Here are the main statements of the pilots to the results of the third meeting of the season on the circuit of Termas the Rio Hondo (Argentina), the theater’s first victory of the season for Johann Zarco (Moto2), but Valentino Rossi in MotoGP.
Valentino Rossi: first
This is a great victory and had made the right decision to go on the hard tire Extra decision. When I saw Marc carried red tire (the disk, while the disk was marked with a yellow band), I knew I was going to attack from the beginning. I was fine but Iannone pushed me off the holeshot. I turned slowly and when I got second, Marc had a little over four seconds ahead. I knew that the race would be long and I knew what I could face difficulties. I gradually picked up, I was getting closer, and it was awesome! I doubled to brake, but he is a rider who played all or nothing, he tapped me on the corner and then a second time when I accelerais, I think he made a mistake and fell. It’s a shame because we could have a good battle on the last lap. In the last three races, we have shown that we can compete everywhere and we could fight for the championship.
Cal Crutchlow: Third
We are excited to be on the podium and demonstrates that we are fast! The team did a great job and worked very hard for the third. The idea was always to try our luck and let Mark go to start, I’ll take the others and then attack at the end. I had a good half of the race, the bike is locked several times, I made some mistakes, but I did my best to keep the grip end and apparently has paid! We would have been satisfied by fourth, because from there we went. We were fortunate that Marc has fallen but we fight for this result and as a result we deserved.
Marc Marquez: Falling in the race
It’s a shame because we were doing a good race! It was interesting because we had a choice of different tires Valentino, because I felt enough in the hard rubber competition. This strategy worked well for us until the final two laps. When Vi I was in me, I decided to save my tires a bit. In the last laps I ironed at 1.39 to see if the tires were still good and I knew that eventually we would overcome. When he caught me, I fought a couple lap, unfortunately we have affected and fell. I’ve always said it was my idol and my reference and there are always things to learn from him. Now we must think of Jerez and resume points.
Loris Baz: 14th
I’m super happy. ” You did a great job with the team and I thank all the engineers and all the people working on this machine. Do not forget that a few months ago was far enough away from him. I have always believed that I was going to get there, but I knew I would need maybe more time than others to find the set-up of the bike because of my size. It was a big step forward in a circuit that attracts me enormously. Now we must continue this momentum in Jerez, which is also an itinerary me please me. I will do everything possible to try to end up back in the points, and the goal why not first in Open category. We will try to point a little higher in each race goals, but in any case I’m really happy I was with the team this weekend.
Johann Zarco: 1 Moto2
“I knew that after the evidence had the pace to roll on top. I managed to dig an interval of one second and a half, which is much and little at a time. I was better on the bike at Austin, and was no question this time Sam return to me. I made sure to be well focused, as in Qatar. We must not make mistakes. And then, with four laps to go, is what has failed and I gave air . Everyone was waiting for this victory for a long time. It is true that it took me three years to get it, but each advance to their speed. I started running later than some Spanish pilots … I know I crossed a lid from the beginning of the year. I was held in Qatar leading the race until my selector forces me to drop the case. I’m better at Kalex, I work better with my technicians. My victory is the result of all this.
Mike Di Meglio: 18th
I made a good start and found myself in the right group. With ten laps to go, I make a small mistake avoiding falling short. But I was confident on the bike and I was able to quickly return to the group. I had a good pace but I was not able to pass them even if I was faster in certain sectors. Our rating was better spent, the race would have been completely different. Now, our goal is a better result in Jerez. It is a path in the who rode us during the winter, and for which we have some references. We started to get to know the bike. For us now to be where we, in points.
Alexis Masbou: Falling in the race
“We decided to run with hard to work best for the end of the race tires. But we lacked grip. Therefore I forced a little more to get in touch with the best and play my place in the final laps. I was limit a little too early and not passed. This decline is linked to my choice of tires but also to the fact that since the beginning of the weekend we could not find a good feeling. For Jerez, we will obviously point the podium in every race, but will need to try different things so I feel more comfortable on the bike.
Fabio Quartararo: 6 Moto3
Actually, everything went very well today. Before departure, the team advised me to keep my calm and helped deal with the start of the race. I was a little behind, but I had a good position on the grid, then after a few laps, I was in the top ten and I knew I had to pull the drivers head closer. In the end I could not get on the podium, but we had a very good pace and I want to thank all equipment for making all this possible.