In hard fought podium battle
Against all odds, the 125cc race in the Czech Republic took place under sunny conditions, with the riders able to finally experience the grip of the new Brno asphalt.
With a long circuit comprising of long straights, drafting was always
going to be the key to success in the race. Thus, the podium battle came down to the final sprint to the line after a series of overtaking moves, and a ten-rider strong field of contenders.
125cc World Champion Gabor Talmacsi was starting from pole for the tenth time in his Grand Prix career and his second of the season, and crossed the line third on the first lap. With the desire for victory in front of his thousands of fans that had travelled from nearby Hungary, Talmacsi continued the battle for the win.
The Bancaja Aspar rider finished fourth in the race after losing out on the rostrum to Joan Olive, with his fastest lap coming on the fourteenth time around the track (2'08.755)
“Today has been a difficult day, because I was overtaken a lot. When I was riding alone I was able to keep up my pace, but when Olive arrived I was blocked out”, he explained. “I tried to pass him, but he was stronger on the brakes. I think that I gave my all, but I didn't feel comfortable when braking; it took a lot of work to pick up the bike, and the chassis gave me problems. For this reason the other riders were able to pass me easily. I tried to take measures to hold onto third and another podium, but it just wasn't my day.”
Sergio Gadea was competing in his 80th career race, and was starting from eighth on the grid. He dropped down the field alter a bad start and, despite trying to claw back positions, the Spaniard was quickly left behind by the front group. He clocked his fastest lap on the fifteenth time of asking. Gadea held onto twelfth place at the line, adding four points to his tally for the season.
“At the start my throttle was locked, and I wasn't able to do anything”, he said. “From the beginning I wanted a consistent rhythm, but the accelerator lost me a number of positions. I was too far away to make up ground. I think that I gave my all, and the bike was working good, but the result wasn't that which we deserved. I'm looking ahead to Misano.”
Pere Tutusaus was once again causing surprise, working efficiently over the weekend despite difficulties. The Spaniard was 30th at the start, but took off quickly to join a group that would carry him to the line. It was an important race for his continued experience in the World Championship, in what is his rookie year.
“I am happy because we have solved the problems of the weekend. The setting was hard to find, so today's result was pretty good. I was fast in the race and was able to fight with a group, with some of my CEV rivals. I had another great start, and that really helped me out. The Aprilia has a lot of acceleration, but we weren't quite fast enough. I am happy with my pace.”, he reflected.