The AGR Team ended the FIM CEV Repsol season at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo with positive results. In Moto2, Taiga Hada was sixth and Sam Wilford fourteenth. In Moto3, Gerard Riu was ninth in both races after giving his best despite the weekend crashes. Joel Kelso has finished in points in both races, twelfth and fourteenth.
The Japanese also finished in a worthy fourth position in the general standing in his first season in the championship. Sam Wilford finished eleventh in the standings. In the Moto3, Gerard Riu has achieved the eighth place and Joel Kelso the eighteenth, showing a great progression since the beginning of the year.
In the last Moto2 race of the season, Taiga Hada couldn’t make a good start that would allow him to reach the front group. Wilford overtook some position to climb to thirteenth. After the first laps the group broke up and both drivers fought to maintain a constant rhythm. With 8 laps to go, the Japanese was seventh, riding very close to Adam Norrodin. Taiga increased the pace lap by lap in the final section of the race, until he placed sixth and crossed the finish line in that position. Sam kept the thirteenth place alone but in the last lap he was overtaken by Kubo and he finished fourteenth.
In the first Moto3 race, while Joe Kelso follwwed the same strategy of the previous day making a great start. Gerard Riu lost some positions and after the first lap he was twelfth, while Kelso was ninth. After seven laps, the group split, leaving Kelso and Riu far from the top finishers. The Australian tried to keep up to stay in the group formed by Mario Aji, Adrián Fernández, José Antonio Rueda and his own teammate. Riu has found himself increasingly comfortable and has overtook positions and reached tenth place in the middle of the race. With 5 laps to go, Riu was already ninth and Kelso remained in twelfth position. In the last 3 laps the AGR riders gave their best in an intense fight with several drivers. The race was decided in the last meters with up to six drivers running in just two tenths. In this way, Gerard Riu was ninth and Kelso twelfth.
The last race of the category started again with a very high pace, which meant that all the riders had to give their best from the start to avoid the group splitting. Although in very few laps the distances with the first group increased when Riu was tenth and Kelso sixteenth. The Catalan rider began to push and he got a great rhythm that allowed him to catch up with the front group again and finish in ninth position. Kelso crossed the finish line in fourteenth position, ending the season again in the points zone.
Anscari Nadal (Team Manager): “Gerard Riu wasn’t in best conditions due to the crashes, but he still managed to catch up with the front group. He had a good bike and a good setting. Joel Kelso has had a great weekend, he has made a lot of progress. Taiga made a nice race, although in today’s race he was not able to start as well as yesterday, but he came back and set good times. Getting fourth overall is a great result. It’s a pity that Sam had a bad start. Valencia is a circuit that he doesn’t know well and has been noticed. In general, I am happy with the work of the whole team this weekend”.
Taiga Hada 6th: “I was well positioned at the start, but two riders touched each other on the straight and I wacouldn’t overtake more positions. At the end of the race I had discomfort in my right arm and it couldn’t ride comfortably, I suffered to finish. I’ve been suffering discomfort all year, but this weekend I’ve noticed it more. The team has worked very well throughout the weekend.”
Gerard Riu (R1: 9th / R2: 9th): “We knew it was going to be a tough day. In the first race I lost the front group, but I finished ninth and close to them. In the second I suffered more than expected because I did not feel comfortable after the crashes. Aún así también es un buen resultado ya que he alcanzado al grupo. We’ve finished eighth in the championship, but I am not entirely satisfied. I want to thank the team for all their work during the year to get the best results.”
Joel Kelso: (R1: 12th / R2: 14th): “It has been a season of constant progression. We’ve finished close to the front riders and I am very happy with how the weekend has gone in Valencia. I’ve scored points in all three races and it is a very good thing. I will work hard for next year. Thank you very much to the team and especially to my coach Javi, Ángel and of course to Anscari for making it posible”.
Sam Wilford 14th: “It has been a challenging weekend for us, but overall I am happy with the progress. We have taken a step forward from last year which is important. Thank you to everyone in the team for helping me progress”.