Rd.02 GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Ambient: 20℃ / Track: 26℃
After a difficult 23-lap race, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider Khairul Idham Pawi crossed the finish line in 24th place, while his teammate Takaaki Nakagami crashed in the opening lap, in today’s Argentine Grand Prix.
Cloudy skies covered the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo during the warm up session in the morning. Nakagami consolidated his strong race pace by setting a lap time in the 1m 43s range, and clocked the second fastest time for the session.
Conditions for the race that started at 2:20 pm local time were nearly a carbon copy of the morning. The Japanese rider tried to jump a few positions from his 22nd start, but instead fell at Turn 1, and retired. Pawi did his best to keep his bike under control, and reached the checkered flag in 24th place.
The Grand Prix of the Americas begins on April 21, with the first Moto2 class Free Practice session starting at 10:55 am local time (GMT -5).
Khairul Idham Pawi (24th, 40'49.107, +59.071)
“It was a very difficult race for us because we could not completely solve the front and rear problems that we have been suffering from since Friday. I’m definitely not happy with today’s result, but I tried my best just to finish the race. Although it was a good experience, we have to overcome these issues for the next race-weekend.”
Takaaki Nakagami (DNF)
“In the morning, I felt good on my bike, which gave me confidence for the race. Still, I crashed at Turn 1 on the first lap. I apologize to my team, because they had worked very hard all through the weekend. I am also very sorry to Remy Gardner, because my bike slid on the track and took him out as well. We have to turn this mishap into a good lesson to win the next race in Austin.”
Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager
“Although we are headed in the right direction to solve Pawi’s problems, he cannot ride comfortably on his bike yet. We understand it is a turning issue so that we have to fix it as soon as possible. For Nakagami, the risk of starting from the back of the grid subsequently made him crash. The best way to avoid these risks is by qualifying well. We have to improve in this area.”