Albacete: turning point in FIM CEV Repsol

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Next weekend the fifth event of the FIM CEV Repsol takes place at the Circuit of Albacete with races in Moto3™, Moto2™-Superstock 600 and Superbike – an event that may be crucial to the championship as the halfway point is passed.

One of the main talking points concerns the dominating presence of "The Devil" in Moto3. Everyone is wondering if the new French star - Fabio Quartararo (FRA-Honda) – will be able to keep up his streak of podium finishes. To date he has taken five first places from the six available. But what has been abundantly clear in recent races is that neither Jorge Navarro (SPA-Ioda) nor Hiroki Ono (JAP-TSR) will make things easy for him. Both are up for the challenge and will be trying their best to reduce the wide gap that separates them in the results table. Gabriel Rodrigo (SPA-KTM) and Andrea Migno (ITA-Kalex) complete the top five.

There is a similar situation in the Moto2-Superstock category: Jesko Raffin (SWI-Kalex) has been flying round the track and it looks like he is getting used to the top step of the podium. Although at the start of the season he didn’t seem to have a clear rival, in the course of the last couple of races, Florian Alt (GER-Kalex) has stepped up to take that role. In Albacete the two riders – who have given us some exciting tussles so far – will have the opportunity to add enough points to start dominating the category. More than twenty points behind, Sebastian Porto (ARG-Kalex Moto2) is in third place overall. As for the Superstock 600 category, Ferrán Casas (SPA-Yamaha) has started out strongly as shown by his three first places out of four. Thibaut Gourin (FRA- Yamaha) and Bertin Thibaut (FRA) are 19 and 24 points behind.

As for Superbike, few doubt that Kenny Noyes (USA-Kawasaki) has a very good chance of extending his winning streak now that Carmelo Morales (SPA-Kawasaki) - the only man able to snatch a victory from the four in play so far - will miss the race because of injuries sustained as a result of falling at Montmeló. Iván Silva (SPA-BMW), always looking for a win,  will do his best to stop him, as will Santiago Barragán (SPA-Kawasaki) and Robertino Pietri (VEN-Kawasaki), level on points overall. With 50 points in play in Albacete, the top riders in the category will be looking to consolidate their positions in the overall rankings. In the Superbike privateers category, Alejandro Esteban (SPA-Kawasaki), Eeki Kuparinen (FIM-BMW) and Fabien Parchard (FRA- Kawasaki) hold the top three positions in the result table.

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