Race Report – FIM Motocross World Championship – Round 15, Faenza, Italy.
Keen to build on the points scoring races of the Benelux GP both Jamie Law and Bryan Mackenzie were fired up and ready for the Grand Prix of Europe, the penultimate round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, at the weekend (8 and 9 September 2012).
The 30 degree temperatures added to the many challenges of the long uphill climbs, steep downhill descents and hard, rutted, undulating track of Faenza’s Monte Coralli circuit, on the north east coast of Italy. However both riders rode brilliantly in both Championship races with Jamie Law achieving a best GP finish with 16th overall, while Bryan Mackenzie had a fantastic first race to finish 15th and a 17th overall for the GP.
Mackenzie made a great start which helped him to a 19th place finish. Law had to come from near the back on the first corner to eventually earn himself 21st at the end.
Mackenzie made another good start that put him in 14th and followed this with a really strong race to finish in a superb 15th place. Law also made a good start in 16th but came together with Ken DeDycker with the two of them going down. After regrouping he fought hard for the full duration of the race and was rewarded with his best GP finish in 17th.
Mackenzie had a second great start but dropped it and very quickly found himself back down the field. Law finished the first lap in 16th but lost a place to DeReuver and within another couple of laps Mackenzie was also on his tail. After initially losing the tow on the Dutchman, Law and Mackenzie managed to reel him back in and the three riders continued throughout the rest of the race at the same pace as each other. They gradually pulled Aranda in and on the second to last corner of the very last lap both DeReuver and Law passed the Frenchman. Law took 17th again for a great 16th overall with Mackenzie in 19th for 17th overall.
Jamie Law said: “They overwatered the track so it rutted up real bad and was hard to get any rhythm. If you pushed too hard you just made mistakes and went slower which is pretty much what I did in the first race. I went down early on with DeDycker as well so lost the tow on the pack but I was still happy to make enough passes to get into the points. The second race was much better, I had a good rhythm throughout and maintained a good pace. I was really happy to finish in 17th and also to come away from the weekend with 16th overall.”
Bryan Mackenzie said: “I had a fairly good weekend. Saturday was better than last week and I put in a stronger qualifying race. I had a good opening lap in the first race which put me in a good position and I was happy to race inside the top 15 for the whole race and pleased with my finish. The second race I crashed on the first lap trying to be too aggressive. I had good pace in the early part of the race but couldn’t get past Jamie and lost my rhythm so was a bit knaffed off with that one. Hopefully I will improve a bit more in Germany.”
Team STR KTM team manager, Steve Turner, said: “I was so impressed with the two of them today. The conditions were so difficult with the track so hard and gnarly and it was so hot it was hard just watching. They both put a huge amount of effort in and were each rewarded with some good points and they both came away injury free, which is a relief because as many riders found out if you bin it on this track chances are you’re leaving on a stretcher.”