PRESS RELEASE: ANDI GILANG TAKES FIRST TOP 5 FINISH IN JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AT ALBACETE

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Astra Honda Racing Team rider makes great comeback to finish 5th in the first race of the season. Dimas Ekky finishes 6th in the Moto2 European Championship race and claims 10 points.

Astra Honda Racing Team | Spain, Albacete Circuit | 04/30/2017

 

Andi Gilang and Dimas Ekky rounded off a positive weekend at Albacete with good results on raceday at the first round of the FIM CEV. After three days of practice amidst rainy and windy conditions, both riders took part in dry races. Gilang finished 5th -his best result thus far in the Moto3 Junior World Championship- and Dimas 6th in the Moto2 European Championship.

In Moto3, Andi Gilang had a great performance in dry conditions, taking his first Top 5 finish in the class. Despite a difficult start that saw him relegated to 16th place, the Astra Honda Racing Team rider steadily made his way back up the order. After reaching the Top 10 on Lap 5, Gilang finished excellently, leading his group and moving into fifth on the line. The result allows him to add 11 points to his tally in the overall standings.

The Moto2 race was a challenge for Dimas Ekky, starting from the front row for the first time in the FIM CEV. After a solid start, the Astra Honda Racing Team rider maintained third place on the first 6 laps. Despite suffering a knock to his right leg midway through the race, Dimas continued to fight to finish in sixth place and take his first 10 points of the year.

The next round of the FIM CEV will coincide with the MotoGP French Grand Prix. Only the Moto3 Junior World Championship will race at Le Mans, between May 19th and 20th.

 

QUOTES

“I am very happy with this result. I enjoyed the race a lot, I had a good pace and every lap was good. I lost a lot of places at the start and the front group broke away. I had to fight with other riders in my group, but little by little I was able to recover and finished fifth. We have taken some very important points for the championship; I’m looking forward to going to Le Mans for the next race.”

Andi Gilang | AHRT MOTO3 RIDER

 

“It was raining from Thursday to Saturday and we had a good setup for those conditions. But today the track was dry; We tried some things out in the warm-up, but we still had room for improvement. In the race, I was comfortable during the first four laps, but then I struggled to keep up. Besides that, I took a knock to my right leg in the middle of the race. My goal was to be on the podium, but finishing sixth and taking my first points is good. Thanks to the team for all their support; We will try to be better at the next round and we will work hard to be on the podium, because I think that it is possible.”

Dimas Ekky Pratama | AHRT MOTO2 RIDER

 

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