American Kensei Matsudaira Takes First Podium in Moto5 Class in Spanish Championship
June 18-19, 2022
In solely his second race within the class, 11-year-old Japanese-American Kensei Matsudaira took his first podium end within the Spanish Cuna de Campeones Moto5 championship on the Zuera Worldwide Circuit, in Zaragoza, Spain.
The qualifying periods had been held on Saturday, with Kensei attaining his finest qualifying end in Spain of fifth out of 19 riders, +0.6s from pole place.
In Race One, Kensei acquired an amazing begin from the second row and by the exit of the second nook was main the race. Kensei led the race for greater than half of the race whereas battling for place with the highest group of 4 riders. On the eighth, lap Kensei crashed in Flip Two whereas facet by facet with two different riders, leaving him unable to rejoin the race.
Repairs had been made to the bike and Kensei was in a position to get one other nice begin in Race Two, the place he was in a position to transfer up into second place and from there, fought with the identical high group of 4 riders till lastly taking the checkered flag in third place, seven seconds behind the race winner, one of the best end of Kensei’s Spanish racing profession.
“Truthfully, I felt that Race One was higher as a result of I felt so good on the bike and had a lot confidence with it, main the race and preventing for the win,” Kensei stated, after the races. “The DNF outcome was clearly tremendous disappointing, however it confirmed everybody together with myself that I can battle to win right here. Within the second race I didn’t fairly have the identical velocity and confidence. Ultimately I couldn’t sustain with the race winner, however I used to be nonetheless in a position to battle on the high and to lastly get a podium right here in Spain feels so good. I need to say an enormous thanks to my staff, JR and Juan who believed in me from after I first began in Spain and actually helped me to get right here at this time.”
Kensei now returns to the US to race at Spherical Two of the MotoAmerica Mini Cup by Motul championship, to be held June 24-25 on the Ridge Motorsports Park, in Shelton, Washington. He at present leads the 160 class championship and sits second within the 190 championship.
Spherical 3 of the Cuna de Campeones Moto 5 championship might be held at Kotarr Circuit in Burgos, Spain on July 17, 2022.
Kensei want to thank all of his sponsors for his or her help to assist him race each at residence and overseas:
American Racing Staff & Academy, Contemporary N Lean, Evike.com, Shoei Helmets, Dave Designs, AGV Sport, VNM Sport, D.I.D Chain, Galfer USA, Yoshimura R&D, Suspension Issues, TechSpec, The Beginning Grid, Moto Tecnica, Mad Labs Minimoto, 73 Moto Components, Bickle Racing, Vortex Racing, Landers Racing, Boyko Racing, Apex Racing Middle, Reside 100 Moto, DRT Racing, Karen E. Ott Images, Hans King, Moto Survival Faculty, California Superbike Faculty, and Toni Elias Faculty USA.
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