The fifth round of 2019 Italian ELF CIV Moto3 Championship, hosted at Mugello Circuit, didn’t finish as planned for Team Leopard Junior Italia, as Joel Kelso and Matteo Ripamonti couldn’t achieve more than a 7th and 14th place in Race 2.
After starting from the front row, Kelso performed a good race in the leading group and he occasionally was first on mixed dry/wet conditions. The Australian could have grabbed another great result after ending Race 1 on the podium, but he was overtaken by some riders and during the very last lap, he went straight off the track following a contact with another rider. Kelso crossed the finish line In 7th place. Both the team and the rider are unsatisfied with this result and so they will work hard to be stronger in Vallelunga.
Race 2 in Mugello was a tough one for Matteo Ripamonti. The rider from Milan started 15th and his performance was affected by a sight issue in the first half of the race, as some filler lifted by riders in front of him temporarily gave him some trouble. Ripamonti later made up some positions until the final lap and so he finished 15th. The Italian finally ranked 14th, since a rider was penalized at the end of the race, but also in this case both the team and the rider are not happy, since it didn’t go as good as in Race 1.
Team Leopard Junior Italia hoped to finish the weekend on a high, following the great performance provided in Race 1, but bad luck came once again. Fortunately, the team will have one more chance in two weeks, when Vallelunga will host the final round of 2019 Italian ELF CIV Moto3 Championship.
Joel Kelso (#66 Honda NSF250RRW):
“The race was good until the contact. I was in the front group and I occasionally led the race. Unfortunately, I was hit by another rider during the last lap, at Turn 4, and so I went off the track. I’m a bit frustrated, because I feel I could have won the race. Anyway, we’ll come back stronger in Vallelunga!”
Matteo Ripamonti (#5 Honda NSF250RRW):
“The start was good, but a bunch of filler was lifted by other riders at the first corner and it nearly blinded me. I wasn’t in the best conditions in the first half of the race, so I couldn’t achieve the result I was hoping for. We’ll try again at the next round!”
Alessandro Tonucci (Team Manager Leopard Junior Italia):
“After the great results scored in Race 1 and the progress made by our riders during the weekend, we surely hoped for a better end. At the beginning I was happy with Joel’s performance, as he was managing the fight at best, but later he was overtaken by some riders and he never replied to such moves. Regardless of what happened during the final lap, Joel has lacked of aggressiveness since the start of the season and after this race, we’ll continue working on it, so that he improves under such aspect. For what concerns Ripamonti, the thing happened at the first corner affected the first half of the race and then, he didn’t manage to make up many positions. We’ll try to score some better results in Vallelunga!”