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Álex Millán leapt up to 14th in the standings after narrowly missing out on the podium in his home round of the European Talent Cup in Barcelona last weekend. The Hawkers Karbium Aro Racing rider scored 13 points in the only European Talent Cup race of the weekend. He missed out on the podium by just 4 hundredths of a second. Coming into the weekend he had, surprisingly, only scored eight points from the opening four races.

In the first round at Estoril he took seven points in the second race. He finished ninth just beating Wilson Racing’s Fenton Seabright to the finish line. In the first race he had failed to finish suffering an electrical fault in the wet conditions.

Then in Valencia the 14-year-old endured a tough weekend, only coming away with a solitary point. In the first race at Valencia the roles were reversed when Millán finished just behind Seabright for 15th. In the second race he was down in 27th place.

Having qualified 16th in Valencia he got away poorly and found himself in the third group of riders. He was unable to get back to the leaders and crossed the fifteenth. In the second race things looked to have improved for Millán. He quickly made up several positions early on but all his hardwork was undone around 100 metres of the chequered flag. He was ninth going on to the final lap but a problem with the gearbox within sight of the flag meant he crossed the line in 27th place.

Millán’s return to the sharp-end of the race is no surprise. After all, he is a European Talent Cup race winner, taking victory last season in Albacete. I think we can expect to see more of the number 23 on or around the podium in the final six races of the season.