Round 15 of the FIM World Motocross Championship took place today at the Crossodrome Ciclamino Circuit, close to the north shore of the beautiful Lake Garda in Northern Italy.
In the MXGP class it was once again Team HRC’s Tim Gajser who took his Honda CRF450RW to a fantastic podium result and closed in on the championship lead. Now just three points separate the top three in the standings with Gajser in third.
In race one Tim very soon took over the lead and led 18 of the race’s 20 laps, but arm-pump and small mistakes cost him in the latter stages of the moto and rather than risk further mistakes he settled for second place and 22 race points.
Race two and ‘Tiga’ hit lap one in sixth position, but very soon moved up to fourth place and slowly worked away and pushed forward. Eventually, time ran out for Team HRC’s four-time World Champion and he settled for third in the race, 42 Grand Prix points and second overall.
Gajser was followed home by JM Honda Racing’s Henry Jacobi on his CRF450R, going 9-11 and the first privateer in the points today in Italy.
Honda 114 Motorsports’ Ruben Fernandez once again had a great day in the Dolomites.
The fast Spaniard qualified in pole position for today’s race and in moto one settled into third position where he remained for the whole moto.
Then in race two an average start gave Fernandez some work to do. He started the race in 11th position, but by lap two he’d moved up to eighth and then sixth on lap four, eventfully finishing the race in fifth place to take a well-earned third overall, just one point away from second.
A race one first turn crash caught out Stephen Rubini which resulted in a fractured shoulder-blade. The likeable Frenchman now starts a recovery period and will try to bounce back before the season end.