The last round of European Moto2, Talent Cup and Kawasaki Z Cup was held at Valencia (Spain).
Yesterday the quickest of the Moto2™ European Championship riders was Edgar Pons (AGR Team, photo1), who took pole position ahead of the Italian Tommaso Marcon (Team Ciatti) and local rider Héctor Garzó (Team Wimu CNS). Swiss rider Jesko Raffin (Easy Race), champion since Albacete, gained the third row of the grid with the seventh best time, more than a second adrift of the poleman.
The youngest riders in the FIM CEV Repsol, competing in the European Talent Cup, are the only ones who still have a title to fight for. José Antonio Rueda (Estrella Galicia) earned pole position after dominating the two qualifying sessions of Group B. Rueda will have his team mate Julián Giral (Estrella Galicia) and Fermín Aldeguer (Bester Capital Dubai) also gained the front row of the grid. But the fight for the title is centered on the second row, with the leader of the overall standings Xavier Artigas (Honda Impala) and Víctor Rodríguez (Ikono Motorbike Laglisse), who is second position 19 points adrift. The other candidate for the title, Cuna de Campeones rider David Salvador, gained the third row of the grid.
In the European Kawasaki Z Cup, Gabriel Durán gained pole position with David Vázquez and Óscar Ibáñez also on the front row of the grid. The leader of the general classification, Abián Santana, gained the second row of the grid in fourth position in his fight for the title against his main rivals, poleman Durán and Javier Valera, who gained the fifth position.
The final round of the 2018 FIM CEV Repsol season at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo saw victories for Edgar Pons in the Moto2™ European Championship, Víctor Rodríguez in the European Talent Cup and Abián Santana in the European Kawasaki Z Cup.
The ETC title – for the youngest riders of the FIM CEV Repsol – was decided in a two-part race, after the race was interrupted after a fall in the Nico Terol Curve: Alejandro Díez (Honda Impala) had to receive emergency treatment right at the edge of the track, which forced the Circuit Ricardo Tormo authorities to bring out the red flag. In the resumption, a sprint of only 5 laps, Víctor Rodríguez (Laglisse) dominated the last lap and crossed the line just ahead of José Antonio Rueda (Estrella Galicia) and Adrián Fernández (Ajo Motorsport), younger brother of the Moto3™ JWCh champion,
Behind, in fifth place, came Xavi Artigas (Honda Impala, photo2), carefully calculating the points to take the ETC title by five points over Rodríguez and 24 over Ricardo Tormo Circuit School rider David Salvador (Cuna de Campeones). Xavier Artigas succeeds Manuel González as champion of the popular ETC, which this year celebrates its second running.
The Moto2™ EC race was a head-to-head duel between two riders with World Championship experience. With six laps to go, poleman Edgar Pons (AGR) pulled away from Valencian Hector Garzo (Team Wimu CNS) who had led the race until then to take the victory. The tussle for third place was one of the attractions of this final race, involving Marc Alcoba (Dynavolt Intanct), Tommaso Marcon (Team Ciatti) and the already proclaimed European champion, Swiss rider Jesko Raffin (Easy Race). Finally, Alcoba and the Italian Marcon crossed the line in an unsportsmanlike manner and were sanctioned, so in the end the champion Raffin accompanied Pons and Garzó on the Cheste podium.
Abián Santana took the victory and the European Kawasaki Z Cup title. Starting from pole position the rider from the Canaries rode comfortably to reach the finish line well ahead of his rivals to take the title. Óscar Ibáñez and David Vázquez accompanied him on the podium.
Full results on FIM Europe website: http://www.fim-europe.eu/events/653