MotoGP »

Best of season for de Angelis.

Alex de Angelis was delighted to finish 'best of the rest' behind 2009 MotoGP race winners Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner in Sunday's German Grand Prix.

After just two top-ten finishes from the first eight rounds, de Angelis was on form from the start of the Sachsenring weekend, running top five pace in both wet and dry conditions.

The San Marino rider got away well from fifth on the grid, survived contact with Casey Stoner at turn one, then achieved his personal highlight of the race when he regained fifth from factory Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso on lap 7 of 30.

As the race wore on de Angelis lost contact with the four factory-backed championship leaders, but confirmed his pace by setting the fifth fastest race lap and claiming his best result of the year so far.

“After showing my pace in the wet during qualifying yesterday I knew I could go fast in the dry as well and that proved to be the case,” said Alex. “Obviously this is a circuit I like a lot but I was also fast in practice at Laguna Seca - unfortunately we had a technical problem there and I wasn't able to back it up with a good result.

“This time it was nice to carry my form through to Sunday and to stay close to the guys at the front for the first time this season,” he said. “I really enjoyed attacking and passing Dovizioso, it was a great feeling.

“This is the result we have been looking for – we have made some important technical progress and I think that at Donington, a circuit I like with its fast corners, I can produce a similar result,” de Angelis concluded.

“We definitely did the maximum we could in this race and in general because the top four are difficult to beat for a lot of reasons,” said team manager Fausto Gresini. “So this is a fantastic team result. I'm happy for Alex, who had an excellent race.”

Team-mate Toni Elias finished one place and nine-seconds behind de Angelis.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
De Angelis, German MotoGP Race 2009
Crutchlow, Australian MotoGP 2016
Reddng, Petrucci, Smith Australian MotoGP 2016
Hayden after crash, Australian MotoGP 2016
jones, Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Petrucci Australian MotoGP 2016
Hayden, Australian MotoGP 2016
Barbera, Smith Australian MotoGP 2016
Hayden, Miller Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Australian MotoGP 2016
Pol Espargaro, Australian MotoGP 2016
Rossi, Australian MotoGP 2016
Rossi, Australian MotoGP 2016
Bradl, Hayden, Australian MotoGP 2016
Lorenzo, Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Australian MotoGP 2016
Dovizioso, Australian MotoGP 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.