Tabasalu (Estonia) 31 August 2014 –Under sunny skies and with a good crowd on hand the penultimate round of the FIM Supermoto World Championship and SM2 European Championship at Tabasalu, Estonia proved to be one of the most defining races of the 2014 season.
Toni Klem strolled to an unchallenged victory to secure his first overall win in SM2 while an action-packed, drama-filled day saw Thomas Chareyere emerge as the new leader, and likely winner of the S1 World Championship as Mauno Hermunen saw his four point lead turned into a fourteen point deficit with one round remaining.
With temperatures considerably warmer than they were on Saturday the action out on track in race one proved to be even hotter, particularly between the top two riders Mauno Hermunen and Thomas Chareyre who resumed their fight for the S1 World Championship.
Hermunen made the most of his pole position by reaching turn one in first place, but it wasn’t long before the SHR TM rider realized he would be in for a tough time and on lap three saw his closest rival Thomas Chareyre come flying past on his Factory TM.
The action between the two TM’s was intense as you would expect but as the race wore on, Chareyre was able to pull clear by more than five seconds when the chequered flag fell. More importantly, that victory saw the Frenchman Chareyre reduce the gap in the title race to Hermunen to just a single point going into race two.
Behind them in a distant third place was Ivan Lazzarini; the L30 Racing rider was no match for Chareyre and Hermunen finishing twelve seconds adrift.
The Fast Wheels Aprilia of Adrien Chareyre who struggled for pace in the superchrono session looked to have fourth place nailed down, but the Frenchman did not factor in the challenge from Pavel Kejmar, and with two laps to go the 833 Racing Team Husqvarna rider from Czech Republic forced his way through picking up eighteen world championship points along the way. Adrien Chareyre had to settle for fifth.
S1 Race 1 Top Ten:1. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA-TM) 20:06.337; 2. HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN-TM) 20:11.765; 3. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda) 20:23.887; 4. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) 20:25.907; 5. CHAREYRE Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) 20:28.033; 6. RAVAGLIA Christian (ITA-Honda) 20:29.560; 7. TRAVNICEK Tomas (CZE-Yamaha) 20:29.620; 8. KARANYOTOV Angel (BUL-TM) 20:49.372; 9. VORLICEK Petr (CZE-Honda) 20:20.129; 10. PALS Patrick (EST-TM) 20:42.068.
S1 Race 2
It was an explosive start to S1 Race 2 as once again Mauno Hermunen took the holeshot, but the lead must have changed three or four times before the opening lap had past. Thomas Chareyre led at the end of lap one before handing back the advantage to Hermunen on lap two. For the next eight laps the two title challengers were locked together battling for the lead until a moment of madness from the Championship leader saw Hermunen push too hard in the off-road section and in an attempt to make the pass for the lead the Finn went down.
He remounted in fifth and pulled himself back to third, but knowing that the title was on the line and that Charyere would be the new leader going into the final round, Hermunen pushed too hard and fell once more with five laps to go; had he finished in third Chareyre would have been the new leader of the world championship by four points. Instead, Hermunen was unable to re-start his machine and would only pick up eleventh in the race but this now means that Thomas Chareyre has not only taken over the Championship lead but he now has a fourteen point advantage over Hermunen with just one round remaining.
Ivan Lazzarini, who started fourth on the opening lap worked hard all race long to get back to an eventual second place narrowly edging out Tomas Travnicek, Pavel Kejmar and Adrien Chareyre.
Thomas Chareyre’s double-race win saw him stand on the top step of the podium with Ivan Lazzarini second overall with a third and a second. Third belonged to Pavel Kejmar who rode to two fourth place finishes on his Husqvarna.
S1 Race 2 top ten:1. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA-TM) 20:15.298; 2. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda) 20:18.601; 3. TRAVNICEK Tomas (CZE-Yamaha) 20:20.358; 4. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) 20:25.690; 5. CHAREYRE Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) 20:29.378; 6. KARANYOTOV Angel (BUL-TM) 20:29.900; 7. RAVAGLIA Christian (ITA-Honda) 20:35.631; 8. VORLICEK Petr (CZE-Honda) 20:22.815; 9. PALS Prants (EST-TM) 20:35.179; 10. PALS Patrick (EST-TM) 20:38.402.
S1 Overall top ten:1. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA-TM Racing Factory) p. 50; 2. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-L30 Racing Honda) p. 42; 3. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE-833 Racing Team Husqvarna) p. 36; 4. TRAVNICEK Tomas (CZE-Yamaha) p. 34; 5. CHAREYRE Adrien (FRA-Fast Wheels Aprilia) p. 32; 6. HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN-SHR TM) p. 32; 7. RAVAGLIA Christian (ITA-Honda Racing Assomotor) p. 29; 8. KARANYOTOV Angel (BUL-Team Bulgaria TM) p. 28; 9. VORLICEK Petr (CZE-SHR Honda) p. 25; 10. PALS Prants (EST-TM) p. 22.
S1 Championship Top Ten:1. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA) points 271; 2. HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN) p. 257; 3. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA) p. 235; 4. CHAREYRE Adrien (FRA) p. 215; 5. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE) p. 178; 6. RAVAGLIA Christian (ITA) p. 169; 7. KARANYOTOV Angel (BUL) p. 161; 8. TRAVNICEK Tomas (CZE) p. 109; 9. VORLICEK Petr (CZE) p. 104; 10. OCCHINI Andrea (ITA) p. 71.
