#FrenchGP: Top 15 in the reach soon
In just his fifth race as a regular entry in Moto2™ World Championship, Lukas Tulovic narrowly missed his first points on Sunday.
This weekend’s changeable weather at Le Mans has changed the conditions for the race day very clearly. Despite cloudy skies, it remained dry all day though. After putting in a first-class qualifying performance on Saturday afternoon, Kiefer Racing and its newcomer Lukas Tulovic secretly speculated with a wet race. In dry conditions at the time of the race, however, the 18-year-old talent from Eberbach got to know the tough competition of the probably most balanced racing series up close.
After the series’ visit to France, Mugello is set to launch the first classic race of the calendar in just two weeks.
#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM), P16:
"Overall, we can be very happy with this weekend. Our starting position for the race was of course ultra-cool. But in conditions like today, the top riders have a much better pace. So, it was clear from the outset that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with these guys for very long. But there was war in the first corners. That's really different. It's just unbelievable how they’re aggressive in entering a corner. One guy saw a gap and two others used this occasion to their benefit too, just because I had a bit slow for a moment. On the other hand, three other drivers would have crashed into my bike. That's why I got passed through very quickly. That's a pity, of course, because I could have learned a lot from those guys at the front and this would have been our goal for today too. From the middle of the race I found my pace and was able to work my way forward."
"The longer the distance took, the better I felt. Unfortunately, it takes me too long to get going. I have to eliminate this weak point as quickly as possible. It was not an easy race, as I had grip problems and therefore, I had many slides over the rear. That was also the reason why I approached the matter a little more cautious. I was not nearly as aggressive on the gas. In this area, I have to improve a little bit regarding my riding and maybe we can find a bit something with some fine-tuning to the setting. In the end, I'm satisfied. Everything was working perfect, I felt strong on the brakes and in turning at the fast corners. That was lots of fun. That's why I'm looking forward to Mugello even more. The track there is very fast as I was already there for a riding training and I only can say that I like Mugello very much. A big thank you to the team, they have done a great work again."
Jochen KIEFER (Team manager / Technical director):
"In general, it was a mixed weekend for us. It started badly on Friday, because we could not find a good setup in the dry. In addition, a few technical problems have occurred. Until Saturday we could solve everything. However, then the rain made a dash by the bill. Therefore, we had to start from scratch again but for the wet conditions we had a very good setup. Lukas felt very comfortable with it. The qualifying result speaks for itself, but his performance was really a first-class one. Of course, because of the great grid position, we secretly hoped that we could get a better result. But once it was clear that it would be a dry race, we knew it would be difficult to do a similar job. But we are not disappointed."
"On the contrary, we are happy that Lukas never gave up his race. In the last third of the race, he has even increased his pace again, and he put in really strong lap times. He showed that he has the speed, which it needs to take him to fight for the top-15. In wet conditions, we certainly could have taken our first points this year. But if and if does ‘t help us. We are satisfied with Lukas performance today. He has proven that he is a fighter and learns with every session. In addition, it was a big burden for him as a rookie, that he started in his fifth race only from the third row. It was clearly to see that he was nervous before the start. This isn’t easy to put away in this world-class field. Nevertheless, he has done his job perfect again."
#FrenchGP Moto2™ - Race Classification after 25 Laps:
1 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 40´36.428
2 Jorge NAVARRO / SPA / Lightech Speed Up / Speed Up / +1.119
3 Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / Flexbox HP 40 / KALEX / +1.800
16 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / Kiefer Racing / KTM / +50.800
Moto2™ World Standing:
1 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX / 75
2 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / KALEX / 68
3 Jorge NAVARRO / SPA / Speed Up / 64