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Nov 19, 2017

FIM CEV Moto2 European Championship: Eric Granado Wins Race And Championship, Americans Joe Roberts 3rd And Jayson Uribe 8th In Season Finale At Valencia (Updated)

Eric Granado (51). Photo courtesy of FIM CEV Repsol Press Office.

FIM CEV Repsol Moto2 European Championship

Circuito de Comunitat Valenciana

Valencia, Spain

November 19, 2017

Race Results:

1. Eric Granado, Brazil (Kalex), 19 laps, Total Race Time 30:37.824, Fastest Lap Time 1:35.981

2. Steven Odendaal, South Africa (NTS), -1.420 seconds, 1:36.150

3. Joe Roberts, USA (Kalex), -1.742, 1:36.194

4. Hector Garzo, Spain (Tech 3), -12.249, 1:36.483

5. Federico Fuligni, Italy (Kalex), -17.591, 1:36.780

6. David Sanchis, Spain (Suter), -17.792, 1:36.956

7. Dimas Ekky, Indonesia (Kalex), -18.303, 1:36.846

8. Jayson Uribe, USA (Kalex), -33.352, 1:37.697

9. Karel Hanika, Czech Republic (Kalex), -36.231, 1:37.592

10. Kiroki Ono, Japan (NTS), -45.890, 1:37.933

Championship Point Standings (after 11 of 11 races):

1. Granado, 226 points (clinched Championship)

2. Ricky Cardus, 185

3. Odendaal, 157

4. Garzo, 126

5. Roberts, 111

6. Ekky, 102

7. Fuligni, 100

8. Ono, 74

9. Tulovic, 57

10. Sanchis, 50

11. Uribe, 46

More, from a press release issued by AGR Team:


The rider from California finished 3rd while his countryman Jason Uribe was 8th

He promised it yesterday and he tried today: Joe Roberts fought for victory with a great start and a spectacular riding, within a group of 4 where there also were the two riders fighting for the title, Eric Granado and Ricky Cardús. He led until after mid-race, when Granado passed him 7 laps before the end and built an advantage that allowed him to secure the European Champion title. Congratulations to the Brazilian rider.

Joe kept battling for second place with his future 2018 team mate, South African Steven Odendaal, who passed him in the last lap and took a few metres of advantage until the Finish line, as he had a couple of tenths in store.

The North American with number 27 crossed the Finish line in third, getting his third podium of the season and finishing in fifth overall position. Meanwhile, his team mate Uribe finishes the season in the top 11, with results nearly the same as last season. Jayson started today from the fifth row of the grid, in 15th. He gained 7 places at the end, so he finished in eighth position, which is the best result he has achieved this season. Uribe’s start was spectacular and he set a good pace. The Californian will stay with the AGR in 2018, after signing the renewal of his contract this weekend in Valencia.

Joe Roberts #27 Kalex Moto2 / 3º: “Today it was a fantastic day. So happy to end the season on a podium and have a really one of the best races of the whole year, battling with Steven, the pace was so fast and I was pushing so hard the whole race, I really gave my best to win the race, but these guys had a bit more pace than me today. I’m so happy and thankful to the whole AGR team for giving me this opportunity this year and take me on and I’m happy I could bring some good results for them and for me. It’s been an amazing season to come back to Europe and race with a Moto2 bike, so thank you to them and thank you to my whole team. It’s been fantastic”.

Jason Uribe #36 Kalex Moto2 / 8th: “Yeah, I’m very happy with how the race went. I had a good time, I had fun on the bike, we worked really hard to solve some of the issues that we had yesterday and we figured it out. We had a good start, the first too laps were a bit crazy. A couple of riders crashed but I just sat behind Cardus and he took people out of the way for me. I stayed behind him as long as I could and I passed a lot of people doing that. I was just trying to be consistent and pace myself and not wear my tyres too much. I was just looking at the gap to the people behind me and make sure that I had a comfortable cushion. I’m very happy with the day, it’s been a good season, it was hard at some points but really happy with how it went”.

Here finishes our performance in the 2017 Moto2 FIM CEV. We eared a good break to recharge and then keep pushing next year. Thanks a lot to our riders for their dedication and to all our fans for always supporting us. Good luck to all in the future.

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

Eric Granado (Promoracing) and Manuel González (Halcourier Racing) were declared champions of the Moto2™ European Championship and the European Talent Cup respectively in the final round of the FIM CEV Repsol season, joining fellow champions Dennis Foggia (Junior Team VR46 Riders Academy) of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship and Raul Martínez (Motorbike Moya Competition) of the European Kawasaki Z Cup.

