Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) 3 April 2016 – Under cloudy skies and varied circuit conditions defending S1GP World Champion Thomas Chareyre got his 2016 campaign off to the perfect start as he raced to a double moto victory today, while Petr Vorlicek stood on the top step of the podium to lead the European Championship after the first round.
When the lights went out it was Thomas Chareyre who grabbed the first holeshot of the season. Following him through was Pavel Kejmar, Marc Reiner-Schmidt and Lukas Hollbacher, but by the time the riders reached turn two, Hollbacher was at the back after falling through turn one.
Making moves early was Asseri Kingelin, the former S2 champion took advantage of Hollbacher's fall and then passed Schmidt to end the lap in 3rd place. However, by the end of the following lap, Kingelin had been pushed back to 4th as the German re-gained a position before giving chase to Kejmar.
By the end of lap three the quartet of Chareyre, Kejmar, Schmidt and Kingelin were already well clear of 5th placed Spaniard Ivan Romero, but his time inside the top five was limited as his fellow countryman David Gimenez and Lukas Hollbacher were hot on his wheels.
By lap 5 Romero was dropped to 7th as Gimenez and Hollbacher stormed by.
Up front, Chareyre held a comfortable advantage over Kejmar, but the Czech rider was being hounded by last year's S2 champion, and by lap 7, the German was through on his TM.
Despite upping his pace, Schmidt was unable to close the gap to Chareyre and the defending champion went on to cross the line more than nine seconds clear to win Race 1.
Schmidt's rookie season got off to a great start with 2nd, with Kejmar coming home 3rd. Kingelin and Hollbacher rounded out the top five with Gimenez the top Spaniard in 6th.
S1GP Race 1: 1. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA, TM) 16 laps in 19:27.460; 2. SCHMIDT Marc Reiner (GER, TM) +09.428; 3. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE, KTM) +19.702; 4. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN, Aprilia) +32.691; 5. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT, Husqvarna) +53.241; 6. ROMERO Ivan (ESP, Suzuki) +01:14.043; 7. HERNANDEZ Jose Luis (ESP, Suzuki) +1 Lap; 8. LITA Marius (ROU, Suzuki) +1 Lap; 9. GIMENEZ David (ESP, Suzuki) +2 Laps
S1GP Race 2
After a brief rain shower before the start of Race 2, the circuit conditions were always going to be difficult but that didn't stop Chareyre taking another important holeshot. In fact, the first five riders were in the same order as they left the grid in Race 1; Chareyre, Kejmar, Schmidt, Hollbacher and Gimenez, only this time Hollbacher kept it on two wheels through turn one.
As they crossed the line at the end of the first lap though, Schmidt was already up to second, with Hollbacher 3rd as Kejmar got demoted to 4th.
On Lap 3 Asseri Kingelin moved past the Spaniard Gimenez to take over 5th spot as Chareyre started to ease clear to the tune of 1.6s over Schmidt.
But the 2015 S2 champ started to find traction and within a lap Schmidt was just 0.9s down on Chareyre, stealing a couple more tenths at the end of Lap 5.
And then the unthinkable happened; Marc Reiner-Schmidt found himself leading an S1GP for the first time in only his second outing, taking over from Chareyre on Lap 6. At the same time Gimenez took control of fifth as Kingelin crashed out of the race.
Schmidt's time at the front though was shortlived as Chareyre regained the lead after just one lap.
Two laps later and Schmidt was pushed back to 3rd as the Austrian Hollbacher moved past the German and into 2nd on Lap 9.
When the flag went out 7 laps later Chareyre was a comfortable winner over Hollbacher, with Schmidt taking his second top three finish of the afternoon to secure a spot on the podium.
Fourth in Race 2 belonged to Kejmar with Gimenez placing one better than he did in Race 1 to take 5th to the delight of his fans.
The overall podium at the opening S1GP of the season was Chareyre, Schmidt and Hollbacher.
S1GP Race 2: 1. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA, TM) 16 laps in 21:27.924; 2. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT, Husqvarna) +05.487; 3. SCHMIDT Marc Reiner (GER, TM) +14.518; 4. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE, KTM) +37.582; 5. GIMENEZ David (ESP, Suzuki) +01:00.190; 6. HERNANDEZ Jose Luis (ESP, Suzuki) +1 Lap; 7. LITA Marius (ROU, Suzuki) +1 Lap; 8. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN, Aprilia) +10 Laps; 9. ROMERO Ivan (ESP, Suzuki) 0 laps in 00.000;
S1GP Championship: 1. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA, TM) Pts. 50 (25+25); 2. SCHMIDT Marc Reiner (GER, TM) Pts. 42 (22+20); 3. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT, Husqvarna) Pts. 38 (16+22); 4. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE, KTM) Pts. 38 (20+18); 5. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN, Aprilia) Pts. 31 (18+13); 6. HERNANDEZ Jose Luis (ESP, Suzuki) Pts. 29 (14+15); 7. GIMENEZ David (ESP, Suzuki) Pts. 28 (12+16); 8. LITA Marius (ROU, Suzuki) Pts. 27 (13+14); 9. ROMERO Ivan (ESP, Suzuki) Pts. 15 (15+0)
S1GP Manufacturers: 1. TM 50 points; 2.Husqvarna 38 p.; 3.KTM 38 p; 4.Aprilia 31 p; 5.Suzuki 31 p.
