FIM Moto2 World Championship
May 4, 2014
Race Results (all using Honda engines and Dunlop tires):
1. Mika KALLIO, Finland (KALEX), 26 laps, 44:56.004
2. Dominique AEGERTER, Switzerland (SUTER), -2.434 seconds
3. Jonas FOLGER, Germany (KALEX), -3.668
4. Esteve RABAT, Spain (KALEX), -5.431
5. Maverick VIÑALES, Spain (KALEX), -9.786
6. Luis SALOM, Spain (KALEX), -11.356
7. Xavier SIMEON, Belgium (SUTER), -18.112
8. Johann ZARCO, France (CATERHAM SUTER), -21.508
9. Sandro CORTESE, Germany (KALEX), -21.608
10. Thomas LUTHI, Switzerland (SUTER), -22.811
11. Anthony WEST, Australia (SPEED UP), -43.284
12. Jordi TORRES, Spain (SUTER), -43.405
13. Ricard CARDUS, Spain (TECH 3), -43.906
14. Julian SIMON, Spain (KALEX), -44.100
15. Randy KRUMMENACHER, Switzerland (SUTER), -44.434
16. Axel PONS, Spain (KALEX), -44.708
17. Alex DE ANGELIS, San Marino (SUTER), -45.004
18. Mattia PASINI, Italy (FORWARD KLX), -45.987
19. Ratthapark WILAIROT, Thailand (CATERHAM SUTER), -47.440
20. Franco MORBIDELLI, Italy (KALEX), -57.176
21. Hafizh SYAHRIN, Malaysia (KALEX), -62.628
22. Tetsuta NAGASHIMA, Japan (TSR), -63.716
23. Roman RAMOS, Spain (SPEED UP), -64.330
24. Azlan SHAH, Malaysia (KALEX), -65.423
25. Edgar PONS, Spain (KALEX), -65.657
26. Gino REA, UK (SUTER), -66.666
27. Robin MULHAUSER, Switzerland (SUTER), -73.620
28. Thitipong WAROKORN, Thailand (KALEX), -79.045
29. Takaaki NAKAGAMI, Japan (KALEX), -1 lap, DNF, crashed twice
30. Simone CORSI, Italy (FORWARD KLX), -2 laps, DNF, crash
31. Sam LOWES, UK (SPEED UP), -8 laps, DNF, crashed twice
32. Marcel SCHROTTER, Germany (TECH 3), -15 laps, DNF, crash
33. Louis ROSSI, France (KALEX), -18 laps, DNF, crash
34. Lorenzo BALDASSARRI, Italy (SUTER), -21 laps, DNF, crash
World Championship Point Standings (after 4 of 18 races):
1. Rabat, 83 points
2. Kallio, 67
3. TIE, Vinales/Aegerter, 49
5. Corsi, 33
6. Luthi, 32
7. Simeon, 29
8. Salom, 28
9. TIE, Cortese/West, 25
More, from a press release issued by AirAsia Caterham Moto2 Team:
Points on the Board for AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing in Jerez
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez
Circuit Length: 4.423 m
Race Length: 26 laps
Race: Dry; (air temp) 27°, (track temp) 44°
The Jerez Moto2 GP saw a successful end to the 26 lap race around the Spanish circuit for the AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing Team.
A hard fought eighth place finish from Johann Zarco rewarded the new team with their first points of the season, as well as their first ever points in the Constructor’s Championship for Caterham Suter.
Substituting for the injured Josh Herrin, Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot put in a superb performance throughout the weekend and despite tricky track conditions, battled through the race to finish in an admirable nineteenth place.
Johann Zarco: P8
“I feel happy now because even if in 2014 I want victories and podiums, when I have a race like today where I’m not the best on a track, I must try to accept this kind of result. It is important because we have also been very unlucky until now and so to finish the race in eighth place is not bad and overall it is good for the team and for me to see the results of our hard work.
“Before going to Le Mans this will also help my mind because I will not have another week feeling frustrated, so for this reason I am very happy.
“The team worked well and we made a positive step in the morning warm up with our bike set-up. In the race it was still difficult due to the lack of grip on track, but the pace I had was the best that I could do. First the team is happy and when I see that, I feel I can be happy also.”
