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Jun 22, 2014

American Noyes Wins FIM CEV Repsol Superbike Race, Melissa Paris Fourth In 600cc Superstock At Catalunya

American Kenny Noyes (9) leading Morales Gomez (31) at Catalunya. Photo courtesy of FIM CEV Repsol International Championship Press Office.

Editorial Note: American Melissa Paris finished fourth in the 600cc Superstock race on her Team Stratos Kawasaki ZX-6R. Paris crossed the finish line 39.092 seconds after winner Ferran Casas and just 0.544 second behind third-place finisher John Simpson.

More, from a press release issued by FIM CEV Repsol Press Office:

Quartararo, Raffin, Noyes and Llorens take the honours in Moto3, Moto2, Superbike and the Kawasaki Z Cup

The fourth event of the FIM CEV Repsol was held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in mild temperatures under an overcast sky, with Quartararo in Moto3™, Raffin in Moto2™, Noyes in Superbike and Llorens in the Kawasaki Z Cup celebrating wins in front of 22,000 fans.

Fabio Quartararo (FRA-Honda) yet again won in Moto3™ after pulling clear and lapping alone from the outset. Never too far behind during the 16-lap race came Hiroki Ono (JAP-TSR/Honda), Jorge Navarro (SPA-Ioda-Honda) and Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM) fighting an ongoing battle for second position. Finally it took a photo-finish to separate second and third: Navarro won out by a mere thousandth of a second over Ono. Gabriel Rodrigo (SPA-KTM), Andrea Migno (ITA-Kalex), Remy Gardner (AUS-KTM) and occasionally Loris Cresson (BEL-FTR-Honda) provided similar thrills with their constant overtaking. A fall at the very first turn left María Herrera (SPA-Honda) out of the points.

The second Moto3 race began at 1:20, with Fabio Quartararo (FRA-Honda) living up to expectations: after a hard fought early stage, he went on to dominate the race. Behind, riding wheel to wheel, came the fastest young riders in the category: Jorge Navarro (SPA-Ioda-Honda), Hiroki Ono (JAP-TSR/Honda), Gabriel Rodrigo (SPA-KTM), Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM), Bradley Ray (GBR-FTR/KTM), Andrea Migno (ITA-Kalex) and María Herrera (SPA-Honda). The Japanese rider of Honda Team Asia earned second place on the podium with an outstanding performance involving numerous breathtaking passing manoeuvers. Crossing the line 0.065 seconds behind him in third place was Jorge Navarro (SPA-Ioda-Honda). The "One year’s free Repsol fuel" prize for both Moto3 races went to Quartararo.

The Moto2 race began with a red flag because of a fall involving three riders. With the race shortened to nine laps, and with no time to lose, the riders set out on the attack. Jesko Raffin (SWI-Kalex), Florian Alt (GER-Kalex) and Steven Odendaal (RSA-Speedup) dominated the race between them, alternating the lead until the last lap, when Alt took the initiative to pull ahead. Just when it seemed that the German was home free, Raffin made an incredible passing move to take the top slot of the podium. The fastest Superstock 600 rider was Ferrán Casas (SPA-Yamaha), ahead of Berthin Thibaut (FRA) and John Simpson (GBR-Kawasaki).

In Superbike, Carmelo Morales (SPA-Kawasaki) arrived at his favorite track determined to put his scoreless performance at MotorLand Aragon behind him, and throughout the race he either led or pressurized rival Kenny Noyes (USA-Kawasaki). However, with three laps remaining the Team Calvo rider went down a few curves after taking the lead, leaving the checkered flag for Noyes. Second and third place were decided a few meters from the end, with Daniel Rivas (SPA-BMW) beating Iván Silva (SPA-BMW) to the finish line, though Silva is now second in the overall rankings. The best privateer rider was Alejandro Esteban (SPA-Kawasaki), followed by Alexander Mateos (SPA-Suzuki) and Alejandro Martínez (SPA).

