Supermotard

Italy versus Europe

Author: Garry Morrow

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For the second time this season Italy will host a FIM Supermoto World Championship event this Sunday (Oct-2), and along with it the opportunity for the Italian teams and riders to impress on home soil.
S1 World Champion Thierry Van Den Bosch will be a bit underdone after sitting out the month of with a broken hand. Photo: J. Barte
After hosting a round of the Italian Championship a few months ago, the 'Pista Azzura' of Jesolo, another Karting track, will see the worlds best Motard riders go head to head for the sixth time this season. With the last round in Ireland a month behind us reigning S1 World Champion Thierry Van Den Bosch has had enough of a rest to heal his broken hand, an injury the Frenchman suffered in the second moto in Ireland. "It's the first time in my career that I have had so much trouble on the track with other riders ‰ÛÒ Delepine in Austria and Havel in Ireland ‰ÛÒ and I hope it's finished now", said Van Den Bosch. "I will race in Jesolo without having had any serious practice because of my injuries, and will try to do my best," the Red Bull KTM rider confirmed. Germanys Bernd Hiemer, who left Ireland with the 'Red Plate' of the S1 championship leader will have to resist Husqvarna's Gerald Delphine who sits a mere two points behind the KTM rider. The Italian team dominated the Italian Championship round in June and later the S1 class in Ireland, and Delepine as well as Ivan Lazzarini start favorites for the GP. Delepine struggled a little bit in Bishopscourt but secured a second position behind his team-mate Lazzarini , who now seems perfectly accustomed to his Husqvarna; Lazzarini is forty points from the World Championship leader, and still holds an outside chance of title. Italian factory teams Aprilia and TM expect strong results at home, as well as the seventeen Italian riders involved in the GP. Belgian Eddy Seel will once again defend his red plate in the S2 class, against numerous opponents. Leading the series since the opening round in Castelleto di Branduzo, the Husqvarna rider hasn't won a moto since Sosnova and now feels some pressure with Frenchmen Adrien Chareyre, Boris Chambon and FrÌ©dÌ©ric Bolley inching closer in the standings. Seel made the podium in Ireland but now needs to win races, and he's back on the track were he dominated the S2 Italian series earlier in June. Boris Chambon seems to be the most dangerous rival for Seel at the moment after two GP wins in a row in Austria and Ireland. 'Lupo' is actually leading the 'French assault' with Chareyre, but Bolley as well as World Champion Jerome Giraudo have improved their results at each race aboard their factory Aprilia's. But with twelve of them on the grid Italian riders will be more motivated than ever, and Massimo Beltrami as well as Max Verderosa, Attilio Pignotti or Fabio Balducci are all dreaming of taking home a home GP win. Main Photo: S2 Leader championship Bernd Hiemer
Credit: Pascal Haudiquert

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