CEV Repsol, Round 4 – Albacete: Race reports
In front of a large crowd the fourth round of the CEV Repsol took place today at the Albacete circuit. With calm conditions and pleasant temperatures, more than thirteen thousand fans witnessed some superb performances from top Spanish and foreign riders.
In Moto3, after a hectic scramble for positions in the early laps, the leading group settled down and remained together almost to the end. Jorge Navarro (SPA-MIR Racing) set the pace in front until on the final lap second place rider Adrian Martín (SPA-Kalex-KTM) sneaked past to win. Martín, after failing to garner any points in the last two races, earned his second win of the season. The following three riders – Schouten (NED-FTR), Migno (ITA-FTR) and Gardner (AUS-KTM) – fought a gruelling battle throughout but it was Alexander Medina (SPA-KTM) who caught the eye, snatching an impressive third place on the podium after clawing his way up the field from a fourth row start. The award “One year’s free fuel” went to race winner Adrian Martín.
In Moto2 victory was determined in the early laps, with Román Ramos (SPA-Ariane) pushing on to build up an insuperable advantage. Behind him came Hafizh Syahrin (MAL-Kalex), who with nearly seven seconds over his pursuer took things easy and earned his second podium of the season. Meanwhile, Kyle Smith – current runner-up in Stock Extreme – displayed his skills in Moto2 and moved into third place with a few laps remaining. Jorge Arroyo (SPA-Yamaha) was first past the flag in the Spanish Superstock 600 Cup.
The Stock Extreme riders had extra work today with two races scheduled. During the opening moments of the first race and thanks to a good start, Carmelo Morales (SPA-Kawasaki) took the lead from pole position rider Xavi Forés (SPA-Ducati), with a clear contact between the two riders as he overtook. However, the duel was short-lived, with the Valencian rider imposing an unbeatable pace all the way to the chequered flag, followed by Morales with Iván Silva (SPA-BMW Motorrad) taking up the last podium slot. First place in the Spanish Cup for privateers went to Raúl Garcia (SPA-Kawasaki). Little changed in the second Stock Extreme race of the day, although this time it was Xavi Forés who pulled away unstoppably from the following group. Morales settled for second, and Silva once again accompanied them on the bottom rung of the podium. Pushing himself right to the limit, Francis Alviz just managed to snatch victory in the Spanish Stock Extreme Cup.
The next round of the CEV Repsol will take place at Navarra on 21st and 22nd September, where the fifth round of the championship will be held.
Source: Repsol Media