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More history made as Maria Herrera wins CEV Repsol Moto3™ race in Navarra

More history made as Maria Herrera wins CEV Repsol Moto3™ race in Navarra

Ten thousand motorcycling fans came to the Circuito de Navarra to relish the victories of Herrera in Moto3™, Syahrin and Mariñelarena in Moto2™ and Forés in Stock Extreme.

Both fans and riders enjoyed the delightful summer weather and with the excitement of the CEV Repsol at its best this was a weekend to remember.

Moto3™ provided thrills from start to finish. During the first eight laps there were two races running simultaneously: María Herrera (SPA-KTM) led from Alejandro Medina (SPA-KTM) and teammate, Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM) as the first three riders. Behind them, the trio formed by Adrian Martín (SPA-Kalex-KTM), Remy Gardner (AUS-KTM) ―who led during the early stages of the race― and Jorge Navarro (SPA-MIR Racing) fought tooth and nail. On the ninth lap, Bryan Schouten (NED-FTR) joined the second trio which then moved up to the leading group and the final battle between the top five was played out. In the end, the heart-stopping last lap was decisive: Medina stole second from Ramírez a couple of corners before the finish line, while María Herrera effectively blocked his chances to get past, to win for the second time so far this season.

The first lap of the first race of Moto2 was breathtaking. Pole-position rider Román Ramos (SPA-Ariane) took off, followed by Jesko Raffin (SWI-Kalex) ―the pupil of Sito Pons― who started from fourth place on the grid, but before the end of the first lap Alex Mariñelarena (SPA-Kalex) took the lead. He then held to the halfway point of the 18-lap race when Hafizh Syahrin (MAL-Kalex) got down to business and pulled past to take the lead and in the end the race.

In the second Moto2 race, Ramos and Mariñelarena exchanged the leading position several times, always followed by the Malaysian Syahrin. Just when it seemed certain that Ramos would take the chequered flag first, the Targobank Motorsport rider snatched the top spot by a mere 0.024 seconds.

In Stock Extreme, Xavi Forés (SPA-Ducati) set a brutal pace, as he has so often done this season. A few laps from the start, the Valencian rider already held an apparently insurmountable four-second lead over his closest rival. Carmelo Morales (SPA-Kawasaki) and Iván Silva (SPA-BMW Motorrad) both had their work cut out, having to pull up from fifth and third place respectively. Both riders rode hard the whole race, overtaking each other again and again, and in the end even putting Forés under pressure, as the leading rider’s machine began to suffer mechanical problems a few meters from the flag. 

The next round of the CEV Repsol will take place at Valencia on 16th and 17th November, where the sixth round of the championship will be held.


MotoGP, 2013

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