A "perfect weekend" and ‘difficult’ race: WorldSSP300’s top two explain their French Round

Wednesday, 8 September 2021 13:38 GMT

Adrian Huertas and Tom Booth-Amos finished first and second in both races with Huertas claiming two victories in France

The Motul French Round proved to be a dramatic affair in the battle to be crowned Champion in the 2021 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship as Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) and Tom Booth-Amos (Fusport – RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki) battled it out at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours for both race victories and to gain ground in the fight for the Championship.

Spanish rider Huertas claimed two victories across the course of the French Round, both times beating Booth-Amos by less than a second at the end of the 13-lap encounters. It was a similar affair in Tissot Superpole too with Huertas claiming pole position ahead of Booth-Amos, with Huertas the only rider to lap under the 1’53s bracket. It means Huertas extended his Championship lead to 21 points with six races remaining.

Looking back on the weekend, Huertas said: “It was a perfect weekend. I was P1 in everything. It’s really good for me, for the Championship, for my morale and for everything. I’m really happy, I have to keep working. I think if the advantage is not more than 50 points, it’s not big enough. We have to keep working. I was very happy with my win in the first race. I was pushing constantly, but the second race was even more difficult. I had a problem with my clip-on, but the strategy on the last lap worked out well and eventually I managed to win again. I would like to thank the team for their hard work to achieve these results.”

Briton Booth-Amos was unable to cut the Championship lead over the course of the French Round and will be looking to change his fortunes, and the course of the Championship battle, at the next round at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. It’s a circuit he had success at in the 2020 campaign as he claimed his first WorldSSP300 victory there in Race 1.

He said after Race 2: “Another crazy in WorldSSP300. It was a difficult race, there were more riders in the group and with the temperature, I was struggling a little bit with the grip. Happy to come away with second and salvage some points for the Championship. The next three circuits are my favourites so I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to getting back to Barcelona.”

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