PLEVEN ( Bulgaria ) 3 October 2013 - Everything is ready in Dolna Mitropolia Circuit to host the 8th edition of the FIM Supermoto of Nations, the bulgarian track was built in 2007 and from that year always hosted Supermoto Grand Prix as well as FIM Supermoto of Nations, and this year celebrates his third anniversary. The main feature of this demanding track is that is totally asphalt with two sky section also has great facilities like the permanent covered tribune to welcome in the best way the spectators who will come to see which Nation this year will bring home the Zerbi’sTrophy.
Nineteen teams coming from fifteen different countries will line up this week-end to beat Team Italy that currently holding the Trophy.
The defending Champions who were victorious also in 2006 and 2008 will do their best to reconfirm his top position, this year Attilio Pignotti Italy Team Manager and former SMoN winner, will count on the talent of Ivan Lazzarini, Supermoto Italian Champion, on the experience of Christian Ravaglia and on the young Teo Monticelli who participates at this competition for the second time, after Alcaniz in 2011.
Kalin Kulev Bulgaria Team manager, the hosting nation, selected the Supermoto World Champion Mauno Hermunen, the European Supermoto Champion Open class Angel Karanyotov and Georgiev Alexander to race on their home soil. Team Bulgaria has achieved two podium in the past but not climbed the first place that is their goal for this event supported by their home fans.
Bruno Jean-Jacques, Team Manager of the France, has had to make a last minute decision when Thierry Van Den Bosch announced that he was not going to race at the SMoN due at his injured during the last round of the SM French Championship so team France, a very strong nation that won the title in 2007, 2010 and 2011 and last season was second will be represented by the 2012 Supermoto World Champion Thomas Chareyre, the French Champion Sylvain Bydart, and Waren Bougard. The country will have also a Junior team at the event.
Team Czech Republic took his maiden podium last year in Portimao thanks also to the outstanding performances of Petr Vorlicek who will not take part this season at the Supermoto of Nations due at his leg problem however the team is determined to reconfirm their last position with Tomas Travicek, Pavel Kejmar and Milan Sitniansky. The country also lines up a second Team Czech junior.
Team Austria is among one of the favorites squad, not only because last season finished fourth but also because Daniela Mauer, Austria’s Team Manager has selected the same team of last season: Bauer Rodolf, Lukas Hollbacher and Hannes Maier. Team Austria put together two teams, one main team and a junior team.
Last year in Portugal Team Netherland was fifth and this season has been training hard, and the goal of Marcel Van Drunen, Devon Vermeulen and the young Jamie Sikkelerus is to finish among the top nations.
Team Great Britain has a bitter feeling of last year sixth position and with Davey Todd, Lewis Cornish and Chris Hodgston will do his best to give his country the possibility to finish on the podium like in 2006, 2007 and 2011.
The Team Manager Timo Letho has selected a new rider Sami Salstola and confirmed Asseri Kingelin and Toni Klem . Every rider of Team Finland has experience from Supermoto of Nations from earlier seasons so the team will be really confident and will fight for the medals.
Team Luxemburg participated for the first time ever last season with a good eight result and will line up Collard Jordan, Casoli Daniel and Leesch Chris.
Estonia will also be present in Pleven with the current Supermoto Estonia Champion Edik Kuus and the Pals’ brothers.
Finished tenth last season Latvia Team which partecipates for the fifth year in a row at the event and will count on Edgars Ivushkans, Modris Lesinskis and Dzintars Baltais experience and stability.
Unfortunately, Team Slovenia will not take part at the event.
Among the 19 Teams taking part in this 8th edition of the FIM Supermoto of Nations, there are other Nations like Sweden (Junior Team), Germany, Croatia, Russia and Turkey which enters also with a Junior team.
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Saturday:GROUP RIDERS 1 Free Practice 09.00; GROUP RIDERS 2 Free Practice 09.45; GROUP RIDERS 3 Free Practice 10.30; GROUP RIDERS 1 Time Practice 12.00; GROUP RIDERS 2 Time Practice 12.45; GROUP RIDERS 3 Time Practice 13.30; GROUP RIDERS 1 Qualifying Race 15.00; GROUP RIDERS 2 Qualifying Race 16.00; GROUP RIDERS 3 Qualifying Race 17.00.
Sunday:SMoN Qualified Teams 1 Warm Up 9.30; SMoN Qualified Teams 2 Warm Up 10.00; SMoN Race 1 (Rider 1+ Rider 2) 12.50; SMoN Race 2 (Rider 2 + Rider 3) 14.30; SMoN Race 3 (Rider 1+ Rider 3) 16.00; Prize Giving Ceremony
In the photo: Dolna Mitropolia Circuit view