Motocross at Cortelha is still a tradition – Diario diariOnline Região Sul

Motocross at Cortelha is still a tradition - Diario diariOnline Região Sul


The Motocross Algar Circuit, in the Cortelha, in the middle of the Algarve mountains, hosted last Sunday the motocross caravan, with the presence of 120 pilots who traveled the 1,700 meters of the Algarve track under a sweeping sun and with a lot of public applauding, making To remember other times is that the natural amphitheater of the Cortelha was full of people.

With high spring temperatures, the competitions began in the middle of the morning of this Sunday with the class of Children to open the hostilities, and the activity was started earlier with the training of qualification of the several classes in competition.

in addition to the newest ones, the classes of 85 CC, Ladies, Classics, MX1 and MX2 were present in this 4th day of the Central / South Motocross Championship.

In this return of the Association of the Friends of the Cortelha to the organizations of evidence of Motocross, was the pilot of the KTM, Leonardo Gaio to win the class of Infantis, where they competed riders between the ages of 5 and 12 years. Already in the class of 65 CC, the winner was Guilherme Rocha from Algarve who ran with Husqvarna. On the 85 CC bikes, the victory smiled to KTM's Ruben Ribeiro.

In the return of the class of the Ladies to the Cortel, was the pilot of Sesimbra, Bruna Antunes of the KTM that took of defeated second classified Alba Lopez in Yamaha. In the third position and to close the podium was the pilot of Team Motoclube Loulé Concelho, Mariana Pereira.

With the aim of bringing to memory the lovers of the sport the history of motocross, it was also disputed in the circuit of the county of Loulé, the Class of Classics where motorcycles compete that were once very competitive but that demonstrated in the drawing of the Cortelha that still They like to jump. In this class the podium spoke to the Algarve, since the 1st place was the Moto Clube de São Brás de Alportel driver, Marcos Morais (Honda), in 2nd place was Team Motoclube Loulé Concelho, Domingos Cabrita, who ran in an "old lady" Couple and the last place of the podium was the pilot of the Moto Clube de Faro, Jorge Pinela in Suzuki.

MX1 Class podium (Photo: Ruben Policarpo)

The most disputed races of the afternoon were those of the classes MX1 and MX2, having in the class of the most powerful motorcycles, the MX1, Pedro Grosso in Suzuki, pilot of Team Motoclube Loulé Concelho, arrived at Cortelha to lead the championship and although he did not do a very comfortable race, managed to stay in the last place of the podium, still guaranteeing the permanence in the leadership of the championship. In 2nd place was the pilot of Dércio Gouveia made by Honda, not having managed in any of the mangoes to overcome the MX1 winner of the Cortelha race that was André Santos in Kawasaki.

In the class MX2, bikes 250 CC to 4 Times, the Algarve pilot of Team Rocket Store, was a fair and unanimous winner. It is recalled that this test of the Cortelha was of extreme importance for the aspirations of Fábio Guerreiro in the championship, he who nevertheless remains in 3rd position, but now closer to the leader André Marques who with the 2nd place of the Cortelha consolidated his position in front of the championship. Those who achieved a good result at the Cortelha were David Fernandes from Kawasaki, who closed the MX2 class podium with 38 points in general.

After almost a decade without organizing competitions, the Association of Friends of the Cortelha returned to provide a great motocross race, in a demanding course but in excellent conditions for the practice of the modality, where the jumps and curves of the Algar Motocross Circuit led to the delirium the many spectators that marked presence in the mountain range, thus demonstrating that the modality continues with strong roots in the region.

The organization of this event was the responsibility of the Association of Friends of the Cortelha, with the seal of the Federation of Motorcycling of Portugal, and was sponsored by Algar and support of the Municipality of Loulé and the Parish Council of Salir, among other entities.

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