Spanish Championship starts at Jerez with Öttl, Rivas and Bonastre on pole positions
The micro climate surrounding Jerez circuit brought rain, cold temperatures and wind to more than 120 riders competing for frontline grid positions at the first qualifying session of this year’s CEV Buckler championship, hosted this weekend at Jerez Circuit.
Due to the unpredictable, wet or sometimes damp to drying track surface, participants from Moto3, Moto2, Stock Extreme and Kawasaki Ninja Cup faced asphalt with very little grip.
In Moto3, the first pole in the history in this new class was grabbed rider Philipp Öttl beating last year’s 125GP runner up into second, Álex Márquez by a 10th of a second, seemingly adapting to this new class with great effectiveness. British rider John McPhee has proved his skill by sliding in the wet to a third grid spot for Sunday’s race.
Moto2 rider, Dani Rivas achieved the fastest lap time of the day to clinch pole position. No other rider was able to beat the Galician’s time in this qualifying session. Australian Kris McLaren was placed second with Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin lining up third for the start. A front row start that will consist of riders from three different continents.
The start of the Stock Extreme qualifying session started with wet conditions but as the asphalt dried slightly the riders were able to push for better times than those achieved in the morning session. Fastest and pole position winner was Adrián Bonastre ahead of Carmelo Morales with Kyle Smith Securing third for the start.
The Kawasaki Ninja Cup finished the afternoon of qualifying for the first race of the 2012 CEV Buckler with Frenchman Fabien Parchard beating all the other participants to lead the front row for the start. Andorran Oliver Habib and Spaniard July David Palao secured second and third best times respectively.
Source: CEV Buckler