Cremona (Italy) 4 July 2014 - The fourth Grand Prix of the FIM Supermoto World Championship and fourth round of the SM2 European Championship arrives in San Martino del Lago circuit in the northern Italy for the first time in its history.
The track situated in Cremona, Lombardy region will welcome the best supermoto riders in the world as the championship chase starts to heat up where only six points separate world championship leader TM Factory Racing Thomas Chareyre and TM SHR Mauno Hermunen.
Chareyre has taken three race wins; two, second places and one third place finish to Hermunen’s three wins, two thirds and one fourth so the championship is delicately poised and should have the Italian fans brimming with excitement this weekend, but it’s the Finn Hermunen, who arrives with momentum on his side after collecting a double-race victory at the third grand prix in Czech Republic three weeks ago.
The battle for third is even closer as Aprilia Fast Wheels Adrien Chareyre has a one-point advantage over L30 Racing Ivan Lazzarini who will be looking to impress on home soil.
Rounding out the top five is another Italian Honda Racing Assomotor Christian Ravaglia who will be in confident mood after taking third overall last time out in Czech Republic.
S1 Championship Top Ten:1. Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM) points 139; 2. Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM) p. 133; 3. Chareyre Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) p. 107; 4. Lazzarini Ivan (ITA-Honda) p. 106; 5. Ravaglia Christian (ITA-Honda) p. 94; 6. Kejmar Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) p. 89; 7. Karanyotov Angel (BUL-TM) p. 81; 8. Petr Vorlicek (CZE-Honda) p. 55; 9. Travnicek Tomas (CZE-Yamaha) p. 52; 10. Occhini Andrea (ITA-Suzuki) p. 45.
In SM2 European Championship the pace setter in the opening three rounds has been TM Racing Factory Devon Vermeulen. After two rounds and four races it looked as though it would be impossible to stop him as he raced to a four-race maximum points haul, but in Czech Republic at round three he failed to make the podium after finishing second and fourth in his two races to place fourth overall.
Second in the championship and twenty-two points behind Vermeulen is KTM MTR Toni Klem of Finland who has finished consistently at the opening three rounds, with fourth overall in France, third in Romania and second overall in Czech Republic, so he will be looking to go one better here in Italy.
Third in the standings is the Czech rider TM Tuningmotorsport Milan Sitniansky who was the sensation of round three when he raced to his first SM2 race victory in race 1 in Czech Republic, only to follow up in race two with a second place finish to secure the overall victory; his first ever, and what better place to do it than at home. He is now just five points behind Klem in the battle for second.
However, the Czech rider cannot afford any slip-ups in Italy as Honda Racing Assomotor Fabrizio Bartolini and Fast Wheels Aprilia Asseri Kingelin sit just one and two points adrift respectively.
SM2 Championship Top Ten:1. Devon Vertmeulen (NED-TM) p. 138; 2. Toni Klem (FIN-Ktm) p. 116; 3. Milan Sitniasky (CZE-TM) p. 111; 4. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) p. 110; 5. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Aprilia) p. 108; 6. Yuri Guardalà (ITA-Honda) p. 97; 7. Marie Luce Alexis (FRA-Honda) p. 59; 8. Giovanni Bussei (ITA-TM) p. 58; 9. Kevin Fagre SWE-TM) p. 50; 10. Jaros Zdenek (CZE-KTM) p. 49.
SMGP ITALY - QUICK FACTS
Circuit Length: 1700 mt (1330 mt Asphalt, 370 mt Off-Road)
Saturday: SM2 Free Practice1 10.45; S1 Free Practice1 11.25; SM2 Free Practice2 13.30; S1 Free Practice2 14.10; SM2 Time Practice 15.30; S1Time Practice 16.10; S1SuperChrono 16.45
Sunday:SM2 Warm Up 10.25; S1 Warm Up 10.55; SM2 Race1 12.15; S1 Race 1 14.00; SM2 Race2 15.30;SM2 Prize-giving Ceremony;S1 Race2 16.30; S1 Prize-giving Ceremony
In the photo: San Martino del Lago circuit view
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