GP AUSTRALIA (RACE): STATEMENTS OF THE MOTOGP RIDERS

Publicado: 28 octubre, 2012 en MotoGP World Championship (english)
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CASEY STONER (1st – Repsol Honda):It was very important for me to win a race before the end of the season and I’m really happy to do it here, at home, in front of the huge crowd. My biggest worry was to be fit again and competitive for this race, but we managed it and we had something over everyone else and this was the perfect way to say goodbye here. I was pretty nervous going into the race but the conditions were fantastic for a Phillip Island race! When I knew I only had a few laps left and a big lead, I was watching the crowd and it was fantastic to see everyone cheering me on, it made me very proud to be Australian. My biggest congratulations to Jorge, he’s ridden an almost perfect season finishing 1st or 2nd when possible and I’m just disappointed not to be in the championship fight, but I made my own mistakes and this is how things go. My condolences to Dani – I saw him crash out in front of me – but he had to push today and go out and win the race to keep his championship hopes alive. It was a small mistake, easy to do in this corner and I feel very sorry for him. Thanks to everyone for coming down and showing their support!

JORGE LORENZO (2nd – Yamaha Factory Racing – 2012 World Champion):What a day! I’m very happy, it was easier than I expected because Dani made a mistake in a corner and crashed. I wanted to keep with Casey but he was so strong. Today all I had to do was finish the race and I have become World Champion for the second time. It’s such a sweet feeling! I want to thank all the team, Yamaha, my family, my friends, sponsors and fans that support me. Today is an amazing moment. We’ve been very patient, very concentrated and finally the World title arrives!

CAL CRUTCHLOW (3rd – Monster Yamaha Tech 3):I am really happy with this result because it is a great way to finish this period of three races in a row. After the disappointment of running out of fuel while battling for the podium on the last lap in Japan and then crashing in Sepang, I really needed a positive result here and that’s what we’ve got. Considering how ill I’ve felt with the fever and bronchitis, to be back on the podium is a fantastic feeling and we definitely deserved it. Another podium is a great result and we’ve backed up the third in Brno. It was a big thrill to be on the podium here with Casey winning. The fans gave him a great reception and I’m glad I could be part of it. I want to say big congratulations to Yamaha and Jorge too for winning the World Championship. They have done an amazing job and they both deserve this success“.

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO (4th – Monster Yamaha Tech 3): I knew that it was going to be a tough race because I didn’t had the same pace as Cal. All I could do was to try during the first laps to get in front of him or to put him under pressure but it was not possible. He was riding very well so I decided the best strategy was not to take too many risks. The battle with Bradl and Bautista was really exciting and I had a lot of fun. I’m sure the fans appreciated it as well because we were pushing and changing places for the whole race. I am satisfied to finish in front of the group and it was a strong battle right to the chequered flag“.

ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (5th – San Carlo Honda Gresini):We have achieved our objective here but I have to recognise that if it wasn’t for the crash from Dani Pedrosa I would have been sixth. I am disappointed for him because he has produced some extraordinary races recently but today he lost the championship on the second lap. This morning in the warm-up we could see that Crutchlow had a better pace than us so when I saw Pedrosa crash I just tried my best to stick in the group behind Lorenzo in the hope we could fight for the podium but we were lacking straight line speed. All the time I lost down the straight I had to make up for the rest of the lap but it was a fun battle with Dovizioso and Bradl, we passed each other many times and the race went quickly for me. I made one last attempt at the end but again Dovizioso got me down the straight and then did a good job to close every door. Anyway it’s a positive result so thanks to all the team and now let’s hope we can seal fifth in the championship at Valencia“.

STEFAN BRADL (6th – LCR Honda):Off course we are all happy because we did not expect such a close fight for the 4th place today after the difficult first day of practices we had here. It’s a shame that we lost the 4th place because I was on hard tyre today and had a small advantage on my competitors so I thought I could take it. But the other guys had other advantages on me so we were plus or minus on the same level but in the last lap I was stopped by Bautista and Dovi passed me. I am not the one who usually lost the battle but I am quite happy anyway because we showed our pace once again and want to thank the Team for their excellent job this weekend“.

VALENTINO ROSSI (7th – Ducati Team):As far as the result is concerned, I think seventh place is probably the best that was possible, whereas the gap could have been better. Nicky was with me the whole race. I was ahead and I pushed, but I was never able to shake him. The bike I crashed with in the warm-up had some small changes that we wanted to try, but honestly, I don’t think I could have done much more. I’m not able to enter the corners fast because whenever I try, I go too wide. I have to brake earlier, try to keep a bit of margin, and then accelerate as soon as possible, but by opening the gas very early, with the bike leaned over, the tyre heats up a lot on the edges. Today it immediately started sliding too much. Complements to Marquez and Lorenzo for their titles, which both of them certainly deserve“.

