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Superb second place for Livio Loi at Valencia

Superb second place for Livio Loi at Valencia

Livio Loi signed off his 2012 season in style by taking a hard fought second place in a damp but drying final CEV Buckler Spanish Moto3 Championship race at Valencia on Sunday.

Loi impressed during wet qualifying, setting the fifth fastest time overall in the opening session, but slipped back to ninth in the second dry session after running foul of traffic on track.

The 15-year-old Belgian started the race from the third row of the grid, but lost places on the run down to the first turn, eventually completing the opening lap in 12th position. Loi got his head down and worked his way back through the field, setting the fastest lap of the race as he closed on the leading group, which included Moto3 World Championship regulars Arthur Sissis, Niccolo Antonelli, John McPhee and Brad Binder.

As Binder started to pull out a gap at the front of the race, it was Loi who led the chase after taking advantage of mistakes by his more experienced rivals to move up into second place aboard the Marc VDS Racing Team's Kalex-KTM machine, which he was racing for the first time this weekend.

Despite coming under pressure from Kevin Calia and another World Championship regular in the form of Adrian Martin, Loi managed to defend second position to the chequered flag to take a well-deserved podium finish in only his second appearance in the Spanish Championship.

Livio Loi #57: 2nd Position

"My start was not so good, but I managed to chase and catch the group ahead of me and then worked myself through towards the front. When Antonelli crashed that put me in second, with Brad having already pulled out a small gap at the front of the race. I pushed hard to catch him, but by that time the tyres were past their best and the bike was sliding around a lot. I also hit a couple of false neutrals while I was chasing, which didn't help, so eventually I had to settle for second place. Congratulations to Brad on the win, but I'm pretty happy to come away from the last race of the season with second place, especially as it's my first outing on the Kalex-KTM and only my second in the Spanish Championship."


Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal, Marc VDS Racing Team

"Livio did a great job today, finishing second in his first race aboard the Kalex-KTM bike, with an all new crew and on only his second appearance in the Spanish Championship. In 2012 he's taken a race win and two podium finishes in the ultra-competitive Red Bull Rookies Cup and now he's added a podium finish in what is undoubtedly the most closely contested championship outside of Grand Prix racing. It just proves what we already knew; that he has the talent to go far in this sport. I am really looking forward to working with Livio next season, as he makes the step up to the world stage, but we also need to remember that this step is a big one and our expectations must reflect that. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at BMP, Volker Scheck and everyone at Bischoff and Scheck as well as Marc van der Straten because without their support this season none of this would have been possible. We have some time now to celebrate Livio's podium finish together before the hard work starts ahead of next season."

Moto3, 2013

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