This weekend, we not only have to enjoy the third round of the Superbike World Championship in Assen, but also the Spanish Speed Championship, known since this year as CEV Repsol. And the starting gun will be at the Circuit de Catalunya, where it begins in a year that is expected to be exciting, as always, in this springboard championship to the World Cup categories, where of course we will see pilots from all corners of the world.
What's more. It comes with important news, especially two. One is that this time, although there are only seven dates again, each category will contest nine races, so in each appointment, one of these categories repeats, in this case Moto3. The other great news is that in Moto2 we can also see the Superstock 600 sharing track, in what will be the Spanish Superstock Cup. And now let's review each category a little bit.
On Moto3, We meet again with a very wide grid, which in this event has 56 registered and full of names that are familiar to us and among which could be the next champion of Spain. With the march of Alex Marquez to the world championship, the category is left without a clear favorite, which it did last year. In any case, we can mention a few who will surely be upstairs and will give a lot to talk about, in case of Alejandro Medina, Albert Arenas, María Herrera (hopefully with greater fortune than in 2012), Livio Loi, Fraser Rogers, Adrián Martín, Jorge Navarro, Kenta Fuji, Marcos Ramírez or last year's runner-up, Luca Amato, that even with experience in world championship races, he could be one of those who can be considered the most favorite. Cite the absence of Josep Rodriguez injury and remember that these guys They will race twice on Sunday. We also know that surprises are the order of the day here.
On Moto2 / Superstock 600 we find ourselves with an important gap due to the absence of the great dominator of the last two years, which is none other than Jordi Torres, now deservedly in the world cup. He thus leaves the throne of the Spanish championship, and there is no shortage of candidates to occupy it of course. Among the most prominent or a priori favorites, we can cite Roman Ramos, that made it difficult for Jordi last year, Kenny Noyes, Alejandro Mariñelarena or Dani Rivas. Say that for this appointment there are a total of 38 registered between Moto2 and Superstock 600, and we are, for example, Elena Rosell, who will participate in the new category.
Stock Extreme for its part, it is the one with the clearest favorite. We are talking of course about the great Carmelo Morales, champion in title and great dominator. But nevertheless, it will not be easy at all, and the fact is that the Extreme grid has an impressive level in 2013. Thus, they will try to dethrone Carmelo riders like Adrián Bonastre, what's next in Suzuki, Santi Barragan, now also on Suzuki, Ivan silva now about a Bmw or the pilots who will carry a Ducati 1199 Panigale, case of Ferran Casas and Xavi Forés, and they already know what it is to be at the top this year, with the double that they did in the first race of the Portuguese championship, with a victory for Forés. We will also have to be attentive to others such as Enrique Ferrer, Antonio Alarcos or Marcos Solorza. In total, 31 drivers will be on the grid on Sunday.
As it's usual, the entrance will be totally free both Saturday and Sunday and, in addition, the first 100 arriving on Sunday will be allowed to be in the pit lane walk before the race. Fortunately, for those of us who cannot get close to the circuit, we can enjoy all the races live on the Energy channel, just like last year, so you have to juggle Superbikes and the CEV so you don't miss a thing. Comments will be made by Sergio romero and Oscar Haro, and these are the schedules:
- 11:00 Moto3 (16 laps)
- 12:00 Stock Extreme (17 laps)
- 13:00 Moto2 (17 laps)
- 14:00 Moto3 (16 laps)
So, our spectacular national speed championship begins. As you know, because I am always saying it, I like this CEV more and more where you can experience from very close and with great authenticity all that competition motorcycling means, And I can't quite understand how afterwards we run into the empty stands at each appointment. But of course, if we take into account that this country doesn't even go to the Superbike World Championship, then turn it off and let's go… I certainly intend to enjoy it as always.