Brilliant podium for Isaac Viñales at Termas de Río Hondo
Isaac Vilañes’ performance during the weekend put him in the game for the podium, and the Husqvarna Factory LaGlisse rider didn’t waste his chances. Isaac scored his first podium of the season after an excellent race at Termas de Río Hondo, where he fought until the end to finish third.
Viñales led the race during the first steps, but Danny Kent’s fast pace allowed him to run away on his own. Isaac then stayed with the group that was fighting for the second place, where he battled strongly to finish in the top 3.
With this result, he broke Honda’s monopoly during the first two races, and climbs to the fifth position in the provisional World Championship classification with 33 points, as well as placing Husqvarna in the second place of the Constructor’s Championship.
On the opposite end of the scale, María Herrera wasn’t as lucky. The Toledan rider, who finished 14th during the warm-up, faced the race with the aim of fighting for the points, and made an excellent start, but she touched with another rider in the second turn, what led them both to a crash and ruined María’s objectives in this race.
In two weeks she will have the chance to recover at Jerez, a circuit that she knows very well. Both her and the Husqvarna Factory LaGlisse will arrive there very motivated after a good weeked at Termas de Río Hondo.
#32 Isaac Viñales – 3rd
“I am very happy. It was my turn to arrive in the podium after working so hard on the bike, that made it a bit hard at the beginning but keeps getting more comfortable in time. We keep feeling better and taking steps forward thanks to the factory and the team’s work. This podium is the result of that work. I tried to overtake Efrén in the last turn, but he closed the door and I wasn’t able to overtake him. This third place is a boost of energy in regards to Jerez, where we will be on top again if we keep working the same way”.
#6 María Herrera – DNF
“I made a good start and climbed to the sixteenth place. Today I could have been fighiting to be in the points. The crash was a shame, because a rider from far behind screwed it up in the second turn. Next race will be at Jerez, where I will arrive with a positive attitude, and I’m sure it will be better”.