Supermoto fans lined the circuit at Castelletto di Branduzzo today as they witnessed some crazy goings-on at round five of the FIM Supermoto World Championship and SM2 European Championship, as they witnessed Mauno Hermunen regain control of the S1 Championship, Asseri Kinngelin assert his authority in SM2 and a little bit of history being made as Ivan Lazzarini stood on the top step of the podium.
If there was ever a time when a holeshot was needed, S1 Race 1 was that time for Mauno Hermunen, especially with his main rival Thomas Chareyre starting from the front of row two. And the SHR TM rider did not disappoint as he swooped through turn one in front of everybody else.
Ivan lazzarini wasn't able to capitalise on his pole position earlier on in the day but he rounded out turn one in second position just ahead of the Factory TM of Thomas Chareyre.
Pavel Kejmar was not so lucky as he crashed out in the first turn and would not finish the race, while Petr Vorlicek found that racing with his recently injured knee was a GP too soon, and the Czech rider was back in pit lane at the end of lap one.
At the front of the race things were a little static as the top four places remained unchanged throughout the race as Hermunen pulled more than two seconds clear of Lazzarini by the time the checkered flag fell at the end of twelve laps of racing. Thomas Chareyre in third and Adrien Chareyre in fourth were separated by a similar margin.
Fifth place went to Lukas Hollbacher who was able to pass Christian Ravaglia and Berndt Hiemer to record his best finish of the season in S1. Hiemer was sixth in his first S1 Grand Prix of the year.
With race one out of the way we look forward to S1 Race 2 where Hermunen will be looking to close the gap on Thomas Chareyere even further; before race one the gap between them was eight points. Going into race two, the defecit has been cut to three.
S1 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN-TM) 20:12.697;
2. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda) 20:15.064;
3. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA-TM) 20:17.078;
4. CHAREYRE Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) 20:18.845;
5. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT-Husqvarna) 20:24.866;
6. HIEMER Berndt (GER-KTM) 20:25.151;
7. RAVAGLIA Christian (ITA-Honda) 20:37.024;
8. KARANYOTOV Angel (BUL-TM) 20:37.600;
9. BORELLA Edgardo (ITA-Yamaha) 20:51.260;
10. BRAMBILLA Luca (ITA-Yamaha) 20:57.310.
S1 Race 2
As far as S1 Grand Prix's, the GP of Europe here at Casteletto di Branduzzo has thrown up its fair share of surprises. First up was Lukas Hollbacher making Superchrono, along with former world champion Berndt Hiemer. And if that wasn't enough, then how about Ivan Lazzarini; new team owner, rider manager and now a race winning rider/manager jumping in and throwing a real spanner in the works? It will never happen, will it? Except, it just did.
After starting in third behind Mauno Hermunen and Adrien Charyere Ivan Lazzarini needed just five laps to carve his way to the front of S1 Race 2, passing the two world champions, leaving them in his wake before going on to take victory by almost four seconds. This result sees the rider/manager/team owner outfit record their first race win, as well as first overall win of 2014.
And while the Italian was out front 'doing-his-thing' the battle for the Championship was also throwing up a few surprises as series leader Thomas Chareyre crashed on the second lap, handing a massive advantage to his main rival Mauno Hermunen.
So, there were two races going on in race two; the Italian fans watching in awe as Lazzarini raced to victory on home soil. The other race, to see if Thomas Chareyre could charge through the field, catch Hermunen and keep the World Championship leaders red plate with two rounds remaining. And the answer, was an emphatic 'no'! The best that Chareyre could manage was sixth position, and with Hermunen taking second behind Lazzarini the Finn now leads the FIM S1 Supermoto World Championship by four points.
Third in race two went to Adrien Chareyre which was good enough to see him on the podium in third overall behind Lazzarini and Hermunen.
Berndt Hiemer rode a solid GP and was rewarded with fourth in race 2, as Angel Karanyatov took fifth ahead of Thomas Charyere. And with just two rounds to go, the battle for the S1 World Title looks like it is going down to the wire.
S1 Race 2 top ten:
1. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda) 20:17.184;
2. HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN-TM) 20:21.089;
3. CHAREYRE Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) 20:25.428;
4. HIEMER Berndt (GER-KTM) 20:28.642;
5. KARANYOTOV Angel (BUL-TM) 20:30.537;
6. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA-TM) 20:34.221;
7. BORELLA Edgardo (ITA-Yamaha) 20:41.586;
8. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) 20:48.455;
9. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT-Husqvarna) 20:54.519;
10. BRAMBILLA Luca (ITA-Yamaha) 21:03.690.
S1 Overall top ten:
1. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda) points 47;
2. HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN-TM) p. 47;
3. CHAREYRE Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) p. 38;
4. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA-TM) p. 35;
5. HIEMER Berndt (GER-KTM) p. 33;
6. KARANYOTOV Angel (BUL-TM) p. 29;
7. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT-Husqvarna) p. 28;
8. BORELLA Edgardo (ITA-Yamaha) p. 26;
9. RAVAGLIA Christian (ITA-Honda) p. 23;
10. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) p. 22.
