Circuit Length: 5.9 km
Making an impressive start the Czech rider launched himself into third place on the opening lap. Despite being ran off track on the second lap he remained focussed and calm, building his pace and retaining his position. A crash from Vinales saw Kornfeil elevated to second place, where the 22 year old worked hard to remain until the chequered flag.
Teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin had a tough start to his British Grand Prix but riding a smart race in tricky conditions, the Malaysian rider worked hard to chip his way through the field, claiming fourteenth place across the line and adding more points to his Championship position.
“It’s a great day; this is what everyone is working for and it’s a podium I think we all deserve in this team. We have been working so hard from the beginning and we have somehow been unlucky in a few races, so this is a great result! The conditions out there today were very difficult and Jakub did a fantastic job to keep his cool throughout the race. He made a great start going from thirteenth to third in the first lap. Then going to second place and seeing the guys behind close in on him, was very hard for him but he stayed focussed and really showed his strength. He did a great job and I’m so happy for him and everybody in the team. Our target this year was to get a podium, so we’re all super happy. For Fahmi it was a tough race but in the end he scored two points which is fantastic, so today is a good day. Thank you to everybody in the team, Razlan and everyone from SIC who are here supporting us, as well as DRIVE M7 and all our sponsors. Now we will enjoy this moment.
“I’m really happy to have finished the race in such difficult conditions. Normally I enjoy riding in the rain a lot but it was quite tough to stay on the bike today. To keep the rhythm was hard because I saw so many riders fall in front of me; I was trying to be a little careful but still I finished fourteenth, which is really good for me, to be back in the points, so I’m happy for this. Congratulations to Jakub for making a fantastic race and taking the first podium for the team. This result today has really encouraged the whole team to keep improving, so I’m looking forward to the next race.”
“My first podium in the World Championship; it feels so great! I didn’t expect this result when I first came here, I just wanted to continue the progress that we made in Brno and try to do better. It wasn’t until during the weekend that I really started to think about what I could achieve here. I felt so confident in the dry with the set-up that we had and then even after warm up in the wet I was fast also. At the start of the race I was just trying to keep my head down, focus on doing what I know and using my experience because in these conditions the smallest mistake can cause you to crash. I was checking the riders behind me and checking my lap time throughout. My target throughout was to stay focussed and concentrate on my riding. After six years it really is incredible. I’m so happy for the team, the sponsors and my family and I want to say a big thanks to them all for supporting me throughout the good and bad times.”
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