Cloudy however dry situations prevailed for the primary races of the day, however heavy rain fell in direction of the tip of MX2 race two remodeling the infamous hard-pack circuit right into a muddy ordeal – difficult riders for grip, visibility and lap consistency.
As Staff HRC’s World Champion Tim Gajser (MXGP) and Staff Honda 114 Motorsport’s Ruben Fernandez (MX2) each carried the World Championship chief’s crimson plate, Maggiora was at all times going to be a problem inside this super-competitive area of motocross racing.
Because the gate dropped for the primary race of the day, the MX2 discipline hit flip one with Fernandez down in round eleventh place. The tall Spaniard made it to eighth place by the tip of lap one and set a few ferocious assault by way of the sphere – making stable and constant passes and finally ending the race in third place.
MXGP race one quickly adopted because the skies hung heavy with the ever-present risk of rain. It was Staff HRC’s Tim Gajser who lead the Honda cost – hitting flip one in fifth place the place he remained for the race period, struggling somewhat to progress by way of the sphere on the Maggiora Park circuit. The four-time World Champion wasn’t alone nevertheless, as the entire prime 5 noticed zero passes all through the moto, underlining the Italian circuit’s notoriety for ‘hard-to-pass’ racing.
With the circuit nonetheless dry, MX2 race two leapt into motion and once more Honda’s World Championship chief Ruben Fernandez struggled somewhat to rekindle the good begins we’ve seen in earlier rounds. Additional unhealthy luck got here the Spaniard’s means quickly into lap one with a crash on the backside of one of many large hills, adopted by one other rider hitting Fernandez’s bike and locking their entrance wheel into the rear of CRF250R. The crash nearly ruined #70’s probabilities of a podium consequence, however Fernandez set a few onerous cost again by way of the pack from thirty third on lap one to a implausible twelfth place on the end. Fairly an astonishing restoration by any requirements – and all credit score to Fernandez, Staff Honda Racing Assomotor and the Honda CRF250R.
Ruben now sits in third place within the championship – simply 5 factors off the lead and hopes to regain the crimson plate in Oss, The Netherlands in a single week’s time.
The ultimate race of the day as soon as once more noticed the bigger capability MXGP bikes on monitor. This time nevertheless the heavy skies might no-longer maintain onto their payload and shortly turned a dry, however difficult Maggiora Park right into a slippery and unpredictable morass.
Lap one noticed a implausible begin for JM Honda Racing’s Henry Jacobi in third place on the CRF450R.
Nonetheless combating ache, following an enormous crash the week earlier than at Matterley Basin, the 24 12 months outdated German racer quickly dropped into a quick and constant tempo – holding onto third place for 14 of the race’s 17 laps.
Jacobi completed the race in fifth place, including 16 factors to his weekend classification and ended the day in a superb eleventh total.
Staff HRC’s Tim Gajser had an event-filled race two after spinning-up on the moist mesh start-gate and hitting flip one down in eleventh place. A stone then caught the Slovenian’s goggles disrupting his imaginative and prescient as extra mud and stones flew into his face. The present World Champion regrouped and regardless of some small mistake, set a few heroic cost in direction of to the entrance and inside hanging distance of a fourth place end, however time ran out and Gajser needed to accept a sixth place, however retains the World Championship chief’s crimson plate going into the following spherical in every week’s time