CEV Repsol Moto2 European Championship and Hawkers European Talent Cup:
round 3 and 4 at Jerez
The championships returned to action in Jerez for a 2 race day after more than 6 weeks away from the track!
In the Moto2™ European Championship, Yari Montella (Team Ciatti – Speed Up) once again showed that he was the class of the field, taking his 5th and 6th win.
In the Hawkers European Talent Cup, David Alonso (Openbank Aspar Team) won the first HETC race, Marco Morelli (Talent Team Estrella Galicia 0,0) the second one, while Zonta Van Den Goorbergh (Team Superb) would take his maiden HETC victory, after falling short of the win due to track limits at Round 3.
Round 3 – CEV Repsol Moto2 European Championship
Yari Montella ruled the roost once again in the Moto2™ ECh as the Italian would pull clear and win by 4.3 seconds. He was challenged by Alessandro Zaccone (Promo Racing) in the early laps as Zaccone would come home in 2nd, taking his best finish of the year so far. Niki Tuuli (Team Stylobike) would have his worst result of the season so far, with 3rd place being a testament to the Finn’s consistency in 2020.
Round 4 – CEV Repsol Moto2 European Championship
Moto2™ ECh fired into life with Keminth Kubo (VR46 Master Camp Team) taking the holeshot, but the Thai rider would eventually slip back to take 5th. Yari Montella barged his way to the front at the end of lap 1 and didn’t look back from there, racing into the distance to win by 6 seconds. Behind him, Alessandro Zaccone (Promo Racing) ran 2nd for much of the race before taking a trip through the gravel at turn 11, eventually coming home in 9th place. It all meant that the still recovering Niki Tuuli (Team Stylobike) picked up another 2nd place as he held Alejandro Medina (Apex Cardoso Racing) at arm’s length as he took the first Moto2™ ECh podium of his career.
Round 3 – Hawkers European Talent Cup
Speaking of consistency, David Alonso would start the day by taking victory in the first HETC race, but he actually crossed the line in 2nd behind Zonta Van Den Goorbergh (Team SuperB). The Dutchman was dropped one place after exceeding track limits thus finishing 2nd as Harrison Voight (SIC 58 Squadra Corse) picked up his first podium of the year after being promoted from 5th to 3rd.
Race 2 came all the way down to the final corner. Alonso would lead going in but had to fend off the attack from Van Den Goorbergh, leaving them both open to a charging Marco Morelli to pick up his first HETC win! Alonso would finish 2nd, and so off the top step for the first time, as Alberto Ferrandez (Cuna de Campeones) picked up 3rd.
Round 4 – Hawkers European Talent Cup
Zonta Van Den Goorbergh raced to victory in a restarted HETC race. The race was red flagged after Filippo Farioli (Team Honda Laglisse) highsided out of Turn 6 but was fortunately unhurt. A 5-lap dash followed, with Van Den Goorbergh controlling it from the front. Chaos ensued behind as Angel Piqueras (Talent Team Estrella Galicia 0,0), Marco Morelli (Talent Team Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Adrian Cruces (Cuna de Campeones) all crashed out at the final turn on the final lap. In the aftermath of the final corner drama, David Alonso (Openbank Aspar Team) and his teammate Ivan Ortola (Openbank Aspar Team) took 2nd and 3rd.
Now the championships rolls on to Aragon where once again, 2 race days back-to-back await the riders and teams on the 3rd and 4th of October.