More, from a press release issued by Italtrans Racing:
Top ten for Joe Roberts at Jerez de la Frontera.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta finishes close to the points.
Uncolored race for Italtrans Racing Team at Jerez de la Frontera, that hosted the fourth round of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.
After finishing close to the podium in the Portuguese Grand Prix, unfortunately this weekend Joe Roberts won’t be able to realize the good intentions. Starting from the third row of the grid with the 8th best time in qualifying, the American rider set a constant pace throughout the race without gaining positions, struggling with the tires. After 23 laps Roberts was 8th at the chequered flag.
Race close to the points for Lorenzo Dalla Porta. He has recovered positions starting 23rd, but in the last laps lost confidence with the front and could not keep up with the pace of the front group, finishing 16th.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta
“Tough race in which I struggled to pick up the pace and more speed. I started from the back and the group in front of me was far away: I managed to recover some positions, but I did not catch it. Towards the end I struggled with the front tire and this didn’t allow me to push harder. It was the best I could do. Now let’s focus on Le Mans with the aim of doing more”.
“I’m a bit disappointed with the race. We had the potential for done more, but for some reasons from the first lap I struggled to find the right feeling with the rear and I struggled all the race. Anyway, the 8th final position is good as we got some points for the championship. Let’s go to Le Mans which is one of my favourite circuits”.
Giovanni Sandi, Technical Director:
“Dull race from which we gain experience. We know that we were not perfect, but today it was important to take the result home. That are races. Joe had a constant pace but had never been efficient, while Lorenzo gained some positions. Let’s put this weekend away and look forward to next one”.
More, from a press release issued by American Racing Team:
Marcos Ramirez earns season-best Moto2 finish at home race in Jerez
American Racing teammate Cameron Beaubier suffers last-lap heartbreak
CADIZ, Spain (May 2, 2021) — American Racing’s Marcos Ramirez delivered an inspirational points-paying performance on Sunday at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, which hosted Round 4 of the FIM Moto2 World Championship, the Grand Prix of Spain.
The 23-year-old Spaniard missed the first two rounds of the season in Qatar with a painful shoulder injury. Two weeks later in Portugal, he bravely finished 15th, earning his first championship point of the season.
After that race, Ramirez elected to have surgery on his right arm to reduce the effects of compartment syndrome.
“Together with the small discomforts in my shoulder,” he said, “it did not allow me to be 100%. I really want to fight.”
Teammate Cameron Beaubier faced his own challenges this weekend, including getting to know his new crew chief, Grand Prix veteran Stuart Shenton.
“This weekend started off rough,” said the 28-year-old Californian, who qualified 16th, two places behind Ramirez.
On Sunday, Ramirez leapt straight into the top 10 on the opening lap.
“Marcos had the best start since joining the team—really aggressive,” said American Racing Race Director John Hopkins. “He got loads of positions right at the beginning, so that was a huge step forward for him.”
Lapping consistently in the low-to-mid 1:42s, Ramirez spent most of the race in either 10th or 11th, where he finished.
“After the surgery,” said Ramirez, “I think this is a good result.”
Beaubier passed Ramirez near the end of the race to take over 11th. The 28-year-old American made a mistake on his Triumph-powered Kalex and fell on the last lap.
“I was trying to line up a pass for the top 10,” said Beaubier. “I am pretty bummed, but I am glad I got another race distance under my belt.”
Hopkins is pleased with Beaubier’s progress this season.
“Cameron is looking a lot more comfortable,” he said. “He finally feels like the bike is his own. Coming from Superbike, he had to make so many changes—riding style, bike settings, everything.”
Gresini Moto2’s Fabio Di Giannantonio won the 23-lap race. KTM Ago rider Remy Gardner leads the title chase. After four rounds, Beaubier is 14th in the championship points standings. Ramirez is 19th.
Round 5 of the FIM Moto2 World Championship, the French Grand Prix at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit, is May 14-16.
“Marcos and Cameron are looking really strong,” said Hopkins. “I think both of them can be in the top 10 at Le Mans.”
About the American Racing Team
The American Racing Team is owned by Avner Kass and Eitan Butbul and competes in the FIM MotoGP World Championship. Based in California, the team fields two riders in the Moto2 class: American Cameron Beaubier (No. 6) and Spaniard Marcos Ramirez (No. 42). American Racing has grown under Butbul’s guidance and is a respected member of the MotoGP paddock.