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FIM CEV Repsol: Sensational day’s racing in Navarra

FIM CEV Repsol: Sensational day’s racing in Navarra

There were sun and high temperatures for the more than ten thousand five hundred fans that came today to the Circuito de Navarra to watch the sixth round of the FIM CEV Repsol.

The chaotic Moto3™ race was stopped twice. Fabio Quartararo’s motor cut out on the grid, leading to the race start being reorganised and the race length shortened to 17 laps, with Quartararo being pushed back to the last slot on the grid. With the race finally underway, a spectacular fall by Remy Gardner after only a few corners forced the Race Direction to show the red flag. The Australian rider, despite having been thrown through the air and then run over by Gabriel Rodrigo, managed to limp off the track.

At 13:40 p.m. the Moto3 riders were back in their starting positions. The race length was halved, down to nine laps. With no time to lose, Fabio Quartararo (FRA-Honda) took off like a rocket, pulling out an insurmountable three seconds lead which he held to the finish line. Meanwhile, Jorge Navarro (SPA-Kalex-KTM) battled with Stefano Manzi (ITA-Mahindra) for second place, which finally went to the Spanish rider. Manzi was determined to hang on to his podium slot and fought an exciting duel with Nicolo Bulega (ITA-KTM) in a close final lap, before nerves go the better of him and he went down a couple of corners from the end, allowing his compatriot to take third place.

The opening event of the day was the first Moto2™ race, led by Jesko Raffin (SWI-Kalex) until the halfway point. With six laps remaining, Targobank riders Xavi Vierge (SPA-Tech3) and Alan Techer (FRA-Tech3) broke away from the leading group and finally passed the checkered flag in first and third position respectively, as Edgar Pons (SPA-Kalex) slipped in to grab second place in the final meters.

With the temperature climbing, the second Moto2 race began. Florian Alt (GER-Kalex) rode superbly to set a rapid pace, fighting to resist the constant threat of Jesko Raffin (SWI-Kalex), but a few meters from the line the Swiss rider managed to snatch victory with a neat move. The Stylobike Bohle Gruppe rider garnered a valuable second place that provided some consolation for his withdrawal early on in the first round with mechanical problems. Xavi Vierge (SPA-Tech 3), in third place, earned a well-deserved 16 points to place him fourth overall in the standings. Edgar Pons (SPA-Kalex) and Alan Techer (FRA-Tech3) were less fortunate: despite occupying leading positions they were guilty of a jump start, and so lost touch with the leading group when they were forced to detour via pit lane. Best Superstock 600 rider was Bertin Thibaut (FRA) in both races.

In Superbike, Carmelo Morales (SPA-Kawasaki) made an excellent start to take the lead after the first few corners. The pole position rider maintained his lead, riding alone from beginning to end, to take the honours. Behind, riders formed several small groups that fought to reduce the gap. Finally, Santi Barragán (SPA-Kawasaki) took second position, followed by Kenny Noyes (USA-Kawasaki), who earned third place by working his way steadily forwards. The outstanding Superbike privateer rider was Alejandro Esteban (SPA-Kawasaki). With his fifth place finish today, Iván Silva still heads the overall classification.

Twenty riders in the Kawasaki Z Cup went head to head over 17 laps, with Jose Jimenez, Joan Sandanyons – leader in the overall rankings - and Francisco Valera taking the podium positions.

The next round of the FIM CEV Repsol will take place at Circuito do Algarve on 1st and 2nd November, where the seventh meeting of the season will be held.

MotoGP, 2014

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