Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles
|ROMANO FENATI FIGHTS FOR HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES AMONG THE LEADING GROUP IN THE FIRST ITALIAN MotoGP™ DOUBLE HEADER AND IS LESS THAN ONE SECOND FROM THE WIN|
|The Sterilgarda Max Racing Team headed to their home event and the seventh round of fifteen in 2020 MotoGP with expectations of challenging for the top ten and hopeful of a decent haul of FIM World Championship points. On Saturday Romano Fenati, a previous race winner at Misano in Moto3, used his FR 250 GP to obtain 5th place on the grid and occupy a slot in the middle of the second row. Alonso Lopez pushed his bike onto the sixth row.|
The warm sunshine that had graced two days of the Grand Prix so far continued into Sunday. Moto3 consisted of 23 laps and the leading group was formed of a dozen riders as the pack circulated in close quarters. Fenati bounced around the top ten and kept jostling for room. Through a hectic last lap he managed to elbow his way to 8th and was less than a second away from winner John McPhee at the line. Lopez was hunting for positions in the top fifteen when he tangled with Ayumu Sasaki at Turn 8 and crashed, putting the Spaniard out of action with 16 laps still remaining.
The team will have to wait only a matter of days before their second attempt to conquer Misano. The Gran Premio TISSOT dell’Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini will begin this coming Friday. MotoGP will then quickly move to Barcelona and the Circuit de Barcelona-Cataluyna for the third Grand Prix in a row.
Romano Fenati: “A very good race for us, even if the start was not great. In the end the race was decent. We need to improve a little bit on the straights because we lose a little there but overall I’m happy with the feeling on the bike. We have a clear idea for the next race.”
Alonso Lopez: “I’m sad about what happened in the race because we’d worked very well this weekend. We made a good step but we still have a few small things to work on to be competitive. I have to say sorry to Sasaki because I clipped him accidentally. We’ll have another opportunity here next weekend.”
Max Biaggi, Team Principal: “Overall we saw an improvement this weekend. Both riders performed better during practice on Friday and Saturday. Alonso crashed today but he was fighting in the points and looked a lot more confident. Romano was always fighting around the top five-seven and finished close to the winner. For us this is a more positive message and a more positive feeling. We can be optimistic for the next races. This is like a ‘restart’ for us and let’s hope we can collect more results like this and better.”
Results – 2020 Moto3 FIM World Championship, Round 7 1. John McPhee (Honda) 39:48.952, 2. Ai Ogura (Honda) +0.037, 3. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda)+0.232, 8. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) +0.928, DNF. Alonso Lopez (Husqvarna)
Championship standings – After round 7 1. Albert Arenas (KTM) 106pts;2. Ai Ogura (Honda) 101; 3. John McPhee (Honda) 92; 15. Romano Fenati (Husqvarna) 22; 23. Alonso Lopez (Husqvarna) 5