S4 European Championship: double victory for Alex Ruiz Jimenez

S4 European Championship:
double victory for Alex Ruiz Jimenez

Alex Ruiz Jimenez (L30 Racing TM Factory) came home with a solid double victory and an excellent result at the end of the racing day in Tramatza, Italy. Kevin Vandi (L30 Racing TM Factory) was second and is still the red plate holder, while the third place went to Francisco Gomez Requena (TM).

S4 Race 1
At the start of the first S4 race Alex Ruiz Jimenez (L30 Racing TM Factory) headed the field and was chased by Kevin Vandi (L30 Racing TM Factory), Francisco Gomez Requena (TM) and home rider Michele Cuccu (TM) who battled it out for the runner up spot. Ruiz set consistent laps and left rivals far behind, eventually being the protagonist of a solitary race. The second position was very desired and despite Vandi seemed to be able to manage the situation, he had to surrender to Gomez in the ninth lap. The race was filled with action, and with one lap to go, the Spanish rider was overtaken by Kevin Vandi who qualified second. Michele Cuccu finished fourth.

S4 Race 2
There was a lot of excitement at the start of the second heat, where several riders opened the gas before the red lights blinked off and were assigned a 15-second penalty, like Francisco Gomez Requena. Gomez took the lead but had to pass it to Alex Ruiz Jimenez (L30 Racing TM Factory), followed by team-mate Kevin Vandi (L30 Racing TM Factory). Ruiz Jimenez opened a small gap which was enough for him to take the victory. Despite the penalty, Gomez Requena and Vandi battled it out for the second place with Vandi eventually conquering the position. Alex Ruiz Jimenez stepped on the first step of the podium joined by Vandi, second and current Championship leader, and Francisco Gomez Requena.

S4 Classification Top Ten
1. RUIZ JIMENEZ Alex (ESP, TM) Pts. 50,000 (25+25); 2. VANDI Kevin (ITA, TM) Pts. 44,000 (22+22); 3. GOMEZ REQUENA Francisco (ESP) Pts. 40,000 (20+20); 4. NAVARRIA Antonino Achille (ITA, Honda) Pts. 34,000 (16+18); 5. CUCCU Michele (ITA, TM) Pts. 34,000 (18+16); 6. PIRINA Manuel (ITA, KTM) Pts. 30,000 (15+15); 7. PAPALINI Lorenzo (ITA, TM) Pts. 27,000 (14+13); 8. STAAB Marie Louise (GER, Husqvarna) Pts. 25,000 (13+12); 9. DELONG Alexis (FRA, TM) Pts. 14,000 (0+14).


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