Over 11,000 spectators witnessed the start of the CEV Buckler championships in weather condition so unpredictable that the teams and tyre manufactures where kept on their toes for the whole day. Wet or dry tyre choices could mean scoring points or not. Despite these changeable weather conditions, that created a lot of doubt on their choice of tyre, this weekend saw spectacular racing in all categories.
In the Moto3TM class, Pole setter, German rider Philipp Ottl, who had been consistent all weekend, lead the race from the start but had to fight hard for a win against his main rival, Alejandro Medina who had started second on the grid behind him. Medina chased the spray of Ottl right up to the checkered flag. Eventually he secured second ahead of Briton John McPhee, who scored third on the podium to take the bronze.
Moriwaki Engineering’s Moto3 development rider Remy Gardner completed a threeday test of the aptly named Moriwaki Dream (MD250) GP3 bike for the first time, at Suzuka Circuit in Japan this week.
“We were so happy for Remy to finally be able to ride the MD250 in Japan. I am very proud of this machine and very excited to have Wayne [Gardner] back with the Moriwaki team, and to welcome Remy as a new member of the family,” said Mamoru Moriwaki.
Day one of the official trial tested Remy’s wet weather riding skills as he saddled up in torrential rain on a cold and soaking track. “I couldn’t really assess the bike very well on the first day because I was learning the track and it had rivers running across it, but the bike felt pretty good even then,” said Remy.
An epic moment for the Panigale and Ismael Bonilla, who entered in the history of Ducati after winning the very first race of the 1199 Panigale.
Albacete, Sunday March 4, 2012. Ismael Bonilla and EMS Competicion have been on top of the podium after winning the inaugural race of the Castellano-Manchego Championship achieving the first official victory for the new Ducati 1199 Panigale
The brand new bike arrived with no time to work on any upgrade. With just a Ducati Performance exhaust and the race fairings, Ismael Bonilla went on track for the first time with the Panigale on saturday morning, the first qualification practice.
Young talent from Toledo will ride in Spanish Championship (CEV) in 2012, joining team that includes 2011 runner-up Álex Márquez
María Herrera will compete in the CEV Spanish Championship in the Moto3 class this year wearing Repsol colours. The 15-year-old rider will be supported by the energy company in her first season on the national stage, following on from a great foundation year in the Campeonato Mediterráneo PreGP in 2011.
This is Repsol’s latest addition to a star studded rider lineup, joining Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa (MotoGP), Marc Márquez (Moto2), Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira, Álex Rins (Moto3), Álex Márquez, María Herrera, Francesco Bagnaia and Lorenzo Baldassarri (CEV).
María Herrera is one of the most promising young Spanish riders. She comes into the CEV series as a replacement for reigning champion and fellow Repsol rider Álex Rins, who will be competing in the Moto3 World Championship this season. Herrera’s own quest for an eventual move up to world level begins with her joining the Repsol-sponsored Monlau Competición team.
Repsol rider fractures left shoulder in preseason training and undergoes successful operation at the USP Dexeus Hospital
Current CEV (Spanish National Championship) 125GP titlist, Alex Rins, has today undergone a successful operation to treat a dislocated fracture of his left shoulder. The procedure was performed by the Chief of the Hand and Upper Extremities Surgical Unit, Dr. Xavier Mir, and Dr. Victor Marlet —Chief of the Back and Arthroscopy Unit— at the USP Dexeus Hospital.
On the brink of completing the two month waiting period required for him to compete in the World Championship, the Repsol Rider suffered a fracture to his left shoulder in training on Wednesday. He had previously been taking advantage of the winter break to rest and later carry out physical training, working hard in the gym and on the cycle routes. In order to keep ‘bike fit’, the CEV champion was dirtbike training at the Circuit de Catalunya facilities when his accident occurred.
Modifications to the calendar include the Circuito de Navarra, which will host the second round of the season as a replacement for the final round of the season at Jerez, which has been removed from the schedule.
The date of the European Championship remains unaffected.
The CEV Buckler 2012 schedule is as follows:
Date – Circuit
April 1 – Circuito de Jerez
April 22 – Circuito de Navarra
Mai 27 – Circuito de MotorLand Aragón
June 24 – Circuit de Catalunya
July 22 – Circuito de Albacete
September 9 – Circuito de Albacete
November 18 – Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana
UEM European Championship
October 7 – Circuito de Albacete