Mettet (Belgium) 7 October 2023– The second day of the SM Junior European Championship hosted the qualifying and the first race. Nathan Terraneo (KTM) finished the day with the pole position but the victory of the first race went to Andrea Benvenuti (KTM), who qualified in front of Matej Kokes (HUSQVARNA).
Time practice SM Junior
The SM Junior time practice started in the same way as yesterday’s free practices finished. Nathan Terraneo (KTM) proved his superiority also in this session and took the pole position with a big margin over second qualified Matej Kokes (Husqvarna), who finished in front of Andrea Benvenuti (KTM) in third place.
SM Junior Time Practice Top Ten:
TERRANEO Nathan (SUI, KTM) 1:49.858; 2. KOKES Matej (CZE, Husqvarna) 1:50.513; 3. BENVENUTI Andrea (ITA, KTM) 1:50.627; 4. ANDREOTTI Riccardo (ITA, KTM) 1:51.001; 5. BERECZKI David Zsolt (HUN, Husqvarna) 1:51.959; 6. EBELMANN Rasmus (EST, Husqvarna) 1:52.894; 7. LAPADULA Leonardo (ITA, TM) 1:53.985; 8. MATAS Leckas (LTU, TM) 1:56.295; 9. BANG Lorenz (GER, KTM) 1:57.295; 10. FATNA Micah (FRA, KTM) 2:00.694;
SM Junior Race 1
As the red lights blinked off Nathan Terraneo could not pull away so Andrea Benvenuti and Matej Kokes got the green light. The Italian rider took the lead of the race but could keep it for just a few corners as he was overtaken by Kokes at the start of the off-road. Matej tried to run away but Benvenuti did not let him go and chased the Czech rider till the final lap when he attacked him and eventually won the race. The third spot went to Nathan Terraneo.
After this first race Matej Kokes is still holding the red plate of championship leader but his advantage shrank to two points only that divide him from Benvenuti.
SM Junior Race 1 Top Ten:
BENVENUTI Andrea (ITA, KTM) 8 laps in 14:49.239; 2. KOKES Matej (CZE, Husqvarna) +00.696; 3. TERRANEO Nathan (SUI, KTM) +01.200; 4. ANDREOTTI Riccardo (ITA, KTM) +14.634; 5. BERECZKI David Zsolt (HUN, Husqvarna) +19.694; 6. EBELMANN Rasmus (EST, Husqvarna) +23.097; 7. LAPADULA Leonardo (ITA, TM) +26.020; 8. MATAS Leckas (LTU, TM) +55.754; 9. FATNA Micah (FRA, KTM) +1:39.214; 10. BANG Lorenz (GER, KTM) +1:39.627;
08.45 Warm Up – 11.00 Race 2
Complete results availabl HERE.
In the photo: Andrea Benvenuti