The TM Racing Factory Team Moto3 has completed the second round of the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain.
While yesterday saw the Italian team’s three riders take part in qualifying, the TM team was back on track today for the weekend’s two races, which both took place in hot and sunny conditions.
Based on the qualifying results, David Salvador lined up on the sixth row of the grid, in sixteenth place, while Nicola Carraro and Raffaele Fusco started from row ten, in 28th and 30th place respectively.
In race 1, Salvador made a good start and was able to make up many positions. He was nevertheless unable to catch the leading group and crossed the line in ninth place. Fusco also started well and was part of the chasing group, able to maintain a good pace throughout. Raffaele finished the 18-lap race in nineteenth place, a few tenths from the points zone, while Carraro unfortunately crashed at the very first turn having made contact with another rider. Having injured his elbow in the crash, it was decided that he wouldn’t compete in race 2.
In race 2 Salvador did well to fight through the early stages and reach the leading group, before concluding a solid sixth. Fusca essentially repeated what he’d done in race 1, climbing to final eighteenth place.
In the championship standings, Salvador lies second with 37 points. The next round of the
FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship is scheduled to take place over the weekend of 11-13 June at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit in Spain.
FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 – Circuito Ricardo Tormo – Valencia
Raffaele Fusco: “We had two difficult races in which I tried to do my best to make up ground but starting so far back meant it wasn’t easy to break away from the chasing group. I made two strong starts and made up many places, also thanks to a fast bike, for which I have to thank my team. At the next Barcelona round, I need to score a better grid position, because today we demonstrated that we have good pace and that we can fight for better results”.
Nicola Carraro: “My race didn’t last long. Making contact with another rider unfortunately meant I crashed on lap one and also injured my elbow. Seeing as I’d hurt myself, I preferred not to take part in race 2, so as not to worsen my physical condition. I will rest up for a while before resuming my training so that I’m ready for the next round”.
David Salvador: “The positive thing is that I’ve scored some points and am second in the standings. The problem was that I started both races from the sixth row. Through the first corners I was held up by riders who prevented me from reaching the leading group. It was a pity because I got into a really good rhythm today, lapping with similar times to the leaders. We had a few set-up problems, but we’ve already sorted those so we shouldn’t have any problems at Barcelona, one of my favourite tracks and one at which I’ll be aiming for the podium. Thanks to my team for all their hard work”.
Mattia Serafini – Team Manager: “We’ve had a good weekend at Valencia, growing as a team. The race results were conditioned by the qualifying results, in which we went with a strategy that didn’t pay off. David did well to try and make up positions in both races, lapping with similar pace to the frontrunners. Fusco is developing well and adapting to our bike in what is his first year. He also showed good pace and so we’re confident ahead of the next races. Carraro unfortunately crashed in race 1 and hurt his elbow, so we decided it was best he didn’t compete in race 2. We hope he’ll make a full recovery for Barcelona”.
The TM Racing Factory Team Moto3 sets itself new ambitions and new goals, the squad now fully managed by the Italian firm. A significant commitment, both operational and financial, made possible thanks to collaboration with the sponsors that support TM in this project.
The aim is to continue developing the Moto3 with the ongoing work of an increasingly competitive team, in order to keep pace with the strongest international competitors. In order to further develop the TM Racing Factory Team Moto3, former Italian 125 champion (2009) Riccardo Moretti joins the ranks and will harness all his experience in his role as Sporting Director.
The team will compete in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3, or rather the Junior world championship, which serves as a gateway to the Moto3 world championship. The three riders tasked with exploiting the potential of the Italian bike are Nicola Fabio Carraro, Raffaele Fusco and Spaniard David SalvadorGomez. Before the opening round, which took place at Estoril in Portugal last weekend, the three riders completed a winter test programme that comprised two days at the Albacete track, one at Valencia and two at the same Portuguese track that hosted the season-opener.
The first round of the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 championship proved very positive, with David Salvador crossing the line in second place. Fusco unfortunately suffered a crash, while Carraro raced despite the fact he is still recovering from a broken collarbone, an injury he sustained while training.
