KURESSAARE ( Estonia ) 29 June, 2013 - High spirit in the paddock during this Saturday qualification, first day of Estonia Grand Prix, in which the riders had to taste for the first time, the mixed track – technical and fast - of Kurressaare, where the rider capability to face the track is what makes the difference. The fine rain of this morning could not stop the huge crowd, coming from the neighboring Finland, Sweden, Latvia and Russia, to support their heroes at its best.
TM Shr Mauno Hermunen maybe helped by the fact he was one of the few riders who already knew the track, dominated since the morning during the free practice and reached the pole with the best time of 1:13.188 during the time practice. Follow him with a time of 1:13.267, APRILIA Fast Wheels Adrien Chareyre who won the second position on the row for tomorrow morning. He was consistent today and he will do his best to got his second podium tomorrow.
Finished third in the qualifying session TM Racing Factory Team Thierry Van Den Bosch who admitted: “ I feel happy, it is only my second race and I am becoming more familiar with the bike and, moreover, I like this circuit.” His teammate Thomas Chareyre will close the first row, the SM Champion, with the fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone, preferred driving safely, preserving his energies to give his best tomorrow.
Tomorrow morning the second row will be opened by YAMAHA Team Blot Grelier Aurelien, who feels pretty satisfied also because he is at his first FIM Supermoto World Championship, he did not take part in Capua but he is improving more and more, in fact, after only two races, he is already able to stand on the first positions.
HONDA L30 Racing Ivan Lazzarini finished sixth, he was not able to reach his goal of starting in the first row tomorrow. The Italian Champion said it is an “unusual track” and he will try his best to improve tomorrow, as well as his fellow countryman Hm Racing Christian Ravaglia
HONDA Luc1 Owatrol Sylvain Bydart could not find the right setting with his bike today and will open the third row tomorrow, followed by the Slovenian HONDA Tds Nastran Uros and by TM Sbd Unionbike Racing Giovanni Bussei who closed the top ten.
Unfortunately, today TM Shr Petr Vorlicek crashed, breaking his collarbone, while HONDA Lux Performance Massimo Beltrami fell down during the free practice. He did not break anything but he hurt his leg, so both riders will not be able to participate in the tomorrow competition.
S1 Qualifying Top Ten:1. Mauno Hermunen (FIN-TM) 1:13.188; 2. Adrien Chareyre (FRA-Aprilia) +0:00.079; 3. Thierry Van Den Bosch (FRA-TM) +0:00.429; 4. Thomas Chareyre (FRA-TM) +0:00.577; 5. Aurelien Grelier (FRA-Yamaha) +0:00.743; 6. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-Honda) +0:00.950; 7. Christian Ravaglia (ITA-Honda) +0:01.458; 8. Sylvain Bidart (FRA-Honda) +0:01.630; 9. Uros Nastran (SLO-Honda) +0:01.695; 10. Giovanni Bussei (ITA-TM) +0:02.110.
Time practice opened with YAMAHA Extream Team Edgardo Borella who starting very well but, he was not able to keep the rhythm compared to the others, finishing third in the first row tomorrow morning.
After having studied the track SUZUKI Lux Performance Frederic Guerin started not so fast, but then recovered his rivals and kept the right speed until the end, obtaining the best place with 1:14.996, letting us know he wants to come back on the podium, as he did in Capua, where he reached the first place.
A very good performance for TM Shr Sami Salstola who will start as second tomorrow and he will do his best to hold the first in line’s own.
The first row has been closed by KTM Mtr Devon Vermeulen who is trying not to risk for the fact he is in the lead of the championship. His teammate Toni Klem - who still has got a pain in his shoulder after the accident he had with Vincenot-Marchal in the Czech Republic - closed the top ten.
Time practice ended and the clouds left for the sun, waiting for tomorrow with great expectations.
ES2 Qualifying Top Ten:1. Frederic Guerin (FRA-Suzuki) 1:14.996; 2. Sami Salstola (FIN-TM) +0:00.167; 3. Edgardo Borella (ITA-Yamaha) +0:00.211; 4. Devon Vermeulen (NED-KTM) +0:00.232; 5. Toni Klem (FIN-KTM) +0:00.350; 6. Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (GBR-TM) +0:00.622; 7. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Honda) +0:00.856; 8. Diego Monticelli (ITA-Honda) +0:01.002; 9. Milan Sitniaksky (CZE-TM) +0:01.191; 10. Lorenzo Lapini (ITA-Honda) +0:01.423.
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SMGP ESTONIA-QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1585 mt (mt 1385 Asphalt 200 mt Off-Road)
Weather conditions: Changeable
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Sunday: ES2 Warm Up 10.00; S1GP Warm Up 10.30; ES2 Race1 12.00; S1GP Race 1 14.00; ES2 Race2 15.20; ES2 Prize-giving Ceremony;S1GP Race2 16.20; S1GP Prize-giving Ceremony
In the photo:Mauno Hermunen during the time practice