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Kunii class of the field for pole in France

17 May 2019

Japanese rider puts the Junior Talent Team in the spotlight at Le Mans

Yuki Kunii will start the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ race at Le Mans from pole position, with the Junior Talent Team rider once again the class of the field on the biggest stage of the season; setting himself up for another attack on the win in style. It's his second pole of the season after he also started from the front at Valencia.
 
Next up for the JTT it's Mario Aji, with the Indonesian set to start in P16 and ready to fight for more points despite some tumbles at Le Mans. With the weather looking in doubt for Saturday, Aji could be one to watch if it rains, too, after he took fourth on his debut at a rain-soaked Estoril. Max Cook starts directly behind him in P19, just 0.004 off the row ahead, and he's got teammate Haruki Noguchi alongside him for company as the Japanese rider starts in 20th. It's only a handful of tenths covering a few rows in the incredibly tight midfield.
 
Reigning Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup Champion Bill Van Eerde, meanwhile, had a tough day at the office and starts on Row 12. After having missed the first round through injury and with the more limited track time of the weekend at Le Mans - and the race appearing quickly on the horizon on Saturday - the Australian will be focused on putting in the laps and adaptation.
 
So will it be wet or dry, rain or shine in France? Watch the Junior Talent Team race on the biggest stage of the season at 16:30 (GMT +2) on Saturday, with the single, 17-lap race making round three an everything or nothing!