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Schrötter, Morales and Coghlan, European Champions 2009

Schrötter, Morales and Coghlan, European Champions 2009

An exciting day of racing at Albacete on Sunday saw Marcel Schrötter, Carmelo Morales and Kev Coghlan become European Champions.

Marcel Schrötter, Carmelo Morales and Kev Coghlan took the honours in the 125GP, Superstock1000 and Supersport classes respectively, in Sunday’s European Championship, after individual races in the three categories in front of a crowd of 12,000 fans at the Spanish track of Albacete.

In the 125GP contest it was expected that Schrötter (Honda) and Alberto Moncayo (Aprilia) would have a close battle but unfortunately Moncayo crashed on the first lap, leaving the German in the lead. It looked like Schrötter might then run away with a comfortable victory but Italian rider Alessandro Tonucci (Aprilia) put some pressure on him as he chased the leader by pushing to the limit. The pair were fighting for the lead but eventually an error from Tonucci saw him lose a few vital tenths of a second which proved crucial to Schrötter’s win.

There was a good duel for third place between Joan Perelló (Honda) and young Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil (Aprilia), with Joan Perelló ultimately securing the final podium spot by 0.42s.

Carmelo Morales (Yamaha) won a second consecutive European title in the Superstock 1000 class, taking victory in a race which he led from start to finish. The Spaniard only came under a brief threat with six laps to go as Bernat Martínez (Yamaha) pushed at a rapid pace, lapping under the pole time, but Morales soon reacted and upped the rhythm himself to secure the win.

The podium was completed by the Italian champion Stefano Cruciani (Ducati), whilst the junior title went to another Italian Danillo Petrucci (Yamaha).

In the Supersport category, Scotsman Kev Coghlan (Honda) came out on top following a great race which ended with Javier Forés (Yamaha) and Adrián Bonastre (Yamaha) also on the podium. The trio exchanged passes as they contested the lead but Coghlan edged in front with three laps to go and held on to take the title. The junior Supersport crown went to Iván Moreno (Yamaha).

Next year’s edition of the European Championship will take place at Albacete on 24th October 2010.

For more information on the European Championship visit: www.europeanchamp.com

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MotoGP, 2009

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