With temperatures hovering around the 18 degrees mark a good crowd turned out at Sosnova Autodrom to lend their support to their home riders at the third grand prix of the FIM Supermoto World Championship, and round three of the SM2 European Championship.
In S1 Mauno Hermunen proved to be invincible as he looks to close in on Thomas Chareyre in the battle for the S1 World Championship with a fine display of riding, as his rivals suffered with a mixture of poor form and costly errors today.
In SM2 it was a day of first’s for home boy Milan Sitniansky has he scored his first race wins and overall European victory in front of his home fans, for what was a very memorable weekend in Czech Republic.
The first race saw a blistering start from home favourite Husqvarna 833 Racing Team Pavel Kejmar as he stormed the holeshot as TM SHR Mauno Hermunen, TM Factory Racing Thomas Chareyre and Aprilia Fast Wheels Adrien Chareyre gave chase. With support from the fans urging him on, Kejmar held out for four laps before being passed by Hermunen, who seized his opportunity on lap five to take the lead on his SHR TM.
Two laps later and it was the turn of Thomas Chareyre to find a weakness in the armour of Kejmar as the Frenchman slipped into second on the Factory TM. Brother Adrien had to wait a little longer and with three laps to go his persistence finally paid off and he was able to capitalise on a mistake from Kejmar who dropped 5th, as Honda L30 Racing Ivan Lazzarini also took advantage.
Honda SHR Petr Vorlicek rode a good race to take 6th but race one belonged to Hermunen who closed the gap to Thomas Chareyre by another three points in the championship chase.
S1 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM) 20:53.009;
2. Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM) 20:53.322;
3. Chareyre Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) 21:05.298;
4. Lazzarini Ivan (ITA-Honda) 21:08.817;
5. Kejmar Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) 21:14.134;
6. Petr Vorlicek (CZE-Honda) 21:16.564;
7. Ravaglia Christian (ITA-Honda) 21:16.700;
8. Karanyotov Angel (BUL-TM) 21:31.341;
9. Prant Pals (EST-TM) 21;34.249;
10. Patrick Pals (FRA-TM) 22:06.021.
S1 Race 2
TM SHR Mauno Hermunen took the holeshot in race two with Husqvarna 833 Team Kejmar hot on his heels. The next positions were filled by Yamaha Tomas Travnicek, TM Racing Team Thomas Chareyre, Honda Assomotor Christian Ravaglia and Aprilia Fast Wheels Adrien Chareyre.
All eyes were on the battle for the lead though between Hermunen and Kejmar, the home crowd urging Kejmar every inch of the way. While theses two were duelling for the lead, Travnicek was penalised for a jump-start and had to make a ‘stop-go’ which dropped him down to eighth, but he would eventually finish tenth.
Things weren’t so great for championship leader Thomas Chareyre who fell on lap three from third to ninth, and the TM rider found himself with a lot of hard work to do.
Brother Adrien Chareyre was looking good in third at the expense of Travnicek and Thomas, but then he too suffered some problems of his own as an electrical fault forced him to retire on lap nine.
A puncture on Honda L30 Ivan Lazzarini’s bike meant he had to make a pit stop for a new wheel which dropped him from fourth and he would eventually finish ninth.
Kejmar also suffered a puncture on lap fifteen dropping him to sixth, which was disappointing for him and his fans.
All these problems and mistakes played perfectly into the hands of Christian Ravaglia, who went from fifth on lap one to take second with three laps to go to take his first podium of the season.
TM SHR Petr Vorlicek had an intense battle with Bulgarian rider Angel Karanyatov, with the Czech Republic rider taking fourth with three laps to go, as Karanyatov settled for fifth.
The overall Grand Victory for Hermunen means he is now within six points of Thomas Chareyre in the race for the World Championship Title.
S1 Race 2 top ten:
1. Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM) 20:59.194;
2. Ravaglia Christian (ITA-Honda) 21:15. 078;
3. Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM) 21:16.312;
4. Petr Vorlicek (CZE-Honda) 21:19.923;
5. Karanyotov Angel (BUL-TM) 21:27.347;
6. Kejmar Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) 21:59.252;
7. Prant Pals (EST-TM) 21;32.580;
8. Patrick Pals (FRA-TM) 21:01.507;
9. Lazzarini Ivan (ITA-Honda) 21:12.636;
10. Tomas Travnicek (CZE-Yamaha) 22:05.058.
S1 Overall top ten:
1. Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM) p. 50;
2. Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM) p. 42;
3. Ravaglia Christian (ITA-Honda) p. 36;
4. Petr Vorlicek (CZE-Honda) p. 33;
5. Kejmar Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) p. 31;
6 Lazzarini Ivan (ITA-Honda) p. 30;
7. Chareyre Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) p. 30;
8. Karanyotov Angel (BUL-TM) p. 29;
9. Prant Pals (EST-TM) p. 26;
10. Patrick Pals (FRA-TM) p. 24.
S1 Championship Top Ten:
1. Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM) points 139;
2. Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM) p. 133;
3. Chareyre Adrien (FRA-Aprilia) p. 107;
4. Lazzarini Ivan (ITA-Honda) p. 106;
5. Ravaglia Christian (ITA-Honda) p. 94;
6. Kejmar Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna) p. 89;
7. Karanyotov Angel (BUL-TM) p. 81;
8. Petr Vorlicek (CZE-Honda) p. 55;
9. Travnicek Tomas (CZE-Yamaha) p. 52;
10. Occhini Andrea (ITA-Suzuki) p. 45.
1. TM points 150;
2. Honda p. 116;
3. Aprilia p. 107;
4. Husqvarna p. 90;
5. Yamaha p. 72;
6. Suzuki p. 45;
7. KTM p. 25.
After putting his Tuningmotorsport TM on pole at home round Milan Sitniansky would have been excused for feeling a little bit nervous before the start of race one. However, the Czech Republic rider was anything but nervous and took the holeshot with Honda IFG Gazza Racing Yuri Guardala , Honda Assomotor Fabrizio Bartolini and championship leader TM Racing Factory Devon Vermeulen.
