The final wild card invitation was awarded to the best-placed YXZ1000R finisher at the Baja Aragón in Teruel, Spain, after two days of highly competitive racing. In sweltering conditions, seven of the eight entered YXZ1000Rs managed to reach the finish line, with Luis Sainero and Amir Kouch at the forefront, claiming victory.
Sainero and Kouch’s win came after completing a near-perfect stage on Saturday against main rivals Javier Alarcón and Francisco Javier Pérez. Alarcón and Pérez started the main event with a 4:44 lead, but it was short-lived, as Sainero and Kouch reduced that advantage to 2:10 during the morning stage.
In the third and final special stage, Sainero and Kouch upped the ante and were able to capitalize on a problem experienced by Alarcón and Pérez, to take the win with a 9:54 buffer. Alarcón and Pérez held on for second, with Eduard Iborra and Albert Blanco completing the YXZ1000R European Cup podium in third.
As a result, Sainero and Kouch were awarded the second wild card entry to the 2021 YXZ1000R European Cup SuperFinale. They will join the first wild card winners, Ghislain De Mévius and Johan Jalet, on the confirmed entry list. The SuperFinale will take place on October 28 – 30 in Portalegre, Portugal, where appealing prizes will be awarded to the top-three finishers.
Sainero and Kouch now lead the YXZ1000R Cup in Spain with a 10-point advantage over Edesio and Juan José Caamaño, while Alarcón and Pérez are a further 8-points adrift, in third.