Dan Drayton crashes out in EJC finale
Dan Drayton failed to finish a European Junior Cup (EJC) race for the first time this season as he crashed out at Magny-Cours with less than two laps to go.
The Scunthorpe-based rider had a tough weekend, as he also came off during qualifying on the Honda CBR 650F in France, requiring 20 injections to get through the race on Sunday.
Despite this, Dan qualified in P23 and was picking his way through the field until the crash at Château d’Eau, turn 13 of Circuit de Nevers.
At the sharp end of the race there was further disappointment for a British rider as Josh Harland was forced to retire due to technical difficulties as he led the race after two laps.
It’s the second consecutive race that Josh has been forced out of a race whilst in contention due to technical issues and the York rider was visibly frustrated as he trundled into the pits.
Stefan Hill saved his best until last as the Brit finished in a season high seventh position after impressing throughout the weekend.
Orellana finishes season in style
Javier Orellana made it five wins from eight races in this year’s EJC after he benefited from a surprise fall from Alfonso Coppola with the final lap looming.
The young Italian crashed out on turn 12 of the penultimate lap with a first win of the season up for grabs but his misfortune was capitalised on by the newly crowned 2015 champ, Orellana.
First place flitted between Guillaume Raymond, Emanuele Pesceddu, Dorian Laville and Harland at different times throughout the race, however Orellana was always on the hunt.
And his triumph at Magny-Cours was enough to take his points tally for the season to 157.
That total is two more than last year’s champion Augusto Fernandez who managed to triumph in for the first time in the Super Stock 600 class this weekend as well.
Business as usual for Biddle
Avalon Biddle was the fastest female around Magny-Cours this weekend, finishing two places ahead of Laura Rodriguez.
The Kiwi rider finished the season in 23 place in the EJC overall.
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