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Orellana Signs Off With European Junior victory at Magny-Cours

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Javier Orellana backed up last weekend‰Ûªs European Junior Cup championship victory at Jerez in Spain with a thrilling victory at the final round at the French circuit of Magny-Cours.

He was joined on the podium by two French riders Dorian Laville and Guillaume Raymond.

In a fantastic race with constant changes of leader and battles throughout the field, Orellana displayed the class that has taken him to five race victories in this season‰Ûªs European Junior Cup which is contested on identically-prepared Honda CBR650F machines.

The 18-year-old Spaniard experienced several problems in preparation for today‰Ûªs 10-lap race at the 4.411km Magny-Cours circuit and could qualify no higher than fifth but he used his four years of EJC experience to battle his two French rivals both of whom had started on the front row, with Raymond in pole position.

Also starting on the front row was Emanuele Pusceddu who ran off track whilst leading the closing stages after tangling with fellow Italian Alfonso Coppola. Pusceddu eventually finished just off the podium in fourth with promising youngster Paolo Grassia fifth and securing second place overall in the standings.

New Zealand‰Ûªs Avalon Biddle followed up her own victory in the inaugural Women‰Ûªs European Championship at Jerez last time out by taking her sixth win of the year to emphasise her own domination of the women‰Ûªs series.

"It was a perfect race after the disaster of Friday and Saturday." Orellana said. "I crashed on lap three of free practice and then I had a problem with the disk brake and couldn‰Ûªt do any laps.

"We had the rain on Saturday for qualifying when I had to push and then the race today was a big battle. We had a group along the big straight and I was fighting Pusceddu really hard. But it‰Ûªs been a great season for me with five victories out of eight, two other podiums and one zero.

"I want to say thank you to Gerry Bryce [series director], I‰Ûªve had four great years in this series and I have learned so much. I hope to be with him for some more years to come.

2015 Pata European Junior Cup, Round eight Results:
1 J Orellana (ESP)
2 D Laville (FRA)
3 G Raymond (FRA)
4 E Pusceddu (ITA)
5 P Grassia (ITA)
6 M Perez (ESP)
7 S Hill (GBR)
8 H Cabuk (TUR)
9 M Ciprietti (ITA)
10 S Wilford (GBR)

EJC Standings After Final Round:
1 Orellana 157 Pts
2 Grassia 101 Pts
3 Raymond 98 Pts
4 Pusceddu 90 Pts
5 Laville 79 Pts
6 de Gruttola 60 Pts
7 Soomer 59 Pts
8 Wilford 58 Pts
9 Coppola 57 Pts
10 Cabuk 46 Pts

FIM Europe Women‰Ûªs European Championship standings after final round:
1 Avalon Biddle (NZL) 166b Pts
2 Anastassia Kovalenko (EST) 112 Pts
3 Laura Rodrigues (SUI) 105 Pts
4 Viktoria Kis (HUN) 86 Pts
5 Charlie Oakland (GBR) 20 Pts

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