AUSTRALIAN GP - Abraham scores best result of 2018 in Australia

2018-10-28 23:48
Ángel Nieto Team rider finishes eleventh and picks up five points on the Ducati GP17

Maverick Viñales ended a run of over twenty races without a win for his factory at the Australian Grand Prix, dominating from the second third of the race. The Spaniard broke clear and didn’t look back to take his first win since the Grand Prix de France in 2017. Italian pair Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone completed a podium that featured three different manufacturers after a race that saw the top seven riders cross the line within seven seconds of the winner. One of those riders was Ángel Nieto Team man Álvaro Bautista, who was representing the factory Ducati team and produced his best result of the season in fourth place, just two seconds off the podium. Marc Márquez, who already sealed the title last time out in Japan, was unable to finish the race at Phillip Island after his bike was damaged in a collision from behind by Johann Zarco. The penultimate round of the MotoGP World Championship takes place next weekend in Malaysia.

Ángel Nieto Team rider Karel Abraham scored his best result of 2018 with eleventh place, having started from thirteenth after narrowly missing out on Q2 yesterday. Abraham made the most of the Ducati GP17 normally ridden by his teammate Álvaro Bautista to hang on to the lead group for the first ten laps, before some sliding and bumping from his rear tyre made it a job for him to come home in eleventh, doubling his points tally for 2018. His teammate for this round Mike Jones finished his home Grand Prix in a creditable eighteenth place after making progress all weekend.

11th Karel Abraham: “We have to be happy with this race, we have doubled our points score for the season in just round. I am happy to have had the chance to ride the Ducati GP17, I could see how much potential the bike has but you also have to consider that it is difficult for any rider or chief mechanic to find the perfect set-up for a new bike in just one weekend. In any case we have done a good job and you could see that at the start of the race, when I felt really good. After that the bike started to slide and pump, I changed the mapping and it helped for a couple of laps but then it started again. I didn’t want to use the last two maps because they are for emergency use and we still had a lot of laps to go. The riders behind me were closing in and I wanted to push harder but I couldn’t get any more out of the bike. In the end, luckily, I managed to stay ahead of them.”

18th Mike Jones: “Today I just wanted to give my best and finish the race, and we achieved our objective. I am very happy and grateful to the Ángel Nieto Team for the opportunity to race in MotoGP in front of the Australian fans. It has been an incredible experience, the power of the bike is crazy and the braking force is unreal. It has been a physically demanding weekend because this is such a different bike to anything I have ridden before.”

Source: Ángel Nieto Team

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