In warm and sunny conditions the race day of the 2017 FIM Supermoto of Nations started at the Circuit Carole in Tremblay-en-France. With the sun out early, lots of spectators found their way to the racetrack near Paris and the grandstands alongside were full of Supermoto fans. Circuit Carole is one of the best venues in Europe and all riders felt at home on the spectacular fast track giving the crowd some great shows. For the fourth time in a row it was Team France who took the victory in the FIM Supermoto of Nations in front of their home racetrack.
RACE 1 (Riders 1 + Riders 2)
In hot and sunny conditions the first race of the day in Carole was for the riders of group one and two. The qualified group 1 riders had to start from the second half of the grid which meant that Team France rider Thomas Chareyre had to start from seventeenth position.
At the start it was Team Italy rider Edgardo Borella who took the hole shot into the first tight corner of the racetrack. In second position it was Team Austria rider Andreas Buschberger who was followed by Team GB rider Chris Hogdson. Team Germany rider Markus Class, Austrian rider Manuel Steher and Team Brazil rider Rafael Fonseca. Already in the first few corners the favorites for the victory in this race took over the first positions. French rider Laurent Fath passed a few riders in the off-road section and took first position. Also German rider Markus Class, second in the World Championship this year, was on the charge and passed the riders in front of him making him second in the race, just behind Fath. Behind the top two it was British rider Chris Hodgson who had a good first lap taking third place in front of Team France rider Thomas Chareyre.
Chareyre had to come from seventh place at the start but showed to his home crowd that wanted to go for the win. Austrian riders Stehrer and Buschberger were pushed back to fifth and sixth position. In seventh place it was Brazilian rider Rafael Fonseca followed by the young French junior rider Nicolas Cousin. After his good start Italian rider Edgardo Borella had a difficult first lap and was pushed back to ninth place just in front of Belgium rider Sebastian Bouillon. Up front Chareyre didn’t waste any time and in the second lap he passed Hodgson to take third place. The French World- and European champion kept pushing and within two lap he closed the gap towards Class who was still in second place behind Laurent Fath from France. In lap five Charyere managed to pass German rider Class in one of the long fast corners of the racetrack. Class on his turn didn’t let go and stayed close to the Chareyre. After some fast laps of the two, they arrived at the backend of Fath who pushed every drop of speed out of his Honda. After a mistake from Fath, Chareyre and Class managed to pass the young Frenchman who was now in third place. Behind the top three Austrian rider Andreas Buschberger regained his speed and was closing in on Hodgson and in lap seven Buschberger passed Hodgson for fourth position in the race. In the meantime Team Italy rider Edgardo Borella was back in sixth place after passing French rider Cousin and Team Brazil rider Fonseca.
In front Chareyre took over first place from Class and soon after his move the Frenchman created a gap to the rest of the field. With a gap of 7.593 seconds Team France rider Thomas Chareyre finished in first place taking valuable point for his country. Team Germany rider Markus Class finished in second place followed by the teammate of Chareyre at Team France, Laurent Fath. Fourth place was for Austrian rider Andreas Buschberger who managed to keep Team Italy rider Edgardo Borella behind him, who passed Team GB rider Chris Hogdson in the last lap of the race. The top seven was completed by Team Czech Republic rider Milan Sitniansky who had a great race from eleventh place. With two more races to go, everything is still open for the victory.
RACE TOP TEN: 1. FRANCE, CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA, TM) 12 laps in 19:37:813; 2. GERMANY, CLASS Markus (GER, Husqvarna) +7.593; 3. FRANCE, FATH Laurent (FRA, Honda) +19:387; 4. AUSTRIA, BUSCHBERGER Andreas (AUT, Husqvarna) +22:719; 5. ITALY, BORELLA Edgardo (ITA, SWM) +25:089; 6. GREAT BRITAIN, HODGSON Chris (GB, KTM) +27:655; 7. CZECH REPUBLIC, SITNIANSKY Milan (CZE, Honda) +30:279; 8. ITALY, MONTICELLI Diego (ITA, TM) +32:227; 9. BRAZIL, FONSECA Rafael (BRA, Husqvarna) +32:434; 10. GREAT BRITAIN, TODD Davey (GB, Husqvarna) +34:303.
