American Kenny Noyes (Palmeto Kawasaki ZX10R) saw his 14-point lead in the FIM CEV International Championship converted to a 9-point deficient at the tight and slippery Albacete circuit that saw many crashes on a hot Spanish day. After qualifying second, Noyes went into the lead from the start and had opened a lead of four tenths of a second when he crashed on lap 5 at the entrance to the Albacete chicane and was unable to continue.
The race was won by Ángel Rodriguez (Suzuki GSX-R 1000) when leader Ivan Silva (BMW S1000RR) ran wide and off the track with two laps to go, dropping from first to fifth and giving away 14 points. Even so the BMW rider moved to within three points of Noyes.
Race began with Noyes, Silva, Rodriguez and Dani Rivas (BMW S1000RR) in a tight group. Rodriguez crashed out of fourth on lap 5 as Silva and Noyes opened a slight gap over Rivas. On lap 10 Noyes went into the lead but a lap later Silva passed him at the end of the straight and left the American no room and no choice but to go on to the gravel at over 100 miles per hour. He managed to avoid a crash and get the bike turned in the short run-off area, losing 12 seconds and rejoining the race in 6th place.
Silva went on to win, but Noyes fought back to finish fourth, salvaging 13 valuable points. With four races to go, Noyes trails Silva by nine points and with 100 points still in play.
Kenny Noyes: “I think we were really unlucky in Albacete. We could have left there with at least two podiums and it was disappointing to lose so many points on a day when we were fast in all sessions and both races. I struggled during the weekend with front-end feel, but we seemed to have a good set-up in race one until I lost the front with no warning and in a place where I wasn´t expecting it.
In race two I was being more conservative but Silva got into me pretty hard at the end of the home straight. It was a dangerous pass. He hit my brake lever and I had to run off the track. Luckily I kept it on two wheels and was able to save some points.
Looking back at a tough weekend, we crashed out of the lead in one race and got knocked off the track while leading in the other, so we just need to keep doing what we´re doing and hope for a little better luck next time.
I also want to congratulate my teammate Robertino Pietri for his two podiums.
Race 5 of 10
Rodriguez (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
Barragan (Kawasaki ZX10R) +2.875
Pietri (Kawasaki ZX10R) +3.756
Rivas (BMW S1000RR) +9.349
Silva (BMW S1000RR) +15.209
Race 6 of 10
Silva (BMW S1000RR)
Rivas (BMW S1000RR) +3.189
Pietri (Kawasaki ZX10R) +12.316
Noyes (Kawasaki ZX10R) +18.155
Barragan (Kawasaki ZX10R) +21.405
1. Silva 97 (1 win); 2. Noyes 88 (3 wins); 3. Pietri 86; 4. Barragan 85; 5. Rivas 69; 6. Rodriguez 49 (1 win); 7. Ferrer 49; 8. Morales 45 (1 win); 9. Garcia 36; 10. Mateos 32.
Next round: Navarra, September 7.