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Blog | Simon fighting technical problems in Le Mans CEV

Simon Danilo

Hey everyone!

Last weekend I was in Le Mans for the CEV race. I was expecting a lot from this race as it was in front of my home crowd and especially because I did good lap times during the test the week before.

We started off straight away with two qualifying sessions and unfortunately I only managed to do 4 flying laps in total. In the first qualifying I had an electronic problem, the engine wouldn't rev and in the second qualifying, my team fixed the problem and the bike was working very well but after 4 laps the engine blew up... I was really upset but I couldn't do anything about it.

After the engine problems in both qualifying sessions my team worked very hard to get the bike to work for the race.

Starting from 32nd on the grid I knew it would be a difficult race but I was sure I could catch up a lot of riders. At the start of the race, there was a serious incident involving 2 of my Red Bull Rookies Cup team mates, Makar and Enzo to whom I wish a speedy recovery. The race was re started for only 9 laps, this made it even more difficult for me to catch up. I got an average start but made my way through the field in the first few corners.

Every lap I was overtaking riders and I finally ended up gaining 16 positions which I was happy with, but also frustrated as with a better position on the grid I could of fought in the top 10.

Overall I was satisfied because my lap time wasn't too bad considering I only did 13 flying laps throughout the weekend. I also regained confidence after a difficult start to the season in Jerez.

Tuesday and Wednesday I will be in Aragon for the CEV pre-race test and on Thursday I will be in Mugello for the second race of the Red Bull Rookies Cup.

I can't wait to be in Mugello, I will try my hardest to do well.

See you all there! :)

Simon

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