Estoril (Portugal), 4-5 May 2019 – Campeonato Nacional de Velocidade-CNV Moto 2019 underway on the Estoril track with the participation of the Eni Aprilia Portugal Racing Team (Officina Moto, Aprilia dealer in Lisbon) in the Superbike class.
Opening race of the national championships, Aprilia RSV4 straight on the podium, with third place won by Tiago Magalhães (bike no. 19).
The team is completed with João Diogo Silva (bike no. 15) and Filipe Lourenço (bike no. 193). In the photo above, published by the Portuguese magazine Motos.
Race 1 - Magalhães on the podium in Estoril. The official start of the CNV Moto 2019 took place in summer temperatures. The CNV Moto caravan headed to Estoril in this inaugural race, in the first of four visits to this circuit. The riders of the Eni Aprilia Portugal Racing Team, Tiago Magalhães # 19 and João Diogo Silva # 15, qualified respectively in 3rd and 9th place, despite a crash in qualifying for Tiago Magalhães in his attempt to secure pole position in the first of the two races in the Superbike class that make up this weekend.
Filipe Lourenço # 193 was absent, still recovering from an injury picked up in the first race of the Spanish championships. Tiago Magalhães got the 3rd place in this first round, while João Diogo Silva reached the 9th place.
Tiago Magalhães during an interview with the Portuguese TV station A BOLA.tv on the eve of the CNV Moto 2019; he is the first on the right in the photo below, with his fellow top-three finishers.
Race 2 - Damage limitation closes Estoril. The 2nd round of the Superbike class brought some disappointment for the Eni Aprilia Portugal Racing Team’s riders this Sunday, the second and last day of the first round of the CNV Moto 2019. Tiago Magalhães # 19 started the day strongly. After a minor problem on turn 1, the rider from Cascais managed to return to the track and beat his own record with a time of 1.41.647, which secured him provisional pole position.
João Diogo Silva # 15 experienced some difficulty in finding the right setting for his Aprilia RSV4 RF, considering also the possible tyre choices for the race, managing to beat his personal record in practice, when he lapped in 1.44 and later in 1.45 in qualifying, securing him P10 for the final Superbike class race this weekend. After a less positive start, Tiago Magalhães managed to recover and join the lead group, until he crashed on turn 1 on the 6th lap, which made him opt for a low risk strategy.
Despite this, he managed to make up five positions and win 7 points by ending the race in ninth position. João Diogo Silva said he was confident in the set-up found in practice and in qualifying and he maintained a good pace in the race, but crashed on the last lap (when he was fighting for eighth place), ending in 12th position. Filipe Lourenço # 193 did not participate in the inaugural round of the CNV Moto 2019, continuing his recovery from the crash which occurred in the inaugural round of the Spanish championships; he expects to be 100% fit for the second round of the CNV Moto 2019, which will be held at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on 18 and 19 May.
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