The first win of the 125 Gp race of the season was an ‘Indian’ one. Taking the win, former Italian champion Riccardo Moretti, who rode a solitary race from start to finish. The Moretti-Mahindra pairing reigned supreme, leaving no room for its rivals and demonstrating that it will be the team to beat this season. A long run completed with times around 2’01s allowed Moretti to build up a good sixteen second advantage over the course of thirteen laps, clear proof of the quality of the Indian project. Behind him were two promising youngsters, in the form of Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Andrea Mantovani. The two battled it out right down to the line but it was the former who crossed the line first. The 14 year old Tuscan rider, riding the Aprilia with Team O.R. By 2B Corse — Zack M closed just ahead of Mantovani (Aprilia), who did all he could to fight for second but had to be satisfied with an eventual third place finish.
It was a good race for his partner Sarath Kumar until he was unfortunately forced to an early retirement due to a technical issue. Sarath said, “It has been a very good experience for me, despite the technical problem that didn’t allow me to finish the race. I learned a lot, though. I didn’t get the perfect start but my race pace was not so bad. Next time I will do better, I’m sure.”