KTM rider Jakub Kornfeil of the Czech Republic was the top KTM rider at the end of a very difficult round 12 of the Moto3 World Championship at the British circuit of Silverstone. After two days of practice and qualifying in the dry, the heavens opened and riders were confronted with what were the wettest conditions so far this season.
But while Kornfeil was able to celebrate with his team it was a difficult day for theRed Bull KTM Ajoriders in a race that was essentially a lottery and where 15 riders fell victim to the wet track conditions.Miguel Oliveiramanaged to pick up three points for a cautious thirteenth place but teammatesKarel Hanika andBrad Binder both crashed out multiple times when fighting for the top positions.
It was particularly disappointing for the team’s Czech rider Hanika who had his best qualifier and was second on the grid. Hanika got away to a flying start but his race was cut short at turn three, the same corner that was to catch teammate Brad Binder out several laps later. Both riders scrambled back into the race only to crash again – Binder twice more – and both finally exited the circuit unrewarded.
Oliveira started back at ninth on the grid but was clearly not comfortable on the track. Initially he dropped back to twenty-third before fighting his way back into the action to cross the line at thirteenth. Oliveira is now fifth in the season’s points, Binder is seventh and Hanika is seventeenth.
Miguel Oliveira: “In wet races you need to have a good feeling and I did not have that today. From the beginning I was tense on the bike and I could not go as fast as I would have liked. I wanted to finish, whatever happened, and in the end I was able to take three points. That may not help much now, but may be important later on. The next time it rains I hope to have a better feeling. Now we have to think about Misano. Hopefully it will be a normal race and we can achieve a good result.”
Brad Binder: “Today was a difficult day for us. We came into the race with great confidence and possibly that was not the best thing. On the first lap I was not comfortable, but gradually things improved. I thought I was able to push, and I passed a couple of riders for fourth place but I crashed at turn 3 after losing the front. I got the bike back up and, although the handlebars were damaged, I continued as best as I could. It was not easy to ride with that damage, so I crashed twice more. Three crashes in a race had never happened to me before. We should learn from everything that happened today and go for the podium at Misano.”
Karel Hanika: “We had some experience with the wet conditions in the warm-up but it was completely different in the race and it was very difficult to go as fast as in the morning. I made a good start, but at turn 3 I lost the front and crashed. I picked up the bike and managed to move up to sixteenth place in five laps.”
The next race is the Grand Prix of San Marino and the Riviera di Rimini on the weekend of September 11-13.
MotoGP of Great Britain at Silverstone – Round 12
1, Danny Kent, GBR, Honda, 44:13.623
2, Jakub Kornfeil, CZE, KTM, 44:22.115
3, Niccolo Antonelli, ITA, Honda, 44:26.812
4, Fabio Quartararo, FRA, Honda, 45:03.641
5, Livio Loi, BEL, Honda, 45:05.378
12, Romano Fenati, ITA, KTM, 45:41.085
13, Miguel Oliveira, POR, KTM, 45:44.833
DNF, Brad Binder, RSA, KTM, 22:20.629
DNF, Karel Hanika, CZE, KTM, 16:10.976
Moto3 Standings after Round 12
1, Kent, 224
2, Enea Bastianini, ITA, Honda, 154
3, Fenati, 126
4, Vazquez, 116
5, Oliveira, 114
7, B. Binder, 99
17, Hanika, 33
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