Poznan (Poland) 6 June 2015 – Under sunny skies and with temperatures soaring to more than 30° Poznan in Poland was the venue for the fourth Grand Prix of the FIM SuperMoto World Championship and fourth round of the S2 European Championship – the first time the championships have visited this part of the world.
With temperatures so high it was understandable that some of the riders would want to conserve tyres and energy levels as the Timed Practice proved with just half of the riders electing to even enter the circuit in the early stages of the session which saw HUSQVARNA 833 Pavel KEJMAR and TM Racing Thomas CHARYERE fighting over provisional pole in the opening ten minutes whilst championship leader TM X-MAX Mauno HERMUNEN who’d been fastest in both free practice sessions sat patiently in his pit area waiting for the right time to join the session. He was not alone as HONDA L30 Ivan LAZZARINI and HUSQVARNA Lukas HOELLBACHER, HONDA IFG Gazza Racing Asseri KINGELIN and HONDA Freccia Teo MONTICELLI opted for the same tactic, but with twenty-one minutes of the session remaining the red flag was thrown out due to some issues that needed resolving out on the off-road section.
With normal service resumed after a brief pause, HERMUNEN needed just one lap to jump to the top of the timing sheets with a time every bit as quick as he’d posted earlier in the day, thus affording himself more time in pit lane to save energy for the Superchrono session later on, although to be sure the Finn went even quicker with a 1:00.695 – the only rider to go below the 1:01.00 barrier. The riders joining him in SuperChrono were CHAREYRE, LAZZARINI, MONTICELLI, KEJMAR and VERDEROSA, the same riders as the previous round.
During the Superchrono Thomas CHAREYRE set the early pace with a 1:01.436, which he bettered just before the halfway point in the session by about a tenth of a second. And just like he did in Timed Practice earlier, Mauno Hermunen burst to the top of charts with a 1:01.351 of his own, which was quicker by 0.005 than Chareyre.
Lazzarini climbed to third the following lap as Hermunen registered a 1:00.891 to put some distance between himself and ‘TC4’, the Frenchman responding with a 1:01:092 to get to within 0.2s of Hermunen.
With one minute to go however, Hermunen went quicker again as he posted a 1:00.715 to guarantee him his second pole position of the season.
Alongside him on the front row will be Thomas Chareyre and Ivan Lazzarini with Pavel Kejmar heading up row two from Teo Monticelli and HONDA L30 Max Verderosa.
S1GP Qualifying Super Chrono: Mauno Hermunen (FIN-TM) +01:00.715; 2. Thomas Chareyre (FRA- TM) +01:01.092; 3. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-HONDA) +01:02.091; 4.Pavel Kejmar (CZE-HUSQVARNA) +01:02.204; 5.Teo Monticelli (ITA-HONDA) +01:02.443; 6. Massimiliano Verderosa (ITA-HONDA)+01:03.082
Once again, the rider setting the pace all day was championship leader Marc-Reiner SCHMIDT, not only dominating the Free practice sessions on his Degasoline TM but also threw down the gauntlet to his rivals in Timed Practice, recording his fastest time of the weekend with a 1:01.442 to start on Pole for the fourth time this season.
Yuri GUARDALA riding for L30 Racing who arrived in Poland eighth in the overall standings looked to get off to a great start to the weekend, but after setting the third fastest time in the first free practice session made a mistake and fell, breaking his collarbone in the process and would take no further part in this fourth round.
SHR Suzuki’s Petr VORLICEK briefly lifted himself into second after nine minutes of the timed training session but as the time ticked down Freccia Team Honda rider Diego MONTICELLI and Giovanni BUSSEI on his SBD Union Bike TM both went marginally quicker, closing out the front row in the process. Or so they thought, as with just a few seconds remaining TM Factory rider Toni KLEM jumped up from fifth to snatch second away from the Italian Monticelli by 0.051s ensuring the Finn has every opportunity to get away at the start with Schmidt, his main championship rival.
Monticelli had to be content with third. Bussei will head up the second row from VORLICEK and Assomotor Honda mounted Fabrizio BARTOLINI.
There are three riders entered from Poland, Pavel LESKOW was seventeenth on his Husqvarna, Wojciech MANCZAC was nineteenth and Jedrzej ZURALSKY was twentieth.
S2 Qualifying top ten: Schmidt Marc-Reiner (GER-TM) +01:01.442; 2. Klem Toni (FIN-TM) +01:02.459; 3. Monticelli Diego (ITA-HONDA) +01:02.510; 4. Bussei Giovanni (ITA-TM) +01:02.699; 5. Vorlicek Petr (CZE-SUZUKI) +01:02.791; 6. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-HONDA) +01:03.078; 7. Martella Mattia (ITA-TM)+01:03.446; 8. Fagre Kevin (SWE-HUSQVARNA) +01:03.690; 9. Gimenez David (ESP-SUZUKI) + 01:03.861; 10.Lapini Lorenzo (ITA-HONDA) +01:04.000
Complete results available HERE
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Circuit length: 1415 mt (1210 mt Asphalt, 205 mt Off-Road)
Weather conditions: Sunny
The Grand Prix of Poland will be broadcasted delayed, byclicking HEREyou will obtain the full tv list
Sunday: S2 Warm Up 10.30; S1GP Warm Up 11.00; S2 Race1 12.30; S1GP Race 1 13.30; S2 Race2 15.30; S2 Prize-giving Ceremony; S1GP Race2 16.30; S1GP Prize-giving Ceremony
In the photo: Mauno Hermunen on pole
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