Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Eropean Cup:
Bergamini does the Donington double in fourth round
At the fourth round of the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU Eropean Cup at the Donington Park circuit, Italy’s Devis Bergamini starred, winning both races to reignite his championship chances, as he now sits second in the standings.
Championship leader Enzo Valentim finished twice on the podium, alongside pole-sitter Andrea Pizzoli in Race 1 and fellow Brazilian Kevin Fontainha in Race 2, seeing him head into the second half of the season with a 26-point lead.
From second on the grid, Bergamini charged out front at the start of Saturday morning’s opening race, with Pizzoli slotting in behind. However, with eight riders having to take long lap penalties, the order was quickly mixed up and it was Australia’s Archie McDonald who hit the front.
Having served his penalty early on, Valentim was already back to the lead by the end of lap four, which he held for most of the race. However, on the final lap Bergamini managed to overtake the Brazilian and went on to take his second victory of the season.
Valentim held on for second, with Italy’s Pizzoli rounding out the top three. Indonesia’s Wahyu Nugroho was an impressive fourth from 16th on the grid, with McDonald scoring his best result of the season in fifth.
Fontainha ended the race in sixth, just 0.045s ahead of Thailand’s Krittapat Keankum, who scored his first points of the season. Poland’s Jurand Kusmierczyk was eighth, with Spain’s Carlos Gimenez and Brazil’s Gustavo Manso rounding out the top 10.
In Race 2, Pizzoli maintained his lead off the start, but as the race settled in quickly became a 12-rider battle for victory. Manso and Valentim also took turns out front throughout the early stages, before Bergamini made his move. With two laps to go, the #13 rider took the lead and defended valiantly on the final lap to take a second win of the weekend.
Fontainha was second for the fourth time this season, with Valentim scoring his sixth podium in third. Nurgoho and McDonald were fourth and fifth once again, with Kusmierczyk and Pizzoli both receiving penalties to be classified in sixth and seventh.
Brazil’s Eduardo Burr was eighth overall, with French youngster Clement Rouge and Gimenez ninth and 10th.