“SuperMoto of Nations”, these are the words that mark the most exclusive appointment of each racing season for Superiders. This not to be missed event is the greatest chance for SuperMoto racers to represent their homeland in a challenge that always involves the strongest athletes ever, coming from all over the world. This year the venue chosen for the Olympic Games of SuperMoto is the Spanish track of Alcañiz, a new and perfect location for such a show.
Taking the victory at the SMoN is not only a matter of having talented riders, it is also a matter of choosing the right strategy for each session. Team Italy and Team France know it very well as they faced themselves several times in the past being the two strongest nations so far: Italy was victorious in 2006 and 2008 while France defeated it in 2007 and 2010. In 2009, when none of the two was able to reinforce its leadership, Team Germany grasped the chance and collected its first worldwide triumph.
The protagonists of the 2011 SMoN will have to face the three aces of Team France, the country to fear: defending World Champ and current series leader of the World campaign Thomas Chareyre, who faced the SMoN in 2007 and 2010, and the several times French Champions Sylvain Bidart, national representative in 2006 and 2008 when his county was 2nd, and Boris Chambon. The latter also won a SuperMoto World Championship Title in 2005 so his skills will be crucial.
For this year Italy’s line-up will count on two veterans and one talented young racer, with Christian Ravaglia and Massimo Beltrami supporting the leader of the UEM European Championship Teo Monticelli in his first SuperMoto of Nations experience. Ravaglia already tested this challenge last year when Team Italy classified in 2nd and he is really pleased Team Manager and former SMoN winner Attilio Pignotti chose him again as well as Massimo Beltrami, who joined the squad in 2006 and 2007 when Italy classified in 1st and 2nd position.
The list of favorite nations for the Title is not over. We do not have to forget Germany which will be represented by a racer of the European series Jan Deitenbach, protagonist of the event in 2008 and 2009, who did his best to provide Germany with the 6th and the 1st place. The squad will be also made up by young Markus Class who was with the junior team in 2010, as well as Deitenbach, and they triumphed with a stunning 3rd place classification. This season Andre Plogmann will play his part too in the battle for the victory.
And what about Finland? This northern country will see strong Mauno Hermunen getting to the track ready to put on one of his impressive shows joined by compatriots Asseri Kingelin and Toni Klem. It could be Finland will be on podium this year after coming home with the 4th place last year.
The 2011 SMoN is going to be an exhilarating adventure for the 24 Teams involved, unfortunately Turkey will not be in anymore due to some changes in the national racing calendars, and for the 20 nations taking part in it.
The countdown for the 2011 SuperMoto of Nations has just began with the event taking place in Spain at the MotorLand circuit of Alcañiz on Saturday and Sunday October 1st and 2nd. The Spanish circuit, inaugurated in 2009, is a very modern facility whose track measures 1.187 meters and it will put to test racers as they will also have to face the 354 meter long off-road section.