Last weekend the Supermono Cup starts this year’s competition with three races at Slovakia. Jerry van de Bunt was able to win all three races on his Rotax 450.
His biggest competitor in the field, Josef Frauenschuh from Austria, the Cup winner of 2018, had so much bad luck this weekend that the expected battles were omitted. The first race on Saturday was driven at the end of the day under very favourable conditions. This race over 9 laps was a pleasure to watch because it was combined with the Honda Dunlop Talent Cup. All riders reached the finish. The young Galip Satici, who participates for the first time on his moto3 in the Supermono Cup, came in 5th as the best rookie.
1. #21 Jerry van de Bunt NED Rotax 21.08.188
2. # 1 Josef Frauenschuh AUT KTM 21.40.414
3. #35 Daniele Scagnetti ITA KTM 21.52.316
5. #54 Galip Satici TUR Honda 22.03.468
The second race on Sunday morning was a 6-lap sprint race. The weather is clear but there was a strong wind. In this short race you would expect that the heavier motorbikes will benefit because of the many straights and the fast turns that this circuit has, but because Frauenschuh fails with technical problems and the Italian Scagnetti couldn’t live up the expectations in this race, the track is open for van de Bunt and he wins the second race with a big lead. Johann Karl very convincingly takes the second place with on his heels the rookie Galip Satici who takes a nice third place. Unfortunately, the American William Gillis and the Czech Marek Nemecek dropped out of this match due to an innocent crash.
1. #21 Jerry van de Bunt NED Rotax 14.16.310
2. #5 Johann Karl GER KTM 14.43.084
3. #54 Galip Satici TUR Honda 14.44.490
Race 3 on Sunday at 16.05 was held over 9 laps in good weather conditions. At the start van de Bunt immediately distances himself from the rest of the field and holds this until the finish. During the match an exciting battle took place between Johann Karl from Germany and the Italian Daniele Scagnetti, with the Italian pulling the longest straw in the final lap. Unfortunately, the German Mario Wilhelm had a technical defect that forced him to stop the race early after the 7th lap.
1. #21 Jerry van de Bunt NED Rotax 21.21.855
2. #35 Daniele Scagnetti ITA KTM 21.40.315
3. #5 Johann Karl GER KTM 21.41.010
The second event of the FIME Supermono Cup is on the TT-circuit in Assen in the weekend of 1st and 2nd June.