- Angel Piqueras will have a double chance to consolidate and extend his current advantage of 46 points leading the standings in the JuniorGP category.
- Due to an injury, he suffered training, Brian Uriarte will not be able to participate in the European Talent Cup test, where he is only one point away from the lead.
- Portimão presents itself as a great opportunity for the rest of the riders of the team to take a jump, in the form of a podium or points.
- “We have started the season very well and it is time to enjoy the results and continue in this line, without forgetting all the work and effort that have brought us here,” says Jaime Serrano, CEO of the team.
With the first half completed, the FIM JuniorGP World Championship arrives on July 1 and 2 at its equator at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (Portugal), in the first of the two tests that will take place this month. A date that Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 faces with a very significant baggage: it has been present on all the possible podiums (nine) with four different drivers.
In the JuniorGP category, the team seeks to extend the solid advantage achieved by Ángel Piqueras, who tops the ranking with 111 points, by 65 of his closest pursuer, Jacob Roulstone. Three victories in five races and full of podiums explain the good situation of the Valencian in the table.
For his part, Elia Bartolini wants to recover the good feelings of the first race played in Jerez, where he finished eighth, and he could not finish confirming in the second. Facundo Llambías and Alex Gourdon, who were not comfortable in Jerez, have worked to make a jump in the classification and win in confidence.
In the European Talent Cup, however, Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 will not be able to fight for the leader of the general classification. Santanderino Brian Uriarte, who is only one point away from the first classified, suffered an injury while training that will prevent him from competing this weekend in Portimão.
Instead, the rest of the team’s drivers will fight to be on the podium. Among them, Rico Salmela, third with 75 points. Although he could not climb to the podium in Jerez, the Finnish rider was very regular with a fifth and seventh position that confirm his evolution on top of the Honda. Hakim Danish, tenth in the general standings, hopes to make up for a bad weekend in Jerez, while Amanuel Brinton leaves with the aim of following his progress and adding more points.
“We have started the season very well, with an Angel Piqueras and a Brian Uriarte that have been spectacular. I think it’s a moment where we have to enjoy the results, without forgetting all the work and effort that have brought us here,” says Jaime Serrano, CEO of the team.
A line of opinion shared by the Team Manager, Kev Coghlan: “We are not going to invent anything new. We will continue with the same idea of work to continue adding successes, starting in Portimão, where we expect our drivers to make one more jump, either to climb the podium or to score points. We regret the injury of Brian Uriarte, who was in a great moment of form, and we hope that he recovers soon”.
The free practice on Thursday and Friday will be the prelude to the qualifying session, which will take place on Saturday from 10:00 CEST. With the starting grid decided, Sunday will start with the Last Chance of the ETC at 10:15h CEST. After that, the first JuniorGP test will arrive from 12:00 CEST, scheduled to 15 laps. At 14:00h CEST will be played the only round of the ETC, 14 laps, while immediately will start the second and last round of JuniorGP.
All the action of the weekend in Portimão can be followed live through the DAZN platform, as well as its channel in Movistar+, while Teledeporte will offer a comprehensive summary on Sunday afternoon.