Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles
Showing impressive speed around the sandy Mantova track, Rockstar Energy
Husqvarna Factory Racing’s MX2 rider Thomas Covington ended round 12 of
the Motocross World Championship with a season best fourth place
overall result at the GP of Lombardia in Italy.
through the near 40-degree heat the young American kicked off Sunday’s
final races with a convincing holeshot in MX2’s opening moto. Leading
the field for the first two laps, Thomas went on to secure his best race
result from the season finishing moto one in fourth place.
Not getting such a good start in moto two Covington powered his way from
14th at the end of lap one to an eventual fifth at the chequered flag.
Collecting 34 championship points from both motos he missed out on his
first overall podium result of the season by just one-point.
For Covington’s MXGP teammate Max Nagl a series of mistakes in moto two
frustratingly prevented the German from hunting for his sixth podium
result of the season.
Despite not getting a perfect jump out
of the gate in the opening moto Nagl emerged second out of the first
corner. Following race leader Tim Gajser for the greatest part of the
race he lost two positions in the last four laps to finish fourth.
Getting a bad start in moto two he was forced to push hard, suffering
three small crashes. He crossed the line in 16th for 10th overall at the
GP of Lombardia.
Once again showing he has the speed to
battle for the top 10 in MXGP, Nagl’s teammate Christophe Charlier was
unable to get the starts that he wanted in either of the two motos. The
Frenchman wrapped up the weekend with 14/12 results for 12th overall.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s MX2 rider Max Anstie enjoyed
a GP of mixed fortunes. The young Brit put in a strong moto one
performance to cross the finish line in fifth place. Hitting the gate
and loosing a lot of time at the start of moto two, he later saw another
rider crash in front of him and was forced to abandon his race.
Continuing his strong form in his first season racing the MX2 class of
the Motocross World Championship, Conrad Mewse earned his second
consecutive top 10 overall result at the GP of Lombardia. Finishing 16th
in moto one the 16-year-old Brit came back stronger to wrap up the
weekend with ninth in MX2 moto two.
The Rockstar Energy
Husqvarna Factory Racing team will now take a short break before
returning to action at round 13 of the FIM Motocross World Championship
in Loket, the Czech Republic on July 23/24.
Thomas Covington: “We
had a great GP here in Mantova. On Saturday I struggled a little bit.
The track was rough and difficult and I couldn’t find a good rhythm. We
spoke a lot with my team manager on Saturday night and along with our WP
engineer we made a lot of changes in our suspension set-up. I felt
better straight away on Sunday. In the first moto I got a big holeshot
and rode in front for a few laps before eventually falling back in
fourth. Then in the second moto there was a problem with the gate. I
think I was 15th in the first lap and had to battle my way to fifth
place. I missed the overall podium by one-point and it’s a bit of a
bummer but I’m really happy with how I raced. I’m getting better every
weekend and I think the top five in MX2 is where I belong.”
Max Nagl: “The
weekend started well for us. I got a good start in qualifying and raced
to third position. On Sunday I think it was close to 40 degrees and
that made it really difficult to retain a good race pace. I didn’t get a
good start in the first race but somehow I managed to be second in the
first turn. I did my best and closely followed Tim Gajser for the first
22 minutes of the race, but then I felt the heat getting on me. I
finished fourth which wasn’t so bad. In the second moto I had a bad
start so I started riding aggressively. Unfortunately I had three small
crashes during the race and ended up finishing 16th. It was a
disappointing result for the team and me as we could have been on the
podium again. I’m still fourth in the championship standings but I think
a third or even a second position is within my reach. We’ll keep on
working with that goal in our minds.”
Christophe Charlier: “We
really struggled with the heat during the whole weekend. In the
qualifying race I crashed right after the start so couldn’t do anything
better than 19th. Then in the final races I had bad starts in both motos
and that made my job a lot harder. Once again I showed I have the speed
to battle for the top in my class but unfortunately without getting
good starts it’s impossible to make it happen. We now have a small break
in the series. My plan for the following GPs is to continue battling
for the top 10 in my class. If my starts are good, I know I can do even
better than that.“
Max Anstie: “My riding was
good this weekend. I had a good pace from the start of the GP but
crashed in the qualifying race. My starting position for the final races
wasn’t ideal but I still felt good on the track. In the first race I
made a good start inside the top six but went on to make a couple of
mistakes. I finished fifth but I know it could have been much better.
For the second race I was motivated to go again and do well. On the
start the gate went a little bit down before hitting the ground so I hit
it. It took me some time to get going and I was in the middle of
everyone. Then someone crashed in front of me and hit my leg with his
bike. I was in 24th at that time and felt pain in my leg so I decided to
pull out. Luckily I’m fine now and motivated to get back to work for
better results in the next rounds.”
Conrad Mewse: “I
struggled a lot with the conditions this weekend but still I’m happy I
got away with another top 10 result in my class. The heat got to me and I
wasn’t really used to it. I got an OK gate pick finishing 20th in
qualifying. In the first race I didn’t take a very good start and
struggled a lot to come back so I finished 16th. Then in the second race
I actually got a much better start and I finished ninth. It was a very
difficult race and I was very tired after the second moto. It’s really
nice to get another top 10 result and hopefully we can go on from here
and look for even better results.”
Results – FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 12
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 50pts; 2. Gautier Paulin (Honda) 42pts; 3. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 40pts… 10.
Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 23pts… 12. Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) 16pts…
15. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna) 12pts… 22. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 2pts…
30. Marco Maddii (Husqvarna) 0pts
MXGP Race 1
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 17 laps, 35:01.739; 2. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 35:06.199; 3. Gautier Paulin (Honda) 35:09.162; 4.
Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 35:12.886… 13. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna)
36:08.141; 14. Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) 36:22.841… 28. Marco
Maddii (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 36:01.549
MXGP Race 2
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 17 laps, 35:17.922; 2. Gautier Paulin (Honda) 35:27.466; 3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 35:35.402… 12.
Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) 36:27.805… 16. Max Nagl (Husqvarna)
36:38.988; 17. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna) 36:41.363… 19. Rui Goncalves
(Husqvarna) 37:02.401… 29. Marco Maddii (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 36:14.473
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 50pts; 2. Brian Bogers (KTM) 42pts; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (Kawasaki) 35pts; 4.
Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 34pts… 10. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 17pts;
11. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 16pts… 18. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 7pts…
27. Nicholas Lapucci (Husqvarna) 1pt
MX2 Race 1
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 17 laps, 34:51.899; 2. Brian Bogers (KTM) 35:21.575; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (Kawasaki) 35:27.048; 4.
Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 35:29.223; 5. Max Anstie (Husqvarna)
35:40.310… 16. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 36:24.092… 20. Nicholas Lapucci
(Husqvarna) 36:53.539… 24. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 16 laps,
MX2 Race 2
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 17 laps, 35:08.731; 2. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 36:22.287; 3. Brian Bogers (KTM) 36:26.325… 5.
Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 36:36.561… 9. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna)
36:55.035… 14. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 35:27.005… 23.
Nicholas Lapucci (Husqvarna) 36:25.209
Championship Standings (After Round 12)
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 532pts; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 440pts; 3. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 408pts; 4.
Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 401pts… 13. Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna)
184pts… 21. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna) 79pts… 26. Rui Goncalves
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 597pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 428pts; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 403pts… 7.
Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 274pts… 14. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 134pts…
22. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 62pts… 27. Ben Watson (Husqvarna) 39pts…
36. James Dunn (Husqvarna) 15pts… 38. Nicholas Lapucci (Husqvarna)
14pts… 40. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 10pts… 51. Davide Bonini
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