4th Round of Supermoto EC in Kuressaare (Estonia)

aboutuemEstonian Kuressaare’s Airport was the host of the fourth event in the 2013 European Supermoto ES2 + Young Trophy Championship. Sunday morning started with an upset for French rider Frederic Guerin who fell down during Warm-Up and damaged his right shoulder, not being able to defend his hard fought pole-position on Saturday’s Time Practice in any of the Sunday’s races.

Italian Edgardo Borella (Yamaha) managed to take the hole-shot and lead the first laps of the first race with Championship Leader Dutch Devon Vermeulen (KTM) close on his tracks. A compact group of six riders were escaping in front, great racing being cheered by the thousands of spectators who were present. Not too long and overtaking started: First, Vermeulen (KTM) moved at the lead of the race after a great pass on Borella (Yamaha) on the waved off-road section. Then, Finnish rider Sami Salstola (TM) moved in front of Italian Diego Monticelli (Honda) to conquer third place while Finnish Asseri Kingelin (Honda) managed to pass Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (TM) to win fifth. Devon Vermeulen (KTM) won the first ES2 race while Italian Edgardo Borella (Yamaha) managed to fight off the attacks of Sami Salstola (TM) and finish second, as Salstola had to settle for third place.

Finnish Sami Salstola (TM) managed to get the hole-shot of the second race, but was early challenged by Italian Edgardo Borella (Yamaha) and got relegated to second position after only the first corners. Even so, Salstola (TM) came back strong and by the end of lap 2 he was again in the lead after a great pass on Borella (Yamaha). Finish rider Asseri Kingelin (Honda) was third in the beginning of the race but was soon caught up by Malachi Mitchell-Thomas of Great Britain (TM). Winner of the first race Dutch Devon Vermeulen (KTM) did not get a great start and had to settle for fifth place.

Devon Vermeulen (KTM) leads the Championship with 166 points, only 7 ahead of Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (TM) who accumulated 159 points. Third in the standings is Edgardo Borella (Yamaha) with 148 points. First place of the Young Trophy’s class overall standings went to Dutch Devon Vermeulen (KTM), second went to Great Britain’s Malachi Mitchell-Thomas (TM) while third step of the podium saw Czech Republic rider Milan Sitniaksky (TM) occupying this position for the first time in the European Supermoto Championship.

Next event is scheduled for Latina (Italy) on the 13-14th of July.

(FIM Europe Press Release 83/2013)