More than 12 FIM CEV Repsol riders in the Moto2™ and Moto3™ categories have already taken part in a World Championship event this season, either as a wild card or temporarily replacing an injured rider.
Taking part in a World Championship race is an exceptional opportunity for FIM CEV Repsol riders to gain experience, raise their riding level and measure themselves against the best – and possibly even accomplish such feats as riders like Raúl Fernández (Angel Nieto Team), where at Sachsenring he replaced an injured Darryn Binder in the Red Bull KTM Ajo team and finished ninth in the race.
Seven Moto3™ Junior World Championship riders have been wild cards in one of the 12 Grands Prix, if we count the GoPro British Grand Prix where Tom Booth-Amos took part. The FIM CEV Repsol British Talent Team rider was about to make his debut in the World Championship with the Leopard but he only got to ride in the free practice, qualifying sessions and warm-up before the race was suspended.
Ai Ogura (Asia Talent Team) is the Moto3™ rider who has been a wild card most often this season, racing in Jerez, Assen, Sachsenring and Austria, with a fifteenth place in the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain as his best result. Jeremy Alcoba (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0) also premiered at the World Championship in Jerez but with less success as he failed to complete the first lap.
Guest riders usually take part in the Grand Prix of their home country and so this season we have seen Manuel Pagliani (Leopard) riding in Mugello, Filip Salac (Czech Talent Team Cuna de Campeones) in Brno and Ryan van de Lagemaat (Lagemaat Racing) in Assen, in addition to the aforementioned Jeremy Alcoba in Jerez and Tom Booth-Amos in Great Britain.
In Moto2™, Xavier Cardelús (Team Stylobike) already has raced six times in the Grand Prix this season. The Team Stylobike driver started in Jerez and has also ridden at Le Mans, Mugello, Sachsenring, Brno and Austria, not counting Britain. Twenty-second position in Jerez and Mugello are his best results.
Dimas Ekky Pratama (Astra Honda Racing Team) participated as a wild card in the Monster Energy Grand Prix of Catalunya, finishing twenty-fourth, while Corentin Perolari (Promoto Sport) was also twenty-fourth at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France. Another Moto2™ European Championship rider who has participated in various World Championship events is Héctor Garzó (Team Wimu CNS), riding with Tech3 Racing to replace the injured Remy Gardner. He has competed in the Red Bull Grand Prix of Spain, the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France and the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, with a twentieth position at Mugello as his best finish.
Special mention should be made of cases like Augusto Fernández, who has moved up this year from the Moto2™ EC to the World Championship to replace Hector Barberá in the Pons HP40 team, and the substitution of Stefano Nepa in Moto3™ by Makar Yurchenko of CIP Green Power. Vicente Pérez has also made the move to the World Championshhip, and we have already seen him occupying Livio Loi’s seat since the Grand Prix of Germany.
The FIM CEV Repsol is ready to kick off after the summer break and the next event will take place in Jerez on September 30.
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