Wednesday, July 3


Kiwi pace-setter Jake Lewis was unlucky not to finish the PATA European Junior Cup race in Imola last Sunday after being taken out by a fellow rider.

The result sees Lewis slip back to fourth in the series standings though there is still only seven points between him and leader Guillaume Raymond.

The teenager from Rangiora, who made a great start to lead on the opening lap, was part of a tightly bunched leading group approached the final chicane just before half race distance when a light tap from Adrien Pittet was enough to send the double podium finisher to the ground and out of the race - and points.

“I was feeling really good and running in the front group," he told Kiwi Rider.  "I was running a comfortable pace, it was just unfortunate to be taken out by a rider who was getting a bit over excited.

"In terms of the championship we are still right in the mix so I just need to make sure I get a good result at Silverstone. I’d like to thank everyone for their help this weekend, there were still a lot of positives so I am looking forward to the next race.”

The race was won by pole man Guillaume Raymond of France from Richard Bodis after Michael Canducci and local rider Kevin Manfredi both went down at the final chicane.

Championship Standings after Imola:
1. Guillaume Raymond 48 points
2. Michael Canducci 46 points
3. Robin Anne 45 points
4. Jake Lewis 41 points
5. Augusto Fernandez 36 points
6. Peter Sebastyen 35 points