MotoGP: Assen – at the Cathedral of Motorcycle racing, Nolan Group riders continued to learn.
One of our toughest weekends in MotoGP to date in Assen, no riders achieving what they had hoped for, closest of all was Petrucci, placing 6th, so, far from a disaster for him. An unfortunate fall for Rins means he didn’t finish the race, and tough times in the junior classes too with some really unlucky riders.
Despite this weekend, Petrucci and Rins maintain 3rd & 4th spot in the championship standings, so the situations is not all bad, and when the right tracks come round they will be waiting!
When will this happen? For the MotoGP, soon! Next weekend, at the Sachsenring.., hopefully long enough to recover & feel fresh.
Danilo Petrucci SIXTH
“It’s been a bit of a strange weekend, because we started off on the right foot and we were always among the frontrunners in free practice. I was feeling really confident onboard my Desmosedici GP, but the rising temperatures complicated the situation because, when the grip level goes down, we struggle more than our rivals and today it wasn’t possible to match the pace at the front. In the second half of the race Andrea and I engaged in a fun battle against other riders, but unfortunately I lost one position at the very last corner. On the bright side, I’m now third in the Championship and we’re headed to Sachsenring: I barely missed the podium there last year, and this time we’ll try to make sure we step on it.”
Alex Rins DNF
“I did a really good start, and I was riding with a lot of confidence. But then, on the exit of Turn 8, the front came up a little bit more than usual and then I braked really hard getting into Turn 9 and I lost the front immediately. It was a real shame because I was doing well, with a good rhythm and good pace. I’m sure I would have stayed with the front riders. The good news is that I’ll be back on the bike in less than a week, at Sachsenring, and I’m really excited.”
Alonso Lopez TENTH
“I expected more from this race because the pace I had was those of leadership.
In the first laps it was difficult for me to advance because I had a good pace, but overtaking was still difficult and so it was difficult for me to enter the top group. It was a pity because I had the rhythm of being there. At least we went to points. “