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The opening round of the FIM CEV Repsol held at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valencia

Although the skies were slightly overcast, 16.000 fans came to witness the race. The temperature was pleasant and there was
no wind. With everything in favour, it was a pleasant day at the Circuit in Valencia with races  for the Moto3™ Junior World
Championship, the Moto2™ European Championship, the Superbike European Championship and the Kawasaki Z Cup.


The young Moto3™ Junior World Championship riders had the fans out of their seats during the first race. With the front pack
riding close together and constantly switching places it went down on the last lap. The Leopard Junior Stratos rider took the flag
with arms raised in triumph.


Niko002        niko 16041602 sbk valencia llano 1024x683                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Race Direction decided that the Superbike European Championship race would be run over 14 laps. From lights off Santiago Barragán
(SPA-BMW), Alejandro Medina (SPA-Yamaha), Maximilian Scheib (CHI-BMW) and Carmelo Morales (SPA-Yamaha) charged away.
These riders kept their positions until the middle of the race, when the Spanish Yamaha Laglisse rider took the lead in a brilliant
manoeuvre, while Santiago Barragán (SPA-BMW) lost ground after overshooting. When everything seemed decided in favour of
the current class champion, a sudden total loss of pressure in his rear tire surprised Carmelo Morales (SPA-Yamaha) and left him
out of the race three laps from the end. Maximilian Scheib (CHI-BMW) took his first FIM CEV Repsol victory, in addition to the
"Repsol free fuel cheque". In second place came Alejandro Medina (SPA-Yamaha).


Among the privateer riders Niko Mäkinen was fighting for the European Championship. He clearly was the leader and the best
time was set by this TSUBAKI Rider Niko Mäkinen (FIN-Yamaha).

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