Manuel Manugasss Gonzalez, the young Airohrider already World Champion of 2019 in the WSSP300, continues to amaze riding the ParkinGo Yamaha R6.
This weekend on the track of Montmelò located just outside Barcelona, it was held the GP of Catalunya, Manuel conquered the pole position, ended at the second place the Race1 and won Race2, on Sunday, repeating the victory achieved only fifteen days ago at Magny Cours. Gonzalez back from last week performance in Aragon riding the MV Agusta Moto2, achieved the points needed to be in third place in the general ranking of the World Championship when there are still three grands prix, six races overall at the end of the season.
The Catalan weekend was adorned with the title in the Yamaha R3 blue cru European Cup by the young Spanish Iker Garcia Abella, the first Champion of the new continental trophy created by the house of three diapason. Win with young riders is part of the Airoh DNA. This season in addition to Garcia, David Alonso has triumphed in the Redbull MotoGP Rookies Cup as well as Beatriz Neila in the Woman’s European Cup.
In Italy, however, in Misano Adriatico precisely, it was engaged the other Airohrider Maria Herrera in the MotoE World Championship; Maria, arrived in both races in the points area, consolidated her fifteenth position in the championship.
In France was helded the 24h of the Bol d'Or, a classic race of the FIM EWC, World Endurance Championship, which raced on the Paul Ricard track. Engaged in this race, two experienced Airohriders like Lorenzo Zanetti engaged with the German team ERC Endurance Ducati and Kevin Calia with the Nolimits44 riding the Suzuki. For Zanetti the Bol d'Or ended during the night when his teammate Mathieu Gines fell down destroyed the Ducati V4R while for Calia beautiful podium, a third place, for what concerns the independent teams.
A sidenote, Andrea Locatelli in his WSBK rookie season, joined as WorldSSP defending Champion, he is really going far beyond expectations. The excellent performance of the Loka#55 convinced even the leaders of Yamaha Europe to confirm the confidence by extending his contract, as official rider, for a further year, that is until the end of 2023.
Andrea Locatelli: “This was a difficult race, because we lose completely the grip on the rear tyre. But in the end, I am a little bit happy because we do a really good job today. This morning we lost the opportunity to start in the front with the Superpole Race but, in Race 2 we tried to get the maximum and we push every lap: I’m really happy with this. For us, it’s not such a lucky weekend because also yesterday we had a little bit of a problem in the wet conditions but yeah, I repeat in the end we need to be happy because we closed the weekend well. Now we have Jerez and Portimao, and for sure we try to stay focused to get the maximum. We are faster and stronger, we are in the front group. Also, really, thanks to my team for all the work they have done this weekend because also we make a lot of crash! It is not so easy, but this is the job. I want to thank all my guys and also Yamaha, because we have the new contract now and I stay with Yamaha and this great team for two more years. I am really happy for this and for sure we try to push every day, every session, to stay in front.”
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