Today the FIM World Motocross Championship once again visited Mantova – the World Heritage Site and Italian Capital of Culture and for the second time we were lucky to enjoy clear skies and dry track conditions for both MXGP and MX2 – producing close and exciting racing.

The MXGP class delivered the usual high-speed and highly competitive racing with HRC’s Tim Gajser once again topping Honda’s CRF450 results. 

Despite easily qualifying in pole position by over half a second, the three-time World Champion found it hard in race one to progress from sixth on lap one to just one place higher at the finish. The likeable Slovenia pushed hard in race two and quickly slotted into second place in the early laps. We expected to see #243 in the lead soon, but at the mid-race point a small crash lost ‘Tiga’ one position and he had to settle for third in the race and third overall. The good news for Team HRC is Tim retains the championship leader’s red-plate and leads the World Championship going into round 11 next Sunday.

Team HRC’s Mitch Evans had a good start to the day with a well-defended sixth place in race one and backed it up with a credible seventh in race to two giving the Australian eight overall and 29 GP points. 

Team SR Honda Motoblouz rider Jeremy Van Horebeek finished the day with a brace of eighth places which gave him ninth overall on the CR450R. Meanwhile JM Honda Racing’s Dylan Walsh had another good second race in Italy – this time improving on his round nine race two result with 11th in race two today – his best MXGP race and overall result so far.  

In the MX2 class Honda Racing Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini qualified very well in fourth place, but struggled to capitalise on his speed in race one with a poor start plus a crash and a hard battle through from 26th on lap one to 14th at the finish. The Frenchman was also unlucky in race two with another crash early on which damaged the bike’s radiator and forcing a DNF.

Stephen’s teammate Alvin Östlund had a day he’d rather forget with poor starts and crashes giving him an unassailable mountain to climb for an overall position he is capable of. 

Honda 114 Motorsport’s Bailey Malkiewicz had a good day overall with an exciting seventh place in race two – his career best race finish. A better overall place was hampered by his crash in race one and his battle back from dead-last to 19th at the finishing. The MX2 rookie Australian finished the day in 13th overall and he’s looking to break the top ten at the next race.

Tim Gajser

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It wasn’t a bad day as I was still able to finish on the podium but still, I wasn’t completely happy with my riding today. I didn’t have the best start in race one and in the first lap I made a couple of passes but then I was just following Tony and it was difficult to make any passes. We were all riding the same speed and I ended up fifth. In the second moto I got a better start, in second place behind Romain and I was pushing hard trying to pass him. I had a couple of spots where I was faster but I couldn’t make a pass and then I made a mistake which dropped me to third. I tried to regain second place but ran out of tear-offs when I was pushing for the pass with a couple of laps left and instead had to settle for third, ending up third overall. Still, I have the red plate and that is important after every round.

Team HRC – MXGP
Mitch Evans

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A better day today which started off with a 10th in qualifying. I didn’t feel the greatest but I knew it was more down to the starts, than the lap-times and in race one I got out of the blocks well. Unfortunately, it was very hard to pass and everyone was just following the leader the whole race and I came away with sixth, which was okay. In the second race I got caught up in the first two turns and lost a couple of positions and played ‘follow the leader’ once again. I stayed in seventh until the chequered flag which made it a much better day than last Sunday and I’ll hope to keep improving for the third round here this Sunday.

Team HRC – MXGP
Stephen Rubini

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The qualifying session was my best so far in MX2. I found a good flow on the track and managed fourth place, so I was very happy with this.

Unfortunately, in both races I had some crashes and caused some damage to my bike. In race one I battled very hard back from 26th position to 14th, but in race two the damage to the bike’s radiator was too severe to continue.

I am disappointed with my race results today, but I am optimistic that my speed was good and I hope to see better race results very soon.

Honda Racing Assomotor
Bailey Malkiewicz

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My qualifying wasn’t really what we wanted. I was feeling good on the bike, but I couldn’t find a good lap to give us a good gate pick for the race.

In the first race I had an OK start, but collided with another rider on the first lap and went down so I had to charge from last to 19th at the finish.

I had an awesome start in race two and it was really nice to be up the front for once with a clear track. Seventh in the second moto was really good and I’m super-happy about that.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

Mantova 2 delivered some positive steps for the red riders.

The conditions of the circuit were an improvement from Sunday's race with less water in the sand and more freedom for the riders to position their bikes.

Stephen Rubini put his Team Assomotor CRF250R in fourth place in MX2 qualification session, his career best placement. Turn one of race one and Stephen was crashed on the floor. He recovered well and came through the pack to 14th at the finish flag.

