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).

Paolo Grassia

Paolo Grassia 84

I’m so happy with the win! The start was definitely not the best of my career and that allowed Mika to pull away. Once I moved up to second place I put my head down and did all the best to bridge the gap to the front. There was no way I would have gone down without a fight. I passed him ones but he was able to retake his position. Towards the end my chances were getting slimmer, but then I tried my last move and it went perfectly. I would like to thank my team and everyone who is supporting me. I will try to go for another win tomorrow, although I know the title will be a difficult one to win.

Chiodo Moto Racing
Gerry Bryce

Gerry Bryce

Series Director

It was an amazing race! It looked like Mika was going to make the break, get the win and seal the title, but Paolo Grassia made an amazing recovery and chipped away two seconds in a sort of seek-and-destroy mission. He caught him up with two laps to go and after that it was just great racing: two championship rivals swapping positions, corner after corner. At the last turn, Paolo just pulled off the most incredible pass around the outside to take the win by 69 thousandths of a second. I am looking forward to tomorrow, for what will be the championship decider!

WIL Sport European Junior Cup, powered by Honda
Round 7 – Spain

Circuito de Jerez, Spain

EJC 2016, Round 7

Sunny / Dry / 24
Saturday 15 Oct 2016, 16:05 UTC
  • Air Temp: 24°C
  • Humidity: 49%
  • Ground Temp: 38°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Paolo Grassia 84 ITA 25 Chiodo Moto Racing Honda 20'38.731
2 Mika Perez 8 SPA 20 Granshagen Racing Team Honda +0.067
3 Richard Bodis 94 HUN 16 H-Moto Team Honda +3.317
4 Harun Cabuk 54 TUR 13 KNN54 – TMF Honda +5.988
5 Giuseppe de Gruttola 95 ITA 11 SK-Racing Team Honda +6.112
6 Alfonso Coppola 15 ITA 10 Chiodo Moto Racing Honda +6.371
7 Ferran Hernandez 47 SPA 9 Honda Spain Honda +12.678
8 Troy Bezuidenhout 52 RSA 8 Into The Blue Diving – Costa del Sol Honda +12.992
9 Dorian Laville 59 FRA 7 Team LAVILLE Mi&Do Honda +13.073
10 Gabriel Noderer 17 GER 6 Noderer Racing Honda +24.366
11 Daniel Drayton 34 GBR 5 Team Bike Insurer/Drayton Racing Honda +28.273
12 Byron Bester 12 RSA 4 HI-TECH Racing Honda +30.764
13 Alex Murley 18 GBR 3 Alex Murley Racing Honda +35.837
14 Romain Lecarpentier 4 FRA 2 RPA Academy Honda +42.752
15 Michael Carbonera 48 ITA 1 SK-Racing Team Honda +43.250
16 Theo Clerc 14 SWI 0 Clerc Metal Honda +44.664
17 Avalon Biddle 21 NZL 0 Avalon Biddle Racing Honda +45.596
18 Ashton Yates USA 0 Yates Racing Honda +47.628
19 Dimitris Karakostas 45 GRE 0 Karakostas Honda Saracakis Honda +52.382
20 Charley Oakland 23 GBR 0 DF Racing Honda +58.875
21 Stacey Nesbitt 3 CAN 0 Statoni Racing Honda +1'01.520
22 Riccardo Picciuto 11 ITA 0 SK-Racing Team Honda +1'11 287
23 Nikos Karakostas 97 GRE 0 Karakostas Honda Saracakis Honda +1'11.352
24 Dean Gopher 19 ISR 0 Wolf Racing Team Honda +1'25.133
25 Kade Verwey 77 GBR 0 Team XG Group Honda +1'25.689
26 Furkan Eryilmaz 10 TUR 0 KNN54 – TMF Honda +1'32.527
27 Anastassia Kovalenko 2 EST 0 Vihur Motorsport Honda +1'43.417
28 Isaac Monica 93 GBR 0 FINS MOTORCYCLES Honda +1 Lap
29 Nicole Lynch 91 IRE 0 Medlar Racing Honda +1 Lap
NC Juan Carlos Cardenas 55 SPA 0 Cardenas Racing Team Honda DNF
NC Shane Richardson 28 NZL 0 WIL Sport Honda DNF
NC Asrin Pak 64 TUR 0 KNN54 – TMF Honda DNF
NC Connor London 9 NZL 0 WIL Sport Honda DNF
Rider Standings
Saturday, 15 Oct 2016 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Mika PEREZ 8 SPA 114 Granshagen Racing Team Honda
2 Paolo GRASSIA 84 ITA 105 Chiodo Moto Racing Honda
3 Dorian LAVILLE 59 FRA 73 Team LAVILLE Mi&Do Honda
4 Alfonso COPPOLA 15 ITA 72 Chiodo Moto Racing Honda
5 Hannes SOOMER 38 EST 71 Auto24Ring Honda
6 Richard BODIS 94 HUN 60 H-Moto Team Honda
7 Harun CABUK 54 TUR 49 KNN54 – TMF Honda
8 Gabriel NODERER 17 GER 36 Noderer Racing Honda
9 Troy BEZUIDENHOUT 52 RSA 35 Into The Blue Diving – Costa del Sol Honda
10 Daniel DRAYTON 34 GBR 31 Team Bike Insurer/Drayton Racing Honda
11 Giuseppe DE GRUTTOLA 95 ITA 26 SK-Racing Team Honda
12 Romain LECARPENTIER 4 FRA 26 RPA Academy Honda
13 Alex MURLEY 18 GBR 21 Alex Murley Racing Honda
14 Avalon BIDDLE 21 NZL 20 Avalon Biddle Racing Honda
15 Michael CARBONERA 48 ITA 19 SK-Racing Team Honda
16 Byron BESTER 12 RSA 19 HI-TECH Racing Honda
17 Dorren LOUREIRO 20 RSA 17 Family Fitness Racing Honda
18 Dimitris KARAKOSTAS 45 GRE 11 Karakostas Honda Saracakis Honda
19 Ferran HERNANDEZ 47 SPA 9 Honda Spain Honda
20 Theo CLERC 14 SWI 5 Clerc Metal Honda
21 Djim ULRICH 24 NDL 4 KNMV Honda
22 Antoine CHAPEAU 58 FRA 4 TEAM HOLIDAYS Honda
23 Asrin PAK 64 TUR 4 KNN54 – TMF Honda
24 Alessandro ZETTI 80 ITA 3 Fullgas Rider Park Honda
25 Connor LONDON 9 NZL 3 WIL Sport Honda
26 Korie MCGREEVY 78 IRE 2 IMR Automation Honda
27 Riccardo PICCIUTO 11 ITA 1 SK-Racing Team Honda