2019 FIM CEV Repsol
Round Seven – Albacete
Edgar Pons crowned Moto2 European Champion in Albacete
Circuito de Albacete staged Round Seven of the FIM CEV Repsol series over the weekend. Edgar Pons claimed the Moto2 European Championship while Jeremy Alcoba extended his lead in the Moto3 Junior class, and now requires only five-points to claim the title.
The result mirrored Edgar Pons’ domination of the Moto2 class at the previous Jerez round. Carlos Tatay couldn’t maintain his winning streak from Jerez which had brought him closer to leader Alcoba in the Moto3 class.
For Aussie Asia Talent Team rider Billy Van Eerde in the Moto3 class the misfortune continued at Albacete, with another DNF result and only three laps completed. The previous round in Jerez saw Van Eerde card a P18 finish in Race 1, but a DNF in Race 2.
In the European Talent Cup José Antonio took his first win of the season, while Australian Joel Kelso (Leopard Impala) finished seventh. Kelso sat just outside the top 10 at the previous round in Jerez – which marked his entry to the championship, taking P12 and P11 in the two races held there. He now holds 18 championship points and is 19th in the standings.
The eighth and final round of the FIM CEV Repsol season will take place at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia on November 10.
CEV Moto3 Junior
FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship leader Jeremy Alcoba took his second victory of the season in the single hotly disputed Moto3 race over the weekend. The Laglisse Academy rider had his first shot at the title and initially led the race closely trailed by a large group which included Barry Baltus, Carlos Tatay, Ryusei Yamanaka, Deniz Öncü and Daniel Holgado.
Carlos Tatay, Jeremy Alcoba and Ryusei Yamanaka took turns at the head of the race. Behind, Xavier Artigas made a superb comeback, starting off second to last and somehow getting in touch with the chasing group.
On the last lap, Carlos Tatay overshot trying to take the lead from Jeremy Alcoba; in doing so he put himself out of the running and left Daniel Holgado to finish second ahead of Barry Baltus.
However, Carlos Tatay was finally judged third after a one-position penalty against Barry Baltus. Ryusei Yamanaka came in fifth and Xavier Artigas sixth, followed by Deniz Öncü.
Jeremy Alcoba will go to the final round of the season in Valencia 46 points ahead of Carlos Tatay with 50 points at stake; in other words, five points is all he needs to take the title. The race winner was also awarded the Repsol free fuel cheque.
Aussie Billy Van Eerde recorded a DNF result, only completing three laps, with the rider originally sharing his frustration after qualifying at not being able to put down a fast lap, despite feeling comfortable on the bike, and qualifying in P23 for race day.