FIM MiniGP World Final: Race Report And Results From Valencia

FIM MiniGP World Final: Race Report And Results From Valencia

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Dorna:

Editorial Notes:

American Nathan Gouker finished fifth overall in the FIM MiniGP World Series 160cc Championship via a sixth-place finish in Race One, a fifth-place finish in Race Two, and a fourth-place finish in the Super Finale.

 

Nathan Gouker (47). Photo by Kohei Hirota.
Nathan Gouker (47). Photo by Kohei Hirota.

 

Americans Ryder Davis and Joshua Raymond placed fourth and 13th, respectively, overall in the FIM MiniGP World Series 190cc Championship. Davis got sixth in Race One, seventh in Race Two, and seventh in the Super Finale. Raymond took 12th in Race One, 11th in Race Two, and 10th in the Super Finale.

 

Ryder Davis (75). Photo by Kohei Hirota.
Ryder Davis (75). Photo by Kohei Hirota.

 

Joshua Raymond (76). Photo by Kohei Hirota.
Joshua Raymond (76). Photo by Kohei Hirota.

 

 

FIM MiniGP World Final: Malaysia and Spain take 2023 spoils

Qabil Irfan and Alvaro Lucas are crowned the 160cc and 190cc Champions at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo

Thursday, 23 November 2023

After a fantastic day of racing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, two new names have etched their name into the FIM MiniGP World Series Champions book – Malaysia’s Qabil Irfan in the 160cc class and Spain’s Alvaro Lucas in the new 190cc class. 

Having stuck in on pole position on Wednesday, Irfan was the rider to beat heading into Thursday’s races – and that’s exactly how it played out. Leading from start to finish, Irfan picked up Race 1 victory but Zaragoza made it hard work for the Malaysian as the duo crossed the finish line 0.1s apart. Starting from P8, Togashi produced a fine comeback ride to pick up a podium in P3. 

 

Qabil Irfan (35) leading a 160cc race Thursday in Valencia. Photo courtesy Dorna.
Qabil Irfan (35) leading a 160cc race Thursday in Valencia. Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

After being penalised for a technical infringement in qualifying, polesitter Lucas started Race 1 and 2 from P12. In the opening 190cc race of the day, early leader Izan Rodriguez crashed as compatriot Lucas carved his way through the field to take a memorable win. Italy’s Lorenzo Pritelli was just 0.1s away from a win in P2 with Ben Wiegner of MiniGP Austria completing the podium. 

 

Alvaro Lucas (72) leading a 190cc race Thursday in Valencia. Photo courtesy Dorna.
Alvaro Lucas (72) leading 190cc Race One Thursday in Valencia. Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

Less than a second split the top four across the line in the second 160cc race of the day but taking the flag first again was Irfan. Togashi again impressed to claim P2 as British rider Ethan Sparks picked up a hard-earned podium in third. 

After crashing in Race 1, Rodriguez bounced back in style to claim an important win in Race 2. Pritelli made it back-to-back second place finishes and was only 0.5s adrift from the winner as Edoardo Savino made it two Italians on the rostrum ahead of the Super Final. 

Irfan, starting from pole, knew that a P1 or P2 finish would hand him the 2023 160cc crown. Another pitch-perfect ride to victory unfolded as the #35 fended off the competition to win by 1.2s – a Thursday clean sweep! Togashi battled his way to P2 to hand the Japanese star the runners-up spot in the Championship, and a P3 for Zaragoza made sure the Spaniard took home third place honours. 

 

Qabil Irfan. Photo courtesy Dorna.
Qabil Irfan. Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

Having served his qualifying penalty, Lucas started from the front row in P2 sandwiched between polesitter Pritelli and the Italian’s teammate Savino. The race winner move came at Turn 1 as Lucas pinched P1 off the Italians with a clever switchback move, as drama unfolded behind. Pritelli crashed – and remounted – on Lap 1 while a few laps later, Rodriguez, 2022 160cc Champion Gabriel Vuono and Wiegner went down together at the final corner. In the end, Lucas dominated the Super Final to win his second race of the day and the title, as Savino and the recovering Pritelli picked up podiums – the latter ending the week as the 190cc runner-up, with Savino taking third overall. 

 

Alvaro Lucas. Photo courtesy Dorna.
Alvaro Lucas. Photo courtesy Dorna.

 

And with that, another FIM MiniGP World Series Final draws to a close. It was another brilliant few days in Valencia as we already look forward to next year’s event. 

About the FIM MiniGP World Series

The FIM MiniGP World Series began in 2021 and is designed as the first step on the Road to MotoGP™. There are three types of competition in the FIM MiniGP World Series: FIM MiniGP National Cup, organised by or through one FMN (national federation); FIM MiniGP Regional Cup, organised by or through various FMNs; FIM MiniGP Continental Cup, organised by or through a CONU (continental union).  

There are two classes Series can run: the 160cc class and the 190cc class. The latter debuted in 2023 for Series that have already run a 160cc competition. Riders are aged between 10 and 14 for the 160cc class and between 12 and 16 for the 190cc class. Each Series but must have a minimum of five events comprising 10 races and the top riders in each Series will then be invited to the World Final.  

The FIM MiniGP World Final sees the top riders from each Series compete over two days in Valencia ahead of the MotoGP™ season finale. As part of the Road to MotoGP™, there are opportunities up for grabs for riders to move up and further their careers. 

About the Road to MotoGP™

For more than two decades, Dorna Sports has invested in opening the doors to motorcycle racing, creating the Road to MotoGP™. Comprising initiatives all over the world providing millions of young riders the opportunity to excel, the Road to MotoGP™ is unrivalled in motorsport – opening doors, increasing access and racing towards global equality.  

The FIM MiniGP World Series is the first step on the Road to MotoGP™, in collaboration with the FIM and motorcycle federations and unions around the world. It’s the first global initiative in motorsport aimed at creating grassroots equality.

 

 

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