The superbike season in Spain has now finished for the year, as Carmelo Morales wins the 2018 Spanish RFME CEV series. Leading into the final round at Jerez, the 40-year-old was able to clinch the title on the first race day of the weekend with a podium. It’s his second Spanish Championship in a row, and the third consecutive success for the Graphenano EasyRace SBK Team.
Morales led the CEV series by 31 points going into the final race meeting. But with races on both Saturday and Sunday, he qualified in just 14th position due to wet conditions. However, the experienced former European Superstock, Supersport and Superbike champion gradually worked his way back up to third place on the podium. And in the process, secured the title by an unbeatable lead before the final race on Sunday.
And with the title in his pocket, Morales was able to celebrate with a victory on Sunday, his fifth win of the season on the BMW S 1000 RR. He also claimed the fastest lap of the race. Meanwhile his team-mate Julian Miralles finished 17th and 11th overall, which gave him fifth and second in the RFME CEV Open class. That meant he was the overall Open class winner for the Jerez weekend.
Morales is now a two-time RFME CEV Superbike champion, following on from three Spanish Stock Extreme championships (2008, 2009 and 2012), a Spanish Moto2 title (2010), three European Superstock titles (2008, 2009, and 2012), a European Supersport title (2010), and two FIM CEV Superbike European Championships in 2015 and 2016.
Carmelo Morales: “The rain played havoc with our plans, as we did not have good conditions in any of the practice sessions. I had to start from well back on Saturday, but gave it my all without really giving the result much thought. Only when I returned to the pits was I told that I had won the title. I am overjoyed. It is great to win the title in such difficult conditions. It was then superb to end the season with a win. We knew we were good in dry conditions, and we proved that. The bike and the tyres were perfect and I had a lot of fun. After a season finale like that, we can head into the break in high spirits and start to think about 2019. Thank you to BMW, Dunlop and the team for all their work and effort. They were instrumental in ensuring that the season worked out so well.”