It’s always such a buzz going to watch a motocross race live, and live races don’t get much better than at the epic Arco Di Trento MXGP in Italy! Especially when you get to watch Ryan Villopoto battle for one and a half races with Antonio Cairoli, Nagl and Clement DeSalle! Absolutely brilliant racing, and great to catch up with a load of people I have known for a while, and others I met for the first time this weekend.
Some of the photos turned out pretty good too, check them out below. The track was so ridiculously gnarly!
Claiming his third overall victory of the season, Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Max Nagl delivered the winning result at the MXGP of Trentino in Italy.
In what was one of the championship’s most exciting rounds in recent times, Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Nagl fended off his championship rivals in the final race of the day, on one of the season’s roughest and demanding tracks, to secure victory and claim the top step of the podium.
Riding on the best form of his career, Nagl arrived to the MXGP of Trentino determined to build on his overall victory last time out in Argentina. With the hilly Italian circuit proving extremely tricky, the Husqvarna rider was involved in one of the most exciting races seen for some time in race one. Enjoying a race long battle with Antonio Cairoli, Nagl was just unable to find a way past the Italian and had to settle for second.
Knowing a good start was crucial for success, the German grabbed the holeshot in race two and never looked back. With a clear track to play on, he set the fastest lap of the race on lap one before steadily pulling clear of the chasing pack to take a comfortable nine-second margin of victory.
The race win ensured Nagl claimed his third overall victory of the 2015 MXGP season while moving up to second in the championship and just one-point behind leader Clement Desalle.
For Nagl’s teammate Todd Waters, the MXGP of Trentino was a difficult one. Finding the unforgiving terrain hard to adjust to, the Australian placed 15th in race one before improving to 11th in race two.
Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Ferris didn’t enjoy the best of luck in Italy despite producing some strong rides. Eighteenth in race one, Ferris crashed off the start in race two but fought his way back from 31st to 17th.
For Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Aleksandr Tonkov bad luck prevented him from delivering the results he hoped for on his FC 250 factory racing Husqvarna. A bad start in race one left him boxed out as the pack rounded the first corner. Pushed back to about 15th, Tonkov did well to battle his way back to eighth on the predominately one-lined course.
Second fastest out of the gate for race two, Tonkov faired much better as he held a top three position for the first five laps. But an unfortunate technical issue put an end to his race and thoughts of a possible top three result.
The FIM Motocross World Championship continues with the MXGP of Europe in Valkenswaard on April 26.
Max Nagl: “It’s been a great weekend but honestly this win is the result of yet another big team effort. During Saturday we made a lot of progress with the setup and I felt much more comfortable on the track. My start was good for race one and I was second behind Antonio for the whole race. We were having a great battle – I did feel faster in places – but I didn’t want to take the risk necessary to make the pass stick. I was happy with second. When I got the holeshot in race two I decided it was my time to go. I gave it 100 per cent for the first 10 minutes and pulled a gap to win. I love riding at the minute and the team are working so hard for me – I can’t thank them enough. It was also special to have my son here watch me race for the first time. Today was perfect.”
Todd Waters: “It was a hard track to grasp. The conditions were very unforgiving and difficult to judge. In race two I got a great start – something we’ve worked hard to improve on – and it really helped. Even though I slipped back to 11th it was good to race in sixth for a few laps. I’d like to give a big thanks to my team, Antti and my mechanics Ryan and Antonio for all the hard work they’ve been putting in.”
Dean Ferris: “A crash just after the start in both races really destroyed my chances of a better weekend. The track wasn’t my favourite surface – it was really hard to judge but I was riding well on it. We’ve been testing hard since Argentina and it has showed in my riding. Despite not getting the results I want, I managed to pass a lot of riders in both races to get back to 18th and 17th each time.”
Aleksandr Tonkov: “It’s been a tough weekend but sometimes that’s how racing goes. My start wasn’t there in the first race and I found myself about 15th on lap one. The track was very one-lined so overtaking was difficult. I was pleased to fight back to eighth. Race two I was second off the start and was holding a strong top three position for five laps until my bike developed a technical issue and I was forced to stop.”
Red Bull KTM factory riders Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings both delivered gutsy rides in their respective MXGP and MX2 GPs on Sunday at Pietramurata Italy to come away with two podium seconds.
Cairoli finished with equal points to GP winner Max Nagl but took second place by virtue of his 1-2 result, as against Nagl’s 2-1. After four rounds it is also clear that the 2015 MXGP Championship is developing into a highly competitive and thrilling series. Cairoli is now third on the points table, again with equal points to Nagl – each have 170 – while Clement Desalle continues to hold the red plate but only has a one-point lead.
Cairoli got away cleanly in his opening moto. He grabbed the holeshot and rode in the lead all the way to the checkered flag. But Nagl and the American Ryan Villopoto were in his shadow. And with 10 minutes to go Desalle joined the lead group and it was clear it was anybody’s race. Cairoli fended off an attack by Nagl with three laps to go and then Desalle counter attacked and moved into second place. Cairoli held his ground and went on to take the win.
