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The extensive racing development arm of Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe was stretched today with MX2, EMX-125 and European 85cc riders all in action and showing good speed with RM-Z250, RM125 and RM85 technology across southern Europe. While Max Anstie rode to seventh overall at Arco di Trento for the Grand Prix of Trentino – with Jeremy Seewer in a decent ninth – Gianluca Facchetti took both race wins in the 85cc event in Spain. The fourth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship was played out on the narrow and slippery hard-pack Italian course, surrounded by packed spectator enclosures that housed a weekend attendance figure of 23,000. Anstie was able to hone his overtaking skills on the factory-backed RM-Z250 as mediocre starts on the slight uphill drag meant the Briton had to plug his way through the meat of the pack. The deficit around the opening turns practically discounted a first podium finish but Anstie was quietly content to bag a healthy quantity of points with finishes of seventh and ninth. Jeremy Seewer was buzzing with his top-10 overall ranking. The Swiss was using the Grand Prix as warm-up for the first outing of the European EMX-250 Championship (the feeder series to MX2) in which he is expected to be one of the main protagonists; and bolstered his pedigree with his results in Italy. Steering his RM-Z250 to 12th and 10th Seewer was able to gain some valuable confidence ahead of the first meeting of his campaign at the Grand Prix of Portugal on May 5th. Julien Lieber was less fortunate. The Belgian was unable to find a decent flow or feeling with the track and his best efforts in the first moto were ruined by a crash at the start and another two small slips that dumped him out of the points. He found some consolation with 12h place in the second affair after barrelling back from a bad launch but was keen to forget his weekend in Italy. Alongside his four-stroke team-mates was Brian Hsu as Arco di Trento welcomed the first of eight appointments in the European EMX-125 series. The teenager initially fought through the qualification process on Saturday and was disappointed to take 28th in the first moto but gained points and experience with a satisfying 15th in the second outing on Sunday. Anstie is seventh in the MX2 championship standings with Lieber in 12th as Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe will now plough a course east and to Sevlievo for the Grand Prix of Bulgaria next weekend. Max Anstie: “My goal was to go out to have fun and see what it would bring. I struggled with the starts. It was a fast first turn and there were a lot of crashes going on…and then they watered it! We were skating around that track for the first couple of laps and there were guys going down everywhere. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time really. I felt like I rode strongly and pushed the whole race. I felt good but I just started too far back. It is difficult to pass all those guys, especially on a track like this. We’ll have to take this as it is. I know what I need to work on for Bulgaria. I cannot thank the team enough because everyone is pushing hard and we are making improvements.” Julien Lieber: “Today was not good for me. I crashed at the start of the first heat and was right at the back and then I went down again two more times trying to fight through. I don’t know where I finished. At the second start I was pushed right off the outside of the first corner. I came around the lap in 17th and then just worked from there. I was not good on the track and didn’t have a good feeling. I had the sensation that I was always going to lose the front end. We need to work to be better.” Jeremy Seewer: “I feel really good. To be ninth overall in the GP was more than I expected – my original goal was to take points – so ninth is awesome and it is fun and beneficial for me to race in this category with these guys. I’m happy with my rhythm for sure.” Brian Hsu: “This is my first race of the year and I struggled a little bit. Yesterday I sucked! It wasn’t my day. I didn’t get through the qualifying heat and had arm-pump so I had to make the last chance and go straight to the race. It went OK; the position wasn’t great but I felt good about the riding. Today was a different day! The start was better – in the top eight – and I enjoyed it a lot more. I’m really happy with the 125; with more power for sure I can go faster!”

MX2 Moto1: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 41:00.398; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:04.125; 3. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:06.682; 4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:21.103; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:40.822; 6. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:47.318; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +0:55.638; 8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:58.686; 9. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), +1:02.578; 10. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), +1:04.552; 12. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +1:13.820. 23. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), -1 lap(s).

MX2 Moto2: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40:36.884; 2. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:31.262; 3. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), +0:37.339; 4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:43.477; 5. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:47.672; 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:51.542; 7. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:52.025; 8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:22.992; 9. Max Anstie (GBR, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +1:29.288; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +1:36.186; 11. Maxime Desprey (FRA, Yamaha), +1:41.916; 12. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +1:45.087.

MX2 Overall result: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 37 p.; 4. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 36 p.; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 26 p.; 8. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 20 p.; 9. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 20 p.; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), 19 p.; 11. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 19 p.; 19. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 9 p. MX2 World Championship Standings (after 4 of 17 rounds): 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 200 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 141 p.; 3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 128 p.; 4. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 111 p.; 5. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 107 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 98 p.; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 98 p.; 8. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 89 p.; 9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 82 p.; 10. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 77 p.; 12. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 71 p.

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