Pere Llorens (SPA) won the Kawasaki Z Cup race in his debut this season. He was joined on the podium by Joan Sardanyons (SPA) and Jose Jiménez (SPA). The KZC riders are now on vacation until the next race at the Circuit of Navarre in September.The next round of the FIM CEV Repsol will take place at Albacete Circuit on 5th and 6th July, where the fourth meeting of the season will be held.

You can find all the results and information concerning the Championship on its official website:

More, from a press release issued by Kawasaki Palmeto PL:

Qualifying Round 3 FIM CEV International Championship

Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya

June 22, 2014

Noyes Wins Again to Extend Lead in FIM CEV SBK International Championship

American Kenny Noyes (Palmeto Kawasaki ZX10R) took his third straight pole and his third consecutive win at the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya to extend his points lead from 5 to 14. The American battled four-times Spanish national champion Carmelo Morales (Calvo Kawasaki ZX10R) wheel to wheel for almost 16 of the 17 laps of the fourth race of the FIM CEV Repsol International Championship and nothing was settled as the two entered the stadium section at the end of the penultimate lap.

Noyes, starting from the pole, and Morales, starting second, exchanged the lead several times in the first half of the race. Morales then seemed content to follow until Noyes slowed to force the Spaniard to go to the front. Morales refused to take the bait for an entire lap and a half, content to shadow the American. But when the pace dropped from the 45s to the 47s, Morales made a bid to break away and managed in a single lap to open a .6 of a second lead on lap 14. Noyes needed two laps to close the gap back to a bike length. It looked like it would go down to wire, but Morales lost the front and crashed out and into the tire barriers in the second-gear right-hander three corners from the finish line.

The battling pair had pulled 16 seconds clear of the three-rider scrap for third when the crash occurred and Noyes was able to cruise home to win by over 12 seconds. He began the season by being taken out on the first lap and left Jerez with no points. Coming into Catalunya he led Morales and former champion Ivan Silva (Targobank BMW S1000RR) by 5 points. He leaves with a 14-point lead over Silva who was beaten in a battle for second by Dani Rivas (Easyrace BMW S1000RR).

Morales, who won the season opener and was second to Noyes in Race 1 at Motorland, has failed to score in the last two races, taken out on the first turn in race 2 at Motorland two weeks ago and falling here today in Catalunya. He was taken to Granollers Hospital where he was found to have broken both ankles.

The next round, at Albacete on July 6, is a double-header.

Kenny Noyes: “I knew the only way to beat Carmelo here was to push hard from the beginning. I tried to get away and couldn´t. And I knew Carmelo wanted to sit on my rear wheel and prepare a pass on the final lap, so I slowed the pace down so much that he decided to take the lead. He surprised me with a real change of pace. We had both done a single high 1´44 early in the race when the tires were fresh but I didn´t expect him to do a 45 flat. He suddenly took .6 of a second lead. And I had to really dig deep to close on him again. I was right on his rear wheel again when he crashed. I was planning to pass him at the end of the straight but I know he would have fought back and that last lap would have been crazy. I wish Carmelo a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in action real soon."

Race 4 of 10

  • 1.Noyes (USA) Kawasaki ZX10R
  • 2.Dani Rivas (Spain) BMW S1000RR +12.300
  • 3.Ivan Silva (Spain) Kawasaki ZX10R +12.362
  • 4.Angel Rodríguez (Spain) Suzuki GSX-R +12.362
  • 5.Santiago Barragan (Spain) Kawasaki ZX10R +12.588
  • 6.Robertino Pietri (Venezuela) Kawasaki ZX10R +12.588

Championship Points

1. Noyes-USA 75 (3 wins); 2. Silva-Spain 61: 3. Barragan-Spain 54: 4. Pietri-Venezuela 54; 5. Morales-Spain 45 (1 win) 45; 6. Ferrer-Spain 36; 7. Rivas-Spain 36; 8. Rodríguez-Spain 24; Pachard-France 21; Kuparinen-Finland 20.

Next round: Albacete, June 6.