Sep 17, 2013
© 2013, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.
From a press release
issued by FIM and Dorna
The start of a CEV Superstock race at Valencia in 2012.
The CEV Repsol comes under FIM umbrella
As from 2014, the CEV Repsol (Spanish Road Racing Championship), one of the most prolific feeder series to the MotoGP™ class, will be officially upgraded to an international Series, with events in other countries, and will move under the control of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). The FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is a great demonstration of the CEV’s class, with the current leaders of all three categories – MotoGP, Moto2™ and Moto3™ – Marc Marquez, Scott Redding and Luis Salom, all having graduated from it.
The CEV Repsol championship has hitherto been run under the aegis of the Spanish Motorcycle Federation – RFME. The move to the FIM is the obvious next step for the Dorna-run series, which will continue to be conducted in close cohesion with MotoGP in terms of rules and procedures, so that riders and teams alike can be fully prepared for the step up to the international stage. The Championship will be run on the current Grand Prix circuits in Spain and also on other circuits in Europe.
Its high degree of organisational quality is visible not only in the current World Championship leaders but also in past and present talent, as the likes of Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Stefan Bradl, Alvaro Bautista, Nico Terol and Julian Simon have all ended up as champion in at least one of the three categories.
With participants from 23 different countries, the CEV Repsol is a great platform that welcomes talented riders from all over the world to learn their trade in one of the most professional environments outside the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix. And with much of the current talent having already passed through the ranks over the years, the CEV Repsol and FIM partnership is sure to keep feeding talent for many years to come.
FIM President Vito Ippolito added: “The upgrade of the Spanish Road Racing Championship is a very positive move, which will give it a better exposure at world level. Many good riders take part in this Championship and then join the Grand Prix World Championship classes and show an excellent riding level. The time has come to give an additional force to this championship by making it into a real international series.”
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta commented: “I am very pleased about the new stage that awaits the CEV Repsol. That this championship is open internationally and now comes under the scope of the FIM means that all the work done in previous years has clearly helped to strengthen this championship and will ensure that it continues nurturing great riders that can make it into all three MotoGP World Championship categories.”