21. August 2012
After the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Lorenzo, Márquez, and Cortese still lead their respective classes. They all ride bikes sporting Akrapovič exhaust systems.
Another successful weekend for the Akrapovič-supported teams competing at the highest level of road racing. In the premium MotoGP class Ben Spies dropped out of the race while in second place due to engine failure. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) managed to hold his place behind leading Dani Pedrosa until the end of the race and retained his leadership in the overall standings. So far Lorenzo has racked up 225 points, whereas his most dangerous rivals Pedrosa and Stoner (both riding Hondas) racked up 207 and 186 points, respectively.
“We thought that the soft tire could finish the race well, so we took a risk with it. At the beginning it wasn’t so bad and I could follow Ben and Dani. Then Ben had his engine failure, which was lucky for my position, but I’m so sorry for him,” commented Lorenzo, feeling sorry for unfortunate Spies. “Dani was a little step forward today and had a tire advantage in the end. Anyway, second was the best we could do today, which is very good for the Championship.”
In the Moto2 class, where racers compete on four-stroke 600 cc bikes, Marc Márquez took the lead on the third lap of the total of 26 laps and crossed the checkered flag with a nearly six-second advantage, landing him at the top of the podium for the fifth time this year. Riding his Suter-equipped with an Akrapovič exhaust system, he recorded the best lap and track time. In the overall standings, Márquez currently holds the lead with a 39-point-advantage over Espargaró, and a 52-point-advantage over Iannone.
This time around, Sandro Cortese of the Red Bull KTM team lost his win by a meager 0.056 seconds to Luis Salom. Nonetheless, Cortese, who rides an Akrapovič-equipped KTM, remains in the overall lead of the Moto3 class with a 29-point-advantage. This means that racers riding bikes equipped with exhausts sporting the red scorpion are at the top of all three classes. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the standings stay the same the rest of the season!
The racing caravan is already coming across the Atlantic back to Europe, where the Czech Grand Prix is scheduled for the upcoming weekend.
Photo: Yamaha Racing, Gold and Goose