Two Top Supermoto series starting this weekend at Castelletto di Branduzzo
Two Top Supermoto series starting this weekend at Castelletto di Branduzzo
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 Van Den Bosch defend the S1 Title, and 2005 World Champion Gerald Delepine try to clinching another crown in the S2 class.
The S1 class was dominated by Frenchman Thierry Van Den Bosch last year, in his first season with Aprilia. The Aprilia Off Road’s "killer" will come back stronger for the 2007 GP campaign, but team mate Jerome Giraudo looks very fit and motivated, as he was not happy with the runner up spot.
Adrien Chareyre is now in the Husqvarna CH Team, alongside his brother Thomas and veteran Massimo Manzo, and will enjoy full support from the factory, as he aims at clinching his maiden Supermoto World Title. On the other hand, team mates Thomas and Max want to make up for a disappointing 2006.
Kawasaki Gil Motor Sport’s Boris Chambon will be an interesting challenger this year, as the 2005 World Champion hopes to gift Kawasaki with its first World Title in Supermoto. Since the start of the FIM Supermoto World Championship in 2002, it is the first time that a Kawasaki team takes part in a complete season. Moreover, there are other two Kawasaki teams racing the whole 2007 series: Kawasaki KL SM Team by Nastedo, with Supermoto Italian hopeful Riccardo Cavazzana, and GPKR -winner of the 2006 FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship with Christophe Pourcel- with Frenchman Maxime Emery.
Massimo Beltrami of Team HM Giletti Assomotor was the best Italian rider of 2006, and will try to keep up the good work on his stomping grounds, whereas Rigo Racing’s Eddy Seel wants to make up for his ninth place in the 2006 series, that was due to a wrist injury.
Two new riders will join the S1 class this year; Italian Ivan Lazzarini will race for Team Yamaha Evolution, and German World Champion Bernd Hiemer entered Team Miglio, and aims at his second crown.
Also young gun Sylvain Bidart is ready to battle for the World Title, thanks to the support of his new team Mafra Cross2R Honda, while Fabio Balducci is still in the TM factory squad.
The fight for the S2 class will be very tough this year, as all riders are hungry for wins, after the 2006 domination of Bernd Hiemer.
Husqvarna CH’s Gerald Delepine is one of the most experienced riders in the class at the moment, and has already a World Title under his belt. The 37 year old Belgian from Hermalle can surely leave his mark on the Championship, but he wants it to be better than last year’s third.
British Christian Iddon has not won a GP yet, but since he moved to the Aprilia Off Road Team in 2006 he came very close to it.
KTM Fabag’s Marcel Goetz surprised the Supermoto circus in 2006. The Swiss will go for it this year, and will take part in all rounds of the series, as last year he missed the season opener.
Fellow KTM rider Ales Hlad of team Motoracing won his maiden GP in Greece, the last meeting of last season, but now he looks forward to opening his winning account sooner.
Team mates Simone Girolami and Robert Baraccani will try to race their Husaberg’s of WP SM Factory IPA team to victory, as both entered the top ten regularly in 2006.
Experienced Italian Massimiliano Verderosa will debut in the S2 with Honda, whereas countryman Lorenzo Pes moved to team Pergetti-WRM, and hopes to place the Italian bike into the top ten right from this first GP at Castelletto.
There will be a South African rider in the series this year, Craig Venske of the Team Robinsons Rochdale KTM UK, who will race next to British Matthew Winstanley.
Former road racer Ivan Clementi will debut in the FIM Supermoto World Championship, on the Aprilia SXV 5.5 of team Clemclem Racing 2, and so will do manufacturer Sherco, entering Frenchmen Alain Pessel and Waren Bougart.
UEM-EUROPEAN SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP
The European series will follow the World Championship for all the nine rounds of the season. The European Championship is where all the World Champions came from, and the upcoming talents aiming at the World series now are just next door.
