#ArgentinaGP: Longest trip of the calendar concluded in the top 20
In Sunday’s gruelling race, Lukas Tulovic came home in a deserved 18th place.
Lukas Tulovic, however, started his second race in his first full season in Moto2™ World Championship a bit upset. The penalty given by the race direction after qualifying, the ambitious racer wanted to make it up already at the start. But as soon the lights went out, Tulovic didn’t leave the line greatly at the far end of the starting grid. So, then a grand prix race distance is nothing new for the 18-year-old from Germany’s Eberbach though today’s conditions with hot temperatures and extremely humid at the time of the race demanded everything from him.
The championship remains at the American continent for round three of the series at Austin’s massive Circuit Of The Americas in two weeks.
#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM), 18th:
"Today, we’ve missed out a better result at the start already. My start was a bit far from optimally and then, I didn’t manage it to pass the one or another rider immediately. So, this was why a small gap opened to the group ahead of me, but I wanted to stay with them because I definitely wanted to race my own race alone. In doing so, I was riding too uptight instead to be relaxed as during Saturday’s sessions. I wanted to make up it everything in braking which was completely wrong in retrospect. I made too many mistakes running several times wide. I think, regarding to our speed we could have ended up further towards the front."
"Therefore, I’m a bit upset about myself because of today‘s race progress has shown that we could have going back home with a more nice result than with what came out in the end. But I know very well on what I’ve to work. I’m still a rookie in this championship and I’m here to learn. Above all, however, I’ve to prepare in a different way for conditions like this. With regards to the races in Thailand and Malaysia later this year, a certain conversion in my training plan is a must to be done, indeed. The race was brutally demanding, at the end I was totally exhausted."
Jochen KIEFER (Team manager / Technical director):
"We’re, of course, satisfied with the outcome of today’s race. But we went into this weekend with different prerequisites because Lukas didn’t know this track before, and practice time is limited during a Grand Prix though. But he did good again, improving step by step. We’re really happy with his lap times he was able to set ultimately, whether during practice sessions or during the race. Today, though, he was a bit too inconstant. He has to work on that because it’s an important point to grow up quickly in this championship. In addition, in this sweltering heat, he has reached his physical limits today. But Lukas immediately saw this himself and he is already thinking about how he can adjust his training. But so far, we’re doing a good job, we’re definitely on the right way with him and our project in general."
#ArgentinaGP Moto2™ - Race Classification after 23 Laps:
1 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Flexbox HP 40 / KALEX / 39´46.000
2 Remy GARDNER / AUS / ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team / KALEX / +1.244
3 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / +1.817
18 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / Kiefer Racing / KTM / +45.545
Moto2™ World Standing:
1 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX / 50
2 Remy GARDNER / AUS / KALEX / 33
3 Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / KALEX / 26