Sunday, 11 June, VIESTE (Italy): Mickael Poret celebrated his first Moto win in over a year and a first Grand Prix title since lifting his first world championship in 2010 following the dramatic disqualification of Quinten Bossche in Ski Moto2 at the UIM-ABP Aquabike Grand Prix of the Mediterranean.
Poret and Bossche traded places at the front early on, Poret losing the lead after the opening lap then getting it back before being passed by the young Belgian rider for the second time on lap three and trailing him to the chequered flag.
But the victory that would have given him his first Grand Prix title was short-lived with Bossche penalised and disqualified for cutting the course, handing the win and title to Poret. “I was not happy immediately after the race mainly because I did not ride well. Normally I like these conditions but I was not so good out there today,” said Mickael Poret. “I had a great fight with Quinten in really bad conditions and he was really flying. But I saw him miss the buoy so I didn’t bother to chase him and was more concentrated on not making a mistake and letting Maurin pass me. My last big win was very far away and to win again on the same day my sister wins to is fantastic.”
Raphael Maurin made it a France one-two with his best result from the opening rounds of the season and was unchallenged in second and secured his first podium, with 2015 world champion Kevin Reiterer ending his run of bad luck moving up from 12th to take third today and finally put some solid points on the board.
Defending champion Jeremy Poret struggled in the rough conditions but fourth place today after finishing in second in Moto1 put him on the podium in third overall.
Fifteen-year-old Estonian rider Marten Manni produced another impressive performance coming home in fifth with Stian Schjetlein in sixth.
After the opening two rounds, Jeremy Poret leads the title race with 78 points, 6 clear of Mickael Poret with Quinten Bossche in third on 66.