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Navarro: “We found accelerating a little hard”

 Navarro: “We found accelerating a little hard”

Small issues combined to halt Jorge Navarro’s challenge for victory at the French GP but finish on the podium.

After dislocating his shoulder during a private test in Barcelona, Jorge Navarro was unsure as to how his weekend in France would play out. But over the course of practice and Qualifying he appeared as strong as ever, his speed carrying over to the race. As is becoming common in the Moto3™ World Championship, Navarro’s battle for victory involved both Romano Fenati (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), the KTM pair having a slight advantage under acceleration. They were joined by Navarro’s Estrella Galicia 0,0 teammate Aron Canet, none of the four able to break away from each other. With his shoulder starting to lose power, Navarro settled in to the group and waited to attack on the last five laps. Try as he might he was unable to overthrow Binder and Fenati, the Spaniard fortunate to remain upright after contact with Canet in the final corner.

With the 16 points from third, Navarro keeps his second place in the championship but is now 24 points behind Brad Binder. Navarro is still questing for his first World Championship win, having taken four-second place finishes in the lightweight class. Round six of the Moto3™ World Championship takes place in Mugello, two weeks after Le Mans. This small break will give Navarro a chance to work on improving his shoulder.

Jorge Navarro: “It has been a positive Grand Prix, because after a crash in testing at Montmelo test, I was not 100% fit and this circuit was tough for us last year anyway. We did a great job, right from the first Free Practice. I started well, stuck with the leading group and, when I saw that everything was stabilised, I decided to save energy because my shoulder felt a little tired - especially when braking. I decided to wait for the last five laps to start my attack and position myself well. We found accelerating a little hard compared to Binder and Fenati; I tried to stay as tight as possible, but still couldn’t go into corners in a position to overtake. That was something that hindered us throughout the race. This result is not the best for the World Championship, because the two riders who I am fighting with placed ahead of me, but looking at it from the outside, 16 points in this race is very good and there will be better races."

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