Today marked the kick-off of the racing season with the first two races blazing on the Navarra circuit in Spain.
Following two morning qualifying sessions, it was crystal clear that the Czech speedster Filip Salac #4 outpaced the competition, locking in the first pole with a lightning-fast time of 1:56.208. The first row saw Patrik Pulkinnen #4 (Fin) and Swiss racer Marcel Brenner #46 trailing closely, with the rest of the top 10 staying within a mere 1.5 seconds of Salac’s stellar 1:56.208 lap.
Race 1 kicked off with a red flag in the first round due to Marcelis Bezulski #57’s crash, prompting a restart and a condensed 7-lap showdown. Filip Salac swiftly seized the lead, maintaining a vice grip until the checkered flag. A fierce skirmish unfolded behind him, resulting in Swiss riders Jarno Kausch #41 and Marcel Brenner #46 clinching second and third place.
Race 2 showcased Filip Salac #4’s unwavering determination to bag maximum points. While initial indications pointed towards the Swiss securing the second and third spots, former German ADAC 125 Junior Cup ace Lucas Tulovic #6 flexed his adaptability to the 4-stroke Moriwaki, claiming second place ahead of Swiss contender Marcel Brenner #46.
A standout performance came from Dutch newcomer Jaron Nooren #7, who, despite mounting a motorcycle for the first time on Friday, achieved a remarkable feat. After four training sessions, he slashed his personal best time from 2:32 down to an impressive 2:13 during the race.
Looking ahead, the next race is revved up for the World Superbike weekend at the Assen circuit in the Netherlands from April 25-27.