He re-joined in 22nd position and climbed back into the top 10. Lorenzo Zanetti came into the race with injuries sustained in his 255kph crash at Moscow Raceway 2 weeks ago.
Michael van der Mark finished 9th, and said, “I made a stupid mistake when I had good pace and we could have been fighting for the podium. I am really sorry for the mistake, but the pace was great and we had found a good direction with the bike this weekend. I was really angry when I rejoined the race and I was really fast in this part. I hope that we can be back on the podium at the next race in Nurburgring.”
Lorenzo Zanetti finished 11th, and said, “I am really, really tired, but quite happy with this result. Before this weekend, I thought I would not be able to race here so 11th position is a bit like a victory. I raced for myself and for Andrea Antonelli and now I have a month for recovery. The last two weeks have been difficult and now I am looking forward to a rest. I want to arrive at Nurburgring in good condition so that I can finish the season really strongly.”
Pieter Breddels, technical co-ordinator said, “Lorenzo’s result is almost more than we could have hoped for because of his injuries. He’s quite confident that if he had been fit he could have battled nearer the front. The break will do him some good but he did a great job here today. Michael had terrific pace but went off the track after a little mistake. He was passing a lot of people and doing really fast lap times after that, when he was as fast as the two guys at the front. The speed was there to take him to the podium but we’ll have to take what happened and try again in Germany.”