The young 16-year-old put on a strong display to achieve his first rostrum, whilst giving France just their second in the class!
Andy Verdoïa (BCD Yamaha MS Racing) took his first WorldSSP300 career podium at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” on Sunday, with a superb third place. The Frenchman was in the leading group for the entirety of the race, avoiding carnage on Lap 1 to remain upright and challenge for the race win.
Despite not leading over the line throughout the race, brief stints at the front gave Verdoïa a crucial and combative experience at the front, whilst other riders in the group tried their best to get ahead of him. The young Frenchman gave Yamaha their second podium of the WorldSSP300 season, although the Japanese marque is yet to achieve a race win in 2019.
“The race was incredible! I had so many overtakes with Ana Carrasco and Manuel Gonzalez and finally, on the last lap, we got overtaken and it was very difficult to catch Ana. Finally, I say ‘I will wait, I want the podium.’
“On the last corner, Gonzalez overtook Galang Hendra Pratama and I opened the gas and got the slipstream from Gonzalez and arrived on the podium! This is a good race result and good for the championship, and I hope to have more results like this and win at the next race!”
Verdoïa now heads to Donington Park, the scene of his WorldSSP300 debut in 2018. Having achieved a 12th after Tissot Superpole, he retired with a lap left and will be hoping to improve on that a year later. The Misano podium at which Verdoïa featured on was the youngest average age of a podium so far, ranking sixth of all-time in WorldSSP.
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