Brand new Alcarràs Circuit to host Spanish GP's comeback this weekend
Brand new Alcarràs Circuit to host Spanish GP's comeback this weekend
The FIM Supermoto Grand Prix of Spain will restart the chase for the S1 and S2 World Titles after a two weeks stop following the previous event in Villars sous Ecot.
The Spanish Grand Prix is back into the calendar after a two year absence –the last Spanish GP was held in Finestrat in 2004.
The brand new circuit in Alcarràs is one of the fastest in the calendar, and will surely be very much appreciated by series leaders Adrien Chareyre –S1- and Gerald Delepine –S2- but both Husqvarna riders have to watch out from the powerful twin cylinder Aprilia machines of Thierry Van Den Bosch and Christian Iddon.
The UEM European Supermoto Championship will probably see a new winner in the hard fought S3 class; the first three rounds were all won by different riders, but the series is currently lead by Tommaso Iacoboni. On the other hand, Petr Vorlicek is the runaway leader of the Open class, having won all the events so far.
After winning his home Grand Prix at Villars sous Ecot for the second year in a row, Husqvarna mounted Adrien Chareyre of CH Azzalin is the new Championship leader in this extremely battled season.
The 2005 runner up is only the latest of three different winners –Thomas Chareyre and Thierry Van Den Bosch- and has 12 more points than his brother and team mate Thomas in the Championship standings.
Thomas is at his best World Championship season; he was always on the podium since the first GP in Castelletto, and made to win his maiden Grand Prix in the second round at Torino.
But in the forthcoming fourth round in Spain, Thierry Van Den Bosch will be a man out for revenge, as he was in the final moto at Villars. The defending Champion had a mechanical failure in the first heat; he did not finish the race, missing the podium and losing the top spot in the Championship.
The fast Spanish circuit may be an advantage for VDB’s twin cylinder factory Aprilia SXV 4.5, which is ridden also by his team mate Jerome Giraudo. The 2004 World Champion is currently fourth in the Championship, which is not the position he aims at, after he finished second in last year’s GP campaign.
Rexfelgen Wheels Cross2R’s Kevin Berthome is fifth behind Giraudo, with a gap of only three points. His first season podium in Villars was a confidence booster for the 25 year old Frenchman, who can prove to be on a season high by racing a solid Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
The 2006 Open class World Champion Bernd Hiemer is having a difficult S1 debut, and he is now only eighth in the points standings; on the other hand, 2006 Hiemer’s runner up Ivan Lazzarini is 11th, and 2005 World Champion Boris Chambon is 13th.
It is a tough beginning of the season for Bernd Hiemer, but it can only get better
Excluding the top three riders, in the points standings there are just 55 points between Jerome Giraudo -4th- and Rene Esterbauer -16th- when the maximum score a rider can get in a GP is 50 points.
By winning the Grand Prix of France and clinching his first victory of the season, Gerald Delepine of CH Azzalin increased his Championship lead.
The 2005 World Champion saw KTM Italia Miglio’s Attilio Pignotti and Aprilia Off Road’s Christian Iddon win the opening two rounds, but he is now all set on collecting his second World Title.
There is actually a wrestle for the crown, with Iddon being the current runner up with a small eight point gap from the Belgian leader. Iddo’s first two Grand Prix’s of the season were impressive, with the Brit winning his maiden heat in Castelletto, and his maiden Grand Prix in Torino. France was not as good as those two, but the twin cylinder factory Aprilia’s speed on this fast track can help Christian in his chase for another victory.
But experienced Attilio Pignotti is a real threat for Iddon, much more than the Brit is for Delepine, as the Italian is only two points away from Christian. Also Pignotti won his maiden Grand Prix this season, in Castelletto; he knows 2007 can hide his World Title chance, and will battle tooth and nail with Iddon and Delepine for the whole season.
A consistent Ales Hlad of Motoracing is currently fourth in the standings, more than 40 points away from the lead. The Slovenian needs to win or at least clinch a podium finish soon, if he wants to shorten the gap from the leaders.
Davide Gozzini of TM factory had some bad luck throughout the season, with one mechanical failure in Castelletto and a crash that damaged his bike in Villars. Nevertheless, GP winner Gozzini is fifth in the standings, and hopes that Spain will bring him a turn in luck.
Simone Girolami of Husaberg WP factory IPA made to win his first season heat in the latest round in France, but he needs more consistency to enter the top five. He is currently 14th in the standings.
