Stumble for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team at Mugello

Yuki Takahashi Mugello 2012

It has not been a good day for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team here at Mugello where the expectations were so high. A complicated beginning of race with De Angelis touching with another rider after the first turn causing him to go long and with Takahashi having the exact same problem and ended up going long.

The comeback during the race for the Japanese rider made him finish in 17th position very close to the points, while the rider from San Marino, at the team’s home race, ended the race after only three laps due to a crash exiting the Casanova Savelli turn.

Yuki Takahashi
“The start was not very good and then I made a mistake entering the first corner in the wrong gear and that made me lose positions. In this weekend everyone has worked very hard and I am very happy with the general setting. It is getting better and better. During the race we had some problems but the setting was good. I am sorry I wasn’t able to make a good result for the team’s home race. From now on I want to concentrate on making good results in this second half of the season.”

Alex de Angelis – not classified
“Unfortunately what happened today during the race is what had already happened before during the free practices, in the change of direction the bike is very unstable. After a good start of the race I touched with rider and went long on the first turn and lost positions. I was pushing to comeback and exiting the Casanova Savelli the bike was going too fast and I couldn’t do anything else other than go straight. I tried to break before the barriers in order not to crash. I am really sorry because I thought it could have been a good race today with good results. Even if it is only our third race with the FTR we have achieved a lot so far.”

Pietro Caprara - Moto2 Technical Director
Unlucky race for Alex De Angelis, who after only three laps lost control of his bike for reason that we are currently analyzing. We are analyzing the problem that we thought we had solved but that seems to have resurfaced during the beginning of the race. It was a real shame for the contact in the first turn with another rider. It was a beginning of race in which he was gaining positions until the crash. Unlucky race for Yuki Takahashi as well, in which at the end of the first lap went straight after a touching with another rider.  An uphill race from the start with a big gap, which is a shame because he could have fought in the Top8 positions with the pace he had during rest of the race.”

NGM Mobile Forward Racing Moto2 Press Release

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Motorcycling: Pedrosa takes pole at Italian MotoGP

CNewsworld.com: Motorcycling: Pedrosa takes pole at Italian MotoGP



In-form Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa will start from pole in Sunday s Italian MotoGP after posting the fastest time in qualifying here on Saturday.


The 26-year-old Honda star – who won last Sunday s German MotoGP – will start ahead of series leader and compatriot Jorge Lorenzo, on a Yamaha, while another Spaniard, Hector Barbera, is third on the grid on a Ducati.


It is Pedrosa s 39th pole position of his career – the 21st in this category.


His Australian team-mate and defending world champion Casey Stoner, who crashed when set for at least second place on the last lap of the German MotoGP, was fifth fastest.


Pedrosa, who is second in the standings, battled it out with Lorenzo for most of the session but it was to end in disappointment for the latter when he had to come in early on the last lap.


Lorenzo, who leads Pedrosa by 26 points in the standings, said: "In the lap before the last I felt a loss of power in some corners. On the final lap I was red until the last corner then I felt the power drop much more so I had to enter the pits and stop," said Lorenzo,


"I made some good laps, although not completely perfect and I felt I could make a better one. It s going to be a very tough race for everyone so we have to stay calm and save some energy for the end."


Barbera achieved his best result in this category so far, outperforming the two official Ducati entries of Italian legend Valentino Rossi, who was only 10th fastest, and Nicky Hayden, who was fourth quickest.


Stoner was disappointed by his performance which means he failed to make the front row of the grid for only the second time this season.

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  • Rake/trail :    29.0o / 5.6 in / 142 mm
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Lorenzo Scores Magnifficent Mugello Victory

Jorge Lorenzo Mugello 2012

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered his second consecutive Mugello masterclass today, repeating last year’s performance to take victory in the Grand Prix of Italy. Starting from second on the grid, Lorenzo was quick to pass pole man Dani Pedrosa and take the lead on the first lap. Although initially difficult to pull away, the Mallorcan put everything into his pace, dropping into the 1’47s to become unbeatable and gradually extend a lead to finish 5.223 seconds clear by the finish line. The win, his fifth this season, puts him on 185 points, 19 clear of Pedrosa in second.

Ben Spies’ run of bad luck continued today in Mugello, the Texan struck down with possible food poisoning on one of the hottest race days of the year so far. Despite experiencing physical sickness and dizzy spells he hung on to complete the race, taking five Championship points. He remains in tenth with a total of 66 points heading to his home race at Laguna Seca in two weeks time.

Jorge Lorenzo
“From the beginning I felt great on this track, the asphalt was completely different to Sachsenring which was a nightmare for us. From the first practice here I felt very strong, very good on the bike and a fast constant pace. It was a pity that we had the problem in the last lap of qualifying but the important thing was the race. Today I was hammering a lot to open a gap at the beginning of the race as I thought my competitors would have problems on cold tyres. Unfortunately I couldn’t do it immediately. Only hammering every lap and going faster and faster from 1’48.1 then into the 47s could I open a bit to Pedrosa then little by little it got better and I could start to breathe. It’s been a great win for the whole team’s efforts and for Yamaha who have given me such a good bike.”

Ben Spies
“I’m so disappointed, not just for me but for my whole team and Yamaha who have worked so hard this weekend. I was feeling really not right from before warm up this morning and it just got worse over the day. I was struggling to put three laps together at a time in the race and fighting waves of dizziness and trying not be physically sick in my helmet.  Clinica Mobile did their best to help me before the race but it was a huge challenge to focus on the bike at the speeds we do.”

Yamaha Factory Racing Press Release

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Hayden Fourth, Rossi Unable to Capitalize in Qualifying

Nicky Hayden Mugello 2012

Nicky Hayden posted the fourth-best lap time in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. The American made two clean attempts for fast laps near the end of the session, and in both cases he was well into the 1 minute, 48 second range, finishing just over one tenth of a second off the front row and less than four tenths from pole.
Valentino Rossi, meanwhile, wasn’t able to take advantage of the soft tyre, and his time, which was good for tenth on the grid, came when he was on the hard tyre.
Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 4th (1:47.671)
“That was exciting. I don’t think anyone left anything on the table today, which is the way that qualifying should be. My goal was to be in the 47s and in the top five, and we accomplished that, which is good. On the other hand, to be so close to the front row here at Mugello makes me wish for just that little bit more. Still, fourth on the grid isn’t a bad starting spot here at Mugello. We picked up a couple of things today, and we’ve steadily made the bike a bit better. Compared to yesterday, I was quite a bit quicker with the hard tyre this afternoon. It’s going to be an extremely hard race, because at these temperatures, tyre wear could be difficult. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow. Hopefully I can do a good result that this team, these fans and I can all be proud of. I’m expecting a wild one tomorrow.”
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 10th (1:48.502)
“It went pretty poorly, which is a shame. The biggest problem was that I didn’t improve at all with the soft tyre, while the others lowered their times a lot. It’s too bad because we’re not so far off with the hard tyre. With the soft, I had a lot of chatter, to the point that I couldn’t take advantage of it. Anyway, the hard tyre is what will be used in the race, so we could go a little better. Of course I’ll have to start tenth, from the fourth row, so I’ll have to make some passes. We’re pretty fast in the first part of the track, but we lost a lot in T4. We’ll see what we can do.”

Ducati Factory Racing Press Release

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