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Consistency breeds results for Jorge Navarro for settles for second after two key mistakes early in the race.
The Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas got off to a great start for Jorge Navarro, the Spaniard grabbing the early lead from second on the grid. With the lead in hand he attempted to push hard and break away from the chasing group but Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46) was able to stay within touching distance. Navarro tried to up his lap times to shake off the Italian but hit neutral when going into Turn 1 on lap eight, running wide and allowing Fenati through. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider tucked in and focused on trying to recover and was steadily closing in on Fenati until he made several more mistakes. With the group behind beginning to close, Navarro chose to play it safe and settle for second.
Second place in America matched Navarro’s second place finsih from the week before in Argentina, his best ever back-to-back race results. After the opening three rounds of the championship, Navarro returns to Europe with 49 points and second place in the Moto3™ World Championship. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) has the lead, but Navarro is only three points behind the South African. Navarro is also the leading Honda in the standings and looks set to challenge for the World Championship in just his second full season.
Jorge Navarro: “We had a good race. I came out very strong, determined to break the group up from the beginning, because we wanted to try not to have too many riders riding together. It went well and I saw that I was pulling away, but gradually Romano [Fenati] began to recover ground. I made a mistake at the first corner, because I put the bike in neutral and went wide, and he passed me. I was behind Fenati for a few laps to see his lines and compare my bike with his, but I made another couple of mistakes. Today I was not so comfortable with the bike –there was a lot of movement with the rear-wheel– and as I saw that the group chasing us was very far back, I decided to be conservative and finish second, which is a very good result for the championship."
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