Rodrigo narrowly misses out on podium, bitter comeback for Alcoba
Gabriel Rodrigo scores the best result of his 2020 season so far by finishing fourth in the Grand Prix of Styria, which represents an important confidence boost for himself and the whole Team Kömmerling Gresini Moto3, after yesterday’s pole position and today’s 13 points.
The Argentine rider, who looked extremely strong in the early part of the race when he even tried to pull away from the pack along with Arbolino, had to surrender to the comeback by Vietti and Ogura in the final stages, despite trying all he could to seal the podium up to the final corner. With this fourth place, Rodrigo moves up a couple of places in the standings and he is now eighth and 58 points away from Arenas.
Jeremy Alcoba had a flamboyant race after starting from 14th place. The Spanish rider did well in leading the second group of riders and almost managed to bridge the gap with the front runners. But with ten laps left, he made a mistake at turn three, an ‘innocuous’ low-side crash aside from the affected mood of the rider.
“I had a great pace today but I made a big mistake coming out of the last turn with few laps to go and I got passed by at least five riders. I struggled to make my way back to the positions I’ve been in throughout the majority of the race. During the last lap I had the podium in my target, but Ogura had a perfect final lap and I did a small mistake in the third split, which didn’t allow me to take a shot at the podium. We could have deserved a bit more, but we’re now looking forward to the next races.”
“We worked well but in the race things didn’t go as planned. It took me ages to overtake a Leopard rider, and when I did it I was confident I could bridge the gap to the leading group. We had a set-up for riding inside the pack while I ended up lapping with clear track for too long until the crash happened.”