Esponsorama Racing concluded the Grand Prix of Styria with Johann Zarco and Tito Rabat in 14th and 21st position respectively at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg.
The fifth round of the season was seemed to take place in wet conditions, but at the end the rain was respected on the Austrian track and the race was declared dry. The race was conditioned by a strong crash of Viñales, which caused a red flag and forced a second race with only twelve laps to go.
Johann Zarco, who started from the pit lane, has scored two valuable and hard-fought points. The pain in his right hand has respected him during the race and the Frenchman has managed to cross the finish line inside the points zone after completing a great comeback.
For his part, Tito Rabat had to settle for 21st position, just four seconds from the ‘top-15’.
After three consecutive races Esponsorama Racing will be able to rest and continue working to return stronger to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, which will host the San Marino Grand Prix on September 11th, 12th and 13th.
Johann Zarco | P14
“I’m happy. During the race I’ve been fighting for getting the best pace possible and to gain positions and I need six laps to catch the group. At some moment of the race I felt some pain on my hand but during de red flag I could put some cold. The restart was good with all the group, but I still need to improve on the overtaking because I need to wait too much behind the gas. I am proud of my team. It was a good fight and at the end with Quartararo I overtook him, but he was very strong on brakes. I am happy because it has been a tough week and finally, I get into the points. Now it’s time to understand all these things and come back stronger at Misano.”
Tito Rabat | P21
“It’s been a race from which we can take positive things. We have been able to follow the group, I have seen that where we lose a little time is in the first meters in acceleration and we have to work to be able to solve it. We know which way we have to go and we will come back stronger at Misano.”