Jaume Masiá (Cuna de Campeones) won the first Moto3™ race, his second consecutive victory of the season after winning in the last round at MotorLand Aragón. The Cuna de Campeones rider snatched victory in a thrilling overtaking manouevre in the last corner, leaving Dennis Foggia (Junior Team VR46 Riders Academy) and Vicente Pérez (Reale Avintia Academy) trailing.

The race was marked by a multiple crash on the first lap which brought out the red flag. The restarted race was reduced to 12 laps. Jaume Masiá (Cuna de Campeones), Dennis Foggia (Junior Team VR46 Riders Academy) and Aarón Polanco (Leopard Junior Team) formed an initial leading group, soon joined by Alonso López (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0.0), Kazuki Masaki (Asia Talent Team) joined ), Vicente Pérez (Reale Avintia Academy) and Sergio García (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0.0). Finally Jaume Masiá (Cuna de Campeones) took his chance in the last corner to win the race and the Repsol free fuel cheque.

In the second and final race of the season, Dennis Foggia (Junior Team VR46 Riders Academy) bid farewell to the Moto3™ JWC from the top of the podium. Alonso López (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0.0) and Jaume Masía (Cuna de Campeones) joined him on the podium after a four-way race along with Kazuki Masaki (Asia Talent Team).

Behind them, Sergio García (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0.0) and Jeremy Alcoba (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0.0) led the chasing group but with little chance of the podium. Kazuki Masaki (Asia Talent Team) crashed out with five laps to go. Aarón Polanco (Leopard Junior Team) and Vicente Pérez (Reale Avintia academy), started out as possible challengers but fell on the second lap. In the end Dennis Foggia (Junior Team VR46 Riders Academy) took the win and the Repsol free fuel cheque. Jaume Masiá (Cuna de Campeones) finished the season as Moto3™ JWC runner-up.

Eric Granado (Promoracing) was crowned Moto2™ EC champion, winning the last race of the season and notching up his fifth win in a row at this circuit in the FIM CEV Repsol.

The Promoracing rider started from pole position with a 16-point advantage over Ricky Cardús (Team Stylobike), who was hampered by a shoulder injury aggravated by a crash in the Moto2 World Championship just a week ago.

Joe Roberts (AGR Team) surprised the other riders by taking the lead of the race from the off, followed by Steven Odendaal (NTS Sportscode T. Pro) and Hector Garzó (Team Wimu CNS), who started second ahead of Ricky Cardús (Team Stylobike). Eric Granado (Promoracing) held fifth and the Team Stylobike rider seventh in the opening laps.

With the race more than halfway through, the Moto2™ EC leader overtook Steven Odendal (NTS Sportscode T. Pro) and then Joe Roberts (AGR Team) to take the lead. Three laps later Ricky Cardús (Team Stylobike) abandoned the race because of his shoulder injury. Eric Granado (Promoracing) thus automatically became champion, no matter what happened.

In the end the new champion won the race, followed by Steven Odendaal (NTS Sportscode T. Pro) and Joe Roberts (AGR Team), with Héctor Garzó (Team Wimu CNS) coming in a distant fourth. Daniel Saez (Champi-JJ Saez) was the best in SSTK 600 in the Moto2™ category and Steve Odendaal (NTS Sportscode T. Pro) was awarded the Repsol free fuel cheque.

In the ETC, Manuel González (Halcourier Racing) was proclaimed champion after finishing fifth in a race won by Alex Toledo (Cuna de Campeones) followed by Víctor Rodríguez (Group Machado CAME), debuting in the championship, and Andreas Pérez (Reale Avintia Academy). The only rider in a position to dispute the title with Manuel González (Halcourier Racing) although at a 20-point disadvantage, Meikon Kawakami (Playstation Laglisse), finished ninth.

As in the first Moto3™ race, this one was brought to a halt on the first lap with a red flag when Alexander Díez (Team Honda Impala) crashed; before him, poleman Francisco Gómez (Team Larresport) had gone down. The Team Larresport rider was forced to start from the pit lane in the restarted race, which became a tussle between up to 12 riders and which was not decided until the last corner. Alex Toledo (Cuna de Campeones) won, earning the runner-up position in the ETC and taking the Repsol free fuel cheque as winner of the race.

In the European KZC champion Raúl Martínez (Motorbike Moya Competition) dominated after Joan Sardanyons, who lead the race after starting from pole, crashed on the last lap.

Next season’s 2018 FIM CEV Repsol will start in Estoril on March 25.

We would like to remind press and teams that in the next few hours, more photos of each FIM CEV Repsol race will be available in the photo gallery and the FTP accessible from this press release.

All the results and information about the Championship are on the official website:

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