Salom takes the chequered flag in 23rd after first-lap crash
RW Racing GP and Luis Salom return back home empty handed after the Japanese Grand Prix. A poor start followed by a crash in turn two made that the result was certainly not what the team had envisioned. No one could be satisfied with the 23rd place.
At the start of the 125cc race at Motegi Luis Salom let the clutch slip too early and the bike dropped dead. In an attempt to make up the loss quickly, he braked late for turn two. He went straight and took Josep Rodriguez with him in the crash. Both riders were able to rejoin the race.
Salom began catching up as the thirtieth, 38 seconds behind the last man. With a crooked clutch pedal racing it was difficult, but nevertheless he managed to climb to 23rd place, although it was not the result for which he had come to Japan.
“The only positive thing is that I didn´t hurt myself in the crash”, said Shalom. “I have considered to quit, but it that case are you sure you have nothing. I prefered to ride on and see where it brings me, because you never know. I’m very sorry for the team that worked hard. Two crashes in one weekend – affecting the result heavily – is not good.”
Ninth in the championship was not in danger, but the scoreless result made the pursuit for eight – with Sergio Gadea out of the championship quite possible – more difficult. In about one week the team flies back to the east, for the Grand Prix of Australia and Malaysia. “It has to be done there”, said Salom. ,,These are two of my favorite tracks and I am determined to grab eighth place. I want to end the season well. Not only to forget these kind of races.”
Soure: RW Racing GP