Friday, October 05, 2007

Supermoto news

Iddon takes double British Championships

Christian only needed a single 10th position in any of the 3 races held at the final round of the British SuperMoto Championship to take the crown and he did that in superb style by taking the race 2 victory but that wasn’t before a bit of drama in the first race to add a little tension to the days proceedings.

The weekend started out superbly for Christian by taking the fastest laps in both free practice sessions and then following it up by taking the pole position in qualifying by a relatively massive 1.5 seconds. Even that wasn’t without drama though as Christian high-sided his Aprilia 550 SXV while trying to better his already fantastic time.

“It’s fantastic to win the British Championship again. It’s a double Championship too as I took the Open class and the Overall British Honours. I’m so pleased to have taken the titles while riding so well too. Apart from the first race mishap the weekend has gone so smoothly in terms of riding. The bike has been amazing as always and to be so far ahead of the competition is just unreal. I’d like to thank all my sponsors for all the work and support they give me. These titles are as much theirs as they are mine.”

Success for Aprilia in the Supermoto of Nations

With just one trial left until the conclusion of the FIM Supermoto World Championships, the best riders of the international scene found themselves at Franciacorta’s “Daniel Bonara” Autodrome on September 29-30th to give life to the 5th edition of the "Supermoto delle Nazioni".
The competition included 20 teams that represented their respective nations. Team Aprilia Off Road was called up to support two of their official riders: Thierry Van Den Bosch for France and Christian Iddon for Great Britain. Both riders participated in the Open class atop Aprilia SXV 5.5s, finding themselves in direct competition during the race.
During Saturday’s qualifications for the Open round, Iddon took off in command but was tailed by Van Den Bosch who immediately attacked the Englishman. Both were victims of a collision that was worse for VDB (who ended up on the ground). As a result, he fractured the 4th metacarpus of his left hand.
The doctors of the Mobile Clinic treated Van Den Bosch for pain on Sunday morning, allowing him to race and become the splendid protagonist of Race 2 (S2 and Open) in which he beat the Italian Davide Gozzini (Tm) and the Belgian Gerald Delepine (Husqvarna). In Race 3 (S1 and Open), he was called upon by the French team at the halfway point of the grid and carried out a great comeback that saw him finish 4th and lead France to success in the Supermoto delle Nazioni.
Also atop the podium was Christian Iddon’s Aprilia SXV 5.5 as he and Great Britain finished in 3rd place overall.

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