Adrian Fernandez ends season with excellent first podium25/11/2018
Ajo Motorsport Academy rider places 3rd in Valencia on a photo finish, with Lorenzo Fellon claiming 12th in the FIM CEV season finale.
The 2018 FIM CEV season concluded today in Valencia with an excellent result for Ajo Motorsport Academy in the European Talent Cup, as Adrian Fernandez took his first podium in the series and Lorenzo Fellon placed twelfth.
Fernandez was strong from the opening laps, leading the group at times. With 9 laps completed, a red flag halted the race temporarily, resulting in a 5-lap sprint to settle the contest. The Ajo Motorsport Academy rider again took the advantage and in a photo finish he was awarded third place and a maiden rostrum.
Lorenzo Fellon has also had a positive experience at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, finishing inside the points for the seventh consecutive race. The young French rider was a permanent fixture in the fight for the Top 10, finally coming home twelfth.
The second edition of the European Talent Cup ends with Adrian Fernandez 6th in the standings with 84 points, whilst Lorenzo Fellon concludes the campaign 16th, with 45.
Aki Ajo – Team Manager
“Both riders had a good race, especially Adrian [Fernandez] who was able to finish the season with his first podium in the series. I’m also proud of Lorenzo [Fellon], as race after race he has been improving. That was what we were looking for this season. It has been a positive season for both riders and I am satisfied with the job that we have done.”
1. Victor Rodriguez (Honda) 8:53.900
2. Jose Antonio Rueda (Honda) +0.201
3. Adrian Fernandez (Ajo Academy) +0.211
4. Fermin Aldeguer (Honda) +0.266
5. Xavier Artigas (Honda) +0.285
12. Lorenzo Fellon (Ajo Academy) +1.825
European Talent Cup Standing 2018
1. Xavier Artigas (Honda) 140 points
2. Victor Rodriguez (Honda) 135 points
3. David Salvador (Honda) 116 points
4. Jose Antonio Rueda (Honda) 98 points
5. Matteo Bertelle (Honda) 84 points
6. Adrian Fernandez (Ajo Academy) 84 points
16. Lorenzo Fellon (Ajo Academy) 45 points
5 – LORENZO FELLON
“The first part of the race did not go very well. My first start was not good, but on the following laps I was able to overtake several riders. After the red flag I managed to make a great second start and had a good first lap. I was fighting for the Top 10, and finally I finished 12th, in the points. It’s a positive result to finish the season with; now we have to work to improve even more next year and be even stronger.”
31 – ADRIAN FERNANDEZ
“After the red flag it was an all-or-nothing race. It was difficult, because on the straight it was very hard for me to overtake and I had to take more risks on the corners. I lost out on the victory on the straight, because I was overtaken at the last moment, but I am very happy to have finished third and to have earned my first podium in the European Talent Cup. I want to thank the team, my parents and my brother for all their support and for all the work they have done during the year.”