Supermoto S2 European Championship and S Open European Supermoto Cup: the season starts in Castelletto di Branduzzo, Italy

Supermoto S2 European Championship and S Open European Supermoto Cup:
the season starts in Castelletto di Branduzzo, Italy

After a long pause due to the international health situation, the first round of the Supermoto S2 European Championship and S Open European Supermoto Cup finally took place in Italy at the Motodromo of Castelletto di Branduzzo.

Race 1
With a strong field of riders, the battle for the title in completely open. In the practices and time practices Diego Monticelli, from TM Factory Racing showed he as to man to beat this weekend. At the start it was Monticelli who took the holsehot and didn’t give the lead out of his hands anymore. With riders making mistakes behind him, the Italian rider took the victory in the first race of the championship with a lead of 4.1 seconds. Mickael Amodeo finished in second after his lost some places in the beginning but the Frenchman benefited from crashes from other riders. Third in the first race was for Florian Catrice.

Race 2
In the second race for the S2/Open class Mickael Amodeo took the hole shot but the Frenchman was quickly overtaken by TM Factory Racing rider Diego Monticelli, the winner of the first race. Amodeo made a small mistake which put him back to fourth behind L30 Honda rider Jannik Hintz and Gazza Racing rider Kevin Negri. With Monticelli in the lead Amodeo didn’t waste any time and moved his way up again till second. Hintz in his turn made a mistake as well and was passed by Kevin Negri and Florian Catrice, who came from fifth. Catrice managed to overtake Negri as well and started his chase to the leader. With Amodeo closing in on Monticelli, the battle for the victory was on, but Italian TM rider didn’t make any mistakes and took his second victory in Castelletto in front of Mikael Amodeo.

Race 3
At the start it was Jannik Hintz who pushed L30 Honda in first position into the first corner. Right behind him was Diego Monticelli and Mickael Amodeo. The three riders quickly pulled away from the rest of the field, followed by Florian Catrice, Loucas Capone and Kevin Negri who had a bad start in this last race. In the off-road section Diego Monticelli tried to overtake Jannik Hintz but the Italian TM rider had to break hard and crashed into the gravel, pushing Jannik Hintz outside the ideal line. Mickael Amodeo overtook the first position in the race, with Hintz in second and Monticelli still in third position. Amodeo didn’t make any mistakes anymore and took the victory in the last race in the S2/Open class. Behind Amodeo, Hintz and Monticelli were still fighting for second place. With three laps to go Monticelli took second place over from Hintz and crossed the finishline in second, behind Amodeo. Hintz finished in third. With his second place Diego Monticelli took the overall victory in the S2/Open class and the victory in S2. Mickael Amodeo took the overall victory in the Open class.

Top-ten standing:
1. MONTICELLI Diego (ITA, TM) Pts. 75,000 (75+75+75); 2. CATRICE Florian (FRA, Kawasaki) Pts. 64,000 (22+22+20); 3. NEGRI Kevin (FRA, Honda) Pts. 56,000 (20+16+16); 4. HINTZ Jannik (SUI, Honda) Pts. 55,000 (15+18+22); 5. SCHAFLER Mario (AUT, Husqvarna) Pts. 47,000 (18+16+13); 6. CAPONE Loucas (BEL, Honda) Pts. 46,000 (14+14+18); 7. BARTSCHI Yannik (SUI, Honda) Pts. 45,000 (16+15+14); 8. CATHERINE Youri (FRA, Honda) Pts. 40,000 (12+13+15); 9. BONNAL Steve (FRA, TM) Pts. 33,000 (13+10+10); 10. LABAMAR Alan (FRA, Honda) Pts. 32,000 (11+12+9).