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20 Apr

Rivesaltes (France) 20 April, 2014 -In S1 Race 1 Ivan Lazzarini L30 Racing Honda exploded from 2nd place on the grid to pull the first holeshot of 2014, but was quickly passed by Thomas Chareyre TM Factory Racing. On lap two Lazzarini was pushed into third as the Fast Wheels Aprilia of Adrien Chareyre displaced the Italian Honda rider to give the crowd a French one-two.

As Thomas Chareyre started to extend his lead over brother Adrien, Lazzarini was coming under pressure from defending champion Mauno Hermunen on the SHR TM, who had already had to deal with the challenge from Sylvain Bidart; the French rider admitting afterwards that he didn’t want to make any mistakes.
Once Hermunen was free he set off after Lazzarini and after five laps the flying Finn was through into third.
Behind Lazzarini in fourth, Thomas Travnicek took the challenge to Bidart and was able pass him, but four laps later Travnicek made a mistake allowing Bidart back into 5th.
In the closing stages Hermunen started to close the gap to Adrien Chareyre but ran out of laps, and was disappointed to finish third.

S1 Race 1 Top Ten:Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM) 21:09.448; 2. Chareyre Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) 21:15.080; 3. Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM) 21:16.186; 4. Lazzarini Ivan (ITA-Honda) 21:24.079; 5. Bidart Sylvain (FRA-Honda) 21:26.427; 6. Travnicek Tomas (CZE-Yamaha) 21:36.338; 7. Ravaglia Christian (ITA-Honda) 21:36.520; 8. Hollbacher Lukas (AUT-Husqvarna) 21:36.722; 9. Kejmar Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) 21:37.255; 10. Vorlicek Petr (CZE-TM) 21:48.484.

S1 Race 2
This time it was Thomas Chareyre who took the holeshot from Adrien Chareyre, Sylvain Bidart and Ivan Lazzarini while fifth place belonged to Lukas Hoellbacher. Behind him was Pavel Kejmar 833 Racing Team Husqvarna with Mauno Hermunen buried down in 7th.

For two laps the first four positions remained unchanged as Hermunen began his charge towards the front. On lap three Ivan Lazzarini passed Sylvain Bidart for third but three laps later the SM Italian Champion was under fire from the hard charging Mauno Hermunen. The Finnish rider fell back to 9th on Lap seven and looked out of the game but he showed his world champion credentials with a gritty ride through the field to pass Lazzarini for third on the final lap.

At this stage it started to rain and the race was stopped prematurely with Thomas Charyere winning by ten seconds from brother Adrien who took the first two positions on the overall podium. Hermunen was third overall with two third place finishes.

S1 Race 2 top ten:1. Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM) 19:54.307; 2. Chareyre Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) 20:04.775; 3. Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM) 20:10.855; 4. Lazzarini Ivan (ITA-Honda) 20:13.373; 5. Travnicek Tomas (CZE-Yamaha) 20:13.566; 6. Kejmar Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) 20:13.699; 7. Ravaglia Christian (ITA-Honda) 20:13.909; 8. Bidart Sylvain (FRA-Honda) 20:20.564; 9. Hoellbacher Lukas (AUT-Husqvarna) 20:31.424; 10. Vorlicek Petr (CZE-TM) 20:52.422.

S1 Overall top ten:1. Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM) 50 points; 2. Chareyre Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) 44 p.; 3. Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM) 40 p.; 4. Lazzarini Ivan (ITA-Honda) 36 p.; 5. Travnicek Tomas (CZE-Yamaha) 31 p.; 6. Bidart Sylvain (FRA-Honda) 29 p.; 7. Ravaglia Christian (ITA-Honda) 28 p.; 8. Kejmar Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) 27 p.; 9. Hoellbacher Lukas (AUT-Husqvarna) 25 p.; 10. Vorlicek Petr (CZE-TM) 22 p.

S1 Championship Top Ten:1. Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM) 50 points; 2. Chareyre Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) 44 p.; 3. Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM) 40 p.; 4. Lazzarini Ivan (ITA-Honda) 36 p.; 5. Travnicek Tomas (CZE-Yamaha) 31 p.; 6. Bidart Sylvain (FRA-Honda) 29 p.; 7. Ravaglia Christian (ITA-Honda) 28 p.; 8. Kejmar Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) 27 p.; 9. Hoellbacher Lukas (AUT-Husqvarna) 25 p.; 10. Vorlicek Petr (CZE-TM) 22 p.
S1 Manufacturers: 1. TM 50 points; 2. Aprilia 44 p.; 3. Honda 36 p.; 4. Yamaha 31 p.; 5. Husqvarna 28 p.; 6. Suzuki 17 p.

SM2
With a full grid for the first Supermoto European Championship round it was important to make a good start and it was Fabrizio Bartolini who grabbed the holeshot on his Assomotor Honda from second place on the grid, which he held for two laps.