In the S3 class, last year’s runner up Riccardo Peroni will go for the Title, and so will Czech Jan Vodochodsky, third last year. Frenchman Maxime Fulconis looked strong in 2006, and he is probably mature enough to enter the top three. Among the young guns, there are Frenchman Baptiste Rheims -winner of last year’s Red Bull KTM Junior Cup- Belgian Olivier Scheen, British Chris Hodgson and Italian Elia Sammartin.
With the reigning Champion Beno Stern missing, there is no number one in the Open class. Last year’s runner up, Czech Petr Vorlicek, wants his revenge, and he will go for the Title this year; but Slovenian Jernej Gomboc is hungry too, and will chase Vorlicek in a breathtaking run for the crown. Slovenian Uros Nastran can be a title challenger, after he increased his confidence by taking part in last year’s FIM Supermoto of Nations, but there will be very strong young guns this year: Belgian Lionel Deridder -whose manager is former Supermoto racer Christophe Bertrand- and Malcolm Schneider, in the Motoracing team.
THE MOTODROMO AND CASTELLETTO
The Motodromo at Castelletto di Branduzzo is one of the most famous Italian tracks, and has already played host to the season opener of the FIM Supermoto World Championship in 2005 and 2006.
The length of the track is 1500 metres, and there is a renewed off road section of 300 metres. The average width is about 9 metres, which makes it one of the nicest Supermoto tracks in the peninsula.
Castelletto di Branduzzo is a small town in the North West of Italy; the main historical building is the Castello di Branduzzo. The area was originally made of two municipalities, Castelletto Po and Branduzzo, that merged in 1928.
THE EVENT’S SCHEDULE
It will be a very busy weekend with the FIM Supermoto World Championship and the UEM European Supermoto Championship. It will start on Saturday, April 28, with the free practices of the European series at 9.00 am, as the World Championship practices will start at 12.00 am.
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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.
The 2007 season is about to start, and it will be as exciting as ever. The S1 and S2 classes have swapped places compared to 2006; the European Supermoto Championship will be held together with th weiter >>
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.
Aprilia men Thierry Van Den Bosch and Jerome Giraudo are fighting for the S2 World Title: Latina is the penultimate venue of the Championship and it can be weiter >>
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 >>
BISHOPSCOURT (NORTHERN IRELAND)-The Irish wind blew all clouds away and the sky was all clear this morning.
All was ready for the first Supermoto of Nations to take off from the Northern Irish circuit of Bishopscourt.
The S1 riders were the first to enter the track, followed by the S2 group and finally by the Open class riders.
Races were all schedu weiter >>
FUNCHAL (PORTUGAL)- The FIM Supermoto World Championship goes back to Italy to celebrate the sixth Grand Prix of the 2006 season.
After the many successes in the country, like Latina and Castelletto di Branduzzo, Supermoto was missing Italy a little bit and decided to come back for the Grand Prix "Les Alpes de la Mer".
The journey back to Italy will actually begi weiter >>
With the 60th anniversary of the Motocross of Nations celebrated in Matterley Basin last Sunday, it is now time for the birth of the "Olympics of Supermoto".
The 1st day of October 2006 will see the first Supermoto of Nations in the history of the sport which reached the World level in 2002 with the Grand Prix of Namur.
Four years after Youthstream set the weiter >>
FUNCHAL (PORTUGAL)-The location of the sixth Supermoto Grand Prix of the season is finally announced: the 8th of October the FIM Supermoto World Championship will head to the North West of Italy for the Dunlop Grand Prix of "Les Alpes de la Mer".
The location will be the town of Busca, near Cuneo, on the Busca Karting Club. The circuit has a 15000 square metre paddock and weiter >>
SANKT WENDEL (GERMANY)-A sunny day, unusual for this time of the year in Germany, witnessed 13.487 spectators getting tanned while watching spectacular Supermoto racing.
The Dunlop Grand Prix of Germany ended in the way German fans were expecting.
