Hunter Su, the sole Chinese rider competing in the FIM Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship, continued his impressive series of improvements after qualifying for yesterday’s Portuguese round at Estoril, racing to a credible 23rd at the end of the inaugural race at the former GP venue.
Su, who has altered his riding style dramatically in a bid to be closer to the front had an up and down weekend, crashing twice during qualifying (once through no fault of his own) eventually qualifying 42nd on the ultra-competitive grid.
Hunter’s target for the race was simple… ‘stay on two wheels, learn as much as possible and try to improve on your personal best lap time.’
Often easier said than done Su accomplished all three objectives, returning to the pit box after the flag to congratulations from the team, with another Junior World Championship finish under his belt and a confidence to take to the next round at Jerez on the 17th September.
Hunter Su – 23rd:
“This past weekend in Estoril was very exciting. It was quite windy and the really tricky condition led to many crashes. My team worked hard all week and we made another big step on the set up of the bike which gave me a lot of confidence even under the windy conditions. Maybe a little too much confidence – I pushed too hard crashing out of both qualifying sessions. However I was able to qualify and race this time! The race was just crazy, almost half of the grid crashed out. I tried to squeeze in at the first corner, but I lost the pack trying to avoid the crashes in front of me. After seeing many riders out of the race, my goal was to concentrate and finish and in the end I finished 23rd. Another big learning curve, and I managed to improve a lot. Now it’s time to get back to hard training. Thanks again to all my sponsors, team, family and friends for the great support. See you all in Jerez after the summer break!”