GP of Phillip Island, day 3 : « A little upset »

Race result : 11th

Hi everyone,

I’m a little upset, because I thought I was able to follow the official Ducati bikes. In fact, comparing the laps after the race, I saw that we were virtually identical in pace. Right at the start, when I changed from second to third gear, I noticed how the bike stood still. With this incident I lost time and positions. Then it was hard to move up positions. Gradually I tagged onto riders ahead of me, pairing up with Aleix. We exchanged a few passes and he rode well; I couldn’t force him into making a mistake. I hate to end a race like this; not because my teammate beat me, but because the race didn’t go as I would have liked and expected.

Thank’s
Randy

GP of Phillip Island, day 2 : « I feel comfortable and confident »

Hi everyone,

I am really happy with the way things are going this weekend. We have been fast from the start and my feeling with the bike is great here. I am really enjoying myself and I hope this continues tomorrow through to the end of the race. We start from the third row, which is a great achievement for a CRT bike, having been seventh fastest this morning. I think we could have gone even faster in qualifying this afternoon but the conditions changed at the end of the session. Anyway I feel comfortable and confident. The objective is to hang on to the prototypes in the race and see what happens. I need to pull as many points back as possible on my team-mate but it will be tough because he is looking strong here too. Today was a great day; hopefully tomorrow is another one.

Bye,
Randy

GP of Phillip Island; day 1 : « A very good feeling »

Free pratice : 10th in 1’32.674

Hi everyone,

I am happy because I have had a good feeling all day today. I went six tenths quicker this afternoon than this morning and managed to gap my team-mate Aleix by a second for the top CRT spot. We have really struggled for a set-up in the last couple of races so we have to be happy to start off a GP like this. I feel strong and I plan to keep going like this for the rest of the weekend. It will be difficult to make up a ten-point gap to Aleix in the championship in just two races but we’re going to try. Taking Stoner out of the equation we are close to the top guys and this is not an easy track.

Bye,
Randy

GP of Malaysia, day 3 : « we won’t throw in the towel »

Race result : DNF

Hi everyone,

Today I made ​​a pretty good start; on the first few laps I felt fine. But when the rain intensified I started to lose confidence. Aleix overtook me, I tried to follow him but he was going very fast, so I tried just to keep my position at all costs. I knew it would be difficult to re-pass him, so the most logical choice, seeing the state of the track, was to try and pick up as many points as possible. When it started to rain more I couldn’t see anything at all. On lap ten, the final corner, I ran through too much water and lost the front. It’s a pity, but we can’t wallow in this and at least we are just ten points behind Aleix. We have to focus on catching him however we can; it will be difficult, but we won’t throw in the towel.

Randy

GP of Motegi – Day 2 – « The Best Session of the Weekend »

Qualifying: 14th at 1.47.58

Even though I was still not very comfortable today, we were able to make progress and it was my best session of the weekend. We always find it hard to slow down the motorcycle during braking to enter corners properly, but despite that, I was able to improve my time this afternoon compared to this morning, a session at which I was virtually 1 second from my team-mate.

We still have things to try tomorrow morning during the warm up, especially with the forks, and I think the race will be between Aleix and me. Our time being very close, I don’t think that any of us 2 could escape, I need to not make any mistakes and to ride smart.

Until tomorrow,
Randy

GP of Motegi – Day 1 – « Strange Overall Feeling with the Bike »

Free Practice 1 & 2 – 15ème at 1’48.770

Today wasn’t a great day for me. I haven’t had a great overall feeling with the bike since this morning. I’m not sure exactly what the problem is, but I’m not so confident with the bike.

This afternoon we decided to try something to improve the feeling but after my second lap out, I lost the front in Turn 9 and crashed. It wasn’t a big crash but I got stuck under the bike during the crash and I have a gash in my left knee and had a big impact on my left foot.

I went immediately to the Clinica Mobile to clean out the wound in my knee and came back to the garage for the last 25 minutes of the sesion. I did 2 runs of 4 laps each with the 2nd bike, but the strange feeling that I had this morning was still there.

I hope to find a solution to improve my feeling for tomorrow.

Ciao,
Randy

RE-SIGNED WITH ASPAR FOR 2013


Concerning next season, I can confirm the option I had for 2013 with the Aspar team.

We have done a good job throughout this season and are currently at the top of the CRT category. The bike still needs more development to close the gap to the prototypes but we’ve already finished in front of them several times this year.

In addition, my manager Eric was able to negotiate certain adjustments in my contract with Aspar for 2013 that could be good surprises. I can’t tell you more at the moment, but count on me to do so as soon as possible…

Cheers,
Randy

GP of Misano, day 3 :  » A good result »

Race result : 9th

Hi,

I am happy, because when Héctor touched me just after the back straight I was lucky not to crash. I lost a lot of places and I was nearly at the back of the group. I needed to force things in order to regain ground. I reached Aleix and stuck with him for seven laps. I didn’t really feel very comfortable, because after running off track I noticed that the bike was locking up at the front on all the right handers. I decided to wait to pass my teammate. At the end of the race he unfortunately had a mechanical issue and was unable to continue, so I’m sorry for him. We were able to complete the race, took a lot of points and are back in front in the CRT standings.

See you in Aragon,
Randy

GP of Misano, day 2 : « Only 2 laps today »

Hi,

Today was a boring day. The track was in bad condition from the rain and we weren’t able to work. I didn’t ride this morning and in the afternoon I put in just two laps. I went out on track to set up my electronics, but it started raining and we weren’t able to draw any conclusions. It was risky to ride with the track in that condition and we didn’t want to take risks on the opening day of the weekend. I think that this was a lost day for every rider in MotoGP, so I hope that the situation improves tomorrow.”

Bye,
Randy.

GP of Brno, day 3 : « 2 points more »

Race results : 8th

Hi everyone,

Today went so well that I even managed to pass a number of prototype machines off the line. I am happy, because I think that both the team and I have done a great job this weekend. I stuck behind Rossi at the start and could see that there was smoke coming from his bike on every lap. Spies dropped the pace and I kept on pushing. I was praying that the smoke did not mean that the engine would break down completely and leave oil on the track. When the situation stabilised I could focus on my own race. Spies overtook me and I used him as a reference for a while. Soon afterwards he crashed out, so I was left by myself. In practice I had found a fast pace, so I focused on getting back to that and riding strongly to the chequered flag. I am very happy, because I managed to finish as the best CRT rider and cut two points off my teammate’s advantage.

See you in 3 weeks in Italia.

Ciao
Randy

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