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SPAIN12.02.2014

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MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 Spain

SPAIAnother podium for Redding
If Stefan Bradl and Mika Kallio got themselves trapped on the track in Jerez, Scott Redding took his second podium in a row by finishing second in the Spanish Grand Prix Moto2.

The races
It was a difficult weekend for Stefan Bradl. Right from the free practice sessions, the MotoGP rider of the Honda LCR team was faced with a lack of grip on the front wheel due to the combination of an overheated track and the flexible construction of his Bridgestone tires. “We’ve tried everything but failed to find a satisfactory solution,” regretted Christophe Bourguignon the evening of the free practice sessions. The result was Bradl fell in the fourth lap of the race, as he was moving up to seventh place. In Moto2, Mika Kallio also crashed as he attempted to overtake Aegerter for eighth position. In Moto3, Livio Loi caused a sensation by taking one point for fifteenth place in his first Grand Prix. Efren Vazquez meanwhile slid his Mahindra to eighth place while Miguel Oliveira finished sixteenth.

The championship
With two DNF in Qatar and Spain, Bradl is now in eleventh place in the MotoGP championship. In Moto2, Redding has left the leadership to Rabat, who won in Jerez, but only one small point separates the two riders. Kallio has slipped back to seventh position, the same place as Miguel Oliveira in the Moto3 championship. Efren Vazquez has moved up to tenth place while Livio Loi has joined the leaders in twentieth position.

The background
While it is obviously too early to say he’ll be following in the footsteps of Jorge Lorenzo who, like him, had to wait for the Spanish Grand Prix to make his debut in the World Championship, at just sixteen Livio Loi seems to have real potential and the solid kind of skills to have a great career ahead of him – and in the not too distant future. After dominating the Pocketbike championships in Belgium, the Netherlands and Europe for several seasons, the young rider of the Marc VDS team then shone brightly with a Honda NSR 100 in northern Europe and in Italy, the country of his paternal grandfather. “I was riding a motorbike before I knew how to ride a bicycle,” the kid seems to remember, whose hero is Valentino Rossi. Selected last year to take part in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, Livio quickly made his mark. Backed by the Michael Bartholemy team, he also made it three times to the podium. “I won one race, but I should also have won the last two if I had not had a technical problem,” he says with characteristic self-confidence. Today racing in the Grand Prix category at just sixteen, he doesn’t intend to put the cart before the horse: “I’ve a lot to learn this season. Moving from the Rookies Cup up to the Grand Prix is a big step. For the time being, the main problem is adjusting my bike: since I only weigh 57 kg with all the equipment, we’ve had to add twelve pounds of ballast to the bike. But machine isn’t designed for that. The bike is a bit heavy to handle in the bends.”

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