Junior Talent Team fired up for France2018-05-17 08:31
It was a dramatic last weekend out for the Junior Talent Team at Valencia, with mixed fortunes for the team but some good pace. Now it’s time for attention to turn to the French GP weekend at Le Mans, as the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship joins the billing alongside MotoGP™.
In Valencia it was Ai Ogura who led the charge for the Junior Talent Team, taking his first podium of the season in Race 2 after crashing out despite good pace in Race 1. Compatriot Yuki Kunii was close behind, however, coming home fifth in Race 1 and fourth in Race 2 – just beating the third Junior Talent Team rider of Somkiat Chantra, who crossed the line in sixth in the second contest of the day. Kunii now sits third overall in the standings, 21 points off the top, and 2016 Asia Talent Cup Champion Chantra isn’t far behind in fourth after a stellar start to the season for both. Ogura has some ground to make up, and he’ll be looking for a top finish this weekend to add some points to his tally and make sure it reflects his pace this season.
Gerry Salim, meanwhile, continues his learning curve in the Championship. Finishing both races in Valencia and with a good number of riders behind, the Indonesian is making solid progress – and will be gunning for more this weekend as we race alongside MotoGP™.
Tom Booth-Amos is another gunning for more. After fighting at the front in Estoril and then crashing out, the Brit bounced back to show good pace at Valencia once again – and then crashed on Saturday, damaging his wrist. That saw him heading to Barcelona for surgery and missing the races on Sunday but, despite the short turnaround, the British Talent Team rider will be back on track and giving it the maximum this weekend, at a venue he says will suit his style more than the unique Circuit Ricardo Tormo. With good pace, now’s the time for good points.
The timetable gets a switch up this weekend at the French GP, and the Junior Talent Team go racing for 17 laps of the historic Bugatti circuit at 16:30 (GMT +2) on Saturday.
Dorna Sports, in the search for worldwide talent, has intensified the sporting structure around talent promotion for 2018. The Junior Talent Team unifies the best riders from the Asia Talent Cup and British Talent Cup, creating one sporting structure in the FIM CEV Repsol whilst retaining the individual identities of each contributor to the project. The Junior Talent Team is run by Dorna as part of its Talent Promotion Department.
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