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All eyes are on the support class today, as the Lombard Grand Prix takes place with the WMX and EMX250 in action. Those classes may not be your priority, especially considering the seventh round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross is also running, and that’s fine. This quick report will ensure that you have all the information you need, without having to filter through the countless pages on social media.

Interesting place

– Courtney Duncan continues to be the most winning racer at WMX – she grabbed victory in the first leg and built the draw lead to eight points. A vicious accident, similar to that of the Maxime Renaux crash on Sunday morning in Faenza 3, ruled him out of the second race and forced him to remove the license plate. Duncan is absolutely no stranger to major accidents, as injuries have robbed him of many championships. The good news is that he will be fine for Tuesday.

– Today marks the second time the WMX racer has tackled Mantova. WMX was first featured as a support class on this layout in June 2016 – Kiara Fontanesi won that day. Fontanesi also featured in the penalty box today in third overall. Larissa Papenmeier also had double success at Mantova – she won overall today and finished third overall in 2016. Papenmeier is now leading the championship for the first time since April 2018.

– Hakon Fredriksen is a name familiar to some international fans. Fredriksen really made waves while riding Team Norway at Motocross of Nations a year ago, when he finished ninth in the first moto. Heck, he even got interested in the MXGP squad after that! Fredriksen turned down the offer to compete in the EMX250 for SM Action Yamaha and grabbed his first moto win today. The eighth position in moto two saw him second overall, which is also a career best result.

– Thibault Benistant won again, although this morning’s qualifying time was less than good by his standards. The fact that he is so dominant has caught some off guard, but look at last season’s standings. Benistant finished fifth and everyone in front of him had graduated to the MX2 division. The four riders behind him did the same. That should make him a heavy favorite heading into the season, huh?

– Mattia Guadagnini, who finished second in the draw standings, could potentially get a few points back. An accident at the start of moto two landed him in a precarious spot and, after waiting for the entire EMX250 class to be ridden, he finally retired on a bent bike (to be precise the exhaust dented). Guadagnini is still second on points, but is now tied with Kay de Wolf. De Wolf is expected to join the MX2 division with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing squad in 2021.

– Yamaha sweeps the EMX250 podium with Thibault Benistant, Hakon Fredriksen and Tim Edberg for the first time in EMX250 history. The manufacturer hasn’t done that before, except for the 2012 season. Mel Pocock’s presence was constant on the podium that season, which helped. This is proof that Yamaha’s strategy of having a clear pyramid system in the paddock works wonders.

Podium Chat

Thibault Benistant (Winner EMX250): “The day started not so easily, because I started a little away from lap time with fourth in qualifying. I chose a gate that was a little too much outside [in moto one] and then had to come back from far behind, but I did a pretty good race and finished fifth. In the second race I started better, was in the top three, and I waited for Tom Guyon’s mistake to take the lead and win. “

Larissa Papenmeier (WMX Winner): “Nice feeling. When I ride, I don’t really think about the championship or where I finish. I knew second place in the last race would be enough for the overall win, but I didn’t think about the red plate. I’m just trying to stay smooth and not make mistakes. I feel comfortable out there. I have a really good feeling, I like the track. I’m looking forward to Tuesday. “

Miscellaneous

– Mantova is everyone’s picture. There haven’t been any significant changes yet, with the exception of the significantly constructed jump face. There are more booters out there than ever before! It will be interesting to see what changes are made between rounds, as there is an option to replace multiple sections. It does not take much time to move or even create sections in the embankment.

– Thunderstorms were originally predicted for the Lombardia Grand Prix, but now there is no threat. The conditions should be perfect for this weekend and even the Citta Grand Prix in Mantova in the middle of the week. The final match at Mantova, the European Grand Prix, could be even more exciting. It was one more week at this point, so there was no point reading the prophecy too much. Heavy rain will be a hot topic in the coming weeks.

Spotlight (WMX)

Spotlight (EMX250)

Words: Lewis Phillips | Main Image: Ray Archer



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