Despite the bad luck of Sunday, Dirk was again in the points on Saturday thanks to a 14th place
Before hosting the Moto3 World Championship next week, the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia hosted the final rounds of FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship. Three races scheduled between Saturday and Sunday put the final point of the 2021 season, crowning Izan Guevara as Moto3 Junior World Champion.
Dirk Geiger went back on track on Wednesday for the first free practice session. He had already the chance to get familiar with the track the previous week, on one-day test with his Cuna de Campeones PrüstelGP team.
On Friday, he got his best seasonal qualifying result, with a 16th place. Unfortunately, he got a 12 positions penalty who forced him to start from the 28th place of the grid. But the German rider found even more motivation and did an amazing come back, recovering 14th places. He ended the first race of the weekend in 14th place, repeating his best result from Aragon.
The first race on Sunday morning, scheduled at 11, had a bittersweet taste for Dirk Geiger. In the second half of the race, he was involved in a crash while he was fighting in the big front group. The crash of the morning compromised unfortunately also his second race of the day, when he wasn´t able to finish beyond a 21st place.
Dirk Geiger ends his first FIM CEV Moto3 season with 4 points and a 28th place in the final standings. PrüstelGP is satisfied with the work done by Dirk Geiger and the whole Cuna de Campeones PrüstelGP during this difficult 2020 season.
Dirk Geiger #60 P14, DNF and P21
I had immediately a very good feeling and the weekend started well. We improved step by step with the goal of reaching the front group. On Wednesday I did a really good laptime, we did some changes in order to fix all the small details and reach the prefect set-up. We improved also in Thursday. I am really happy with my performance in qualifying, I was pushing to the limit. I classified 16th for the starting grid, even if I got a penalty for the first race that forced me to start from 28th place. On Saturday I had a good feeling already from the Warm-Up and I felt ready for the race. Despite starting from 28th position, I felt even more motivated and I recovered many positions, I was fast and I finished 14th. On Sunday we did a good Warm-Up too, I was really focused also because I could start from the 16th place. The start was not the best, I start to recover positions and moved a bit forward. But unfortunately a rider in front of me crash and I couldn´t do nothing to avoid it. There were no big consequence but I had some headache that compromised also the second race of the afternoon. I tried to do my best but I couldn’t go beyond a 21st place, also due to a long-lap penalty. Even if I am not satisfied with the result, I am really happy with my performance. I proved to be fast and to be able to fight for the top-10, we improved a lot throughout this season. In the last races we were constantly in the top-15. I want to thank Cuna de Campeones and PrüstelGP for this opportunity, it was a great chance to learn in Moto3 Junior World Championship.
Steffen Rüdiger, Crew Chief
Dirk’s weekend has started well. With P16 and a time of 1.39.936 in qualifying he would have been 16th in the grid last year in World Championship .That shows the quality of the times he has ridden. However, due to too many slow sectors in Q2 he got a penalty of 12 grid positions. After starting from position 28 he started to catch up and was rewarded with P14 and 2 points, which made us optimistic for Sunday´s races. But after the crash of another rider, Dirk could not avoid in race 2 and crashed as well. In the 3rd and last race of the year, Dirk was not able to attack anymore due to severe headaches, which prevented a good result. All in all we are still satisfied because of the enormous improvement of this week, even if the race results are a bit distorted.
Pics by Paco Diaz