S1 Championship Top Ten:
1. Mauno Hermunen (FIN-SHR TM) points 225;
2. Thomas Chareyre (FRA-TM Racing Factory) p. 221;
3. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-L30 Racing Honda) p. 193;
4. Adrien Chareyre (FRA-Fast Wheels Aprilia) p. 183;
5. Pavel Kejmar (CZE-833 Racing Team Husqvarna) p. 142;
6. Christian Ravaglia (ITA-Honda Racing Assomotor) p. 140;
7. Angel Karanyotov (BUL-Team Bulgaria TM) p. 133;
8. Petr Vorlicek (CZE-SHR Honda) p. 79;
9. Tomas Travnicek (CZE-Yamaha) p. 75;
10. Andrea Occhini (ITA-BRT Suzuki) p. 71.
1. TM points 247;
2. Honda p. 203;
3. Aprilia p. 183;
4. Husqvarna p. 150;
5. Yamaha p. 125;
6. KTM p. 89;
7. Suzuki p. 71.
A problem with his bike on the grid meant that Yuri Guardala had to relinquish his Pole position, and had to start from the back of the grid. But despite this he got his head down and by the end of lap one was placed way down the leaderboard in ninth position.
Instead, it was Paolo Gaspardone who led the riders around the first few laps as Fabrizio Bartolini pressurised his fellow Italian, trying to force a mistake from the race leader.
A much-needed good start from championship leader Asseri Kingelin saw the Finnish rider placed in third, one place behind his closest rival in the Championship, Bartolini so things were shaping up quite nicely for looked to have the makings of a classic race.
As the battle for the lead played out in the first few laps, Yuri Guardalà was rapidly making good progress through the field and by lap five was already up to fourth place.
On lap six, things started to gather pace as Toni Klem, who had started fourth on the opening lap suddenly found himself leading the race. At around the same time, Fabrizio Bartolini fell from second back to sixth after making contact with Kingelin who, as a result was now into third where he stalked Gaspardone for second; the opportunity finally coming around on lap nine. The hard charging Guardalà also passed Gaspardone for third on the same lap and the fans were in for a real showdown for the final three laps.
On lap ten, Kingelin took the lead when Klem fell, the Finn re-mounting in sixth. But it was a shoot-out for the lead between Kingelin and Guardalà and despite all his efforts, the Italian Guardalà was not able to make the pass and had to settle for second behind Kingelin. Paolo Gaspardone was third.
However, there was drama at the end of the race when it was deemed that Guardalà received outside assistance from his team in trying to start his machine on the grid, and as a result was thrown out of the results. Paolo Gaspardone was therefore awarded second with Giovanni Bussei third.
SM2 Race 1 top ten:
1. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN-Aprilia) 20:39.391;
2. GASPARDONE Paolo (ITA-Honda) 20:42.074;
3. BUSSEI Giovanni (ITA-TM) 20:43.964;
4. BARTOLINI Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) 20:49.334;
5. KLEM Toni (FIN-KTM) 20:58.603;
6. SITNIANSKY Milan (CZE-TM) 21:02.373;
7. BUSCHBERGER Andreas (AUT-KTM) 21:05.070;
8. LAPINI Lorenzo (ITA-Honda) 21:09.430;
9. VAN SIKKELERUS Jaimie (NLD-KTM) 21:09.612;
10. STEHRER Manuel (AUT-KTM) 21:27.262.
SM2 Race 2
There was less of a drama in SM2 Race 2 this time as starting from pole Yuri Guardalà was able to make the most of place on the grid to take a well-deserved and much-needed holeshot. Paolo Gaspardone was just as rapid when the lights went out and was second into turn one, as Giovanni Bussei, Fabrizio Bartolini and Asseri Kingelin all gave chase. It wasn't so great for Toni Klem though; a poor start left him in the danger zone and by the time he reached the skyzone, found himself tangling with Lorenzo Lapini and falling. He would eventually climb back to seventh.
