Lead extends for Moto3 championship leader Aron Canet, Pons gets the better of Marini.
The early October weather threatened to ruin last weekend’s round of the FIM CEV Repsol in
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Navarra, but after a gloomy start the rain largely stayed away for the majority of the day. After the first superbike race was red flagged just before what would have been lights out, the restart and chance to change tyres proved ultimately unnecessary as the worst was already over.
The race was run by the majority of the field on the wet tyres, but it quickly became obvious that those who had stuck to slicks had made the better decision, with track conditions never truly unsuitable for the dry tyre and improving quickly. Race 1 saw Robertino Pietri, having stayed on slicks, charge to victory over the no.77 BMW of Max Scheib Kruger and third placed rider Lucas de Ulacia. The second race was unaffected by the weather and the flag was taken by Carmelo Morales, followed by Adrian Bonastre and Robertino Pietri, who earned his second taste of champagne of the day.
The Moto2 races saw Alan Techer start from pole and the front row completed by the Pons pair of Luca Marini and Edgar Pons in 2nd and 3rd respectively, and it was Edgar Pons who stole the show on Sunday, despite the superior qualifying position of his teammate. Recently confirmed as a Moto2 rider for the team in the World Championship next year alongside Alex Rins, the Spaniard recovered from a bad start in the first race to climb back up the order from eighth to third, coming home behind pole sitter Techer and eventual winner Xavi Vierge. Marini was unable to stay with Pons once his teammate had passed him, a story repeated a few hours later in race 2 as the Italian again found his teammate breathing down his neck despite he himself having made a better start, leading the race off the line.
In that second race, Pons got off the line well and had much less work to do to catch the leader, countryman Xavi Vierge once again, and was able to do so after emerging victorious in the aforementioned battle with teammate Marini. Pons kept a reasonably comfortable lead over the last few laps before the chequered flag but Marini, although having fought hard to keep track position, was then caught by Eric Granado and Alan Techer, with Granado eventually beating the Italian to the podium, taking the third step behind Pons and Vierge and making amends for a crash in race 1 that saw him sliding into the gravel.
In Moto3, EG 0,0 rider and championship leader Aron Canet made a fantastic start from pole to hold the lead from lap one to the flag, as he has done already on a few occasions this season, and the win helped him to extend his championship lead to 40 points. The Spanish teenager was never truly threatened throughout the race, and although VR46 rider Nicolo Bulega was catching him in the final few laps, the Italian wasn’t able to get close enough to try a pass.
Masia, third on the grid and the second Estrella Galicia 0,0 Monlau Marc VDS junior bike on track, seemed unable to keep the pace of his championship-leading teammate and eventually slipped back to 6th. Leopard Racing’s Joan Mir, after bogging down off the line at the start, managed to fight back to share the podium with Canet and close rival Bulega. He remains in second place in the championship standings, but by only 1 point over the VR46 academy rider after the Italian’s impressive showing in Navarra.
For a full list of results, head over to the FIM CEV website, here.