As the lights went out for the opening race of the year pole-sitter Petr Vorlicek reacted quickest to take the holeshot ahead of Milan Sitniansky, Diego Monticelli, Luca Ciaglia and Kevin Fagre. Giovanni Bussei was 7th behind Lorenzo Promutico.
For the first two laps the positions remained the same, but the first rider to start advancing was Bussei; first making the most of a mistake from Promutico who fell back to 13th. The following lap and Bussei was 5th after passing Fagre and two laps later the Italian found himself in 4th when Ciaglia fell to 7th.
Despite getting his head down Bussei was not able to close in on the leaders and when the first three riders eventually crossed the finish line, they did so in the same positions they started, with Vorlicek taking the first win of the season from Sitniansky and Monticelli. Bussei was 4th with Fagre 5th.
S2 Race 1 top ten: 1. VORLICEK Petr (CZE, Suzuki) 16 laps in 19:51.516; 2. SITNIANSKY Milan (CZE, Honda) +00.165; 3. MONTICELLI Diego (ITA, TM) +10.227; 4. BUSSEI Giovanni (ITA, TM) +14.571; 5. FAGRE Kevin (SWE, Yamaha) +21.648; 6. KAIVERS Romain (BEL, KTM) +40.378; 7. CIAGLIA Luca (ITA, Honda) +42.601; 8. PROMUTICO Lorenzo (ITA, Honda) +44.334; 9. PARRA Zoe (ESP, Suzuki) +01:10.935; 10. ASNICAR Alessandro (ITA, Yamaha) +01:11.464
S2 Race 2
The cloudy skies from earlier in the day finally gave way to rain, but despite that, it was once again the two Czech riders that led the way with Vorlicek edging out Sitniansky. Monticelli was 3rd with Bussei getting away from the lights in 4th, three places better than his first race.
As the S2 riders crossed the line at the end of the first lap the order was unchanged; Vorlicek, Sitniansky, Monticelli, Bussei and Luca Ciaglia and remained so for the next lap as well.
On Lap 3 Ciaglia was pushed back to 6th as the Swede Kevin Fagre made his move on the Italian whilst things heated up at the front; Milan Sitniansky was now less than half a second off of Vorlicek.
Vorlicek responded to the tune of 0.2 but while the two Czech's were fighting over the lead Bussei carved his way past Monticelli into 3rd on Lap five. All of a sudden we were looking at a three-way battle for the lead and over the next two laps Bussei turned on the afterburners and put himself into contention.
On Lap 8 Bussei was up to 2nd after passing Sitniansky, the Italian splitting the two Czech riders for the first time this weekend, and as the leaders crossed the line to start Lap 10 Vorlicek was a sitting duck; Bussei had him well in his sights. The gap was down to 0.099!
Vorlicek wasn't going down without a fight though and kept the Italian at bay for another three laps, but by Lap 13 we had a new leader, as Bussei pushed his way through, opening up a 2.8 second advantage immediately.
Despite getting the gap back to 0.7s on the very next lap, Vorlicek was forced to be content with 2nd as Bussei crossed the line 2.3s clear for his first win of the season.
Vorlicek and Sitniansky rounded out the top three.
Fourth belonged to Fagre after passing Monticelli on Lap 9, with the Italian eventually coming home 6th after being passed by John Stambeck on the final lap; the Swede coming from outside the top 10 on the opening lap.
The first S2 podium of the year belonged to Vorlicek with a 1-2. Bussei took second overall with his 4-1 and third belonged to Sitniansky who took 2-3.
S2 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. BUSSEI Giovanni (ITA, TM) 16 laps in 21:03.627; 2. VORLICEK Petr (CZE, Suzuki) +02.373; 3. SITNIANSKY Milan (CZE, Honda) +05.777; 4. FAGRE Kevin (SWE, Yamaha) +08.899; 5. STAMBECK John (SWE, Yamaha) +13.452; 6. MONTICELLI Diego (ITA, TM) +14.290; 7. KAIVERS Romain (BEL, KTM) +14.593; 8. PROMUTICO Lorenzo (ITA, Honda) +16.867; 9. LLADOS Joan (ESP, TM) +17.766; 10. CIAGLIA Luca (ITA, Honda) +18.039; 11.
S2 Championship Top Ten: 1. VORLICEK Petr (CZE, Suzuki) Pts. 47 (25+22); 2. BUSSEI Giovanni (ITA, TM) Pts. 43 (18+25); 3. SITNIANSKY Milan (CZE, Honda) Pts. 42 (22+20); 4. MONTICELLI Diego (ITA, TM) Pts. 35 (20+15); 5. FAGRE Kevin (SWE, Yamaha) Pts. 34 (16+18); 6. KAIVERS Romain (BEL, KTM) Pts. 29 (15+14); 7. PROMUTICO Lorenzo (ITA, Honda) Pts. 26 (13+13); 8. STAMBECK John (SWE, Yamaha) Pts. 25 (9+16); 9. CIAGLIA Luca (ITA, Honda) Pts. 25 (14+11); 10. ASNICAR Alessandro (ITA, Yamaha) Pts. 20 (11+9)
S2 Manufacturers: 1. Suzuki 47 points; 2. TM 45 p, 3. Honda 42 p; 4.Yamaha 34 p; 5. KTM 29 p; 6. Aprilia 17 p.
Complete results available HERE.
S1GP SPAIN-QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1409 mt (1215 mt Asphalt, 194 mt Off-Road)
Weather conditions: Changeable
Crowd attendance: 3.000
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