But Devon Vermeulen who is riding for TM this year eventually found his way to the front after a short battle with the Italian.
With Vermeulen controlling the race at the front, the action behind was dramatic as three riders battled over second place with Bartolini coming under attack from Asseri Kingelin Fast Wheels Aprilia and Toni Klem KTM MTR Team with the first four riders finishing less than two seconds apart as Milan Sitniansky Tuningmotorsport TM finished 5th four seconds further back in what was a very exciting start to the season in SM2.

SM2 Race 1 top ten:1. Vermeulen Devon (NED-TM) 22:02.048; 2. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) 22:03.431; 3. Kingelin Asseri (FIN-Aprilia) 22:03.845; 4. Klem Toni (FIN-KTM) 22:03.997; 5. Sitniansky Milan (CZE-TM) 22:08.400; 6. Bussei Giovanni (ITA-TM) 22:33.171; 7. Guardalà Yuri (ITA-Honda) 22:40.752; 8. Lapini Lorenzo (ITA-Honda) 22:46.191; 9. Prestel Philipp (GER-KTM) 22:50.033; 10. Stehrer Manuel (AUT-KTM) 22:52.761.

SM2 Race 2

Fabrizio Bartolini was the fastest to respond once again as the SM2 riders charged into turn one in race 2 as Devon Vermeulen, Asseri Kingelin and Milan Sitninasky followed him through.
On Lap three Vermeulen forced his way past Bartolini to take over the lead but the Dutch rider was very much mistaken if he thought he was about to ride off into the distance as Bartolini fought back two laps later to regain the lead.
For the next five laps the two warriors of SM2 were wheel-to-wheel as Asseri Kingelin held on to third from Sitniansky.
On Lap nine of fourteen however, the Czech rider Sitniansky was pushed back to fifth as Toni Klem made the pass for fourth.

All eyes were on the battle for the lead though and on the tenth lap Devon Vermeulen once again regained the lead where he stayed for the remaining five laps, eventually winning by more than two seconds. Bartolini was second with Kingelin third.
The overall podium in France was Vermeulen, Bartolini, Kingelin.

SM2 Race 2 top ten:1. Vermeulen Devon (NED-TM) 21:42.482; 2. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) 21:44.898; 3. Kingelin Asseri (FIN-Aprilia) 21:45.340; 4. Klem Toni (FIN-KTM) 21:45.484; 5. Sitniansky Milan (CZE-TM) 21:45.913; 6. Guardalà Yuri (ITA-Honda) 21:46.166; 7. Bussei Giovanni (ITA-TM) 22:18.757; 8. Buschberger Andreas (AUT-KTM) 22:26.296; 9. Baumgartner Marcel (SUI-KTM) 22:27.606; 10. Reynaud Lucien (SUI-Yamaha) 22:30.844.

SM2 Overall top ten:1. Vermeulen Devon (NED-TM) 50 points; 2. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) 44 p.; 3. Kingelin Asseri (FIN-Aprilia) 40 p.; 4. Klem Toni (FIN-KTM) 36 p.; 5. Sitniansky Milan (CZE-TM) 32 p.; 6. Guardalà Yuri (ITA-Honda) 29 p.; 7. Bussei Giovanni (ITA-TM) 29 p.; 8. Buschberger Andreas (AUT-KTM) 23 p.; 9. Prestel Philipp (GER-KTM) 22 p.; 10. Baumgartner Marcel (SUI-KTM) 21 p.

SM2 Championship Top Ten:1. Vermeulen Devon (NED-TM) 50 points; 2. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) 44 p.; 3. Kingelin Asseri (FIN-Aprilia) 40 p.; 4. Klem Toni (FIN-KTM) 36 p.; 5. Sitniansky Milan (CZE-TM) 32 p.; 6. Guardalà Yuri (ITA-Honda) 29 p.; 7. Bussei Giovanni (ITA-TM) 29 p.; 8. Buschberger Andreas (AUT-KTM) 23 p.; 9. Prestel Philipp (GER-KTM) 22 p.; 10. Baumgartner Marcel (SUI-KTM) 21 p.

SM2 Manufacturers:1. TM 50 points; 2. Honda 44 p.; 3. Aprilia 40 p.; 4. KTM 36 p.; 5. Yamaha 17 p.

Complete results available athere

SMGP FRANCE-QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1796 mt (1400 mt Asphalt 349 mt Off-Road)
Temperature: 16°
Weather conditions: Cloudy and rainy near the end of S1 race 2
Crowd attendance: 3000

Next SMGP :
Romania, Arad during the 18th May week-end

In the photo: Thomas Chareyre

Photos of the whole Grand Prix are available athere


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