10th in Valencia GP for Moto3 Rookie of the Year Alcoba, crash for Rodrigo
With one Grand Prix still to go, Jeremy Alcoba has become the rookie of the year of the Moto3 class in 2020 after a complicated race, in which he was able to brilliantly finish 10th courtesy of a late move on the experienced opponent McPhee. Despite the achievement, he would have liked to celebrate his birthday with a better race position.
With a tally of 71 points – 27 more than his rival in this special classification, Oncu – and only Portimao left on the calendar, the Spanish rider of Team Kömmerling Gresini Moto3 places a seal on a surely positive season, with fourth as a best result (San Marino) and two second row starts as best qualifying – something that should not be underestimated since Saturday afternoon is usually not Alcoba’s strongest part of the weekend.
Another round to forget, on the other hand, for Gabriel Rodrigo. The Argentine rider, who was taken out by Rossi yesterday in Q1 – a collision that relegated him on the last position of the grid – was putting together a great comeback, which unfortunately was brought to a premature end due to a crash at turn 14 ‘in partnership’ with Alonso Lopez. No points for the #2 rider, who will now try one last time to secure a strong result at Portimao, taking place in a week’s time.
JEREMY ALCOBA – ROOKIE OF YEAR:
“The rookie of the year title is surely a great result. In this moment I’m not happy at all as I wanted to enjoy a much better race… We worked very hard and this is a great result for both me and the team. We’ll start from here and very eager to race at Portimao, while for next year we know there’s a lot of work to do especially during qualifying, which has been quite a problem in 2020. I would like to thank the team who were always by my side.”
“We’re trying to find solutions in terms of engine performance in order to be quicker. Today the feeling was good but things went just like yesterday… I was hit by another rider and again it’s better to forget this weekend. What’s positive is that we’ve found an interesting solution and we hope we can finish this season with a good taste in my mouth at Portimao in a few days’ time.”