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FIM CEV Repsol: Quartararo in Moto3™, Raffin in Moto2™ and Noyes in Superbike take victories at MotorLand Aragón

FIM CEV Repsol: Quartararo in Moto3™, Raffin in Moto2™ and Noyes in Superbike take victories at MotorLand Aragón

With clear skies and high temperatures, eight thousand fans have enjoyed a full day’s racing, with the French, Swiss and American national anthems being played, celebrating the wins of Quartararo in Moto3™, Raffin in Moto2™ and Noyes in Superbike.

In Moto3™, Navarro (SPA-Ioda-Honda) gave Quartararo (FRA-Honda) a run for his money.  Leaving the others behind early on, the two riders led the race without giving an inch. A few meters from the flag, when Navarro seemed certain to grab victory, the Frenchman sneaked past to finish in first place by just .029 of a second. There were plenty of contenders for third place: Hiroki Ono (JAP-TSR-Honda), Andrea Migno (ITA-Kalex), Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM), María Herrera (SPA-Honda) and Remy Gardner (USA-KTM) fought a spectacular extended battle in a continuous fight for the position with constant overtaking on both sides. The third slot on the podium finally went to Japanese rider Ono, which puts him in fifth position in the general standing. Fourth and fifth place were taken by Migno and Ramírez. Herrera gained ground steadily by judicious overtaking that earned her sixth position.

In the first Moto2 race, Jesko Raffin (SWI-Kalex) confirmed his good performance from the start, holding first position right from the beginning of the race. The Pons Racing rider rode very fast from start to finish, putting a good distance between him and his pursuers, leaving him to win comfortably. In second place came Alan Techer (FRA-Tech 3), who moved up from fifth riding smoothly and without mishaps. Behind him things were very different: there was an ongoing tussle between Edgar Pons (SPA-Kalex), Steven Odendaal (RSA-Speedup) and Florian Alt (GER-Kalex), lapping in this order almost from start to finish. The South African rider held back and took Pons’ measure lap after lap, then waited to the last moment to attack and nab third position. Ferrán Casas (SPA-Yamaha) finished top Superstock 600 rider.

The second Moto2 race was disputed over 14 laps, one less than scheduled, after a delay caused by mechanical problems suffered by several riders on the grid. Again, Raffin took off like a rocket, leading comfortably to the checkered flag. This will be young Raffin’s last podium celebrated without champagne, since his 18th birthday is in a few days time. Behind, Alan Techer and Edgar Pons were fighting for second place when they went down, leaving the way clear for another pair - Miroslav Popov (CZE-Suter) and Steven Odendaal – to continue the struggle. When they also crashed out, fortunately without serious consequences, Florian Alt found himself in the second position he had started out from on the grid, and which he held to the end. After beginning eighth on the grid, Xavi Vierge (SPA-Tech3), moved up to take the last slot on the podium. In Superstock 600 the quickest rider was once again Ferrán Casas.

Kenny Noyes (USA, Kawasaki) refused to let anyone unsettle him in Superbike. In the first race of the morning, demonstrating a clear superiority over his rivals from the outset, the PL Racing rider took a well-deserved first place. Carmelo Morales (SPA-Kawasaki) put in a great performance, starting from fourth position on the grid, but quickly moving up to second, and keeping up the pace to the finish line. Iván Silva (SPA-BMW) and Santi Barragán (SPA-Kawasaki) disputed third place, which was finally taken by the Team Stratos rider, finishing just over six seconds up on his rival. The winning privateer was Raul García (SPA-BMW).

The second Superbike race turned out rather differently, with the intense heat playing a part. Just away from the lights, Carmelo Morales went down, taking him out of the competition. Robertino Pietri (VEN-Kawasaki) and Dani Rivas (SPA-BMW) led away, though Rivas fell on the sixth lap, and then Kenny Noyes moved into the lead and held it for three-quarters of the race. Joining him on the podium beneath the Stars and Stripes were Pietri and Silva, who complained about the set-up of his bike. The first privateer rider this time round was Eeki Kuparinen (FIN-BMW).

The next round of the FIM CEV Repsol will take place at Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit on 21st and 22nd June, where the fourth meeting of the season will be held, with riders competing in the Moto3, Moto2-Superstock 600, Superbike-SBK privateer and Kawasaki Z Cup categories.

MotoGP, 2014

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