The dramatic Trentino trilogy concluded today at the Crossodrome Ciclamino circuit, high in the beautiful Dolomite Mountains, Trentino, Italy as Team HRC’s Tim Gajser closed the gap on the MXGP World Championship lead to just one point.
Although Gajser lead his main championship rivals in race one, the pressure of the close championship contest began to show as the Slovenian struggled to relax and flow in his usual way. Despite this he still delivered some comparably fast laps on the CRF450RW and crossed the finish line in fourth position with high hopes for race two.
In race two Tim pushed into the lead on the opening lap and although the first third of the moto was a nail-biting battle to remain at the front, Gajser eventually found a dominant flow and slowly pulled out an unassailable race lead to take his seventh race win of the season and close within one point of the World Championship lead with two rounds to go.
Honda 114 Motorsports’ Canadian rider Dylan Wright proved he was a fast-learner in Italy and once again improved on his trio of results at the Ciclamino circuit, this time taking ninth overall on the CRF450R. Dylan is looking forward to finishing the season on a high at the final two races in Mantova next Sunday and the following Wednesday.
In the MX2 class it was more success for Honda 114 Motorsports’ Ruben Fernandez. Although the fast Spaniard struggled to find his qualifying speed today, but when it really mattered in the races he once again found his form and gelled well with his CRF250R.
Race one saw Fernandez push quickly to sixth place on the opening lap and by the mid-race point he’d made solid progress into third place, crossing the finish line in third, only 10 seconds away from the race leader.
Then in race two an average start gave the #70 some work to do as he set about a climb through the pack often posting sector and lap-times faster than the race leaders. Once again Fernandez battle to third place and this time finished the race just 5.22 seconds away from first place.
Saturday’s EMX250 race saw Honda Racing Assomotor’s Emil Weckman overcome race one disappointment to finish race two in seventh place to finish the day in 11th overall with two rounds remaining in Mantova starting next Sunday.