CEV: American Kenny Noyes Podiums in Navarra

Kenny Noyes race action shot

Kawasaki Racing Press Release:

American Kenny Noyes (Palmeto PL Kawasaki) was hoping for cooler temperatures at the Circuit of Navarra, Spain, in the seventh race of the ten-race FIM CEV Superbike Championship. With a track temperature of 90 degrees Kenny was just a few thousandth of a second off the pole in morning qualifying, but when the track temperature went to 105 degrees on Saturday afternoon, he lost grip in the front. Similar conditions on race day meant that the team had to switch to a harder front tire that he had not liked in practice.

He got off the line with the leaders but he and championship leader Ivan Silva both ran wide at turn one at the start of the second lap, dropping Kenny to fifth.

He and Silva battled for fourth until lap 13 when Silva, under pressure, ran off the track again at turn one. Once free of Silva, Noyes ran down Dani Rivas and took over third place. By that team the leaders, Carmelo Morales and Santiago Barragan, were out of reach.

Noyes came into Navarra trailing Silva by 9 points, but was able pull to within just four points with three races yet to be run.

Kenny’s teammate, Venezuelan Robertino Pietri, had set-up setup problems when track temperatures rose. He was sixth but is still within 12 points of the leader with 75 points still in play.

Kenny Noyes race action shot

Kenny Noyes:

“For the first time this season we struggled to find the pace we needed. I think I could have gone with Barragan if I hadn’t lost time on lap two, but Morales was a little too quick here. My main objective today was to take points from Silva and we were together most of the race. I could pass him but his bike was faster than ours down the straight, so my idea was to leave it for the last lap because he could only pass us at the end of the home straight. I passed him several times to keep him guessing and finally he made a mistake. After that I caught and passed Rivas to take third. This was the track that most worried me at the start of the season. Now the top four are all within 12 points and we have two very challenging tracks, Portimao and Valencia, coming up and we’re feeling good about our chances.

Robertino Pietri race action shot

Robertino Pietri:

“I can’t be happy with sixth, but we missed the setup. I know we could have been on the pace, but the important thing is that we only lost one point to the leader and are still just 12 points back. I’ll have to be more meticulous in Portugal on the setup so I can attack and make up points. This track gave me a lot of trouble last year, so I have to thank the team for getting me a little closer to the podium.

Kenny Noyes Podium Shot

FIM CEV Repsol Internacional Superbike Championship

** (after 7 of 10 races)**

1. Ivan Silva (Spain)  BMW S1000RR: 108 (1 win)

2. Santiago Barragan (Spain) Kawasaki ZX10R: 105

3. Kenny Noyes (USA) Kawasaki ZX10R: 104 (3 wins)

4. Robertino Pietri (Venezuela) Kawasaki ZX10R: 96

5. Dani Rivas (Spain) BMW S1000RR: 81

6. Carmelo Morales (Spain) Kawasaki ZX10R: 70 (2 wins)

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