Ratthapark Wilairot: P19
“I had hoped we could get some points today because I made a good start and was near my teammate Zarco, so I thought we could go and keep the pace in the 1m44s, but after ten laps I couldn’t open the gas because we lost the grip. I tried to adapt my riding style but we lost a little bit in each sector and so at this point I felt it was best to concentrate on finishing the race.
We have been working really well all weekend and I didn’t want to make a mistake and crash for only one point.
“I have enjoyed it a lot here in Jerez and I must again thank the AirAsia Caterham Moto Racing Team for giving me this opportunity.”
Mia Sharizman – Team Principal:
“We are very happy with Zarco’s P8 today, it means that the team has managed to score points as well as get on the board for Caterham Suter as a constructor. This is historic for us as it is the first time and we are grateful to Zarco for a very good ride and also his team mate Wilairot for the effort that he has put in all weekend.
“There are a lot of people that we should not forget that are behind this team and we must thank AirAsia and the owners Tony Fernandes and Dato’ Kamarudin Bin Meranun, as well as the guys and everyone in the team who have really put all their effort in since the start.
“There’s obviously more to come and we will push on from here and we will continuously work tirelessly and push to get the best that we can.”
More, from a press release issued by Marc VDS Racing Team:
Kallio triumphant at Jerez
Jerez, Spain – 4 May 2014: The Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio took a lights to flag victory from pole position in today’s Spanish Moto2 Grand Prix at Jerez. After getting boxed in at turn one at the start, Tito Rabat put in a strong race to fourth place in front of his home crowd.
Kallio’s Jerez victory means that the Marc VDS Racing Team have had a rider atop the Moto2 podium in three of the four races so far in 2014, with Rabat and Kallio also first and second in the championship standings and now separated only by 16 points.
For the Marc VDS Racing Team’s Moto3 rider, Livio Loi, the Jerez race was less enjoyable. The 17-year-old Belgian struggled with a lack of grip all weekend and eventually crashed out of the race after losing the front at the ultra-fast turn 12. Loi was uninjured, and is keen to make amends next time out at Le Mans.
Mika Kallio // 1st
“We went into the race with a clear plan; push hard to build a lead at the front in the first five laps while the tyres were good and then manage the gap while conserving the tyres for the rest of the race. The plan worked perfectly. Even so, it was such a hard race, even if it didn’t look that way. I had to stay on the limit for the whole race, because the gap was only around one second and it was impossible to extend my lead any further because Aegerter was pushing hard to catch me. It was a good race and I made no mistakes and that is always good for a rider’s confidence. The win today was a good way to end a great weekend and I’d like to say a big thank you to the team, all of whom did a fantastic job here in Jerez.”
Tito Rabat // 4th
“I’m not so happy with fourth place today, but after the crash on Friday, the engine problem yesterday and a bad start in the race, at least we leave here with more points on the board. It’s important that I’m still leading the championship and all we can do now is head to the next race at Le Mans and look to improve.”
Livio Loi // DNF
“My Jerez weekend was one to forget. All weekend we’ve struggled with a lack of rear traction, with the problem worsening when conditions were hot as they were every afternoon here. Ironically, after struggling with the rear throughout today’s race, it was losing the front that caused the crash in turn 12. It was a surprise, as it’s more of a fast kink than a corner, but I count myself lucky to have walked away from that one. All we can do is try and learn from this weekend and then focus on the next race at Le Mans.”
Marc van der Straten // President, Marc VDS Racing Team
“Standing on the podium with Mika, looking down on the team who had worked so hard to put us both there, made me very proud today. Between them Mika and Tito have dominated so far this season, winning three of the four races to take a healthy lead in the championship. They have both raced superbly, but the results would not have been possible without the backing of a first class team. And that’s what the Marc VDS Racing Team is; first class. That also makes me very proud. I am looking forward now to the next races, where I’m sure I’ll get the chance to stand on the podium again, maybe this time with Tito. Livio has experienced both the highs and the lows of racing in the space of just one week. In Argentina he was on top of the world, but here in Jerez he struggled all weekend. He needs to rediscover the form of Argentina ahead of the next race at Le Mans.”