#ItalianGP: Lots of valuable experience gained at Mugello
However, a race accident right after the start thwarted Kiefer Racing's expectations for Sunday’s season classic in Tuscany.
Magnificent sunshine and sold-out grandstands along the beautiful Mugello Circuit made it for a dream setting at the Gran Premio d 'Italia, as it has been so often in the past too. However, Kiefer Racing's youngster Lukas Tulovic could only perceive them on the side-lines at his debut race at Mugello. The 18-year-old talent from Eberbach once again delivered an impeccable performance despite an unfortunate first lap in what was just his sixth appearance as a permanent entry in the hard-fought Moto2™ World Championship.
In two weeks, the series will stop for its visit at Barcelona.
#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM), P20:
"Too bad, because we had was once again a bit of bad luck today. My starting position was less than optimal in terms of getting into the first corner. I had no other choice than to line up outside. I did, of course, to pull in as best I could, but at turn three there was an incident immediately in front of me. I don't know exactly with who Lecuona got together with or who crossed his line. Anyway, I had to open and therefore I lost a few positions. I fought back straight away, though. With one or the other rider, however, it took bit too long to finally pass him. Moreover, my rhythm wasn’t as good as I had hoped for. Perhaps that was also due to the tyre, which dropped down dramatically after one third. So, we know what we have to do next time. We have to prepare much more intensively for the race and to set up the bike a bit better. At Barcelona, we will take the next step. I’m convinced of that."
"This weekend, we worked with a riding coach for the first time. The collaboration with Christoph worked out very well right away. He is really a great help. Now, however, we have to look at how we can incorporate this project as a fixed component. Other than that, my Mugello premiere was a fascinating experience I'll never forget. I raved about the track from the beginning, but today I experienced this probably unique atmosphere in live time. I only can say that the Tifosi are true fans, that much passionate for two-wheels racing, who make it for a super cool vibe. It's really fun to ride here and in addition I learned a lot again this weekend."
Jochen KIEFER (Team manager / Technical director):
"Aside from Lukas' clean performance, Mugello was a great weekend at all again. We started at this track on Friday without any Moto2 experience. So, first Lukas had to get familiarized with the race bike here. But he had completed this task in the blink of an eye. He really did everything we gave him. As a result, he was also quickly able to set decent lap times. During qualifying, Lukas has improved again, and he has reached top times. Just 1.6 seconds off the pole setter’s marker at a long track like this is almost phenomenal. Unfortunately, the race result doesn’t reflect the overall performance of the weekend. With 20th place, however, we aren’t dissatisfied. Lukas got off a good start, but we know that he can do better and at turn three he was once again at the wrong place at the wrong time."
"Because of a crash, he had to go wide. As a result, he immediately lost the connection to the group. In addition, it was again a bit difficult for him to find his rhythm. However, he was also involved in fights for positions, during which he was got passed out of the slipstream at the main straight many times. As soon he was finally able to break away from his direct opponents, his lap times were ok. In the end, however, the gap to the riders in front of him was already too big. As a result, he has rightly nothing risked till the end. Given to the length of the track and the race distance, losing just 40 seconds to the top at the finish line is definitely no shame. Secretly we had hoped for a bit more, but unfortunately, we had to give up these speculations after the first lap already. The course of the race has once again made us a dash through the bill. A small consolation is that we finished third in the internal KTM ranking."
#ItalianGP Moto2™ - Race Classification after 21 Laps:
1 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 39´31.262
2 Luca MARINI / ITA / SKY Racing Team VR46 / KALEX / +1.928
3 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / +2.242
20 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / Kiefer Racing / KTM / +41.874
Moto2™ World Standing:
1 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX / 88
2 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX / 86
3 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / KALEX / 84