125cc Honda riders comment on their race at Estoril
The 2006 World Champion Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) walked away with the 125cc Grand Prix winning by a margin of 15 seconds from his team-mate Hector Faubel and KTM rider Mika Kallio in third, in Sunday's Estoril GP. This
is Bautista's eighth win of the season so far.
It was Julian Simon (KTM) who made turn one first from the off but by lap two the dominant Bautista had overhauled him and would never be troubled by anyone. The four- rider fight for the remaining podium places was intense with Faubel drafting Kallio over the line to get the verdict for second – but it was a mere sideshow with Bautista so far ahead.
Fabrizio Lai (Seedorf Racing Honda RS125R) finished seventh and Gabor Talmacsi (Humangest Honda RS125R) was eighth. Bradley Smith (Repsol Honda RS125R) and Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R) both crashed out of the race.
125cc HONDA RIDERS QUOTES:
Fabrizio Lai (Seedorf Racing World - 7th): “I made a good start and I could stay without problems with the leading group… If Pasini wasn't crashed out in font of me I could have reached the podium. He had problems to maintain the rhythm of the group and I was expecting what happened and I was trying to pass him not to take risks… but he crashed out just in front of me: I could avoid him but I lost many positions and important seconds impossible to recover with a bike with lower performance. My Honda, with this cool temperature, was ok but the new Aprilia of Bautista is another thing.”
Gabor Talmacsi (Humangest Honda - 8th): “Today the bike was very competitive and I could have achieved a better result. But I wasn't so aggressive, if I brake too hard I went wide loosing too much time.
At the end, I tried to beat Lai and Koyama, but I made a small mistake at the chicane, where actually I was struggling a bit since the first laps, and so I couldn't battle for the sixth place. Anyway, I am happy because I recovered one position in the championship and now I'm the first Honda rider in the general standing.”
Sandro Cortese (Elit Honda - 10th): “My start was so-so and on the first lap there was a lot of traffic. I was in a group with Terol, Olive and Tom (Luthi). Corsi came passed and hit Tom and Olive and that cost me some time. I was two seconds behind Terol but the bike was good only second gear was a little short but in fifth and sixth gear I could catch hem. Then Bradley (Smith) fell off in front of me and I had to try and miss him and that was the end for me I had to accept 10th place at the finish.”
Tito Rabat (Wurth Honda BQR - 17th): “I had a good race I really enjoyed it. I got good start and I as riding well and quickly made up some positions. Towards the end of the race I was 10th racing with Abraham and Pol (Espargaro). Then on the last lap I tried to out brake Abraham but touched his bike with my handlebar. My hand was pulled back and I had no control and had to run onto the gravel. I got back onto the track but could only get 17th place.”
Kazuma Watanabe (Humangest Honda – 20th): “Again, I want to thank you the team and the sponsors for this opportunity and for the great support. After crashing at the last lap in Japan, I'm very happy to finish the race here, even though I could have done better today. But anyway, it has been fantastic to take the chequered flag along with all these very strong riders.”
Michele Conti (Seedorf Racing World - 21st): “I started well recovering many positions but I couldn't do better than I did. The bike performance is lower than the others, but I gained experience on this track that I like.”
Joey Litjens (Molenaar Honda - 25th): “I was racing with Leigh-Smith, Frohlich and Agenter and it was really difficult to break away from them, we were fighting for every meter. We tried everything under braking and were getting in each others way and Hernandez caught us. We immediately went faster racing with him and if I had done the same speed al race I would have easily finished in the top 20, not 25th.”
Bradley Smith (Repsol Honda - dnf – crash): “I made a good start, but then I wasn't so good at the brake point. It was ok during the first part however; I pushed hard and moved up to eighteenth. I passed Terol and tried to get away from him but he passed me back. Then I was behind him again for a few laps, but I wanted to go again. I tried to get past him and I was trying to get closer to get the slipstream but I got too close and highsided. It hasn't been good, but I can't restart it now and such are races. It's good that we still have one race in Valencia.”
Mike di Meglio (FFM Honda – dnf – crash): “The warm up happened well this morning. I had some problems with the chassis but it did not disturb me at all. I improved my lap time from yesterday and I really felt comfortable on the bike. During the race, I was in the first group and after two laps, at the exit of a corner, I wanted to accelerate sooner to catch the leading group but I was too “generous” and unfortunately, I crashed. I suffered from different fractures: my left collarbone and my left scaphoid are broken; my right hand is also probably broken. I'm very disappointed because I won't be able to participate in the last race in Valencia.”
Thomas Luthi (Elit Honda - dnf – crash): “I got a good start and I was really good on the brakes and made up lots off places. I was racing in 10th place and the bike was good after out problems in qualifying. I was racing with Olive and I was trying to outbrake him into a corner when Corsi came up the inside and hit me. I crashed and unfortunately took Olive with me.”
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