GP VALENCIA – CHESTE (RACE): STATEMENTS OF THE MOTOGP RIDERS

Publicado: 12 noviembre, 2012 en MotoGP World Championship (english)
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DANI PEDROSA (1st – Repsol Honda):After Márquez’s race, I thought I should do something similar! But seriously, I’m really happy with this win, it was very difficult at the start to make the decision with tyres. I saw Jorge on slicks on the grid and I was pretty sure with my decision, but standing there the track was drying up very quickly and before the start I didn’t know if it would be better to forget about the pole and start from the pits or go out on wets and stop after 4 or 5 laps. In the last corner of the sighting lap, the instinct told me to get in immediately. I started from the pit lane and I managed to be fast from the beginning, I caught Jorge and then I made a mistake and lost three seconds again, but one lap later he also made a mistake and crashed out. From this point another race began for me. It was tough to maintain concentration with such conditions and a big advantage, so I planned the second half of the race like a practice session, taking the corners, the lines, lap by lap. It’s a great end of the season and I’d like to thank all the Repsol Honda Team!

KATSUYUKI NAKASUGA (2nd – Yamaha Factory Racing):I’m so very happy with this result, the conditions were very difficult today. It was a tough race but the team were amazing and I have to thank them for making the best choice for my set up for the race. It is like a dream or a miracle for me to be on the podium as the qualifying was not so good. I want to thank Yamaha for giving me this special opportunity to race here in MotoGP, it has been amazing“.

CASEY STONER (3rd – Repsol Honda):Considering everything that happened today, we’re very happy with a podium. My motivation wasn’t particularly high today as I haven’t wanted to push in the wet and haven’t felt comfortable on the bike. I just didn’t want to take any risks of crashing and damaging my ankle again so I was very cautious and this isn’t how I like to ride. Even with the choice of going with the wets, not the slick tyres at the beginning of the race, I took the easy option, which really isn’t me. When I saw the slicks had a big advantage, we came in and changed bikes and went back out and pushed as hard as we could, without taking unnecessary risks. In the end we were able to chase down Álvaro and take the last spot on the podium in our last race. My team are like my second family, we’ve been through a lot of ups and downs together and it’s going to be difficult not to see them every week. I’m sorry for them and for everyone who has supported me for so long but this is the way it is and it’s time to say goodbye. Thank you to all the people who have supported us over the years and all our sponsors, and to everyone in the Repsol Honda Team“.

ÁLVARO BAUTISTA (4th – San carlo Honda Gresini):That was definitely the most difficult race of the season. On the warm-up lap I decided to come in and swap the bike for the other one with slick tyres on because I could see the track was drying. I tried to manage the situation as best I could out there and focus on our objective of making sure of fifth in the championship but I’m not happy with the performance because again I had no feeling on the front. But anyway the season is over now and I am happy with where we have finished and with the progress we have made over the course of the season. Thanks to the team, Fausto Gresini and all the sponsors who have supported us. Now we start looking towards 2013 and I am happy to be with the same team and all the guys who have worked so hard this year. We have a good base to work from and improve next year“.

MICHELE PIRRO (5th – San Carlo Honda Gresini):What a fantastic day! To finish fifth and as the top CRT, with the best CRT result of the season, is wonderful. It wasn’t an easy race but we tried to push our best and take a few risks. Like last year when I won the Moto2 race I could feel Marco’s hand on my shoulder, giving me a push, and I feel this is a fitting way to say good bye to Team Gresini. The past two years with them have been very important for my career so I want to thank each and every member. The memories of our victory together here at Valencia last year and this fantastic result today will stay with us forever and it has been wonderful to write a small chapter in the history of this great championship. Thanks everybody“.

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO (6th – Monster Yamaha Tech 3):It is a pity that I could only finish my last race with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in sixth position. I’m sorry because I selected the worst strategy possible with the tyre choice and I’m disappointed. Normally I am always very strong at interpreting the conditions in the right way but this time I chose to start on the wet tyres and it was clearly the wrong decision. The o ther decision that compromised my race was I stayed out too long before coming in and changing to slicks. I didn’t have a reference because I was in the lead but when I saw Jorge I understood it was already too late. But I still came in to change to slicks. I then stalled the bike, so I lost more time. I didn’t give up and found a good rhythm so I get back into the top six which is at least decent finish. It has been a fantastic season with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team and I have enjoyed the experience a lot. The Team is incredibly professional and it has been an honour for me to ride with them and achieve a lot of success together“.

KAREL ABRAHAM (7th – Cardion AB Motoraacing):It was indeed a wacky race and there was much excitement on the track. There were many surprising moments. At one moment, I was overtaken by the winner of the race, Dani Pedrosa, but I had no idea I was just being lapped. I thought he had just had his tyres changed in the pit. So I was in fact racing with him without actually having to. On the other hand, it’s great that I managed to overtake him and stay in front of him. I am really glad that I managed to achieve the best result among Ducatis and leave Valentino Rossi behind. When I caught up with him I thought he had a wet tyre and I was really surprised that he had a slick. On the other hand, I am a little upset that Dovizioso eventually overtook me, because I could have finished sixth. It was a tyre lottery prior to the race. It was not the wisest of choices on our part. I am a little disappointed, but, then again, there is no point in looking back. With slick tyres from the very beginning, I could have been on the podium. On the other hand, I would have risked falling because the dry racing line was really narrow at the beginning of the race“.

