FIM CEV Repsol: Quartararo dominates at Le Mans

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

There was excitement all the way to the end of the second round of the FIM CEV Repsol with honours going to Fabio Quartararo (FRA-Honda), Gabriel Rodrigo (SPA-KTM) and Hiroki Ono (JPN-TSR Honda) respectively.

The high expectations of the race at Le Mans were mirrored by the excitement on the track. A clear sky and mild temperatures allowed the Moto3™ riders to reduce even further the previous day’s qualifying times.

The race began with a red flag after a spectacular accident on the grid involving several riders. Makar Yurchenko (KAZ-RBA Racing Team) was hospitalized, although his condition is not serious. As a result of this incident the race was reduced to nine laps.

When the light went off again, an exciting race developed, with Quartararo leading, followed closely by María Herrera (SPA-Honda), though her challenge was cut short when she went down early on second lap and was forced to abandon the race.

The Frenchman opened up a gap of up to five seconds over his pursuers. With the Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 rider going clear at the front, the real struggle took place behind, with pole position rider Gabriel Rodrigo (SPA-KTM)successfully battling it out with Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM), Jorge Navarro (SPA-Ioda ), Albert Arenas (SPA-Mahindra) and Andrea Migno (ITA-Kalex). The Italian Aspar-VR46 Team rider had a good race, making some breathtaking overtaking moves.

Taking last slot on the podium was Hiroki Ono (JAP-TSR Honda), who staged a surprising comeback from 15th place on the grid to snatch third place.

The next round of the FIM CEV Repsol will take place at Motorland Aragon on 7th and 8th June, where the third meeting of the season will be held, with riders competing in the Moto3, Moto2-Superstock 600 and Superbike-SBK privateer categories.

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