to be fighting for higher positions. I’m looking forward to Catalunya, because it’s a track I’ve been to and we’ll have more time to test and try different things.”
Hiroaki Kuzuhara, Seedorf Racing World, 20th:
“If I had started one row ahead of my grid place I would have made the top 15. The bike was not perfect today but I could keep the pace of the group I was racing in.”
Michele Conti, Seedorf Racing World: 29th:
“I had a problem with the motor probably electrical. The bike was running god on the warm up lap but in the race the engine just stopped coming off a corner.”
Sandro Cortese, Elit Honda: dnf – crash:
“My start was not so bad and I was running okay in the second group. But as the race went on I started sliding badly and with about seven laps to go I had a huge slide and was high-sided and the race was finished.”
Lorenzo Baroni, Humangest Honda: dnf :
“In the warm-up lap I suddenly realized that something was wrong with my bike. At the start, then, the clutch burnt and I had to retire after few laps. It’s a shame, because I would have liked to finish at least the race in front of all these incredible spectators.”
Mike Di Meglio, FFM Honda: dnf – crash:
“This morning I was satisfied of the chassis of the bike; the engine was a bit better but it wasn’t yet perfect. I didn’t start very well but I rejoined in 15th position and I saw quickly that I couldn’t follow. My machine accelerated quite well but there was a lack in speed limit and each lap in the straight line all the rider of the group overtook me. I stayed the entire race with Koyama and Zanetti, fighting for points and in the last lap I wanted to arrive first of this group but I made a mistake and then I crashed. Even if I’m a bit disappointed I could improve my lap time, made in qualifying practice, during the race of three tenth. We didn’t ride enough on dry track since the beginning of the season and I hope that in Barcelona we will be able to ride in good weather conditions.
Aleix Espargaro, Wurth Honda BQR: dnf – engine problem:
“My start was not so bad and I held my position but after a few laps my rear tyre was sliding and I lost a few places. Then my engine lost power and I could not stay in the slipstream of the rides in my group. With five laps to go the engine stopped at the end of the long straight. We don’t know why yet.”
Joey Litjens, Molenaar Honda: dnf – damaged exhaust pipe:
“Its a pity my race ended the way it did because I got a great start. The set up was god and the engine was fast and I felt I was riding really well but the clutch was playing up and it was difficult to change gear. Then on the fourth lap I got hit from behind, by Grotzkyj I think, and I had to run straight across the run off. I didn’t crash but my exhaust pipe was broken and my race was over.”
MotoGP 250 Italy Grand Prix at Mugello Round:
1 Mattia PASINI / Master - MVA Aspar Team 2 Alvaro BAUTISTA / Master - MVA Aspar Team 3 Lukas PESEK / Derbi Racing 4 Sergio GADEA / Master - MVA Aspar Team 5 Hector FAUBEL / Master - MVA Aspar Team 6 Mika KALLIO / Red Bull KTM GP 125 7 Julian SIMON / Red Bull KTM GP 125 8 Gabor TALMACSI / Humangest Racing Team 9 Thomas LUTHI / Elit - Caffe Latte 10 Simone CORSI / Squadra Corse Metis Gilera 11 Fabrizio LAI / Valsir Seedorf Racing 12 Pablo NIETO / Multimedia Racing 13 Joan OLIVE / SSM Racing 14 Lorenzo ZANETTI / Skilled I.S.P.A. Racing Team 15 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA / Malaguti Ajo Corse
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