CEV Repsol Moto2 European Championship and Hawkers European Talent Cup:
Catalunya hosted round 3
Catalunya played to host a fantastic display right throughout the weekend for the CEV Repsol Moto2 European Championship and Hawkers European Talent Cup.
Fermin Aldeguer (Boscoscuro Talent Team-Ciatti) was once again the dominant force in the Moto2™ European Championship as he raced into the distance winning both races and it was 15-year-old Xabi Zurutuza (Cuna de Campeones) that took the win in Hawkers European Talent Cup.
In Moto2™ ECh it was business as usual for Aldeguer at the flag, but he did have some work to do! The 16-year-old was squeezed out at Turn 1 as Lukas Tulovic (Liqui Moly Intact SIC Racing Team) and Alonso Lopez (Boscosuro Talent Team-Ciatti) grabbed 1st and 2nd on the first lap. Aldeguer quickly set to work and picked them off to take the lead and from there, streaked away to a 7-second winning margin. Behind, Lopez got the better of a strong Tulovic as the pair rounded out the podium.
Race 2 was dominated from lights to flag by Aldeguer as he grabbed the holeshot and never looked back. He was held honest by Lopez for 7 laps before Lopez then slipped back, relinquishing to Aldeguer’s superior pace. Tulovic would once again take 3rd place but this time didn’t quite have to pace to run with Lopez. But Tulovic can be happy with a double podium performance as he’s now in control of 3rd place in the Championship.
As always, HETC provided action right from the off as the racers of the future got to grips with hot and greasy conditions in Catalunya. With just one race on the agenda for the youngsters, they were giving it everything from the start and a group of 4 broke away in the early laps. The Cuna de Campeones trio of Zurutuza, Hugo Millan and Adrian Cruces were joined by the fast-starting Maximo Martinez (Team Honda Laglisse) as they pulled well clear of the pack by 12 seconds in the end. But, there was drama, as the then Championship Leader Cruces tumbled at Turn 7, leaving his teammates and Martinez to battle it out. A last lap thriller unfolded, with Zurutuza coming out on top by just 0.024s from Martinez and Millan a further 0.022s back in 3rd. After 5 races, Millan leads the Championship by just 7 points.