The amazing mountainous area of Trentino, provided a great backdrop for some great racing as Michele Cervellin and Tim Gajser gave the Italian and Slovenians fans something to cheer about in the MX2 and MXGP classes.
For Cervellin, it was an excellent return to action after he had missed the previous two MXGP’s with a knee injury. The Martin Racing rider got out to a great start in the first moto and held his own as battled to a sixth place finish. He wasn’t quite able to match it in moto two as he ended up 11th, but a seventh overall is extremely positive for a comeback ride.
In MX2, Calvin Vlaanderen also suffered a crash in the first turn which forced the HRC rider to retire from that moto. However with renewed energy, the South African came out for moto two and scored a fifth place, his best result of the season so far.
After a hard-fought 13th in race one, Bas Vaessen was riding inside the top 10 when he was landed on by another rider, six laps from the end. Thankfully, despite the nature of the incident, Vaessen was able to pick himself up and ride back to the pits before withdrawing from the race completely. Initial reports suggest that he is badly beaten up but relatively okay given the seriousness of the accident.
Team mate Hunter Lawrence also had a disappointing weekend, as the MX2 title contender was forced to pull-out from proceedings after Saturday’s qualification race. The Australian rider had crashed in timed practice and while initial scans didn’t show too much damage, it was only after he had to stop riding in the qualifier with too much pain, that the new scans then showed that he had broken his middle metacarpal in his right hand. Obviously that means he’ll be missing Portugal but he is hopeful of a return for the Russian MXGP on May 1st.
With it being an off-weekend for the EMX250 class, the Assomotor team decided to bounce Mathys Boisrame up into the MX2 division for this round and the young French rider acquitted himself well, getting a 14th in the second race. He will be back to the EMX250 class next weekend in Portugal though, but with some nice confidence after a positive experience here in Italy.
Both Vamo Racing riders Marshal Weltin and Micha-Boy de Waal also had a tough weekend on this tight and technical Trentino track, as they finished just outside the top 20 in their motos. They did fight right up until the chequered flag, showing good fitness and will hope that Portugal shows them better fortune in a week’s time.
Agueda is the host track for the MXGP of Portugal, with the loamy circuit likely to make for some more great action as the MXGP and MX2 classes are joined by the EMX250 championship once again.