American Kenny Noyes (Kawasaki ZX10R) came into Motorland Aragon with no points and left as double winner and the new leader of the FIM CEV International Superbike Championship. It was a perfect weekend with pole position backed up by both wins and new race and fastest lap records.
In race one Noyes shot away from the pole and led all 15 laps to take his first win on a 1000cc SBK after four years riding Moto2 bikes at World and CEV level. His margin of victory in race one was just over 4 seconds from reigning class champion Carmelo Morales of Spain. Spaniard Santiago Baragan was a further 2 seconds back to complete an all-Kawasaki podium.
In race two run under much hotter conditions (track temperature was over 120 degrees), Noyes led the opening lap but was passed by his Venezuelan team mate Robertino Pietri on lap 2 and then by Dani Rivas (BMW S1000RR). Once he felt more confident with the front tire Kenny re-passed Rivas and set about pulling back Pietri´s .3 second lead. Rivas crashed on lap 5 battling with eventual third-place finisher Ivan Silva (BMW S1000RR). Championship leader Morales was taken out by another rider in a wild first corner incident and was unable to return to the track.
Kenny passed Robertino on lap six but it took six laps build up a one-second lead. He went on to win by 3.5 seconds. With Morales out of action after his first-lap crash, Noyes went into the championship points lead with a five-point advantage over Morales and Silva with Pietri, who took his first CEV podium, moving up to fourth, just 6 points back.
For Noyes, who runs the Noyes Camp Dirt Track School at Motorland, it was a perfect weekend: pole, double wins and both race and lap records at the demanding 3.15 mile circuit. Next race takes place at Noyes´ favorite track, the Circuit of Catalunya, in two weeks.
Kenny Noyes: “After getting taken out at Jerez I thought it would take four or five races to work my way into the points lead, but this time the bad luck was for Carmelo (Morales). We´ve still got seven rounds to go but we´re right back in the fight and with a five-point lead. I had a very good feeling in the front in race one and was able to push from the start. I put my head down and read my board. The bike felt perfect and I was able to run the first seven laps in 52s and finish running 53s.
Race two was a lot harder. I decided, even though the temperature was 10-12 degrees higher, to stick with the package I had in race one because the front was giving a lot of feel, but on the opening laps with a fresh rear I was pushing the front and tucking it. I had to sit back and be patient when Robertino and Rivas passed Once I felt the grip go down a bit on the rear, I could push without tucking the front so much. Robertino was going real well and it wasn’t easy to get away.
It is really good for that Robertino is so fast this year because we trade data and that helps both of us. I was worried about this track because I had only raced here on a Moto2 and that´s completely different than a Superbike. Now we go to a couple of tracks where I have always been fast: Catalunya and Albacete. Since this is now an International Championship I got to stand on top of the podium for the US National Anthem twice. That made the day even better!”
Race 1: 1. Noyes (USA/Kawasaki); 2. Morales (Spain/Kawasaki), 3. Baragan (Spain/Kawasaki), 4. Silva (Spain/BMW) 5. Pietri (Venezuela/Kawasaki)
Race 2: 1. Noyes; 2. Pietri; 3. Silva; 4 Ferrer (Spain/Kawasaki); 5. Kuparinen (Finland/BMW)
Pole: Noyes 1´52.713
Fastest Lap: Noyes (Race 1) 1´52.635 (record)
Championship Standings After 3 Rounds
1. Noyes (USA) 50 (2 wins)
2. Morales (Spain) 45 (1 win)
3. Silva (Spain) 45
4. Pietri (Venezuela) 44
5. Baragan (Spain) 43