Japanese rider fastest in qualifying as he gears up to get his Championship challenge back on track
Yuki Kunii will start from pole for Round 2 of the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship, putting the Junior Talent Team in a prime position for a push for victory at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Kunii took three top fives at the venue last season and laid solid foundations for the Championship’s first visit to the track in 2019.
Qualifying at Valencia was under perfect blue skies – a big contrast to race day at Round 1 – maximising track time for the rookies in the ranks as well as allowing the likes of Kunii to hit the ground running. The next representative for the Junior Talent Team on the grid is an impressive debut for 2017 and 2018 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup runner up Haruki Noguchi as the Japanese rider, who missed Estoril due to injury, gets his 2019 campaign in gear from P15 on the grid.
‘Super’ Mario Aji is next up and the Indonesian will be looking to move forward from 22nd – especially after a P4 finish in Estoril as he mastered the difficult conditions. That’s also true of the man just behind him on the grid as Max Cook put the British Talent Team machine in P23. The Brit scored points in Round 1 and will want more of the same.
Reigning Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup Champion Bill Van Eerde, meanwhile, is the final JTT rider in P26. The Australian, who is another coming back from injury after sitting out Round 1, is on a learning curve as he makes his debut – and will be another on the hunt for big progress from the off.
There are two FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship races on the first visit of the year to Valencia – Race 1 gets underway at 11:00 (GMT +2), with Race 2 getting in gear at 14:00. Can Kunii take the JTT to the top step?