TEAMS TOP TEN: 1. FRANCE, 4pts; 2. ITALY, 13pts; 3. GERMANY, 14pts; 4. GREAT BRITAIN, 16pts; 5. AUSTRIA, 21pts; 6. SWEDEN, 29pts; 7. BELGIUM, 35pts; 8. FRANCE jr, 37pts; 9. BRAZIL, 39pts; 10. GERMANY jr, 39pts.
RACE 2 (Riders 2 + Riders 3)
Race two started at in the afternoon under a blistering sun. This time group two and three rider were on the start grid. With the group three riders on placed in the second of the half of the grid, action was guaranteed. At the start it was Team France rider Sylvain Bidart who took the hole shot in front of Team Germany rider Markus Class and Team Austria rider Robert Gattinger. In fourth place it was Italian rider Elia Sammartin in front of Team GB rider Matt Winstanley. Sixth place was for Czech Republic rider Milan Sitniansky who was followed by Swiss rider Timo Graf and the second Team France rider Laurent Fath who had a great start from the back of the grid. Team Germany rider Marc-Reiner Schmidt started the race in tenth place.
In front of the race it was Markus Class who passed French rider Sylvain Bidart at the end of the long straight. Immediately after Class passed Bidart, the German rider opened the throttle of his Husqvarna and started to ride away from the Team France rider. In third place it was still Austrian rider Robert Gattinger, but he was chased by a group of riders lead by Team Italy rider Elia Sammartin. Behind the Sammartin, Team Czech Republic rider Milan Sitniasky was showing some good speed and was getting closer and closer to the Italian rider. Behind Sitniansky, one man was on a mission. Second Team France rider Laurent Fath passed the riders in front of him and was now at the backend of Sammartin, Sitniansky and Gattinger.
Two lap later the French rider managed to pass these three riders and took third place in race. In the meantime Team Germany rider Marc-Reiner Schmidt moved up through the field and was in fourth place after he passed Austrian rider Robert Gattinger and Italian rider Elia Sammartin. After he passed by Fath and Schmidt, Czech rider Sitniansky decided to open the throttle one more time and passed Elia Sammartin in the last lap of the race. In front German rider Markus Class was still in the lead with very fast lap times giving his opponent, the Frenchman Sylvain Bidart no chance to get closer. After 12 laps Markus Class finished in first place followed on 5:893 seconds by Sylvain Bidart. The success of Team France was completed by second rider Laurent Fath who finished in third place in this race. Second rider from Team Germany, Marc-Reiner Schmidt was able to close the distance to the top three but the fast German ran out of time and finished in fourth place. Fifth place was for Austrian rider Robert Gattinger in front of Czech rider Milan Sitniansky. Both Italian riders Sammartin and Monticelli finished seventh and eighth in this second race of the day. With a second and third place, Team France increased their lead in the race for the win at the Nations.
RACE TOP TEN: 1. GERMANY, CLASS Markus (GER, Husqvarna) 12 laps in 19:44:329; 2. FRANCE, BIDART Sylvain (FRA, Honda) +5.893; 3. FRANCE, FATH Laurent (FRA, Honda) +7:139; 4. GERMANY, SCHMIDT Marc-Reiner (GER, SWM) +11:515; 5. AUSTRIA, GATTINGER Robert (AUT, KTM) +13:432; 6. CZECH REPUBLIC, SITNIANSKY, Milan (CZE, Honda) +13:749; 7. ITALY, SAMMARTIN Elia (ITA, Husqvarna) +14:915; 8. ITALY, MONTICELLI Diego (ITA, TM) +15:788; 9. GREAT BRITAIN, TODD Davey (GB, Husqvarna) +31:055; 10. FRANCE jr, BUNOD, Emerick (FRA, Honda) +32:793.
TEAMS TOP TEN: 1. FRANCE, 9pts; 2. GERMANY, 19pts; 3.ITALY, 28pts; 4. GREAT BRITAIN, 42pts; 5. AUSTRIA, 52pts; 6. SWEDEN, 64pts; 7. BELGIUM, 66pts; 8. FRANCE jr, 72pts; 9. GERMANY jr, 73pts; 10. SWITZERLAND, 77pts.
