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.
This weekend, the famous motor racing circuit of Jerez, sees the return for the first round of the CEV Buckler National motorcycling Championship. A total of 22 nationalities will be representing their countries at the first meeting of the season, with a high number of the riders coming from other continents. The lineup of riders from countries, outside of the European border, highlights that the CEV Buckler competition is recognized and respected as a high level competition.
After winning the 2011 CEV Buckler series, Moto2 rider Jordi Torres will return to defend his title. 125GP champion Alex Rins and Stock Extreme champion Iván Silva, will not be racing in this competition after they have both proved that they have reached a high enough standard to make a step up onto the world stage of MotoGPTM. Rins has secured a seat with Estrella Galicia 0’0 in the debut of the new Moto3 category and Silva will ride for the newly formed CRT series with Avintia Racing on a BQR-FTR machine.
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.
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.
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