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Experience plays a crucial role for Jorge Navarro as he claims his first podium of 2016 in Argentina.
Opting to run slick tyres on a still drying track was a risky move, but one that the majority of the Moto3™ World Championship made. Jorge Navarro spent the opening laps tip toeing around the damp track as he adjusted to conditions, allowing the front-runners to break away. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider quickly found that the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit offered great grip even in mixed conditions and set about closing the gap to Adam Norrodin (Drive M7 SIC Racing Team). He quickly caught the Malaysian youngster and from lap eight onwards was sat in second, Khairul Idham Pawi (Honda Team Asia) over ten seconds ahed in the lead. Try as he might, Navarro was unable to shake Norrodin and focused on defending his lead.
With over a year and a half of experience racing in the World Championship, Navarro knew that even a rookie like Norrodin would try something in the final corner and went about closing his lines. The Spaniard played it to perfection and secured second in the race, his fifth podium in the World Championship. Navarro now heads into round three with 29 points, sitting third in the standings as a result and only seven points back on Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), who leads the championship.
Jorge Navarro: “The hardest thing about today's race was deciding on the starting grid which tyres we were going to use. This track has good grip and we eventually opted for slicks. The first few laps were used to check the state of the track and I let a few laps go by calmly in order not to take risks. However, when I saw that the group was a little dangerous because there were riders in there who aren't used to being so high up the order –and could make mistakes–, I decided to put myself at the head of the pack and push. I caught Norrodin and when I saw that Pawi was far ahead, I decided to use caution and kept my pace up until the end. On the last lap I knew Norrodin would try a move, but he had several scares and went down at the last corner. I feel sorry for him, but for us this result is very good."
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