The next round of the FIM CEV Repsol Junior Moto3 world championship will take place at Valencia in Spain over the weekend of 8-9 May.
Mattia Serafini – Team Manager TM: “The Estoril round was problematic due to the changeable weather and track conditions. David was quick right from practice, and scored second in both qualifying and the race, demonstrating excellent potential. Carraro unfortunately fractured a collarbone while training and had to have surgery. He raced in Portugal anyway, in order to regain confidence with the team and the bike, but he wasn’t able to fully express himself of course. Fusco was unlucky, a crash ruling him out of Sunday’s race, though fortunately without serious consequences. Overall, we had a positive weekend. The bike has proved very competitive and this bodes well ahead of the next races”.
David Salvador Gomez: “It was a very positive weekend. I worked well with the team and in the end we scored a good result. I rode in all conditions, but luckily Q2 took place in the dry and I was able to score a front row start, second, which was the goal we’d set ourselves. In the race I made a good start and was able to race as part of the leading group. There were five of us and we battled it out right to the end. I finished second and, as it’s only the first race, I think it’s a solid result. We still have ample room for improvement and I think we can do well at Valencia, as it’s a track I like and one that suits the characteristics of our bike”.
Raffaele Fusco: “The weather made for a strange weekend. Practice and qualifying ran in ever changing conditions, wet, damp, and dry, and in these conditions, it wasn’t easy to find an effective set-up. I started from the sixth row, in seventeenth place, and was starting to make up placed when I made a small mistake on lap five and crashed. A real stroke of bad luck because both me and the bike were constantly improving, and I could have achieved a good result. We’ll try to make up for this at Valencia, a track I like and when I set some very good times during the winter tests”.
Nicola Fabio Carraro: “In my condition, I couldn’t risk a crash, and so I had to put the brakes on over this Portuguese weekend. Despite my fractured collarbone and the plate I’ve had inserted, I still wanted to be present at Estoril and work with the team to find a good set-up for my bike. I couldn’t take part in winter testing and so this was my first contact with the bike since the last CIV race at Vallelunga in 2020. The weather conditions definitely didn’t help me, and so I was pleased to qualify tenth. In the race, I started well but at the first turn another rider literally pushed me off track, which saw me drop to the back. Although I couldn’t really push, I was able to make up some positions. I won’t be 100% at Valencia either, but I want to continue to make progress until I reach the point where I can exploit my TM’s full potential”.
Stop in Piediluco on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 April to play the fourth and fifth acts of the Enduro Absolutes of Italy. A weekend full of emotions and twists in the small Terni village in which our riders were among the protagonists, in this race that marked the turning point of the 2021 season of the top Italian Championship.
Day1 more difficult than usual for our riders in the overall standings, due to the rain-soaked special stages of the previous days where our riders struggled to find the right feeling.
Matteo Pavoni in Day 1 won the Junior class and finished thirteenth overall. Unfortunately on Day 2 he had to retire due to a electrical problem while he was again in command of the Junior and tenth overall. However, he remains the leader of the Junior class.
Lorenzo Macoritto in Day 1 wins the 250 2T class and ends in fourteenth place overall due to a subdued first lap of the race. In Day 2, a new class victory and an excellent seventh overall, just 10 seconds from the fourth. He is also leader in his class.
Matteo Cavallo closes Day 1 with a second place in the 250 4T just eight seconds behind the winner and fourth overall. On Sunday he redeems himself with a class victory and an excellent second overall. He confirms his class leadership and second place in the overall standings.
Wil Ruprecht after a “learning” day 1, finished in ninth place overall, in special stages still not very congenial to him, confirmed his value in Day 2 by winning the Absolute classification. This result confirms him as leader in the Italian Championship 2021!
Jarno Boano: “The first day was not easy, perhaps due to a bit of tension due to the results obtained in the previous race and perhaps due to a lack of confidence with the wet ground of the first lap. However, I am very happy with the approach my boys had. That, after a further vision of the special stages on Saturday evening, on Sunday they turned the page and returned to riding as they know how to do. I close with a simple “Bravi Ragazzi !! … top behavior in all situations” … and they know what it means !! See you next time. Congratulations also to the TM Moto 3 Team at CEV for the excellent second place for Salvador !!
