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Italian Stars Dominate European Hill Climb Road Race Championship

Yes hill climbs in essence aren’t pure road races, but they are similar in terms of layout when in comparison to various roads circuits worldwide.

The five round European Hill Climb series which features events in Italy (Poggio/Spoleto), Austria (Landshaag), Switzerland (Chatel-St-Denis) and France (Petit Abergement), provides quite possibly at present the nearest you will get to a pure road race meeting in these four nations.

All events are held on public roads, as riders pit themselves against the clock to set the best times possible on the courses which each in their own way provide subtle different challenges.

The 2017 series was dominated by Italian stars such as impressive Manx GP newcomer Francesco Curinga who captured the Supersport crown, whilst Italy’s fastest Mountain Course exponent Stefano Bonetti powered to Superbike championship success.

Remaining class title winners where fellow countryman Guido Testoni (250 GP) and Andrea Majola (Supermoto Open).

Full results per class, within the 2017 European Hill Climb Road Race Championship, are as follows:

250 GP:

1 Guido Testoni 225
2 Bernard Depierreux 189
3 Rolf Haller 148
4 Marco Queirolo 124
5 Angelo Testoni 111
6 Stefano Leone 90
7 Mathias Seiler 24

Supersport:

1 Francesco Curinga 200
2 Daniele Stolli 152
3 Yuri Storniolo 136
4 Uwe Rademacher 87
5 David Lignite 68
6 Carmine Sullo 64
7 Alex Ruggieri 60
8 Julien Purro 49
9 Raimund Sollinger JR 40
10 Filippo Parolin 32

Superbike:

1 Stefano Bonetti 190
2 Fabrizio Lannutti 153
3 Jean Luc David 138
4 Raphael Peclat 115
5 Daniel Kronschlager 96
6 Frederic Bongard 80
7 Nicholas Rovelli 78
8 Uwe Rademacher 68
9 Francesco Maria Piva 61
10 Wolfgang Gammer 50
11 Toni Rechberger 43
12 Benjamin Villar 34
13 Christian Wiesinger Mayr 32
14 Markus Mitterbauer 21
15 Ossi Niederkircher 21
16 Jean Villar 20
17 Christian Seiler 10
18 Christoph Bubik 2

Supermoto Open:

1 Andrea Majola 198
2 Philippe Bongard 161
3 Daniel Bailo 157
4 Stefano Leone 87
5 Loris Pedriali 82
6 Josef Frauenschuh 50
7 Stefano Roascio 46
8 Johann Karl 40
9 Florian Winkler 18

Words by Stevie Rial