This weekend the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo hosts the second round of the FIM CEV Repsol, with Manuel Pagliani (Leopard Junior) leader of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Jesko Raffin (Swiss Innovative Investors Junior) heading the Moto2™ European Championship, Ivo Lopes (ENI-Motor7-Small Motorcycles) the man to beat in Superstock 600 and Julián Giral (Talent Team Estrella Galicia 0.0) the top rider in the European Talent Cup.
In Moto3™, Manuel Pagliani defends his position as leader after winning the inaugural race in Portugal ahead of Raúl Fernández (Angel Nieto Team) and Vicente Pérez (Reale Avintia Academy), who accompanied him on the podium after a thrilling race in which other aspiring riders suffered falls, such as Jeremy Alcoba (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0.0), Ai Ogura (Asia Talent Team), Thomas Edward Booth-Amos (British Talent Team) and Sergio García (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0.0), among others.
Jesko Raffin leads the Moto2™ category after winning the second race at Estoril and finishing third in the first, a race in which Ivo Lopes (ENI-Motor7- Pequeno Motos) came out the surprise winner by taking advantage of the tricky track conditions on his Superstock 600 bike. However, Augusto Fernández (Easyrace) is second in the overall standings, just one point behind Raffin after finishing second in the two races. Ivo Lopes is the leader of Superstock 600.
Almost as close is the classification of the ETC, led by Julián Giral (Talent Team Estrella Galicia 0.0) followed by Barry Baltus (Reale Avintia Academy) just four points behind. The two riders shared the victories in Portugal. Francisco Gómez (Larresport Bradol) is somewhat further adrift, on 26 points against the 45 of Julián Giral. The Larresport Bradol rider had mechanical problems in the first race but in the second he finished runner up.
The second round of the FIM CEV Repsol at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit will feature two races in each of the Moto3™ and ETC categories, with just one race in Moto2™. The European Kawasaki Z Cup returns to the scene with the first race of the season in Valencia.
Next Sunday’s race schedule is as follows:
Moto3™ Race 1 (18 laps): 11.00
ETC Race 1 (17 laps): 12.00
Moto2™ (19 laps): 13.00
Moto3™ Race 2 (18 laps): 14.00
ETC 2 Race 2 (17 laps): 15.00
European Kawasaki Z Cup (19 laps): 16.00
Cuna 2 (9 laps): 17.00
As usual, entrance to the paddock will be free over the weekend. In addition, FIM CEV Repsol fans who go to the main paddock access of the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo will be able to take part in the Pit Lane Walk, but only the first comers will get a pass, with a maximum of two passes per person. The Pit Lane Walk will take place at 10.15 am and start from the outside of the control tower.
The FIM CEV Repsol’s TV presence continues to grow in both Europe and the rest of the world. In Spain, Movistar MotoGP broadcasts live all of the scheduled races of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and European Talent Cup, as does BT Sport in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In Italy, Sky will broadcast live the Moto3™ Junior World Championship and the Moto2™ European Championship races.
Eurosport, through Eurosportplayer (France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Romania), will also offer live coverage of all of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and European Talent Cup races. In Portugal, Sport TV consolidates its commitment to motorcycling by broadcasting live or recorded versions of all the races scheduled throughout the season. For the first time Hungarian fans will be able to enjoy the European Talent Cup thanks to recorded broadcasts on the Spiler TV channel.
Fans in Latin America, the United States, Canada and France will be able to watch recorded versions of all the races through Motosport TV, while their OTT will broadcast the races live. Band Sports television extends its coverage of the FIM CEV Repsol by showing recorded versions of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship and Moto2™ European Championship. Also joining TV coverage of the championship, the Edgesport Channel will air live all the Moto3? Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and European Talent Cup races, as well as being available 24/7 on various platforms with coverage in Abu Dhabi, Belgium, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Solomon Island, Thailand and Vietnam.
In addition, in those countries without television coverage, all races will be broadcast live on the championship’s YouTube channel.