As the race wore on it was clear that Guardalà had only one thing on his mind: winning! And by the time he took the checkered flag as a race-winner for the first time this season, the Italian had amassed a four-second advantage over his rivals in what has turned out to be a bitter-sweet SM2 round of Europe; had he not had his points withdrawn for outside assistance in race when where he finished second, his second moto win would have also assured him of his first overall victory. But it was not to be, so he will be looking to the next round in Estonia to try to realise his dream.
Behind Guardalà, all kinds of things were happening. The first five positions remained unchanged for the opening two laps with Gaspardone doing a great job of fending off the challenge from Bussei, Bartolini and Kingelin. But that all changed on the third lap when Bussei was demoted back to fifth as Bartolini and Kingelin moved towards the front.
After holding second for six laps, a tired and weary Paolo Gaspardone was eventually forced to relinquish his position; first to Bartolini and then to Kingelin two laps later, and the new SM2 championship leader Kingelin was in no mood for hanging around, picking off Bartolini with two laps remaining to move into second which is where he remained for the rest of the race.
Gaspardone claimed fourth with Bussei fifth.
The overall classification belonged to Kingelin for the second round in a row, with Gaspardone second and Bartolini third and as we head to Estonia for the penultimate round Asseri Kingelin leaves Casteletto having increased his lead in the Championship by a further twelve points
SM2 Race 2 top ten:
1. GUARDALA' Yuri (ITA-Honda) 20:31.183;
2. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN-Aprilia) 20:35.285;
3. BARTOLINI Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) 20:36.367;
4. GASPARDONE Paolo (ITA-Honda) 20:45.115;
5. BUSSEI Giovanni (ITA-TM) 20:55.402;
6. BUSCHBERGER Andreas (AUT-KTM) 20:58.455;
7. KLEM Toni (FIN-KTM) 20:58.631;
8. SITNIANSKY Milan (CZE-TM) 20:58.654;
9. VAN SIKKELERUS Jaimie (NLD-KTM) 21:04.498;
10. STEHRER Manuel (AUT-KTM) 21:35.770.
SM2 Overall top ten:
1. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN-Aprilia) points 47;
2. GASPARDONE Paolo (ITA-Honda) p. 40;
3. BARTOLINI Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) p. 38;
4. BUSSEI Giovanni (ITA-TM) p. 36;
5. KLEM Toni (FIN-KTM) p. 30;
6. BUSCHBERGER Andreas (AUT-KTM) p. 29;
7. SITNIANSKY Milan (CZE-TM) p. 28;
8. GUARDALA' Yuri (ITA-Honda) p. 25;
9. VAN SIKKELERUS Jaimie) (NLD-KTM) p. 24;
10. STEHRER Manuel (AUT-KTM) p. 22.
SM2 Championship Top Ten: :
1. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Aprilia) p. 205;
2. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) p. 190;
3. Toni Klem (FIN-Ktm) p. 179;
4. Milan Sitniasky (CZE-TM) p. 169;
5. Yuri Guardalà (ITA-Honda) p. 164;
6. Devon Vermeulen (NED-TM) p. 138;
7. Giovanni Bussei (ITA-TM) p. 106;
8. Lorenzo Lapini (ITA-Honda) p. 91;
9. Jaros Zdenek (CZE-KTM) p. 86;
10. Kevin Fagre (SWE-TM) p. 80.
1. TM points 216;
2. Honda p. 213;
3. Aprilia p. 205;
4. KTM p. 183;
5. Husqvarna p. 52;
6. Yamaha p. 39;
7. Suzuki p. 36;
8. Vertemati 5.
Complete results available HERE
SMGP EUROPE-QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 2150 mt (1765 mt Asphalt, 385 mt Sky Section)
Weather conditions: Sunny
Crowd attendance: 1.500
The SMGP of Europe will receive delayed coverage worldwide via TV networks RaiSport in Italy, Ceska Televitze in Czech Republic, Motors Tv in Europe, France and UK, Sport Tv in Portugal and Africa, Mtv 3 in Finland, BNT in Bulgaria, Fox Sport in Australia, New Zeland, Asia, South America and Brazil, Band Sports in Brazil and Mav Tv in USA.
The best moments of the fifth Grand Prix of the 2014 FIM Supermoto World Championship will be available across the board in high definition, and is also globally available to view on S1GP Channel on YouTube Click here for the complete list of countries and cooperating broadcasting networks, viewing times can be viewed by clicking on the logo of your chosen broadcasting network.
Photos of the whole Grand Prix are available HERE
Next SMGP :The FIM Supermoto World Championship will have a long summer break and it will be back in Tabasalu, Estonia, during the 31st August week-end.
In the photo: S1 podium and Kingelin in action