Castelletto di Branduzzo, Pavia (Italy) 17 September 2016 – The last race of the 2016 season is held at the Motodrome of Castelletto di Branduzzo.
In S1GP it was for the sixth time this season TM Factory Racing rider Thomas Chareyre who took pole position. In S2 it was the winner of the last race in Austria, SBD Union Bike Racing rider Giovanni Bussei who took the pole for the races on Sunday.
The first free practice in S1GP was held in sunny conditions and after working very hard on his bike all Friday and Saturday morning, it was Husqvarna H?llbacher Racing rider Lukas H?llbacher who set the fastest time on his very last lap (1:40:932) of the session. With this time H?llbacher was the only rider under the 1 minute and 41 seconds. TM Factory Racing rider Thomas Chareyre became second, only 00:134 seconds behind the fast Austrian rider. Third time in this session was for Degasoline TM rider Marc-Reiner Schmidt. In the second free practice it was again H?llbacher who showed he was very happy with the set-up of his bike and set again the fastest time but this time the current World champion Chareyre was only 00:019 seconds behind so no room for errors in the rest of the day. Schmidt finished again as third on almost one second of the two fastest riders. In both free practices KTM MTR rider Pavel Kejmar finished in fourth and in the first practise Edgardo Borella completed the top five. In the second it was Suzuki Grau rider David Gimenez who set the fifth time.
At ten minutes after four in the afternoon it was time for the timed practice session. The sky above the track was getter darker and cloudier but the rain kept away during the last session. In the timed practice it was TM Factory rider Thomas Chareyre that made it clear that he was the man to beat in Italy. With a gap of 00:595 seconds he set the first time in the timed session on lap three making him the first man to go to the Superchrono. H?llbacher was second this time before the 2015 European champion Marc-Reiner Schmidt on his TM. Italian wild card rider Matteo Traversa showed his solid performance in the free practices was not coincidence and finished in fourth before Kejmar and Gimenez. With the track being so long, it was very important in the Superchrono the set fast lap times straight from the beginning as there was only time for five laps in this session. From the very first lap the battle was on, but in lap three TM Factory Racing rider Thomas Chareyre set the fastest lap of the day (1:39:975) and took the pole position for Sunday’s race. Hollbacher Racing Lukas H?llbacher pushed his Husqvarna as much as he could but had to settle for second place. The first start row on the grid for the races tomorrow will be completed by Marc-Reiner Schmidt. With his pole Chareyre is on his way to secure his fifth World title.
S1GP Qualifying Super Chrono: 1. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA, TM) 1:39.975; 2. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT, Husqvarna) 1:40.739; 3. SCHMIDT Marc Reiner (GER, TM) 1:40.841; 4. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE, KTM) 1:41.793; 5. GIMENEZ David (ESP, Suzuki) 1:42.296; 6. TRAVERSA Matteo (ITA, Yamaha) 1:43.123
After his win last weekend in Melk Austria, SBD Union Bike racing rider Giovanni Bussei took his good feeling and speed with him to Castelletto di Branduzzo. In the first free practice at the Motordromo he set the first and fastest time (1:43:108) on lap 10, his penultimate lap. In second it was his fellow countryman TM Factory Racing rider Diego Monticelli on 00:707 seconds. Monticelli was followed by the European championship leader Suzuki Grau rider Petr Vorlicek. In fourth it was the Swiss wildcard rider Raul Tschupp and he was on his turn followed by TMS Honda rider Milan Sitniansky. In the second free practice it was again Bussei before Monticelli and Vorlicek. Bussei managed the create bigger gap to his opponents showing he was going to be the man to beat on this track. Sitnianksy and TM Factory Racing rider Joan Llados completed the top five the second session.
In the afternoon under a cloudy sky the timed practice session started. Straight from the start Bussei pushed hard and set for the first time of the day at time under 1:42. His time of 1:41:833 was enough to secure him the pole position for the races on Sunday. Monticelli pushed his TM to the limits and was able to close the gap with Bussei to 00:234 second in his last lap, but as time ran out he had to settle for second place on the starting grid. The fow of the start grid will be completed by Suzuki Grau rider Petr Vorlicek who will go for the 2016 title tomorrow.
S2 Time Practice Top Ten: 1. BUSSEI Giovanni (ITA, TM) 1:41.833; 2. MONTICELLI Diego (ITA, TM) 1:42.067; 3. VORLICEK Petr (CZE, Suzuki) 1:42.891; 4. SITNIANSKY Milan (CZE, Honda) 1:43.067; 5. VERTEMATI Michael (ITA, Vertemati) 1:43.832; 6. KAIVERS Romain (BEL, KTM) 1:43.993; 7. TSCHUPP Raul (SUI, TM) 1:44.062; 8. LLADOS Joan (ESP, TM) 1:44.249; 9. MARTIGNONI Jonatan (SUI, TM) 1:44.368; 10. CIAGLIA Luca (ITA, Honda) 1:44.565
Complete results availableHERE.
S1GP LOMBARDIA - QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 2.132 mt (1742 mt Asphalt, 390 mt Sky-Section)
Weather conditions: Cloudy
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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