The second Grand Prix of the FIM Supermoto World Championship and the second Round of the Supermoto European Championship sees the return to Arad, Romania for the first time since 2004 and while the asphalt section remains the same the off-road part of the circuit has been re-designed.
In the days pre-ceding the event rainstorms were the main concern, but come Friday afternoon the skies cleared and temperatures of 18? enabled circuit conditions to be near perfect for today’s qualifying sessions.
After days of rain leading up to the second GP of the FIM Supermoto World Championship at Arad, Romania, the off-road section of the circuit was not used in Free Practice1 to prevent it from getting too damaged. As a result the lap times were pretty short, with the S1 riders lapping in around forty-four seconds.
For Free Practice2 though the full circuit was used but the result remained the same with Mauno Hermunen topping the timing sheets.
SHR TM Mauno Hermunen was the fastest in the timed practice session with a time of 1:04.806 edging out TM Factory Racing Thomas Chareyre by just over one tenth of a second. Third was L30 Honda Ivan Lazzarini with Aprilia Fast Wheels Adrien Chareyre , Husqvarna 833 Racing Team Pavel Kejmar and Honda Assomotor Christian Ravaglia rounding out the top six. All six riders were separated by less than one second and would feature in the Superchrono session.
There was no change in the top two positions as Mauno Hermunen once again proved to be the man to beat as he navigated the Arad circuit in a time of 1:04.274 – some six tenths quicker then his earlier timed session, with Thomas Chareyre again placing second.
Adrien Chareyre however improved both his time and position to move up to third as the top three riders all recorded faster times than Hermunen’s earlier Timed Practice session.
Ivan Lazzarini guided his Honda home in fourth as Pavel Kejmar and Christian Ravaglia traded places; the Italian taking fifth with the Czech rider Kejmar being pushed into sixth.
S1 Qualifying Top Ten :
1. Mauno Hermunen (FIN-TM) +01:04.274;
2. Thomas Chareyre (FRA- TM) +01:04.471;
3. Adrien Chareyre (FRA-Aprilia) +01:04.788;
4. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-Honda) +01:04.788;
5. Cristian Ravaglia (ITA-Honda) +01.05.391;
6. Pavel Kejmar (CZE-Husqvarna) +01:06.199;
7. Andrea Occhini(ITA-Suzuki) +01:05.704;
8. Petr Vorlicek (CZE-TM)+01:06.047;
9 Angel Karanyotov (BUL-TM) 01:06.167;
10 Alexander Georgiev (BUL-KTM) +01:08.479
In the hotly contested SM2 European Championship, three different riders topped the timing sheets during Free Practice1, Free Practice2 and Timed Practice; but when it mattered the most it was HONDA Gazza IFG Racong Yuri Guardala who did just enough to take his first pole of the season as he narrowly edged out current championship leader TM Racing Devon Vermeulen by six hundredths of a second.
Third belonged to Honda Assomotor Fabrizio Bartolini in what was a very close timed qualifying session.
TM SBD Union Bike Racing Giovanni Bussei made it three Italian’s in the top four with Finland’s KTM MTR Toni Klem rounding out the top five – all five riders separated by just over half-a-second.
Third placed rider in the SM2 Championship Asseri Kingelin could only manage 9th and was almost two seconds off the pace while Milan Sitniansky who sits 5th in points, came home in 6th, almost one and a half seconds off the pole position time.
SM2 Qualifying top ten :
1. Guardalà Yuri (ITA-HONDA) +1:05.999;
2. Devon Vermeulen (NED-TM) +1:06.437;
3. Fabrizio Bartolini (ITA-Honda) +1:06.183
4. Giovanni Bussei (ITA-TM) +01:06.437;
5. Klem Toni (FIN-KTM)+01:06.585;
6.Sitniansky Milan (CZE-TM) +01:07.461;
7. Marie Luce Alexis (FRA-HONDA)+01:07.515;
8.Lorenzo Lapini (ITA-Honda)+01:07.713;
9.Kingelin Asseri (FIN-APRILIA) +01:07.850;
10. Andreas Buschberger (AUT-KTM) +01:08.172
Today also saw SM3 and SM85.
In SM3 there is no age limit and riders can compete on bikes that are 100cc-125cc two-stroke or 175-250 four-stroke and it was the Hungarian rider Benjamin Onodi who recorded the fastest time.
The SM85 class is designed to encourage the younger riders to enter Supermoto as early as possible. Riders must be aged 10-15 years old and can compete on bike that are 65cc – 85cc two-stroke or 85-150 four-stroke. Austrian rider Maximilian Kofler will start from Pole position on his Husqvarna.
Complete results availableHERE
SMGP ROMANIA-QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1345 mt (1040 mt Asphalt, 305 mt Off-Road)
Weather conditions: Variable
The Grand Prix of Romania will be broadcasted live and delayed, by clickingHEREyou will obtain the full tv coverage
Sunday : SM3&National Race Warm Up 9.35; SM85 Warm Up 9.55; SM2 Warm Up 10.15; S1 Warm Up 10.55; SM85 Race1 11.30; SM2 Race1 12.15; S1 Race1 14.00; SM85 Race2 14.40; SM3&National Race2 15.10; SM85, SM3&National Race Prize-Giving Ceremony; SM2 Race2 16.30; SM2 Prize-giving Ceremony; S1 Race2 17.15; S1 Prize-giving Ceremony
In the photo: Hermunen in action