Almost ten thousand enthusiastic fans flocked to Italy to witness the ninth edition of the FIM Supermoto of Nations that saw Team France add to their historic Motocross of Nations victory in Latvia two weeks earlier. Thomas Chareyre, Adrien Chareyre and Sylvain Bidart got off to a difficult start but after three races they did enough to defeat the defending champions on home soil in Cremona. Team Germany were back on the box in third.
With fifteen of the twenty-one teams already qualified for the SMoN, there was still one last chance to make the main event, via the B Final on Sunday morning, where just one team place was up for grabs. All three riders from the remaining six non-qualified teams took to the grid and it was Belgium who came through with the lowest score, just five points from the first and fourth positions of Romain Kaivers and Jean Marc Gaillard. The sixth place from the third rider Sebastien Bouillon was not needed and so Belgium will line up for the SMoN.
The teams that failed to qualify were Sweden Junior, Estonia, Great Britain Junior, Latvia and Russia.
RACE 1 (Riders 1 + Riders 2)
Under cloudy but warm skies the first race of the 2014 FIM Supermoto of Nations burst into life with Thomas Chareyre leading the way for team France with the Italian Ivan Lazzarini close behind. But despite his efforts, ‘Lazza’ was unable to find a way past the Frenchman and had to be content with second position.
Chareyre’s team mate and brother Adrien however, stalled in the off road section on the opening lap and by the time he crossed the line at the end of the lap was down in thirty first position, with a lot of ground to make up. He eventually carved his way back to seventeenth, and that is the score that France will be hoping to drop at the end of the weekend if they are to win the overall classification.
Toni Klem of Finland held third position for the opening three laps but was eventually passed by the hard charging Pavel Kejmar of Czech Republic, who remained there until the end of the race. One of the best performances of the race came from Christian Ravaglia, the second rider for team Italy; after starting from the middle of the grid, he came around on lap one in eighth position, and sealed fourth with three laps to go helping Italy to a six-point haul.
Markus CLASS of Germany put in a solid performance, and after starting fifth found his way into fourth on lap six when he passed Toni Klem. But with three to go he was back in fifth after being caught by the hard charging Ravaglia.
Toni Klem came home in an eventual sixth but his teammate Asseri Kingelin crashed on the opening lap and was forced to retire due to a damaged machine. So, just like France, Finland will be hoping to ‘throw away’ the score from Kingelin if they are to be podium contenders.
RACE TOP TEN:1. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA-TM) 20:05.113; 2. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda) 20:10.708; 3. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) 20:16.765; 4. RAVAGLIA Christian (ITA-Honda) 20:28.274; 5. CLASS Markus (GER-Husqvarna) 20:28.483; 6. KLEM Toni (FIN-KTM) 20:30.042; 7. TRAVNICEK Tomas (CZE-Yamaha) 20:36.749; 8. BAUER Rudolf (AUT –KTM) 20:37.707; 9. DUPASQUIER Philippe (SUI-Husqvarna) 20:41.385; 10. HAGLEITNER Manuel (AUT-KTM) 20:50.621.
TEAMS TOP TEN:1.Italy (6 pts) 2. Czech Republic (10 pts) 3. Germany (17 pts) 4. France (18 pts) 5. Austria (18 pts) 6. The Netherlands (28 pts) 7. Switzerland (28 pts) 8. Italy Junior (38 pts) 9. Finand (38 pts) 10. Sweden (40 pts)
RACE 2 (Riders 2 + Riders 3)
France decided to put Sylvain BIDART on the front row for race two leaving Adrien CHAREYRE to take grid position number seventeen, and it proved to be a great decision. Bidart took the holeshot with CHAREYRE third at the end of lap one.
After picking off Marc Reiner SCHMIDT of Germany on lap two, Chareyre took just three more laps to find his way to the front, passing his team mate Bidart on lap five and for the next seven laps it was a French one-two.
With Schmidt looking solid in third, behind him it was anything but as Asseri Kingelin of Finland and Edgardo Borella of Italy battled over fourth. After three laps, it was the Italian who came out on top, and as Kingelin eventually fell back to eleventh after a fall in the off-road section, Borella found himself under attack from Mauno HERMUNEN of Finland, the TM rider unable to match the electrifying start of Adrien Chareyre from the middle of the grid.
Twelfth at the end of the first lap, Hermunen charged towards the front moving past Borella into fourth on lap six where he stayed for the next five laps, trying to find a way past Schmidt of Germany and Bidart of France. After moving past both riders in quick succession, Hermunen then went after Adrien Chareyre for the lead and for the next five laps there was nothing to separate them and when the flag fell, it was Charyere who held on for the win by 0.195 of a second, with Schmidt third, Bidart fourth and Christian Ravaglia fifth, one place ahead of his Italian team mate Borella.
