With the race of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a difficult race weekend finished for Alex de Angelis and the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team.
Already since the first free practice the 26 years old from San Marino had technical problems with the set up of his Honda RC212V race bike and after a quite positive warm up session this morning, also the race in the afternoon didn’t go any better.
After 12 laps De Angelis had a good pace and it went okay for him, but then the performance dropped and Roger Lee Hayden, who was replacing the injured Randy de Puniet this weekend, overtook him.
The 12th position gives De Angelis and the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team four points on the way into a short but well deserved summer break and concludes a more disappointing than satisfying weekend for rider and team on Californian sole.
Alex de Angelis (12th – 44’14.666) says: “This was a very difficult race. We don’t know what was the reason for the problems as yesterday at the end it went quite well. Especially with the tyres we had problems and I was sliding around all the time.”
“The first 10 laps were okay, but then my time dropped. In the last lap the marshals started to wave blue and green flags at me, so I closed the throttle, because I didn’t know what was going on, but I guess this was not meant to be for me. I think the first rider crossed the finish line and they started to wave the flags. This was a mistake and it took my pace away and I could not attack Hayden anymore.”
Tom Jojic (Crew Chief) says: “This was not a good day. It looked much better this morning than it did in the afternoon. The first 12 laps Alex could go with Espargaró, but then the lap time dropped and he could not stay with him anymore.”
“I don’t know what the problem was at the end. We have to work on the set up before Brno for sure, but we have to know in which direction. This was a disappointing weekend and did not meet the expectations that we had of this Grand Prix.”
Alex de Angelis was the last of the finishers, just behind Roger Lee Hayden after 5 other riders crashed out or retired from the race.