In torrential rain at the Mantova track in northern Italy, Vsevolod Brylyakov, on board his JWR Honda Racing CRF450 helped the Motorcycle Federation of Russia (MFR) to an extremely impressive fourth placed finish, after coming second in his MXGP class with seven-seven results. Team Honda SR Motoblouz rider Benoit Paturel also impressed for a French team that finished fifth.
After great weather for Saturday’s qualifications, the sandy Mantova surface was in prime condition, with France getting second gate-pick, MFR 10th and Germany with fifth, thanks to an awesome ride by Henry Jacobi. His second place finish another example of the good form the JM Honda Racing rider has shown in recent races.
Unfortunately, like previous editions of this prestigious event, rain hit the circuit hard on Sunday and made the three races a battle for survival, with passing at a premium as one fast line was carved into the terrain. That meant the start was extra important and for Brylyakov, two starts around the top 10 gave him the platform to slowly but surely work his way forward. A lot of other riders made mistakes in the slippery conditions but the MFR representative kept things smooth in both races to give the nation their best finish since 1979.
Benoit Paturel also put in two solid results for Team France with his nine-eleven scores counting towards the French total which actually had them leading after the first moto. However, bike problems for other members meant that they never really stood a chance of adding to their five wins in the last seven editions of the Chamberlain Trophy.
After his qualification result Jacobi was hoping to give Germany another strong showing on Sunday, but troubles stopped their national ambition before the JM Honda rider even got on the track. When it was his turn, he once again put in a great race, finishing fifth in moto two.
The Finnish duo of Miro Sihvonen and Emil Weckman helped their country into the A-Final after an epic B-Final which saw Sihvonen take the race win on his JWR Honda. They then backed up that performance by contributing to a creditable 12th overall in the main races.
Next weekend the world championship season resumes at the hard-pack circuit of Teutschenthal in Germany, where all the riders will be hoping for better weather for what will be the 11th round of the season.