#AmericasGP: Conciliatory conclusion for Lukas Tulovic at his debut rodeo
On race day in Texas, the German rookie impressed with considerable improvements.
At the longest and obviously most difficult track of the calendar, Lukas Tulovic put in a wild ride during Sunday’s race in good conditions. Unfortunately, the 18-year-old talent in Kiefer Racing couldn’t take all benefits from his extraordinary good start because he dropped down to the far end of the field due to a mistake in early laps. But as soon as Tulovic settled in a consistent rhythm, he stormed through the pack putting in consistently fast lap times at the bumpy asphalt. In the end, the KTM rider finished in a remarkable 19th place after what was his debut ride at the massive Circuit of The Americas.
The next race will take place in three weeks in Spain’s capital of two-wheels racing, Jerez de la Frontera. The Gran Premio de Espana marks the series opening round on European soil.
#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM), P19:
"In the end, we achieved a conciliatory conclusion. The weekend started very tough. But when I came back into the pits after the race and my crew told me which lap times I did during the race, I could hardly believe it. I was two and a half seconds faster than in qualifying. So, I am very happy about that, because this actually far exceeds the expected step taken. During the race, however, I have hidden everything and paid no attention to the lap times. I was just fully focused, and I was fighting from start to finish. I succeeded with really great improvements and in terms of the position, we moved also some positions forward. I think we can be happy with the result as well as with today's performance in general. Given how difficult the start of the weekend was, and then the free practice three had to be cancelled, we can count on this outcome for sure."
"It could even have been a bit better if I had not had a small mistake in the beginning. However, mistakes at this track are hard to avoid. Here and there I was too late on the brakes, as well as the downshifting into the first gear, even if using the clutch, didn’t always succeed smoothly. Sometimes the gear just jumped out. But overall, it was a great race with some cool battles. Unlike Qatar and Argentina, I always was racing out there with a few people. It was a lot of fun and I was able to learn the one or the other. But now I'm looking forward to going to Europe where I do not have to start from scratch on Friday. A big thank you to the whole team. Everyone did a great job contributing much to this gratifying outcome."
Jochen KIEFER (Team manager / Technical director):
"Austin was a good weekend, we are very happy seeing Lukas progressing like this. Given the lack of practice time that he finally had due to the cancellation of FP3 and some little issues with the clutch during this morning’s warm-up, he has made up a lot in the race. He was using the 18 laps distance really well. He started off well and then he quickly realized that he is constantly improving. His lap times were always very appealing right up to the end. This gives hopes for the future, because you can make good progress at this level. Very well-done Lukas, you did your job really well for the first time on this difficult circuit."
#AmericasGP Moto2™ - Race Classification after 18 Laps:
1 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / 39´11.508
2 Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / +2.532
3 Jorge NAVARRO / SPA / Beta Tools Speed Up / Speed Up / +3.836
18 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / Kiefer Racing / KTM / +45.545
Moto2™ World Standing:
1 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX / 50
2 Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / KALEX / 47
3 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / KALEX / 45