JAMES ELLISON (9th – PBM Motorsports):Well, I’m not going to lie, it was another emotional race today, a lot of feelings came out as I was riding round knowing it was my last GP and knowing my dad wasn’t here to see me do so well and knowing that everything I have worked so hard for all year has come to an end. I’ve really enjoyed working with the PBM UK team and will miss every single one of them especially my garage crew of Phil, Mick, Dave, Dan, Brucie and Glen as we have grown so close through the year enjoying the good times and sticking together through the bad. I’d like to thank Paul Bird for the opportunity this year, Kelly for her hard work behind the scenes and everyone else that made my return to the premier class possible. There are too many to list but I’d like to thank you all individually and you know who you are. Regarding the race I think we made the right decision by starting on wets and pulling in for slicks early on, a ninth place and ninth fastest lap was a great way to end the season. As for the future, who knows, but I will be racing a motorcycle in 2013“.

VALENTINO ROSSI (10th – Ducati Team):It’s really a shame that the last race with Ducati finished this way. Things went well this morning in the wet warm-up, and in similar conditions, it would have been possible to do a nice result. Instead, this half-and-half situation was truly difficult. In the end the right choice was to use the slick tyres, but my bike on the grid had a very different setting from the other one, so I didn’t feel like switching. With the rain tyres, I felt fine at first, but then when it was necessary to switch, the situation became more complicated. There was a thin dry line, but I couldn’t put the bike where I wanted and as soon as I would go off that line, it was very risky. I could only try to finish. I would have liked to finish these two years with Ducati better. They were two difficult seasons, but I nonetheless leave behind many people that I enjoyed working with, and with whom it was nice to go racing“.

ALEIX ESPARGARÓ (11th – Power Electronics Aspar Team):I am very happy, because finally we were able to claim the prize for best CRT riders of the year. The race was very strange, as on the grid I was a little nervous about the tyre choice. I knew that I could go faster with the slicks, but it was very risky so I used the wets. There was a dry line that was rather unstable, so it was only my teammate who used slicks in the end. Once the race began, I focused on going as hard as I could until the tyre went off, then I changed bikes. I concentrated on catching Randy, and when I passed him I relaxed a bit to enjoy the race and finish as high up as possible. I think that we have had a formidable season and that this has been reflected with the best CRT prize. The most important thing is that the team has supported me, which I value a lot. Jorge gave me a lot of confidence from the start and I want to thank him and enjoy having reached our goal“.

RANDY DE PUNIET (12th – Power Electronics Aspar Team):Against all predictions, we decided to go with the slicks when the track was still damp. I think that it was a good choice. On Friday I felt really comfortable in a similar situation, but I don’t know what happened in the race today that made me feel so strange. I didn’t have any confidence in the front end and I was having a lot of difficult in keeping the bike up. That meant that I went wide on a number of occasions. I am a bit annoyed, because having watched the race, I can see that with a better feeling I could have fought for the top positions. Now the season is over, we need to focus on doing a good job in the test this week and go into the winter break feeling calm“.

HIROSHI AOYAMA (13th – Avintia Blusens):The state of the track has been really critical for all riders. We opted for wet but a few laps later we dropped by the box and take out the bike set up with dry. The problem is the asphalt was not completely dry which makes crashing easier. We finally managed to finish the race and even score. It’s much more than we expected as we said yesterday it was going to be more of a training practice than a race for me. This result doesn’t match up our expectations for the future but I am happy with the way the team has worked and also with my comeback to MotoGP“.

COLIN EDWARDS (14th – NGM Mobile Forward Racing):The conditions for the race were half wet, half dry. You were both gambling if you went with dry and you gambling if you went with wet. With this particular bike I felt the safest option was to go with wet. Went out and our rain setting, we must have changed something from this morning and when I got in the corner and open full gas it just wouldn’t go anywhere. I came in, changed bike and just went out and it stopped downshifting. At that point I was just kind of surviving and waiting to see what happened and finally finished the race and got a few points. The season is over and in a few days we start testing and I am looking forward to it“.

