Supermoto S4 & SM Junior European Championship:
Alex Ruiz-Gimnez and Ramon Godino win in Spain
Second round for the Supermoto S4 and first one for the SM Junior European Championship in Alcarras, Spain. With the sun out, the spectators found their way to the to Circuit and enjoyed some action full and fast races in the S4 class and the SM Junior class. The overall victory in the S4 class went to Spanish L30 Racing TM Factory rider Alex Ruiz-Gimenez who extends his lead in the championship. The SM Junior class was won by Spanish Yamaha rider Ramon Godin.
S4 Race 1
The first race of the Sunday was for the S4 class. At the start it was L30 Racing TM Factory rider Alex Ruiz-Gimenez who took the hole-shot into the first tight lefthand corner of the circuit in Alcarras. Ruiz-Gimenez was followed by his teammate Kevin Vandi and Gazza Racing rider Giorgio Cravotto. SGR Grau Racing riders David Burbano and Mauro Gonzalez Rojas crashed in the first corner and the two outsiders for the victory had to restart from last place. In front Ruiz-Gimenez was on fire and the young Spanish rider didn’t give the competition any chance. Already soon in the race the home rider created a gap towards Kevin Vandi. Vandi gave everything he got but the Italian rider couldn’t match the speed of Ruiz-Gimenez. Behind the top two, Cravotto was still in third place but the Burbano and Gonzalez Rojas pushed hard halfway the race both passed the riders in front of them and took over third and fourth position in the race. With fast lap times the two SGR Grau riders kept pushing but Kevin Vandi and Alex Ruiz-Gimenez were too far out already. Alex Ruiz-Gimenez took the victory, in front of Kevin Vandi. The top three was completed by David Burbano.
S4 Race 2
The last race of this weekend for the S4 class started at 14:20 hours in very warm conditions. At the start it was L30 Racing TM Factory rider Alex Ruiz-Gimenez who again took the hole shot but this time in front SGR Grau rider David Burbano who stayed out of trouble this time. Third place was for the teammate of Burbano, Mauro Gonzalez Rojas followed by L30 Racing TM Factory rider Kevin Vandi,. Like in the first race Ruiz-Gimenez could create a gap towards to others but time to relax was not possible and the rest of the top was not so far away. With Ruiz-Gimenez and Burbano slowly getting away, it was time for Vandi to put the pressure on Gonzalez Rojas. After some laps Vandi was able to pass the Spanish rider and was in third behind the two leaders. Vandi gave all he and TM got but it wasn’t enough to get closer to the top two. After 18 laps Alex Ruiz-Gimenez took the victory in front of David Burbano and Kevin Vandi. The results of the second race were also the results for the overall victory here in Alcarras, Spain.
S4 Classification Top Ten
1. RUIZ JIMENEZ Alex (ESP, TM) Pts. 50,000 (25+25); 2. BURBANO David (COL, Honda) Pts. 42,000 (20+22); 3. VANDI Kevin (ITA, TM) Pts. 42,000 (22+20); 4. GONZALEZ ROJAS Mauro (ESP, Honda) Pts. 36,000 (18+18); 5. CRAVOTTO Giorgio (ITA, Honda) Pts. 32,000 (16+16); 6. ZAHORAK Kevin (GER, Husqvarna) Pts. 30,000 (15+15); 7. DELONG Alexis (FRA, TM) Pts. 28,000 (14+14); 8. MARX Mauritius (GER, Honda) Pts. 26,000 (13+13);
SM Junior Race 1
The first of the season for SM Junior class started at 12:20 hours in already very warm weather conditions. The young riders were ready to give the spectators an exiting race. At the start it was Jordi Gaya Hernandez who took the hole shot into the first corner followed by Max Serra and Matteo Andreotti. Fourth position was for Ramon Godino. Straight from the start the battle was on, with very close racing. Gaya Hernandez tried to get away but Serra, Andreotti and Godino were never far away. In the third lap Godino took over third position from Andreotti. Ramon Godino kep ton pushing and half way the race he took over the lead in the race in front of Serra who also overtook Gaya Hernandez. With three laps to go the race for Gaya Hernandez was over as he had to retire his KTM into the pitlane. From that moment the battle for the lead was on. Godino and Serra fought for every meter of asphalt changing positions almost each corner, but in the end it was Max Serra who took the first victory of the season in the SM Junior class. Second position went to Ramon Godino, followed by Christoph Steiner who completed the top three, after starting the race in fifth position.
SM Junior Race 2
The second race of the Junior class started in afternoon and at the start it was Spanish KTM rider Jordi Gaya Hernandez who turned fastest into the first corner. Second position was Max Serra followed by Ramon Godino. Directly after the start the three riders created a gap towards to other young riders but it was going to be an eventful race. First rider to make an mistake in the off-road section was the leader Gaya Hernandez. Gaya Hernandez dropped back to third position a few seconds behind the new leader Max Serra. Right behind Serra it was Godino who was only a few meters away. One lap later Max Serra entered the off road section but the young Spanish rider didn’t come out of the section. He managed to restart his bike but once he was in very last place, a lap behind on the leaders. In front Ramon Godino was now in full control and without mistakes from his side he took the victory in Alcarras in race two. Second place was for Jordi Gaya Hernandez and third place was for Rasmus Ebelmann who also stayed out of trouble. With his victory in the second race Ramon Godino also took the overall victory in the SM Junior class.
SM Junior Classification Top Ten:
1. GODINO Ramon (ESP, Yamaha) Pts. 47,000 (22+25); 2. EBELMANN Rasmus (EST, Husqvarna) Pts. 38,000 (18+20); 3. STEINER Christoph (AUT, KTM) Pts. 38,000 (20+18); 4. SERRA Max (ESP, KTM) Pts. 35,000 (25+10); 5. GAYA HERNANDEZ Jordi (ESP, KTM) Pts. 33,000 (11+22); 6. ANDREOTTI Matteo (ITA, TM) Pts. 31,000 (15+16); 7. MOOSES Robin Robert (EST, Husqvarna) Pts. 31,000 (16+15); 8. SIILAK Travis (EST, KTM) Pts. 27,000 (13+14); 9. BERECZKI David Zsolt (HUN, Husqvarna) Pts. 27,000 (14+13); 10. MAIMONTE Mattia (BEL, TM) Pts. 24,000 (12+12).