FIM Junior GP Round 1 Estoril

Sam Wilford’s First Race Weekend of the Season

He had his first race weekend of the 2023 season at Estoril, a track that holds both good and bad memories for him. Last year, he had the best race of the season, moving from the back of the grid to 5th place, but also experienced an accident that kept him out of action for four months.

The weekend started on a positive note!

Sam felt confident with the bike and the track, having had a test at Estoril the week prior to fine-tune the bike’s settings. During Friday’s free practice sessions, he finished both sessions in 9th position, with some adjustments to help improve in qualifying. However, despite the changes, he qualified in 15th place, falling short of my targeted position for the races.

Sam Wilford

The first race on Sunday was challenging. Sam struggled to maintain a grip on the bike and ultimately finished in 10th place. To address the issue, the team decided to switch out the rear shock for the second race, hoping to eliminate any problems with the bike. It was discovered that the shock was malfunctioning due to technical issues. With the other shock in place, Sam had a much better race, finishing in 8th place.

Looking back, the team believe that if we had found the issue sooner, he could have performed even better from Friday onwards. Nonetheless, the team are regrouping and shifting our focus to the next race weekend in Valencia.

Luckily despite the issues over the weekend we are still not far away from second place in the championship, and Sam feels with momentum over the next few races he can make a big jump forward in the classification.

Sam Wilford


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Let’s hear from Sam Wilford:

After a difficult qualifying session yesterday, we managed to save the day today. I look to improve in Valencia, hopefully that means starting from a better position on the grid, which will allow me to fight for better positions in the race.” 


Race Weekend Results:

FP1: 9th
FP2: 9th

Qualifying 1: 15th
Qualifying 2: 17th

Race 1: 10th
Race 2: 8th

Sam Wilford

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