Next weekend the FIM CEV Repsol championships return to action with a full programme in Barcelona.
European Talent Cup
There are a massive 64 riders registered to take part in the European Talent Cup event including the British riders of Joshua Whatley (KRP), Fenton Seabright (Wilson Racing) and Jack Hart (Wilson Racing). Whilst the two previous rounds both had two races, in Barcelona, there is only one opportunity to shine in the European Talent Cup.
Izan Guevara (Cuna de Campeones) leads the series on 64 points after winning both race one and race two in Valencia. He overtook Iván Ortola (SAMA Qatar Angel Nieto Team) who took victory in the two races in Estoril. Third overall is David Muñoz (Jerez Andalucia Motor Talent).
The British contingent
Fenton Seabright lies seventh in the championship with 33 points, just seven away from Fermín Aldeguer in fifth place. Seabright narrowly missed out on race victory in the first race in Estoril. In Valencia, he scored a couple of points for 14th in the first race and added another five with 11th in race two. Since then he has gone on to take two podium finishes in the British Talent Cup.
Although Jack Hart briefly led one of the races in Valencia he has yet to score and will be hoping for a change of fortune at Montmelo. In the last round at Valencia, he qualified fourth but had two DNFs. During the weekend he showed great pace and that he could run at the front. Since round two of the European Talent Cup Hart has also competed in the British Talent Cup. He qualified second at the Donington National round. But a couple of bad starts meant he had to battle back to a fifth in race one and eighth place in the second race. If Hart can get those starts sorted, he could well be in the leading group.
Also looking to continue progress will be Joshua Whatley. He has had a best finish of 17th in Estoril so far. When not competing in the European Talent Cup on the Honda, Whatley rides a KTM in the British Motostar GP class. After one round he is currently fourth on 21 points in that BSB Support class.
European Talent Cup Timetable
European Talent Cup qualifying takes place on Saturday 8 June 2019. The field is split into two groups. Group A have their first 40-minute qualifying session at 08:00 (UK time) and then the second is at 11:20 (UK time). Group B is out for Q1 at 08:50 (UK time) and then Q2 for them will be at 12:10 (UK time).
After a brief 15 minute warm up at 08:40 (UK time) on Sunday morning the European Talent Cup race will start at 12:00 (UK time). The series two race, for those that failed to qualify in the main race, takes place at 15:00 (UK time).
Moto3 Junior World Championship
Yuki Kunii (Asia Talent Team) leads the championship by 13 points over Jeremy Alcoba (LaGlisse Academy). However, Kunii was caught up in someone else’s crash in the Red Bull Rookies last weekend and injured his hand. He is not on the list of riders entered for this weekend. This will give Alcoba, Xavier Artigas (Leopard Impala Junior Team), Barry Baltus (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) among others, the opportunity to lead the standings come Sunday evening.
Alcoba is looking for his first victory of the season as is Artigas whilst Baltus could make a return to the top step. Baltus won the first race in Estoril.
Carlos Tatay (Fundacion Andreas Perez 77) will be hoping to build on his win in the Red Bull Rookies in Mugello. The Spanish rider is just 9th in the Moto3 Junior World Championship, fifty points behind the championship leader. He has scored two sixth places this season a DNF and a 25th place finish.
Max Cook (British Talent Team) will hopefully be over the illness he was suffering in Mugello last weekend. Like Tatay he was competing in the Red Bull Rookies. However, Cook was ill throughout the weekend. He still managed to come across the line 13th. Cook has four points to show for his efforts this season in the Moto3 Junior World Championship. He will be looking to build his points tally at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya.
Deniz Öncü has finally got off the mark. He picked up eight points in Le Mans after three DNFs so far this season. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will surely be in the thick of it this weekend.
Moto3 Junior World Championship Timetable
You can follow the Moto3 Junior World Championship and British rider, Max Cook, on Saturday and Sunday. The first Moto3 Junior World Championship qualifying is at 09:40 (UK time). The follow-up session is at 13:00 (UK time). On Sunday there are two 16 lap races. The first is at 10:00 (UK time) and the second at 13:00 (UK Time).
Moto2 European Championship
The 2015 champion and runner-up last year, Edgar Pons (Baiko Racing Team) leads the way in 2019 with a total of three podiums from three races. This includes a win last time out in Valencia. Niki Tuuli (Team Stylobike) had a big fall in Valencia after hitting oil on the track. He left without scoring any points. He now lies second on 45 points, with a win and a second place from Estoril. The number 18 should be back on track next weekend, although will he be 100% fit?
We have had three winners from the three races so far with Alessandro Zaccone (Promoracing) winning race two in Estoril. The Italian finished eighth in Valencia.
Hector Garzo (CNS Motorsport) is 28 points behind the championship leader but got his first podium, with a second place in Valencia. He may well continue with his improvement over the opening rounds. He took a fourth and a seventh last season at this venue.