In what was a scorching day at the Italian hillside venue of Faenza, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser fought hard in both races as he looked to maintain his championship challenge at the first of this Italian set of races. In what is an old-school, tight and twisty layout, passing was at a premium and good starts were very important which unfortunately Gajser wasn’t able to pull off in either of his two motos. The #243 had to fight through from outside the top 10 and although he was able to make a few moves, he had to settle for eight-five results for sixth overall.
Just behind him in the standings was teammate Mitch Evans, who achieved his top 10 goal from before the weekend by posting nine-seven moto finishes for eighth overall. The Australian rider has been improving every time he got on the track since his return to action in Latvia a few weeks ago, and with some good training between these Latvian and Italian triple-headers, he is returning to the form that saw him put his Honda CRF450RW in third place in the opening moto of the season. Like Gajser, he had to work hard for each position, working his way through the field and having to put in aggressive passes to secure his best points haul since Matterley Basin, UK, back in March. Also scoring points in both races was JM Honda rider Dylan Walsh, who rode extremely well for his nine points and will be hoping for more of the same in the remaining four races at this track.
In the 250 class, Team Assomotor Honda rider Stephen Rubini put in his best scores of the season with seven-eleven results for seventh overall. The French rider felt at home on the hard pack surface and has really turned his season around in the past couple of events.
With the next round also taking place in Faenza on Wednesday, the riders don’t have much time to recover but as always, all the Honda riders will be making sure that they are fully focused for the next gate drop.