Tony Arbolino: 4 Laps from a Masterpiece

Published 05/06/2018, 11:53 AM EDT
Tony Arbolino leads a whole group of riders


Andalucia, Circuito de JerezAngel Nieto, the sun is high and the weather is great, a good weekend, with good times and a steady race pace. There were some problems in yesterday’s qualifying but everything looks promising for the race.

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The lights go off and Tony moves up from 21th position on the standing grid. At the end of the first lap he is running 14th and from that moment he begins his comeback…and what a comeback!!

On lap 5 Tony set his best lap time in the race, a 1’46.893, just 0.163 tenths of a second away from the fastest lap. From lap 7, the real show began, complete with braking and overtaking…third, first, second, fourth…Tony was really having fun!

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Tony Arbolino leads a whole group of riders

In the middle of the eighteenth lap, 4 laps from the finish, Tony was preparing to brake hard at turn 6. Unfortunately, Spanish rival Aron Canet triggered a multiple rider crash knocking out 3 riders, including Tony who was running second. He was in a prime position and ready to attack, 4 laps to the end.

A ‘dream race’ finished a few laps before the end, just when Tony had done a good job to recover important positions and lead a starring race.

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Tony Arbolino

Fortunately, Catalan rider Canet did not cause serious damage in the ‘strike’. Tony came out unharmed and with the knowledge of having battled with the leaders in all races…

“I’m happy….I’m happy because we’ve been strong for the whole weekend!
It was a shame for the qualification but I knew I could have been strong in the race, in fact, as soon as we started, I focused on my comeback and remained attached to the rider in front of me.

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This race did me good, for the morale, even if you can’t control what can happen behind you…but these are the races! The nice thing is that I have been in firsts positions in a lot of laps and this has definitely helped me a lot!
Before going home we go to do a test at Aragon, which will help us to understand few things, before going to Le Mans to finish this last part of the race….”

Arbolino alongside eventual race winner Philipp Oettl and chased by Enea Bastiannini, Marco Bezzecchi and Jorge Martin

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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