American Kensi Matsudaira won the Spanish Moto5 championship
July 16-17, 2022
Japanese-American Kensei Matsudaira, 11, wins the Moto5 race on July 17, 2022 at the third round of the Cuna de Campeones Spanish Championship at the Circuit de Cotor in Burgos, Spain.
Despitesome technical issues during Saturday’s free practice, Kensei was able to secure his first front row start in the Spanish championship, finishing third in qualifying.
In the first race on Sunday, Kensei got off to a good start and entered the first group of three riders fighting for the win. From third place, he bided his time in the first half of the race and made his strides in the second half of the race, making his way into the lead for 10 of the 12 laps. He never looked back and took his first win in the Spanish National Championship.
The second race started similarly, with the top three riders pulling away from the rest of the grid to battle for the win. This time, Kensei worked his way into second position at the start of the second lap and battled to catch the race leader, but eventually finished the race in second place, just 1.0 seconds behind the race winner.
Kensei narrowly missed out on the fastest lap in the races by just 0.03 seconds in the first race and 0.004 seconds in the second race. After all, it was a double podium weekend for Kensei, who now sits second in the championship.
“It’s hard for me to find the right words, winning in Spain has always been a goal of course, but it seems so far away from when I first came to Spain three years ago and raced here for the first time and saw the level of competition,” Kensei said. after the race weekend. “I can hardly believe I’ve won but I’m so happy to be able to get this first win and hopefully there will be many more in the future!”
The fourth round of the Spanish Moto5 Cuna de Campeones Championship will be held at the As Pontes Circuit in Galicia, Spain on 13-14 August 2022.
Kensei will return to the US next weekend to race in the third round of the MotoAmerica Mini Cup by Motul Championship at the Pittsburgh International Raceway. He currently sits third in the Ohvale GP-0 160 class and leads the championship in the Ohvale GP-2 190 class.
Kensei would like to thank all of his sponsors for their support to help him race both at home and abroad:
American Racing Team & Academy, Fresh N Lean, Evike.com, Shoei Helmets, Dave Designs, AGV Sport, VNM Sport, DID Chain, Galfer USA, Yoshimura R&D, Suspension Matters, TechSpec, The Starting Grid, Moto Tecnica, Mad Labs Minimoto , 73 Moto Parts, Bickle Racing, Vortex Racing, Landers Racing, Boyko Racing, Apex Racing Center, Live 100 Moto, DRT Racing, Karen E. Ott Photography, Hans King, Moto Survival School, California Superbike School and Toni Elias School USA .