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Complicated premiere for the Repsol riders in the CEV

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The start of the Spanish Speed Championship (CEV - Campeonato de España de Velocidad) was not as good as the Repsol team had hoped. Bagnaia was the only member of the team to finish the race, 8th, and get the first points of the season. Márquez withdrew after his bike developed mechanical problems, Baldassarri fell and María Herrera was not even able to start. Ottl won the race ahead of Medina and McPhee.

Francesco Bagnaia got a deserved eighth place finish in the opening race of the CEV, one that was marked by the difficult track conditions. The Italian rider, who started quite a way down the grid, seventh row, was able to climb the classification benefitting from many retirements from the race in Jerez. In the end it was a race of survival where only the strongest-willed riders were able to stay out on the track, as was the case with Bagnaia. Although this was not the case for his teammates. His compatriot Baldassarri was not able to finish the race because on lap 12 ,on the corner before the home straight, he fell when he was fourth and was not able to return to the track.

Álex Márquez had a mechanical problem which left him out of the race. His bike had given him several warnings and on the tenth lap it gave up the ghost. But the worst luck was suffered by María Herrera, who could not even start because her bike stopped when the riders were taking up their positions on the grid after the warm-up lap. The young rider retired to the pits most upset, although she did in fact go out on the track later and do a few laps alongside the other riders. In summary, Jerez was a race to forget, move forward and focus on the next round of the CEV, on 22nd April at the circuit of Los Arcos in Navarre.

4/2/2012

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