RACE 3 (Riders 1+Riders 3)
Last and final race of the 2017 FIM Supermoto of Nations was for the riders of group one and three. At the start of the final race it was Team Italy rider Edgardo Borella who took the hole shot before Team France rider Sylvain Bidart and Team Germany rider Markus Volz. Fourth position was for position was for Austrian rider Bernhard Hitzenberger, The Austrian rider was followed by his fellow countryman Robert Gattinger and Team GB rider Matt Winstanley who had a great start. Team France rider Thomas Chareyre had to start from the back of the field but at the start the fast Frenchman was already close to the top ten.
Second German rider Marc-Reiner Schmidt started in eleventh place. At the end of the first lap, Hitzenberger crashed and felt back till 29th position. In front Italian rider Borella was still in first position pushing his SWM to the limit, but Borella couldn’t avoid that French rider Bidart was closing in upon him. Chareyre was already moved up to fifth place in one lap and soon arrived at the backend of German rider Markus Volz. Chareyre didn’t waste any time and had only goal in his mind, the victory. In the next lap the World- and European champion passed Markus Volz at the long straight showing the power of his TM.
A few corners later Chareyre closed the gap to his fellow countryman Sylvain Bidart. Again the Frenchman didn’t wait and passed Bidart in the same lap making his second in the race. But Bidart wasn’t so easy and after a small mistake of Chareyre, Bidart took back second place in the race. In front it was still the Italian rider Edgardo Borella who couldn’t afford any mistakes because Team France was coming. In fourth place it was still German rider Markus Volz before Austrian rider Robert Gattinger. The two riders had their own race on a few seconds followed by Team France junior rider Emerick Bunod who felt at home on this fast track.
Seventh place was for English rider Matt Winstanley. Behind the top seven the second German rider Marc-Reiner Schmidt was on the move as well. After completing the first lap in eleventh place, the German rider passed Winstanley in lap six, taking seventh place in the race over from the English rider. Schmidt kept pushing and soon took over sixth position from Bunod. In lap eight disaster struck for the German team. The engine of the SWM from Schmidt had a failure and Schmidt had to retire from the race. It was now up to him teammate Volz to keep his position to save the podium. The fight for the lead was over in lap five when Thomas Chareyre passed Edgardo Borella and Sylvain Bidart in one go. The Frenchman immediately open the throttle from his TM and moved away from his opponent taking the victory in this final race of the day.
Team France was in full control when Sylvain Bidart passed the Italian rider Borella and went into second place. Borella tried everything he could but had to settle for third place. Fourth place at the finish line was for Team Germany rider Markus Volz followed by Robert Gattinger from Austria. Team Austria rider Andreas Buschberger had a good race after some difficult lap and finished in sixth place after passing Italian rider Elia Sammartin who completed the top seven.
With the final race done it was again France who won the FIM Supermoto of Nations. For the country it is the fourth time in a row that they win the Olympics of Supermoto.
RACE TOP TEN: 1. FRANCE, CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA, TM) 12 laps in 19:49:359, 2. FRANCE, BIDART Sylvain (FRA, Honda) +6.712; 3. ITALY, BORELLA (ITA, SWM) +13:193; 4. GERMANY, VOLZ Markus (GER, Husqvarna) +15:693; 5. AUSTRIA, GATTINGER Robert (AUT, KTM) +16:162; 6. AUSTRIA, BUSCHBERGER Andreas (AUT, Husqvarna) +24:641; 7. ITALY, SAMMARTIN Elia (ITA, Husqvarna) +25:728; 8. FRANCE jr, BUNOD Emerick (FRA, Honda) +29:561; 9. CZECH REPUBLIC, VORLICEK Petr (CZE, Suzuki) +31:619; 10. GREAT BRITAIN, WINSTANLEY Matt (GB, Husqvarna) +34:641.
TEAMS TOP TEN: 1. FRANCE, 9pts; 2. GERMANY, 23pts; 3. ITALY, 30pts; 4. AUSTRIA, 37pts; 5. GREAT BRITAIN, 52pts; 6. FRANCE jr, 71pts; 7. SWEDEN, 73pts; 8. BELGIUM, 78pts; 9. SWITZERLAND, 80pts; 10. GERMANY jr, 84pts.