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Morbidelli: “The key was to stay calm”

Morbidelli: “The key was to stay calm”

A fierce race saw Morbidelli make amends for his sins during the German GP, finally securing his debut World Championship podium.

At four previous races this year Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team) secured fifth, just missing the podium. At the German GP before the summer break he had been in contention, but an overly ambitious move saw him end in the gravel trap with Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing). The Italian was able to overcome tricky conditions at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix to finish third and secure his first podium in the Moto2™ World Championship.

Rain during the Moto3™ race had many of the Moto2™ riders cautious in the opening laps, but Morbidelli charged from ninth. All of the riders opted to run slicks, although there was an ever present threat of rain. The Kalex rider quickly saw himself engulfed in an elbow to elbow to elbow battle with Rabat and Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten), producing some of the best Moto2™ racing of the year. As in Germany, the racing was close between Morbidelli and Rabat but both were able to stay on their bikes, Morbidelli securing third while Rabat was fifth.

Franco Morbidelli: “It has been quite fun. Not at the start as the conditions weren’t great. The key was to stay calm and try to attack at the end, so I tried that. Tito, Aegerter and Zarco were quite strong so I gave my 100% and finally get the podium. I’m really happy and I want to dedicate it to my team.”

Moto2, 2015, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, RAC, Franco Morbidelli, Italtrans Racing Team

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