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bLU cRU Rider Orradre Storms From Last to Sixth in Race 1 at Aragón

bLU cRU Rider Orradre Storms From Last to Sixth in Race 1 at Aragón

After starting from the back of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship grid in Race 1 at Aragón, Yamaha MS Racing WorldSSP300 Supported Team’s Unai Orradre finished as the lead bLU cRU rider with a breath-taking charge to sixth, keeping his title hopes alive.

Orradre had initially qualified in sixth place in the Superpole, but was demoted to the back of the grid due to a tyre pressure infringement. The Spaniard climbed the order and by lap four was already in the points-paying places and less than three seconds from the podium positions. 

Over the second half of the 10-lap race, the 16-year-old continued to pick off those ahead and eventually finished just 0.618s from second in sixth. The result means Orradre maintains third in the standings, just nine points of the championship leader. 

Behind, Yamaha MS Racing’s 2020 rookie Alan Kroh was another high-climber, as he continued to improve through Saturday’s sessions. Having missed out on a top 30 spot, Kroh was entered into the Last Chance Race, where he took a promising victory. 

From 27th on the grid, the German made 14 places on the opening two laps before settling into the frenetic midfield battle. Over the final three laps, 16-year-old Kroh made further gains and crossed the line in 11th to pick up his first WorldSSP300 points. 

For the other bLU cRU riders, various incidents ended their chances of a strong finish today. Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300 Supported Team’s Alvaro Diaz was another who had made it through the Last Chance Race and started on the back row. The Spaniard was making headway, but an early crash meant he could only manage 24th at the finish. 

His Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha teammate, Bahattin Sofuoğlu, was fighting in the lead group having started from 10th and set a new race lap record on the fourth tour, but the 17-year-old was involved in an incident which saw him retire from the race. 

Yamaha MS Racing’s Ton Kawakami, who was the highest-placed bLU cRU rider in the Superpole, qualifying a season-best third, was also involved in an incident that saw him pick up an unfortunate DNF for the second consecutive race while battling for a podium. 

For full Race 1 results, click here.