KURESSAARE ( Estonia ) 30 June, 2013 - The sun and a huge crowd welcomed the riders today in Kuressaare track, where the Finnish SHR riders won in both classes. One of the best Supermoto Grand Prix - as everybody said - where Mauno Hermunen obtained the overall victory and his teammate Sami Salstola got his first podium in the European Supermoto Championship.
A special week-end for TM Shr Mauno Hermunen not only because he won another time two heats out of two and the Estonia SM Grand Prix, but also for the support of his public that has stood for him and has followed him since yesterday qualifying until his last lap of today. This season, the Finnish rider has always won all races and, with today, he got his fourth victory in a row. Today, Mauno took the holeshot in both heats and dominated both races with a great authority until the end.
A very good performance for APRILIA Fast Wheels Adrien Chareyre, who obtained the second step of the podium after having finished second in both heats. In race one, the former Supermoto Champion overtook Mauno Hermunen in the first lap but the Finnish came from behind stronger and catched him easily. The French admitted that this type of circuit does not fit him particularly; however he thinks that it was a very good Grand Prix and he hopes to come back here in the future.
Today the podium was closed by TM Racing Factory Team Thomas Chareyre, after having finished third in both heats. The defending Champion was satisfied about his result, considering his broken hand but he is afraid of losing some important points, also because he will be able to have surgery only after next Latina Grand Prix.
TM Racing Factory Team Thierry Van Den Bosch improved his position from last Czech week-end, finishing fourth in the overall standings. The fourth times Supermoto World Champion had a problem with his bike in race one and did not have a good start but he made a fantastic recovery overtaking Andrea Occhini first and - after having battled with him - also Christian Ravaglia finishing sixth; in race two he was very close to his teammate Thomas and finished fourth.
HM L30 Racing Ivan Lazzarini closed the top five; in the first race the Italian Supermoto Champion was consistent, finishing fourth; in race two he had a crash with his countryman Christian Ravaglia, losing some positions but managing to have a recovery, finally finishing sixth.
Sixth overall position for the young French rider YAMAHA Team Blot Grelier Aurelien who – after having finished fifth-fifth - improved his position race by race, and he feels confident to battle for the top five this season.
Seventh position for the Italian cop HONDA HM Racing Christian Ravaglia who was consistent in race one finishing sixth, after the overtaking of Van Den Bosch, and finishing eighth in the second race due to the contact with his countryman Lazzarini.
HONDA Tds Uros Nastran was eighth with an painful leg after having fallen down in the warm up.
Ninth place for HONDA Luc1 Owatrol Sylvan Bydart who did not have a good start in race one , making it difficult for him to improve his position; then in race two, during the first lap, he was involved in a crash in the first corner after the Dunlop’s bridge with TM Sbd Unionbike Giovanni Bussei, TM Harbike Racing Thomas Travnicek and SUZUKI Brt Andrea Occhini.
Hannes Mayer closed the top ten, obtaining his best result of his 2013 season.
S1 Race 1Top Ten:Mauno Hermunen (FIN-TM) 19:40.724; 2. Adrien Chareyre (FRA-Aprilia) +0:00.514; 3. Thomas Chareyre (FRA-TM) +0:10.166; 4. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-Honda) +0:14.121; 5. Aurelien Grelier (FRA-Yamaha) +0:14.513; 6. Thierry Van Den Bosch (FRA-TM) +0:25.000; 7. Christian Ravaglia (ITA-Honda) +0:26.068; 8. Andrea Occhini (ITA-Suzuki) +0:29.685; 9. Sylvain Bidart (FRA-Honda) +0:36.376; 10. Uros Nastran (SLO-Honda) +0:40.872.
S1 Race 2 Top Ten:1. Mauno Hermunen (FIN-TM) 19:33.777; 2. Adrien Chareyre (FRA-Aprilia) +0:01.637; 3. Thomas Chareyre (FRA-TM) +0:14.021; 4. Thierry Van Den Bosch (FRA-TM) +0:14.594; 5. Aurelien Grelier (FRA-Yamaha) +0:23.742; 6. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-Honda) +0:39.442; 7. Uros Nastran (SLO-Honda) +0:40.261; 8. Christian Ravaglia (ITA-Honda) +0:51.166; 9. Hannes Maier (AUT-KTM) +0:52.369; 10. Fabrizio Bartolini (ITA-Honda) +0:54.699.
S1 Overall Top Ten:1. Mauno Hermunen (FIN-TM) 50 points; 2. Adrien Chareyre (FRA-Aprilia) 44; 3. Thomas Chareyre (FRA-TM) 40; 4. Thierry Van Den Bosch (FRA-TM) 33; 5. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-Honda) 33; 6. Aurelien Grelier (FRA-Yamaha) 32; 7. Christian Ravaglia (ITA-Honda) 27; 8. Uros Nastran (SLO-Honda) 25; 9. Sylvain Bidart (FRA-Honda) 22; 10. Hannes Maier (AUT-KTM) 21.
