Finished the first weekend of the FIM CEV Repsol in Estoril AGR Team have faced feelings after today’s races. In Moto2, Taiga Hada finished sixth and fifth, fighting for podium positions despite his shoulder injury. Sam Wilford has taken a step forward this taking eighth and eleventh positions in both races. In Moto3 Joel Kelso suffered a crash and Mattia Volpi had problems at the start. Although he was able to continue he also couldn’t finish the race.
In the first Moto2 race, Taiga made a great start overtaking from fifth to first position. His teammate Sam Wilford also overtook positions reaching the eleventh in the first lap. Despite making a good start, Taiga’s discomfort on his shoulder from Friday’s crash took a toll on both races. He gradually lost positions, although trying to keep the front group from escaping. Hada couldn’t stay in the top four, while Kubo approached to try to overtake him but Taiga did not give up on improving the result despite the circumstances. The Japanese had a great race finishing in sixth position. Wilford continued to progressively overtaking, until he crossed the finish line in an outstanding eighth position.
Similar circumstances in the second Moto2 race. Again Taiga took the lead in the start while Sam Wilford remained in the fourteenth. The Japanese tried to secure third place just over a second behind Aldeguer and Tulovic. However, Alonso Lopez overtook Hada in the fight for the last place on the podium. Wilford was once again in the top ten, while Taiga struggled to stay in the top5 despite his pain.
With four laps to go, Hada overtook Norrodin and took fourth place. Wilford lost tenth position with two laps to go On the last lap Hada fought with Norrodin for fourth place altough he finished fifth and Sam finished eleventh.
The Moto3 riders didn’t have their best debut in the Championship. Joel Kelso started from fifth position after a positive weekend. The race was developed in a group and with many touches between the pilots, who fought for the best position. Among them, a race set relegated our pilot Joel Kelso to more backward positions, until he reached seventeenth place. The Australian crashed on lap eight when he was coming back and was unable to finish the race.
Mattia Volpi was facing his first race in the Moto3 Junior World Championship starting from the back. The young Italian rider suffered a crash in the Warm Up due to a fortuitous collision with another rider that caused discomfort in his arm. These annoyances made him make a mistake at the start, losing all the options to overcome positions. Still, Volpi continued the solo race to gain more Moto3 experience, setting his best times of the weekend. Despite the final result, the feelings are positive as the pace was the same as the riders in the second group, showing that he can improve and fight for better positions.
With these results, Taiga Hada and Sam Wilford got their first points in the Moto2 general standing. Hada is fifth (21 points) and Wilford ninth (13 points). The next round of the championship will take place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on May 7, 8 and 9.
Anscari Nadal (Team Manager): “I am very happy with the team and the work this weekend. Taiga’s crash has weighed down on us in the race and we could have reach the podium if it weren’t for those inconveniences. Sam has taken a step forward and is much more mature as a pilot. Moto3 races are difficult and today it was our turn, but in another race we will be able to be ahead. Mattia is one of the youngest riders in the category, you have to work hard and keep learnin”.
Taiga Hada (R1: 6th/ R2: 5th): “We didn’t have the best set-up, especially in the first race. In the second I was already much better. If it hadn’t been for the shoulder we could have been fighting for the podium and also for the win. ”
Sam Wilford (R1: 8th/ R2: 11th): “Two strong races for me today. We have closed the gap to the front and I can’t wait to keep working in Valencia”.
Joel Kelso NC: : “I felt very comfortable during the warm up. I had high spectations for the race today, but the race didn’t go like we planned. I tried to break the group and to arrive to the front of the group and finnally the front of the bike give away. This is racing. Let’s try again in Valencia. I just want to say sorry to all the team. For sure I know I have a lot to speed, we just have to find some more details to be on the front”.
Mattia Volpi NC: “In the race start I did a mistake for the pain in my left arm. I went alone and I did a big step, doing the time of the second group. Many thanks to the team because the bike and the work were perfect. In Valencia we will keep working from this”.