MADRID, SPAIN – November 30, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The cancellation of the final race of the RFME Cup, due to circumstances beyond the control of the promoters, meant that the season ended earlier since no acceptable alternative could be found on such short notice. Franc Serra (Honda ART), the only rider with a mathematical option of taking the title after six races, was runner-up just ahead off former 125cc road racing World Champion Nico Terol (Honda NicoGas).
Four riders scored wins over the season: Brad Baker and Cardús both took two wins while Serra and Terol had a win apiece. Baker´s wins came in the opening round at Valencia I, the American from Washington winning both on the quarter-mile and TT tracks. Terol´s win came on the Madrid quarter mile. Next came the Rancho Canudas double-header with Serra taking victory in the quarter mile and Cardus winning the TT. The final race of the season, Valencia II, ended with a podium that reflected the final points standings with a win for Cardús, his second, over Serra and Terol.
Gerard Bailo (Suzuki Català) was fourth in the points table ahead of Baker (Noyes Camp Kawasaki), Guillermo Cano (ESR Bikes), Adrián Garín (Honda ART) and Oliver Brindley (Noyes Camp Kawasaki). Only eleven points separated fourth from eighth, an example of the close racing in this first year of the RFME Flat Track Cup.
Master and Rookies
Guillermo Cano (ERS Honda) and Ferran Sastre (Kawasaki Noyes Camp) took the titles in the Master and Rookie categories, respectively. Both champions put together a season of wins and podiums and both clinched their titles in the penultimate race of the season (Valencia II).
Runner-up in Master was Vicent Navarro (Suzuki Grau) with Lluís Massana (KTM Parcerisas) third. Runner-up in Rookies was Genis Gelada (Coward/Supermotard Kit) with Marc Capdevila (KTM Parcerisas) third.
About the Championship
The RFME Spanish Flat Track Cup is the first national Flat Track series run in Spain. The calendar included five tracks and seven races. Events were held in Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia. For the first time this most American form of motorsport was featured not as an individual event but as a season-long series. On Track Motorsports (Barcelona, Spain) and American Flat Track (Daytona Florida) were in close contact over the season and the American promoters mentored their Spanish counterparts. The rules for the RFME series closely follow the American series and both championships use 19 inch wheels with Dunlop as the official provider. More information is available at Flattrack.org.
Source: RFME Spanish Flat Track Cup