Tabasalu (Estonia) 30 August, 2014– After the summer break the FIM Supermoto World Championship resumed in Estonia for the penultimate GP of the 2014 campaign.
Previously when we have raced in Estonia it’s been at the circuit of Kuressare but for this sixth GP, the brand new circuit of Tabasalu plays host to the best supermoto riders in the world; it’s also the sixth round of the SM2 European championship.
Coming into GP six of 2014 Mauno Hermunen of Finland has a four-point advantage over the Frenchman Thomas Chareyre as the FIM Supermoto World Championship reaches a crucial stage of the campaign. And this means that any advantage from today’s timed training sessions would be a massive boost in confidence, or a huge physiological blow so a good day today would be key to getting off to a good start.
Right from the start Hermunen showed he was the fastest rider as he topped both the free practice sessions before charging to provisional pole in the timed training session.
Behind him was the TM Factory rider and his closest rival Thomas Chareyre with a time that was just over a half second slower than the Finn.
Third was the Yamaha of Tomas Travnicek, with Pavel Kejmar charging to fourth on his 833 Racing Team Husqvarna, just one place ahead of Ivan Lazzarini, the last GP winner on the L30 Racing machine. Sixth, and the final transfer place for Superchrono belonged to Adrien Chareyre on the Fast Wheels Aprilia.
In Superchrono, Hermunen once again proved to be the man to beat, although this time Thomas Chareyre was just three-tenths further back. Lazzarini had improved to third and will round out the front row.
There was no change in position for Pavel Kejmar who starts from the front of row two, with Adrien Chareyre and Thomas Travnicek having to be content with fifth and sixth.
S1 Qualifying Top Ten:1. Mauno Hermunen (FIN-TM) +58.909; 2. Thomas Chareyre (FRA- TM) +59:210; 3. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-Honda) +59:870; 4. Pavel Kejmar (CZE-Husqvarna) +59.883; 5. Adrien Chareyre (FRA-Aprilia) +59:975; 6. Tomas Travnicek (CZE-Yamaha) +01:00.359; 7. Cristian Ravaglia (ITA-Honda) +01:00.550; 8. Angel Karanyotov (BUL-TM) +01:01.157: 9. Petr Vorlicek (CZE-Honda)+01:01.304; 10. Pals Prants (EST-TM) +01:03.767.
Under sunny skies and with temperatures hovering around 15? the short 1800m long circuit threw up a nice surprise in SM2 as Finland’s Toni Klem guided his KTM MTR machine to pole position for the first time, edging out the Czech rider Milan Sitniansky on his Tuningmotorsport TM by 0.189 in what was a very close timed training session.
Third belonged to Fabrizio Bartolini (Assomotor Honda) with the top five places being rounded out by Yuri Guardala (IFG Gazza Racing Honda) and Asseri Kingelin – the Fast Wheels Aprilia rider arriving here as Championship leader after winning the last two rounds and with a fifteen point advantage over his rivals. Kingelin was more than one and a half seconds off the pace though, so will need to up his game on Sunday if he is to keep his championship lead intact.
The weather forecast for Sunday is good and a good crowd is expected as they hope to witness another showdown in S1.
SM2 Qualifying top ten:1.Klem Toni (FIN-KTM)+01:01.056; 2. Sitniansky Milan (CZE-TM) +01:01.245;3. Fabrizio Bartolini (ITA-HONDA) +01:01.832; 4. Guardalà Yuri (ITA-HONDA) +01:02.000; 5. Kingelin Asseri (FIN-APRILIA) +01:02.523; 6. Jaros Zdenek (CZE-KTM)+01.03.317; 7. Salstola Sami (FIN-TM)+01:03.336; 8. Lapini Lorenzo (ITA-HONDA) +01:03.620; 9. Forsten Jan (FIN-TM)+01:04.084; 10. Fredrik Eriksson (SWE-HONDA) +01:04.415.
Complete results availableHERE
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Circuit length: 1180 mt (940 mt Asphalt, 240 mt Off-Road)
Weather conditions: Sunny
The Grand Prix of Estonia will be broadcasted delayed, by clickingHEREyou will obtain the full tv list, the complete tv coverage will be published soon
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: Mauno Hermunen on pole
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