Morbidelli finishes superb second in Silverstone thriller
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Franco Morbidelli finished a superb second in a thrilling Moto2 World Championship race at Silverstone today.
This was Morbidelli's third podium of the season and equalled his previous best result, second place in the Austrian Grand Prix just two races ago.
It was a dynamic comeback to Silverstone for Morbidelli who missed this race last year and had some issues during practice finding the ideal set-up for the fast and flowing 5.9km Silverstone circuit.
In the opening laps of the British Grand Prix Morbidelli raced in tandem with his teammate Álex Márquez with the pair in the early battle for third and fourth positions.
When Márquez lost the front-end and crashed out of third place at turn 16 on lap five it was left to Morbidelli to continue his breathtaking podium change.
Morbidelli's end of race battle with Takaaki Nakagami and Hafizh Syahrin was a tense affair with Morbidelli making a slick overtake on Nakagami to secure second place on the final lap of the 18-lap race won by Tom Lüthi.
Morbidelli was just 0.8s behind Lüthi at the finish and is now sixth in the Moto2 World Championship with 114 points.
Franco Morbidelli: 2nd
“I am really happy for this podium, it comes after a difficult weekend. I really struggled in practice because I missed this race last year and had to try and understand the circuit again. I had a very big fight for the podium, I really enjoyed the battle with Nakagami and towards the end I tried to break clear and catch Tom Lüthi but he had too big a gap. This podium is all thanks to my team who did a great job this weekend.”
Álex Márquez: 25th
“The crash was my mistake, totally my fault and it is a pity because I was feeling good and in a position to fight for the podium. We tried one thing for the race that was not ideal but this is not an excuse because the rest of the weekend was so positive and competitive. I know why I crashed and this is important now as we head to the next race in Misano.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“This is great result by Franco and I'm happy for this second place and again we saw the fighting spirit of Franco Morbidelli, he rode a brilliant race. At the end Tom Lüthi was just too far ahead for Franco to catch him. It was shame that Álex went out of the race early because it had been an impressive weekend for him, he was fast in both wet and dry conditions so we need to see this pace from him at the next race in Misano.”