Complete domination of CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Team at Albacete
Intense heat and spectacular races were the order of the day in the fourth round of the CEV Buckler which took place at Albacete on Sunday, in the presence of more than 10,000 spectators. Those in attendance witnessed victories for Alex Márquez in the 125GP category, Carmelo Morales in Moto2 and Iván Silva in Stock Extreme, results which have left the Championship classifications in each of the three classes tighter than ever as the campaign passed its halfway point.
In 125GP the CatalunyaCaixa Repsol trio dominated the race. Francesco Bagnaia, the 14 year-old Italian who started from pole position, was able to maintain the rhythm of more experienced riders Alex Rins and Alex Márquez. Only Márquez had shown signs of potential weakness by the halfway stage of the race, dropping to almost two seconds off his rivals, but in the second half his progress was rapid and consistent and with six laps remaining he was back in touch. In the final stretch the group battled hard and the Spanish duo appeared to have broken Bagnaia, with Márquez staying just a few tenths behind Rins which proved key to taking his second victory of the season. In a frantic last lap Bagnaia finally managed to take second, with Rins third and thereby maintaining his leadership of the Championship over Márquez but one which has now been cut to 16 points.
In Moto2 Carmelo Morales took a comfortable victory in a race which he commanded from start to finish. From the outset the Spaniard set a pace that was half a second faster than his closest pursuer, Jordi Torres, until he built up a sizeable gap which he maintained until the end. Torres rode a lonely race in second whilst the drama unfolded in the battle for the final step on the podium. Third position had seemed destined to go to either Arturo Tizón or Russell Gómez, but in the end it was Iván Moreno who took the 16 points. Morales and Torres return to being level at the top of the Championship, both standing at 90 points a piece after four rounds.
In Stock Extreme victory was claimed by Iván Silva, a win which was owed in part to the crash of leader Santiago Barragán and which cut his advantage at the top of the Championship to a single point. Crashes were a major theme throughout the race – in addition to Barragán three Motorrad riders went down when riding in podium positions (Alberto López, Dani Rivas and Xavier del Amor). Silva rode in the wake of Barragán until lap 12 when he decided to up his tempo, and two laps later his rival made a mistake which ended his race. Second was Enrique Ferrer and third place went to Kyle David Smith, whilst the best privateer went to Elena Rosell who finished the race in fifth position.
Source: CEV Buckler