BQR Aprilia Spain’s Jorge Nestor can be the surprise of this event; the Spaniard was always good at his home Grand Prix, winning two heats back in 2004, and is now completely settled with his new team and bike, as he raced with Honda in 2006.
UEM-EUROPEAN SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP
With his first victory in France, Tommaso Iacoboni snatched the S3 Championship lead from Baptiste Rheims. The French young gun is currently second, ready to chase the Italian in Alcarràs. Riccardo Peroni needs to make up ground on the leaders to keep his Title hopes alive, but he has to watch out from debutant Olivier Scheen, fourth.
Winning all the EC Open rounds so far, Petr Vorlicek is pulling away with the lead. Since Villars, Lionel Deridder –coached by former Supermoto racer Christophe Bertrand- is the new runner up, and will try his hardest to make up ground on Vorlicek. Heino Meusburger is third behind Deridder after missing the third round, while Omar Pelliccioni is still getting to grips with the series and currently lies fourth in the points standings.
THE CIRCUIT DE VELOCITAT D’ALCARRÀS AND ALCARRÀS
The Circuit de Velocitat d’Alcarràs is a brand new venue that was completed this year. It is the first time it hosts a World Championship race, as its official inauguration was held in May.
It is owned by the Vitores family, who agreed with the organizer Mila Events to host the fourth round of the series on their property. The facility also includes a road racing circuit and a dirt track circuit. Weather forecast announces a hot and dry weekend.
Alcarràs is in the Catalan region, about 170 kilometres from Barcelona and only a few kilometres from Lleida. The Spanish town is very interesting from both a natural side and a historical side. There are a couple of historical buildings, the "Esglèsia Mare de Déu de l’Assumpció" and "Montagut", a formal thermal area that belonged to the Cathedral of Lleida.
The symbol of the town is the Alzina (holm oak), a typical tree that grows in that area of Spain. In Alcarràs there is a place called "Pla de l’Alzina", with one fascinating a hundred year old alzina, which is the oldest in the area.
THE EVENT’S SCHEDULE
Saturday, June 23rd : EC Open Free Practice 1 at 9:00 am; EC S3 Free Practice 1 at 9:30 am; EC Open Qualifying Practice at 10:30 am; EC S3 Free Practice 2 at 11:00 am; S2 Free Practice 1 at 12:00 am; S1 Free Practice 1 at 12:45 am; EC Open Time Practice at 1:20 pm; S2 Free Practice 2 at 2:00 pm; S1 Free Practice 2 at 2:45 pm; EC S3 Time Practice at 3:20 pm; S2 Time Practice at 4:00 pm; S1 Time Practice at 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 24th : EC Open Warm Up at 8:15 am; EC S3 Warm Up at 8:40 am; S2 Warm Up at 9:05 am with Superpole immediately after; S1 Warm Up at 9:45 am with Superpole immediately after; EC Open Race 1 at 10:40 am; EC S3 Race 1 at 11:25 am; S2 Race 1 at 12:25 am; S1 Race 1 at 1:25 pm; EC Open Race 2 at 2:25 pm; S2 Race 2 at 3:25 pm; S1 Race 2 at 4:25 pm; EC S3 Race 2 at 5:25 pm
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KTM factory rider Bernd Hiemer improved from a ninth finish in the first race to sixth in the second of the Supermoto Grand Prix of France at Villars sous Ecot on Sunday to finish in overall sixth place for a confidence-boosting 27 championship points.
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There was an unusual sun on the La Versenne circuit for this second round of the season.
11000 people attended the FIM Supermoto Grand Prix of France, which was a complete national success in the S1 class, with Adrien Chareyre winning the event, and another French-speaking rider, Belgian Gerald Delepine, winning the S2 class.
