@finnmotorsports •(May 03, 2016)- Jonathan Finn began the 2016 Dodici Pollici MiniGP Italian Cup Championship with a strong effort. The Jaco’s Team Italian MiniGP rookie raced to 16th and 15th respectively in the weekends 2 races after qualifying 18th at the Circuito Internazionale South Milano in Ottobiano Italy in late April.
“I had a strong weekend at Ottobiano for the second round of the Dodici Pollici MiniGP Italian Cup,” said Finn. “I wanted to make the most of the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday to make the right changes to the bike setup for qualifying. Sunday morning’s qualifying session was a struggle for me. It was difficult to get a clear run without getting tangled up in traffic and that kept me from getting into a good rhythm and putting down a solid qualifying time.” Finn would end up qualifying in 18th position, which “was farther back on the grid then what I was hoping for.”
Finn had to fight his way forward during both of his races on Sunday from deep on the grid. “I made a mistake on the start of the first race causing me to head into the first corner back in 22nd position. I really had to put my head down and work my way through traffic. The riders over here in Italy are very fast and hard to pass.” Finn was able to work his way from 22nd to a 16th place finish in the first race.
“I knew I needed to get a better start in the second race if I was going have a better finish,” said Finn after the race. He got off the starting line strong and throughout the race was involved in tough battles for position, even having other riders make contact with him. “This level of competition is way above anything that I have experienced before, which is good for me. It is forcing me not to make mistakes and to be a faster rider.” Finn would cross the finish line in his second race in 15th place.
Jonathan Finn entered the Dodici Pollici MiniGP Italian Cup series after several national championship-winning seasons in Canada as well as strong wildcard entries in the United States and Italy. He is competing in his first full race season internationally to build on his experience as he works towards earning a place in the Junior World Championships.
Finn’s next race takes him to Busca, Italy and to the Circuito Internazionale di Cuneo where he and his team (Jaco’s Team) are looking to build on what were two very encouraging races at the Ottobiano. Finn heads into Busca 16th overall in the championship point standings having missed the opening round of the series in March.
Finn: “A huge thanks to my team (Jaco’s Team) for all of their hard work and patience. Of course I couldn’t do any of this without the help of all of my sponsors and family. I had a fantastic weekend and I’m excited to see what’s to come in the future.”
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