For the first time in history, the FIM Supermoto World Championship vacated the circuits of Europe and headed west to Columbia for the penultimate round. Cloudy skies and temperatures hovering around the mid-twenties meant that riding conditions were not as challenging as some might have hoped, unlike the technical circuit of Chachagui itself.
In the first free practice session it was TM Factory Thomas CHAREYRE who set the pace, the only rider to dip below the 1:16.00 mark with Husqvarna Lukas HOELLBACHER and Honda L30 Ivan LAZZARINI rounding out the top three. Fourth was Husqvarna 833 Pavel KEJMAR with home rider David BURBANO who gave the fans something to get excited about, placing fifth in Free Practice 1.
In the second free practice, HOELLBACHER was the early pacesetter until he crashed, resulting in a trip to the local hospital for checks on what seemed to be a shoulder injury, he was released from hospital and is cleared to race but will start from the back of the grid.
Instead, it was CHAREYRE who was once again the fastest rider on track, this time being the only rider to go sub-fifteen with a time of 1:14.709. David BURBANO was once again the fastest of the Columbian riders.
During the Timed Practice Thomas CHAREYRE set the early pace as expected but it wasn’t long before things started to heat up with Pavel KEJMAR enjoying a brief spell at the top of the time sheets.
David BURBANO was as high as third with just over twenty minutes to go but was soon pushed back by S1GP regular and fellow countryman Suzuki Team Grau Valerio PIEDRAHITA OCAMPO, who held third for a matter of seconds.
Suddenly, CHAREYRE burst to the top of the table with a 1:14.396 but this time he was not alone, and before long TC4 was joined in ‘the fourteens’ by David GIMENEZ who enjoyed a tow off the championship leader to go second. HONDA Assomotor Christian RAVAGLIA climbed to third with KEJMAR up to fourth, and moments later Ivan LAZZARINI moved to second with a time that was two-tenths slower than that of Chareyre.
Things seemed to cool slightly and times remained static, Suzuki Team Grau David GIMENEZ held on to third but only just, as HONDA L30 Max VERDEROSA jumped to fourth with a time that was just 0.077 slower than Gimenez.
With five minutes to go however, CHAREYRE found himself under attack as Pavel KEJMAR once again went fastest by 0.470 with the first 1:13 lap of the weekend, but it was short lived as Chareyre responded, and with a minute and a half to go, was back on top with a 1:13 of his own for provisional pole ahead of Kejmar and Lazzarini. Joining them in the superchrono session would be Gimenez, Verderosa and Ravaglia.
In Superchrono Chareyre and Kejmar were on it from the word go with both riders immediately in the ‘thirteens’; Chareyre with a 1:13.812 and Kejmar a 1:13.938. Verderosa, Ravaglia and Lazzarini all took turns at fighting over third but in the end it was ‘Lazza’ who nailed it down, albeit a massive 0.894 off the eventual pole position time of Thomas Chareyre who went marginally quicker in the closing stages of the session to edge out Kejmar by 0.187.
Fourth was Verderosa, with Ravaglia and Gimenez completing the second row. The two Columbians of PIEDRAHITA OCAMPO and David BURBANO with head up row three in what will be an historic weekend for S1GP.
Qualifying Super Chrono: 1. Thomas Chareyre (FRA-TM) +01:13.661; 2. Pavel Kejmar (CZE-HUSQVARNA) +01:13.848; 3. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA-HONDA) +01:14.555; 4. Massimiliano Verderosa (ITA-HONDA) +01: 15.022 5. Christian Ravaglia (ITA-HONDA) +01:15.022; 6.David Gimenez (ESP-SUZUKI) +01:15.551