Cremona ( Italy ) 5 July , 2014– Sunny skies and scorching temperatures of almost 30 degree greeted the riders in Cremona, Italy as the FIM Supermoto World Championship and SM2 European Championship hits the halfway point.
After setting the fastest time in both free practice sessions SHR TM’sMauno Hermunen had to settle for third in the timed practice session after he was edged out by TM Factory Racing’sThomas Charyere and L30 Racing’sIvan Lazzarini – the Finn unable to match his earlier time of 1:15.767. The times set by Chareyre and Lazzarini were both quicker as you would expect but the riders also knew that these times would not determine the pole position.
Fast Wheels Aprilia rider Adrien Chareyre was fourth with Tomas Travnicek and Honda Racing Assomotorrider Christian Ravaglia rounding out the top six, and these riders would go through to the Superchrono session to determine the final starting order.
During the Superchrono for the first time this season there was no change in the classification from timed practice to superchrono, so the pole position belongs to Thomas Chareyre, with Lazzarini second, Hermunen third, Adrien Chareyre fourth, Travnicek fifth with Ravaglia placing sixth.
S1 Qualifying Top Ten:Thomas Chareyre (FRA- TM) +01:15.241; 2. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-Honda) +01:15.304; 3. Mauno Hermunen (FIN-TM) +01:15.564; 4. Adrien Chareyre (FRA-Aprilia) +01:16.125; 5. Tomas Travnicek (CZE-Yamaha) +01:16.269; 6. Cristian Ravaglia (ITA-Honda) +01:16.396; 7. Pavel Kejmar (CZE-Husqvarna) +01:16.641; 8. Edgardo Borella (ITA-YAMAHA) +01:16.670; 9. Petr Vorlicek (CZE-Honda)+01:16.761; 10. Angel Karanyotov (BUL-TM) 01:17.051
Italian rider Fabrizio Bartolini arrived in Cremona in confident mood today and will look forward to Sunday’s race knowing he has been the fastest rider all day long after topping the timing sheets in both free practice sessions and the all important timed practice, which means the Honda Racing Assomotor rider will start from pole for the main event.
Championship leader Devon Vermeulen who rides for TM Racing Factorywill not participate after breaking his arm in a training crash prior to arriving in Italy but will be back at the next round, so it’s likely that we will see a new championship leader after the racing this weekend.
Second position went to another Italian, IFG Gazza Racing’sYuri Guardala in what was a very close session with only six tenths of a second separating the first five riders as Milan Sitniansky the winner of the Czech Republic round took third on his Tuningmotorsport TM.SBD Union Bike’sGiovanni Bussei was fourth and Asseri Kingelin fifth for Fast Wheels Aprilia.
With Vermeulen out his twenty-two point lead will disappear. But the big question is: ‘Who will take control in SM2?’ as only 8 points separate the next four riders.
SM2 Qualifying top ten:Fabrizio Bartolini (ITA-HONDA) +1:17.106; 2. Guardalà Yuri (ITA-HONDA) +01:17.156; 3. Sitniansky Milan (CZE-TM) +01:17.472; 4. Giovanni Bussei (ITA-TM) +01:17.589; 5. Kingelin Asseri (FIN-APRILIA) +01:17.721; 6. Klem Toni (FIN-KTM)+01:17.725; 7. Philipp Prestel (GER-KTM) +01:17.905; 8. Andreas Buschberger (AUT-KTM); 9. Paolo Gaspardone (ITA-HONDA) +01:18.232; 10. Fredrik Eriksson (SWE-HONDA) +01:18.977
Complete results availableHERE
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Circuit length: 1700 mt (1330 mt Asphalt, 370 mt Off-Road)
Weather conditions: Sunny
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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: Thomas Chareyre on pole
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