Alessandro Lupino of Team CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit scored a dramatic podium finish in his home round of the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship at Maggiora in northern Italy.
The Italian showed good speed all weekend and soon became the crowd favourite as he battled relentlessly throughout both motos. Overtaking proved difficult for all riders on a surface made slippery by heavy watering to combat the danger of dust on a warm, sunny day but particularly in the closing stages of each race Alessandro was able to show his strength as he advanced three places in the final five laps of the opening race to finish sixth, and followed this up with a stunning ride to second, just four seconds from the win, in race two. The final pass secured his second podium finish of the season and has taken him significantly closer to the top eight in the series standings.
Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki’s mid-season signing Jason Clermont continues to improve dramatically since being given the opportunity to work in such a professional environment and recorded a double-figure scoreline for the second consecutive weekend. His relative inexperience at GP level cost the youngster several places after he lost his rhythm later in the moto, but he regrouped well during the interval to charge from fifteenth to eleventh in race two to claim twelfth place overall on the day.
Teammate Dylan Ferrandis had an unfortunate weekend after the success of his home GP one week earlier. His bike was damaged in a collision during the early stages of the Qualification race and the resultant poor grid position seriously hampered his chances during both GP motos. Another collision in the opening GP moto left him at the back of the field but the teenager showed great speed to fight back to eleventh place at the finish. Quickly advancing into the top fifteen of race two he suffered et more bad luck when a rock struck him in the face and forced his retirement, but he retains his top ten world ranking despite the misfortune.
American CLS hopeful Jimmy Decotis once again failed to come to terms with the GP track and finished out of the points; he will now resume his career in his homeland after discovering the intensity of the competition at world GP level.
Alessandro Lupino: “This podium is like a dream; the public was amazing and that’s a great feeling to get my second podium of the season in my home country. I lost so much time with my broken ribs earlier in the year; I couldn’t train as I usually would and it took time to recover physically. I also missed some good starts in the previous races; we have worked a lot on that point with the team and here it was better. The public pushed me in the last ten minutes of the second race, and when I passed Tonkov I secured this podium. The organisers made a great job to prepare the return of GP racing here in Maggiora, and this podium will remain as a great memory for me.”
Jason Clermont: “I had a very good start in the first race but I went wide in the first corner and I was eleventh after one lap. I couldn’t find a solution to pass the riders in front of me and eventually I lost my rhythm and dropped back to finish fifteenth. The track was faster for the second race and I found some good lines to finish eleventh. The track was nice but very fast, and I’m not used to these conditions but I learned a lot this weekend.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “It was not a good weekend, totally different from Ernée. In the qualifying race I was involved in a crash, and my gearbox lever was broken; I lost two laps to repair it and so I only qualified twenty-ninth. From the outside it was nearly impossible to have a good start, and in the first race I was in the pack when another rider hit me; that left me last but I got back to eleventh with good lap times. The second start was similar, and I was in fifteenth place when I got a stone in my face and had to go back to the paddock.”
Jimmy Decotis: “My last GP in Europe was not more successful than the previous ones. I definitively struggled with the track and twice I had a very bad start. I didn’t finish the second race; I crashed and had chance of points when I got back on the bike.”