The international circuit of Algarve hosted the seventh edition of FIM Supermoto of Nations, a team race where the riders compete for their own Nations.
The day has started with the welcome speech of Jorge Viegas, FIM Vice President, and of Dr. Wolfgang Srb, FIM-CMS Director followed by the presentation of the 14 Team and 12 Nations present at the race. The Portuguese circuit has witnessed the last appointement of the Supermoto 2012 season, a speciality introduced by FIM and Youthstream in 2003 with the European Championship at first and then in 2006 the World Championship as well. In this speciality France has won four titles, just as Italy, while Germany gained one title.
Hard challenges, a supporting crowd on the terraces and a shining sun today: the Italian team lead by the World Champion and SMoN 2008 Champion Attilio Pignotti has won the Francesco Zerbi Trophy for the third time. The Italian team was aware that they were able to win today, but the chances became less with France and the Czech Republic getting such good results yesterday. Notwithstanding this Italy has demonstrated to be the most regular team and the 2012 title was won by Ivan Lazzarini (Honda), Massimo Beltrami (Honda) and Christian Ravaglia (Ktm). Second position for the French team, with Thomas Chareyre (TM), Sylvain Bidart (Honda) and Aurelien Grelier (Yamaha). Third position for the Czech Republic team with its riders Pavel Kejmar (KTM), Petr Vorlicek (CZE-TM) and Tomas Travnicek (Honda), who have hoped for a while to win the title.
Fourth position for the Austrian team, thanks to Lukas Höllbacher (Ktm), Rudolf Bauer (Yamaha) and Hannes Maier (Ktm). Fifth position for the Dutch team with Devon Vermeulen (Ktm), Maik Voorwinden (Ktm) and Jaimie Van Sikkelerus (Ktm).
The rest of the top ten: the British team with Matthew Winstanley (TM), James Addy (Honda) and Chris Hodgson (Ktm); the Finnish team with Toni Klem (Kawasaki), Ville Jauhiainen (Yamaha) and Asseri Kingelin (Honda); the French Junior team with Germain Vincenot-Marchal (Honda), Maxime Lacour (Yamaha) and Lucas Berthoux (Yamaha), the British Junior team with Mitchell-Thomas Malachi (TM), Lewis Cornish (Honda) and Ben Robb (Ktm); the Luxembourg team with Jordan Collard (Honda), Daniel Casoli (Honda) and Yves Frank (Honda).
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