S1 Championship Top Ten:1. Mauno Hermunen (FIN-TM) points 200; 2. Thomas Chareyre (FRA-TM) 172; 3. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-Honda) 142; 4. Adrien Chareyre (FRA-Aprilia) 140; 5. Sylvain Bidart (FRA-Honda) 127; 6. Christian Ravaglia (ITA-Honda) 99; 7. Petr Vorlicek (CZE-TM) 91; 8. Aurelien Grelier (FRA-Yamaha) 89; 9. Andrea Occhini (ITA-Suzuki) 87; 10. Uros Nastran (SLO-Honda) 82.
S1 Manufacturers:1. TM 200 points; 2. Honda 147; 3. Aprilia 140; 4. Yamaha 97; 5. Suzuki 87; 6. KTM 65.
TM Shr Sami Salstola was the big surprise of this week-end, obtaining the highest step of the podium. In race one he finished fourth after having overtaken Diego Monticelli on the asphalt in the first corner; in race two he took his first holeshot of the season, Edgardo Borella, overtaking him but, immediately after, the Finnish managed to keep the leadership until the chequered flag and won the race in front a great part of his public, coming from the nearby Finland.
Second position for YAMAHA Extream Team Edgardo Borella who took the holeshot in the first race and kept the fist position for the first lap; then he could not stop Vermeulen to pass him, maintaining the second position until the end. In race two, he also had a very good start and kept the second position until the end, obtaining the second step of the podium.
Third place for KTM Mtr Devon Vermeulen who is currently the European Supermoto Championship leader and who left this Estonia Round with the Red Plate on his bike. The Dutch also won the Young Trophy today. In race one Devon started in second place and then he moved up the first position after some laps, taking the lead until the end; in race two he made some mistakes and finished fifth; however, he obtained the last step on the rostrum.
TM Shr Mitchell-Thomas Malachi obtained the fourth overall victory with a sixth-third followed by HONDA Tds Asseri Kingelin, who closed the top five.
Frederic Guerin - one of the possible winner of the European Title - crashed in the warm up this morning, dislocating his right shoulder and forced to withdraw from the race.
ES2 Race 1 Top Ten:1. Devon Vermeulen (NED-KTM) 19:00.417; 2. Edgardo Borella (ITA-Yamaha) +0:01.215; 3. Sami Salstola (FIN-TM) +0:01.497; 4. Diego Monticelli (ITA-Honda) +0:04.665; 5. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Honda) +0:07.681; 6. Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (GBR-TM) +0:10.404; 7. Lorenzo Lapini (ITA-Honda) +0:21.291; 8. Germain Vincenot - Marchal (FRA-Honda) +0:27.002; 9. Toni Klem (FIN-KTM) +0:27.100; 10. Milan Sitniaksky (CZE-TM) +0:32.602.
ES2 Race 2 Top Ten:1. Sami Salstola (FIN-TM) 18:58.061; 2. Edgardo Borella (ITA-Yamaha) +0:01.638; 3. Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (GBR-TM) +0:01.992; 4. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Honda) +0:03.026; 5. Devon Vermeulen (NED-KTM) +0:05.486; 6. Toni Klem (FIN-KTM) +0:06.798; 7. Milan Sitniaksky (CZE-TM) +0:21.757; 8. Ben Stafford (GBR-Honda) +0:27.332; 9. Fredrik Eriksson (SWE-Honda) +0:39.537; 10. Jordan Collard (LUX-Honda) +0:41.685.
ES2 Overall Top Ten:1. Sami Salstola (FIN-TM) 45 points; 2. Edgardo Borella (ITA-Yamaha) 44; 3. Devon Vermeulen (NED-KTM) 41; 4. Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (GBR-TM) 35; 5. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Honda) 34; 6. Toni Klem (FIN-KTM) 27; 7. Diego Monticelli (ITA-Honda) 27; 8. Milan Sitniaksky (CZE-TM) 25; 9. Germain Vincenot - Marchal (FRA-Honda) 23; 10. Ben Stafford (GBR-Honda) 22.
ES2 Championship Top Ten:1. Devon Vermeulen (NED-KTM) 166 points; 2. Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (GBR-TM) 159; 3. Edgardo Borella (ITA-Yamaha) 148; 4. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Honda) 147; 5. Sami Salstola (FIN-TM) 143; 6. Diego Monticelli (ITA-Honda) 113; 7. Frederic Guerin (FRA-Suzuki) 112; 8. Toni Klem (FIN-KTM) 87; 9. Fredrik Eriksson (SWE-Honda) 84; 10. Milan Sitniaksky (CZE-TM) 74.
ES2 Manufacturers:1. TM 178 points; 2. KTM 166; 3. Honda 151; 4. Yamaha 148; 5. Suzuki 112; 6. Aprilia 18; 7. Kawasaki 13.
Complete results available atHERE
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SMGP ESTONIA-QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1585 mt (mt 1385 Asphalt 200 mt Off-Road)
Weather conditions: Sunny
Crowd attendance: 7000
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After two outstanding Grand Prix the FIM Supermoto World Championship will have a break and it will be back in Latina, Italy, during the 14th July week-end.
In the photo: S1 podium with the unique Saarema Dolomite Trophies