S1 Manufacturers:1. TM points 297; 2. Honda p. 245; 3. Aprilia p. 215; 4. Husqvarna p. 186; 5. Yamaha p. 159; 6. KTM p. 89; 7. Suzuki p. 71.
After securing his first ever pole position in Saturday’s timed training session Toni Klem wasn’t about to let such an advantage pass him by and when the lights went out at the start of race one the KTM MTR rider made sure he arrived at turn one before everybody else, and from then on the Finn put in a faultless display to cruise to his first race win of the season, winning by more than eleven seconds.
Behind him though things were a little bit more frantic as Milan Sitniansky struggled to keep his Tuningmotorsport TM ahead of the Italian Fabrizio Bartolini and as the race neared it’s end the Assomotor Honda mounted Bartolini continued to test Sitniansky with continuous attempts to overtake the Czech. But it was all to no avail and it was Sitniansky who claimed second with Bartolini third.
Fourth belonged to IFG Gazza Racing’s Yuri Guardala while SM2 championship leader Asseri Kingelin failed to find his rhythm and the Fast Wheels Aprilia rider had to be content with fifth, allowing Bartolini to reduce the gap in the championship chase by four points.
SM2 Race 1 top ten:1. KLEM Toni (FIN-KTM) 21:05.077; 2. SITNIANSKY Milan (CZE-TM) 21:16.304; 3. BARTOLINI Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) 21:19.120; 4. GUARDALA' Yuri (ITA-Honda) 21:20.902; 5. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN-Aprilia) 21:23.856; 6. JAROS Zdenek (CZE-KTM) 21:55.165; 7. FAGRE Kevin (SWE-TM) 21:59.057; 8. SALSTOLA Sami (FIN-TM) 22:03.836; 9. LAPINI Lorenzo (ITA-Honda) 22:05.499; 10. ERIKSSON Fredrik (SWE-Honda) 21:05.927.
SM2 Race 2
It was another faultless display from Toni Klem in SM2 race 2 as he strolled to another start-to-finish win by almost eight seconds over his fellow countryman, Asseri Kingelin to round out the perfect weekend; Klem took pole and converted it to a double-moto victory.
Fabrizio Bartolini started race two in second but was soon passed by Milan Sitnaiansky as championship leader Kingelin thought about how to move from fifth on the opening lap.
On Lap three Kingelin had moved into third when he past his nearest rival Bartolini, before moving into second on lap eight when Sitniansky pulled out of the race with a technical problem, ending any hopes of a podium in Estonia.
Bartolini finished an eventual third behind the two Finn’s of Klem and Kingelin but with Kingelin taking second he was able to pull back two more points over Bartolini in the race for the title.
Sami Salstola was fourth and with Jan Forsten in fifth, Bartolini was the only non-Finnish rider in the top five.
Klem therefore took the overall victory, Bartolini was second with Klem third and Klem now has a thirteen-point advantage heading into the final round in two weeks time.
SM2 Race 2 top ten:1. KLEM Toni (FIN-KTM) 20:49.688; 2. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN-Aprilia) 20:57.504; 3. BARTOLINI Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) 21:01.287; 4. SALSTOLA Sami (FIN-TM) 21:25.676; 5. FORSTEN Jan (FIN-TM) 21:28.864; 6. FAGRE Kevin (SWE-TM) 21:40.469; 7. ERIKSSON Fredrik (SWE-Honda) 21:40.765; 8. JAROS Zdenek (CZE-KTM) 21:42.273; 9. GUSTAFSON Hampus (SWE-Honda) 21:08.040; 10. MADISSON Eero (EST-TM) 21:21.876.
SM2 Overall top ten:1. KLEM Toni (FIN-KTM) points 50; 2. BARTOLINI Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) p. 40; 3. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN-Aprilia) p. 38; 4. SALSTOLA Sami (FIN-TM) p. 31; 5. FAGRE Kevin (SWE-TM) p. 29; 6. JAROS Zdenek (CZE-KTM) p. 28; 7. SITNIANSKY Milan (CZE-TM) p. 26; 8. ERIKSSON Fredrik (SWE-Honda) p. 25; 9. GUARDALA' Yuri (ITA-Honda) p. 23; 10. LAPINI Lorenzo (ITA-Honda) p. 22.
SM2 Championship Top Ten:1. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN-Aprilia) points 243; 2. BARTOLINI Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) p. 230; 3. KLEM Toni (FIN-KTM) p. 229; 4. Milan Sitniasky (CZE-TM) p. 195; 5. YURI Guardalà (ITA-Honda) p. 187; 6. Devon Vermeulen (NED-TM) p. 138; 7. Jaros Zdenek (CZE-KTM) p. 114; 8. Lorenzo Lapini (ITA-Honda) p. 113; 9. Kevin Fagre (SWE-TM) p. 109; 10. Giovanni Bussei (ITA-TM) p. 106.
SM2 Manufacturers:1. TM points 256; 2. Honda p. 253; 3. Aprilia p. 243; 4. KTM p. 233; 5. Husqvarna p. 71; 6. Yamaha p. 39; 7. Suzuki p. 36; 8. Vertemati 5.
Complete results availableHERE
SMGP ESTONIA-QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1180 mt (940 mt Asphalt, 240 mt Off-Road)
Weather conditions: Windy
Crowd attendance: 6000
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Next SMGP :The FIM Supermoto World Championship takes a week of rest and it will be back in Jesolo, Italy, during the 14th September week-end for the last Grand Prix where will be crowned the Supermoto World and European Champion.
In the photo: S1 podium