Max and Sam arrive at Valencia for season finale

November 7, 2019

CEV European Moto2 Championship

This weekend the FIM CEV Motorcycle championships head to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain for the final round of the season. It will be the end of the 2019 season for both Sam Wilford and Max Cook who will both be looking to end their years on a high. For Sam, it is another weekend of preparation for 2020 and for Max it is the end of a very mixed campaign in the Moto3 Championship.

The circuit is hugely popular in the motorcycle racing and is most famously known for being the host of the MotoGP season finale. It hosts several major motorcycle events throughout the year with the FIM CEV visiting it twice this season. It sits at just over 4km in length and is a fast track leading to heavy braking zones which provide great opportunities for overtaking.

Sam Wilford – Moto2 European Championship

Sam has not competed in the full Moto2 championship due to commitments in the British GP2 Championship. However, recent performances at Jerez have seen Sam shift his focus to European racing and with the IDWE Racing rider already confirmed for a full campaign in 2020 he will be looking to further prepare himself with a good result at Valencia.

It’s no doubt that European racing is a bigger test for Sam and it also gives him a bigger stage to compete on and get closer to his goal of racing in the MotoGP and World Superbike paddocks. With Sam, the only British rider in the field he is racing against new competition all the time that travel from as far Australia, Thailand and Japan.

The grid has now also doubled in size from 18 riders last year with the series constantly growing in popularity. Sam had a great result at Jerez just a few weeks ago finishing in 13th place before going on to finish 16th in a difficult Albacete weekend. Now Sam is looking to go out with his best result of the season and take some momentum into 2020.

It will be Sam’s debut on the tricky Valencia circuit, one that will be familiar to many on the grid. The championship visited the circuit for its second round, a race Sam was absent from which will immediately put him on the back foot this weekend. With just one race Saturday’s qualifying will be crucial to get Sam in a good position to end the season with his third points finish.


Max Cook – Moto3 Junior World Championship

Max’s season in the Moto3 Junior World Championship has been one that has provided mixed fortunes. In a huge field the racing has been hectic and busy tracks have made qualifying particularly difficult. It has been this area where Max has struggled overall, but it has also seen him put in some impressive displays throughout the season.

Max’s goal coming into this season was to score points and the Junior Talent Team rider has done that on four occasions so far. A good start to the season saw him pick up points at the first two rounds and the Catalunya round has been a highlight with Max finishing 13th in both races.

But since then he has struggled and been hit with bad luck constantly making it difficult for him to score points. But he is not a podium finisher in the Red Bull Rookies by fluke and he has impressed his team often having to come through from the back of the field after incidents or problems early in the weekend.

Max has regularly set top ten pace and now has one final chance to go and prove he is capable of achieving that result. On his last visit to Valencia for round two Max came through from 22nd to score points in race one before a first lap incident saw any chance of that happening again immediately taken away.

Max is determined to come back this weekend and complete his unfinished business from round two!


All races will be available to watch live via the FIM CEV YouTube channel at the following times:

Full Timetable (UK time)

Saturday

Moto2

Qualifying Practice 1 – 10:30

Qualifying Practice 2 – 13:50

Moto3

Qualifying Practice 1 – 09:40

Qualifying Practice 2 – 13:00

Sunday

Moto2

Race – 12:00

Moto3

Race 1 – 10:00

Race 2 – 13:00