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The FIM CEV Repsol fires up its motors

The FIM CEV Repsol fires up its motors

The Portimao circuit will host the new Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and Superbike European Championship.

The waiting is over…. The FIM CEV Repsol season is set to blast off at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve this weekend, with the Portimao circuit hosting the new Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and Superbike European Championship categories.

There are many new riders in the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, and they are all avid for victory. With a void left by figures such as Fabio Quartararo, Jorge Navarro and María Herrera, it looks like it will be a season where everything is up for grabs – and note that only five riders in the Moto3™ Junior World Championship are 18 or over. Among those registered there are a substantial number of Asian riders, including the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup champion, Kaito Toba. And there is a whole array of very young Italian and Spanish riders who will be scrapping for victory with others from Belgium, Australia, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

There are good reasons for thinking that the premiere of the Moto2™ European Championship will provide plenty of excitement for fans everywhere: after all, nineteen countries are represented among the riders in this category. With the exit of last season’s top riders to the MotoGP™ World Championship the door is now open to thirty seven riders with everything to prove. At the controls of a Kalex, it may be Steven Odeendal’s (RSA-Kalex) year after visiting the podium on several occasions last season, though he will have to deal with a pack of eager young riders who are competing in the Moto2™ European Championship for the first time.

The Superbike European Championship will feature the unmistakable Kenny Noyes, reigning FIM CEV Repsol champion. The US rider, along with a couple of dozen adversaries, will be competing to figure in the brand new championship points table. Two experienced riders from last year will be here again:  the three times champion in this class, Carmelo Morales, this season riding a Yamaha, and Iván Silva, third place rider last season and this time again on a BMW. Robertino Pietri (VEZ-Yamaha) will be back, with a new team and machine. To make things even more competitive, this season all machines will be running on Michelin tyres. Privateer riders will again be able to fight for a place on the podium.

The race schedule for next Sunday’s races (GMT+1) is as follows:
11:00 Moto2™ (17 laps)
12:00 Superbike (17 laps)
13:00 Moto3™ (16 laps)
14:00 Moto2™ (17 laps)
15:00 Superbike (17 laps)
16:00 Kawasaki Z Cup (16 laps)

FIM CEV Repsol, 2015

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