CAMERLENGO JOY IN THE PORTUGUESE GP

Race

Eric Camerlengo gave Yamaha a second overall in the Portuguese Grand Prix at Agueda, by providing two solid performances in both races. Claudio Federici had a disappointing first race, but came back to take second place in race two after being in the lead for most of the race. Luca Cherubini had an ineffective weekend, however Yamaha rider Carl Nunn rode a great first race to finish in fifth, but suffered mixed fortunes in race two.

Eric Camerlengo gave Yamaha a second overall in the Portuguese Grand Prix at Agueda, by providing two solid performances in both races. Claudio Federici had a disappointing first race, but came back to take second place in race two after being in the lead for most of the race. Luca Cherubini had an ineffective weekend, however Yamaha rider Carl Nunn rode a great first race to finish in fifth, but suffered mixed fortunes in race two. Qualification: Federici took a good sixth place in qualifying which had just one group as only forty-five riders attended the Portuguese Grand Prix. His Yamaha team-mates Camerlengo and Cherubini were thirteenth and twenty-sixth respectively. This meant that Federici was crowded out by Husqvarna riders as Johnny Aubert and Alessio Chiodi filled the top two spots. Race one: Federici had a disappointing first race from the standard he has set over the past few weeks. He had a crash at the start which dropped him down into twentieth place, however he could not regain his position and at the end of the race, had to settle for tenth place. " I crashed at the start and this dropped me down a number of places. I tried to go ahead of the riders in front of me, but there were too many slow riders. I tried to push but I got arm pump. I felt that tenth place was good in the conditions, " Federici positively commented. Cherubini could only finish in twenty-fourth position and believed this was due to his Military Service that he is undertaking at the moment. " I find it hard to prepare now, as I am doing Military Service. I must stay at the barracks and it is difficult to get ready for the GPs. I only get permission to leave the country at the last minute and that is not very good for me. It is showing in my racing," a disheartened Cherubini said. Carl Nunn started brilliantly and was in the top three when he had an unfortunate incident. After the race he said, " I was riding well when the track marker tape got caught in my back wheel. I lost my back brake for a few laps, and that is when I lost ground on Camerlengo and James Dobb." He eventually finished the race in fifth position. Camerlengo provided Yamaha with a positive third place in the first race, and was very pleased with his performance which has boosted his points in the Championship Standings. Race two: This race saw Federici take the early lead, but World Championship rival Chiodi was close behind. Disappointingly Federici lost the lead but soon snatched it back. He stayed at the front from the half-hour mark, before Choidi made another move. " I made a good start," Federici commented. " Choidi passed me but I followed him and watched his lines. I passed him again, but he passed me with ten minutes left. I don't really like this track, it is too short between the corners. I am a tall rider and it is better for me if there is more space between the corners." Camerlengo rode another consistent race that provided him with second overall, and two places ahead of his team-mate Federici. " I am very happy. I am second overall in the GP and this gives me a boost for the next race. It is a long time since I was on the podium. There was a lot of dust for the second race, and that made it difficult. I do not really like the track here in Portugal," said Camerlengo. Both Cherubini and Nunn found this race a difficult one, and disappointingly finished in thirteenth and fifteenth place respectively. Claudio De Carli, of the Yamaha Racing Team De Carli, was pleased with the weekends results, however he would have preferred it if Federici had achieved a better result in the first race, as he would have been faster in the second race. " There were too many Husqvarnas near the front. Claudio needed some more help from his team-mates, if the were closer off the start it would have helped him considerably, " De Carli commented.