AGR Team ends the last day of the FIM CEV Repsol at MotorLand Aragón with good feelings. Sam Wilford got his best results so far this season, getting seventh and eighth. Taiga Hada ended the first race in fourth position, although bad luck did not allow him to finish the second race. In Moto3, Gerard Riu was ninth and eleventh, while Joel Kelso fought for the points positions in the first race.
In the first Moto3 race Joel Kelso made a good start that allowed him to reach the fourteenth place. The group was divided in the first laps and Joel and Gerard couldn’t catch up them. The the AGR riders fought with Matsuyama, Rueda and Muñoz for the best possible position until the final stage of the race. Finally, Riu crossed the finish line in twelfth position. Kelso, who made a great fighting for being into points positions, got the sixteenth place.
In the second race Gerard Riu didn’t have his best start and he had to fight for the top 10 again. The race was divided once more after the first laps. Reaching the tenth place, he has fought Masaki and Rueda constantly. Riu gave his hunded percent until the end and he got the ninth position on the last lap. Kelso had a difficult start but he began overtake from the twenty-fifth position. Despite the effort, he was forced to retire by a faulty battery.
The Moto2 riders obtained good results today. In the first race Taiga Hada and Sam Wilford had a great start showing their full potential. Wilford overtook from thirteenth to eighth and rode alone from start to finish. Hada remained, once again, in the front group. The Japanese had a good rhythm, specially during the last laps when he tried to reach the podium positions. Despite trying until the last meters fighting with Cardelús, Hada was finally fourth.
Hada showed his ability again at the start of the second race. After placing himself in fifth position and following a good rhythm to reach the rivals, Xavi Cardelús knocked him down after over-braking in the first corner. Both riders crashed and fortunately they were ok. Wilford progressively overtook positions, reaching the top ten and crossing the finish line in seventh position. This result is the best achieved by the British this season in the FIM CEV.
The next round of the championship will be held from October 30 to November 1 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, where the 2020 season will say goodbye.
Anscari Nadal (Team Manager): “It has been a very positive weekend. In Moto2 we touched the podium with Taiga and Sam showed his potential already in the first race. A pity that Xavi Cardelús lost control of the bike when braking and hit Taiga from behind, both of them going to the ground, fortunately they are both fine. We appreciate he came to apologize to Taiga. In Valencia we will go out for all and we hope to be even further ahead. We have not found a suitable set-up for Gerard and the strong wind has played against us. We have not been able to give the driver what he needed, but we are already working to make things better in Valencia and fight for victory. Joel had a great first race fighting for the points until the last moment. In the second race he was coming back and it was a shame that I couldn’t finish”.
Taiga Hada P4 / NC: “I am disappointed that we did not get the podium because we really deserved it. We have the potential to achieve it and it has been very close. I will fight harder in the remaining races so I can give the team a podium. In the second race I was following the top 3 and I saw myself with possibilities of being on the podium. However, the incident with Cardelús has ruined it. We will continue in this line in Valencia to finish the season with the best results”.
Sam Wilford P8 / P7: “We managed to go one better in the last race for the best result in FIM CEV for me. The team madre a great job and we have more potential for Valencia”.
Gerard Riu P12 / P9: “The weekend did not end as we would have liked because we started this week very well. It was difficult for me to ride due to the wind and in these conditions and I suffered a lot. We gave everything and the team worked hard, but we lost the front group in both races. We will work harder in the next race to keep improving”.
Joel Kelso P16 / NC: “This morning we did a very good job fighting for the points during most of the race. I’m happy in that sense because I know we can be in positions from the front. A pity that he couldn’t finish the second race. We are already focus in Valencia to give the best of ourselves and finish the year with good results”.