The FIM World Motocross Championship visited the picturesque island of Sardinia today, which is located west of the Italian Peninsula, north of Tunisia and immediately south of the French island of Corsica.
Known for its brutally deep sand, the Riola Sardo circuit hosted the race and the combination of 28C heat, 72% humidity and torturous track conditions meant that racing today was exhausting for even the best motocross riders in the world.
Team HRC’s Tim Gajser had an unlucky start to the day’s racing getting caught up in another rider’s first turn crash which caused a small tip-over for Gajser and put him down in 22nd position. Then another small crash a lap later dropped Tim to 27th. Nursing an injury that he picked up in practice last week, the Slovenian set about a heroic push to finish the race in 19th place and score two World Championship points, which may prove vital towards the season end.
Tim had a better start in race two and held onto 12th position on lap one and again pushed hard to gain places, eventually finishing the race in eight place giving the four-time World Champion 12th overall and just one point off the lead of the World Championship.
There was early drama too in the MX2 race as Honda 114 Motorsport’s Ruben Fernandez tangled with other riders in the first turn and the subsequent crash injured the Spaniards shoulder putting him out of the race. As a precaution Fernandez skipped race two and will now focus on returning to racing at the German GP of Teutschenthal in two week’s time.
Ruben’s teammate Joel Rizzi scored his first ever MX2 points today on the CRF250R and hopes to build upon this result in the second half of the season. Meanwhile, Honda Racing Assomotor rider Stephan Rubini had a tough day and skipped race two due to pain and discomfort from an ongoing injury.