13TH FOR OLIVEIRA AT ARAGON AS BINDER AND CANET CELEBRATE GRAND PRIX WINS
MotoGP 2019 Round 14 of 19, MotorLand Aragon (ESP) - RACE
Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira defied the discomfort of his weak right shoulder to battle on the fringes of the top ten of the Gran Premio Michelin de Aragon. The Portuguese set an impressive pace after starting from 16th place on the grid and was beaten by just two hundredths of a second in the chase for 12th position by Danilo Petrucci. His classification represented the eighth time the rookie has posted points in the premier class of the FIM World Championship.
Close to opening his account on a comeback to full-time MotoGP racing was Mika Kallio. The Red Bull KTM man circulated just behind Oliveira but felt the pace of his first Grand Prix event in over a year and crossed the finish line in 17th. Hafizh Syahrin was five-spots further back in 21st after running off the track.
Pol Espargaro will spend 24 hours in hospital after his operation to insert a titanium plate on the multi-fragment fracture of the left distal radius and an assessment of the recovery period two days later.
After back-to-back fixtures in Italy and Spain MotoGP now enters a phase of four events outside of Europe. There is a two-day test scheduled at MotorLand this week but then the PTT Thailand Grand Prix at the Chang International Circuit will host round fifteen in a fortnight.
Miguel Oliveira: “It was a good race today. We had a decent fight with strong riders; which makes me happy. It was difficult to overtake, especially in the last laps, but I was there fighting. I thought we had the potential for a bit more today but at the same time it was nice to finish the race like this after not scoring the last two rounds. I feel much calmer and more relaxed to approach the upcoming challenges.”
Mika Kallio: “My last MotoGP race was a long time ago so it was difficult to find the rhythm and get on the same level as the others. We needed the laps today and I think we did quite OK. Everything can always be better but for the first weekend it was alright and we made kept the mistakes to a minimum. The only disappointing thing was missing out of the points and I think maybe I made a mistake with the tyre choice. I was missing experience with how the soft or the hard would behave. We made good times in tricky conditions and I always like those and I had a good feeling with the bike. Who knows? Maybe we can have a race like that in the rest of the season. We’ll set some target now for the rest of the weekends this year. We’ll see how it goes in Thailand.”
Hafizh Syahrin: “It was a hard race! In the beginning, there were many touches with other riders, going wide and it was difficult to come out of this without any harm. I tried to manage a good rhythm and aimed to try to catch Kallio but in the end in turn 12, I couldn’t stop the bike, so I went onto the gravel and I just came back behind Lorenzo. It was very close but not enough. We have five races more, which is going to be long, but we try everything.”
Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Team Manager: “The first race for Mika and until the second phase it was going pretty well as he could stay with the group near the top ten. Of course he is missing experience with the correct race tyre and strategy but we’re happy with what he did. The rear tyre choice stopped him getting into the points. Miguel had a great race and a big fight with other riders and we’re happy with that performance. We missed Pol and he was performing well this weekend up until the crash but he had successful surgery this morning and we wish him all the best. We have the test on Tuesday and Wednesday now and then we’ll look to Thailand.”
Moto2 & Moto3
In Moto2 – that took place after the MotoGP race due to a schedule change – Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder rode superbly to front the Grand Prix and escape for his second triumph of the season (and second consecutive year at Aragon). The South African is currently 5th in the championship. Teammate Jorge Martin took 9th place in what is still the Moto3 World Champion’s first term in the intermediate category.
Brad Binder: “The strategy went out window after three laps when I saw small gap at the front so I did my absolute best every lap and tried to limit the mistakes. I knew the end of race would be hard and I was really struggling but I have to give huge thanks to the team for giving the equipment to last the distance and win here.”
Two KTM’s finished on the Moto3 podium with Aron Canet running free to his third victory of the season and seventh top three result to launch straight back into title contention. The Spaniard is just 2 points away from Lorenzo Dalla Porta at the peak of the standings. Dennis Foggia grabbed 3rd position for his second career visit to the podium. Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Champion Carlos Tatay grabbed 12th on his Grand Prix debut.
Aron Canet: “It was a difficult race actually because my strategy was to push hard at beginning and find a strong rhythm but finally I could take the victory.”
Next race: October 6th, Chang International Circuit, PTT Thailand Grand Prix (THA)
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Results Race MotoGP MotorLand Aragon 2019
1. Marc Marquez (ESP), Honda 41:57.221
2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA), Ducati +4.836
3. Jack Miller (AUS), Ducati +5.430
4. Maverick Viñales (ESP), Yamaha +5.811
5. Fabio Quartararo (FRA), Yamaha +8.924
13. Miguel Oliveira (POR), Red Bull KTM Tech3 +33.063
17. Mika Kallio (FIN), Red Bull KTM +42.983
21. Hafizh Syahrin (MYS), Red Bull KTM Tech3 +47.308
Results Race Moto2 MotorLand Aragon 2019
1. Brad Binder (RSA) Red Bull KTM Ajo 39:45.177
2. Jorge Navarro (ESP) Speed Up +0.787
3. Alex Marquez (ESP), Kalex +2.876
9. Jorge Martin (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +14.775
Results Race Moto3 MotorLand Aragon 2019
1. Aron Canet (ESP), KTM 38:01.916
2. Ai Ogura (JPN), Honda +4.581
3. Dennis Foggia (ITA), KTM +4.663
24. Deniz Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Ajo +51.058