28 May

PLEVEN (BULGARIA), 28 May 2011 – The beautiful nature surrounding the Bulgarian tarmac track of Pleven perfectly matched with the action offered by the Superiders, who faced the time practice session of the second Grand Prix of the 2011 FIM SuperMoto World Championship. The best performance belonged to Finnish Mauno Hermunen, author of the best time of 1:23.694 on board the Husqvarna Factory Team bike. Tomorrow Hermunen will fight for the head of the Superpole with the Chareyre brothers, Thomas and Adrien, as well as with Ivan Lazzarini.

In the Open class, Teo Monticelli ended the day very satisfied after finishing at the head of the time sheets.


Strong Mauno Hermunen is determined to grasp his second victory in a row here at Pleven after the 2010 success, and he demonstrated it in today’s qualifying through the amazing time of 1:23.694.

Pleven is a very peculiar track among all the circuits that often host the SuperMoto World Championship, and Hermunen clearly showed he has a good feeling with it. The Husqvarna Factory Team member triumphed at the end of the time practice after being constant during all the session.

The second best time of the day went to defending World Champion Thomas Chareyre, who will try to extend his leadership in the standings in Sunday’s race. The French rider of the TM Factory Racing Team will be chased by his brother Adrien, who is also looking forward to reaching the podium on board the powerful Aprilia of the Fast Wheels ASD Team. The top four was rounded off by the HM Honda Racing Italian Ivan Lazzarini and he will also try to gain some positions in Sunday’s challenge.

These top four riders will also have to face the Superpole tomorrow before standing on the starting grid and they came in front of home rider Angel Karanyotov of the Karanyotov Sport Team, who could be a dangerous rival as he often trains at the Pleven circuit so knows all its features. The KTM 747 Motorsport Davide Gozzini was sixth, in front of SBD Union Bike Racing Giovanni Bussei and 2010 European Champion Uros Nastran of the TDS Faor Team. Ninth spot was taken by the Suzuki Valenti Lux Performance rider Christian Ravaglia and the top ten was rounded off by SHR Racing Matthew Winstanley.

Sami Salstola faced a run of ill luck as crashed in free practice 2 and will not take part in tomorrow’s race due to a broken rib.

S1 Qualifying top ten: 1. Mauno Hermunen (FIN, Husqvarna), 1:23.694; 2. Thomas Chareyre (FRA, TM), +0:00.149; 3. Adrien Chareyre(FRA, Aprilia), +0:00.169; 4. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA, Honda), +0:00.282; 5. Angel Karanyotov (BUL, KTM), +0:00.411; 6. Davide Gozzini (ITA, KTM), +0:00.526; 7. Giovanni Bussei (ITA, Honda), +0:00.548; 8. Uros Nastran (SLO, Honda), +0:00.650; 9. Christian Ravaglia (ITA, Suzuki), +0:01.281; 10. Matthew Winstanley(GBR, Honda), +0:01.382.

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The time practice session of the UEM SuperMoto European Championship was ruled by Italian Teo Monticelli, who clinched the best time of 1:24.591 with the Honda machinery of the Freccia Team. Home rider Rosen Tonchev was second, followed by Czech challenger Pavel Kejmar and German Jan Deitenbach.

Monticelli’s team mate and red plate holder Massimiliano Porfiri faced an off-color day classifying only 9th.

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Circuit length: 1720 mt (1204 mt slide, 516 mt sky section).

Temperature: 26°

Weather conditions: sunny

Sunday: ECSM Warm Up 09:00; S1GP Warm Up 09:30 (until 9:50, then followed by Superpole); ECSM Race 1 11:20; S1GP Race 1 12:20; ECSM Race 2 13:20; S1GP Race 2 14:20; ECSM Race 3 15:20; S1GP Race 3 16:20.

As the whole 2011 FIM SuperMoto World Championship, this Grand Prix will be broadcasted delayed but Bulgarian fans will have the great opportunity to watch the GP live on Sunday starting from 1:55pm local time (GMT + 3) on BNT, the Bulgarian National Television.

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