The Whitsundays; A tropical paradise of crystal clear water and white sandy beaches, a must see destination for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who flock to the area to sample the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef and the deserted islands. But recently, a small percentage of those tourists have had another reason to visit, the Whitsundays has become the heartland of Supermoto racing in Australia.
The Whitsunday Raceway once again played host to the Australian Supermoto championship, the 2014 Crushtek Supermoto championship had been the subject of meticulous planning by the Whitsunday Moto Sports club since the very successful event held at the same venue in 2013. The one variable that could not be planned for was the weather but the shift to winter was expected to improve the chances of fine weather; it seemed mother nature had other ideas, reports coming out of the region in the lead up to the event had the Whitsundays living up to its local nickname... the Wetsundays.
Check out part 2 of the highlights video after the jump.
With temperatures hovering around the 18 degrees mark a good crowd turned out at Sosnova Autodrom to lend their support to their home riders at the third grand prix of the FIM Supermoto World Championship, and round three of the SM2 European Championship.
In S1 Mauno Hermunen proved to be invincible as he looks to close in on Thomas Chareyre in the battle for the S1 World Championship with a fine display of riding, as his rivals suffered with a mixture of poor form and costly errors today.
In SM2 it was a day of first’s for home boy Milan Sitniansky has he scored his first race wins and overall European victory in front of his home fans, for what was a very memorable weekend in Czech Republic.
The third Grand Prix of the FIM Supermoto World Championship kicked off under variable skies at the Sosnova Autodrom today after a four week break with two home riders looking to impress; Pavel Kejmar in S1 and Milan Sitniansky in SM2.
It’s the fourth visit to this circuit after previously coming here in 2004 and 2005 and again last year where Mauno Hermunen was victorious with a double moto victory in S1.
In S1, World Championship leader and winner of the first two Grand Prix’s of the season Thomas Chareyre starts the weekend with a fourteen-point advantage over defending world champion Mauno Hermunen ,the flying taking his first race victory of the season at Round 2 in Romania last time out.
Adrien Chareyre, Ivan Lazzarini and Pavel Kejmar fill out the top five places, with home rider Kejmar looking to impress this weekend.
Home grown hero Pavel Kejmar gave the Czech Republic fans to cheer about as he stormed the Timed Practice session as he edged out Mauno Hermunen by more than a half second. Thomas Chareyre, Christian Ravaglia, Ivan Lazzarini and Adrien Chareyre were all placed inside the top six and would go through to the Superchrono session.
Thomas Travnicek and Petr Vorlicek filled the next two places on the grid and will look forward to racing in front of their home fans.
When it mattered Mauno Hermunen was able to record the fastest time during the Superchrono and for the second time this season will start from pole position for Sunday’s race, and even though Pavel Kejmar slipped to second position the Czech Republic fans have a home rider on the front row of the grid.
Thomas Chareyre remained third, but Ravaglia dropped from fourth to sixth as Lazzarini and Adrien Chareyre were able to climb above him.
Round two of the AMA Supermoto National Championship Series was held in Wisconsin in conjunction with the Subway Superbike Double Header this past weekend. With top Supermoto talent from all over the USA and a picture perfect race track at Road America, racers and race fans were excited to be at the event.
In the Open Pro class Brandon Ward would nail the holeshot and lead early, McAllister did not waste much time getting to the front and would eventually pull away from the field. ‘The Peoples Champ’ Monte Frank seemed to have his old spark back and made his way to third before having a minor crash, Frank went on to finish fourth.
Most eyes were on Shane Narbonne who started 16th and was on the move to the front, he quickly made his way to fifth after several laps and eventually went on to finish on the podium in third. On the podium Narbonne mentioned he is just happy to keep his championship hopes alive. Ward rode a solid race, mostly by himself finishing second. McAllister qualified first, won the heat and the main, he noted “I knew if I got out front early I could win” and that is what he did. Supercross star Blake Wharton had a good supermoto debut and finished 8th.
McAllister will lead the Open Pro championship points going into round three at Colorado National Speedway July 5th.
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Husqvarna rider Lukas Hollbacher was unbeatable at the German Supermoto round at St. Wendel last weekend. After winning both S1 races he now leads the Championship with 11 points in front of Bernd Hiemer who finished 2nd overall with a 2-2 score. 3rd place on the podium was for Andre Plogmann.
In the S2 class it was the usual domination by Marcus Class on his two-stroke Husqvarna. He also won the shared S1/S2 race at St Wendel beating the fastest S1 riders. KTM rider Rudi Bauer finished 2nd overall followed by Suzuki rider Jan Deitenbach.
Thomas Chareyre (TM Factory Team ) won the third round of the Italian Supermoto Championship. The Frenchman has lead the race from start to finish in front of Ivan Lazzarini ( L30 Racing Honda ), Andrea Occhini (Suzuki Mabomotor Brt ), Christian Ravaglia ( Honda Racing SM) and Elia Sammartin (Honda)
In the S2 class Luca D' Addato ( Extreme Yamaha Team) won the race followed by Matthew Medizza (TM Degasoline Motorsport). 3rd was Luca Brambilla ( Extreme Yamaha Team) followed by Lorenzo Lapini(L30 Honda Racing) and 5th Marco Dondi (TM Factory Team) on the TM SMX300 two-stroke.
The Italian Motorcycle Federation and OffRoad Pro Racing have decided to stop the race activities of the 3rd Round of the Italian Supermoto Championship Series after race # 2 of category SMLight following a serious accident occurred in the adjacent motocross track during a training session.
At the karting track of Magny Cours the 3rd round of the French Supermoto Championship was held under sunny circumstances.
Adrien Chareyre won the overall after taking pole position and 3rd and 1st place in the races. He battled hard with Sylvain Bidart who finished 2nd overall with a 1-2 score. Husqvarna rider Waren Bougard finished 3rd overall with two 3rd places.
In the S2 class Adrien Goquet was victorious after two race wins. Till de Clerq finished 2nd followed by Jean-Charles Decabooter.
In S1 Race1 TM SHR Mauno Hermunen took the holeshot but was soon passed on the second lap as TM Racing Team Thomas Chareyre charged into the lead where he was unchallenged on his way to victory.
The early stages of the race remained fairly static with Hermunen in second, Aprilia Fast Wheels Adrien Chareyre third and Honda L30 Racing Ivan Lazzarini fourth.
But that all changed when Mauno crashed in the off-road section, falling to fifth.
The Bulgarian TM Angel Karanyatov moved into fourth briefly as Hermunen looked to settle himself back into a rhythm and before long the Finn was in fourth which is where he would finish.
The win went to Thomas Chareyre with Adrien Chareyre second, Lazzarini was third with Hermunen fourth.