Michele Cervellin secured a top 10 qualifying position at the MXGP of Switzerland today, as stand in rider Taiki Koga took to the world motocross championship scene for the first time on the CRF250RW.
Heavy rain on the Friday left the track in a prime condition. The tacky dirt and solid berms meant the riders had a healthy choice of lines on the track.
Michele started mid-pack and tussled his way through from 14th to 12th place fairly quickly. As the race went on his confidence in the track grew and he came in a solid 8th place overall.
Taiki took to the line for his first taste of racing in MX2 today and the young Japanese made a strong start. He fought for positions and even when a few crashes set him back, he remounted and carried on battling until the end of the race.
The first MX2 race starts at 13h15 local time tomorrow.