Castelletto di Branduzzo (Italy) 19 July, 2014– Sunny skies and soaring temperatures were once again in huge supply as the FIM Supermoto World Championship returned to Italy for the latest stop in the S1 calendar. Mauno Hermunen and Yuri Guardalà were quickest in the timed practice sessions; Guardalà is safe on pole in S2 but Hermunen still has the superchrono session to come.
The fifth Grand Prix of the FIM Supermoto World Championship at Casteletto di Branduzzo, Italy sees SHR TM rider Mauno Hermunen on provisional pole after he topped the timed practice session a few moments ago. With the first six riders going through to the Superchrono session later this afternoon, the flying Finn did enough to ensure he made it to the next stage of the timed sessions with a time of 1:40.154.
His closest rival in the world championship title fight, TM Factory Racing's Thomas Chareyre left it to the very last lap to make sure he made it through to superchrono crossing the start-finish line with twenty seconds remaining to jump from sixth to second on his final attempt.
Third belonged to Lukas Hollbacher, who for the first time this season entered to the top six to give himself the opportunity of improving his start position in superchrono.
L30 Racing's Ivan Lazzarini's time on lap three was good enough for him to make it through in fourth, and they were the only laps he completed; so the Italian must be confident of his set-up and will be looking to improve in Superchrono.
Fast Wheels Aprilia's Adrien Chareyre posted fifth, but the other surprise, after Hollbacher's performance came from former world champion Berndt Hiemer, who took the final Superchrono qualifying place, coming home less than a second behind Mauno Hermunen's provisional pole time.
After setting the fourth fastest time in timed pratice, Ivan Lazzarini stormed his way onto Pole position in Superchrono in convincing fashion.
The L30 Racing rider from Italy posted the fastest lap on his third attempt, narrowly edging out SHR TM's Mauno Hermunen by 0.018 of a second.
Adrien Chareyre improved on his earlier time and the Fast Wheels Aprilia rider will start from third on the grid, one place ahead of his brother Thomas Charyere, who finds himself starting from fourth, and half-a-second behind Lazzarini's pole time.
Fifth went to Berndt Hiemer on the Bauerschmidt KTM as Lukas Hollbacher was demoted to sixth.
For the second time this season Yuri Guardalà topped the timed practice session to start from pole position in the SM2 European Championship at Casteletto di Branduzzo.
The IFG Gazza Racing Honda rider posted the fastest time on lap seven of nine, more than three-tenths quicker than Giovanni Bussei on his SBD Union Bike TM; the veteran's time coming on his thirteenth and final lap.
Third belonged to Guardala's team mate Paolo Gaspardone, who was just over a half second slower than Guardalà.
Fabrizio Bartolini could only manage fourth on his Assomotor Honda, so the pole man from the round of Italy tweo weeks ago will have to work a bit harder in the races this evening.
New SM2 Championship leader and winner of both races at the round of Italy Asseri Kingelin, could only manage fifth on his Fast Wheels Aprilia and will need to focus on getting good starts to keep his slender six-point lead intact.
For the fifth Grand Prix of the season, this weekends races all take place this evening with SM2 Race one commencing at 17:00 local time; S1 Race 1 starts at 18:00.
Complete results availableHERE
In the photo: Ivan Lazzarini on pole