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Hermunen on Pole Ahead of S1 Grand Prix Debut With Factory Husqvarna

The 2009 FIM SuperMoto World Championship season started off in mixed weather conditions today at Viterbo. Debutant Hermunen snatched the pole from three time World Champion Van Den Bosch in the S1 class while in the S2 it was reigning Champion Chareyre clocking the fastest time.
The UEM series saw Karanyotov take pole in S3, Vorlicek in the Open and Marchetti in the new exciting MaxiMoto class.


The mixed weather conditions made the qualifying session a tricky one as the ground did not offer the same grip as in the previous sessions. A quick set up change gave new Husqvarna factory rider Hermunen a burst as he secured the pole in the final minutes of the session.

The CH Racing rider was almost two seconds quicker than three time World Champion Thierry Van Den Bosch who took a solid second at his first GP outing with the TM of the 747 Motorsport TM Factory Racing team.

Giovanni Bussei of SBD Union Bike Racing took an unexpected third, so far his best result in qualifying, and is pumped for tomorrow’s Superpole where he will meet youngster Thomas Chareyre as well.

The latter showed renewed confidence after topping the second free practice session but the weather change affected the Frenchman’s qualifying.

Ivan Lazzarini took fifth at his first time out on the HM Honda Racing bike while GP winner Verderosa grabbed the sixth spot.

Nastedo’s Testu dropped down to an eventual eighth after he topped the early stages of qualifying while Gas Gas debutant Xavi Rodriguez was tenth.

S1 Qualifying top ten:
1. Mauno Hermunen (FIN, Husqvarna), 1:22.367
2. Thierry van den Bosch (FRA, TM), +0:01.811
3. Giovanni Bussei (ITA, Honda), +0:02.062
4. Thomas Chareyre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:02.199
5. Ivan Lazzarini (ITA, Honda), +0:02.728
6. Massimo Verderosa (ITA, Honda), +0:02.863
7. Eddy Seel (BEL, Suzuki), +0:03.193
8. Maxime Testu (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:03.230
9. Christian Ravaglia (ITA, Aprilia), +0:03.518
10. Xavier Rodriguez (ESP, Gas Gas), +0:04.131

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Adrien Chareyre of Husqvarna CH Racing, now riding with the number one plate, stamped his authority on the Italian course by taking the first pole of the season. By the time the S2 qualifying went on the race track was dry but became wet just in the final stage of the session due to a sudden rain shower affecting the whole S1 session.

Chareyre showed his speed in the free practice already and was capable of keeping a motivated Iddon behind.

The British willing to make up for an injury plagued 2008 settled for second but ended really close to the reigning Champion. Iddon was a positive surprise for the KTM Motoracing squad hiring the GP winner after he spent several years on the Aprilia.

Home favourite Davide Gozzini of 747 Motorsport TM Factory Racing was third ahead of new team mate and friend Andrea Occhini.

Luca Minutilli of Accadueo Racing was a promising fifth ahead of two time World Champion Delepine as both will be surely in the chase for tomorrow’s win.

Fabrizio Bartolini steered the factory WRM to seventh ahead of young gun Borella.

S2 Qualifying top ten:
1. Adrien Chareyre (FRA, Husqvarna), 1:20.468
2. Christian Iddon (GBR, KTM), +0:00.106
3. Davide Gozzini (ITA, TM), +0:00.243
4. Andrea Occhini (ITA, TM), +0:00.511
5. Luca Minutilli (ITA, Aprilia), +0:00.715
6. Gérald Delepine (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:00.991
7. Fabrizio Bartolini (ITA, WRM), +0:01.362
8. Edgardo Borella (ITA, KTM), +0:01.589
9. Alexander Georgiev (BUL, KTM), +0:01.777
10. Ales Hlad (BUL, Aprilia), +0:01.795

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The UEM series kicked off with three classes this year. Alongside the well known S3 and Open there is now the brand new MaxiMoto class dedicated to the big bore machines.

Bulgarian Karanyotov stormed to the S3 pole position ahead of German ace Kevin Wuerterle. His sister Janina was fourth as Erler was sandwiched in between the two siblings.

2007 Open class Champion Vorlicek took pole at his comeback to the series. Teo Monticelli was second ahead of Porfiri.

Elio Marchetti dominated the very first day of the MaxiMoto class as he was the fastest each time the group took to the track. Kulev and Fiorucci completed the top three.

S3 Qualifying top three:

1. Angel Karanyotov (BUL, KTM), 1:25.479
2. Kevin Wuerterle (GER, KTM), +0:00.404
3. Gordon Erler (GBR, Suzuki), +0:00.605

Open Qualifying top three:

1. Petr Vorlicek (CZE, Suzuki), 1:21.775
2. Teo Monticelli (ITA, Honda), +0:00.388
3. Massimiliano Porfiri (ITA, Honda), +0:00.757

MaxiMoto Qualifying top three:

1. Elio Marchetti (ITA, TM), 1:00.884
2. Kalin Kulev (BUL, TM), +0:00.489
3. Fabrizio Fiorucci (ITA, TM), +0:01.483

Complete results available at

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Circuit length:
1576 mt

18° C

Weather conditions
: mixed

MaxiMoto Warm-up 8:00-08:20
EC Open & S3 Warm-up 8:35-08:55
S2 Warm-up 9:00-09:20 with S2 Superpole immediately after
S1 Warm-up 9:40-10:00 with S1 Superpole immediately after
MaxiMoto Race 1 10:35; ECSM Open & S3 Race 1 11:35
S2 Race 1 12:25; S1 Race 1 13:25
MaxiMoto Race 2 14:25
S2 Race 2 15:25; S1 Race 2 16:25
ECSM Open & S3 Race 2 17:25

As the whole FIM SuperMoto World Championship, this Grand Prix will be broadcast live and delayed. Click here to see schedule and coverage online.




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