Jakob Rosenthaler shines with first top ten in Misano
At the guest apperiance of the Junior World Championship at this weekend’s Gran Premio di San Marino, LIQUI MOLY Intact GP Junior Team left a strong impression with its young Upper Austrian rider while Philipp Tonn only got into better swing in the race.
The fifth race weekend of the series took place at the Misano circuit near Rimini in Italy. However, only the Moto3 category was at the start. For the ambitious young racers, it was a special experience to be at the same track as their great idols for a weekend.
In a schedule compressed into two days, there was only one free practice session before qualifying sessions directly started on Friday afternoon. This was a tough change in the schedule not only for Jakob Rosenthaler and Philipp Tonn. Apparently Rosenthaler had less problems with this, however, because he started the weekend in 16th place after free practice and ignited a further increase in performance in each of the two qualifying sessions. In QP2, he improved his lap time by more than a second and ended up in 13th place in the combined timesheet, moving up to P12 on the fourth row of the grid due to another rider's demotion. In the race, Rosenthaler fought for a place in the top-10 right from the start. Two laps before the end, he got serious and secured tenth place.
Team-mate Phillip Tonn from Mattstedt experienced a less pleasing weekend close to the Adriatic coast with difficult practice sessions. It wasn't until the race that he found his feet better before a penalty disrupted his rhythm, which meant a prematurely retirement due to a crash shortly before the end of the 17-lap distance.
The series returns to its usual format with JuniorGP™ Moto3, Moto2™ European Championship and European Talent Cup at the next stop in five weeks' time at Spain's MotorLand Aragón circuit.
#JuniorGP Misano - Moto3™ Combined Qualifying Results (QP1/QP2):
1 David SALVADOR / SPA / LAGLISSE Academy / Husqvarna / 1´42.526 (QP1)
2 José Antonio RUEDA / SPA / Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 / Honda / 1´42.804 +0.278 (QP1)
3 Ángel PIQUERAS / SPA / Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 / Honda / 1´42.868 +0.342 (QP2)
13 #78 Jakob ROSENTHALER / AUT / LIQUI MOLY Intact GP Junior Team / KTM / 1´43.797 +1.271 (QP2)
29 #66 Phillip TONN / GER / LIQUI MOLY Intact GP Junior Team / KTM / 1´45.866 +3.340 (QP1)
#JuniorGP Misano - Moto3™ Race (17 Laps):
1 Filippo FARIOLI / ITA / ASPAR Junior Team / GASGAS / 29´33.288
2 José Antiono RUEDA / SPA / Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 / Honda / +0.035
3 Ángel PIQUERAS / SPA / Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 / Honda / +0.088
10 #78 Jakob ROSENTHALER / AUT / LIQUI MOLY Intact GP Junior Team / KTM / +7.089
NC #66 Phillip TONN / GER / LIQUI MOLY Intact GP Junior Team / KTM
FIM JuniorGP™ World Championship:
1 José Antiono RUEDA / SPA / Honda / 198
2 David SALVADOR / SPA / Husqvarna / 108
3 Syarifuddin AZMAN / MAL / Honda / 107
23 #78 Jakob ROSENTHALER / AUT / KTM / 7