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Cook and Van Eerde secure career best grid spots in Estoril

6 Jul 2020

The Brit and the Australian will start Sunday’s season-opener from 12th and 15th respectively

Britain’s Max Cook leads the Junior Talent Team riders after qualifying at the opening round of the 2020 FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship at the Circuito do Estoril. The 17-year-old British Talent Team rider secured twelfth on the grid, less than half a second behind pole position, and will therefore start tomorrow’s 17-lap scrap from the fourth row of the grid for the first time in his FIM Moto3™ JWC career.

Asia Talent Team’s Billy Van Eerde also enjoyed a career best qualifying in the Portuguese sunshine and is a row further back in fifteenth place. On what is his first visit to the Estoril circuit after missing last year’s season-opener through injury, the former Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup Champion starts from the fifth row for the first time.

Also on his first visit to Estoril, British Talent Team’s Scott Ogden found four tenths of a second in the second qualifying session to move up to 17th on the timesheets. He was one of only seven riders out of a 34-strong grid to find improvements in the second session, which took place in much higher temperatures. Just one place and a tenth behind Ogden was FIM Moto3™ JWC debutant Takuma Matsuyama who, despite crashing during the first session, was able to find a lap good enough for the sixth row of the grid.

Sadly, the Junior Talent Team are without Thailand’s Tatchakorn Buasri and Indonesia’s Mario Aji for this opening weekend. However, the pair are hopeful of racing at round two at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão in six days’ time.

The sun is set to shine once again in Estoril tomorrow, with all four of the Junior Talent Team riders looking to be right in the mix. Don’t miss the first FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship race of 2020 tomorrow afternoon at 13:00 local time (GMT+1).