CEV Repsol Valencia: All titles still in play

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

After the tremendous finale of the MotoGP™ World Championship, this weekend the Valencia Circuit hosts the sixth race of the CEV Repsol season. The fight for the championship titles is intense with just days to go to the end of the 2013 season.

It’s not easy to predict what is going to happen in Moto3™. The marginal difference in points among the top positions occupied by Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM), Bryan Schouten (NED-FTR) and María Herrera (SPA-KTM) make it almost impossible to pick a clear candidate for the title. Everyone has the same chance, although with new rivals on the track and a double workload for everyone, because this weekend will see two races in the smallest category. As usual, many riders will be coming from beyond our borders, and the entry list is growing fast: so much so that a last chance race on Saturday at the end of the qualifying sessions is not being ruled out. We will see the return of CEV Repsol regular Livio Loi, fresh from his outstanding first full season in the World Championship. Likewise, IDM champion, Maximilian Kappler (GER-FTR ) and FSBK runner-up, Enzo Boulom (FRA-Honda) will be out to show their stuff against the best opponents of the CEV Repsol.

A similar situation presents itself in Moto2™: everything is up in the air. His latest results could tilt the balance in favour of Román Ramos (SPA-Ariane), current leader of the standings. But Alex Mariñelarena (SPA-Kalex) upset the Team Stratos rider in Navarre and could do it again if his recent injury allows, especially now that he has some laps of the World Championship under his belt. A few points behind comes Malay Hafizh Syahrin (MAL-Kalex), who after a brilliant season in this year’s CEV Repsol has confirmed his participation in the World Championship next year. The more than forty riders registered must also fight it out with FSBK third-place finisher in the Supersport class, Luke Mahias (FRA-Suter), who will be out to show off his riding skills on the Valencia track. In Superstock 600, both Miquel Pons (SPA-Yamaha) and Jorge Arroyo (SPA-Yamaha) are obvious candidates for the laurels if they can keep up their string of podium finishes.

After six races continuously leading the points table, home rider Xavier Forés (SPA-Ducati) will defend his first place in the championship 29 points ahead of closest rival Carmelo Morales (SPA-Kawasaki). Both the Castellar del Vallés rider and Iván Silva (SPA-BMW Motorrad), third in the ranking, will surely do their level best to stop him and finish out the season on the top rung of the podium. Kenny Noyes (USA-Suzuki) returns to the ranks of Team Suzuki Speed Racing, pulling out of Moto2 to sign up for the 1000cc category. The Spanish Privateers Stock Extreme Cup is led by Francisco Javier Alviz (SPA-Kawasaki).

Alexander Mateos still leads the Kawasaki Z Cup. Francisco J. Valera, in second place overall, has always given as good as he gets and ―mathematically at least― is still in the running for the title. The final race of the Cup will be this weekend in Valencia, so the title of Kawasaki Z Cup Champion 2013 will be decided in just a few days.

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