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SUPERMOTO GRAND PRIX OF FRANCE
1 101 VAN DEN BOSCH T. FRA FFM Aprilia Off Road APRILIA 20:57,779 60,91 14 Laps 25
2 3 CHAREYRE Adrien FRA FFM CH Azzalin Husqvarna HUSQVARNA 20:58,717 60,86 0,938 22
3 84 BERTHOME Kevin FRA FFM Rexfelgen Wheels Cross 2R Honda HONDA 20:59,007 60,85 1,228 20
4 112 CHAREYRE Thomas FRA FFM CH Azzal weiter >>
SUPERMOTO - GRAND PRIX OF FRANCE 2007
1 8 GIROLAMI Simone ITA FMI Husaberg WP SM Factory IPA HUSABERG 21:24,560 59,64 14 Laps 25
2 96 HLAD Ales SLO BMF Motoracing KTM 21:25,503 59,59 0,943 22
3 57 PIGNOTTI A. ITA FMI KTM Italia Team Miglio KTM 21:26,181 59,56 1,621 20
4 3 DELEPINE Gerald BEL FMB CH Azzalin Husqvarna HUSQVARNA 21:26, weiter >>
SUPERMOTO Grand-Prix of France
1 3 DELEPINE Gerald BEL FMB CH Azzalin Husqvarna HUSQVARNA 21:31,250 59,33 14 Laps 25
2 4 IDDON Christian GBR ACU Aprilia Off Road APRILIA 21:31,999 59,29 0,749 22
3 57 PIGNOTTI A. ITA FMI KTM Italia Team Miglio KTM 21:33,645 59,22 2,395 20
4 69 GOZZINI Davide ITA FMI TM Racing Factory Team TM 21:39,1 weiter >>
SUPERMOTO GRAND PRIX OF FRANCE
1 3 CHAREYRE Adrien FRA FFM CH Azzalin Husqvarna HUSQVARNA 21:00,702 60,77 14 Laps 25
2 64 BIDART Sylvain FRA FFM Rexfelgen Wheels Cross 2R Honda HONDA 21:01,724 60,72 1,022 22
3 112 CHAREYRE Thomas FRA FFM CH Azzalin Husqvarna HUSQVARNA 21:04,109 60,60 3,407 20
4 84 BERTHOME Kevin FRA FFM Rex weiter >>
A dry and sunny La Versenne hosted the opening day of the FIM Supermoto Grand Prix of France, the third round of the season.
Adrien Chareyre was the fastest S1 rider on the twisty French track, as Gerald Delepine owned the S2 classification.
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GRAND PRIX OF FRANCE
1 64 BIDART Sylvain FRA FFM Rexfelgen Wheels Cross 2R Honda HONDA 1:33,164 9 13 0,000 58,74
2 101 VAN DEN BOSCH T. FRA FFM Aprilia Off Road APRILIA 1:33,252 10 13 0,088 0,088 58,68
3 112 CHAREYRE Thomas FRA FFM CH Azzalin Husqvarna HUSQVARNA 1:33,401 9 10 0,237 0,149 58,59
4 3 CHAREYRE Adrien F weiter >>
Grand Prix of France
1 3 DELEPINE Gerald BEL FMB CH Azzalin Husqvarna HUSQVARNA 1:35,696 10 12 0,000 57,18
2 88 MARIANI Lorenzo ITA FMI MRC Racing TM 1:36,599 13 13 0,903 0,903 56,65
3 10 TESTU Maxime FRA FFM Husaberg WP SM Factory IPA HUSABERG 1:36,651 14 14 0,955 0,052 56,62
4 4 IDDON Christian GBR ACU Apr weiter >>
Team CH Husqvarna’s Adrien and Thomas Chareyre have collected as many heat wins as Aprilia Off Road’s Thierry VDB, who got two back to back wins in Castelletto.
But Thomas Chareyre has won the Italian Grand Prix last weekend, as his brother Adrien and VDB completed the podium. These three were the only ones who made it to the podium so far, but more riva weiter >>
This kick-start to the 2007 FIM World Supermoto season continues this weekend –right after the Italian Grand Prix at Torino- with the Grand Prix of France, at Villars sous Ecot.
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KTM factory rider Bernd Hiemer and all the riders in the Supermoto S1 class had more to contend with on Saturday night than the new experience of competing in a night time race.
Hiemer managed a fifth place in the first race but for the later night race only came across the finish line at fourteenth for an overall seventh in the season's second event.
The first night time Supermoto Grand Prix will be remembered as one of the most fascinating events that the Oval Lingotto ever hosted.
The weather was the only negative mark of the event, as there was a lot of rain in the morning; it stopped in the afternoon, but the race conditions were wet.
