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Rins, Torres, Forés and Menchén the winners at round one of 2010 CEV Buckler

Rins, Torres, Forés and Menchén the winners at round one of 2010 CEV Buckler

More than 20,000 spectators gathered at the Circuit de Catalunya for the start of the 2010 CEV Buckler on Sunday.

In the 125GP category a new star was unveiled in the shape of Spanish rider Alex Rins, who turned 14 last December. Riding in his first CEV race after making the minimum age for participation, Rins announced his arrival in real style by controlling the tempo of the race and finishing almost a full five seconds ahead of Miguel Oliveira and Maverick Viñales, both of whom have recently turned 15.

Viñales qualified in pole position but a bad start relegated him to eighth place, from where he mounted an admirable fight back. Rins rode in a group which included Oliveira, Ivan Maestro, Johnny Rosell and Isaac Viñales, until he decided to increase his pace on lap six when he put in a lap time which was faster than that which secured pole. This advantage, combined with the battle which ensued in the following pack, allowed Rins to open up a gap which in the end proved decisive as he took victory.

The debut of Moto2 also provided a spectacular race. The first moment of drama occurred on the starting grid, when the bike of Carmelo Morales would not start, and he joined the race from the Pit Lane when the pack had already completed half of the opening lap.

A rapid start from Jordi Torres, who was joined by his team-mate Dani Rivas and Colombian rider Yago Hernández saw a lot of skidding, especially from the latter which led to Hernández suffering a run-off that ended his chances of a podium. Behind, Ricard Cardús moved up to third, competing all the way to the finish line with Ivan Moreno who beat him by 47 thousandths of a second for third place, with Torres winning and Rivas coming second.

In the Stock Extreme race Xavier Forés and Javier del Amor were a step ahead of their rivals, maintaining a battle which lasted until Forés began to edge himself ahead little by little. Meanwhile, Enrique Rocamora rode a lonely race with Santiago Barragán and Hidalgo contesting a marvellous fight, but one which was far from the lead of the race.

On the last lap Del Amor ran out of petrol, handing the Motorrad team a one-two as Rocamora moved up to second behind eventual winner and team-mate Forés, with Barragán taking the third spot on the podium.

On his debut in the Kawasaki Ninja Cup, Adrián Menchén followed up the strong showings he had put in during the official tests and took a comfortable victory. Angel Molero and Alex Mariñelarena played out a tough dispute for the remaining two places on the podium, eventually won by Molero by a margin of seven hundredths of a second.

The second round of the 2010 CEV Buckler is scheduled for May 9th at the Albacete Circuit.

MotoGP, 2010

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