Cardoso Racing, ready to repeat its winning streak in Navarre
The fifth round of the ESBK takes place in Navarra, a track where the Andalusian team has already ridden this year and where it achieved full victories in Superbike and Supersport.
The ESBK is back after the summer break. The Navarra circuit hosts the fifth round of the Spanish Superbike Championship, a track where this event already held its second round in mid-May. On that occasion, Cardoso Racing put in a magnificent performance, a perfect weekend with two victories in the Superbike class with Carmelo Morales and another two in Supersport with Borja Gómez.
Since that occasion the Andalusian team has been in great form in this national championship. On the one hand, in the Superbike category, the championship is very tight. Carmelo Morales is currently fourth in the standings with 107 points, 27 points behind leader Ivo Lopes. In addition to this weekend's two races, there are still four more to go, so there are a lot of points at stake and Morales will be looking to move closer to the lead to fight until the end for the Spanish championship title.
Carmelo Morales #31: "After the summer break it's a bit difficult to get back into the rhythm of competition, but the day didn't go badly. During these days we have to focus on getting the bike ready to ride in high temperatures, as in August it will be a key factor for the bike to work well in these high temperatures. At the moment it's very close with my rivals, we have another day to prepare well and tomorrow we'll see where we are with the lap times.
Borja Gómez remains the leader of the Supersport class. The rider from Murcia accumulates 131 points, four more than Dani Valle, his closest rival at the moment. In addition to the two victories at this circuit, Gómez is confident after his first races in the World Supersport class last weekend, also at this Navarre circuit. Gómez gained a lot of experience during the weekend, but he also suffered a hard crash at high speed from which he has already recovered.
Borja Gómez #12: "We are really looking forward to this circuit, after the World Championship weekend we are even more prepared because we have learned a lot. I had a crash last Sunday, but I'm fine, when I'm on the bike it doesn't hurt at all, when I'm out my foot hurts a bit, but it's nothing serious. Today we have already completed the first training sessions and I felt very good with my team and with the bike. Now it's time to keep working on this line".
In addition, Cardoso Racing will continue looking for the podium in Open600 with Filip Rehacek. The Czech rider continues to make positive progress and last weekend he also took part in the FIM CEV Repsol races in Jerez in the Superstock 600 class.
Filip Rehacek #3: "I'm very motivated for these races. After the weekend in Jerez, which didn't end the way we wanted, we had a good rhythm and that was positive. Here in Navarra we have started very well, we had the set-up of the first race here and I feel very good, I'm comfortable and I'm looking forward to keep working".
José Luis Cardoso (Team Principal): "We have very good expectations for thisweekend. The last time we raced here we won the race with Carmelo and Borja, and now the objectives can't be less. We come to a circuit that suits our bikes, our tyres and our riders very well. Given that the temperatures will be very high, we hope to be as competitive as we have been in the past. We are really looking forward to it, today both Borja and Carmelo rode at a very high pace and that makes us face the weekend in a very optimistic way. Filip is coming back from a crash in Jerez last weekend and fortunately he has not suffered any damage, so again we will keep pushing to achieve our goal, which is to reach the podium. I think it's a good moment to be able to keep moving forward and get on the podium with our three riders, which is what we are always aiming for".
As usual in this championship, races will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. The 600 cubic centimetre bikes will start their first race on Saturday at 14:00 hours, while on Sunday they will start at twelve o'clock noon. The lights will go out for the Superbike riders at 15:00 on Saturday and at 13:00 on Sunday. Sunday's races can be followed live and free of charge on the RFME's YouTube channel.