Two on the bounce: Ogura on the podium at Le Mans

2018-05-19 15:40
Ai Ogura has made it two podiums in a row after taking third in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship, firing himself up the Championship standings into seventh after another good haul of points. Thai rider Somkiat Chantra, who also qualified right behind Ogura, crossed the line in the same position and took P4 - a top finish for his sophomore campaign and 2016 Asia Talent Cup Champion Chantra is now fifth in the Championship.

It was a hard-fought race at the front, with a group battling throughout until eventual winner Aleix Viu was able to break away. Ogura and Chantra were both in that fight for the rostrum throughout, as well as fellow Junior Talent Team Yuki Kunii. Kunii didn't quite challenge for the podium in the latter laps, but the Japanese rider took another consistent points finish to impress once again in P5. That puts him fourth in the standings as the highest-placed rider from the team, banking the results.

Gerry Salim, meanwhile, took another finish as he continues gaining experience. The Indonesian was P25 but has shown good flashes of pace higher up the order in France.

It was a tough weekend for the British Talent Team's Tom Booth-Amos. The Brit, who broke his wrist last time out at Valencia, was coming back from the injury and susenquent surgery and riding through the pain barrier. A new track to him, he finished the race with a valiant ride to the end, coming home in P40.

The next stop is Barcelona, with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya waiting to host round four and the Junior Talent Team geared up for the challenge.

Dorna Sports, in the search for worldwide talent, has intensified the sporting structure around talent promotion for 2018. The Junior Talent Team unifies the best riders from the Asia Talent Cup and British Talent Cup, creating one sporting structure in the FIM CEV Repsol whilst retaining the individual identities of each contributor to the project. The Junior Talent Team is run by Dorna as part of its Talent Promotion Department.


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