The Dutchman Vermeulen was the first rider to respond to the challenge and on lap two had moved into third past the Italian Bartolini. By lap five Vermeulen had found a way past Guardalà to take second but wasn’t able to do anything about Sitniansky who took his first race win by almost two seconds, ending Vermeulen’s win-streak in the process.
KTM MTR Toni Klem started fifth and worked is way to third by the end of the race, as Aprilia Fast Wheels Asseri Kingelin came from seventh to fourth, as Bartolini was able to finish fifth. Guardalà who had started second fell on lap ten and was classified as fifteenth.
SM2 Race 1 top ten:
1. Milan Sitniansky (CZE-TM) 21:17.751;
2. Vermeulen Devon (NED-TM) 21:19.712;
3. Klem Toni (FIN-KTM) 21:27.566;
4. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Aprilia) 21:33.575;
5. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) 21:43.417;
6. Marie Luce Alexis (FRA-Honda) 21:49.174;
7. Jaros Zdenek (CZE-KTM) 22:12.013;
8. Paved Kajgr (CZE-Honda) 21:32.044;
9. Lukas Tuma (CZE-Husqvarna) 21:32.155;
10. Kevin Fagre (SWE-TM) 21:34.925.
SM2 Race 2
It was tough to call the holeshot in race two as Milan Sitniansky and Yuri Gaurdalà were so close through turn one. But as things settled down it was the Czech Republic rider Sitniansky who emerged in front.
Toni Klem had a good opening lap as he found himself in second ahead of fellow countryman Asseri Kingelin as Guardala dropped back to fourth having been passed in the off-road section by Kingelin.
There was a great battle between Sitniansky and Klem at the front as they battled for the lead, but Italian rider Fabrizio Bartolini had a quiet race, starting fifth but dropping to seventh by the end of the race, but the biggest surprise was Devon Vermeulen who struggled in the Czech Republic and was only able to make one pass in race two, going from sixth on lap one to fifth where he stayed for the remainder of the race.
The last few laps were intense and when Sitniansky crossed the line to record his second win of the day there was just 0.166 between him and Klem in what was more than a close finish.
Sitniansky then was a double moto winner and was a popular victor on home soil. Toni Klem was second overall with Kingelin third as Vermeulen finished off the podium for the first time in 2014.
SM2 Race 2 top ten:
1. Milan Sitniansky (CZE-TM) 21:16.964;
2. Klem Toni (FIN-KTM) 21:17.130;
3. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Aprilia) 21:18.446;
4. Yuri Guardalà (ITA-Honda) 21:20.668;
5. Vermeulen Devon (NED-TM) 21:34.945;
6. Marie Luce Alexis (FRA-Honda) 21:35.249; 7. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) 21: 63.804; 8. Lukas Tuma (CZE-Husqvarna) 22:30.493; 9. Paved Kajgr (CZE-Honda) 22:31.782; 10. Kevin Fagre (SWE-TM) 21:24.669.
SM2 Overall top ten:
1. Milan Sitniansky (CZE-TM) points 50;
2. Klem Toni (FIN-KTM) p. 42;
3. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Aprilia) p. 38;
4. Vermeulen Devon (NED-TM) p. 38;
5. Marie Luce Alexis (FRA-Honda) p. 30;
6. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) p. 30;
7. Lukas Tuma (CZE-Husqvarna) p. 25;
8. Paved Kajgr (CZE-Honda) p. 25;
8. Yuri Guardalà (ITA-Honda) p. 24;
10. Kevin Fagre (SWE-TM) p. 22.
SM2 Championship Top Ten
:1. Devon Vertmeulen (NED-TM) p. 138;
2. Toni Klem (FIN-Ktm) p. 116;
3. Milan Sitniasky (CZE-TM) p. 111;
4. Bartolini Fabrizio (ITA-Honda) p. 110;
5. Asseri Kingelin (FIN-Aprilia) p. 108;
6. Yuri Guardalà (ITA-Honda) p. 97;
7. Marie Luce Alexis (FRA-Honda) p. 59;
8. Giovanni Bussei (ITA-TM) p. 58;
9. Kevin Fagre SWE-TM) p. 50;
10. Jaros Zdenek (CZE-KTM) p. 49.
1. TM points 150;
2. Honda p. 122;
3. KTM p. 116;
4. Aprilia p. 108;
5. Husqvarna p. 40;
6. Yamaha p. 17;
7 Suzuki p. 15..
Complete results available HERE
SMGP CZECH REPUBLIC-QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1505 mt (1155 mt Asphalt, 350 mt Off-Road)
Temperature: 18 °
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Crowd attendance: 8000
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Next SMGP :
The FIM Supermoto World Championship will have a break and it will be back in Cremona, Italy, during the 6th July week-end.
In the photo: S1 podium