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Maiden win for Milko Potisek, Campano still leads the MX3 Championship

Published July 6th, 2010

Maiden win for Milko Potisek, Campano still leads the MX3 Championship - Photo 1 of 1LA BANEZA (SPAIN), 4 July 2010 – Another exciting FIM MX3 World Championship round was going on this weekend. La Baneza hosted eighth event of the 2010 season and the happiest rider was Milko Potisek (Honda) who took his first ever MX3 win.

The whole weekend in Spain was very hot and high temperatures made conditions more difficult. Spanish rider Carlos Campano (Team Yamaha Andalucia) came to his home round with the red plate and his expectations in front of Spanish fans were high. He started the day with the win in the first heat. Gregory Wicht (DB MX Team) from Switzerland took the holeshot in front of Alex Salvini (Husqvarna Cross 2 R) while Carlos Campano got stuck in the first corner. Campano made a great race. Spanish was unstoppable, he passed all riders and took a win. Wicht was leading till the moment when Campano passed him, then he lost positions and finished seventh. First heat was one of the worst this season for Salvini. After his successful start he started ride slower because he had problems with the bike and finished only twelfth. Second was Milko Potisek and third was Frantisek Smola (Motoman Team).

After the first heat Campano took a big advantage in front of Salvini in the Championship classification. He knew that Campano will be strong also in the second heat. Spanish fans were supporting Campano all around the track. But a big turnabout happened in the second part. First holeshot of Gregory Wicht looked like a surprise but Swiss rider took it also in the second heat. Wicht finished third. Alex Salvini and Carlos Campano passed Wicht, as many times this season they were fighting for the win again. A real drama started when a smoke was coming out from Yamaha of Campano in the middle of the race. Salvini finished a lap first and Campano did not come around, so it was clear that Campano finished the race somewhere on the track. Salvini took a big advantage in front of Milko Potisek. French rider was fast in both races and took two second places.

That was enough for the overall win and Potisek finished on the top for the first time. Second place was surprisingly taken by Frantisek Smola. Czech rider has not had top five result yet but this weekend he finished second only behind Potisek. Salvini was third. Top two riders Campano and Salvini both had problems with bikes so in the Championship Classification they are still very close. Campano is now leading only for a point. Zerava is third and Matevz Irt (Husqvarna Tecno B) fourth. Next weekend riders will compete in Orehova vas, Slovenia where Salvini already won in 2008.

RIDER’S COMMENTS

1st – MILKO POTISEK (France): “Today was a fantastic day for me. I won the MX3 World Championship round for the first time. In first heat I tried to follow Campano and Wicht and I finished second. Second heat was great again. When my sister wrote on the board that I am the overall winner if I will finish second it was so excited moment and I was pushing even more. I like this track, only the weather conditions were difficult. I ride a standard Honda bike and it was even more difficult.”

2nd – FRANTISEK SMOLA (Czech Republic): “I am happy for my first MX3 podium. Track was well prepared, I like this kind of tracks. Also hot weather did not make big problems to me. Mechanics made good job on the bike and everything was really perfect today. Past rounds in Czech Republic and Slovakia were like my home rounds and it was easier to prepare myself for the rest season.”

3rd – ALEX SALVINI (Italy): “This weekend was very strange. Yesterday I took the pole position, today I made two completely different heats. In first heat I had big problems with the bike which almost stopped and I had to ride slow because bike was not working well. In second heat I took a bad start, we had again some battles with Campano but then he had problems with the bike and did not finished. We will see what will happen in the future, I think it will still be exciting.”

RESULTS

First race top ten: 1. Carlos Campano Jiminez (ESP, Yamaha), 34:09.442; ; 2. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), +0:05.440; 3. Frantisek Smola (CZE, Suzuki), +0:13.542; 4. Matevz Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), +0:15.795; 5. Victor Dario Arco (ARG, Yamaha), +0:16.133; 6. Martin Zerava (CZE, Honda), +0:18.658; 7. Gregory Wicht (SUI, Honda), +0:23.990; 8. Petr Michalec (CZE, Honda), +0:29.955; 9. Raul Alvarez (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:49.345; 10. Javier Corrochano (ESP, Yamaha), +1:20.600

Second race top ten: 1. Alex Salvini (ITA, Husqvarna), 34:03.197; ; 2. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), +0:07.532; 3. Gregory Wicht (SUI, Honda), +0:12.939; 4. Martin Zerava (CZE, Honda), +0:16.990; 5. Victor Dario Arco (ARG, Yamaha), +0:26.594; 6. Frantisek Smola (CZE, Suzuki), +0:38.799; 7. Petr Michalec (CZE, Honda), +0:49.125; 8. Matevz Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), +1:00.001; 9. Raul Alvarez (ESP, Kawasaki), +1:18.486; 10. Javier Corrochano (ESP, Yamaha), +1:31.074

Overall results: 1. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), 44 points; 2. Frantisek Smola (CZE, Suzuki), 35 p.; 3. Alex Salvini (ITA, Husqvarna), 34 p.; 4. Gregory Wicht (SUI, Honda), 34 p.; 5. Martin Zerava (CZE, Honda), 33 p.; 6. Victor Dario Arco (ARG, Yamaha), 32 p.; 7. Matevz Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), 31 p.; 8. Carlos Campano Jiminez (ESP, Yamaha), 28 p.; 9. Petr Michalec (CZE, Honda), 27 p.; 10. Raul Alvarez (ESP, Kawasaki), 24 p

Championship classification: 1. Carlos Campano Jiminez (ESP, Yamaha), 346 points; 2. Alex Salvini (ITA, Husqvarna), 345 p.; 3. Martin Zerava (CZE, Honda), 258 p.; 4. Matevz Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), 249 p.; 5. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), 227 p.; 6. Victor Dario Arco (ARG, Yamaha), 197 p.; 7. Frantisek Smola (CZE, Suzuki), 153 p.; 8. Petr Michalec (CZE, Honda), 150 p.; 9. Gregory Wicht (SUI, Honda), 145 p.; 10. Christophe Martin (FRA, Husqvarna), 69 p


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