#QatarGP: Good opening round boosts confidence
In Sunday’s first race of the season in Qatar, Lukas Tulovic impressed with determined ride to came home just narrowly outside of the top 20.
An incident in the first corner after the start couldn’t affect Lukas Tulovic determination for his first race as full-time entry in the highly competitive Moto2™ World Championship. Even more as the 18-year-old talent from Germany showed at that moment great responsiveness when he was able to dodge a crashed rider in front of him just in time. Subsequently, Tulovic continued his race at the far end of the pack but catching up the last riders quickly and to pass some of them later. Tulovic convinced in his recovery with determination and ambition to finally round up his successful debut race in many respects, coming home in P21.
After the busy start to the season with last weekend’s final pre-season testing and the opening round, the championship heads into a three-weeks break before the second Grand Prix this year is scheduled in Argentina later this month.
#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM) - P21:
"I’m very happy about my performance and to conclude my debut race in this way. From an outside point of view, the race may have started with a big disaster, but I was that much full of adrenalin at the start and totally of fire, that I immediately put away this incident. I fully realized the lesion I have learned with Kiefer last year in Le Mans. At that time, I was too cautious in the first laps. I was going into the first turns and the competitors came past me inside and outside. So, I didn’t want to make the same mistake again today. I wanted to get my level of performance right from the start and get in contact with the group. I did that really well till the first corner where I was on an aggressive line. But then, this crash happened with several riders which some of them slipped to the outside and I had to dodge. Honestly, I almost had to stop, otherwise I would have hit another rider. I then continued my race completely upset though, I fortunately found my rhythm straight away."
"In addition, I felt very comfortable with the bike, so this means that my crew has worked out a perfect setting. Our race simulation last week didn’t go that greatly but today my pace was really strong. I did my many consistent laps and I also past the one or other rider. But most of all I’m really pleased with my pace today. We were very consistent until the end. So, we can build on that. But now we go to Argentina and Texas where we expect an even more difficult task every time because we have to get there already during the three free practice sessions before it gets serious with qualifying. But I look forward to this challenge and I’m convinced that we will do well in these races because we will tackle the task step by step again. Thanks to my crew for their efforts helping me a lot and their great job done this weekend."
Jochen KIEFER (Team manager / Technical director):
"Lukas has made a great start to the season. P21 may not look that great but we finished just 43 second off the race winner’s time at one of the longest circuits in the calendar. In view of the big-time loss due to the crash at the start, where he nearly came to a full stop and then he only could continue the race at the far end of the field, Lukas delivered a remarkable comeback so the only thing is we can do is to congratulate him - hats off, Lukas, very well done. He also put in really strong lap times from halfway point of the race, so his pace was as fast as that one of the midfields. This gives us hopes that with a bit more luck at the start that we can expect positions like this very soon. Congratulations also to the entire team for the good job done throughout our long stay here in Qatar. After his strong opening race, we now can go back home with a good feeling. We are very happy with Lukas."
#QatarGP Moto2™ - Race Classification after 20 Laps:
1 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Flexbox HP 40 / KALEX / 39´56.109
2 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / +0.026
3 Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / +2.123
21 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / Kiefer Racing / KTM / +43.003
Moto2™ World Standing:
1 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX / 25
2 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / KALEX / 20
3 Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / KALEX / 16