NICKY HAYDEN (8th – Ducati Team):It was a really hard weekend. Normally I love Phillip Island, but we did 32.3s in FP1 and haven’t been able to improve grip and turning much since, despite making a lot of changes. I felt a little better in the race and was able to fight with Valentino a little bit. He was faster in the beginning, but once the tyres went away, I could manage, although front-tyre wear hurt me toward the end. I thought I might be able to have a go at him in the last couple of laps, but then I ran wide in turn 11 and he got a break on me. He was going to be tough to beat anyway. It’s frustrating, because I remember battling with Valentino for the win here, and we’ve been on the podium together a few times at this track. Thanks to the team because we really tried everything this weekend“.

KAREL ABRAHAM (9th – Cardion AB Motoracing):I’m really happy about the race: we’ve finished in the Top 10 yet again – which also means a fair amount of points. On the other hand, I also have to feel a bit frustrated, because it could have worked out a lot better. I had a great start and even got in front of Nicky Hayden, after which I managed to hold my position in the group between Valentino and Hayden. I felt really sure of the bike for the first time in ages, and even thought I could overtake Valentino. But from about the twelfth lap the bike started to play up, Nicky passed me, and both of them started to pull away. Whilst that was a bit of a shame, we can still regard this race as being a really good result“.

ALEIX ESPARGARÓ (10th – Power Electronics Aspar Team):Before the flyaways we won at Aragón. I spoke with my mechanics afterwards and we agreed that if we wanted to be the best CRT, then we needed to win at least three of the last four races. At the moment we are on course for that. I am very happy and it was fun in the race. I had an exciting battle with Randy, above all on the final two laps. I tried to slipstream him on the straight a few times, but it wasn’t possible. I waited until the start of the last lap and pushed. I took a risk and it worked out. He has been very strong all weekend, so in Valencia we will have to work hard to avoid any unexpected occurrence“.

RANDY DE PUNIET (11th – Power Electronics Aspar Team):I’m a little upset, because I thought I was able to follow the official Ducati bikes. In fact, comparing the laps after the race, I saw that we were virtually identical in pace. Right at the start, when I changed from second to third gear, I noticed how the bike stood still. With this incident I lost time and positions. Then it was hard to move up positions. Gradually I tagged onto riders ahead of me, pairing up with Aleix. We exchanged a few passes and he rode well; I couldn’t force him into making a mistake. I hate to end a race like this; not because my teammate beat me, but because the race didn’t go as I would have liked and expected“.

HÉCTOR BARBERÁ (12th – Pramac Racing):What I can say…we struggled from the first day of practices to find the right front end feeling, but, during today’s race I had an unpredictable chattering issue in different areas of the track. We never had a big chatter problem in the past like today and, in these conditions, I didn’t have enough confidence to ride as I wanted“.

MICHELE PIRRO (14th – San Carlo Honda Gresini):The objective was to finish as the third highest CRT but we had a problem with the fairing that cost us time at the end of the race. It is a shame but I am happy to come away from this race with two points that consolidate my position as the third highest CRT in the championship and that is important“.

ROBERTO ROLFO (Not classified – Speed Master):I’m disappointed for how the race ended today. The rhythm we had wasn’t too bad, I was hoping to stay with the other CRT machines that had been faster than me in the qualifying practice, the bike was quick. The warm up wasn’t too easy, as we worked on used tyres. In the race, the start wasn’t one of the best, but there was a chance to improve my placement. Meanwhile the CRT group went away and I tried to put in a consistent pace on my own, with the aim to set some good times. When there were about ten laps left, I started having some problems with the bike and soon after it stopped. Now we are going to see what forced us to retire. Even if the CRT group was far, we could have achieved some points. We’ll do our best to make up for this in Valencia“.

COLIN EDWARDS (Not classified – NGM Mobile Forward Racing):It all started this morning, we went out and I missed the downshift pretty bad in the warm up and maybe it damaged something in the gear box because after a couple of laps I couldn’t downshift at the end of the main straight. Finally I run out a little wide but after this everything seemed to be ok after that. Again on the main straight I could hear a clinking, like metal on metal or chassis on chassis, or maybe even the gearbox again, so decided to pit in to see what was wrong“.

DANI PEDROSA (Not classified – Repsol Honda):It’s a sad feeling more than disappointment; I pushed as hard as I could; I did what I had to do and I have no regrets for my riding, especially this season. I feel very proud of my team and of my performance throughout the year. I think after what happened in Misano, we showed a very good attitude, skill and power. So, there is some sadness because we’ve been closer than ever to take the title, but also proud for all we achieved. Concerning the crash, it was nothing strange; I just went wider on the corner, I had some chatter and lost the front; maybe the tyre was not warm enough as well, but it’s like it is. Congratulations to Casey for his sixth win at his home Grand Prix and to Lorenzo because he deserved the championship, as well as Marc Márquez in Moto2“.

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Eduard Ballús

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