Villena (Spain) 11 July 2015 – Under sunny skies and with temperatures nudging the mid-thirties the fifth Grand Prix of the FIM Supermoto World Championship, and S2 European Championship arrived in Spain in the hope of delivering more fantastic action from the best supermoto riders in the world.
Unfortunately for the S1 World Championship leader Mauno Hermunen though, the Finn would not be present after a motocross practice crash left him with a broken lumber vertebrae, meaning the former world champion would be out for the remainder of the season.
With no Mauno HERMUNEN, the Free Practice sessions saw two different riders top the timing sheets in the form of Husqvarna Lukas HOLLBACHER in Free Practice 1 and Husqvarna 833 Pavel KEJMAR in Free Practice 2. Both times though they were followed home by TM Racing Thomas CHAREYRE.
In Time Practice the top six riders heading into the Superchrono session were Pavel KEJMAR, Thomas CHAREYRE, Lukas HOLLBACHER, Honda L30 Ivan LAZZARINI, Honda Freccia Teo MONTICELLI and Honda Assomotor Christian RAVAGLIA, and at the end of the ten minute session it was Chareyre who took his TM Factory machine to pole position for the third time this season. If the Frenchman wins race one he will take over the World Championship lead.
Joining Chareyre on the front row will be Lukas HOLLBACHER and Pave KEJMAR while Lazzarini, Monticelli and Ravaglia round out row two.
S1GP Qualifying Super Chrono:1.Thomas Chareyre (FRA-TM) +01:15.279; 2.Lukas Hoellbacher (AUT-HUSQVARNA) +01:15.313; 3. Pavel Kejmar (CZE-HUSQVARNA) +01:15.787; 4. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-HONDA) +01:16.112; 5. Teo Monticelli (ITA-HONDA) +01:16.804; 6. Christian Ravaglia (ITA-HONDA) +01:16.902
After topping the free practice sessions earlier in the day, the European Championship leader Marc-Reiner SCHMIDT once again took control of the timed training session to put his Degasoline TM on pole position leaving him with a great possibility of taking his first European crown is all goes to plan on race day.
Behind him, one second further back was Fabrizio BARTOLINI, the Assomotor Honda riding edging out former european champion Petr VORLICEK on the SHR Suzuki.
The second row will be headed up by the Spaniard David GIMENEZ so he, and the fans will be hoping to see the Suzuki GRAU RACING rider finish on the podium.
Freccia Team Honda rider Diego MONTICELLI and TM Factory Racing's Mattia MARTELLA rounded out the top six.
S2 Qualifying top ten:1.Schmidt Marc-Reiner (GER-TM) +01:15.903; 2. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-HONDA) +01:16.903; 3. Vorlicek Petr (CZE-SUZUKI) +01:16.933; 4. Gimenez David (ESP-SUZUKI) + 01:16.973; 5. Monticelli Diego (ITA-HONDA) +01:17.343; 6. Martella Mattia (ITA-TM)+01:17.354; 7. Bussei Giovanni (ITA-TM) +01:17.354; 8. Lapini Lorenzo (ITA-HONDA) +01:17.786; 9. Llados Joan (ESP-APRILIA) +01:18.043; 10. Fagre Kevin (SWE-HUSQVARNA) +01:19.023
Complete results availableHERE
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Circuit length: 1365 mt (1105 mt Asphalt, 260 mt Off-Road)
Weather conditions: Sunny
The Grand Prix of Comunitat Valenciana will be broadcasted delayed, by clickingHEREyou 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: Thomas Chareyre on pole
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