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Lopez and Garcia Dols affected by raceday crashes at Misano

  • Alonso Lopez and Sergio Garcia Dols contested the San Marino GP on Sunday at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
  • Garcia Dols suffered a crash on the opening lap, whilst on the next time around it was Lopez who was forced to retire under similar circumstances.
  • Mostly clear skies and temperatures of 33ºC on track greeted the pair for the 23-lap race, which was eventually won by Japanese rider Tatsuki Suzuki.
  • The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 duo will be back in action on September 20th, for the first Free Practice session for the Aragon Grand Prix.


ALONSO LÓPEZ - "I think we could have had a good race"

Due to an injury to another rider, Lopez moved up a place on the grid. He had qualified 22nd thanks to a Q1 time of 1:43.849, but would start from 21st. In the warmup he clocked the 24th best time, a 1:44.050.

The Spaniard regained ground when the lights went out and moved up into 17th, rounding off a large front group. On Lap 2, however, he suffered a sudden crash at Turn 2. Although he escaped without serious injury, it brought his race to a premature end.

Lopez is now 21st in the overall standings with 34 points.

"On the one hand I'm satisfied with the work we did, which led us to make a good start in the race, but at the same time I feel very upset -because I think that without the crash we could have had a good race and been in the first or second group. It was a shame about the crash when I was overtaking Kornfeil; I lost the rear."


SERGIO GARCÍA - "I suddenly found myself on the ground"

Sergio García Dols started 25th on the grid due to his Q1 time of 1:44.121, also gaining a place through the absence of his injured fellow Moto3 competitor. In the warmup he set a 1:44.592 for 27th.

He fought to gain ground off the line, but an incident with another rider at Turn 8 of the opening lap saw him eliminated from the race.

García Dols is 25th in the World Championship, with 9 points.

"I made a good start, gaining several places, but then I crashed at Turn 8. I suddenly found myself on the ground, without warning; it was all very confusing. I hope to have a good race in Aragon that compensates for this bad result."