Cairoli did not get away as cleanly in the second moto and was never able to catch Nagl, but the competition was tight for the minor places between him, Villopoto and Desalle. By then the hard pack track was very gnarly after a big day of competition and the sun had gone down behind the Dolomites. Then in quick succession Villopoto went out after a spectacular crash and Desalle also had difficulties, leaving the way open for Cairoli to take second.
Tony Cairoli: “The first race was very good but I would like to win the first GP for the Italians here. I tried to keep Max behind me but it was a very close race between four of us. I tried to get a good start in the second race but Max was quicker and he just pulled away in the first laps. I saw a lot of crashes during the race, the track was very sketchy and it was easy to crash so I didn’t really like it. It’s not one of my better tracks but I was better this year than last.’’
Cairoli’s teammate Ken de Dycker finished a respectable overall seventh and Tommy Searle, returning after a six-week injury break was overall thirteenth.
Ken de Dycker: “This week we made some changes to the suspension and the bike is now much easier for me to ride. I still have a problem with the start, but despite that I still had a good speed even though the track was very slippery.”
Tommy Searle: “Obviously I need to realize how seriously I was injured. I was in a brace for four weeks and I started to exercise one week, ride the bike and then come here with just two days on the bike. I’m happy to finish two races and have something to build on. The track was very difficult. I felt better than I thought I would and it’s nice to be here with the team.”
Earlier in the day Jeffrey Herlings rode a spectacular opening MX2 moto and crossed the line 15 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. But he missed the start in his second race letting Slovenian Tim Gajser escape at the front. He was already in podium contention after a handful of laps and steadily trimmed the time deficit over the rest of the race. Herlings put himself in contention to make the pass in the final lap but cross-rutted in part of the course that was half shade and half sunlight. He scrambled back onto his KTM 250 SX-F and crossed the line in second.
Jeffrey Herlings: “The start was not good in the second race but overall we had a good Sunday. We won the qualifying on Saturday and the fist moto pretty easy. I had a really bad start in the second moto but I worked my way up to the front then I had a stupid crash that was my fault. I picked up some points so I look forward to next weekend. I am not sure I would have caught Gajser. For sure I could have been close but obviously he did a great job. Hopefully I can take the win in Valkenswaard in front of my home crowd. I’ve already won there five times in a row. So that’s what we are hoping for.”
Herlings teammate Pauls Jonass finished eleventh overall and maintains third overall in the points.
Pauls Jonass: “I was struggling the whole weekend to find the rhythm and I didn’t feel very confident on this track because I had a crash yesterday when I lost the back wheel. I’m happy to be going home safe and I’m looking forward to Valkenswaard.”
KTM Factory juniors contest EMX125
The three-rider KTM Factory Junior Team was out in force for the opening round of the EMX 125 class and Jorge Prado Garcia of Spain finished third in his first outing in the class. Josiah Natzke, newly arrived from New Zealand to join the Stefan Everts-managed team was a solid fifth overall in his first appearance and British rider Conrad Mewes finished eighth.
Jorge Prado: “I’m really happy after this because I trained hard this winter to get the feel for the 125 bike so to be already on the podium means a lot to me. I will try to be like this all season. I though I could be near the front but not on the podium. There are a lot of good riders so I didn’t expect that.”
Josiah Natzke: “I struggled with qualifying so that’s something I have to learn. It was a bit up and down in the races but it ended okay. In the second race I was up to fifth or sixth and I made some good passes on the first lap. I’ve got a lot of things to work on for next weekend especially in the sand.”
Conrad Mewes: “We put in a lot of effort building up to this race. I wish I could have finished in a better position. The starts are the most important part of the race so if I can get that sorted I think my speed is enough to run with the top guys.”
KTM rider Adam Sterry (GBR) finished with a podium third in the opening round of EMX 250, while KTm factory rider Davy Pootjes was ranked 12th.
Next Round: Valkenswaard April 26.
