Marquez fourth in San Marino 125cc GP

2009-09-06 03:00
Red Bull KTM Moto Sport's Marc Marquez of Spain slipped through the chequered flag in fourth place in the San Marino 125cc GP on Sunday after a final corner altercation between leaders Pol Espargaro and Andrea Iannone took them both out of contention.

Marquez, the team's 16-year-old Spanish rider started from the second row of the grid on the Misano circuit and in line with his pre-race game plan, managed to stick with the front group for most of the race. He gained several places in the first laps and was in fourth place in lap three. He hung on between fifth and seventh as the race progressed but had to fend off a lot of challenges along the way. But it was the final corner scrap between Spaniard Espargaro and the Italian Iannone that eventually freed the way for another victory for championship leader Julian Simon and vaulted Marquez up the order to be just off the podium. In the process, the young Marquez picked up a handy 13 championship points to consolidate his seventh place in the season's standings.

Marquez confirmed it had been a difficult race with lots of hard fought battles along the way. Marc Marquez: "I tried to follow the front group, but I got held up because of the battles and I dropped further back from the leading guys and lost contact with them. My feeling for the KTM was good, the race was nice and I enjoyed it. I was still doing good lap times in the last part. I was lucky to finish in fourth place after two rides in front of me crashed. All my team worked well this weekend and we improved the bike from session to session. Because of this I had a good feeling going into the race and I was all ready to do battle today".

The team's second 16-year-old factory rider, American Cameron Beaubier finished in twenty second place, improving six places on his grid position. Cameron Beaubier: My start was good. I was aggressive in the first corner and managed to hold my position and not get pushed out. I also passed a couple of riders. But after that I got pushed back and I wasn't able to fight back. I'm not exactly sure but I didn't seem to have enough speed in the corners. Now I'll sit down with my chief mechanic and we will have to find out why this happened. Now I will go straight to Austria and the Red Bull Diagnostics & Training Center and then I'll fly home to the US for two weeks to freshen up for the next round in Estoril at the beginning of October.

Team Technical Director Harald Bartol said the weekend had gone well for the Red Bull KTM Moto Sport Team. The weekend went well and with Marc finishing in fourth place it all came to a happy conclusion. We have to try to get the bike up to the same condition as we had it going into Brno. When we manage that we can probably be right up with the front runners. We will use the next three weeks to achieve this in the run up to Estoril."

Results Round 12
1. Julian Simon, Spain, Aprilia, 40'15.301
2. Nicola Terol, Spain, Aprilia, 40'15.875
3. Bradley Smith, Britain, Aprilia, 40'20.775
4. Marc Marquez, Spain, KTM, 40'24.679
5. Sandro Cortese, Germany, Derbi, 40'24.966
Other KTM
Cameron Beaubier, USA, KTM, 41'27.115

Standings after 12 of 16 races
1. Julian Simon, Spain, 210 points
2. Nicolas Terol, Spain, 152.5
3. Bradley Smith, Britain, 147.5
4. Sergio Gadea, Spain, 112
5. Andrea Iannone, Italy, 109.5
Other KTM
7. Marc Marquez, Spain, KTM, 87
27. Cameron Beaubier, KTM, USA, 3

Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

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