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FIM Supermoto Grand Prix of Europe


An almost new course is attending the FIM and UEM SuperMoto Championship riders at Castelletto di Branduzzo, the venue of this weekend’s GP of Europe which is the second of both series.
In the S1 class Aprilia Off Road’s Thierry Van Den Bosch leads the pack but he had to face a strong opposition since the season opened in Torino. KTM Italia Miglio’s Bernd Hiemer is right on his tail, with both the Frenchman and the German being level in points.

Castelletto might be the chance for Husqvarna CH Racing’s Thomas Chareyre to close in on the leading duo, as the youngster aims at collecting his maiden World Title one year after he took his first ever GP win (Torino 2007).

The latter actually finished a close third in Torino, with rivals Robinsons KTM UK’s Matthew Winstanley and DRC Aprilia Off Road’s Ivan Lazzarini also collecting 36 points.

Winstanley is riding strong in his debut year in the class while Lazzarini is making up for his bitter debut year, which was last year. Riding at home, Lazzarini will find even more motivation this weekend as he challenges countryman Fabio Balducci to be the best placed home rider. Balducci is now sixth in the standings.

In occasion of this second Grand Prix of 2008, Japanese Shinji Tomita will make his debut, with this to be his first appearance outside Japan.
 
In the S2 class a fantastic Davide Gozzini of TM Factory Racing leads the points standings after winning the opening round at Torino; the Italian battled tooth and nail with 2007 S1 World Champion Adrien Chareyre of Husqvarna CH Racing, who rode a superb first S2 GP last April by challenging Gozzini for victory.

Castelletto’s course, which is almost a home track to Gozzini, will probably suit better the 660cc TM machine with the Italian manufacturer aiming at adding other heat wins to its account.

KTM Italia Miglio’s Attilio Pignotti is another Castelletto friendly rider, as the former motocrossers conquered his first and only GP win here in 2007. Pignotti, who ended runner up to Gerald Delepine last year, is now third in the Championship while the defending Champion riding for Husqvarna CH Racing had an awful start to the season. Delepine crashed and injured his ribs in Torino, taking some time off racing to get back to shape in time for the Europe’s GP.

PMR H20 Aprilia Off Road’s Luca Minutilli is fourth in the Championship ahead of Italian countryman and Aprilia fellow rider Massimo Beltrami, riding for DRC Aprilia Off Road.

Strike Racing Team’s Gilles Dejong will miss this event and probably the remaining part of the season, as the Belgian rider damaged one vertebrae in a recent crash.

With the UEM European SuperMoto series running alongside the FIM’s World series, Alessandro Asnicar (S3) and Graziano Rispoli (Open) lead the standings.

In the S3 series the top German female rider Janina Wuerterle will make her debut to be the first female rider to take to the track in the S3 class. Though the opposition will show no mercy, as also Olivier Scheen and Oliver Pope are giving it all for the Title.

Experienced Rispoli sits first in the Open class standings, with Heino Meusburger and Viktor Bolsek following from second and third respectively. Unfortunately Rispoli picked up an injury and will not ride in Castelletto, giving his rivals way. KTM fellow riders Alberto Dall’Era and Edgardo Borella complete the top five.

THE Motodromo & Castelletto


Castelletto di Branduzzo’s Motodromo has been always linked to SuperMoto as it is one of the few permanent structures dedicated to the sport. The race track did undergo major changes throughout the winter and since April 2008 it looks completely different than it was last year. With the oval section and the sky zone being the only parts of the track that remained untouched, the rest of the Motodromo has become more flowing and fast. Basically the back straight is now longer and ends with a new section leading into the start straight; the twisty section which was opposite to the start straight is now changed into a technical series of two turns which will require a very fine set up work. There will be new lap records in each class. Last year’s event was won by Van Den Bosch in S1 and Pignotti in S2 at the end of a sunny weekend while the weather forecast for this weekend is cloudy.  

Castelletto di Branduzzo is a town in the province of Pavia, which is also the closest main city being just 20 kilometres away. Though Castelletto is inside a triangle area edged by three major cities in Italy: Milano, Alessandria and Piacenza. The actual name of the town comes from the mergence of the two towns Castelletto Po and Branduzzo, which dates back to 1928.

Event Schedule

Saturday May 24th:

EC Open Free Practice 1 at 9:00 am
EC S3 Free Practice 1 at 9:30 am
KTM Italia Trophy Free Practice 10:05 am
EC Open Pre 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 12:40 am
EC Open Qualifying Race 1 at 1:30 pm
S2 Free Practice 2 at 2:00 pm
S1 Free Practice 2 at 2:40 pm
EC Open Qualifying Race 2 at 3:30 pm
S2 Time Practice at 4:00 pm
S1 Time Practice at 4:50 pm
EC S3 Time Practice and EC Open Last Chance Qualifying Practice at 5:40 pm
KTM Italia Trophy Time Practice at 6:15 pm

Sunday May 25th:

KTM Italia Trophy Warm Up at 7:45 am
EC Open Warm Up at 8:05 am
EC S3 Warm Up at 8:30 am
S2 Warm Up at 8:55 am with Superpole immediately after
S1 Warm Up at 9:30 am with Superpole immediately after
KTM Italia Trophy Race 1 at 10:15 am
EC Open Race 1 at 10:50 am
EC S3 Race 1 at 11:35 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
KTM Italia Trophy Race 2 at 6:00 pm

The Grand Prix will be broadcast live on:


EUROSPORT 2 (Pan Europe) : S1 Race 2 at 16:00 CET
SPORT ITALIA (Italy) : S2 Race 2 at 15:00, S1 Race 2 at 16:00 CET
ART (Pan Middle East) : S1 Race 2 at 16:00 CET
Sport TV (Slovenia) : S2 Race 2 at 15:00, S1 Race 2 at 16:00 CET
Trans 7 (Indonesia) : S2 Race 2 at 15:00, S1 Race 2 at 16:00 CET
Mediazone (Worldwide) : S2 Race 2 at 15:00, S1 Race 2 at 16:00 CET

The Grand Prix will be broadcast delayed on:


EUROSPORT WORLD (Pan Asia):


Sunday May 25th, S1 Race 2 at 18:00
Monday May 26th, S1 Race 2 at 09:00 and at 22:15 GMT
 
Related Links:
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