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FIM S1 World Title to be decided this weekend in Salou-Port Aventura

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The 2010 FIM SuperMoto World Championship draws to a close this weekend with the Grand Prix of Catalunya in Salou-Port Aventura (Spain) with the title set to go down to the wire.

Teammates Thomas Chareyre and Davide Gozzini arrive in the Catalan street circuit first and second respectively level in points in the Championship standings.

Thierry Van Den Bosch, Mauno Hermunen, Ivan Lazzarini and Bernd Hiemer, who are third, fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, will also have their last chance to nab the 2010 FIM SuperMoto World Championship as all are within 75 points of the win.

747 Motorsport TM Racing Factory's Thomas Chareyre regained the red plate at the previous Grand Prix in Pleven, Bulgaria. The Frenchman was second overall with five points advantage over his teammate Gozzini who could only manage third. With the result, Thomas Chareyre took back the championship lead from the Italian, with tight in points in the standings of the Championship.

So far, Thomas Chareyre has led 43 laps and taken two superpoles and his teammate Gozzini has led just 22 laps and has no Superpole's. However, the previous Grand Prix's are over and what really matters is what is going to happen this weekend in Salou-Port Aventura.

Gozzini will be racing for his maiden FIM SuperMoto World Championship although he will not have the red plate on his bike. This season Gozzini has had one Grand Prix victory as well as his teammate Thomas Chareyre, they have both won four heats and they have been on the podium the same number of times. So both TM riders are aware of the equality among them and they will race for the victory with no team strategies at all.

2009 FIM S1 World Champion Thierry Van Den Bosch is third in the Championship with 35 point gap to the leaders, but his eight years of experience racing Grand Prix's might help him this weekend to revalidate the Title. PMR H2O Aprilia Racing's Van Den Bosch was fifth overall in Bulgaria, but after the superb weekend in Cahors during the FIM SuperMoto of Nations, the Frenchman proved that he found a good rhythm with his Aprilia machine and he is ready for an overall victory.

Husqvarna CH Racing Team's Mauno Hermunen lands in Spain after obtaining his maiden Grand Prix win in Pleven, Bulgaria. The Finish rider is third in the standings of the Championship, 42 points away from the two leaders.

HM Honda Racing's Ivan Lazzarini is the fifth classified in the Championship and he is also another candidate to grab the World Title as his deficit to the leaders is 67 points. The Italian has not been very consistent this season with second overall position in Sankt Wendel his best result so far. However.

German Bernd Hiemer is sixth in the point standings and mathematically he is another Superider to be able to go out with the Title. The German has been struggling with the settings of his KTM machine during the season, so he is looking forward to this last Grand Prix to finish with a better feeling on his bike and ride again among the top Superiders of the series.

Seventh in the Championship is Adrien Chareyre, who seems to be fully fit and confident again with his riding, after his fourth overall in the last Grand Prix in Bulgaria. Italian Ravaglia is eighth at the moment, followed by his compatriots Bussei and Sammartin.

Main Photo: Teammates Davide Gozzini and Thomas Chareyre will fight for the 2010 crown
Credit: Youthstream

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