This weekend’s Grand Prix of Alpi Del Mare had a few surprises to show the 6000 spectators, who saw both Bernd Hiemer and Jerome Giraudo come back to the podium. Offcourse the Aprilia of Road team was present with the SXV in the new 08 colors!
S1 Heat 1
Thierry Van Den Bosch was the winner of the opening moto, where he worked his way up after Adrien Chareyre’s holeshot. VDB moved past Thomas Chareyre and started to chase early leader Adrien, who slowed down at the sky section, but Thomas moved in front of both. Unfortunately the younger of the Chareyre’s had a technical problem and dnf’d; the battle was again between Adrien and VDB, but the latter passed and pulled away with the lead, leaving his rival behind in second place. Jerome Giraudo secured the third place after he got rid of a strong Ivan Lazzarini
S1 Heat 2
Thomas Chareyre was a man out for revenge in this heat, and once he got the lead at lap four, he never looked back at his brother Adrien and rode to a well deserved win. With Adrien finishing second, VDB showed a perfect demonstration of the champion’s attitude, rejoining the race from 12th place and working his way up to an eventual eighth.
Christian Iddon of Aprilia Off Road came back to victory in the 2nd heat, which was his second of the season after Torino’s maiden triumph. TM Factory’s Davide Gozzini, who won the latest GP in front of Iddon, brought the bike home in second place ahead of CH Azzalin’s Gerald Delepine, who fought his hardest despite a problem with the plastics of his bike in heat one. Attilio Pignotti lost the red plate, which is now Delepine’s, and also ended his four podium row by finishing fourth overall, ahead of Nestor Jorge.