Thor Race report: Team Italy conquer at Motocross of Nations in Mantova.
Team Italy have won the 74th edition of the Motocross of Nations held on home soil in Mantova, Italy over the weekend.
Spearheaded by 9-time world champ, Antonio Cairoli, young gun, Matti Guadagnini and Allesandro Lupino, they secured Italy’s third ever victory. Set to retire at the end of this year and coming from a nasty crash last week in Sardinia, this first MXON title was made even more special for Antonio Cairoli as he nears the end of an amazing career.
Downpours on Sunday throughout the day would create a first turn lottery for riders and it was Cairoli who went down with Coldenhoff in the first turn of race one (MXGP. + MX2). Guadagnini managed to stay out of trouble and rode a strong race to secure 5th for Italy while Cairoli had to come in for goggles and could only manage to salvage 21st place.
With only 1 hour to rest before the next moto (Open + MX2) Mattia Guadagnini took it all in his stride and rocketed out of the gate for a top 5 start. He moved his way up to third and was set to take over second place when a mistake in a right-hand turn left him upside down. He luckily remounted and was able to finish 6th in front of team-mate Lupino. Thor’s Evgeny Bobryshev crossed the line in 10th for Russia who were now looking like podium contenders.
Going into the final and deciding moto (MXGP + OPEN) Italy were leaders by 1 point over Belgium and Russia. This time Cairoli avoided the first turn mayhem however Lupino was shunted out in the first turn and re-joined the race track gaining an advantage so was docked 10 positions by the FIM. Cairoli recovered from a mistake to secure second behind Jeffrey Herlings with Lupino’s 17th place still enough for Italy to win by a mere point over The Netherlands. Evgeny Bobyshev’s 5th place finish was just not enough to put Russia on the overall podium as they trailed Team GB for fourth.
The 75th and next MXON edition will take place in the Buchanan Michigan, USA at RED BUD next year.
MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 – Top 10 Classification:
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), 35:32.712;
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:01.476;
3. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:04.751;
4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:33.115;
5. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), +0:33.789;
6. Cyril Genot (BEL, KTM), +0:41.608;
7. Vsevolod Brylyakov (MFR, Honda), +0:42.832;
8. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:47.009;
9. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Honda), +0:52.042;
10. Karlis Sabulis (LAT, Husqvarna), +1:07.752.
MXGP - Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:33.811;
2. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:49.117;
3. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:50.463;
4. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:59.303;
5. Henry Jacobi (GER, Honda), +1:09.370;
6. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), +1:19.682;
7. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), +1:22.312;
8. Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +1:23.152;
9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +1:45.469;
10. Evgeny Bobryshev (MFR, Husqvarna), +1:56.140
MXGP - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 36:25.997;
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:55.480;
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +1:03.943;
4. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:07.886;
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (MFR, Husqvarna), +1:44.958;
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:51.152;
7. Vsevolod Brylyakov (MFR, Honda), +1:57.546;
8. Karlis Sabulis (LAT, Husqvarna), +1:59.052;
9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +2:03.104;
10. Ken Bengtson (SWE, Husqvarna), +2:04.321;
MXGP - World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Italy 37pts;
2. The Netherlands 38pts;
3. Great Britain 39pts;
4. MFR 44pts;
5. France 50pts;
6. Belgium 74pts;
7. Estonia 78pts;
8. Switzerland 80pts;
9. Austria 82 pts;
10. Denmark 84pts