Top five finishes for Asia Talent Team in Valencia

Photo: Asia Talent Team

Round four of the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship was a complete success for the Asia Talent Team, with Yuki Kunii taking a fourth place in race two, and Kazuki Masaki taking another top five finish in race one.

Race one saw all three Talent Team riders come home within the top ten. Behind the fight for the podium, Masaki came out on top in the fight for fifth. Further down the grid, the fight for seventh was between Kunii and fellow Talent Team rider Andy Farid who came out on top over the line with just 0.048 seconds separating the pair.

In race two, Kunii finished in fourth after clawing his way up ten places from his original grid position. Masaki finished in a comfortable sixth place, while Farid crossed the line in fourteenth after remounting from a lowside earlier in the race.

Masaki leads the way for the Asia Talent Team as he sits in seventh in the overall standings on forty seven points, with team mate Kunii just behind him in eight on forty one points. Farid sits in fourteenth overall as he makes his return from injury.

The CEV next heads to Estoril in Portugal for round five of the championship from the 21st to the 23rd July.

Alberto Puig, Asia Talent Team Director: “Not so bad. It can always be better, but in Qualifying in second and third it was good for Kazuki and Andi, but Kunii had a problem but was not so bad. In the race they were in the leading group, but the Italian was very fast. It was difficult to be on top; but they were managing the group well. In the second race it was not so close but they were also doing well. Kunii had a disadvantage because he had to come from behind on the grid, but over the last laps he was really quick. He made a big step, and we are quite happy with all of them.”