Supermoto European Championship:
Bulgaria to host the first round
The FIM Europe Supermoto Junior, S3 and Senior European Championship kicked in this weekend at “Dolna Mitropolia” Circuit, Pleven, Bulgaria. The event, first of three this season, took place in front of large crowd and with high temperatures, ranging from 27 to 35 degrees throughout the weekend.
This season the format of the events slightly changed, giving the possibilities to the riders to compete in a three days event, which includes a total of four free practices, the standard timed practice and four races which bring points for the championship.
Ten SM Juniors from Bulgaria, France and Russia did their two heats in the late afternoon in quite a packed formation, both races finishing with the same top three riders, despite the big battles witnessed on the field: the winner of day one was the French Giani Catorc, followed by the Bulgarian Jivko Ivanov and Matheo Boursillon, from France.
In the S3 class, Ivan Mosin (Russia) fought against the Bulgarian Radostin Mihaylov, winning this first round of the season. Third in both races Vladislav Dimitrov, from Bulgaria.
Between the Seniors the Russian Alexander Lyatishev won ahead local rider Biser Asenov.
The Juniors finished race one in the same top three order like Saturday with Catorc-Ivanov-Boursillon, but the second heat was a bit different. Boursillon had a crash during lap 1, giving opportunity to the Russian Elena Petrishina to join the fight for the podium with her 65cc bike. After 10 hard-fought laps the podium of day two welcomed Catorc (winner of the weekend and leader of the championship with 100 points), followed by Jivko Ivanov and Elena Petrishina.
The S3’s Sunday race saw Radostin Mihaylov winner of both heats, followed by Ivan Mosin. The fight between these two riders throughout the season will be sure. Third position for Dimitrov.
In the Senior class same position for Lyatishev and Asenov.
Next event will be in Vysoke Myto, in the Czech Republic, on 25th July.