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Preparations complete for UEM Road Racing European Championship at Albacete

Preparations complete for UEM Road Racing European Championship at Albacete

Riders from 25 countries will compete at the Albacete circuit in Spain this weekend where the latest UEM Road Racing European Championship will be held, with races in the 125GP/Moto3, Supersport and Superstock 1000 classes taking place.

The entry list stands at a total of 100 riders which includes amongst it riders from the Spanish, Italian, French, German and Dutch National Championships, as well as participants from the three main inter-regional European competitions; Alpe Adria, Scandinavian and Eastern Europe.

In 125GP/Moto3 there will be 36 riders going for glory as they look to succeed Maverick Viñales as European Champion. It will be a contest that will undoubtedly be focused on the main protagonists of the CEV Buckler (Spanish National Championship), led by the three Team CX Repsol riders managed by Emilio Alzamora. Alex Rins (who was third last year), Alex Márquez and Italian youngster Francesco Bagnaia will ride against the most promising talents from across Europe, amongst them the leading riders from the Italian National Championship (Niccolo Antonelli, Romano Fenati and Kevin Calia), the fast Czech Miroslav Popov and German Championship runner-up Luca Amato. The race will also see the international debut of the Moto3 bike developed by Sherco, which will be ridden by Alessio Cappella.

Riding amongst the 37 riders in a packed Supersport class, with a large presence of Nordic and Eastern European riders, will be Spaniard Jordi Torres, current leader of the CEV Buckler (Spanish National Championship) Moto2 category and now also a World Championship rider. Other riders such as Russel Gómez and Adrián Bonastre will also swap their usual Moto2 machines for Supersport spec bikes to compete, pitting their wits against the likes of Czech riders Igor Kalab and Karel Pesek who along with Swede Andreas Pfeiffer will be in the running for the junior title.

In the Superstock 1000 category Santiago Barragán is the only 2010 Champion to return and attempt to defend his title. His main rivals this year will be those against whom he battles in the CEV Buckler (Spanish National Championship) with the likes of Iván Silva, Enric Ferrer, Xavier del Amor and Kyle D. Smith also entered. The entry list for this class also includes names such as that of Frenchman Loris Baz, currently competing in the British Superbike series, and Dutchman Raymond Schouten who was third in last year’s European Championship Supersport race.

A total of six European television channels will broadcast the UEM Road Racing European Championship from Albacete this weekend. Teledeporte (Spain) will broadcast the 125GP/Moto3 and Superstock 1000 races live. Also broadcasting the event will be Eurosport UK, Sport TV (Portugal), RAI Sport (Italy), Nelonen (Finland) and Supersport (Albania), either live or with extended highlights. Additionally a Latvian television station will also be sending a crew to Albacete to follow the progress of rider Garijs Rozlalns.

The race schedule for Sunday is as follows (Spanish time):
11:00 Superstock 1000

12:15 125GP / Moto3

13:30 Supersport

Before the start of the 125GP/Moto3 race a tribute will be made to Santiago Herrero, who will have Turn 13 of the track named after him.

MotoGP, 2011

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