First and seventh row respectively for Riccardo Moretti and Sarath Kumar at the start of the second 125GP/Moto3 race of the year at the Italian Championship in Imola’sAutodromoEnzo e Dino Ferrari. After heavy rain fall the Italian track was still wet for the 125/Moto3 race. Riccardo Moretti got a good start and had to fight immediately with Moto3 riders for the first overall position. At the end of the 10th lapMoretti got the chequered flag while his team-mate Kumar ended up with a fantastic 7th position. At the end of this second raceMoretti maintains the leadership in the standings with 50 points, Kumar on the other hand is currently ninth thanks to the 9 points obtained today. Next CIV race is scheduled for the 29th of April at Monza.
Imola – 125 GP- Italian Championship – Race : 1) Moretti (Mahindra) – 2) Dalla Porta (Aprilia) – 3) Mantovani (Aprilia) – 4) Carpi (Aprilia) – 5) Mazzola (Aprilia) – 6) Arciero (Aprilia) – 7) Kumar (Mahindra)
Riccardo Moretti: “It’s been a really tough race. My bike improved a lot compared to yesterday’s qualifying, but we were not still 100% with the set-up. My technicians were still impressive to allow me t to win the second race in a row in the Italian Championship.
I was involved in some hard fight straight after the start with some Moto3 riders and it’s been a good race, although the track conditions have made it all harder. I’m happy for the win and I want to thank Mahindra and all my team.”
Sarath Kumar : It is a great feel of pride and satisfaction for having scored my first points in an international championship. I am thankful to all the encouragement and support given to me by my team, my manager and the Mahindra Group.
Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra: We are ecstic about our second consecutive win in the Italian Championship today.RiccardoMoretti has shown tremendous skill and expertise in negotiating the circuit under damp conditions. We are particularly proud of our fellow Indian Sarath Kumar for scoring his first ever International points.
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