France win FIM Supermoto of Nations
Press release Sunday 30th September 2007 By Rizzi/Zanzani photo
Italy, who was the winner of the first FIM SuperMoto of Nations last year, ended with a solid second place while Great Britain rounded off the podium, repeating the result of last year at Bishopscourt.
The podium of the second edition of the FIM SuperMoto of Nations France, who had the best team on paper with the top three Superiders in the S1 SuperMoto World Championship standings, had an eventful qualifying day yesterday, with Thierry Van Den Bosch breaking his left hand and Adrien Chareyre suffering some mechanical problems.
But today was another day for the squad, who saw Thomas Chareyre win the first heat after he got rid of Massimo Beltrami and Bernd Hiemer, during a race that gave no chance of victory to the S2 Superiders.
With Thierry Van Den Bosch getting an incredible win in the second heat, Adrien Chareyre rode for the points in both heats, finishing fifth and sixth, with the latter being the worse result for the team.
Thomas Chareyre chasing Bernd Hiemer: he will pass a few corners later Italy was disappointed with second; they lost by just one point while last year they brought the Trophy home with a six point advantage over France.
Davide Gozzini was the fastest in the team, winning the third heat but finishing second in heat two, when he battled his hardest with VDB before the Frenchman eventually took the lead. Massimo Beltrami showed an incredible determination which he has never displayed in the Grand Prix’s this year, confirming the great motivation that a team event like the FIM SuperMoto of Nations can give.
Beltrami was third in race one and he closed the day with a fifth place in the final heat. Experienced Attilio Pignotti, who –like Gozzini- was at his first Nations, crashed into another Superider and dnf’d in the second heat, but he was fourth in heat one, being the first S2 Superider behind the Chareyre-Hiemer-Beltrami S1 trio.
Davide Gozzini controlled the S1 Superiders behind him in heat three Confirming the same team as last year, Great Britain clinched exactly the same result, a third place overall. With GP winner Christian Iddon crashing in heat three and ending with another sixth place, like in heat one, the only Superider who could do better than that was Matthew Winstanley, fourth in the second moto.
On the other hand, his opening heat was a lot more complicated, and finished with a 31st place due to a technical problem. Sam Warren’s first heat was also difficult, as the Brit was staying close to the leading trio, but eventually dropped down to eighth.
Thanks to two solid second places by Bernd Hiemer, Germany brought home the fourth place. Hiemer chased Thomas Chareyre for victory in heat one, and almost passed Open class Superider Gozzini in the final heat, where the German was incredibly motivated.
Riding with an injured knee from Saturday practice’s crash, his team mate Michael Hermann was twice out of the top fifteen, while Markus Volz was eighth and eleventh, but took the holeshot in race two.
After Busca’s maiden podium in the S1 class, Bernd Hiemer continues to be on the gas Team Belgium did a decent job after a difficult qualifying day, and clinched a fifth place; Gerald Delepine was third and seventh, as team mate Marc Fraikin was twice second. Jean Marc Gaillard was twelfth and seventeenth.
Sixth placed Switzerland ended ahead of the Italy Junior Team, who was once again the best Junior squad with their colleagues finishing twelfth (Belgium Jr.) and fifteenth (Switzerland Jr.); Great Britain Junior, the fourth Junior Team in the event, ended in the B-Final.
Czech Republic, Sweden and Norway rounded off the top ten. In the individual standings, Bernd Hiemer deserved the win in the S1 classification, as Gerald Delepine and Davide Gozzini won the S2 and Open class respectively. Each of the French Team members got a second place.
Giuseppe Luongo, Youthstream President, said: “We really want to thank Mr. Ettore Bonara and all his staff for the fantastic co-operation, the great venue and the very warm hospitality he gave the FIM SuperMoto World series. We are very happy with the decision taken together with FIM and DBO to bring the FIM Motocross of Nations here in 2009 because this circuit has the right location, marvellous potential and a fantastic management which wishes to improve the facilities in accordance with the FIM Regulations.”
This weekend Ettore Bonara hosted the first World Championship event of his track
Race 1 (S1+S2), top five: 1. Thomas Chareyre (FRA, Husqvarna), 20:20.062; ; 2. Bernd Hiemer (GER, KTM), +0:05.428; 3. Massimo Beltrami (ITA, Honda), +0:05.743; 4. Attilio Pignotti (ITA, KTM), +0:17.961; 5. Marcel Götz (SUI, KTM), +0:18.241;
Race 2 (S2+Open), top five: 1. Thierry van den Bosch (FRA, Aprilia), 20:04.525; ; 2. Davide Gozzini (ITA, TM), +0:00.599; 3. Gérald Delepine (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:08.096; 4. Matthew Winstanley (GBR, KTM), +0:15.190; 5. Adrien Chareyre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:15.639;
Race 3 (S1+Open), top five: 1. Davide Gozzini (ITA, TM), 19:53.829; ; 2. Bernd Hiemer (GER, KTM), +0:03.851; 3. Thomas Chareyre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:04.853; 4. Thierry van den Bosch (FRA, Aprilia), +0:22.223; 5. Massimo Beltrami (ITA, Honda), +0:25.302;
2007 EUROPEAN APRILIA SUPERMOTO CUP TROPHY FINALS British Lee Jones and Italian Fabrizio Bartolini won the European Finals of the Aprilia SuperMoto Cup Trophy in the Open class and Standard class respectively.
Paolo Cianfrocca won the opening heat ahead of Jones and Loic Cortvrint, while Bartolini ended with a fifth place overall, despite a 30 second penalty for a jump start. In the second and final heat, Cianfrocca lost the lead and the Title because of a crash, and Jones became the eventual winner. Bartolini was third overall, after he overtook Spanish Stefan Spenger.
The first edition of the European Finals of the Aprilia SuperMoto Cup Trophy was a success, thanks to the participation of 32 riders, coming from seven different Nations (Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Russia, Spain), all riding the twin-cylinder Italian machines.
WHAT’S NEXT The FIM SuperMoto World Championship will end on the 21st of October in Greece, and both the S1 and S2 Titles have not been taken yet. In S1 current leader Adrien Chareyre is chased by Thierry Van Den Bosch, while S2 leader Gerald Delepine is only five points ahead of runner up Attilio Pignotti. Also the UEM European SuperMoto Championship finale will take place in Greece.