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Meet the Wildcards: Two Italians and a Frenchman in Spain

Meet the Wildcards: Two Italians and a Frenchman in Spain

Jerez will see three riders join the World Championship in the junior classes as wildcards as well as a fourth ‘addition’.

The World Championship’s return to Europe also sees the return of wildcards in the Moto3™ and Moto2™ World Championships as three riders head back out on track after competing in the first FIM CEV Repsol races of the year. Two wildcards will join the Moto3™ field while a lone rider will test his pace in the intermediate class. Jerez will also see a third rider line up on the Moto3™ grid as an 'addition'.

For the fourth time in his career, Federico Fuligni will line up on the World Championship grid. The Italian has changed to Kalex machinery in the CEV for 2016, this proved to be an excellent decision as he immediately matched his best ever finish with fourth in the first race of the season in Valencia. In race two he would go even better as he stepped onto the podium for the first time in third.

His three previous Moto2™ wildcards have seen him take a best finish of 25th in Valencia, but his improved speed this year has Fuligni promising a lot more. Both Edgar Pons (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) and Xavi Vierge (Tech 3), who dominated the 2015 CEV Moto2™ Championship, will give Fuligni a clear target to aim for.

Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) is not only a Moto2™ title contender, but also a team manager. In Jerez his Procercasa – 42 Motorsport team will make their World Championship debut after a solid start to the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship in Valencia. Two of their five riders from the series, Enzo Boulom and Davide Pizzoli will run their KTM machines at the Jerez round.

Boulom, from Ales, France, will be making his World Championship debut after having run in the Red Bull Rookies cup in 2014 and 2015, finishing sixth in 2015. For 2016 he is focusing his efforts on the CEV but had difficulties in the first round with two 14th place finishes. The lightweight class is full of former-CEV riders and champions that both Boulom and Pizzoli will be familar with having done battle with them several times before.

His Procercasa – 42 Motorsport teammate, Davide Pizzoli will wildcard for the second time in his career. In 2015 the Italian ran at the Aragon GP and finished in 26th place. Like his teammate he had a difficult start to the 2016 CEV season with a DNF and a 13th in Valencia. Both will look to make the most of the extra track time to not only learn from the other more experienced riders around them, but also continue to improve the setup of thir KTMs.

Albert Arenas, 2015’s FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship runner-up will also be on the grid, not as a wildcard but as an ‘addition’. Additions are quite rare, the difference being an ‘addition’ is accepted by IRTA for one event whereas wildcards are nominated by various national Federations. The Spanish rider will run with the Mahindra Aspar Team, whom he rides for currently in the CEV. Only once before has Arenas run in the World Championship, back at the Valencia GP in 2014 where he qualified 22nd on the grid.

Tags:
Moto2, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, Federico Fuligni, Davide Pizzoli, Albert Arenas, Enzo Boulom

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