Moto2 European Championship and European Talent Cup:
second half of the season sparks to life in Portimao
The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve produced exhilarating action, as the Portuguese circuit hosted the 5th round of the Moto2™ European Championship and Hawkers European Talent Cup.
The first race of the day for the Moto2™ European Championship saw Lukas Tulovic (Liqui Moly Intact GP Junior Team) take an early lead to the race, but after a series of gear selection mistakes the German was forced to carve his way back through the pack to take second. Trying to capitalise on Tulovic’s mistakes, the rookie sensation Senna Agius (Promoracing) put the hammer down at the front, until he eventually crashed out of the race at Turn 5. It was Alex Escrig (Yamaha Philippines Stylobike Racing Team) who eventually took the win, fending off Tulovic to take back-to-back wins with Xavier Cardelus (Promoracing) rounding out the podium.
It was the usual suspects again in Race 2 with Tulovic taking an early lead to the race and controlling it from the front for the majority of the race. Senna Agius (Promoracing) was on a mission however, and the young Australian fought his way through and put Tulovic to the test with some incredible moves in the closeing stages of the race. A last lap scrap saw Agius dive up the inside of Tulovic at Turn 13, for Tulovic to then steal the win on the line after a superb exit out of the final corner. Alex Escrig (Yamaha Philippines Stylobike Racing Team) was just hanging onto the coattails of the top 2, and brought his Kalex home in 3rd. Dani Muñoz was the winner for Stock class in both races.
The Hawkers European Talent Cup got off to a rough start after poleman Dodó Boggio (Aspar Junior Team) high sided out of the lead on lap 1, causing chaos on the first lap and bringing out the red flags. The restart saw a race-long battle with the front guys which was decided by just 0.006s with Brian Uriarte (Team Estrella Gallicia 0,0) beating Joel Esteban (Aspar Junior Team) to the line. Casey O’Gorman (VisionTrack Racing Team) rounded out the top 3, scoring back-to-back podiums for his 2022 Hawkers ETC campaign.
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