No luck in final Grand Prix

2009-11-08 02:53
Spanish Red Bull KTM rider Marc Marquéz was running close to the front for almost the entire 125 cc race today's final Grand Prix at Valencia, but didn't make the podium that he and his team had wished for in the last 125 cc race of the Austrian manufacturer.

Whilst fighting for a podium finish on the last lap, Marquéz and Joan Olivé banged into each other, and Marquéz ran off the track and crashed. The 16-year-old managed to re-start and made it to the finish line, but had to settle for a disappointing 17th place.

"I had a good start but realised early on that it would be impossible to stay with Simon and Smith who had an incredible pace. But I managed to run with the second group, where we were fighting between fourth and seventh place, and were I planned to make a final dash for a podium finish. But then, Olivé and I touched, and I crashed", said Marquéz. "I am very disappointed, because I so desperately wanted to give the team a good result on their final race. It's the third time that I had problems with Olivé this year, which certainly isn't good".

Team-mate Cameron Baubier and Wild Card Sturla Fagerhaug also crashed. "My race was good, in the final lap I passed Zanetti and started to pull away bit by bit, with some world championship points within my reach", said Beaubier. "But not much later a gust of wind caught me in turn four and I went down, even as I was prepared and slowed down as the wind was extremely strong especially there. Of course I'm really disappointed now".

The race of Fagerhaug was finished after only four laps. "My start was not too bad, I made up a couple of positions and was together with a group of faster riders. But then I ran wide in the corner of the back straight. When I was back on the track, I was pushing hard to catch up again, but I was trying to much and lost the front".

Team director Harald Bartol was also disappointed. "This was a sad end. It's a pity that Marc crashed out of a promising position in his home race after touching another rider, but these things happen in racing. He's got great talent though, and I'm sure that he will make his way to the top in motorcycle racing. I also hope that Cameron will get a second chance in another team - he certainly deserves it, he was riding like other rookies and sure he has some good potential."

Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

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