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Aegerter suffers a lot, Mulhauser disappoints in Britain


He aimed to fight for the podium and he had to fight extremely hard to save seven points for a ninth position: for Thomas Lüthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten) the British Moto2 Grand Prix was just as difficult as for his teammates Dominique Aegerter and Robin Mulhauser (Technomag Racing Interwetten). As in Brno two weeks ago, a promising practice and a good start to the race turned into a disappointment after a few laps when Lüthi suffered from an abnormal deterioration of his tires (the front, to start with, and that on a completely wet track at first, and later drying). Ninth at the end, Lüthi maintains his fifth position in the provisional championship standings but he wants a lot more in this second half of the season. Dominique Aegerter suffered a lot after his accident yesterday afternoon as he had to race with a fractured finger of his left hand. As for Robin Mulhauser, he expected a lot from this wet race but he did not manage to relax on the bike. Frédéric Corminboeuf, the boss of the two teams summarised the cold and mixed day: “The same situation that happened in Brno, Tom was feeling really good but his front tire deteriorated too quickly and his bike became impossible to ride. Together we need to find a solution because we cannot continue like this. Dominique started off more prudently than usual, which is understandable given the state of his left hand. Then he managed to fight back up through the field before he also started to struggle with tires. That being said, he who does not like the rain too much did a solid race. As for Robin, I expected more from him: he has been hoping for bad weather conditions for a long time, he had them but he did not manage to benefit from it. Having the potential which he has – we saw that in Indianapolis – is good, but knowing how to use it is a lot better.”

They said…

Dominique Aegerter (Technomag Racing Interwetten, 13th): “The pain was really strong the whole race, I could only use three fingers to handle the clutch and I was also finding it difficult to find a good feeling with the bike. The first three or four laps were really bad then I closed on the second group when my tire started to suffer seriously. The weekend was difficult. I am still not consistent enough with this bike so we have to keep working. Unfortunately my finger will take two weeks to recover according to the doctors.”

Robin Mulhauser (Technomag Racing Interwetten, 23rd): “I have been waiting for bad weather conditions in the race for a long time and I missed out. This morning in warm-up we used the same set-up as in the first practice in Texas and that did not work. For the race we used a 100% set-up for the rain. The feeling wasn’t bad in the first laps, Dominique wasn’t far ahead of me, but when the track started to dry it became difficult. I did not have enough engine brake and had to put a lot of force on the front. I made this decision to use this set-up so I admit my mistake.”