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Dalla Porta, Granado and Barragan on pole

Dalla Porta, Granado and Barragan on pole

Two riders start from pole for the first time, while Barragan returns with a bang

After two intense days of unofficial practices, enabling teams and riders to tune their machines, qualifying practices were held in bright sunshine and with ideal track conditions – they’ve thrown some light on the possible early favourites of the season. Dalla Porta will start from the pole position in the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, as will Granado in the Moto2™ European Championship and Barragán in the Superbike European Championship. The Kawasaki Z Cup opened today with Dani Carrau coming in victorious.

In the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA-Husqvarna) has continued the winning streak from last season. The Laglisse Academy rider debuted with a best lap of 1:40.275 on lap 15 of the first session, which earned him first position on the starting grid tomorrow. Asia Talent Team rider Kaito Toba (JPN-Honda) second in the grid posted a best time 81 hundredths slower than the pole position rider, and was the quickest in the second qualifying session. Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM) rode faster in the first session and takes third place on the front row of the grid. Among the Moto3™ Production riders, Aleix Viu (SPA-Honda) stood out. Everything suggests that the race tomorrow will be a tremendous battle, with the top 16 riders in today’s first session posting lap times within a second of each other.

The consistency of Promoracing rider Eric Granado (BRA-Kalex) on the Kalex last season seems to have come to fruition today as he chalked up the quickest time in both Moto2™ European Championship qualifying practice sessions today, albeit slightly faster in the second session. The same thing happened with the second and third placed riders Steven Odendaal (RSA-Kalex) and Tetsuta Nagashima (JPN-Kalex), who put up the second and third fastest laps respectively in both sessions. Behind them on the second row of the grid tomorrow will be some well-know faces: Alan Techer (FRA-TPro NTS), Remy Gardner (AUS-Honda-Kalex) and Federico Fuligni (ITA-Kalex). The fastest Superstock 600 rider was Jacopo Cretaro (ITA-Yamaha).

After a year’s absence from the championship, Santi Barragan (SPA-BMW), showed he was comfortable on his new BMW, setting the best time in the first Superbike European Championship qualifying practice session. During this session, teammate and renowned rookie from last season Maximilian Scheib (CHI-BMW) posted the second fastest lap, 293 thousandths slower. Alejandro Medina (SPA-Yamaha) was the third quickest in QP1. A few hours later, in the second session, Santi Barragan (SPA-BMW) showed his dominance, earning his first pole position of the season. Second slot on the grid will be occupied by defending champion Carmelo Morales (SPA-Yamaha), who waited until the second session to set his best time of 1:35.980. Maximilian Schreib (CHI-BMW) will start from third place on the grid. Among the privateer riders, Niko Mäkinen (FIM-Yamaha) stood out.

The podium of the Circuit of Valencia was occupied for the first time this new 2016 FIM CEV Repsol season by Daniel Carrau, rookie Marc Cortell and Francisco Javier Valera, who took first, second and third place respectively in the Kawasaki Z Cup. Tomorrow, the Kawasaki Z Cup riders will contest the second race of the weekend.

This Sunday’s race schedule is as follows:

Moto2™ (19 laps): 11h

Moto3™ (18 laps): 12h

Superbike (19 laps): 13h

Moto2™ (18 laps): 14h

Moto3™ (19 laps): 15h

As ever, entrance to the paddock will be free for the weekend. In addition, FIM CEV Repsol fans can pick up a pass on Sunday (from the security checkpoint at the main entrance of the Circuit) to join the Pit Lane walk that will take place before the start of racing.

All the races can be seen live on the Championship’s Youtube channel.

FIM CEV Repsol, 2016

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