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Viñales, Coghlan and Forés successful at Albacete

Viñales, Coghlan and Forés successful at Albacete

The 2010 CEV Buckler delivered another intense programme of races in the second round at the Albacete circuit, in front of more than 9,000 spectators.

Maverick Viñales was triumphant in the 125GP race, finishing ahead of Portuguese rider Oliveira and Italian Tonucci. The latter, vice champion in the European category, led the race for four laps until Viñales upped his pace and took first position comfortably. Further back, Oliveira mounted a great comeback as he passed Pau Tortosa, Isaac Viñales and then Tonucci, even giving the impression he could challenge Maverick Viñales for the lead.

However, the Catalan rider had perfect control of the situation and set his fastest lap before crossing the finish line three seconds ahead of his Portuguese rival. Alex Rins, winner at Montmeló, managed sixth place. Viñales now leads the Championship standings with 45 points, one more than Oliveira and six more than Rins.

The Moto2 race was run in two parts. With the bikes lined up on the grid a fine rain began to fall, causing some incidents in the opening laps which included a fall for initial leader Xavier Simeón. That resulted in Race Direction making the decision to stop the race. At the restart, Coghlan set off on a fast pace from the start, ahead of De Gea, Hernández and Silva. Carmelo Morales, who was seventh fastest in the original race, passed his rivals one by one until he occupied first position. The classification was defined by the combination of the times from the two races, and Morales was second in the overall times despite crossing the finish line in first place, three-tenths off Coghlan who was the ultimate winner. Third place was taken by Dani Rivas, the leader of the Championship with 36 points, one more than Coghlan and Jordi Torres.

In the Stock Extreme category Santiago Barragán led the race on the first lap but Javier Forés and Xavier Del Amor stepped in to change the order at the front and repeat their duel from three weeks earlier at Montmeló. Mazuecos and Bonastre had an engrossing battle for fourth until the fall of the latter, which left Mazuecos to ride home and take the points.

Forés and Del Amor rode the whole race separated by only a few tenths but the Ducati was unable to make up the difference, with Barragán taking the final podium spot. Forés took his second victory and consolidated his leadership of the standings, which now sees him 18 points ahead of Barragán, the leading private rider in both the race and the Championship.

The next round of the CEV Buckler will be at Jerez on June 13th, with the fourth round on July 11th at Motorland Aragón. The Aragón date is the rescheduled one from October 3rd, with the change prompted so as not to coincide with the MotoGP round of the Grand Prix of Japan.

More information on the classifications can be found on the official website of the Championship:

MotoGP, 2010

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