Rivesaltes ( France ) 21 September, 2013 - The Circuit of Roussilon hosted the S1 and ES2 time practice of the seventh and the last French Grand Prix today, under a shining and hot sun. Hermunen obtained his fourth pole position of the season looking to finish on a height and also Mitchell-Thomas managed to take his fourth pole of the year with very optimistic feelings for tomorrow.
Pole position for TM Shr Mauno Hermunen with the fastest lap of 1.33. 608, even though he admitted that he does not feel particularly confident with this type of circuit. The Finnish rider feels pretty calm for tomorrow and he will try to run safe and to avoid any mistakes, in order to get his first Supermoto World Championship Title. He will be supported by his family and friends, coming from Finland just for him.
Although he knew the circuit– that is the track he uses to train – the home rider TM Racing Factory Team Thomas Chareyre had to settle down for a second place, probably due to his fall in the off-road part during the free practice this morning, which destabilized him because he hurted one of his rib. However, the defending Champion will give his best to contrast with his brand mate and to reconfirm his title.
Third place for APRILIA Fast Wheels Adrien Chareyre who – after having to face some difficulties – was able to find the right setting and his main goal for tomorrow is to win the home GP and to confirm the third place overall.
The row will be closed by HM L30 Racing Ivan Lazzarini; the Italian Champion admitted that he likes the track and that even if he did not manage to reach the pole as he wanted to, he will fight for the fourth overall position tomorrow.
The second row will be opened by three French riders: TM Racing Factory Team Thierry Van Den Bosch who – after having fallen on the asphalt – managed to obtain a good fifth place. The four times SM World Champion feels good and – at the moment – has solved his flow of blood problem in his right hand. In fact, this was a problem which forced him to withdraw last week in Sicily.
Next to him, we find HONDA Luc1 Owatrol Sylvan Bydart – who on this track won the first race of the French Championship – and YAMAHA Team Blot Aurelien Grelier – who did not take part in the Sicilian Grand Prix – coming back as greedy as ever to gain points in front of his public.
The second row will be closed by TM Shr Petr Vorlicek who admitted that this circuit fits him, even if he finds some problems with the leg operated last year.
Ninth position for SUZUKI Brt Andrea Occhini, who admitted that he had fun in the off-road part and tomorrow he will fight to reach the sixth overall results; the Bulgarian Angel Karanyotov closed the top ten.
S1 Qualifying Top Ten:Mauno Hermunen (FIN-TM) 1:33.608; 2. Thomas Chareyre (FRA-TM) +0:00.475; 3. Adrien Chareyre (FRA-Aprilia) +0:00.769; 4. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-Honda) +0:00.851; 5. Thierry Van Den Bosch (FRA-TM) +0:01.053; 6. Sylvain Bidart (FRA-Honda) +0:01.468; 7. Aurelien Grelier (FRA-Yamaha) +0:02.303; 8. Petr Vorlicek (CZE-TM) +0:02.324; 9. Andrea Occhini (ITA-Suzuki) +0:02.638; 10. Angel Karanyotov (BUL-Honda) +0:03.156.
Best Lap for TM Shr Malachi Mitchell-Thomas with 1:36. 782. The English rider has often obtained the pole during this season and his tomorrow goal is to avoid any kind of mistakes, as well as take advantage of his best row position to have a good start, basic for a good race and to obtain the European Title.
Best time of the season for HONDA Freccia Team Diego Monticelli, who got off to a good start, trying to gain at least another position and, even if the distance between Salstola and him is outstanding, it will be also great following this competition.
Third place for HONDA Tds Asseri Kingelin, pretty nervous for tomorrow, which could be the day of his first win as European Champion.
The first row will be closed by the home rider SUZUKI Lux Performance Frederic Guerin, who came back after a lot of abscences.
KTM Mtr Devon Vermeulen fell during the free practice in the off-road part this morning, fainting, and he has to be satisfied to open the second row tomorrow; however, the Dutch is as determined as ever to do his best to gain his first European Title.
S2 Qualifying top ten:1. Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (GBR-TM) +1:36.782; 2. Diego Monticelli (ITA-Honda) +1:37.091; 3. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Honda) +1:37.321; 4. Frederic Guerin (FRA-Suzuki) 1:37.373; 5. Devon Vermeulen (NED-KTM) 1:37.396; 6. Edgardo Borella (ITA-Yamaha) +1:37.698; 7. Eddy Petard (FRA-Yamaha) 1:37.754; 8. Toni Klem (FIN-KTM) +1:38.273; 9. Milan Sitniaksky (CZE-TM) +1:38.779; 10. Alexis Marie-Luce (FRA-Honda) +1:38.867.
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SMGP FRANCE-QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1794 mt (mt 1400 Asphalt 349 mt Off-Road)
Weather conditions: Sunny
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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: Hermunen on pole