Great start for L30 Racing Team at its debut riding the brand-new TM bikes on the “Circuito Internazionale d’Abruzzo” track, for the first round of the Italian Supermoto Internationals held on 11 April in Ortona (CH).
In the premier class lined up on the 2021 SMX 450 factory are the reigning champion Marc Reiner Schmidt, Thomas Chareyre, Diego Monticelli and Luca Bozza that make his debut with the big names in the premier class.
In race 1 Schmidt starts in the lead, chased by Chareyre who immediately tries to put pressure on his teammate, the two riders take a big advantage in a few laps and give the race a great pace, until Schmidt’s error opens the way for a solitary ride of Chareyre who will celebrate the victory under the checkered flag.
Diego Monticelli’s performance was also very positive, starting fourth, but with great regularity he managed to snatch the third step of the podium by taking advantage of Schmidt’s error.
Luca Bozza faces the race with determination, but will be forced to retire after only two laps.
In race 2 the fastest are still Schmidt and Chareyre in order, Marc despite the pain in his hand manages to reach Chareyre, who follows him at a distance and controlling his teammate.
During the twelfth the fact: Schmidt falldown and Chareyre immediately must brake to avoid his teammate, but after the fall the two do not lose their positions, they start again and launch towards in the same order, without losing positions, Chareyre is therefore the winner of the day and new championship leader.
Monticelli continues the work done in race 1 with great regularity, he starts fifth in the second moto and will finish in fourth place in the heats and in the overall classification, climbing on the podium of the Italian classification.
Luca Bozza sprints well in race 2, entering the second group fighting with his opponents, concluding his debut with a sixth place in the heats.
In class S2 confirms his speed and his state of form Steve Bonnal who wins with full points and leads the overall classification.
In race 1 Bonnal took the lead immediately, setting an unstoppable pace for his opponents, leading the race from the first to the checkered flag.
In race 2 Steve repeats the start of the first moto, immediately taking the lead and dominating the entire race, Bonnal with 2 amazing races taking control of the overall classification, after having also obtained the S2 pole position in the morning qualifying session.
Lined up in this class: the reigning champion Kevin Vandi, Alessandro Sanchioni, Lorenzo Papalini and Giovanni Maria Galloni.
In race 1 Kevin Vandi sprints well, but on the first lap he has a spectacular crash that forces him to comeback from the last position, meanwhile Alessandro Sanchioni who immediately moves to second position, keeping it for most of the race and yielding only in the last laps, for Sanchioni the third place.
Vandi, on the other hand, will recover with determination and conviction up to eleventh place.
Papalini is also very well, starting in seventh position and after having dueled for a long time in the leading group, he will finish sixth.
Galloni starts well at his debut, he will collect nineteenth place after starting close to the Top Ten.
In race 2 Kevin Vandi finally has an awesome start in second place, a position he will maintain until the checkered flag, with a flawless race and recovering precious points.
Together with him on the podium in race 2 we also find again Sanchioni who, after starting in fourth position, will be able to reach third place not only in the race, but also in the overall S4 classification.
Papalini starts eleventh, but lap after lap he will be able to move into the top ten, finishing ninth and conquering the eighth place overall.
Galloni manages to conquer the fifteenth position finding a good feeling in the second race and adding his score to the excellent results of his teammates.
IVAN LAZZARINI:“This first race of the season ended well, even if it was very eventful, Kevin’s crash changed our plans a bit, but his comeback was really convincing. Sanchioni reached the podium in S4, good race also for Papalini and Galloni, who I remember is his first experience.
In the S2 class Bonnal did a masterpiece with the pole position and the double win, while in the S1 class Schmidt and Chareyre gave a big show, shame about Marc’s bad crash in race 1, but we will need experience about, Thomas was perfect in race management, meanwhile Schmidt won race 2, we are also satisfied about Luca Bozza at his debut, who, despite the crash in race 1 managed to ride well in race 2.
We greet Ortona with two red plates, we will be ready for round 2 of Ottobiano and we will try to conquer the red plate in S4 class”