2016 FIM S1GP SuperMoto World Champion
Born on 18th March 1988 in Alès, France
HIGH FIVE FOR CHAREYRE!
Thomas Chareyre (TM) won the FIM S1GP SuperMoto World Championship for the fifth time in 2016 but he was pushed all the way for the title, with Germany's Marc-Reiner Schmidt (TM) taking the fight to the final race of the season in Castelletto di Branduzzo, Italy. Chareyre, already the champion in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015, made the ideal start to the season with double race victories in the opening two rounds at Jerez and the new Albaida track in Valencia.
However, 19-year-old Schmidt, who made the step up to S1GP this season, broke the Frenchman's stranglehold on the series at the third round in Busca, Italy, with a victory in the first race ahead of Pavel Kejmar (KTM) of the Czech Republic. Schmidt stormed to his first overall win at the next round in Poznan with a combined second place in race one and victory in the second race. However, Chareyre remained in control of the championship and added another double and the overall win at the next round in Austria.
Schmidt again took the overall win at the final round but could do nothing to prevent Chareyre picking up second place in the second race, sealing the 22 points he needed to make sure of the title. A double podium for Kejmar wrapped up third in the championship.
5 S1GP World titles - 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
6 SuperMoto of Nations World titles - 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016