2017 Supermoto World Championship Rd 1 - Chareyre Wins  (Jun 21, 2017)

The 2017 Supermoto World Championship begins, round one of the series takes place on the Albaida track in Valencia, a very technical circuit with a fantastic dirt track.

The TM Factory Team presents itself at this event with our legendary SMX machines and our riders, Chareyre and Monticelli, both in full form after the excellent results in the European Championship already this season.

For 2017 the series has an altered race schedule, now consisting of the three races, where the final race has a 'reverse grid' type formula with the first row of the grid relegated to the third row, 'pole position' effectively becomes the ninth place.

On Saturday, under a burning sun that elevates the heat for both technicians and riders, Thomas Chareyre has once again shown his excellence, taking a terrific pole position. Diego Monticelli takes fifth in the qualification, unfortunate for Diego as he has not managed to find the perfect lap after having been third in the two rounds of free practice. Llados finished tenth.

In the race 1 Thomas was perfect, at the first turn he takes the reins of the race. Chareyre contains his opponents, then settles into a fast rhythm to give a decisive speed advantage going on to win with good margins. Monticelli runs well also starting out of the fifth box, he recovers to third place.

In race 2 the script has not changed. Thomas has staged another great start and with an incredible race pace he took home another win with over 4 seconds lead. Diego fails to start well this time out and could not do better than fifth place.

For the last race of the day, Thomas Chareyre has to start from the ninth position on a track where overtakes are very difficult, the French rider proves once again why he is the World Champion. By the third lap Thomas is already second and hot on the heels of the leader, he tries to pass Schmidt who was in the first position but Thomas did not want to risk a fall and brings it home. Thanks to the three excellent results Thomas leads the absolute rankings. Diego Monticelli finishes third in the third place, and is only two points from the podium.

The Spanish rider, Llados, with three good races ends his weekend in 13th place.

Alex Serafini commented the race: "We are very happy with this race, Thomas and Diego were fantastic all weekend, we won two runs from three and in the last race it was not easy for Chareyre to start ninth and finish second on this track. Little regret not to have gone to the podium with Diego, but a happy result."