Moto2 Video Highlights: Round One FIM CEV Repsol Championship

In race one, Edgar Pons (Kalex), son of two-time 250cc World Champion Sito Pons, broke away from the field to win by more than eight seconds from fellow Spaniard Xavi Vierge (Tech3) with South African Steven Odendaal (Kalex) third.

Race two also seemed to be going Pons’ way on the opening laps, but when a light rain began to fall, Pons dropped back, expecting the race to be stopped. Race direction, however, decided to let the race run to just over half distance, putting out red flags and awarding the win to Vierge.

Third in race two was Brazilian Enric Granado, who was fourth in race one. Odendaal, third in race one, crashed out of the second race. Luca Marini (Kalex), half-brother of Valentino Rossi, was fifth in race one and fourth in race two.

Pons and Vierge leave Portugal tied for the lead in the FIM CEV Moto2 European Championship.

Edgar Pons (first and second; fastest lap in race one): “The race was difficult. There was very high wind, and it was dangerous. In some corners, you could feel the wind pushing the front wheel, and it was easy to lose grip.

“We were able to set a good pace from the first lap, and I saw that I was slowly building my advantage over my rivals and that gave me motivation.

“In the end, it was a bit complicated to keep the pace, but we were able to win, and I’m very happy to have started the year like that.”

Xavi Vierge (second and first; fastest lap in race two): “I felt very comfortable from the first lap. My plan was to stay close to Edgar until the end, but by mid-race, I took the lead.

“When I started to push, I noticed that rain was falling. At that moment, I doubted whether to push, but I saw that we kept the margin so I decided to just let the laps pass.”

Watch complete coverage of the first round of the 2015 FIM CEV Repsol International Championship from Autódromo Internacional do Algarve here

Moto2 Points Standings
1. Pons/Vierge 45
3. Granado/Marini 29
5. Techer 21

In race one, Edgar Pons (Kalex), son of two-time 250cc World Champion Sito Pons, broke away from the field to win by more than eight seconds from fellow Spaniard Xavi Vierge (Tech3) with South African Steven Odendaal (Kalex) third.

Race two also seemed to be going Pons’ way on the opening laps, but when a light rain began to fall, Pons dropped back, expecting the race to be stopped. Race direction, however, decided to let the race run to just over half distance, putting out red flags and awarding the win to Vierge.

Third in race two was Brazilian Enric Granado, who was fourth in race one. Odendaal, third in race one, crashed out of the second race. Luca Marini (Kalex), half-brother of Valentino Rossi, was fifth in race one and fourth in race two.

Pons and Vierge leave Portugal tied for the lead in the FIM CEV Moto2 European Championship.

Edgar Pons (first and second; fastest lap in race one): “The race was difficult. There was very high wind, and it was dangerous. In some corners, you could feel the wind pushing the front wheel, and it was easy to lose grip.

“We were able to set a good pace from the first lap, and I saw that I was slowly building my advantage over my rivals and that gave me motivation.

“In the end, it was a bit complicated to keep the pace, but we were able to win, and I’m very happy to have started the year like that.”

Xavi Vierge (second and first; fastest lap in race two): “I felt very comfortable from the first lap. My plan was to stay close to Edgar until the end, but by mid-race, I took the lead.

“When I started to push, I noticed that rain was falling. At that moment, I doubted whether to push, but I saw that we kept the margin so I decided to just let the laps pass.”

Watch complete coverage of the first round of the 2015 FIM CEV Repsol International Championship from Autódromo Internacional do Algarve here

Moto2 Points Standings
1. Pons/Vierge 45
3. Granado/Marini 29
5. Techer 21

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