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Fenati, Silva and Torres: the new Road Racing European Champions

Fenati, Silva and Torres: the new Road Racing European Champions

Romano Fenati in 125GP/Moto3, Iván Silva in Superstock and Jordi Torres in Supersport were pronounced Road Racing European Champions today as they won their respective categories at the Circuito de Albacete in front of 13,000 spectators.

The 125GP/Moto3 class was dominated by Romano Fenati, the promising youngster from the Ezio Gianola directed Team Italy, who took pole, set the fastest lap of the race and clinched the victory. Other than the early stages when Alex Rins had the lead, the Italian led the way with a pace unmatchable by his rivals. Rins was running second, followed by Antonelli, Marquez and Bagnaia, although the latter two were taken down in the final stretch. Antonelli was dangerously close to passing Rins who ultimately held him off to snatch second place on the podium.

In the Superstock 1000 category, Iván Silva grabbed his first European title, ahead of his sometimes teammate Frenchman Loris Baz and Javier Forés. Forés took the early lead while Silva set out to hunt down the leader, bringing young Baz along on the chase. Silva gradually increased his pace, setting the only laps of the race under the 1’30” mark, overtaking Forés and maintaining his unmatched pace until to the checkered flag. The BMW rider was also unable to hold off Baz, who completed the double podium for the Kawasaki Palmeto team and also took the title in the junior category.

The clearest win of the morning fell to Jordi Torres, who dominated the Supersport race from start to finish and took his first European title. Outside of the first three turns, in which Russell Gómez looked like he might give Torres some trouble, Torres circulated alone in the lead despite his lack of experience in the Supersport category, being focused on the CEV Buckler and the World Championship Moto2 category. Behind Torres, Gómez retired from the race with a mechanical while running in second place with four laps remaining, leaving the fight for the podium between Danish rider Alex Schacht and the Dutchman Jos Van de Aa, with the Schacht getting the better of Van de As and taking his turn holding the junior European title.

In the morning, tribute to Santiago Herrero was paid in the form of naming Turn 13 after the great rider. The event was attended by family and friends of the late Herrero, as well as the presence of motorcycling names such as Ángel Nieto, Aspar, Herri Torrontegui and Julián Simón.

The next edition of the UEM Road Racing European Championship will take place on October 7, 2012, again at the Circuit de Albacete.

MotoGP, 2011

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