The Portuguese kart circuit of Portimão, which lies right at the side of the Superbike World Championship legendary venue, opened its gates to welcome the SuperMoto paddock for the fifth seasonal appointment: the Grand Prix of Portugal. Morale is really high among riders and Teams as this is the very first time they play in Portugal and their impression of the location is nothing but excellent.
In the S1 category Adrien Chareyre’s Aprilia machinery led the way during today’s qualifying so thanks to the time of 1:25.958 the Frenchman set a new SuperMoto circuit record. The first day of action at the International Circuit of Algarve also saw Thomas Chareyre, Ivan Lazzarini and Mauno Hermunen clinching respectively the 2nd, 3rd and 4th fastest times.
Pavel Kejmar came to the fore in the Open class courtesy of his best time of 1:27.350 but even Teo Monticelli, Petr Vorlicek and Thomas Gory were quicker enough to finish behind the Czech leader in the time sheets and completed the top four.
The Portimão venue is a real thrilling circuit where the bikes’ set-up is very important but at the same time each racer can make the difference while facing its twisting layout featured by many right hand corners. Due to its technical stamp, the Portuguese circuit that lies in the beautiful Algarve Region, allows each rider to express his riding style at maximum.
Despite Superiders were on their first visit to the track they enjoyed the discovery of this new location and Fast Wheels ASD Adrien Chareyre stamped his authority in today’s qualifying session through the time of 1:25.958. Another man to watch during the time practice was the reigning World Champ Thomas Chareyre member of the TM Factory Racing Team, who powered to a time of 1 minute 25.970 seconds and finished in 2nd in front of HM Honda Racing and 2011 SuperMoto Italian Champion Ivan Lazzarini as well as Husqvarna Factory Mauno Hermunen, author of the 4th best time. Tomorrow, Superpole will be contended among these four riders who seem to be the most competitive here in Portugal so far.
SHR Racing Matthew Winstanley was constant with his Honda and followed the top racers to finish with a promising 5th place; it was a bright day for Honda motorcycles as TDS Faor Uros Nastran as well as SBD Union Bike Racing Giovanni Bussei, both of them using Honda bikes, reached the 6th and 7th positions. Suzuki Valenti Lux Performance Christian Ravaglia crashed throughout the session but without getting injured so on Sunday he will pay more attention and will take advantage from today’s 8th fastest time. The 9th and 10th positions went to KTM 747 Motorsport Alexis Marie Luce and Racing Team Pergetti Elia Sammartin. The latter was pretty satisfied at the end of the day, as he finally entered in the top ten after slightly missing it at the past GPs.
Marie Luce’s team mate Davide Gozzini and PMR H2O Thierry Van Den Bosch could not test the new Portuguese circuit as they are both recovering from two surgeries but will do their best to be in for the final round of the 2011 campaign to take place in Cahors, France, on the October 23rd weekend.
The fifth seasonal Grand Prix is a great chance for local rider Nuno Miguel Lopes Pinto of Flor Do Campo Motodreams Team to join Superiders and despite his off-color performance he will push harder during the race to recover.
Tomorrow everything will depend of the race riders will be in, only those who will try to get the best out of it will be on the podium.
S1 Qualifying top ten: 1. Adrien Chareyre (FRA, Aprilia), 1:25.958; 2. Thomas Chareyre (FRA, TM), +0:00.012; 3. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA, Honda), +0:00.331; 4. Mauno Hermunen (FIN, Husqvarna), +0:00.473; 5. Matthew Winstanley (GBR, Honda), +0:00.970; 6. Uros Nastran (SLO, Honda), +0:01.051; 7. Giovanni Bussei (ITA, Honda), +0:01.093; 8. Christian Ravaglia (ITA, Suzuki), +0:01.380; 9. Alexis Marie Luce (FRA, KTM), +0:01.420; 10. Elia Sammartin (ITA, Suzuki), +0:01.625