CEV Moto3 “Mundialito”, “Young Lions” Italians in Distress?

If for the MotoGP the summer holidays are a break of one month and for the WSBK are a break of two months, for the Spanish CEV you do not run for two months and a half. This passes the convent with the DORNA plate. After the last round on 14 July at Aragon, the FIM-CEV will be back on track at Jerez for the sixth round of the season at the end of September, on 28 and 29, before continuing on 13 October at Albacete and closing the championship at Ricardo Tormo in Valencia on 10 November 2019. The CEV remains important, especially for the “FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship” the Moto3 category with the international halo of the “Mundialito”, but it no longer seems to have the appeal and drive (also in the media) of previous years, especially for Italians, present but not at the top as it has been in recent editions with the titles of the cadet category won by Nicolò Bulega (2015), Lorenzo Dalla Porta (2016)), Dennis Foggia (2017).

We do not go into detail of the individual races already concluded. After the first seven races in the general classification no Italian driver has ever climbed the top step of the podium this year: the Italians are in 9th place in the standings with 20 year old Davide Pizzoli (44 points, excellent two third places in Valencia and in the last race of Aragon. Honda Leopard Impala Junior Team), at 12th place with 18-year-old Stefano Nepa (25 points. Ktm SN81 Junior Team), at 21st place with 16-year-old Matteo Berlelle (16 points. Honda SIC 58 Squadra Corse), at 23rd place with 19-year-old Kevin Zannoni (10 points. TM RGR TM Racing Factory Team). Without points Matteo Patacca (Honda) and Nicola Carraro (TM). That’s it? That’s it, more or less. In the lead, with 118 points (one win and two second places and two third places), there is the Spaniard Jeremy Alcoba (Husqvarna Laglisse Academy) 17 year old followed by the Belgian Barry Baltus (KTM Sama Qatar Angel Nieto) with 100 points (also a win and two second), then the Spaniard Xavier Artigas 16 year old with 94 points for a win and a second place (Honda Leopard Impala Junior Team). Followed by the 16 year old Japanese Yuki Kunii (Honda Asian Talent Team) 83 points, even two wins and a second place but many “zero”; the 16 year old Spaniard Carlos Tatay 67 points (KTM Fundacion Andrea Perez 77) also with a win; the 17 year old Japanese Ryusei Yamanaka 56 points (Honda Junior Team Estrella Galicia), also with a win; the 15-year-old Spaniard Daniel Holgado 57 points (Honda same Team of Yamanaka); still a Spaniard, the 16-year-old Josè Julian Garcia with 55 points (KTM Fau55) with a second place; then the already mentioned Pizzoli with two third places and with the 20-year-old Spaniard Gerard Riu who closes the top ten with 40 points (KTM Baiko Racing Team).

This, in short, is the picture, certainly not exciting for our “young lions” almost overwhelmed by their opponents, especially Spanish and Japanese. Up to now, also the drivers from other nations such as Austria (Maxmimilia Kofler is 11th), Turkey (Deniz Oncu is 14th), Brazil (Yui Kawakami is 15th) are not very good. Even further back are the representatives of Sweden, Great Britain, Holland, USA, Switzerland, etc. However, a large international representation, even if not numerically large, Spanish apart. Only Yuki Kunii has managed to win two races so far (Valencia and Le Mans). One win each for Baltus (Estoril), Yamanaka (Valencia), Carlos Tatay (Catalunya), Alcoba (Catalunya), Artigas (Aragon). These race winners also took pole positions, less than in Catalunya where the first row of the front row went to Turkish Oncu, who also set the fastest lap in the race of Valencia on April 27. We’ll see what happens at the end of the championship. Of course, here in the CEV (and also in the Italian CIV), with riders-boys around 16 years, is the future of international motorcycling.

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