Former MotoAmerica Racer Ends Euro Season Fifth In Moto2 Series
Joe Roberts, who won the 2015 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 title, ended his first season in the CRV Moto2 Championship in Spain on Sunday, the 20-year-old Californian finishing third in Valencia to end the season ranked fifth. It was Roberts’ third podium of the season.
“Today it was a fantastic day,” Roberts said in an AGR team release. “So happy to end the season on a podium and have a really one of the best races of the whole year, battling with Steven (Odendaal), the pace was so fast and I was pushing so hard the whole race. I really gave my best to win the race, but these guys had a bit more pace than me today. I’m so happy and thankful to the whole AGR team for giving me this opportunity this year and take me on. I’m happy I could bring some good results for them and for me. It’s been an amazing season to come back to Europe and race with a Moto2 bike, so thank you to them and thank you to my whole team. It’s been fantastic.”
Roberts also competed in a few Moto2 World Championship races this year, finishing a season best 10th in his debut in the rain in the Czech Republic round in Brno. Next year, Roberts will compete in the Moto2 World Championship full time with the RW Racing team.
Roberts’ teammate and fellow Californian Jason Uribe finished eighth today and ended up 11th in the title chase. Uribe will return to the CEV Championship next year with the same team, AGR Racing.
“Yeah, I’m very happy with how the race went,” Uribe said. “I had a good time; I had fun on the bike, we worked really hard to solve some of the issues that we had yesterday and we figured it out. We had a good start, the first too laps were a bit crazy. A couple of riders crashed, but I just sat behind Cardus and he took people out of the way for me. I stayed behind him as long as I could and I passed a lot of people doing that. I was just trying to be consistent and pace myself and not wear my tires too much. I was just looking at the gap to the people behind me and make sure that I had a comfortable cushion. I’m very happy with the day. It’s been a good season; it was hard at some points but really happy with how it went.”