Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA-Husqvarna) in Moto3™, Ricky Cardús (SPA-Transfiormers) and Remy Gardner (AUS-Kalex) in Moto2™, and Carmelo Morales (SPA-Yamaha) in Superbike notched up victories in their respective categories in the fourth round of the FIM CEV Repsol this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
After the different warm-ups, the FIM CEV Repsol paddock and the 15,000 fans who gathered at the Catalan track joined together in an emotional minute’s silence in memory of Luis Salom, who died in last week’s GP Monster Energy de Catalunya.
In the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA Husqvarna), had the best pace in the category during the weekend, and took his second victory of the season in the first Moto3™ race, which had first been suspended in the early stages after a fall by Andy Farid Izdihar (INA-Honda) on turn five.
The shortened race was resumed over 10 laps. This time Lorenzo Dalla Porta had a good start and joined the leading group along with the three Asia Talent Team riders and Alonso López (SPA-Honda).
When Narakin Atiraphuvapat (THA-Honda) went down Lorenzo Dalla Porta took the opportunity to pull clear of Alonso López and Kaito Toba, who were being chased by Ayumu Sasaki (JPN-Honda) and Kazuki Masaki (JPN-Honda).
On the last lap Kaito Toba made a last ditch attempt to snatch second place from Alonso López in the final chicane but the Japanese rider slid off, leaving Ayumu Sasaki to take third position on the podium. Dalla Porta chalked up his second victory of the season and took his second Repsol free fuel cheque. In Moto3™ Production this time it was Héctor Garzo (SPA-Honda) who won the duel with Aleix Viu (SPA-Honda) in the tussle for first place.
The second Moto3™ race was cut short after a fall by Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM) brought out the red flag, leaving Lorenzo Dalla Porta to take his second win of the day. Albert Arenas (SPA-Mahindra) led early on but after a few laps was overtaken by Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Tony Arbolino (ITA-Honda), who pulled away.
The chasing group was formed by the MRW Mahindra Aspar Team rider, Kaito Toba and Alonso López, among others. The Japanese rider fell again, while Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM) managed to get in touch with the chasing pack. However, the Leopard Junior Stratos rider, who had finished in twelfth position in the first race, crashed out badly with three laps to go, bringing an end to the race.
Tony Arbolino, who in the first race had run off the track on the first lap, earned his first podium, to the delight of team SIC 58 Squadra Corse, run by Paolo Simoncelli, father of the late Marco Simoncelli. Albert Arenas took the third place on the podium.
In Moto3™ Production Héctor Garzo was again the fastest of the category and topped the podium where Lorenzo Dalla Porta had picked up his second Repsol free fuel cheque of the day.
The Italian is the new leader of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship rankings with 118 points, followed by Marcos Ramírez on 87 and Alonso López on 65.
In Moto2™, Ricky Cardús (SPA-Transfiormers) won an eventful Moto2™ European Championship race. Right from the lights Remy Gardner (AUS-Kalex), who was a wildcard rider in last weekend’s Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, took the lead and pulled clear in the first lap. Dimas Ekky (INA-Kalex) and Alan Techer (FRA-NTS NH-6) were involved in a fall, while Ricky Cardús, Eric Granado (BRA-Kalex), Steven Odendaal (RSA-Kalex) and Tetsuta Nagashima (JPN-Kalex) formed the chasing group.
Remy Gardner was forced out by a mechanical problem while he was clear leader and Ricky Cardús took over the front. Steven Odendaal also had to abandon the race with a puncture. Eric Granado finally ended up second followed by the Japanese Ajo Motorsport Academy rider.
Along with earning his Transfiormers team’s first victory in the Moto2™ European Championship, Ricky Cardús also won a Repsol free fuel cheque. In the 600 class a Honda won for the first time as Rafid Topan (INA-Honda) took victory.
In the second Moto2™ European Championship race, Remy Gardner redeemed himself by achieving his first win. The Australian took the lead from the start and held it to the flag, followed by Ricky Cardús and Steven Odendaal, whose position in the rankings improved today as Alan Techer’s first race fall meant he did not contest the second. Remy Gardner was awarded the Repsol free fuel cheque while Rafid Topan repeated his victory in Superstock 600.
Steven Odendaal is clear leader in Moto2™ with 111 points, followed by Alan Techer on 72, while Eric Granado is now third with 66 points, one more than Tetsuta Nagashima.
Carmelo Morales (SPA-Yamaha) achieved his third consecutive victory in a Superbike race which had to be suspended when Niko Mäkinen (FIN-Yamaha) had to leap from his bike at the end of the straight after it suffered a mechanical problem. In the first race, Ángel Rodriguez (SPA-Kawasaki) took the lead from the lights and pulled clear when Carmelo Morales had a poor start and Santiago Barragán (SPA-BMW) had to retire with mechanical problems.
The race was reduced to seven laps and this time Carmelo Morales started well, with Ángel Rodríguez sliding off on at the first corner. Maximilian Scheib (CHI-BMW), seemed to have made a slow start, but recovered to reach and overtake Alejandro Medina (SPA-Yamaha), who was in second place behind Carmelo Morales
The Laglisse and Targobank Easyrace SBK Team riders pulled away but began to play cat and mouse just before the start of the final lap, neither wanting to be in first position at the start of the last lap. Alejandro Medina came past and Carmelo Morales was pushed back to second. Then in the braking section at the end of the main straight the Catalan rider took back the lead and Maximilian Scheib finally managed to pass Medina, who was recovering from an injured left foot, on the last chicane.
The reigning Superbike European Championship champion was awarded the Repsol free fuel cheque. Óscar Climent (SPA-Yamaha) came in fourth just after the Leopard Yamaha Stratos rider and was the first privateer rider past the flag. Carmelo Morales took his third consecutive victory which makes up for the zero points he earned in Valencia after a puncture. He is now six points behind leader Maximilian Scheib.
In the Kawasaki Z Cup, Marc Cortell (SPA-Kawasaki), Eduard Rojas (SPA-Kawasaki) and Marc Guillamet (SPA-Kawasaki) climbed onto the podium in a race that was also cut short because of a red flag, this time on lap 12. With this victory, Marc Cortell is now the new leader of the KZC.
The next FIM CEV Repsol event – the fifth of the season – will take place in Albacete on July 2nd and 3rd.
The full races can be seen again here.
All the results and information about the championship are available on the official website: www.fimcevrepsol.com