The CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Junior Team could not have started the season in better shape. After taking the first victory of the season, the second of his career in the CEV, Alex Rins has completed a perfect weekend on the Andalusian track in Jerez de la Frontera. His teammate Alex Marquez, who started from second on the grid, did not want to be outdone and also stepped on the podium for the first time with second place at Jerez. The third member of the team led by Emilio Alzamora, Italian “Pecco” Bangaia, did a brilliant job in his very first race as well, taking seventh.
Rins, who started from pole, did not let anything or anyone snatch away his deserved crown. Leading the race from start to finish and at a very consistent pace the CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider took his first victory of the season which puts him in the lead of general classification of the championship. His teammate Alex Marquez, defending his second place very intelligently, stepped on the podium for the first time in a CEV race despite the high pressure of his rivals behind him.
ALEX RINS: “I had a good start, I managed to keep a good pace and finally I finished first. From the beginning I was running at a pretty high rhythm and I could keep it up until the end of the race. I was very comfortable on the bike which allowed me to escape and win. I have to thank the team and the sponsors who helped me with everything.”
ALEX MARQUEZ: “This was a very fun and difficult race. I’ve started really bad, but I could recover little by little. At the beginning I was passed by Romano Fenati who had a very strong pace, but later he went slower and I could catch up with him again until I overtook him and then could ride on my own. Towards the end of the race Jorge Navarro came closer, running a very high rhythm, but I could pull some gaps in the final lap and he couldn’t pass me. I dedicate this podium to the team, because they deserve it and have worked very well this weekend.”
Emilio Alzamora, Junior Team Manager Team Repsol CatalunyaCaixa:
“We are very satisfied. The balance of the weekend is very positive. Given their youth, both Alex Rins and Alex Marquez rode with some very interesting laptimes and both did a great race. Today Rins managed to deal with the pressure of leading a race and that is a very important point to consider. For his part, Alex Marquez has been very clever and despite the strong pressure from his opponents he managed very well to withstand all attacks. The team has done a great job, I congratulate them.”
Source: CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Team
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