The rider from Cadiz rode a brilliant race to take a win that places him on top of the World Junior Moto3 Championship. Gerard Riu gets close to the points after climbing up through the pack.
The strong wind has been a major player during the World Championship Moto3 race in Motorland Aragón as expected.
Marcos Ramirez has given proof again of his smartness and maturity with a perfect ride on his Leopard Stratos KTM under very heavy weather conditions. The rider from Cadiz has led from the start and got the most of his KTM so that just a bunch of riders were able to follow his pace. Then he just kept things under control until his final attack on the last laps. With only three laps to go Ramirez has scored his fastest lap and has opened a gap with the rest of the leading pack, taking him to the top of the pódium. With this victory, the Leopard Stratos Team rider extends his lead to fifteen points over second.
Gerard Riu has climbed some spots through the pack after getting involved in a first turn incident. He has then made it to a group of riders fighting for seventh place, but has finally ended up in 16th after yet another racing issue.
The next appointment for the Leopard Stratos Junior Team will be in two weeks time in the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, on a double race format in which the 2.016 series will reach its half way point.
“Honestly didn’t expect this win because I really tried hard in the beginning to break the leading group, but I could make because of the heavy wind. My practice pace was completely useless because of the strong wind right after the first turn, so I just kept riding there even down to fifth.
Then with three laps to go I knew I could make a difference in the last turn so I just rode as hard as I could from that point and I could open a gap with a perfect lap just as fast as I did yesterday during practice, but under a strong wind today.
I want to thank the team for their effort, as we had a lot of problems in Le Mans, but we have been able to regroup here and get back in front. I hope we’ll keep up the job in Barcelona.”
“I’ve had some problems in turn one because a rider crashed right in front of me, so I’ve lost a few spots, but then I’ve been able to climb up through the pack and get a good pace, almost as fast as the leading group“
But I messed up with another rider in the last lap and I just could not get on top of my racing group. But I feel great today and I thank all my team for their job.”
We are very happy. I must thank specially the technicians and the mechanics, as they have really prepared such performant bikes this weekend. We really needed this victory, not only for the points for the championship, but also to proove that we are challenging very strong rivals, so it was really important for the Leopard Junior Stratos Team to claim the victory today. And we did, so congratulations to all.”