FEDERICI TAKES ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH IN THE AUSTRIAN GP
RaceClaudio Federici provided Yamaha with a great ride to take the win at the finishing line in the second moto at the rain drenched Launsdorf circuit in Austria. After a disappointing first moto for the Italian, he came back in superb style to battle his way to the front where the race was stopped due to poor weather conditions. Carl Nunn had two positive rides in both races but both Luca Cherubini and Eric Camerlengo had a poor GP as they both failed to score any points.
Claudio Federici provided Yamaha with a great ride to take the win at the finishing line in the second moto at the rain drenched Launsdorf circuit in Austria. After a disappointing first moto for the Italian, he came back in superb style to battle his way to the front where the race was stopped due to poor weather conditions. Carl Nunn had two positive rides in both races but both Luca Cherubini and Eric Camerlengo had a poor GP as they both failed to score any points.
Qualification: It was very difficult for all the riders at the Launsdorf circuit in Austria, due to the heavy rain making the track very muddy. This resulted in only one practice session before their qualifying session, making it hard for the riders to get used to the circuit. None of the Yamaha riders showed much enthusiasm for the circuit with Federici and Nunn finishing in eighth and ninth in their respective group. Camerlengo and Cherubini also had a tough time but managed ninth and twelfth respectively in their qualifying group.
Race one: Eggens proved to be the best Yamaha rider in the first moto after a tremendous battle with Alessio Chiodi, in which he finally finished second too. " I wanted to win the first heat, " Eggens commented. " I lost my concentration though, and with Chiodi battling beside you that is not such a good thing to do. I am very happy though with my second position".
Federici had a difficult and disappointing race and only managed to finish in tenth place after a crash earlier on in the race, only two places in front of the British rider Carl Nunn. " In heat one I crashed on lap one, my goggles were full of mud and it was very difficult to say what was going on, " said Federici.
Both Cherubini and Camerlengo had a race that they would like to forget, with Cherubini finishing in twenty-fourth place and Camerlengo failing to finish the race at all.
Race two: Federici made up for his problems in the first moto with a brilliant win in the second moto, which was stopped after only twenty minutes. Federici was in the lead when the red flag was waved and he slowed down due to the lightning and the heavy rain. After a lot of confusion the race result was allowed to stand with only seven laps completed. " In heat two it rained really hard but I was pleased to be in second place. I took the lead and when I saw the red flag I slowed down but the result still stood, " a delighted Federici commented.
Eggens again proved to be the most consistent Yamaha rider on the race track by finishing fourth in the second moto, but he was also confused by the red flag. " There was a lot of confusion over heat two, but eventually fourth was good also, " said Eggens.
Nunn finished the second moto in eighth place and was happy to finish both races in positive postions. " It's good to race again, " Nunn commented. " I still need to build up to GP speed but it is coming along. I suffered from arm pump badly in heat one, but I managed to battle with the pain to finish in the top ten in race two".
Cherubini and Camerlengo again both had a very disappointing race which resulted in them both failing to score any points, placing them in fourteenth and ninth respectively in the championship standings.
Team manager Claudio De Carli of the Team De Carli summed up a weekend of up's and down's on a positive note, " It was a very difficult day in difficult conditions. We had a share of both good and bad luck, but overall it's not that bad. Generally the bikes ran very well under difficult conditions and that is good to know ".