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A total of 128 riders will gather this weekend in Albacete for the fifth round of the CEV Buckler 2011 in the categories of 125GP/Moto3, Moto2, Kawasaki Ninja Cup and Stock Extreme. Following the summer break, this round will begin to define the Championship that, in all classes, is one of the tightest in recent years.
In the 125GP/Moto3 class, Alex Márquez looks set to make life difficult for his team-mate Alex Rins, who leads the overall standings 16 points ahead of Márquez. The latter's victory in the race at Albacete last July clearly demonstrated that Márquez is prepared to fight to recover points lost after his fall in Montmeló.
One rider who progresses each race is the third CatalunyaCaixa Repsol team member, young Italian Francesco Bagnaia, who scored his first podium at the July round in Albacete. Certainly not to be disregarded are riders such as Juanfran Guevara, Jorge Navarro, Italians Fenati and Antonelli and Australian Jack Miller, who no doubt will all be at the front of the pack.
This race will make history as it includes the first Moto3 entry in the CEV Buckler with the highly experienced Daniel Sáez piloting the machine.
Media attention will be focused on the Moto2 category this weekend, which features a remarkable 40 registered competitors. The overall ranking shows Carmelo Morales and Jordi Torres tied at the front with 90 points, although each of them arrive in Albacete with significant hand injuries due to falls suffered while contesting in the World Championship. How these injuries may affect their performance will be decided at the outcome of the race and possibly the Championship.
A major focus of attention will be the debut of Elena Rosell in the CEV Buckler Moto2 class. After a complicated premiere in the World Championship, Jorge Martínez Aspar outlined a plan to tackle a new opportunity in the upcoming Gran Premio de Aragón, but before that, Rosell will ride a Suter bike with the Laglisse team, though with an independent structure to that of Morales and Torres.
Another item of note in the Moto2 category is the return of Dani Rivas, who after starting the season in the Stock Extreme, will race in Albacete aboard an Ariane in Moto2 and is ready to fight with Iván Moreno, Isaac Viñales, Rusell Gómez and World Champion protagonists Tomoyoshi Koyama and Jake Gagne.
Before the CEV Buckler July round in Albacete, it seemed as though Santiago Barragán would win the Stock Extreme category well in advance, having dominated the first three rounds. But a crash left his advantage at zero and allowed Iván Silva, the winner of the event, to situate himself in a position that makes him an extremely tough competitor to beat.
To add to the competition, if possible, this race will be attended by Javier Forés, who returns to the class to defend the Championship title he won last year, and Julián Mazuecos, who joined the Kawasaki Palmeto team as replacement for Elena Rosell. Not to mention entrants Kyle Smith, Enrique Ferrer and Alejandro Mariñelarena, the recognized leader of the privateers.
In the Kawasaki Ninja Cup, the Albacete meet is the penultimate of the year and three riders arrive with the possibility for winning the title. The leader is Antonio Alarte, who despite having two wins in three races is only five points ahead of Adrià Araujo. 15 points behind Alarte is Miguel Poyatos, who has finished second in the last two races.
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