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2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Trentino
Posted by: newsla on Apr 14, 2014 - 06:19 AM
2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Trentino

Van Horebeek second in Italy and continues MXGP trophy trail
Three out of four for Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek as the Belgian again coated his works YZ450FM with podium champagne in the FIM Motocross World Championship. The 2013 Motocross of Nations team winner ran to second position overall at a busy Arco di Trento circuit in northern Italy today for the Grand Prix of Trentino and the fourth round of eighteen in the MXGP fixture list.


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As with Grands Prix in Qatar, Thailand and Brazil, Van Horebeek was one of the leading protagonists in the premier class and with third and second positions today in front of a 25,000 crowd at the first European stop on the ’14 calendar, JVH is third and now just 21 points from the top of the MXGP standings.

Arco presented the most arduous racing challenge of the season so far. The short and winding hard-pack layout was littered with bumps, ripples and unsettling lumps. Riders were constantly searching for traction and any small mistake cost valuable ground across a terrain that was tricky for passing and shrinking time differences to rivals.

Van Horebeek was fast and regular with his lap-times and might have been in contention for his first MXGP victory were it not for several errors. He briefly crashed out of third place in the first moto and had to regain two positions to again enter the top three. In sunny conditions later in the afternoon he was part of an exciting four rider scrap for the lead. There were heart-stopping moments as he stalled the bike at one point and also survived a scare with a fallen Evgeny Bobryshev (he actually struck the Russian on the back cresting a jump). Van Horebeek defied the adversity to keep strong and was less than a second away from moto winner Clement Desalle at the finish line.

Elsewhere in MXGP, David Philippaerts was sixteenth overall. The owner/racer from the DP19 Yamaha Racing squad suffered from a mistake with his tyre choice in the second moto and a crash meant he had to work hard to recover points at his home event. The former world champion went 11-18 on the day. Just behind the Italian in the general MXGP standings was Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Rui Gonçalves. The Portuguese was one of the many who suffered from finding an effective rhythm on the slippery dirt and his pace was not sufficient to be able to break into the top twelve. Rui is still recovering from a short pre-season of preparation but has shown encouraging signs of being able to increase his pace and presence over the past two events.

The Grand Prix of Bulgaria at the staple venue of Sevlievo will follow hard upon the Italian fare. Round five takes place on Easter weekend as the Yamaha teams travel east during the coming week.

Jeremy van Horebeek

“I am happy to be second but I made too many mistakes today. I crashed in the first moto and lost time. In the second moto I had a bad start and had to come back through the pack. At the end of the race I was almost on Clement’s rear wheel and if it had not been for those mistakes then maybe I could have gone for it [the win]. Anyway, I’m pleased to be back on the podium and the consistency shows that Thailand was not a lucky shot. It feels good to be making the same results in MXGP like I did in MX2. I know I am really fit and I gave my all today. I hope to continue like this and soon win a GP because we are getting close now.”

Jeremy van Horebeek

David Philippaerts
“It was a hard day because the track was so difficult and with so little grip. In the first moto I was riding OK but it was hard to pass. In the second moto I changed the tyre for hard-pack but it did not really work for the start. I lost traction in one corner and crashed. Now we have to focus for Bulgaria and the coming races. I’m disappointed I couldn't do better at my home grand prix. I liked the track but not the ground. We launched the team here and I’m really happy with the set-up and the structure. I have to reach the same standard myself now!”

Rui Goncalves
“I thought I might struggle at this track and disappointingly it turned out this way. We tried changing a few settings to find grip and more speed but I couldn’t get the feeling I needed to get comfortable. We’ll keep working for better next weekend.”

Fontanesi gets back to winning ways at home GP
The Grand Prix of Trentino bore little fruit for Yamaha in the MX2 division but FIM Women’s World Champion Kiara Fontanesi roared back to form in what was the second round of six in the 2014 WMX series by the top spot victory at her home event. The scenic setting of Arco di Trento was at odds with the punishing demands of the racing circuit as the Italian hard-pack offered a vicious combination of gnarly bumps and precious little traction. It was on this stage that double world champion ‘Fonta’ took her YRRD customer-kitted YZ250F to her first win of the season by capturing third and first positions in the two motos.

Trento was the location for the fourth round of eighteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship and was attended by 25,000 fans for the series’ first outing on European soil. In MX2 Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Max Anstie was unable to vie for his third podium in the class in what was a difficult meeting. The young Briton suffered two crashes in the first moto and was forced back to the pits three laps before the chequered flag. Desperate to make amends he misjudged the start in the second race and hit the gate. He had to fight through from last to fourteenth position. Max was also dealing with some tough personal circumstances that contributed to a forgettable weekend.

Kemea Yamaha Racing’s Luke Styke was twelfth overall in just his fourth Grand Prix and his first moto finish of 13th was a personal best yet for the reigning Australian Champion. Team-mate Petar Petrov did not finish the opening moto but his 10th in the second was some positive light for the Bulgarian ahead of his home GP next week at Sevlievo.

It was left to Fontanesi to shine on the 2014 YZ250F and after taking a cautious ride to third place on Saturday she started brilliantly to apply pressure to leader Meghan Rutledge in the second moto. When the Australian crashed Kiara was free to escape to a convincing triumph in front of her fans. After a difficult season-opener in Qatar, ‘8’ is now back in the championship hunt and is just two points from Natalie Kane.

Round five takes place on Easter weekend in the depths of Bulgaria and at the award-winning Sevlievo circuit. The fast, hillside course will be home to European EMX125, 250 and 300 series as part of the support programme. The third round of WMX will take place two weeks later at Valkenswaard for the Grand Prix of Netherlands.

Kiara Fontanesi

“I really tried to push this weekend. In the first moto I didn’t want to take any risks, so I did what I could to get up from sixth to third and was determined for the second moto today. I gave my all at the start and reached second place on the first corner. From there I could ride smoothly and with my own rhythm. I saw I was faster and was waiting for the right moment to pass Meghan when she crashed. It was good for me because I recovered a lot of points in the championship. I’m happy to win the GP, especially here in Italy. I did a lot of things wrong in Qatar so this is like a new start to the championship. We go to Valkenswaard next and I like the sand. I think we can do well there.”

Kiara Fontanesi

Luke Styke:
“I’m happy the results are getting better. I managed to improve my result from Brazil and that was the goal. I’m still not where I should be at but at least we see an upward trend in the results. I will keep on working hard and I’m looking forward to go to Bulgaria next week discovering another new track.”

Max Anstie
“Not the weekend we were looking for. We were switching between set-ups and finally went with what we knew. Today I went down quite heavily on the first lap of the first race. I was lucky not to be landed on. It ruined the moto. In the second one I really wanted to get a good start but I hit the gate; which I never do! I can’t believe I did it. I had to come from the back again and I found the track like a skating rink because it had been watered. It was one-liney. I tried passing but struggled. The others were better than me today. Back to the drawing board and we’ve got a lot of testing and work ahead of us.”

Petar Petrov
“There’s not so much to say to be honest. The story of the last weeks continued here in Italy. In the first race I came together with Tonus in the start and I was in the last position. I charged hard and after a couple of laps I was already riding in the points. I felt pretty good and my speed was alright, but then we had a mechanical problem. This is part of racing. In the second race I had an average start and when I got to 10th position I had a small crash in a corner and lost five or six positions. By the time I got back to tenth the gap to the next rider was too big. 10th is not bad but it’s not where I should be. Now we’re going to my home round in Bulgaria next week.“

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