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FIM CEV Repsol: Canet dominates at Le Mans

FIM CEV Repsol: Canet dominates at Le Mans

Thirty riders took on the challenge of setting the best times in the season’s second event.

Thirty riders took on the challenge of setting the best times in the season’s second event while getting used to the tough Le Mans circuit during two long qualifying practice sessions today. Accompanied by cool temperatures, an overcast sky and a track temperature of between 10°C and 15°C, the FIM CEV Repsol riders went in search of that fast lap to get them onto the front rows of the grid.

The first session began at noon, with Arón Canet (SPA-Honda) dominating confidently from start to finish and posting the best result. The Junior Team Estrella Galicia rider quickly got used to the circuit and was the only man capable of lapping below 1.45. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA-Husqvarna) and Nicolò Bulega (ITA-KTM) completed the top three. The qualifying session didn’t begin well for the overall leader, Joan Mir (SPA-Honda), who fell soon after the session began and finished up in 23rd place.

The second session started four hours later, with most riders showing clear improvements in confidence and significantly lowering their times. Tony Arbolino (ITA-KTM) began setting the best times in the early laps, separated by thousandths from Albert Arenas (SPA Husqvarna).  At the end of the 50 minute session, Arón Canet (SPA-Honda) and Nicolò Bulega (ITA-KTM) had confirmed themselves as the quickest riders again, and seem to have the machines and set-up to put them in the forefront of the Moto3™ World Junior Championship. The top ten quickest riders were separated by less than a second, showing the closeness of the category.

The grid tomorrow will be led by Junior Team Estrella Galicia rider Arón Canet (SPA-Honda), with the riders responsible for defending the interests of Junior Team VR46 and Aspar Team Mahindra alongside him: Nicolò Bulega (ITA-KTM) and David Sanchis (SPA-Mahindra). Tomorrow’s race looks like being a struggle not only between riders but also manufacturers, as the dominance of Honda now seems to be in question.

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FIM CEV Repsol, 2015

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