María Herrera, from Toledo, will participate in the CEV (España de Velocidad - Spanish Speed Championship), and will be part of the team that includes, among others, the current runner-up, Álex Márquez
The promising young rider María Herrera will compete in the Moto3 class of the CEV (Campeonato de España de Velocidad) this season defending the Repsol colours. And so this is how the international energy company has rewarded the 15 year old Spanish rider in what will be her debut year in the national championship after winning the Campeonato Mediterráneo PreGP 2011.
Therefore the complete Repsol lineup for this season is made up of Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa (MotoGP), Marc Márquez (Moto2), Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira, Álex Rins (Moto3), Álex Márquez, María Herrera, Francesco Bagnaia and Lorenzo Baldassarri (CEV).
María Herrera has been classified as one of the most promising young riders in Spain currently racing. She will take over from Álex Rins, the reigning CEV Champion and Repsol rider, who will be racing in the Moto3 class this year. By joining the Monlau Competición team, sponsored by Repsol, Herrera takes a big step on the way to fulfilling her ambition of racing in the World Championship.
After being proclaimed Campeona del Mediterráneo PreGP last year the new addition to the Repsol team surprised everybody in Albacete by setting excellent lap times in the end of season tests on a Honda NSF250R, the bike she will ride in 2012.
The first practice in the CEV season will start on Tuesday 28th February at the circuit of Albacete and the first race will take place on Sunday 1st April in Jerez.
Repsol, official fuel supplier to the CEV, is a company very involved with young riders. The Racing Effitec CEV petrol, which is used by all the teams in all the classes of the national championship, optimises engine performance.