lunedì 22 maggio 2017

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow secured a creditable fifth place finish at the French Grand Prix

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow secured a creditable fifth place finish at the French Grand Prix on Sunday following a dramatic climax to the MotoGP race at Le Mans. Spaniard Maverick Vinales took victory, but only after factory Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi crashed out when leading on the last lap, ensuring Crutchlow was able to climb a position.

Starting from fourth on the grid, Crutchlow battled hard throughout and clashed fairing with fellow Honda rider Dani Pedrosa at one point. In the closing stages he pushed hard to try and pass Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso, but had to settle for fifth position.

The Briton admitted his RC213V struggled to adapt to the French circuit, but declared himself satisfied after bettering his target for the weekend. 
#35 Crutchlow (5th - 43' 43.312)

"I was struggling today to turn the bike with the harder front tyre, it was really difficult and I was losing a lot of time in the mid-turn. But I felt quite good in the braking zone and I'm happy enough to finish in the top five.

"At least we finished and that was important after not doing so in the last race. My target today was the top six and we finished in the top five, so I'm pleased enough. At Mugello I'll be aiming for the top six again, although there are a lot of guys riding fast at the moment, and I'm hoping the new tyre might suit me a bit better."

venerdì 19 maggio 2017

Imola Superbike

Torres and Althea BMW make a fantastic recovery at Imola
Imola (Italy), Sunday 14 May 2017 
The Imola World Superbike round concluded for the Althea BMW Racing team today; while Jordi Torres made a great recovery to finish in eighth place, Raffaele De Rosa closed in sixteenth place. In the Stock1000 category, Marco Faccani achieved fifth position in the race.
Superbike – Race 2 – After a crash for Badovini on lap one, the race was immediately interrupted with a red flag. Once the track was clean, a restart took place with the original grid line-up. Torres was forced to start from last position, having missed yesterday’s qualifying sessions due to a nasty bout of gastroenteritis. From there, the Spaniard quickly began to work his way up through the field, placing twelfth already on lap five. De Rosa too was able to get away well from 16th, following his team-mate to place right behind him, thirteenth in the opening stages. Torres pushed all the way to the line, passing several more riders in the second half of the race to cross the line eighth. Losing a little ground in the latter stages of the race, De Rosa concluded in 16th place.
STK1000 – Race – here too, the race was interrupted by a red flag, twice, after crashes for a number of riders. After a quick restart, Faccani, still sixth on the grid, maintained that position through the opening laps. Oscillating between fifth and sixth place, the Italian battled with other riders in the second group, to cross the line in final fifth position.


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