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Spanish Championship upgraded to FIM status

“The upgrade of the Spanish Road Racing Championship is a very positive move, which will give it a better exposure at world level” - FIM president Vito Ippolito
From 2014, the CEV Repsol (Spanish Road Racing Championship) will be officially upgraded to an international series and move under the control of the FIM.

The CEV has hitherto been run under the aegis of the Spanish Motorcycle Federation – RFME.

The move to the FIM is the next step for the Dorna-run series, which will continue to be conducted in close cohesion with MotoGP in terms of rules and procedures, so that riders and teams can prepare for world championship racing.

The current leaders of all three grand prix categories – MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 – Marc Marquez, Scott Redding and Luis Salom, graduated from the Spanish Championship.

The CEV will be run on the current grand prix circuits in Spain and also on other circuits in Europe.

“The upgrade of the Spanish Road Racing Championship is a very positive move, which will give it a better exposure at world level,” said FIM President Vito Ippolito. “Many good riders take part in this Championship and then join the Grand Prix World Championship classes and show an excellent riding level. The time has come to give an additional force to this championship by making it into a real international series.”

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta commented: “I am very pleased about the new stage that awaits the CEV Repsol. That this championship is open internationally and now comes under the scope of the FIM means that all the work done in previous years has clearly helped to strengthen this championship and will ensure that it continues nurturing great riders that can make it into all three MotoGP World Championship categories.”

CEV Repsol currently attracts participants from 23 different countries, while former riders Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Stefan Bradl, Alvaro Bautista, Nico Terol and Julian Simon have gone on to claim at least one grand prix world title.

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September 17, 2013 2:14 PM
Last Edited 1135 days ago

Everytime I think about BSB, MJS, and AMA I can't help but think about the talent in those series which are being held back due to Dorna and the Factory teams giving priority to either Moto3, Moto2 and CEV. Now I'm not saying either Moto3, Moto2 and CEV aren't important as I still see them as a viable place for talent, but Dorna and Factories really need to look beyond just those. Its a shame actually, because its amazing how back in the day you had talent that came directly out of places such as AMA and the many other non-Dorna controlled championships and for this reason we had great individuals such as Rainey, Schwantz, Doohan, Gardner, Sheene, Roberts, etc.

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