Marquez hangs on to sixth place in 125 cc GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.2009-08-30 12:04
Red Bull KTM Moto Sport's 16-year-old talent Marc Marquez overcame a lack of front end grip to put in a valiant race to hang on to sixth place in the 125 cc GP on the famous, sweeping Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Marquez started ninth on the grid and had a good start to immediately move up the order. But despite a tenacious and determined effort to hang onto the tail of the front group of five riders, he had to be content to settle at the front of the second group. After some lonely laps out in the open, Marc successfully fended off attacks by both Stefan Bradl and Sergio Gadea to eventually cross the line in sixth place.
Harald Bartol, the Red Bull KTM Moto Sport's Technical Director praised the young Spaniard's ride and said the team was working hard to deliver some additional engine power to enable him to ride at his full potential.
Marc Marquez:"It was a tough race, because I was not really comfortable with the bike. I had a lack of front end grip. But at least we managed to finish the race, and sixth isn't too bad even though I would have preferred to battle with the front runners. We just didn't have enough rhythm and I didn't have anyone in front of me to follow. I was pleased to be able to get past Stefan Bradl in the last lap. Now we're looking forward to the next race in Misano and we know we have to be fast there as well."
Mixed home GP for Beaubier
It was a mixed weekend for the team's young American rider, the 16-year- old Cameron Beaubier, who has been recovering from a cracked shoulder blade since the race in Brno, Czech Republic. He started at twenty third on the grid and crossed the finish line in nineteenth place.
Cameron Beaubier:"In the beginning I got a good start but in the first corner everybody was bunching up and I wasn't aggressive enough. I dropped back and I lost touch with the group. I slowly started to catch up in the middle of the race but then I had a slide and it jarred my shoulder. After that I couldn't brake hard and I couldn't change direction fast, it was just a battle to get through the race." Beaubier said he was looking forward to the race in Misano, Italy and to the break in the race program after that. "Hopefully it will give me enough time to recover and to be fully fit for the remaining races this season," he said.
Bartol commits to more engine power for Marquez
The team's Technical Director, Harald Bartol said Marc Marquez "….rode a fantastic race. "Now it's up to us to take the next step and help him with some additional engine power. We probably won't be able to do something for Misano, but surely for Portugal. In fact, we already had something for this race, but unfortunately it seized."
Results 125cc GP
1. Pol Espargaro Spain, Derbi, 42'07.925
2. Bradley Smith, Britain, Aprilia, 42'08.045
3. Simone Corsi, Italy, Aprilia, 42'08.373
4. Nicolas Terol, Spain, Aprilia, 42'09.538
5. Julian Simon, Spain, Aprilia, 42'09.726
6. Marc Marquez, Spain, KTM, 42'27.270
19. Cameron Beaubier, USA, KTM 43'09.104
1. Julian Simon, Spain, 185 points
2. Nicolas Terol, Spain, 132.5
3. Bradley Smith, Britain, 131.5
4. Sergio Gadea, Spain, 111
5. Andrea Iannone, Italy, 109.5
8. Marc Marquez, Spain, KTM, 74
27. Cameron Beaubier, USA, 3
Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG
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