Superbike Video Highlights: Round One FIM CEV Repsol Championship

American Kenny Noyes (Kawasaki) and Spaniard Carmelo Morales (Yamaha) leave Portimao, Portugal, tied for the lead with 45 points each after the opening two races of the FIM CEV European Superbike Championship.

Defending champion Noyes won race one with a last-lap pass on Morales. Three-time champion Morales came back to take race two after contact with two laps to go. Noyes lost 1.9 seconds and, despite turning the fastest lap on the final go-around, was second.

Venezuelan Robertino Pietri (Yamaha) was third and Spain’s Ivan Silva (BMW) was fourth in both races.

Kenny Noyes (first and second; fastest lap race two): “I really felt a lot stronger and more in control in race two, but I made a mistake and it cost me.

“In race one, I pushed hard and was expecting Morales’ attack and I held him off. In race 2, it was the same scenario, but when he made his move with four to go, I was a little impatient.

“I saw a hole but he was riding defensively, and I got caught with my front wheel in the wrong place and nearly crashed. That was the penultimate lap, and I didn’t have enough time to come back.

“Still, we are happy coming out of here tied for the lead because this was absolutely our worst track last year. We are feeling good about our chances.”

Carmelo Morales (second and first, fastest lap race one): “We didn’t have enough preseason testing with the new Yamaha, so we are learning a little more about the bike each time we go out.

“In the first race, I got boxed in at the start and lost a second and a half and that meant that I had to work the tires harder than I wanted to catch Noyes. It was a good scrap, and we came up just a 10th of a second short.

“In race two, I followed Noyes for 13 laps and then made my move. He came back and bumped me from the inside in turn one. We touched again, and I came out of it better.”

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

Superbike Points Standings
1. Noyes/Morales 45
3. Pietri 32
4. Silva 26
5. Rivas 22

American Kenny Noyes (Kawasaki) and Spaniard Carmelo Morales (Yamaha) leave Portimao, Portugal, tied for the lead with 45 points each after the opening two races of the FIM CEV European Superbike Championship.

Defending champion Noyes won race one with a last-lap pass on Morales. Three-time champion Morales came back to take race two after contact with two laps to go. Noyes lost 1.9 seconds and, despite turning the fastest lap on the final go-around, was second.

Venezuelan Robertino Pietri (Yamaha) was third and Spain’s Ivan Silva (BMW) was fourth in both races.

Kenny Noyes (first and second; fastest lap race two): “I really felt a lot stronger and more in control in race two, but I made a mistake and it cost me.

“In race one, I pushed hard and was expecting Morales’ attack and I held him off. In race 2, it was the same scenario, but when he made his move with four to go, I was a little impatient.

“I saw a hole but he was riding defensively, and I got caught with my front wheel in the wrong place and nearly crashed. That was the penultimate lap, and I didn’t have enough time to come back.

“Still, we are happy coming out of here tied for the lead because this was absolutely our worst track last year. We are feeling good about our chances.”

Carmelo Morales (second and first, fastest lap race one): “We didn’t have enough preseason testing with the new Yamaha, so we are learning a little more about the bike each time we go out.

“In the first race, I got boxed in at the start and lost a second and a half and that meant that I had to work the tires harder than I wanted to catch Noyes. It was a good scrap, and we came up just a 10th of a second short.

“In race two, I followed Noyes for 13 laps and then made my move. He came back and bumped me from the inside in turn one. We touched again, and I came out of it better.”

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

Superbike Points Standings
1. Noyes/Morales 45
3. Pietri 32
4. Silva 26
5. Rivas 22

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