Round 05 France - Moto2

  • Chantra and Dimas Crash at Chaotic Le Mans

    A cold track set the stage for a difficult Moto2 race at Le Mans, where IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia’s Somkiat Chantra had the rhythm to finish in the points and Dimas Ekky Pratama improved lap by lap, but crashed four laps before the end.


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Chantra and Dimas Crash at Chaotic Le Mans

Le Mans
Rd.5 Shark Helmets Grand Prix de France
Dry conditions
Ambient: 15℃ / Track: 17℃

A cold track set the stage for a difficult Moto2 race at Le Mans, where IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia’s Somkiat Chantra had the rhythm to finish in the points and Dimas Ekky Pratama improved lap by lap, but crashed four laps before the end.

Dimas Ekky Pratama | IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (DNF)

“Today I tried to be in a constant rhythm, improving every lap but at the same time trying not to take risks, because the track was really cold. I had the real option to finish in the Top 20 but 4 laps before the end, at the entry of a corner I've lost the front. It was impossible to avoid the crash.”

Somkiat Chantra | IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (DNF)

“The track conditions were incredible, with a big lack of grip. On the first laps I've been very careful, trying to gain confidence. On lap 9 I entered into the corner exactly at the same speed than the laps before, but I've lost both wheels and I've done a big high side. Because of the crash I have a strong pain in my leg, tomorrow I will pass examination in Barcelona.”

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia

“The weather condition was quite cold at the start of the race. We tested the two tire options available and we chose the harder one. We think this was the correct decision because with the softer option performance may have been better, but it was not possible to finish the race. Chantra did a big mistake off the start and he lost a lot of positions. He was catching the group, but he crashed on lap 9. Dimas was fighting to improve his lap time every single lap, but on lap 21 he crashed and lost the chance to finish the race. A lot of riders crashed during this race, the conditions were very difficult for a rookies like Dimas and Chantra. We hope for a better race in Mugello.”

Results

Round 05 France Race - Moto2 Standings

Rank Rider (Team)
RT Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)
RT Dimas Ekky Pratama (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)

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