Antonelli, Volpi and Toth on track at Valencia for the second round of the season for Team MMR Moto 2.
After the first round at Estoril, the debut in the Aprilia RS660 Trophy, another round another race for Massimiliano Morlacchi’s boys engaged in Valencia. A consistent weekend as usual, especially at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, which the team will meet again in the season finale.
Free practice on Thursday and Friday had shown good sensations for all three MMR riders, who concentrated on the dry lap and race pace ahead of Sunday.
Between Q1 and Q2, Niccolò Antonelli was able to confirm his good feeling with the bike and the team by again placing himself in the top half of the standings, obtaining a good second row start with fourth place overall. Two sessions that were not easy for the Italian rider, especially after the unfortunate incident in the pitlane with his team-mate Max Toth and the resulting pain in his shoulder. Almost identical fate for the American driver, who was forced to face the double qualifying session not at the top of his form and close with the nineteenth time. Mattia Volpi made good progress despite two sessions that were difficult to manage and ended with the twelfth time.
In the only scheduled race of the weekend, MMR maximised the result with all three drivers. No mean feat that of Antonelli, still very sore but good at keeping the pace of the first part of the group by setting good times. Eighth position for Nicco, definitely encouraging and with the potential for a podium fight to be replicated at Jerez in a fortnight time.
Two unfortunate retirements for Mattia Volpi and Max Toth with the American forced to abandon the race due to physical problems.
Massimiliano Morlacchi – MMR Team Owner: “I am sorry for the unfortunate episode that involved the guys in the pitlane because it probably deprived us of other good results. In any case, I am proud of Nicco’s race conduct despite the pain while driving, still among the fastest on the track and despite everything largely in the top ten. Mattia did not have an easy weekend but we know he can make up for it right away, as can Max, who we wish a speedy recovery from his shoulder problems for the next race. As always I would like to thank my staff, all the riders, partners and sponsors for this season”.
MMR will be back on track at Jerez on the weekend of 2/4 June for Moto 2 and on the same weekend at Misano for the second round of the Aprilia RS660 Trophy.
MMR Press Office – Petrolhead Communication
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