#AustralianGP: Good race practice on Sunday in sunny Australia
After difficult day of practice due to the changeable weather situation, Lukas Tulovic, a newcomer to the World Championships, managed a significant increase in Sunday’s race at Phillip Island.
On race day finally, teams and riders could rely on stable and good weather for round 17, the third last station of the championship. Apart from a few raindrops in the final stages of the race, there were no problems in this respect. After a solid warm-up in the morning, Lukas Tulovic started the race in a visibly better mood. It was also easy to see that the changeable weather on the previous days had made it difficult for him. After initial issues on track, he found a good rhythm in the race and was able to improve lap by lap.
#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM Moto2), P24:
"As expected, it wasn’t an easy race. At first, I got away from my modest starting position quite well. But the first lap was a real thriller. In my environment there were some very well-known gentlemen and I felt their hardness immediately. It didn't take long until first Sam Lowes and later Mattia Pasini pushed me aside. Fabio di Giannantonio wasn't exactly squeamish during his overtaking manoeuvre either. This situation also cost me a lot of time and unfortunately also the connection to the group in front of me. A little mistake by myself took all my chances to keep up somehow. Since yesterday my feeling on the brakes wasn't the best. That had a double negative effect during the race because once I even nudged Norrodin at his rear tyre and therefore I had to slow down. Of course, this further mistake of mine did cost even more time. Therefore, my race was actually gone. So, I only tried lapping clean and smooth in order to take the rest of the distance as a good practice with me."
"I really got into a good rhythm and was even able to overtake two riders. It was almost enough to catch Norrodin and Öttl. But a few laps before the end some raindrops fell. That made me a little insecure. I wasn't sure whether it had rained more in other places or not. So, I slowed down a bit. In retrospect it annoys me, because if I had done the last three laps with full throttle, the two guys would have been mine. Nevertheless, I'm halfway satisfied with my race. I'm happy that I was able to improve my lap times considerably compared to the previous days. So, after a difficult weekend overall we can go now to Malaysia with a good feeling."
Jochen KIEFER (Team manager / Technical director):
"Unfortunately, it turned out that the weekend here at Phillip Island was more difficult than expected. We actually thought that Lukas would be able to cope more easily with this track. But the weather conditions made it very difficult for him. In the race, however, he made good progress. With lap times in the 1´34 range, he was by far faster than in practice sessions. This shows that he would have needed better weather over the past two days to get a better shot at this unique track. Besides, he probably wouldn't have had two crashes either. In the end it is a conciliatory outcome because the race was a good practice for him. With this good performance we’re going confidently to Sepang now."
#AustralianGP Moto2™ - Race Classification after 25 Laps:
1 Brad BINDER / RSA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 38´53.277
2 Jorge MARTIN / SPA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / +1.968
3 Thomas LÜTHI /SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / +6.021
24 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / Kiefer Racing / KTM / 1´11.606
Moto2™ World Standing:
1 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX / 242
2 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / KALEX / 214
3 Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM / 209
29 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / KTM / 3