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Apr 6, 2014

Morales Wins CEV Repsol Superbike Race At Jerez (Updated)

Carmelo Morelas (31) in action at Jerez.

FIM CEV Repsol

Jerez, Spain

April 6, 2014

Race Results:


1. Carmelo Morales (Kaw ZX-10R), Dunlop, 17 laps, 29:21.858

2. Santiago Barragan (Kaw ZX-10R), Michelin, -2.102 seconds

3. Ivan Silva (BMW S1000RR), Michelin, -9.579

4. Robertino Pietri (Kaw ZX-10R), Michelin, -13.443

5.  Angel Rodriguez (Suz GSX-R1000), Dunlop, -27.521

6. Enrique Ferrer (Kaw ZX-10R), Dunlop, -27.609

7. Eeki Kuparinen (BMW S1000RR), Pirelli, -48.698

8. Raul Garcia (BMW S1000RR), Michelin, -55.308

9. Alexander Mateos (Suz GSX-R1000), Dunlop, -58.819

10. Daniel Rivas (BMW S1000RR), Dunlop, -59.092, crash

35. Kenny Noyes (Kaw ZX-10R), Michelin, -17 laps, DNF, crash 

Moto3 Race One (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Fabio Quartararo (Honda), 16 laps, 29:06.224

2. Marla Herrera (Honda), -0.946 second

3. Gabriel Rodrigo (KTM), -6.593 seconds

4. Jorge Navarro (Ioda), -6.665

5. Marcos Ramirez (KTM), -6.704

6. Andrea Migno (Kalex), -6.851

 7. Albert Arenas (Mahindra), -14.817

8. Hiroki Ono (TSR), -14.940

9. Bo Bendsneyder (FTR), -17.015

10. Max Enderlein (KTM), -17.573

Moto3 Race Two (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Marla Herrera (Honda), 17 laps, 29:06.224

2. Fabio Quartararo (Honda), -0.011 second

3. Andrea Migno (Kalex), -7.724 seconds

4. Hiroki Ono (TSR), -7.793

5. Jorge Navarro (Ioda), -8.672

6. Gabriel Rodrigo (KTM), -10.547

7. Nicolo Bulega (KTM), -18.307

8. Albert Arenas (Mahindra), -18.483

9. Takuma Kunimine (TSR), -18.652

10. Stefano Manzi (Mahindra), -19.161

Moto2 (all using Honda engines and Michelin tires):

1. Edgar Pons (Kalex), 17 laps, 30:05.948

2. Florian Alt (Kalex), -2.106

3. Alan Techer (Mistral), -6.531

4. Sebastian Porto (Kalex), -9.618

5. Russel Gomez (Ariane), -15.497

6. Ricard Cardus, -27.354

7. Steven Odendaal (Speed Up), -27.443

8. Angel Poyatos (Suter), -27.740

9. Jan Buhn (AJR), -28.639

10. Federico Fuligni (Suter), -33.015

Superstock (all on Michelin tires):

1. Bertin Thibaut (Yam YZF-R6), 17 laps, 30:56.650

2. Jorge Arroyo (Yam YZF-R6), -21.842

3. Thibaut Gourin (Yam YZF-R6), -24.182

4. Julio D. Palao (Kaw ZX-6R), -46.181

5. James White (Kaw ZX-6R), -46.647

6. David Guzman (Kaw ZX-6R), -1 lap

7. Blayes Heaven (Kaw ZX-6R), -1 lap

8. Abian Santana (Yam YZF-R6), -9 laps, DNF

9. Melissa Paris (Kaw ZX-6R), -10 laps, DNF

10. Alex Da Costa (Yam YZF-R6), -13 laps, DNF

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

Four long months have passed since the last race of the FIM CEV Repsol, but the wait has certainly been worthwhile. In the first event of the season of the FIM CEV Repsol in Jerez the winners - Quartararo and Herrera in Moto3™, Pons in Moto2™, Morales in Superbike and Valera in the Kawasaki Z Cup - have been the stars of the day. In fantastic sunny weather, 14,000 fans have relished an exciting day’s racing.

The first round of Moto3 seemed like two races: up to six seconds ahead of their closest rivals, Fabio Quartararo (FRA-Honda) and María Herrera (SPA-Honda) fought it out alone for the lead. Well behind, a group of riders comprising Gabriel Rodrigo (SPA-KTM), Jorge Navarro (SPA-Ioda), Marcos Ramírez (SPA-KTM) and Andrea Migno (ITA-Kalex) tussled for the advantage. In the end, the chequered flag went to the Frenchman followed by Herrera and Rodrigo.

