Ramírez, Odendaal, Scheib and Sardanyons take pole at final FIM CEV Repsol
Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM) earned his first pole position in the Moto3™ Junior World Championship when perhaps he needed it most: the Leopard Junior Stratos rider trails Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA-Husqvarna) by 14 points and the two riders will be battling for the title in the last two races of the season on Sunday. The rider from Conill de la Frontera posted a time of 1:39.489 that puts him at the front of the starting grid ahead of Karel Hanika (CZE-KTM), and Dalla Porta, who will set off from third slot. This last FIM CEV Repsol meeting of the season has 55 riders registered in Moto3™, forcing the organization to establish two groups for the qualifying sessions.
With the idea of allowing riders the best possible chance to get on the Moto3™ grid, a “Last Chance Race” was run over nine laps for the 13 riders who did not qualify for the race on Sunday. The reward for the first two finishers was to be on the provisional grid; in the end Anthony Groppi (ITA-KTM) and Joshua Owens (GBR-Kalex KTM) were able to take advantage of this additional opportunity to qualify for Sunday’s race.
Aleix Viu (SPA-Honda) was proclaimed champion of Moto3™ Production without actually riding in the last race. Neither Alex Viu as leader nor Héctor Garzó (SPA-Honda), his rival in the fight for the title, qualified for the race on Sunday – and in the “Last Chance Race” Aleix Viu finished third and Héctor Garzó fifth.
South African rider Steven Odendaal (RSA-Kalex) rode as champion of the Moto2™ European Championship to achieve his fourth pole of the season with a time of 1:35.724, sharing the front line of the grid with Tetsuta Nagashima (JPN-Kalex) and Alan Techer (FRA-NTS Tpro), who will be competing this Sunday for the runner-up position.
In Superstock 600, Borja Quero (SPA-Yamaha) was the quickest of the category and will start eighteenth on the grid.
Maximilian Scheib (CHI-BMW) took the last pole of the Superbike European Championship with a time of 1:35.553, ahead of Carmelo Morales (SPA-Yamaha) and Anthony Delhalle (FRA-Suzuki), repeating the front line of the Jerez grid. Behind them will be Alejandro Medina (SPA-Yamaha), Christophe Ponsson (FRA-Yamaha) and Niko Mäkinen (FIN-Yamaha). The Finnish Leopard Yamaha Stratos rider – already crowned champion Privateer in Jerez – classified as the best privateer rider.
In the Kawasaki Z Cup Joan Sardanyons earned first place on the grid for a race in which Marc Cortell (SPA-Kawasaki), leader in the overall standings will be fighting for the championship with Eduard Rojas (SPA-Kawasaki), seven points behind.
Sunday’s race schedule is as follows:
Moto3™ (18 laps): 11.00
Moto2™ (19 laps): 12.00
Superbike (19 laps): 13.00
Moto3™ (18 laps): 14.00
Kawasaki Z Cup (19 laps): 15.00
As usual, entrance to the paddock will be free to the public over the weekend. In addition, FIM CEV Repsol fans can pick up a pass on Sunday from 9.00 onwards (from the Repsol Hospitality suite) to join the Pit Lane walk that will start between 10.15 and 10.20 at the control tower.
In Spain, the races can be viewed live on the Movistar MotoGP™ channel which will broadcast all the races scheduled in the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and Superbike European Championship categories. BT Sports (Great Britain) and Eurosport via Eurosportplayer (France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands) also offer coverage of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and Superbike European Championship with live broadcasts of each of the races through their digital network. In Italy, Sky will broadcast live both of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship races and the Moto2™ European Championship race. In Chile the Chilean Olympic channel (CDO) will rebroadcast the Superbike race, while Band Sports (Brazil) will do the same with the Moto2™ race.
In addition, all the races can be seen live on the Championship’s Youtube channel, except in those countries where a TV broadcasts is available.
All the results and information about the Championship are on the official website: www.fimcevrepsol.com