David Alonso, the youngest rider of the team, finishes second and third in the two European Talent Cup races, in which Iván Ortolá is fifth and seventh after a great comeback
Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team Junior ends the first half of the FIM CEV season with a double podium at the Aragón event, thanks to the performance of the team's youngest rider David Alonso. The young European Talent Cup rider has been second and third in the two races held today at the Motorland circuit and thus gets to the fourth position in the championship. Alonso started in the two races from the fifth row of the grid, but from the beginning he has been one of the toughest rivals in both races and has competed with riders with more experience than him. In the first round he has finished second, only 39 thousandths off the victory, while in the second he has competed for the third position.
His teammate in the European Talent Cup Iván Ortolá has starred in comebacks that have led him from the thirty second position on the grid to fifth place, in the initial race, and the seventh, in the second race. The young Valencian rider stays third in the European Talent Cup standings, just ahead of David Alonso.
In the Moto3 category, Barry Baltus came to Aragón as the second classified but still in pain after his fall last week in the German round of the Rookies Cup. Despite this, the young Belgian rider has been able to stay with the leading group to finish eighth and add eight more points to his tally. Similarly, Max Kofler has competed for points from start to finish of the race in Aragon and keeps its good progression with a thirteenth place. Aleix Viu, despite having managed to be even second in the race, has not been able to finish the race after a crash with just a few laps to go. In the standings, Barry Baltus remains second although the distance with the leader increases to 18 points when there are still 125 to win. Kofler is in the eleventh position after adding three more points in Aragon and Viu is seventeenth.
European Talent Cup:
David Alonso (2nd / 3rd): "I am very happy with the results of this weekend because we were able to return to the podium after the third position we got in Estoril. Being second and third is a great balance, I am happy to have been able to finish twice among the best. I want to thank both the team and my family for all the support they give me. We will keep fighting to get more results like these."
Iván Ortolá (5th / 7th): "I was able to overcome a lot in the first laps in the two races: both the bike and I were ready. The pity is that, coming from so far behind, the work gets very complicated and it has penalized us. In the second race I almost reached the leading group. In the end I could be fifth and seventh and I am happy with how the two races went, although the qualifying practices was not as good as we needed. I want to thank the team for all the work they have done this weekend. "
Moto3 Junior World Championship:
8th Barry Baltus: "I made a not so bad race in the first laps, I was fourth or fifth during the first laps. After some overtakes I saw myself behind the seventh position, with a gap from the leading group. I’ve won some points for the championship, but I’m not happy, although I come from a big crash in Sachsenring. I didn’t have much confidence in the free practices but now I have more. I have to thank the team for the bike and the help they’ve given me. We're leaving Aragón with eight more points, we're still second in the championship and eager to face the final rounds of the year after the summer break."
12 + 1 Max Kofler: "The start was not bad, but in the first corner another rider crashed in front of me and I had to open my line and lost time and positions. It was difficult for me to push because I did not have grip, and I’ve ridden alone. It was a race in which we were able to add three more points and we are eleventh in the general standings before the summer break. My next goal will be the Austrian Moto3 World Championship race, where I will compete as a wild card rider and where I hope to show a good performance."
Aleix Viu (crash): "To go away from Aragón with a zero in the standings is hard, and more after having been able to fight for the victory. During the weekend I was not completely comfortable with the set-up, but together with the team we managed to take a step just before the race and in the training lap we confirmed it. I went well in the race, I became second and I wanted to lead to pull the group because I had more pace than the others, but I touched another driver and I went long, losing positions and time. Even so, I have recovered the lost distance and I have reached the group with seven laps to go. I decided to stay sixth, studying them and reserving tires, and with four laps to go I tried to break the group again to escape. In a curve, the driver in front of me braked hard before the usual and when he closed the path to enter the curve I could not stop the bike in time and I crashed. I have done some damage to my back and they have taken me to the medical center with a little low tension, but physically I am fine already. We closed another race, like in Barcelona, in which we were able to fight for the victory but we go with a zero. It discourages me because I know I can win, but for that first you have to finish. It's time to learn again and move on."