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2018 FIM SuperMoto of Nations

Team Manager: Sébastien Bonnal
Riders: Thomas Chareyre, Laurent Fath, Sylvain Bidart

FRANCE, CHALLENGED BUT UNBEATEN!

Team France took gold in the 2018 FIM SuperMoto of Nations for the fifth successive season although this was one of the closest and most entertaining editions of the series yet. Race day started at Circuit de la Ribera in Guadassuar, Spain, in warm and sunny conditions with fans packing out the stands of the fast and spectacular racetrack near Valencia and they weren’t to be disappointed with three dramatic and exciting races.

Team Italy rider Diego Monticelli took the holeshot in the first race but he was passed immediately by French pole setter Laurent Fath in the second corner, with Team Spain’s Joan Llados and Milan Sitniansky of the Czech Republic also riding well. When Fath lost ground after twisting his back wheel on a jump, Monticelli pounced for the lead but Team France’s Thomas Chareyre had also made a great start from fourteenth on the grid and was soon closing the gap, making his move with four laps to go to seal the victory ahead of the Italian and the impressive Czech.

In race two it was the third French rider Sylvain Bidart who took the holeshot in front of Monticelli and Sitniansky, whilst his teammate Fath also had a good start from fourteenth and was out for revenge after his technical problems in race one, rapidly climbing up to fourth position. This time it was Bidart that got unlucky, a puncture in his rear tyre ruling him out of podium contention as Monticelli came through for the win, with Fath securing a crucial second place for the French ahead of Sitniansky.

Solid supporting rides from Erik Provaznik and Petr Vorlicek meant that the Czech team led the way into the final race ahead of Spain, Italy and France, but neither were able to make the podium in a dramatic affair that saw Bidart and Chareyre take first and third place, either side of Elia Sammartin in second, as France claimed the win by a single point.

2017 FIM SuperMoto of Nations

Team Manager: Sébastien Bonnal
Riders: Thomas Chareyre, Laurent Fath, Sylvain Bidart

FRANCE OUT IN FRONT AGAIN

France took their sixth victory from twelve editions of the FIM Supermoto of Nations on home territory when the 2017 edition took place in warm and sunny conditions at the Circuit Carole in Tremblay-en-France in September. With the sun out early, lots of spectators found their way to the racetrack near Paris and the grandstands were packed full of Supermoto fans. Circuit Carole is one of the best venues in Europe and all riders felt at home on the spectacular, fast track giving the crowd some fantastic entertainment over the two days of the event. 

As in the individual series, Supermoto legend Thomas Chareyre (TM) was pushed hard by emerging German rivals Markus Class (Husqvarna) and Marc-Reiner Schmidt (SWM) but the Frenchman was ably assisted by Laurent Fath (Honda) and Sylvain Bidart (Honda), who spread the team success over the three races to ensure overall victory. 

After qualifying wins for Chareyre and Fath, the pair finished first and third respectively in the first race, which was for the nominated group 1 and group 2 riders. Class took second place in that race but in the absence of Chareyre in race 2, which was for group 2 and group 3 riders, he took advantage to steal a much-needed victory for Germany. Crucially, however, with Fath and Bidart alongside him on the podium it was advantage France going into the final race. 

With the group 1 riders back in alongside group 3, Chareyre was unleashed once more and with Bidart riding shotgun the pair stormed to a French one-two that put the seal on their fourth title in a row, whilst third place for Edgardo Borella (SWM) secured third overall for Italy.
 

France

2016 FIM SuperMoto of Nations

SIX STAR FRANCE

The eleventh edition of the FIM SuperMoto of Nations took place in warm and sunny conditions at the Circuit d’Alcarràs in Spain in October. Sixteen teams from thirteen countries – including Estonia, Poland, Latvia, Switzerland, Belgium, Portugal, and the returning Brazil - were all looking to dethrone defending champions France, who lined FIM SuperMoto World Champion Thomas Chareyre (TM) up with Sylvain Bidart (Honda) and, for the first time, Laurent Fath (Honda). With riders number one and two taking part in the first race of three, there was a perfect start for France as Chareyre stormed to victory from seventeenth on the grid, taking the lead from Fath on the third lap and leading his young team-mate to a French one-two.

Third place in that race for Milan Sitniansky (Honda) established the Czech team as France's main threat but a strong second place for Fath in a Race 2 won by Germany's Marc Reiner Schmidt (TM), combined with fourth for Czech rider Petr Vorlicek (Suzuki), extended the French team's advantage ahead of the third and final race.

A dominant Race 3 win for Chareyre by almost ten seconds from Schmidt, who virtually single-handedly lifted the Germans onto the overall podium, sealed a convincing victory for France, adding the 2016 edition to their successes of 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

TEAM MANAGER

Sébastien Bonnal

RIDERS

Thomas Chareyre
Laurent Fath
Sylvain Bidart