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MXGP of Trentino at Pietramurata, Italy
Round Four of the 2015 World Championship
MXGP Overall Classification
1, Maximilian Nagl, GER, Husqvarna, (2 – 1)
2, Antonio Cairoli, ITA, KTM, (1 – 2)
3, Clement Desalle, BEL, Suzuki, (3 – 4)
4, Romain Febvre, FRA, Yamaha, (7 – 3
5, Gautier Paulin, FRA, Honda, (5 – 5)
6, Evgeny Bobryshev, RUS, Honda, (8 – 6)
7, Ken de Dycker, BEL, KTM, (9 – 7)
8, Davide Guarneri, ITA, TM, (11 – 9)
9, David Philippaerts, ITA, Yamaha, (13 – 8)
10, Shaun Simpson, GBR, KTM, (12 – 10)
13, Tommy Searle, GBR, KTM, (14 – 13)
25, Jose Butron, ESP, KTM (23 – 22)
27, Angus Heidecke, GER, KTM (22 – 24)
33, Steven Frossard, FRA, KTM, (32 – 33)
MXGP Championship Classification
1, Desalle, 171
2, Nagl, 170
3, Cairoli 170
4, Febvre, 129
5, Paulin, 128
6, Villopoto, 124
7, Bobryshev, 100
8, Waters, 78
9, J.Van Horebeek 75
10, Guarneri, ITA, TM, 70
11, Simpson 67
15, De Dycker, 53
17, Frossard, 32
18, Butron, 29
22, Searle, 20
MXGP Manufacturers Classification
1, Husqvarna, 174
2, Suzuki, 171
3, KTM, 170
MX2 Overall Classification
1, Tim Gajser, SLO, Honda, (2 – 1)
2, Jeffrey Herlings, NED, KTM, (1 – 2)
3, Jordi Tixier, FRA, Kawasaki, (3 – 3)
4, Dylan Ferrandis, FRA, Kawasaki (5 – 4)
5, Max Anstie, GBR, Kawasaki, (4 – 7)
6, Jeremy Seewer, SUI, Suzuki, (7 – 6)
7, Valentin Guillod, SUI, Yamaha, (6 – 8)
8, Benoit Paturel, FRA, Yamaha, (12 – 5)
9, Brent Van Doninck, BEL, Yamaha, (11 – 10)
10, Julien Lieber, BEL, Yamaha, (10 – 11)
11, Pauls Jonass, LAT, KTM, (9 – 12)
MX2 World Championship Classification
1. Herlings 172
2, Ferrandis, 159
3, Jonass, 133
4, Gajser, 126
5, Lieber, 101
6, Guillod, 101
7, Seewer, 99
8, Tonkov, 95
9, Covington, 86
10, Tixier, 75
MX2 Manufacturers Classification
1, KTM, 194
2, Kawasaki, 165
3, Honda, 135
EMX125 – Overall Classification
1, Maxime Renaux, FRA, Yamaha, (2 – 2)
2, Glen Meier, DEN, KTM, (1 – 7)
3, Jorge Prado Garcia, ESP, KTM, (4 – 4)
4, Miro Sihvonen, FIN, KTM, (11 – 1)
5, Josiah Natzke, NZL, KTM, (7 – 3)
6, Stephen Rubini, FRA, KTM, (5 – 6)
7, Kim Savaste, FIN, KTM, (13 – 5)
8, Conrad Mewse, GBR, KTM, (10 – 8)
9, Michele Baraiolo, ITA, Yamaha, (6 – 13)
10, Mathys Boisrame, FRA, Yamaha, (12 – 10)
14, Bastien Guillaume, FRA, KTM, (17 – 9)
15, Jakub Teresak, CZE, KTM, (15 – 12)
16, Ivan Petrov, BUL, KTM, (18 – 11)
EMX125 – Championship Classification
1, Maxime Renaux, FRA, Yamaha, 44
2, Glen Meier, DEN, KTM, 39
3, Jorge Prado Garcia, ESP, KTM, 36
4, Miro Sihvonen, FIN, KTM, 35
5, Josiah Natzke, NZL, KTM, 34
6, Stephen Rubini, FRA, KTM, 31
7, Kim Savaste, FIN, KTM, 24
8, Conrad Mewse, GBR, KTM, 24
EMX125 – Manufacturers Classification
1, KTM, 50
2, Yamaha, 44
3, TM, 26
EMX 250, Overall Classification
1, Maxime Desprey, FRA, Kawasaki, (1 – 1)
2, Adam Sterry, GBR, KTM, (2 – 3)
3, Ander Valentin, ESP, Yamaha, (5 – 2)
4, Nick Kouwenberg, NED, Honda, (3 – 4)
5, Simone Zecchina, ITA, Kawasaki, (12 – 5)
9, Alessandro D’Angelo, ITA, KTM, (9 – 13)
11, Davy Pootjes, NED, KTM, (11 – 12)
16, Thomas Kjer Olsen, DEN, KTM (39 – 9)
20, Valtteri Malin, FIN, KTM, (16 – 22)
EMX250 – Championship Classification
1, Maxime Desprey, FRA, Kawasaki, 50
2, Adam Sterry, GBR, KTM, 42
3, Ander Valentin, ESP, Yamaha, 38
9, Alessandro D’Angelo, ITA, KTM, 20
11, Davy Pootjes, NED, KTM, 19
16, Thomas Kjer Olsen, DEN, KTM, 12
20, Valtteri Malin, FIN, KTM, 5
EMX250 – Manufacturers Classification
1, Kawasaki, 50
2, KTM, 42
3, Yamaha, 38