Melk (Austria) 8 September, 2016 – After a long summer break of almost two months the FIM Supermoto World Championship is travelling to Austria to celebrate the fifth and penultimate Grand Prix of the season. After last year’s successful debut S1GP of Austria returns for the second year in a row at Melk on the Wachauring circuit, a smooth race track with two off- road parts that will be the arena also of the fifth Round of Supermoto European Championship and the Austrian Supermoto National Championship.
The French World Champion TM Racing Thomas Chareyre won his fourth Title last year here in Melk. After taking three Grand Prix victories in four races, he is arriving in Austria with 188 comfortable points and he’ll drive safe and try to bring home his fifth SuperMoto World Title.
After winning his first GP the last time in Poland, TM Degasoline Marc Reiner Schmidt is very determined to do his best to double his result. After taking the SuperMoto European Title last year, and in his first World Title year, the German rider is only 14 points behind Chareyre.
The Austrian HUSQVARNA Hollbacher Racing Lukas Hollbacher is one of the favourite riders for the upcoming week-end, supported by his home public he’ll guarantee the show, and furthermore he was the GP winner last year.
KTM MTR Pavel Kejmar comes to Austria with the same points as Hollbacher so the battle for the third position in the championship will be a close one.
Rounding up the fifth position is Spanish SUZUKI Grau rider David Gimenez who has in his first year in S1GP a good and constant season.
His teammates Jose Luis Hernandez and Marius Lita, KTM MTR Lionel Deridder, SUZUKI Arici Sorin Traistaru and APRILIA Fast Wheels Asseri Kingelin complete the current top ten of the Overall Standings.
Local riders who will attend the Austria Grand Prix will be YAMAHA Bernhard Hitzenberger, HUSQVARNA Andreas Buschberger, TM Kevin Maurer and KTM Robert Gattinger.
In S2 European Supermoto Championship the Czech SUZUKI rider Peter Vorlicek is leading the standings with 179 points after collecting victories in three rounds.
Second in the Championship and only 16 points behind is fellow countryman HONDA rider Milan Sitnianksy after winning his first round last time in Poznan.
Third is TM SBD rider Giovanni Bussei who had his best season so far followed by KTM MTR rider Romain Kaivers.
HONDA Gazza Racing rider Lorenzo Promutico will be absent for this round because of his wrist surgery.
Sixth in the SM European Standings is YAMAHA Inside Motorsport rider Kevin Fagre followed by HONDA Gazza Racing rider Luca Ciaglia, TM Racing rider Diego Monticelli who had an unlucky season so far, and John Stambeck who is retired for this year is completing the Top Ten.
Saturday: S2 Free Practice1 10.45; S1GP Free Practice1 11.25; S2 Free Practice2 13.30; S1GP Free Practice2 14.10; S2 Time Practice 15.30; S1GP Time Practice 16.10; S1GP SuperChrono 16.45
Sunday: S2 Warm Up 10.10; S1GP Warm Up 10.40; 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: Race action