The MIE Racing Althea Honda team and rider Takumi Takahashi have crossed the line fifteenth in the first of the weekend’s races at Motorland Aragón to score their first championship point of the season.
Following on from the morning’s third and final free practice, during which both riders improved on their best times of yesterday, the riders took to the track for the Superpole qualifying session. The brief session saw Takahashi record a fastest time of 1’52.445, while Gabellini’s best was a 1’52.601 set in the final stages. These results translated into an eighth row start respectively for the pair in the first of the weekend’s race.
The first of the weekend’s Superbike races got underway at 2pm local time. Both Takumi and Lorenzo held their starting positions off the line, gaining a position apiece on lap two to place twenty-first and twenty-second respectively. Continuing to gain ground over subsequent laps, the pair were lying seventeenth and eighteenth on lap eight. The second half of the race saw the Japanese rider move inside the points zone, lying fifteenth, a position he was able to hold to the line to score his first championship point of the season. Despite losing ground in the final stages, Gabellini was able to conclude today’s race in seventeenth position.