Intense day at the AGR Team. This Saturday, the first races of the MotorLand Aragón Round finished with Taiga Hada in fifth position, Gerard Riu in tenth position, Sam Wilford in eleventh position and Joel Kelso in twentieth position. Although the wind has made riders of all categories suffer, the feelings are positive and they can improve tomorrow in the races.
The wind and the low temperature on the track were present during the hole day. In Moto2, Taiga Hada decided to be cautious in the first laps due to the weather conditions. After increasing the rhythm, he reached sixth place and starred in he fought with Xavi Cardelús until the last lap. Taiga lost position in the last lap and crossed the finish line in seventh position. Sam Wilford, meanwhile, got a good result his first race with AGR Team. After reached twelfth place and he reduced the gap with Fermín Aldeguer and later with Adam Norrodin. In the last laps he fought with Norrodin for the tenth position, although he was finally overtaken in the last corner and finished eleventh.
In Moto3, Gerard Riu suffered a crash in the Warm Up due to the wind that didn’t let him to give his best. He lost some positions at the start but despite the injuries Riu struggled to keep up the pace and finish the race in tenth position. Finally, Joel Kelso did not make his best start and stayed in the second group. The Australian couldn’t keep a good rhythm throughout the race, although he did show once again that he has the potential to be up front. After fighting with several riders in the final stretch of the test, he crossed the finish line in twentieth position.
In this way, in Moto2 general standing Taiga Hada is fifth with 72 points and Sam Wilford is twelfth with 27 points. In Moto3, Gerard Riu is seventh with 48 points and Joel Kelso twenty-second with 5 points. Tomorrow the remaining races of the weekend will be held. Those of Moto3 will be at 11:00h and 14:00h while those of Moto2 will be at 12:00h and 15:00h.
Anscari Nadal (Team Manager): “The Warm Up has been crazy. In Moto2 the track temperature was very low and there was a lot of wind, so there wasn’t grip. As the track conditions have changed every day it is not easy to get the perfect setting for the race. Both Taiga and Sam had a good race, we preferred to be careful because tomorrow we have two more races. A pity that Cardelús passed Hada in the last corner. Sam did a great race getting to overtake Norrodin, although in the end he overtook him. We have very good hopes to go one step further tomorrow.
In Moto3 it was very different. Gerard crashed in the Warm Up due to a strong gusto f wind and he started to race with pain in his hand and his arm. It was difficult to get the best settin but tomorrow we will try to make him feel better with the bike. Joel has been able to ride fast, but he need more consistency anthough he made fas laps.I am happy, there is potential and tomorrow we will go further in both Moto2 and Moto3 ”.
Taiga Hada 7th: “I’m not used to racing in this wind and I was cautious in the first laps, which made me move away from the group. In the second part of the race I was able to catch up with Cardelús and I finished seventh. With the cold track temperature is difficult to ride because there is no grip. Tomorrow we will start 100% from the first lap to get better results”.
Gerard Riu 10th: “It was a hard day for us because I had an unexpected crash due to the wind. It was very fast and I hurt my arm and hand, but I was able to race. I’m happy for that part, but Ididn’t have the best feelings with the bike. I preferred not to risk because I was not comfortable. We are working to improve tomorrow’s setting and with it we will be able to fight for the podium”.
Sam Wilford 11th: “We had a good race today. We made progress and unfortunately lost the 10th place in the final corner on the last lap. For tomorrow I think we can have another 2 strong results in the top 10”.
Joel Kelso 20th: “We fought a lot to be able to start 19th today, but after some mistakes and fighting with several riders I finished 20th. I had a good rhythm and I was comfortable with the bike. Now we have to focus on the two races tomorrow and improve results”.