FIM CEV Repsol, Aragon: Fernández, Pons, Rueda and Muñoz take the wins
Raúl Fernández (Angel Nieto Team) won the Moto3™ race in the fifth round of the FIM CEV Repsol held on Sunday at MotorLand. Edgard Pons (AGR Team) won both races in the Moto2™ European Championship and José Antonio Rueda (Talent Team Estrella Galicia 0,0) and David Muñoz (Jerez Andalucía Motor Talent) shared the victories in the European Talent Cup.
Raúl Fernández left MotorLand Aragón having consolidated his leadership of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship. The Angel Nieto Team rider not only won the race but also took advantage of Manuel Pagliani’s (Leopard Junior) fall when he was hit by another rider to increase his advantage to 28 points over Pagliani at the head of the Moto3™ classification.
As soon as the lights went out, Raúl Fernández pulled clear along with Sergio García (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0) in the early laps, followed by Jeremy Alcoba (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0), Barry Baltus (Reale Avintia Academy77), Makar Yurchenko (Max Racing Team) and Ai Oura (Asia Talent Team), among others. Barry Baltus crashed out and Makar Yurchenko was unable to avoid him and also went down. With five laps to go, Raúl Fernández, Jeremy Alcoba, Sergio García, Celestino Vietti (SKY Junior Team VR46 Riders Academy), Ai Ogura and Can Oncu (Red Bull KTM Ajo) made up the leading group battling for the honours.
Finally Raúl Fernández won by only 6 thousandths of a second ahead of Jeremy Alcoba, while Can Oncu achieved his first podium in Moto3™. Ai Ogura and Celestino Vietti finished fourth and fifth respectively just two thousandths off the podium. Raúl Fernández won the Repsol free fuel cheque.
Edgar Pons collected his first win of the season in the Moto2™ ECh after going solo in the opening laps. The AGR Team rider crossed the line more than two seconds ahead of Jesko Raffin (Swiss Innovative Investors Junior) while Héctor Garzó (Team Wimu CNS) finished third more than 11 seconds behind the winner to secure his first podium of the season. Alessandro Zetti (Fau55 Racing) was the best classified in Superstock 600. Edgar Pons received the Repsol free fuel cheque.
The second Moto2™ race was interrupted by a red flag after Dimas Ekky (Astra Honda Racing Team) crashed in the opening laps. The race was then restarted, having been shortened to 10 laps, and was identical to the first race: Edgar Pons won alone and was accompanied on the podium by Jesko Raffin and Héctor Garzó. Roman Fischer (Pinamoto RS) won the Superstock 600 while Edgar Pons received the Repsol free fuel cheque.
Jesko Raffin continues as clear leader of the Moto2™ ECh with 52 points over Edgar Pons in third slot; second classified is Augusto Fernández, who has moved to the World Championship and no longer competes in the FIM CEV Repsol.
In the first ETC race, José Antonio Rueda took his first victory after winning a group race with a thrilling finish. In fact, Víctor Rodríguez (Laglisse Academy) crossed the line first but had a three-tenths of a second penalty imposed for a dangerous action on José Antonio Rueda, and ended up in fourth. Xavier Artigas (Team Impala) returned to the podium with David Salvador (Cuna de Campeones) third. Despite having led on the final lap Carlos Torrecillas (Punto Moto Team) was left out of the honours when an error at the start of the final straight caused him to fall back to fifth. The Repsol free fuel cheque went to race winner José Antonio Rueda.
David Muñoz won the second race of the ETC and gained his first victory in a race which was stopped with only one lap to go because of a fall. Víctor Rodríguez and his team mate Daniel Muñoz (Jerez Andalusia Motor Talent) accompanied him on the podium after starring in a thrilling race that led to Carlos Torrecillas leading before crashing out when he had already pulled clear. David Muñoz took the Repsol free fuel cheque. Matteo Patacca (SIC 58 Squadra Corse), who did not race in MotorLand due to injury, continues to lead the ETC but is now tied on 82 points with Xavier Artigas while Víctor Rodríguez is third with 78 points.
The next round of the FIM CEV Repsol will be held in Jerez on 30th September.