Hard fought Top 10 for Fernandez and Fellon in Albacete14/10/2018
Ajo Academy riders make comebacks for sixth and tenth, respectively, in the only European Talent Cup race of the day.
A positive weekend for the Acadamy Ajo riders ended with them overcoming mixed track conditions at the penultimate round of the FIM CEV, to place inside the Top 10 in Albacete. Adrian Fernandez made a great comeback from the sixth row and finished the race in the sixth position. Lorenzo Fellon managed to recover from a difficult qualifying session and finish tenth.
Adrian Fernandez, who started from sixteenth, gained six positions on the first corner. The Ajo Academy rider continually improved his times, and was always amongst the Top 10. Battling against the damp track surface, Fernandez held firm and finished in a creditable sixth position.
Despite a difficult start to the race, Lorenzo Fellon recomposed himself and, lap after lap, climbed up the order. The young French rider was consistent throughout the contest, and crashes in the leading group at the end of the race allowed him to cross the line tenth. This is the sixth consecutive race at which the Ajo Academy rider has scored points.
Adrian Fernandez leaves Albacete eighth in the overall standings with 68 points, whilst Lorenzo Fellon is fifteenth with 41. The last round of the FIM CEV will take place on the weekend of November 24th and 25th in Valencia, with a single race for the ETC class.
1. Alex Millan (Honda) 32:02.460
2. David Salvador (Honda) +2.974
3. Fermin Aldeguer (Honda) +3.482
4. Victor Rodriguez (Honda) +3.974
5. Xavier Artigas (Honda) +4.093
6. Adrian Fernandez (Ajo Academy) +4.252
10. Lorenzo Fellon (Ajo Academy) +32.376
European Talent Cup Standing 2018
1. Xavier Artigas (Honda) 129 points
2. Victor Rodriguez (Honda) 110 points
3. David Salvador (Honda) 108 points
4. Matteo Patacca (Honda) 82 points
5. Matteo Bertelle (Honda) 79 points
8. Adrian Fernandez (Ajo Academy) 68 points
15. Lorenzo Fellon (Ajo Academy) 41 points
5 – LORENZO FELLON
“In general, the race did not go badly. The track had a lot of grip. It was difficult to overtake on the first few laps, but when I was able to get on the pace I felt much better and I was able to pass several riders. Going from 19th position to 10th is very positive and I am very satisfied with the weekend, although I expected a little more. The next race is in Valencia and will be the last of the season, so I’ll try to put in a good performance there.”
31 – ADRIAN FERNANDEZ
“It was tough, since the race was declared wet and we had to take things easy. However, after two or three laps the track started to have more grip, so I gained more and more confidence. When I saw that the frontrunners were getting away, I decided to lead the group that was fighting for eighth position. Later on, some riders overtook me, but due to some crashes during the last few laps I was able to finish sixth. We made a great comeback. Now we have to think about Valencia, the last race of the season, where we hope to get the podium that we have fought so hard for this season.”