Mamola Podiums in Spain

Henny Ray Abrams | March 23, 2009

Dakota Mamola took a step toward emulating his father’s successful grand prix career with his first ever podium in a Catalan championship race in Montmelo, Spain.Racing for the second weekend in a row, Dakota, the 14-year-old son of four-time 500cc World Championship runner-up Randy Mamola, qualified seventh and finished third in the Pre-125 class of the Campionats de Catalunya de Motociclisme at the Circuito de Catalunya, site of the June Catalunya Grand Prix.

The young Mamola, seen here on the grid with team manager Emilio Alzamora, the former 125cc World Champion, races in two different championships. Last week in Castelloli, Spain he qualified 10th and finished fifth in the Mediterranean championship.Mamola rides a Metrakit Pre GP 125, powered by Husqvarna, for Team Monlau Competicion.Already Dakota has picked up sponsorship from Monster Energy, Arai helmets, and Alpinestars leathers.

Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor

Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.