Brno, Czech Republic: QMMF Racing Team riders Anthony West and Roman Ramos ended a difficult Czech Moto 2 Grand Prix here on Sunday in 22nd and 27th positions respectively.
West, who had also struggled in qualifying, didn’t manage to recover due to a mix of engine problems and lack of tyre grip.
“At the beginning of the race, I felt quite strong behind the group that I was in. I could always catch them but it soon turned out that there was no way for me to get in front. I had a bunch of problems, like a lack of grip and a lot of chattering — but my main issue was speed. The engine is really slow and all weekend I had a problem with the gearbox, which was jumping out of third to neutral,” West said. “In practice, I didn’t have a really good chance to compare my engine with the others but in the race I realised that it was just as slow as during the last Grand Prix in Indianapolis,” he added.
Ramos, who was full of confidence after the dramatic improvements on the second day of practice, was also surprised by the lack of rear-tyre grip in the race and wasn’t able to match his strong pace in qualifying and the warm-up session.
“The race didn’t turn out the way we hoped and expected. On day one we had trouble with the set-up and we were way back in the field, but we managed to fix things on Saturday and we had a good bike that allowed us to put better lap times in. We left the bike the way it was for today (Sunday) and in the warm-up I was fast again and I was able to stay with a bunch of other riders,” Ramos said, adding, “We had good rhythm and high hopes for the race. But as soon as the race started, I realised that the rear tyre had no grip at all. I had lots of problems under braking and when opening the throttle on the corner exits. I was about a second per lap slower than in the warm-up and it wasn’t a good race. At least, yesterday’s practice and this morning’s warm-up were good, which gives me hope for the future.”