Lukas Tulovic: "I made the best of it."
Once again, the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP team had to face a chaotic Moto2 race in which Lukas Tulovic finished 19th despite a solid pace, while Senna Agius was unable to finish the Barcelona Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya after a crash in lap eight.
It was a battle against windmills for Lukas Tulovic, who managed to turn well into the first corner despite a mixed start. But just two corners further on, the German met a fate that was to determine the rest of his race. In Turn 3, Tulovic and team-mate Senna Agius clashed, which threw them both far back in the field. Moto2 is merciless and so the loss of position and time meant that the 23-year-old had to fight his way back from P26 - which he succeeded in doing after "Tulo" crossed the finish line in nineteenth place after 21 laps, but the group in front of him remained out of reach despite his comparable pace.
Senna Agius, who usually rides in the Junior GP, was highly motivated to represent the injured Darryn Binder in the best possible way. His 21st place on the grid increased the pressure on the 18-year-old, who made a mistake in turn 1, went wide, and lost several positions. A few seconds later there was the aforementioned contact with Tulovic. A long-lap penalty followed for riding over the track limits on the first lap. Having put this behind him, the Australian wanted to reset his thoughts and work his way back into a rhythm, but that was not meant to be, as Agius crashed in turn 7 on the eighth race lap. Stunned and disappointed, the youngster returned to the pits and is now trying to put the misery behind him in order to have a clear head for the Pirelli test on Monday and the Misano GP in just one week.
On Monday, the 4th of September, the Moto2 category has a tyre test at the Barcelona Circuit on the agenda before heading to the twelfth stop on this year's race calendar at the San Marino Grand Prix in Misano in a few days' time, from 8th - 10 th of September.
1. Jake DIXON/ GBR/ KALEX
2. Aron CANET/ SPA/ KALEX – (+0.205)
3. Albert ARENAS/ SPA/ KALEX – (+1.027)
19. Lukas TULOVIC/ GER/ KALEX – (+25.537)
DNF Senna AGIUS/ AUS/ KALEX
1. Pedro ACOSTA / SPA / 186
2. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / 164
3. Jake DIXON/ GBR/ 142
19. Darryn BINDER / RSA / 13
21. Lukas TULOVIC / GER / 12