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.
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The third Grand Prix of the FIM Supermoto World Championship kicked off under variable skies at the Sosnova Autodrom today after a four week break with two home riders looking to impress; Pavel Kejmar in S1 and Milan Sitniansky in SM2.
It’s the fourth visit to this circuit after previously coming here in 2004 and 2005 and again last year where Mauno Hermunen was victorious with a double moto victory in S1.
In S1, World Championship leader and winner of the first two Grand Prix’s of the season Thomas Chareyre starts the weekend with a fourteen-point advantage over defending world champion Mauno Hermunen ,the flying taking his first race victory of the season at Round 2 in Romania last time out.
Adrien Chareyre, Ivan Lazzarini and Pavel Kejmar fill out the top five places, with home rider Kejmar looking to impress this weekend.
Home grown hero Pavel Kejmar gave the Czech Republic fans to cheer about as he stormed the Timed Practice session as he edged out Mauno Hermunen by more than a half second. Thomas Chareyre, Christian Ravaglia, Ivan Lazzarini and Adrien Chareyre were all placed inside the top six and would go through to the Superchrono session.
Thomas Travnicek and Petr Vorlicek filled the next two places on the grid and will look forward to racing in front of their home fans.
When it mattered Mauno Hermunen was able to record the fastest time during the Superchrono and for the second time this season will start from pole position for Sunday’s race, and even though Pavel Kejmar slipped to second position the Czech Republic fans have a home rider on the front row of the grid.
Thomas Chareyre remained third, but Ravaglia dropped from fourth to sixth as Lazzarini and Adrien Chareyre were able to climb above him.
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