Qualifying times had shown that the Moto2 race was going to be a fast one, and the riders didn’t disappoint at Brno. Márquez, Bradl, De Angelis, Luthi and Iannone were yesterday’s fastest five, and escaped out in front on raceday. Bradl leading, followed by Márquez and with De Angelis lurking behind was a familiar story from this season, but Iannone and Luthi turned up to breathe some life into the show. Iannone was the most impressive of the two, getting past Márquez and Bradl to take the win.
Still with a sore leg from a double break earlier in the season, Julián Simón has really been in the wars in 2011. Heavy bruising on his shoulder, sore ribs and the loss of a fingernail on his right hand through abrasion, the Spaniard showed tremendous courage to even attempt to ride in this morning’s warmup session. The MAPFRE Aspar rider had crashed in qualifying and wanted to see whether participation at Brno would be an option, but eventually decided against competing.
He watched teammate Jordi Torres move up to nineteenth in the Czech Republic, having dropped down as far as twenty-seventh in the opening stages due to a lack of aggression and relative inexperience. Both riders have plenty of motivation for the next round, held at Indianapolis in two weeks’ time.
Julián Simón (DNS):
“The crash yesterday destroyed all our plans. I fell too fast on the last section of the track, and once again I did myself damage. The bike spat me off and I took a hard blow on my right hand side. I lost a fingernail from my right hand and was a bit bruised. I didn’t have a good night last night, but I still wanted to go out for the warmup to see how I felt. I could ride, but not at the pace that I would have liked. I decided against risking it, because it didn’t look possible to get points and my shoulder, finger and ribs were too sore to take that gamble. My leg is also still in a recovery phase. I have to be patient now, rethink the situation with my doctors and get ready for Indianapolis.”
19th Jordi Torres:
“It is a pity that I keep on making myself nervous at the start of the race. I don’t want to take risks, and on the opening laps I go too carefully. I still lack a bit of experience. The first part of the race was when I found my pace, but the problem was that I slowed things down and stopped pushing too early. When I got faster later on it was too late to move up positions. I am happy in general, because I was going quicker at the end, but I need to find this aggression much early. The positive thing is that I finished the race, and I learnt a lot here today. It is still tough for me to be one of the bigger riders, as even when I get good drive through the corners I have riders passing me down the straights. The bike was working perfectly and the team were as excellent as always. My goal is to learn to be more incisive at the beginning of races, in order to get better results.”
Source: Aspar Media
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