CAL CURTCHLOW (Not classified – Monster Yamaha Tech 3):Obviously I am very disappointed to finish the season like that. I wasn’t sure whether to start on wet tyres but I saw Dani pit and just followed him. Going to slicks was obviously the right choice but although there was a dry line, in some places it was so narrow that you couldn’t go off line to overtake because it was way too risky. Dani got through the pack quicker than me but once I got into a fast rhythm I felt really at ease. I had a comfortable lead over third and it was looking good for me to get my best MotoGP result when I hit the smallest wet patch going into the final corner. It just flicked the bike enough to throw me off the left side and I was actually lucky not to get tangled up with the bike. It is a shame because I wasn’t pushing that hard, but in those conditions we saw loads of people getting caught out. But once again I showed I was really fast and we take a lot of positives from the second half of the season. I’ve been on the podium twice and in the last races I’ve been right in the battle for the podium. I’d like to have had a few more finishes but I’ve shown my potential this year and that I am good enough to fight with the best in the world. I can now look forward to 2013 with a lot of confidence.”

HÉCTOR BARBERÁ (Not classified – Pramac Racing): “Obviously I’m not happy about today: I switched to the bike with slicks, but I struggled a lot to get the tyres at the right temperature and I crashed. It’s a shame, because it was the final round of this season and it was also my home race. I have to say thanks both to my crew and the people that worked with us.

JORGE LORENZO (Not classfied – Yamaha Factory Racing):I’m happy because we are world champions and that is the most important thing. Maybe if we had arrived here without the title decided it could have been another story and I wouldn’t be so happy. I had a lot of hopes to win today, I chose a really risky tyre strategy and I was making a really good race. Dani was catching me a little bit but then I managed to have a four second lead. I came up to the slower riders and I’m not sure what happened, maybe the marshals didn’t put up the blue flags quickly enough but I was losing some time stuck behind them. I was behind Ellison and he stayed on the racing line, I couldn’t wait for another corner to overtake him as I was losing time. I overtook and made a mistake, outside the dry line and I had a big high side“.

STEFAN BRADL (Not classified – LCR Honda):First of all we had very tricky conditions today as almost everybody was on wet tyres because the dry line was less than 10cm and we decided to go on slicks because we wanted to avoid a bike chance which could cost us a lot of time. At the end we made the right choice and want to the thank the Team for their support because it’s not easy for a rider to decide when the surface is so slippery. I was on a good pace since the beginning and was lapping third when I crashed out. The rider in front of me was slower and I wanted to overtake him quickly but in turn 5 I was a bit too aggressive and lost the control of the bike. I should have waited a bit longer to make the move and I feel bad for the Team because I lost the chance to fight for the podium. However I feel happy today because I will be awarded as the Best Rookie of the Year and this is simply great. This first year in the premier class was incredible for me and must thank Lucio and his Team because at the beginning I was a bit worried but now I know this is like a family“.

ROBERTO ROLFO (Not classified – Speed Master):I’m sorry because this could have been a good race. We started off with rain tyres and we used them till they were working well. I got the guys to know I was going back to the pit lane and when we changed bike we were fast, we managed to make a small gap from Ellison, whom I had overtaken on the last turn of that lap. On slick tyres I was comfortable immediately and we had a good performance in each corner. On the seventh lap, however, I crashed out, maybe there were still some very wet spots on the track or the tyre was still too cold. The crash ruined the bike quite a lot and I couldn’t restart. There were a few crashes like this one, maybe I should have taken it easier. We didn’t get any points and this adventure ends in this way. I’d like to thank the team for these four races, they were a lot of fun. I got along with the crew and, despite the results, this was a positive experience“.

IVÁN SILVA (Not classified – Avintia Blusens):We’ve been quite competitive this weekend and I wanted to complete the season with a positive result. Today’s conditions made things complicated but I think opting for dry was the right thing to do as shown later on. It’s a pity because we could have got a great result. The problem was when I reached a pack riding at a slower pace I had to get off the lane to pass them and my wheel dropped. I really regret it because I wanted to thank Avintia Blusens for trusting me throughout the year by offering them a good result for this finale“.

NICKY HAYDEN (Not classified – Ducati Team):It’s a shame to end a difficult season in a bad way, but at least I’m 100 per cent okay from the crash. On the grid, it was a really close call between slick tyres and rain tyres. If the track had been warm, it would clearly have been better to start on slicks, but the cold surface temperature made it close. On the warm-up lap, Lorenzo was going faster than us on slicks, so in my opinion, it was the right decision to come in and switch bikes and start from pit lane. After that, it was okay on the dry line, but to make passes, you had to go out where it was treacherous. I got behind Petrucci and couldn’t find a way past. I was waiting to go by him on the front straightaway, but I got a little bit wide in the last corner and hit a patch. I went down so quickly that there was no way to save it. Next season starts now, so hopefully things will be better“.

Sincerely,
Eduard Ballús

comentarios
  1. lilewis dice:

    great quote round up, working while watching means I somethmes miss some of what is said, but I had to smile at Pedrosa’s Marquez remark when he said that on t.v.!

    • eduardballus dice:

      Good night Lisa!

      Yes, of course! Is always good to read the riders statements when they have finished the race or training sessions, because they explain better their feelings, problems with the bike, expectatives for next day,…

      And tomorrow will be interesting also to know what they think, above all Rossi, Márquez, Dovizioso, Iannone,…, about their first experience with their new bikes!

      Greetings!

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