This was to be his best and only score of the day as race two he suffered two crashes and a destroyed radiator resulting in a DNF. The highlight for Stephen was his speed. Without the turn one crash and race two issue, he would have had more justice for his good speed.

Sadly, Nathan Crawford injured his knee in race one, ruling him out of a finish and starting race two.

Alvin Ostlund had a DNF in race one and scored 14th in race two.

The stand out performance for young Bailey Malkiewicz was his superb. Seventh in race two. This on the back of a ride through the pack in the first race to score a 19th.

MXGP saw Tim Gajser retain his five point advantage as championship leader, with a podium third place overall.

Mitch Evans was firm in eighth and fellow CRF450R pilot Jeremy Van Horebeek right behind him in ninth - ‘Jerre’ putting his non-factory CRF bike well in front of many rival factory bikes with two eighth place finishes. Testament to the high performance of the stock CRF450R.

Dylan Walsh also impressed on the customer CRF450R, scoring his career best placement with 11th in race two, demonstrating that his improvement continues as a rookie in the premier class.

It was positive to see Valentin Guillod complete both motos as he builds his strength back up from illness.

In a few days the third of the three rounds at Mantova will be on and again we go all in for the best we can get.

Honda Motor
GP of Città di Mantova (ITA)

Mantova, Italy

MXGP 2020, Round 10

Sunny / 22
Wednesday 30 Sep 2020, 15:05 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 22°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 34:59.172
2 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 22 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:01.667
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:03.880
4 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:06.557
5 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:07.281
6 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:07.577
7 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 14 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:32.148
8 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 13 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:35.818
9 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:37.490
10 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 11 Wildcard Rider KTM +0:43.488
11 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 10 JM Honda Racing Honda +0:46.969
12 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 9 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +0:50.441
13 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 8 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:55.711
14 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 7 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:16.032
15 Tanel Leok 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:23.173
16 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:28.192
17 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 4 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:32.926
18 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 3 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:39.430
19 Jose Butron 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:45.121
20 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:52.173
Sunny / 18
Wednesday 30 Sep 2020, 11:57 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:13.182
2 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:01.152
3 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:04.142
4 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:11.098
5 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 16 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:13.368
6 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 15 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:25.884
7 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 14 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:33.761
8 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 13 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:41.780
9 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:45.223
10 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 11 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:49.814
11 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 10 Wildcard Rider KTM +0:52.841
12 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 9 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:59.844
13 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 8 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:09.631
14 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 7 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:11.535
15 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 6 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:15.770
16 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 5 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +1:27.005
17 Tanel Leok 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:40.555
18 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 3 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:42.492
19 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:54.233
20 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 1 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:57.076
Sunny / 18
Wednesday 30 Sep 2020, 09:15 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda 1:51.203
2 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:00.513
3 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:00.721
4 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:00.828
5 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:01.311
6 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:01.509
7 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.634
8 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:01.862
9 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:01.908
10 Mitch Evans 43 AUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:02.056
11 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:02.520
12 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:02.523
13 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:02.352
14 Adam Sterry 811 GBR JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +0:02.988
15 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:03.075
16 Henry Jacobi 29 GER Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +0:03.720
17 Petar Petrov 152 BUL Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +0:03.888
18 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR JM Honda Racing Honda +0:03.912
19 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +0:04.043
20 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:04.309
Rider Standings
Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 352 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 347 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 334 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 317 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 303 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
6 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 275 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
7 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 263 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 257 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
9 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 248 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
10 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 238 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
11 Mitch EVANS 43 AUS 197 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
12 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 190 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
13 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 127 Wildcard Rider KTM
14 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 115 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
15 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 101 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
16 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 93 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
17 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 82 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
18 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 82 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
19 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 73 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha
20 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 71 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
21 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 45 JM Honda Racing Honda
22 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 35 JM Honda Racing Honda
23 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 33 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
24 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 31 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
25 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 29 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
26 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 26 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
27 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 24 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM
28 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 22 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
29 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
30 Karlis SABULIS 116 LAT 18 Wildcard Rider KTM
31 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 15 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
32 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 11 Wildcard Rider Honda
33 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
34 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 9 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
35 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
36 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 6 Wildcard Rider KTM
37 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
38 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
39 Tom KOCH 226 GER 2 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
40 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 2 JWR Racing Honda
41 Zachary PICHON 201 FRA 2 Wildcard Rider Honda