Crashes end San Marino GP prematurely for Alonso Lopez and Aron Canet
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders Aron Canet and Alonso Lopez had a tough raceday at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, with both crashing out of the San Marino GP in the early stages.
Canet’s day had begun promisingly, as he had topped the timesheets in the morning warmup and started the race from the front row of the grid. However, just before the end of the second lap, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider was unable to avoid Jaume Masia’s bike when his rival suddenly went to ground coming out of Turn 16. Canet, Niccolo Bulega, Enea Bastianini and Ayumu Sasaki were all taken out of contention in the incident, and the Spaniard’s aspirations of a great race went up in smoke. Suffering from pain in his left arm, Canet was taken to the circuit’s medical centre, where any serious injuries were ruled out. However, he will be examined again in Barcelona during the coming week. Despite this unfortunate result, Canet remains fourth in the World Championship with 118 points.
Alonso Lopez had been relegated to last on the grid from fifteenth after his best qualifying time was ruled out for his having exceeded the track limits. Seventeenth in the warm up, in the race he made a fantastic start that allowed him to gain positions on the first corner but, like his teammate, he would suffer a crash -when accelerating out of the Turn 5. The crash, which came before the end of the first lap, ended his brief first experience of Misano. Lopez has 31 points in the overall standings, and is still 19th.
The next race for the Moto3 World Championship will be held on September 23rd at MotorLand Aragon.
“There is not much to say. I couldn’t avoid Jaume Masia’s bike, just like several other riders behind me couldn’t. It was a shame because I could have had a good race. I’m feeling some pain in my left arm but the doctors have ruled out a possible fracture of the humerus. We will continue working with the same determination despite the difficulties. I lost points with respect to the frontrunners in the World Championship, but at least I remain fourth and I haven’t suffered any serious injury.”
“It was a real shame because I had made a great start. I was riding very well and was very motivated, but at Turn 5 I had a scare that I couldn’t save. In the last two races I’ve seen a leap up in my performance, although I still have to improve my lines in order to avoid going over the track limits. The crash was a shame but I’m happy with how I approached the whole weekend.”