Raul Fernandez takes career best finish with 5th in Germany, Albert Arenas finishes 21st
Lorenzo dalla Porta finally took his first victory of 2019 at Sachsenring today, the Italian making the top step of the podium by just 0.072 seconds ahead of his teammate Marcos Ramírez. Dalla Porta took advantage of a tough weekend for Aron Canet to take over at the top of the championship going into the summer break, despite the Spaniard making the podium with a strong ride to the podium from 22nd on the grid.
Raúl Fernández took the best result of his fledgling Grand Prix career with a hard-earned fifth place in an incredible performance that saw him make up ten positions and fight for the podium to the finish. The Spanish youngster crossed the line just three tenths behind the winner and two tenths off third at a circuit he had been looking forward to racing since the start of the season. Only contact with another rider a couple of laps from the end cost him the chance of an even better result. His teammate Albert Arenas did not get any luck today, crashing out of the lead group with ten laps to go and remounting to finish 21st.
5th Raúl Fernández (+0.323):
“I have been saying for the last two or three races that we are getting close to the podium and fighting for top fives. This result feels like a win after two unlucky races. It is where we deserve to be and we can be fighting for the podium in the future. I wanted to be close to Ramírez on the last few laps because I felt he had a little more than the others, but with four laps to go another rider came in hot and I had to run wide. It cost me three or four positions and then I was struggling to pass on the straight, whilst I was also struggling on the brakes in the left-handers after the crashing in FP3.”
21st Albert Arenas (+36.123):
“I am disappointed with the crash, which happened when I was fighting for a podium. I picked myself up and decided to finish the race, catching a couple of the riders that were ahead of me, so we have to take the positives into the break. It’s time to get some rest, reset and come back at our best level.”