Marquez out mid race after very strong start in Estoril

2009-10-07 01:40
Red Bull KTM Moto Sport factory rider Marc Marquez saw his hopes of his best result for the season finish in the gravel mid race in the 125 cc MotoGP in Estoril on Sunday after securing a front row gird position in Saturday's qualifying.

The crash of the young Spaniard followed a particularly courageous first half of the race where he exchanged the lead with other top riders in a tightly fought battle on the Portuguese circuit. Marquez, just 16-years-old and considered a rider with great future potential, vented his frustration and disappointment after the crash but quickly put it behind him to look forward to the next round in Australia. In a race that saw a number of other riders hit the dust, Marquez was however in good company.

Too early on the gas, Marquez says
"This weekend was a good weekend and my team did a really good job," Marquez said. "Unfortunately I couldn't finish the race but I did have a good feeling for the bike in the first half of the race. I had a perfect start and I was feeling good right up to the time I came out of corner four when I opened the gas a bit too early and that was it for today. I'm so sorry for my team and my sponsors but I look forward to leaving for Australia in one week and hope for a good result there."

Wild card Fagerhaug finishes in nineteenth place
While Marc's factory rider companion American Cameron Beaubier also failed to finish it was the Red Bull KTM Moto Sport wild card entry, Sturla Fagerhaug of Norway, who managed to bring his KTM machine safely home in overall nineteenth place. Fagerhaug was given three opportunities to ride with the factory team after finishing second in the Red Bull Rookies Cup behind Jakub Kornfiel of the Czech Republic after being the most dominant rider in the first half of the season.

Fagerhaug recovers from a first lap mistake
While happy to have seen the chequered flag, the young Norwegian took the pragmatic approach, admitting his final place in the standings had been helped by a number of other riders going out in front of him. "I enjoyed my race and I managed to ride at the same pace for most of the time - except for the first lap when I made a big mistake, ran wide and lost a couple of positions. But I was able to fight back and regain them and I managed to get back into the group in front. I improved one more position but only for a short while because I was overtaken on the last corner. I'm okay with my three wild cards and the race definitely was going better for me than the last time I rode in Barcelona. Hopefully I will get another chance to ride again as a wild card for the factory team in the final round in Valencia."

Disappointed Beaubier unable to continue after crash
The young American Beaubier, also in his first year in the 125cc MotoGP competition said he struggled a bit during the warm-up but had a good start in the race. "I was able to pass some guys so I was up to fifteenth position during the first lap, but the others passed me again. I was fast in the first section and could gain some ground but then I lost out in the last section when I got overtaken again. Then I high-sided in lap five coming out of the chicane. The bike came down on top of me so it wasn't damaged. I wanted to rejoin the race but the marshals wouldn't let me back on the track. I'm really disappointed because Estoril was one of the few circuits I already knew. Next we go to Phillip Island and that's also unknown territory for me, but everybody says it is one of the best tracks. I will ask my friend Casey Stoner to tell me about all of its secrets."

Results 125 cc MotoGP Estoril
1. Pol Espargaro, Spain, Derbi, 41'00.421
2. Sandro Cortese, Germany, Derbi, 41'00.815
3. Bradley Smith, Britain, Aprilia, 41'01.002
4. Stefan Bradl, Germany, Aprilia, 41'11.469
5. Joan Olive, Spain, Derbi, 41'17.251
Other KTM
19. Sturla Fagerhaug, Norway, KTM, 42'03.482
DNF Marc Marquez, Spain, KTM
DNF Cameron Beaubier, USA, KTM

Championship Standings
1. Julian Simon, Spain, 214 points
2. Bradley Smith, Britain, 163.5
3. Nicolas Terol, Spain, 152.5
4. Pol Espargaro, Spain, 129.5
5. Sergio Gadea, Spain, 122
Other KTM
8. Marc Marquez, Spain, KTM, 87
29. Cameron Beaubier, USA, KTM 3

Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

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