Anticipation instead of frustration: After the seventh race of the Moto3 World Championship, Germany’s rider Toni Finsterbusch did not want to dwell too long on the result. Instead he intends to look forward to the upcoming season’s highlight at the Sachsenring (July 14, 2013). “I’m only looking ahead. In two weeks’ time I want to rock the Sachsenring in front of a home crowd and show good performances over the weekend,” explained Finsterbusch.
Following a crash the 20-year-old from Saxony finished on 24thposition on the motorcycle course in Assen, Netherlands. Once again Spaniard Luis Salom took the podium’s top spot ahead of compatriots Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins (all KTM).
Despite some prominent support Germany’s Moto3 rider Toni Finsterbusch failed to get into the points at the sixth race of the Moto3 World Championship series in Barcelona. On Sunday, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller of Germany’s Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund attended the race and kept his fingers crossed for Finsterbusch, who had celebrated his 20th birthday on Friday. “Roman is a great guy. I’m a great BVB fan and of course I got an autograph from him. I think he really liked it here,” explained Finsterbusch.
On the race track, however, things didn’t work out so well for the Kiefer Racing pilot. After a good start, Finsterbusch managed to work his way up to 12th place. But then, following a multiple collision of Finland’s Niklas Ajo and Dutch pilot Jasper Iwema on the opening lap, Finsterbusch – who was approaching on the outside line – was removed from the race. “I had no chance to break and couldn’t prevent the accident. It’s really annoying as I’m sure I could have made it into the points today,” said Finsterbusch. Spain’s Luis Salom claimed the victory ahead of his compatriots Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales (all KTM).
Now, Finsterbusch will be concentrating on the upcoming World Championship race in Assen/Netherlands on June 29, 2013. “We need to keep focused and prepare well for the course. We’re still on an upward trend and can travel to Assen with a good feeling.”
Germany’s Moto3 rider Toni Finsterbusch showed an impressive performance at the fifth World Championship race in Mugello, Italy: with a 34th place on the grid, the 19-year-old from Saxony successfully caught up on the racetrack to eventually take a 21st-place finish. He failed to finish in the points by only two seconds. “After the bad qualifying result I wanted to do better in the race. I knew that I had the necessary speed and I just pushed. I’m quite happy with the course of the race,” said Finsterbusch.
Spain’s Luis Salom took the victory ahead of compatriots Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales (all KTM). With regard to the next race in Barcelona (June 16, 2013), Finsterbusch has set his sights on a place in the points. “I’ll celebrate my birthday on June 14. This is why I want to give myself a nice birthday present two days later. I’ll do everything to achieve this,” explained the Kiefer Racing pilot.
Though just missing out on the points, Toni Finsterbusch enjoyed a successful Le Mans debut. Riding in the fourth 2013 Moto3 World Championship race at the French circuit, he recorded his best result for the season to date. In finishing 18th, the 19-year-old German was just three places off the points in his first ever race around the 4.18 kilometre track. The race was won by the Spaniard Maverick Vinales ahead of countrymen Alex Rins and Luis Salom (all KTM).
“My start was pretty ordinary but then when the race started to sort itself out, I bridged a gap to move up and was good on the brakes,” said Finsterbusch, “Towards the end my rear tyre deteriorated a little. I had to fight hard right up to the last lap but in general I can be satisfied with my result in Le Mans.”
In two weeks time, Finsterbusch and Kiefer Racing will be looking to continue the upturn at the next (02.06.2013) World Championship race in Tuscany, Italy. “Mugello is a track purely for motorbikes and one that’s great fun to ride around. Perhaps I’ll manage to get amongst the points there,” continued Finsterbusch.