Kenny Noyes signed off his Spanish Championship career - before graduating to the new Moto2 World Championship in 2010 - with pole position, the fastest race lap and a close second place finish during Sunday's Valencia Formula Extreme season finale (pictured).
The American, who had never roadraced before returning 'home' to Spain eight years ago, lost out to the Yamahas of Bernat Martinez, Javier del Amor and champion elect Carmelo Morales at the start - but quickly got his Kawasaki back into the lead with some brave outbraking moves.
Noyes set the fastest lap of the race on lap two of 19 as he tried to break away for his second victory of the season, but was lacking rear grip in the hotter race day temperatures and he, Morales and del Amor remained locked together.
“No matter how hard I pushed I just didn't have the traction I needed off the corners and I couldn't break away from Carmelo Morales and Javier del Amor so I realised we'd be together right to the end,” he said.
Then, with four laps to go, Noyes dropped from first to third after being squeezed by a backmarker. “I tried to go around the outside on one guy and that wasn't the right choice. My choice, my fault,” he recalled.
A frantic attack saw Noyes reclaim second and get within striking distance of Morales, only to find a false neutral with just four corners to go.
That decided the race and the American crossed the line less than a half second behind Morales, who took the Spanish 1000cc Extreme title for the second year in a row.
“I finally got back past del Amor and on the last lap I took back a lot of ground from Carmelo and was right on him going into the hairpin with only four corners to go. I thought I had a good shot at it, but I got a false neutral on the exit and that was it.
“I want to congratulate Carmelo for his great season,” he continued. “This was my last race in the Extreme class and also the last race in the class which is being replaced next year by Superstock and so it was real special for me to go out with a pole, podium and fastest lap.”