Paolo Grassia (Chiodo Moto Racing) has done it again: in what was the penultimate race of the Wil Sport European Junior Cup, powered by Honda, the young Italian rider claimed his second consecutive win in spectacular fashion, after successfully overtaking around the outside the championship leader and title rival Mika Perez (Granshagen Racing Team) at the very last turn before the chequered flag.
This amazing manoeuvre was the icing on the cake of a great recovery put into place by the 16-year-old from Santa Maria Capua Vetere, an Italian town located 30 km north of Naples: in only six laps, Grassia was able to bridge the two-second gap that separated him from Perez. Once locked together, the two riders put up a great show and crossed the line only 0.069s away from each other.
Hungary’s Richard Bodis (H-Moto Team) completed the podium in third place, ahead of Turkey’s Harun Cabuk (KNN54-TMF) and the two Italians of the SK-Racing Team Giuseppe De Gruttola and Alfonso Coppola. After retaining the FIM Europe Women’s Cup title last time out at Magny-Cours, Avalon Biddle headed her female rivals by finishing with an overall 17th position.
With only one race to go, Perez still holds a 20-point advantage over Grassia, with 25 points still to be awarded to the winner. Race two will get underway tomorrow at Jerez at 15:15 local time (GMT +2).