As Gabor Talmacsi ends the season as the best Honda rider
On Sunday, Spanish star Hector Faubel (Aprilia) won the 125cc race comfortably from Mika Kallio (KTM) with Faubel's team-mate Sergio Gadea (Aprilia) third. World Champion Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) was fourth.
got the holeshot into turn one closely followed by Pol Espargaro (Derbi) but it wasn't long before Bautista established his superiority over the field here. Bautista then led the race until encountering machine trouble and dropping back to fourth as the podium trio overhauled him.
What eighth-placed Gabor Talmacsi (Humangest Honda RS125R) predicted would be a close race proved anything but, however Talmacsi sneaked past Mattia Pasini (Aprilia) on the last lap for his eighth place and Kallio ‘mugged' Gadea out of the penultimate turn to steal second.
125cc HONDA RIDERS QUOTES:
Gabor Talmacsi (Humangest Honda - 8th): “It has been a very difficult but beautiful race! The battle with Pasini has been very thrilling as I was fast in some turns while in other points he was faster; so I decided to attack at the last curve and I'm very happy that I passed him. I'm the best Honda rider in the general standing and I am satisfied for this; I want to thank the team as they worked very well throughout the season, even in the difficult moment.”
Thomas Luthi (Elit Honda - 10th): “Well that was my last 125cc grand prix, now we move on to the 250's. I had wanted to finish the season as top Honda rider but couldn't quite manage that but I fought for every meter of track. I just did not have the acceleration I needed to get off the corners. Sure I could out-brake riders but not enough. Apart from the acceleration the bike was good top sped, handling and the brakes.
I have to thank the team for all their hard work for me this year they have done their best for me at every race.”
Bradley Smith (Repsol Honda - 12th): “After a tough weekend, tough qualifying and not so good grid result, the actual result in the end wasn't too bad really. To be catching Luthi and Terol in the final laps, also catching the other Honda riders in the distance, is a positive thing but I just shows that if I got a better start position then maybe I could have been up there. Who knows, it could have been another Japan, you never know. Giving yourself the opportunity with a good qualifying makes things definitely a lot easier, but I don't know, I keep on saying that and here I am. I can't change it, but if there is one thing that I got to take from this year is that I've to keep on trying to sort out the bike and to sort out my head to qualify well, because I know I can be up there. It's been an enjoyable year, I've enjoyed everything, difficult times and good times. It's been overall a great year!!”
Tito Rabat (Wurth Honda BQR - 13th): “That was my best race I am so happy. I got a good start and a great first lap and was in the points positions immediately. It was a hard race but I really enjoyed it. The bike was very good today, engine, chassis, all. Bradley Smith caught me at about the middle of the race and pulled away a little. I was chasing him but on the last laps my engine was not revving maximum and rather than risk a crash I stayed behind him. I have two more Spanish Championship races left this year - the first one here in two weeks so this race has helped me prepare for that.”
Sandro Cortese (Elit Honda - 18th): “I have no idea what happened or why. The engine was detonating and I also had a shifter problem. I was scared the engine was going to seize so I just nursed the bike home. This was the last race of he season and I am very disappointed.”
Joey Litjens (Molenaar Honda - 25th): “My start was really good and I got to the group quickly. The bike was really fast and the handling perfect. Racing in the group I was with was really fun. It was a super race for me and it was great to race I front of such a fantastic crowd. I'm so happy to end the season riding so good.”
Kazuma Watanabe (Humangest Honda - 30th): “Incredible, I have never seen so many people at a motorcycle race! My Honda machine was okay but, in the middle of the race, the rear tyre starting to wear out and I had to slow down. Anyway, I'm very happy to have crossed the chequered flag as far as in the Portugal GP. Thanks again to Humangest Racing Team for the great opportunity.”
Clément Dunikowski (FFM Honda Team - 37th): “This morning, for the warm up everything was ok and the bike worked very well. I took a decent start but during the third lap, I broke stronger to overtake a rider with whom I was fighting but I went out of the track. I lost 20 seconds and it was quite difficult to find back a good rhythm because I was on my own. I did not drop until the end of the race and I won 8 seconds back on the group just in front of me. Finally I end in 37th place of my first Grand Prix.”
Fabrizio Lai (Seedorf Racing World – dnf): “In all races this season I have made a good start but not today. I had a clutch problem off the start and lost many, many places. I must have passed ten riders to get into the points zone I selected a neutral in the gearbox and ran straight on. As my injured hand was hurting me I decided to stop.”
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