The FIM Supermoto World Championship saw two young riders grasp their m weiter >>
Pos Rider Nat. Fed. Team Motor Race 1 Race 2 Total Points
1 112 CHAREYRE Thomas FRA FFM CH Azzalin Husqvarna HUSQVARNA 20 25 45
2 101 VAN DEN BOSCH T. FRA FFM Aprilia Off Road APRILIA 25 20 45
3 3 CHAREYRE Adrien FRA FFM CH Azzalin Husqvarna HUSQVARNA 22 22 44
4 19 ROLLAND Aurelien FRA FFM Les 2Roues YAMAHA 14 18 32
5 weiter >>
UEM European SuperMoto Championship 2007
Based on the great development of the European Open SuperMoto Championship and the big number of entries (always between 40 and 50), starting from next weekend in France, Villars Sous Ecot, a qualifying system for the Open Class will be installed.
The second free practise will be used as a timed practise and the top weiter >>
The Oval Lingotto in the centre of Torino finally showed all its beauty during the opening day of the FIM Supermoto Grand Prix of Italy.
After a very hot afternoon, Saturday evening and night were a little bit wet and cold, but nothing could prevent the two fastest Supermoto riders of the day from clocking the pole.
Thierry Van Den Bosch was the fastest in the S1 weiter >>
With the season opener of Castelletto di Branduzzo being far behind the FIM Supermoto World Championship’s shoulder, it is time to get into the second round of the series, to be held in Torino this Friday and Saturday.
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FIM SuperMoto World Championship 2007
The second round of the FIM SuperMoto World Championship scheduled in Torino, Italy, will be held on Saturday 26 May in the evening, instead of Sunday 27.
The practice sessions will be held on Friday afternoon and evening. The starting times of Saturday’s races are the following:
· S2 race 1: 16h55 weiter >>
FIM SuperMoto World Championship 2007
The second Grand Prix of the FIM SuperMoto World Championship will be held in Torino on May 26, together with the UEM European SuperMoto Championship, and it will be one of those to remember for ever.
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Bernd Hiemer, KTM’s sole Supermoto factory rider for the 2007 racing season had mixed fortunes in the opening Grand Prix of Europe held at Castelletto di Branduzzo, Italy on Sunday.
Hiemer, a rider who is never satisfied with anything short of success ended the day in overall seventh place.
The German admitted after the conclusion of the day’s weiter >>
1 101 V.D. BOSCH T. FRA 50 25-25
2 3 CHAREYRE Adrien FRA 44 22-22
3 112 CHAREYRE Thomas FRA 40 20-20
4 2 GIRAUDO Jerome FRA 32 18-14
5 121 BELTRAMI Massimo ITA 31 15-16
6 30 LAZZARINI Ivan ITA 31 16-15
7 12 HIEMER Bernd GER 25 7-18
8 84 BERTHOME Kevin FRA 24 11-13
9 64 BIDART Sylvain FRA 24 12-12
10 weiter >>
It was an incredible start today for the FIM Supermoto World Championship and the UEM European Championship.
A massive crowd of 8000 spectators head to the Motodromo to experience a sunny and hot Sunday, and watch Thierry Van Den Bosch and Attilio Pignotti win the Grand Prix of Europe in the two classes.
The first European Championship races were won by Elia Sam weiter >>
Castelletto di Branduzzo’s Motodromo was dry and very hot today, for the first day of racing of the FIM Supermoto World Championship and the UEM European Supermoto Championship.
Thierry Van Den Bosch and Davide Gozzini left their mark on a newly modified Motodromo –there is a new off-road section- but tomorrow morning they will fight for Superpole with three more rivals. weiter >>
Pos Rider Nat. Fed. Team Motorcycle Time Lap Total Gap Speed
1 101 VAN DEN BOSCH T. FRA FFM Aprilia Off Road APRILIA 1:28,624 9 13 0,000 70,07
2 30 LAZZARINI Ivan ITA FMI Yamaha Evolution YAMAHA 1:28,981 6 11 0,357 0,357 69,79
3 12 HIEMER Bernd GER DMSB KTM Italia Team Miglio KTM 1:29,008 15 18 0,384 0,027 69,77
4 3 CHAREYRE weiter >>
Bernd Hiemer, KTM’s factory rider for the 2007 Supermoto season goes into the Grand Prix of Europe, the first round of the world championships in Italy this weekend, secure in the knowledge that he and his KTM 450 SMR are both ripe for victory.
Hiemer, who works closely with the KTM Research and Development Department to further develop the bike, has absolved a concentra weiter >>
For the first time in Supermoto history, this weekend at Castelletto di Branduzzo’s Motodromo, the FIM Supermoto World Championship and the UEM European Supermoto Championship will be held together, loading the nine weekends of the calendar with top level racing.
