Chinese teen Hunter Su created a little bit of history at the iconic 2.6 mile Le Mans circuit in France yesterday, becoming the first Chinese rider to finish a FIM Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship race.
Hunter who is campaigning the series with the Promoracing KTM squad is the first to admit that 2017 will be a tough and challenging season, but is also grabbing the opportunity with both hands, improving with each lap completed and the fact that he has been able to start AND finish such a prestigious race on only the second time of asking is satisfying for all concerned.
The second round of the FIM Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship was held alongside the French round of MotoGP allowing Hunter the opportunity to the race the same circuit at the same weekend as many of his racing icons.
Mixed conditions and a wet qualifying was another test for Su, with organisers Dorna giving him the nod to race much to the delight of the #2.
The race itself was a massive learning curve with Hunter controlling his nerves to ride a steady and competent race to finish 33rd at the flag.
“It was another wet one in France so I’m definitely gaining loads of experience in the rain racing in this Championship. Jumping straight into Qualifying and having to learn a new track at the same time with rain showers and even hail was something new though. I feel quite accomplished doing all that. As always, I had to ride harder and ever every time I went out, and I was able to end qualifying closer to he top guys than the last race. The sun came out for our race on Saturday and I made a good start but as I was trying to pass the rider in front me there was an incident. I had to almost stop to avoid it and I lost the pack. I ran the whole race pretty much by myself but I still enjoyed this track a whole lot. Thanks to all my sponsors, family and friends for the support. It’s been tough but that’s part of what keeps me going 100%!”