Cardus laments what could have been after leaving Japan without points
The AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan ends on a positive note for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing team with two of their riders in the Top10. A second start of the race was necessary today after an accident in the first turn after the start involving several riders caused Race Direction to Red Flag the race. Alex De Angelis and Mattia Pasini we able to make a good race and cross the Motegi finish line in 7th and 10th place respectively.
Starting from the 22nd place on the grid Alex De Angelis was able to make a remarkable comeback at the Japanese track. The rider form San Marino took full advantage of a great start and kept a good pace for most of the race, allowing him to regain many positions. A positive day too for teammate Mattia Pasini, despite the brakes problems he suffered he was able to get in the Top10. Ricky Cardús and Simone Corsi were less fortunate: the Spanish rider was battling to remain in the Top15 but made a mistake that cost him the points this weekend and ended up in 17th place. Roman rider Simone Corsi was unable to finish the race as he crashed early on while he was on 3rd place.
The next ad last race of the season will take place in two weeks time.
Ricky Cardus: “I was ready for a good race, I knew I could do well. On the re-start of the race I started off really well, but as I was battling to regain positions I made a mistake and crashed. I re-joined the race, but at that point I was last. I decided to push as hard as I could and finish the race with the best possible result, managing to finish in 17th place. I believe I could have finished close to the Top10 today, but because of my mistake I wasn´t able to.”
Source: Forward Racing