#MalaysianGP: Much learned in the heat of Malaysia

Published : 11/03/2019 11:57:57
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Almost inhuman conditions during Sunday’s race at scorching Sepang has demanded everything from 19-year-old Lukas Tulovic. 

With the second last Grand Prix of the season, the series’ long Asia/Australia trip came also to an end today. Sepang has always been regarded as the most strenuous race of the calendar. With stable weather this weekend, temperatures reached their peak of 32 degrees on race day shortly after lunch time. After two riding errors in the early stages, the race was practically gone for Kiefer Racing's Lukas Tulovic. 

Kiefer Racing expresses his condolences to the family and friends of Afridza Munandar. The young Indonesian died on Saturday evening as a result of a serious fall in the Asia Talent Cup race.

 

#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM Moto2), P22: 

"After our improvements in yesterday’s FP3 and in qualifying, I felt that if I immediately feel comfortable in the race and I also wouldn't make any mistakes at the start, then it should be possible to stay with the riders in front of me. So far, everything would have fitted either. I had a great reaction at the start and left the line strongly. In the first corner I was fully focused on my thing. I pushed that hard and didn't let anything distract on me. In the second lap I unfortunately made a very annoying mistake in turn one. I almost hit another rider’s bike at the rear and therefore I had to go wide. So, there was a lot of room for the following riders. This mistake also upset me a bit, which is why I made another error a bit later."

"From this point on I only had to bite and brake into every corner as late as possible. I really fought and gave everything, but I just couldn't catch up with my rivals. With each lap it became more and more exhausting. Today's race distance has felt like an eternity. In Japan or Australia, I could have easily done five more laps. But today I was physically at the limit. I honestly have to admit that. So, I’ve to work much harder on myself. I'm sorry for the whole team that the race was a disappointing conclusion of the weekend. In Valencia it's time to make amends to close this season conciliatorily."

 

Jochen KIEFER (Team manager / Technical director): 

"We’ve brought Sepang behind us, so to speak, with a laughing and a crying eye. We’ve already come to this race with many young riders, of whom hardly anyone wanted to believe how exhausting the conditions here are. Today Lukas had to make this experience, how infinitely long and exhausting a race can last at this challenging track. So, we’re happy that we finished the weekend without any crash. We don't really need to talk up the race itself. At the beginning Lukas again had two bad blunders that ruined the race for him."

"In both cases he lost a lot of time, which in the end cost him the connection to the group. Without these mistakes, he might have been able to take a few positions further up. If he could have been pulled along with these guys, he would at least have gotten into a good rhythm and in doing so, he could have reached almost his yesterday's lap times. Even if it wasn't a nice end to his long overseas trip, he learned a lot here."

 

#MalaysianGP Moto2™ - Race Classification after 18 Laps:

1 Brad BINDER / RSA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 38´07.843

2 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / +0.758

3 Thomas LÜTHI /SWI / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / +2.683

22 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / Kiefer Racing / KTM / +54.921

 

Moto2™ World Standing:

1 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX / 262

2 Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM / 234

3 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / KALEX / 230

29 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / KTM / 3