A new season of the FIM CEV Repsol starts this weekend at the Estoril circuit in Portugal. The competition looks like being tighter than ever in Moto3™, Moto2™ and the European Talent Cup with a calendar of eight meetings starting at Estoril and ending on November 10 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.
The FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship will once again be the main focus of attention as a prelude to the World Championship. With the 2018 champion Raúl Fernández already taking part in the Moto3™ World Championship along with riders such as Sergio García, Ai Ogura, Can Öncü and Celestino Vietti, among others, it is now the turn of Aleix Viu (Sama Global Angel Nieto Team) , Yuki Kunii (Asia Talent Team), Jeremy Alcoba (Laglisse Academy), Deniz Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and company to fight for the title in a category where the ETC 2018 champion Xavier Artigas (Leopard Impala Junior Team) will be making his debut, along with other riders from the ETC such as runner-up Víctor Rodríguez (Laglisse Academy), and riders from other international competitions such as Bill van Eerde (Asia Talent Team), champion of the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup 2018.
Likewise, there are five riders who have moved up from the Moto2™ European Championship to the Moto2™ World Championship: Lukas Tulovic (Kiefer Racing), Xavier Cardelús (Angel Nieto Team), Dimas Ekky Patrama (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Augusto Fernández (Pons HP40). Edgar Pons (Baiko Racing Team), 2015 champion and runner-up last season in Moto2™ ECh, could be the man to beat alongside Héctor Garzó (CNS Motorsport) in a heavyweight grid that will feature riders just arrived from Moto3™ such as Gerry Salim (Astra Honda Racing Team) and Alex Ruiz (Fundación Andreas Pérez) as well as from other championships such as the VR46 Master Camp Team, Keminth Kubo and Anupab Sarmoon. Superstock 600 is also full of riders who have come up from lower categories like Leon and Kevin Orgis (Pinamotos RS) and Peetu Paavilainen (Pinamotos RS), who arrives from the ETC.
Within the ETC, one of the innovations this season is the staging of the ETC Series2 race. This will be a race for those riders who have failed to qualify in the official qualifying sessions. Also, the ETC qualifying sessions will be divided into two groups given the large number of riders (66) who have signed up for the whole season.
The first event of the FIM CEV Repsol season this Sunday consists of six races: the first – the ETC – will start on Sunday at 11.00 (local time) before the first Moto2™ race. There will be only one Moto3™ race but two each for the ETC (the second starting at 2:00) to be followed by the second Moto2™ race. The new ETC Series2 will close out the weekend’s program.
This Sunday the Estoril Circuit in Portugal hosts the start of a new FIM CEV Repsol season which will continue in Valencia at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, in April. On the 18 May there will be a Moto3™ JWCh race to coincide with the Shark Helmets Grand Prix de France MotoGP™ at Le Mans. All categories will return for the round in Barcelona on June 9, to continue at MotorLand Aragón on July 14 before the summer break. Jerez will mark the return to competition on September 29, while on October 13 it will be the turn of Albacete. The final event of the season will be in Valencia on November 10.
The race schedule for next Sunday is as follows (local time):
ETC Race 1 (16 laps) 11.00
Moto2™ Race 1 (18 laps) 12.00
Moto3™ (17 laps) 13.00
ETC Race 2 (16 laps) 14.00
Moto2™ Race 2 (18 laps) 15.00
ETC Serie2 (16 laps) 16.00
Television networks and new media platforms in Europe and many countries are interested in live broadcasts or on demand videos of FIM CEV Repsol events. New in Spain, DAZN will include the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and European Talent Cup in its programming, showing each of the scheduled races – as will BT Sports in both in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with live broadcasts of all races in each category. Also new is that Canal Plus in France will broadcast all the races live on Canal+ Sport. In Italy, Sky will broadcast live the Moto3™ Junior World Championship and the Moto2™ European Championship races.
In Belgium, GP Inside will offer live broadcasts of all the Championship races. Through Eurosportplayer (Holland and Romania) Eurosport will also offer live coverage of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and European Talent Cup. In Portugal, Sport TV consolidates its commitment to motorcycling with live or recorded broadcasts of all the races scheduled throughout the season. Hungarian fans will be able to follow the young hopefuls of the European Talent Cup thanks to the recorded broadcast of ETC races by the Spiler TV channel.
By means of its digital platform the Motorsport group will broadcast live all the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and European Talent Cup events, with worldwide coverage except in the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy which will offer the same content through other media partners. The Edgesport Channel will show live all the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, Moto2™ European Championship and European Talent Cup races, which will be available 24/7 on various platforms with coverage in Abu Dhabi, Belgium, Cambodia , China, Hong Kong, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Solomon Islands, Thailand and Vietnam.
In addition, in those countries without television coverage, all races will be broadcast live on the championship’s YouTube channel.
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