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Fantastic first victory for Garcia Dols

  • Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders Sergio Garcia Dols and Alonso Lopez rounded off the 2019 season with the final race of the year on Sunday at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
  • Garcia Dols won a race shortened from 23 to 15 laps due to a red flag shortly after the first start. Lopez would cross the line six laps behind, having become involved in a crash.
  • The warmup took place under clear skies and low temperatures, dropping to 13ºC on track when the race got underway.
  • The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 Team will return to the track on November 25th and 26th for post-season testing.

 

ALONSO LÓPEZ - "I would have liked a different ending"

  • The Spanish rider was set to start from 15th on the grid, thanks to a 1:39.748 time set in Q2 on Saturday, but finally moved up a place due to a penalty for another rider.
  • After making a great start, he slotted into 9th and remained in the Top 10, until an incident with three other riders at Turn 4 took him out.
  • Losing six laps as his team repaired his bike in the pits, Lopez went out to try to take the chequered flag as a matter of pride. He would be the last rider to complete the contest, and would not be officially counted as a finisher. Lopez ends the season 17th overall, with 71 points.

"I started quite well, both times. On the second start we began to gain places very quickly, but I wasn't able to avoid the crash. The team repaired my motorcycle very fast, but when I got back out on track there was no chance for me. At least I was able to make it so that I didn't retire after the crash, although I would have liked a different ending. In my time on this team they have helped me a lot to grow as a person and as a rider. I want to express my gratitude to the entire Monlau Repsol Technical School structure for the work they have been doing with me since 2015."

 

SERGIO GARCÍA - "I fought until the last corner and I managed to win"

  • Sergio Garcia Dols started fifth on the grid, courtesy of his qualifying time of 1:39.141.
  • The Spaniard was sixth at the end of the opening lap, moving up to third two laps later. He remained in a group of eight riders at the front, and would take the lead on Lap 7.
  • He kept in the battle and was in contention for the win on the final lap, making a move on the last corner to claim his first Grand Prix victory. Garcia Dols thus ends his rookie season 15th overall, with 76 points.

"I can't describe how I feel after winning my first race. This year we have gained great experience in the World Championship and I have reached a great level of camaraderie with my crew. It was a strange day, and afterwards the first thing I wanted to know was if Foggia was OK after his crash. After the red flag, we had a shorter race. As on the first start, I tried to give everything from the get-go and see what we could achieve. The wind had picked up, but the bike worked very well for the whole race. I was comfortable from the start, fought until the last corner and I managed to win. Because of how we did in Malaysia, I knew I could be at the front, but I didn't expect to win. The last lap was us pushing to the fullest, trying to maintain the position to take first on the last corner."

 

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