A second lap crash ended the French GP early for the Italian, who had been up into seventh place.
Mattia Pasini experienced misfortune in his debut race as a PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto2 rider. After a magnificent weekend at Le Mans, the Italian was forced to retire after the rival in front of him took him out of the race.
Pasini started from the fourth position on the grid after a great qualifying session and had the pace to fight with the top riders in the class. However, on the second lap of the race he was involved in an unfortunate incident at Turn 10, in which another rider crashed and left Pasini with no chance of avoiding him.
The next race for Mattia Pasini and PETRONAS Sprinta Racing will be the rider’s home GP in Italy, which takes place at Mugello from May 31st to June 2nd.
Johan Stigefelt – Team Director
“Pasini had the potential to be up at the front and fight, but on the second lap he got taken out by another rider who fell right in front of him. He was unable to do anything to avoid crashing. It was a shame for the Moto2 team, because we had shown the potential of the bike and the rider. We will come back stronger at Mugello.”
#54 Mattia Pasini
“It’s a shame, because we’ve done an excellent job throughout the weekend. We had shown that we had the potential to fight for the podium – and perhaps for the victory – today. It’s a shame to have to retire from a race like that, without being able to do anything. Baldassarri crashed right in front of me at a quick part of the track and there was no way I could avoid him. I’m very sad because it was a great opportunity for us. We now have two days of testing in Barcelona and I think we can avenge this misfortune.”