Debutant Kavin Quintal gets top-10 finish at FIM Junior GP

Chennai, May 7 (UNI) Ace Indian rider Kavin Quintal made a stunning debut in the 2024 FIM JuniorGP World Championship taking a top-10 finish in the Stk European class in Round-2 at the Circuito do Estoril, Portugal.

Reports received here on Tuesday said starting from 30th position, after a fall in the qualies, Kavin moved up to P19 by the time rain stopped the race.

Later, he navigated the wet conditions with ease, to overtake many bikes and finished 9th, among 32 riders.

The Stock race is a stepping stone for Moto2 and JuniorGP World Championship, which acts as a feeder to FIM Moto3 World Championship.

The 18-year-old from Chennai, representing Fifty Motorsport team, clocked 23:19.001 for the 11 laps and clocked a top speed of 219.4kph. Adrian Rodriguez of Spain won the race.

Kavin, made his debut as a 13-year old in the fmsci Motorcycle Nationals in 2018 and was picked up in the top-eight for the 2019 NSF250R talent cup, where Honda brought a Moto3 spec bike to India.

He won the Idemitsu Honda Talent Cup in 2021 and 2023 after finishing second in 2019 and 2020.

Kavin made his international debut in the Asia Talent Cup in 2020 and represented India twice in the Asian Road Racing Championships. Last year, he also won a race in his class in Round 3 of the Sunday Suzuak Road Racing Championship 2023.

“Riding here in Europe is a completely different ballgame. I am enjoying it and it is a big learning experience. I am happy with my ride and the way I managed to make it to P9 from P30,” said Kavin.

Kavin’s next race is Round 3 at Barcelona from May 16 to 19.

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