The rush of MotoGP was slowed with a mid-season summer break but the FIM World Championship raised the speed once again at Silverstone in Great Britain as round twelve took place at one of the fastest circuits on the calendar on August 7th. CFMOTO Racing PruestelGP managed to perform excellently against adversity in a close race and finished on the edge of the top ten, so close to race winner Dennis Foggia.
Notable CFMOTO highlights from the Monster Energy British Grand Prix:
-Tatay recovers from 21st to 10th position after race-long charge
-Artigas takes a solid 11th place: 1.8 seconds from the win
-CFMOTO tackles one of the oldest and most prestigious venues in MotoGP history: Silverstone hosted the first UK mainland British Grand Prix in 1977 and is home to the F1 race and much of the automotive racing industry in the country.
- MotoGP maintains the high level of speed with the Red Bull Ring in Austria next on the schedule in two week-time.
The TT Circuit Assen and the Dutch Grand Prix felt like a long time in the past by the time MotoGP gathered again in the UK for the 12th running of the British round since it returned to its spiritual home of Silverstone in 2010. With eighteen corners, a wide trajectory, one of the highest average speeds seen on the MotoGP schedule and the longest layout: Silverstone is an epic, historical and fabulous racing site.
For the 2022 edition of the British Grand Prix the weather was kind and sunshine lapped the vast motorsport complex all weekend. CFMOTO Racing PruestelGP rolled out the CFMOTO Moto3 machinery for round twelve of twenty in the current campaign and both Carlos Tatay and Xavi Artigas began to find the best lines and search for the optimum ‘tows’ during Free Practice and Qualification. By the end of Saturday’s activities in England it was Artigas who was most advanced on the Moto3 start grid, nestled on the fifth row, as Tatay was hindered by a technical problem and filled 22nd spot.
Moto3 thundered into life for 17 laps Sunday morning. Only three seconds covered most of the field; from the frantic battle for the lead down to Tatay who was tussling in the thrust of the second group. Artigas was further forward and spent the middle part of the race closing the small space down to the large train disputing the top ten. Many riders seemed to share the same track space and overtaking took place on every corner, every lap. The last circulations saw several crashes increase the drama but Tatay had already made considerable ground and sliced past his teammate to steal 10th just three hundredths of a second between them and a total of 11 points secured.
CFMOTO are 5th in the Constructors standings and 6th in the Teams listing while Tatay and Artigas are 9th and 10th in the Rider’s table. The CFMOTO Racing PruestelGP team head closer to their German home base for round thirteen. The CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich takes MotoGP to the spectacular setting of Red Bull Ring in Austria where yet more high speed and daring will ensue.
Carlos Tatay: “A complicated weekend and what happened to us on Saturday meant we had a tricky race. I think we’d made a mistake with our tyre choice by going for the hard option because it really counted against me with acceleration and rear grip but, well, lesson learned. It was a good recovery but we want much better than 10th position and at least we got something from today. We’ll work hard for the next grand prix and aim for much better.”
Xavi Artigas: “In the end we were able to get among the leaders. It took me a while to come back from the start but we got some positions until the last laps when I had contact with another rider and ran off line. I cost me a bit…but I could bring the bike home. Another race to learn from and take more knowledge into the next one.”
Results Moto3 Monster Energy British Grand Prix
1. Dennis Foggia, (ITA), Husqvarna 37:28.371
2. Jaume Masia (ESP), KTM +0.252
3. Deniz Öncü, (TUR), KTM +0.297
4. Kaito Toba (JPN), KTM +0.738
5. Stefano Nepa (ITA), KTM +0.762
10. Carlos Tatay (ESP), CFMOTO +1.790
11. Xavier Artigas (ESP), CFMOTO +1.827