With a brand new class naming -S1 and S2 swapped their names from 2006- we will see a very determined Thierry weiter >>
FIM Supermoto World Championship 2007
The FIM Supermoto World Championship circus visited the fantastic Autodromo Daniele Bonara yesterday for the first time.
From left to right: DBO General Manager Danilo Boccadolce; FIM/CMS President Dr. Wolfgang Srb; Youthstream President G weiter >>
Thanks to the fruitful partnership between FIM, Youthstream, organizers and all the National Federations, the FIM Supermoto World Championship is growing stronger year by year.
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2006 FIM SuperMoto World Championship Summary
2006 – SUPERMOTO DEVELOPMENTS
2006 was the first season with the One-Brand Control Tyre by Dunlop, reducing the tyre consumption per Grand Prix, and giving an equal chance to all participants by providing them with the same material. This new racing formula made the Championship even more interesting, w weiter >>
29 Apr 2007 Europe Castelletto di Branduzzo
20 Mai 2007 Bulgaria Pleven
27 Mai 2007 Italy TBA
03 Jun 2007 France Villars sous Ecot
24 Jun 2007 Austria Melk
08 Jul 2007 Germany St. Wendel
22 Jul 2007 Northern Ireland Bishopscourt/Belfast
16 Sep 2007 Alpi di weiter >>
PIRAEUS (GREECE)-The 2006 FIM Supermoto World Championship finished today at the Port of Piraeus, in front of 8000 spectators.
On a cold and sunny Sunday, KTM in S1 and Thierry Van Den Bosch in S2 won the remaining Titles in front of a spectacular Mediterranean Sea, by which the track was placed.
The P weiter >>
LATINA (ITALY)-The weather in Latina was a bit cloudy but thinking of the weather was the least important thing today.
Both S1 and S2 World Titles could have been won in Italy this weekend and this chance motivated 4500 spectators to come to the International circuit "Il Sagittario".
German Bernd Hiemer became the S1 2006 World Champion and snatched the Title from weiter >>
LATINA (ITALY)-Nice weather welcomed the World Supermoto riders in Latina. The off-road section was part of the track and the International Circuit "Il Sagittario" was 1605 metre long at the end.
Attilio Pignotti was the fastest Italian in the S2 class
German Bernd Hiemer was weiter >>
LATINA (ITALY)-There is a busy atmosphere around the International circuit "Il Sagittario" at Latina.
Hospitalities and workshops are all set and ready for the weekend of the Dunlop Grand Prix of Italy.
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This is a breathless stage of the FIM Supermoto World Championship: there was no rest after the FIM Supermoto of Nations in Bishopscourt and riders went straight to Busca for the sixth round of the Championship.
Now the Supermoto World circus goes deeper into the Italian peninsula and heads to Latina for the seventh and penultimate round of the 2006 season.
The in weiter >>
BUSCA (ITALY)-The Grand Prix Le Alpi del Mare was one of the best in 2006 with 7000 people watching some wonderful action in both classes of the FIM Supermoto World Championship: S1 and S2.
The S1 was all about 3 men: Italian Ivan Lazzarini, Belgian Gerald Delepine and German Bernd Hiemer.
Lazzarini flew back from Ireland after winning the Supermoto of Nations in weiter >>
BUSCA (ITALY)-On Saturday the 7th of October Supermoto took another step forward thanks to the meeting of FIM/CMS, promoter Youthstream and Teams racing the World series.
FIM/CMS President Wolfgang Srb, Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo and all Team Managers discussed many details about the future of Supermoto.
Youthstream’s commitment in the sport was confir weiter >>
BUSCA (ITALY)-There was a slight rain in the morning but a lot before the first S2 free practice session at 12 am it was already gone.
The rest of the day was completely sunny and Supermoto World Championship racers entered the track of Busca and discovered a 220 metre off-road section appealing to the ex Motocross riders especially.
At the end of the day weiter >>
With the first Supermoto of Nations in history at Bishopscourt last week, the masters of sliding have started a busy 3 weeks stage that will project them to the end of the 2006 Championship.
The first of 3 is now completed but the Championship standings have not been touched by the Italian wave that overwhelmed the opposition in Bishopscourt; the Trophy of Nations had no weiter >>
BISHOPSCOURT (BELFAST)-The first Supermoto of Nations in the history of the sport has now a winner: it is Team Italy.
The morning was dry and the riders presentation at 11 am was much more sunny than the afternoon races.
The riders’ presentation was also a Team managers’ presentation: here t weiter >>