An extremely strong catch-up race by the two Redox PrüstelGP riders brings an eventful 15th Grand Prix weekend in Thailand to a conciliatory end after the penalties on Friday initially dimmed the hopes for the rest of the weekend.
Jakub Kornfeil led the second group after just two laps and a few turns later, he was in reach of the leading group, which was led by Marcos Ramirez at the time. His 1’43.359 was not only his personal best time but also the fourth fastest of the race and the best KTM time on Sunday. After a heavy crash at the top, in which four riders were involved, the 26-year-old found himself in tenth place. From then on, the oldest Moto3 rider kept a controllably good distance in the 11-man leading group. After further crashes, the Czech crossed the finish line in a superb eighth place, but a “3-Second-Penalty”, as well as a “Drop-1-Position-Penalty”, pushed him back in twelfth.
After filing his grid penalty and getting off the 26th place well, Filip Salac rode a fairly unremarkable race. Benefiting from the numerous crashes, the 17-year-old ended up in the fourteenth position with two laps to go. But then the crash of Migno and Ogura catapulted him into twelfth place. Due to the penalties imposed on his teammate, 11th place was up for grabs for the youngster. Even if the result could not have been achieved by himself, this is one of the best race results of his rookie season.
The season continues in only two weeks, from October 18th to 20th of 2019, at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan – a Grand Prix to which the Saxon racing team has fond memories, after Marco Bezzecchi was victorious in 2018 and also Jakub Kornfeil finished a strong race on P10 last year.
1. Albert Arenas (Gaviota Angel Nieto Team)
2nd Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) +0.231
3. Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0.0) + 0.332
4. Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) + 0.459
5. Dennis Foggia (SKY Racing Team VR46) + 0.666
6. Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46) + 1.166
7. Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) + 1.228
8. Stefano Nepa (Real Avintia Arizona 77) + 6.971
9. Raul Fernandez (Gaviota Angel Nieto Team) + 0.095
10. Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) + 9,145
11. Filip Salac (Redox PrüstelGP) +9.629
12. Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) +9.559
I had a really good start and was able to fight immediately although I knew our bike wasn’t really fast as we struggled with the temperature. In the race, it heated up to 90°C even though we rode without the front fender in order to control the temperature better. I was missing a lot of power so I pushed hard on the brakes which weren’t helping my tyres. Despite these issues, I had a good pace and rode solid and constant lap times working my way through the leading group. Therefore I really can’t say anything bad about the set-up, suspension or the balance as that was working really well. In the last few laps I lost contact to the group in front of me because I was battling with another rider but I could make up for it again and I was happy about my progress in that race and when I came back to the box, I received the penalty which is very devastating. If you get a long-lap-penalty in the race, you can at least try to fight back but after the race, there is nothing left to do. In my point of view, I rode a good race considering the bike wasn’t really competitive. Big thanks to my crew. Our next chance follows in Japan although the straights are possibly our biggest struggle there but we will see.
In Warm-Up I wasn’t hoary with the setting and we had the wrong tyre pressure, so we couldn’t test much in that short session. In the race, it wasn’t too bad but just like Jakub, I am missing the engine power. In the corners, we can do whatever we want but on the straights, everyone is just playing with us. My start was good and I was already 21st after one lap but it was a difficult race. I overtook others but the regained their position on the straights. I lost touch with the leading group but I still pushed very hard throughout the whole race and finishing elements isn’t too shabby but of course, that is not what and how I want to finish a race. I hope we can fix our problem for Japan. I will prepare for the next rounds as good as I can and hope we’ll have better results there. Thanks to my team and all my supporters.