Dimas Ekky Pratama did a brave Malaysian Grand Prix today, finishing in 23rd after holding off the challenge of some more experienced Moto2 World Championship riders. The Indonesian, who took over the Mistral 610 of Tech3 Racing in place of the injured Bo Bendsneyder this weekend, made a huge step during a damp Warm Up session already and went into the race with confidence. In the early stages, Pratama already made up five positions after starting in P28 and had a tough race-long fight, which he eventually won.
Starting from the second row of the grid for the first time, Remy Gardner showed incredible fighting spirit on the first lap to defend his fourth position, directly behind the championship leaders. He battled hard to keep up with the front, did some amazing laps, but while giving it all he lost the front in the last corner of the fifth lap and had to retire from the race.
Dimas Ekky Pratamas
Position: 23rd – Championship: 41st – Points: -
"I just tried to concentrate on the start and I had a quite good one. I wanted to keep the pace with the group, but I did a mistake on the fast corner, turn five – six and some other fast corners, so I went wide and some riders passed me. Later, I wanted to catch the group again, but did another mistake. Then I tried to manage the pace and keep my confidence to finish the race. Of course this is not a great result, but the important thing is that we improved towards the race and as I was riding this bike for the first time, I can say, I really enjoyed it. Thank you to Tech3 Racing and all sponsors for this opportunity. I’m happy, thank you!”
Position: DNF – Championship: 19th – Points: 28
“In the end, it was a disappointing race. I was really trying the first couple of laps and felt ok with the grip. I was honestly even held up a bit by Oliveira, so I was quite confident in the first three, four laps, but my tyre dropped quite fast. I was dropping places, fell behind Pasini and then Marquez passed me in the last corner, we touched a little bit, which just put me off my line a tiny bit and I guess I just came across a bit of dirty asphalt and lost he front. Anyway, I learned a lot in this small amount of laps of how to go with the front guys, but we were definitely struggling with the grip, especially now that it’s hotter. I’m really sorry to my guys! We need to move on now and I truly hope I can get all of us the result we deserve in Valencia.”
“The weekends are following each other and I almost have the same feeling like seven days ago in Australia. Dimas did an ok job, he did the best he could do and I want to thank him a lot for what he did. He helped us and next year, he’ll be a full Moto2 World Championship rider, so it was for sure a good experience. I’d like to thank him because all through the weekend he showed a great attitude, wanting to learn and never gave up. But of course the big disappointment is coming from Remy, because again – even better than Australia – he was so strong during all the practices and also in Qualifying he missed the front row by almost nothing. He started great, very aggressive from the beginning, which was what we needed. Clearly, he would have been in the front group until the end, a group of seven, eight, maybe nine riders. But the target was to be inside the top 10, which is always a great result for us. He left the race a bit too early. Anyway, he is learning, he is fast, but I think he must be feeling very disappointed and we also feel disappointed, because every Saturday night we dream, every Sunday morning we dream even bigger and it’s not coming. Thanks Remy anyway for what you do, but sure at some stage I think it’s good to try to control yourself and finish the race. This is not a blame, this is just something you have to go through for your knowledge. Last one in Valencia and hopefully we can duplicate the Qualifying session and maybe see the result.”