After two races then, the nations classification looked a little more interesting with France closing in on Italy.
RACE TOP TEN: 1. CHAREYRE Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) 20:14.429; 2. HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN-TM) 20:14.624; 3. SCHMIDT Marc Reiner (GER-KTM) 20:22.432; 4. BIDART Sylvain (FRA-Honda) 20:23.538; 5. RAVAGLIA Christian (ITA-Honda) 20:26.936; 6. BORELLA Edgardo (ITA-Yamaha) 20:30.383; 7. TRAVNICEK Tomas (CZE-Yamaha) 20:36.816; 8. CLASS Markus (GER-Husqvarna) 20:37.245; 9. VERMEULEN Devon (NED-TM) 20:40.412; 10. HOLLBACHER Lukas (AUT-Husqvarna) 20:40.966.
TEAMS TOP TEN:1.Italy (17 pts) 2. France (23 pts) 3. Germany (28 pts) 4. Czech Republic (33 pts) 5. Austria (43 pts) 6. Finland (51 pts) 7. The Netherlands (60 pts) 8. Switzerland (67 pts) 9. Great Britain (77 pts) 10. Switzerland Junior (84 pts)
RACE 3 (Riders 1+Riders 3)
There was drama at the start of the final race of the day as Lukas HOLLBACHER of Austria had a problem with his bike right before the start, but for team Italy there were no such problems as Ivan LAZZARINI grabbed a vital holeshot and set about doing all he could to ensure an Italian repeat victory.
Behind him Philippe DUPASQUIER of Switzerland found himself in second position, if only for three laps, before being passed by Thomas CHAREYRE of France, who had ended the first lap in fourth. For the next four laps, Chareyre hounded the Italian race leader and on lap eight took over the top spot. Chareyre’s time at the front however was shortlived, as Lazzarini charged back into the lead with six laps remaining.
Behind them, their team mates were battling for fourth. Sylvain Bidart did his best to stave off the challenge from Edgardo Borella, but then on lap six, a mistake from the Italian saw Borella drop from fifth to fifteenth, effectively ending any hopes of an Italian victory. Whilst he climbed back to twelfth, Borella was classified with sixteenth after picking up a one-minute penalty for jumping under waved medical flags; the same penalty was also handed out to Marcel van Drunen while Pavel Kejmar, Lukas Hollbacher, Toni Klem, Rudolf Bauer and Diego Monticelli picked up penalties for jumping under waved yellow’s.
Bidart stayed out of trouble and picked up fourth, which was the deciding result that saw France collect the Francesco Zerbi Trophy as the winning nation by a comfortable eight-point margin over Team Italy.
Finland’s Mauno Hermunen suffered another poor start due to his position on the grid, but once again rode hard to claw his way back to third which was enough for fourth overall, behind Team Germany – the trio of Marc Reiner Schmidt, Markus Class and Berndt Hiemer getting Germany back on the podium once again.
However, after the race it was confirmed that more riders were to pick up one-minute time penalties for jumping under waved yellow’s, including the race winner Thomas Chareyre and second placed Ivan Lazzarini – thus handing the race-win to Mauno Hermunen and Finland.
Fortunately though, the changes were not detrimental to the overall classification and France will still go down in history as winners of the 2014 FIM Supermoto of Nations, beating the defending champions on home soil.
RACE TOP TEN:1. HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN-TM) 20:22.168; 2. BIDART Sylvain (FRA-Honda) 20:29.415; 3. DUPASQUIER Philippe (SUI-Husqvarna) 20:30.146; 4. SCHMIDT Marc Reiner (GER-KTM) 20:41.136; 5. PRESTEL Philipp (GER-KTM) 20:48.861; 6. GATTINGER Robert (AUT-KTM) 21:04.243; 7. CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA-TM) 21:11.949; 8. LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda) 21:13.275; 9. MCALLISTER Gage (USA-Aprilia) 21:14.204; 10. WINSTANLEY Matthew (GBR-Honda) 21:21.627.
TEAMS TOP TEN:1. FRANCE points 15; 2. ITALY p. 25; 3. GERMANY p. 32; 4. FINLAND p. 33; 5. CZECH REPUBLIC p. 45; 6. AUSTRIA p. 58; 7. SWITZERLAND p. 62; 8. THE NETHERLANDS p. 76; 9. GREAT BRITAIN p. 84; 10. GERMANY JUNIOR p. 91.