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Another race to remember for Italtrans

Another race to remember for Italtrans

The San Marino Grand Prix was another dramatic affair for Italtrans Racing Team, as Franco Morbidelli and Julian Simon went head-to-head en route to seventh and eighth positions in Round 13 of the Moto2™ World Championship.

In what was a home event for both the team and rider Morbidelli, the minimum goal had been to see both riders home inside the top ten. That looked more than possible on Lap 16, with Spaniard Simon running eighth and Morbidelli also involved in the battle after fighting up through the order from 18th position on the starting grid.

“I really enjoyed those closing laps!” Rome’s Morbidelli was pleased to report. “I was battling away and then said to myself, ‘Now let’s have a go at Julian!’ We overtook each other many times; he was very strong under braking and it was difficult to find space where I could pass him. My own start had been pretty good and the whole race went well with the exception of one mistake, which was due to switching to a completely new bike setup for the race itself. I couldn’t have asked for more, though.”

For Simon, the 125 class World Champion of 2009, most of the Grand Prix proved to be quiet before things started to hot up in the closing stages.

“I started well but then found two riders in my way, which caused me to lose time,” Simon explained. “The objective was to stay on the back of the second group, but as it turned out I would have to start battling in the third group. I ran alone for most of the race, at my own pace. The clutch wasn’t feeling great so I was struggling with that and then, of course, there was the battle with my team-mate. The weekend finished well and we now move on to Aragon looking to achieve an even better result.”

With five Grands Prix to go, Simon is 17th overall with 36 points while Morbidelli continues his first full season 11th overall with 52 points to his name.

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Moto2, 2014, GP TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Franco Morbidelli, Julian Simon, Italtrans Racing Team

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