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FRANCE12.02.2014

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By finishing first and second in the Moto2 class of the French Grand Prix, Scott Redding and Mika Kallio have offered the Marc VDS team a unique twin-win. Due to success, the British rider had taken the lead in the overall standings.

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FRAThe races
Finishing first and second in the Moto2 French Grand Prix, Scott Redding and Mika Kallio flew the Elf flag high but not dry on the Le Mans circuit. The two men managed to stay on their bikes, unlike many of their opponents on a tricky track, and took the podium together. In MotoGP, Stefan Bradl had less success. Hampered by a steamed-up visor, the Honda LCR rider fell on the eighteenth lap when he was in sixth place. Fortunately, the German rider was able to finish the race and pick up the points for tenth place. In the Moto3 class, Livio Loi finished one place away from scoring a point in sixteenth position, while Jules Danilo, riding in his maiden Grand Prix, also fell because of a wet slick.

The championship
Marking his first win in Moto2 at Le Mans, Scott Redding also benefitted from the falls of Rabat and Espargaro to regain the pole position in the overall standings, this time with a comfortable lead of twenty-four points. Mika Kallio has moved up to third place. The six points picked up by Bradl at Le Mans means the Honda LCR rider has limited the loss. The German rider is still in eleventh position, close on the wheels of Iannone and Espargaro.

The background
This year, the Marc VDS team is giving a promising young French rider his chance. His name’s Jules Danilo and he’ll be riding three races in the Moto3 world championship. With a biking fan for a father, Jules began racing in motocross before changing gears, riding in the Minibike Academy in 2008 and winning the Junior Cup the following season. In 2010, the young Danilo finished 4th in the French 125cc championship despite two DNFs due to broken engines. Although he was making quick progress, the kid lost his footing the following year. While his brother won a place in the Rookies Cup, Jules seemed to be incapable of putting one foot in front of the other: “I was six seconds slower than my usual lap times; I just didn’t know how to ride a bike.” Happily, the creation of the Moto3 class allowed him to get back into his stride. “I immediately had a good feeling with the machine,” he says. French Vice-champion in 2012 with five wins and two falls, Jules also ranked tenth in the European Championship. This year, he’s aiming for the national title and a place in the top five in CEV. For the time being, he finished the first race of the French championship in second place behind a certain Livio Loi. His maiden Grand Prix? “A great experience. I gained two seconds in Le Mans. The best riders are really fast, but I know I can reach their level. They brake later and accelerate earlier. One of these days, I’ll succeed in doing the same.”

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