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Sergio Garcia finished 13th in today’s Italian GP at Mugello, whilst Alonso Lopez crashed when riding in eighth. Alonso Lopez was eleventh in the... Sergio Garcia takes first points of rookie season at Mugello, DNF for Alonso Lopez

Sergio Garcia finished 13th in today’s Italian GP at Mugello, whilst Alonso Lopez crashed when riding in eighth.

Alonso Lopez was eleventh in the Q2 but has occupied the tenth place on the grid to benefit from the penalty to another driver.

In the race, he held onto his starting position off the start and led the second group in a chase to catch the frontrunners. Unfortunately, he would suffer a crash at Turn 12 midway through the race, ending a promising weekend prematurely.

After the Italian Grand Prix, Lopez remains in 20th position in the overall standings with 14 points.

Alonso Lopez
“My start wasn’t good, but I held my position, gained a couple of places and went in search of the first group, which was already almost a second ahead of us. When I got there, Andrea Migno made contact with me and I couldn’t do anything to stay up. It happens in racing. The best thing about the weekend is that we are getting closer and closer to the riders at the front. I hope that at Montmeló we can be up there, since it is a circuit that suits us quite well.”

Sergio Garcia had suffered a fall in turn 3 during the warm up without physical consequences, so he could take the start in the race.

Like his teammate, he would start from one position above his qualifying spot due to a sanction for another rider, and lined up 15th.

Off the start, he followed Lopez at the head of the second group. He would join the first group when they merged, and after the large pack fragmented he crossed the line 13th, just over two seconds behind the race winner.

Sergio Garcia
“I think that this weekend has been very positive. We have been improving in each session and have always had fast times; that by itself is a good step forward, because we had been struggling a little since the beginning of the year. I’m very happy about the race. I found it a little hard to maintain the pace because I had very little rear grip and was skidding around. The important thing is that I finished the race and we scored points for the first time in the World Championship.”