KTM German rider Bernd Hiemer won the overall S1 GP with an impressive win in the second moto on the n weiter >>
Youthstream announces the extension of the TV coverage in South America on the cable/satellite Speed Channel mostly available on digital tiers :
In October Speed channel will start showing a flash back of the 2005 Supermoto season while the 2006 season will air in early 2007. The 2007 FIM Supermoto World Championship will then take over.
All the 2005, 2006 and 2 weiter >>
SANKT WENDEL (GERMANY)-Championship leaders of the two Supermoto classes got ready to leave their opponents behind tomorrow and increase their advantage in the standings.
S1 leader and 3 times GP winner this year Bernd Hiemer clocked the fastest lap on the circuit in Sankt Wendel during the S1 qualifying practice.
1.00.427 was his thirteenth lap ou weiter >>
After a month and a half break, Supermoto goes back to action with the Grand Prix of Germany being the forthcoming event this weekend in Sankt Wendel.
Time to start again for the Supermoto racers
Crowds of German fans who waited for Bernd Hiemer to race their home Grand Prix pl weiter >>
7000 spectators for the weekend but on Sunday numbers in Mores were like 19% humidity, 38 degrees on the air and 52 degrees on the asphalt. It was a tiring day for Supermoto racers.
Both categories hosted a KTM-Aprilia challenge.
In S1 the podium was composed by Hiemer, Iddon and Gotz, with the German on top and the other two following him.
Hiemer got a f weiter >>
It was definitely a hot day in Mores with the asphalt reaching temperatures higher than 50 degrees but Dunlop behaved correctly and tyre temperature kept around 100 degrees.
Hiemer and Iddon were the protagonists of S1, finishing their time practice session with first and second fastest respectively. There are 2 different stories behind them, with Iddon twisting his left weiter >>
People usually go to Sardinia for holiday when it is summertime but workaholics of the Supermoto World Championship go there to race.
The destination is Mores, where the circuit "Franco di Suni" is located. This is going to be the first World Championship Grand Prix for the three year old circuit; age matters: th weiter >>
The speed of the Supermoto World Championship riders made the track of Melk look quite short to the 7000 spectators who attended the event during the weekend.
But it was long enough for the engines of Aprilia, placing two riders on the final podium of the S2 class. Van Den Bosch won the GP after a win in the first moto and a second place in the following one; his toughest weiter >>
Brütende Hitze breitete sich heute, 25. Juni 2006, über den ÖAMTC-Wachauring in Melk. Die stechende Sonne drückte sowohl den Piloten wie auch den Fans bei über 30 Grad den Schweiß ins Gesicht. Nichtsdestotrotz fanden 5000 begeisterte Zuschauer den Weg ins ÖAMTC-Fahrtechnikzentrum, und ihnen allen wurden sehr spanne weiter >>
ROASTED THE RIVALS IN S2, WHILE DELEPINE SNATCHED POLE FROM IDDON IN DIEING MINUTES OF S1
The circuit of Melk was quite hot today and also the S2 top spot seemed to be quite hot. The actual pole sitter was Belgian Eddy Seel with a laptime of 55.276. "In the first free practice we had not a good setting on the machine" explained Eddy Seel. "We worked on it and impro weiter >>
Bei echtem Kaiserwetter konnten die Piloten der Supermoto-Weltmeisterschaft auf dem ÖAMTC-Wachauring in den Zeittrainings ausfechten, wer die Nase für die morgigen Rennen vorne haben wird. Dabei wurde eindrucksvoll bewiesen, dass sich sowohl die Piloten als auch die Technik im Vergleich zum Vorjahr deutlich weiterentwickelt haben! Die Rundenzeiten fallen um gut 2 Sekunden kürzer weiter >>
Almost 1300 metres, actually 1290 comprehensive of a 270 metres off-road section: it is another stage of the Supermoto World Championship, the Austrian one.
The track is in Melk, one of the most important cultural sites in Austria. The top attraction of the city is the Abbey, founded in 1089 by Margrave Leopold II.
It is a city full of history and is definitely wo weiter >>