The second Moto3 race started out just like the first: teammates Quartararo (FRA-Honda) and Herrera (SPA-Honda), again rode confidently to put space between them and the following riders. Barely a few meters from the line, Herrera slipped past Quartararo to snatch victory by just 0.011 of a second. Behind them and fighting for third position came a pair of riders from the Aspar-VR46 Team: Andrea Migno (ITA-Kalex) and Luca Marini (ITA-Kalex). An excellent performance was put in by Hiroki Ono (JAP-TSR) who at times made things difficult for Migno, who eventually claimed third place. Both Quartararo and Herrera, as winners, received the "One year’s free Repsol fuel" prize.

In Moto2 there was a real scrap between Jesko Raffin (SWI-Kalex) and Sebastian Porto (ARG-Kalex). The Argentine rode a carefully calculated race to gradually close up on the Swiss rider, positioning himself ready to attack with seven laps remaining. Raffin had led superbly for two-thirds of the race but just when he seemed to finally have victory in his grasp, both riders crashed out together a few corners from the end, leaving Edgar Pons (SPA-Kalex) to take the honours. The Pons Racing rider was accompanied on the podium by Florian Alt (GER-Kalex) and Alan Techer (FRA-Mistral 610). Jorge Arroyo (SPA-Yamaha) took the first Superstock 600 podium. Behind him, Thibaut Gourin (FRA-Yamaha) and Julio Palao (SPA-Kawasaki) were the 2nd and 3rd fastest in the category.

In the first moments of the Superbike race, Dani Rivas (SPA-BMW) clashed with pole position rider Kenny Noyes (USA-Kawasaki), leaving him out of the fight for the leadership. Just two laps later, on the same corner, Rivas himself went down. With the two favourites out of the running, Carmelo Morales (SPA-Michelin) took the initiative, followed by Iván Silva (SPA-BMW) and Santi Barragán (SPA-Kawasaki), who led the second half of the race convincingly. With four laps to go, Morales took over first place and held it to the flag. Second and third place went to Barragán and Silva, who finished more than nine seconds behind the winner. The outstanding Superbike privateer was Eeki Kuparinen (FIN-BMW), followed by Raúl García (SPA-BMW) and Alexander Mateos (SPA-Suzuki).

The Kawasaki Z Cup closed a marvellous day’s racing. In sweltering heat, rookies Sardanyons and Jiménez put pressure on Valera, leader in the general rankings after yesterday’s race. Finally, the race concluded with a ceremony identical to that of the previous day's podium: Valera, Sardanyons and Jiménez in first, second and third place.

The next round of the FIM CEV Repsol will take place at Le Mans on May 17 and 18, where the second event of the season for Moto3 riders only will be run.

We’d like to remind press and teams that photos of each FIM CEV Repsol race can be found in the photo gallery and the through the FTP accessible in this newsletter.

Fans who wish to can relive the excitement of the races this afternoon on the official Youtube channel of the Championship.

All the results as well as information about the Championship is on the official website:

More, from a press release issued by Palmeto Kawasaki:

Robertino Pietri Fourth on Day of Mixed Fortunes for Palmeto Kawasaki

Kenny Noyes started from the pole and had worked all weekend with the team to find a set-up that would allow him to keep a strong pace for the entire 17 laps but he was taken out by a rider trying an impossible move on the first lap. Robertino Pietri rode an excellent race, running toward the end of the race at a very competitive pace.

Robertini Pietri (Fourth) "I have to be pleased with that fourth place because it was important to pick up points in the opener. After qualifying, I thought we would be able to run at the front and fight for a podium position, but with the temperature change the feeling was not the same as yesterday. We weren´t quite past enough to get on the box, but it was a big improvement over last year when we were tenth here. Now we just have to keep improving in the next races."

Kenny Noyes (Pole Position--DNF) "It was a perfect weekend right up until Dani Rivas took me out in a crazy attempt to go from fourth to first in one corner of the first lap. We´re fortunate that there are nine races left and the bike and team are working perfectly so we are still in with a good chance of fighting for the title. Looking at the lap times, I know we would been there for a good scrap with Carmelo (Morales) for the win, I can´t wait for the next round, a Superbike double-header in Motorland.

Lucas de Ulacla (Twenty-first) "It was a good weekend for us. We worked hard and improved our times every time out. I was able to make up a lot of places coming from the back of the grid and we finished 21st, very close to the goal we set for a top-20 finish. The team worked hard for me and I´m very grateful. Too bad it will be such a long wait for round 2. I´m ready for it now. 

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