1-1 Result For Federici As He Moves To Within Twenty-Five Points Of The Leadership
RaceClaudio Federici was the star of the show in the Slovakian GP at the Orehova Vas circuit. Federici rode two excellent races to take the overall GP win which has strengthened his position in the World Championship standings to within twenty-five points of Alessio Chiodi. Eric Camerlengo also had a good weekend's racing as he finished both of the races in fourth and fifth respectively.
Claudio Federici was the star of the show in the Slovakian GP at the Orehova Vas circuit. Federici rode two excellent races to take the overall GP win which has strengthened his position in the World Championship standings to within twenty-five points of Alessio Chiodi. Eric Camerlengo also had a good weekend's racing as he finished both of the races in fourth and fifth respectively.
Qualification: In contrast to the previous week racing at the Austrian GP, the weather in Slovenia was very hot, posing a different question to the Yamaha riders. Camerlengo was the top Yamaha in qualifying group A, placing him in fourth with De Carli team-mate Luca Cherubini in eighth, one place ahead of Slovenian Yamaha rider Saso Kragelj. Federici was fifth fastest in group B, ahead of Carl Nunn and Erik Eggens who finished in seventh and eighth respectively.
Race one: The organisers graded the track after practice making the surface very fast, meaning anyone who got a bad start had very little chance of making up the ground. Federici brilliantly won the first race after leading from almost start to finish. He took the lead on lap one from Matthieu Lalloz who had taken the holeshot on his Yamaha. Federici then led the rest of the race from South African rider Grant Langston who held second place until a crash dropped him back to sixth. Federici was very upbeat after the race and commented, " It was not too difficult to win that race, once I was at the front leading I felt comfortable and relaxed. I am looking forward to the next race, hopefully I can take the overall GP win today ".
Federici's De Carli Yamaha team-mate, Camerlengo, had a great race after a good start. He moved up into fourth when Langston crashed, and the Italian held his position all the way to the finish line. Eggens followed up his fine result from the previous week racing in Austria with an eighth place finish after being as high as sixth at one stage of the race.
Nunn was having a solid ride in eleventh place when he unfortunately spun off on a corner, but battled back well to take fifteenth position at the finish line. One place behind the British Yamaha rider was Cherubini, who had a disappointing race but still managed to take two points in fourteenth to boost his Championship standing.
Race two: Federici again had another superb race to win race two after fighting off a challenge from Alessio Chiodi. Federici took the lead early on in the race but Chiodi came from third to pass Langston and then took the lead from Federici after twenty minutes. Chiodi then crashed twice in a desperate attempt to keep Federici at bay, which left the Yamaha rider in an excellent position to take a clear win. " I had a stomach pain after about 20 minutes in the second race. Chiodi then passed me but I battled back to take the overall win. I have to win in Switzerland, Germany and Croatia and then maybe I can become World Champion, " commented a positive Federici.
Both Camerlengo and Cherubini rode impressive races to take fifth and sixth respectively after a tight battle between the two. Nunn finished in seventeenth place after slipping off the track in the early stages whilst inside the top fifteen. He had to wait until the whole field had gone by before rejoining the race and was disappointed with his weekend's performance.
Team manager Claudio De Carli was encouraged by the weekends racing, " It was a very good day today for the team. I am happy with the riders, they all rode very well. The bikes worked really well and I am very happy that Federcici took six points off Chiodi. On the whole an excellent weekends racing."