He worked hard but his efforts were not rewarded: At the second MotoGP race in Austin in the US state of Texas, Germany’s Toni Finsterbusch failed to finish in the points. “It was a turbulent race. It just wasn’t our day today,” explained Finsterbusch after the race. “First of all the engine didn’t kick off at the start and I had to take off from behind. Later on I lost grip on the front wheel and crashed. Even though I was able to continue, the race was then cancelled.”
After a crash by Jasper Iwema of the Netherlands the session was restarted with a sprint over five laps. But after the restart Finsterbusch dropped out already in the first lap due to a collision through no fault of his own with a competitor and the resulting damage to the brake system.
Once again, three Spanish riders claimed the podium finishes: Alex Rins claimed the podium’s top spot ahead of KTM colleagues Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom, who won the season-opener in Doha. Ahead of the first European MotoGP race in Jerez de la Fontera (Spain) on May 5, Finsterbusch remains optimistic: “We’re on the right track and have quite some plans for Jerez.”