FINITE LE PROVE DI QUALIFICAZIONE DEL GRAN PREMIO DELLE NAZIONI SUPERMOTO CLASSE S1 ED S2 IN SVOLGIMENTO IN BULGARIA

In Supermoto
Bulgaria qualifies in first at FIM SuperMoto of Nations

PLEVEN (BULGARIA), 10 October 2009 – At this fourth edition of the FIM SuperMoto of Nations home Team Bulgaria managed to grab the first place in the event’s qualifying ahead of defending Champion Italy and Germany.

Courtesy of three solid rides, with Karanyotov third in S1, Georgiev second in S2 and Tonchev first in the Open class, Bulgaria grabbed their first ever pole.

Italy struggled in the S1 with Bartolini but Gaspardone made up with a third in the S2. Eventually Mariani came close to winning the Open class but a technical failure dropped him down to second.

Germany made it to third ahead of Sweden and Czech Republic, whose rider Vorlicek took victory in the S1 qualifying.

Spain was a bitter sixth as team leader Grau went down heavily in the morning practice and could not take part in the qualifying.

Slovenia was seventh even though Nastran won the S2 qualifying.

S1

Karanyotov went off to a great start but a close Vorlicek followed right from the first corner. Before the end of the first lap the Czech moved past the 15 year old from Bulgaria who tried to remain close. While Vorlicek pulled away to take the first victory of the day, also Becher moved past Karanyotov to take second. The Bulgarian kept close to the leading duo but a tangle with Croatian Bolsec, who went down, saw him go wide and lose time. Eventually Karanyotov was third and even clocked the fastest lap of the race.

Bartolini worked his way up to fourth ahead of Bolsec, recovering to fifth after his tangle with Karanyotov.

Due to the morning crash, Grau did not start.

S1 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Petr Vorlicek (CZE, Suzuki), 18:38.207; ; 2. Julian Becher (GER, Kawasaki), +0:03.628; 3. Angel Karanyotov (BUL, KTM), +0:04.063; 4. Fabrizio Bartolini (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:13.590; 5. Viktor Bolsec (CRO, Honda), +0:33.755; 6. Hannes Maier (AUT, KTM), +0:35.909; 7. Asseri Kingelin (FIN, Kawasaki), +0:37.036; 8. Ata Nurcan (TUR, KTM), +0:37.799; 9. Henrik Karlsson (SWE, Yamaha), +0:44.665; 10. Rok Mihelcic (SLO, Honda), +0:49.006;

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Vorlicek won the S1 heat

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S2

Slovenian Nastran rode a flawless heat dominating from the start to the flag ahead of home rider Georgiev. The Bulgarian remained close to Nastran for the whole race trying to find an open door. Eventually Georgiev, who was the quickest in the race, made a mistake and ran wide to let Nastran win with a 2.9 second advantage.

Gaspardone charged up to third behind Georgiev after a difficult start to the heat. Eifrem took fourth ahead of Cucharrera and Joannidis.

S2 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Uros Nastran (SLO, Husqvarna), 18:28.055; ; 2. Alexander Georgiev (BUL, KTM), +0:02.915; 3. Paolo Gaspardone (ITA, Honda), +0:16.220; 4. Ola Eifrem (SWE, Aprilia), +0:17.602; 5. Francesc Cucharrera (ESP, KTM), +0:19.987; 6. Nico Joannidis (GER, Husaberg), +0:20.042; 7. Andreas Rothbauer (AUT, Honda), +0:25.604; 8. Jiri Bocek (CZE, Honda), +0:35.162; 9. Kalle Toronen (FIN, Husqvarna), +0:36.236; 10. Todor Totev (BULj, Honda), +0:50.426;

Complete results available at www.supermotos1.com/reslists.aspx

Nastran followed by Georgiev

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OPEN

Mariani led the pack into the first corner and rode strong to open up a solid gap in between himself and Tonchev. With three laps to go though the Italian’s TM suffered technical issues and Mariani had to slow down. Tonchev came close and moved past the Italian with the duo ending first and second.

Nilsson managed to finish third after a dogfight with Spaniard Retuerta. The latter struggled towards the end of the race to let Deitenbach snatch the fourth spot and finished fifth.

Open Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Rosen Tonchev (BUL, KTM), 18:43.708; ; 2. Lorenzo Mariani (ITA, TM), +0:07.932; 3. Christian Nilsson (SWE, Yamaha), +0:10.977; 4. Jan Deitenbach (GER, Suzuki), +0:13.784; 5. Ruben Retuerta de Diego (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:22.523; 6. Peter Zsolt Gagyi (ROM, Husaberg), +0:33.517; 7. Miks Peleckis (LAT, TM), +0:34.095; 8. Martin Leok (EST, TM), +0:34.271; 9. Ville Jauhiainen (FIN, KTM), +0:34.820; 10. Vit Janousek (CZE, Honda), +0:45.034;

Nations Qualifying Top Ten: Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic, Spain, Slovenia, Austria, Finland, Croatia.

Complete results available at www.supermotos1.com/reslists.aspx

Tonchev won on home turf

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THE FIM SUPERMOTO OF NATIONS – QUICK FACTS

Circuit length: 1720 mt (1120 mt slide, 600 mt sky)

Temperature: 20° C

Weather conditions: sunny

(UPDATED) Sunday: SM Junior Warm up at 9:00 am; SMoN Warm Up Group 1 at 9:30 am; SMoN Warm Up Group 2 at 10:00 am; Official Opening Ceremony at 11:00 am; SM Junior Race 1 at 12:00 am; SMoN Race 1 (S1+S2) at 1:00 pm; SMoN Race 2 (S2+Open) at 2:15 pm; SM Junior Race 2 at 3:00 pm; SMoN Race 3 (S1+Open) at 4:20 pm.

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