The fifth round of the FIM CEV Repsol at the MotorLand Aragón circuit was a thriller, with victories by Xavier Artigas (Leopard Impala Junior Team) in Moto3.
Artigas posted his first win of the season in a thrilling race. From the start Yuki Kunii (Asia Talent Team) headed a large group with Jeremy Alcoba (Laglisse Academy), Barry Baltus (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team), Davide Pizzoli (Leopard Impala Junior Team) and Artigas, among others.
As the laps went by, Aleix Viu (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) and Ryusei Yamanaka (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0.0) joined the group that was going to fight for the podium positions. Viu went down after making contact with Pizzoli at the entrance of a curve with four laps to go and Yamanaka was out of the running when he was forced to evade Viu.
Everything was decided on the last lap. Alcoba, in second, tried to pass Kunii at the entrance of the chicane that gives access to the long back straight of the MotorLand Aragón circuit. His action slowed down the leading group and Artigas took advantage to take first position. His rivals fought hard to pass him but the Leopard Impala Junior Team rider hung on to achieve his first victory of the season, followed across the line by Alcoba and Pizzoli. Kunii, despite having led for a large part of the race, didn’t make the podium. Artigas received the Repsol free fuel cheque as the winner of the race. Alcoba continues as leader of the FIM Moto3™ JWCh with 118 points against the 100 of Baltus and 94 of Artigas, with Kunii in fourth on 83 points.
The sixth round of the FIM CEV Repsol will take place at the Jerez-Angel Nieto circuit on September 29.
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