Jesolo in Italy is the venue for the tenth edition of the FIM Supermoto of Nations where Team France hope for a successful defence of the Francesco Zerbi trophy that won last year.
Under cloudy skies and with temperatures around 19 degrees the free practice and timed practice sessions saw Team France as the early pace setters, the team welcoming the return of Adrien Chareyre who sat out the World Championship to concentrate on fatherhood.
RACE GROUP 1
Asseri Kingelin of Finland took the holeshot but it wasn’t long before Thomas Chareyre took the lead for France, pushing Kingelin back to second. Italy’s Ivan Lazzarini was third at the end of the opening lap, with Pavel Kejmar of the Czech Republic fourth and Lewis Cornish of Great Britain fifth.
On the seventh lap things started to liven up.
The top four of Chareyre, Kingelin, Lazzarini and Kejmar had pulled clear of Cornish to the tune of around thirteen seconds, the Brit in an epic battle with Slovenia’s Tine Sarazin and Austria’s Rudi Bauer.
Sarazin was the first to pass the Brit pushing him into sixth, whilst up front, Kingelin had made a mistake and dropped to fourth in the off-road section handing second and third to Lazzarini and Kejmar.
The Czech Republic rider was putting in a charge and was constantly setting the fastest laps of the race, the fastest coming on lap twelve when he closed to within 0.3s to Lazzarini. However, the push proved to be too much in the end as Kejmar made a mistake and lost five seconds to the Italian with five laps to go.
Lewish Cornish was riding inspired for Great Britain but his sixth place was under threat from Rudi Bauer, the Austrian eventually finding his way past on lap fourteen, and with a lap to go had managed to catch and pass Tine Sarazin of Slovenia as well to snatch fifth.
But it was Thomas Chareyre who took the win for France, Lazzarini (Italy) was second and Kejmar of the Czech Republic took third.
QUALIFYING RACE GROUP 1 (TOP TEN): 1. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA, TM) 19 laps in 20:05.024; 2. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA, Honda) +15.690; 3. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE, Husqvarna) +25.654; 4. KINGELIN Asseri (FIN, Aprilia) +30.396; 5. BAUER Rudolf (AUT, KTM) +34.125; 6. SARAZIN Tine (SLO, Honda) +35.156; 7. CORNISH Lewis (GBR, TM) +42.681; 8. DEITENBACH Jan (GER, Suzuki) +50.532; 9. MONTICELLI Diego (ITA, Honda) +59.896; 10. HITZENBERGER Bernhard (AUT, Yamaha) +1 Lap
RACE GROUP 2
Italy’s Christian Ravaglia took the holeshot for Italy with Adrien Chareyre of France and Milan Sitniansky of Czech Republic in third. The fast starting Slovenian Anze Mlakar was fourth with Sami Salstola of Finland in fifth.
Within three laps, Ravaglia and Chareyre were almost three seconds clear of the rest, whilst behind them, Salstola made a successful move on Mlakar to take fourth on lap three. Poor starts for the Austrian Manuel Hagleitner and the Brit Scott Murray saw them having to ride hard to gain lost ground. By lap four Hagleitner was eleventh as Murray fell to eighteenth, rejoining the race three laps later.
On lap six Adrien Chareyre was the new leader and the Frenchman put in some solid laps to pull clear of Ravaglia, at one stage going almost four seconds clear. The top four remained unchanged for the remainder of the race but Hagleitner of Austria was on a charge and with three laps to had claimed sixth, which is where he would finish.
France though with a 1-1 from the Chareyre’s are the best qualifiers and will start from Pole, even with the third qualifying race to run.
QUALIFYING RACE GROUP 2 (TOP TEN): 1. CHAREYRE Adrien (FRA, Aprilia) 19 laps in 19:58.679; 2. RAVAGLIA Christian (ITA, Honda) +00.840; 3. SITNIANSKY Milan (CZE, Honda) +32.650; 4. SALSTOLA Sami (FIN, TM) +37.310; 5. BUSCHBERGER Andreas (AUT, Husqvarna) +38.797; 6. HAGLEITNER Manuel (AUT, KTM) +39.612; 7. GENTE Edoardo (ITA, KTM) +01:03.404; 8. KARTENBERG Michael (GER, KTM) +1 Lap; 9. MAYERBUCHLER Peter (GER, KTM) +1 Lap; 10. PALS Prants (EST, TM) +1 Lap
RACE GROUP 3
As the lights went out it was Lukas Hollbacher of Austria with the holeshot, followed by Andrea Occhini and Sylvain Bidart. But by the end of the first lap Bidart of France was up to second pushing the Italian Occhini into third. Petr Vorlicek of Czech Republic was fourth.
Finland’s Toni Klem was buried in twelfth, slipping to thirteenth a lap later. Five laps in and Bidart was taking the challenge to Hollbacher and with less then 0.5s separating them Bidart was looking for a way past, setting the fastest lap of the race at the time on lap six. By lap seven, Klem was up to 7th and as the race approached half distance the gap between the leaders was down to 0.25s with Occhini in third starting to close in.
In the tightest race of the day, Bidart took the lead on lap twelve and within the space of the lap was almost one second clear, but Hollbacher regrouped and two laps late the gap was back down to nothing, the Austrian taking three quarters of a second out of Bidart, and all the while Occhini was sitting back in third hoping, waiting for the leaders to trip themselves up.
Entering what can only be described as a nail biting final lap, Bidart led Hollbacher by 0.3s with Occhini just 0.6 further back and when they crossed the line it the Frenchman Bidart by 0.043s over Hollbacher with Occhini third for Italy – less than half a second separating the top three.
France did what their MXoN team mates did one week ago by winning all three qualifying races and will start from pole position for Sundays races.
QUALIFYING RACE GROUP 3 (TOP TEN): 1. BIDART Sylvain (FRA, Honda) 19 laps in 19:54.111; 2. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT, Husqvarna) +00.043; 3. OCCHINI Andrea (ITA, Honda) +00.517; 4. VORLICEK Petr (CZE, Suzuki) +21.238; 5. PRESTEL Philipp (GER, KTM) +23.403; 6. KLEM Toni (FIN, TM) +49.457; 7. PROMUTICO Lorenzo (ITA, Honda) +51.887; 8. FARGRE Kevin (SWE, Husqvarna) +55.588; 9. KUUSK Edik (EST, TM) +57.763; 10. BANHOLZER Peter (GER, Yamaha) +1 Lap
TEAMS QUALIFYING (TOP TEN): 1. France Pts. 2; 2. Italy Pts. 4; 3. Czech Republic Pts. 6; 4. Austria Pts. 7; 5. Finland Pts. 8; 6. Germany Pts. 13; 7. Italy Jr Pts. 14; 8. Austria Jr Pts. 15; 9. Slovenia Pts. 17; 10. Sweden Pts. 19
Circuit length: 1155 mt (1005 mt Asphalt, 150 mt Off-Road)
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Sunday: SMoN Qualified Teams 1 Warm Up 9.30; SMoN Qualified Teams 2 Warm Up 10.00; Open Ceremony 12.00; SMoN Race 1 (Rider 1+ Rider 2) 13.00; SMoN Race 2 (Rider 2 + Rider 3) 14.40; SMoN Race 3 (Rider 1+ Rider 3) 16.20; Prize Giving Ceremony
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