A Sardinia on the eve of spring welcomed the first round of the “Internazionali d’Italia MX EICMA Series” of motocross.
Many foreign pilots at the start and with Tony Cairoli on the track as a spectator, still recovering but with a great desire to get back on track as a protagonist.
Many twists and turns in this heat, where the EICMA Hole-Shot and the “Best Lap – 24MX” were Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who in the first laps tried to stretch on his rivals, led by Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team), followed by Glenn Coldenhoff (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP), Nicholas Lapucci (Fantic Factory Team Maddii) e Thomas Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing).
Lapucci was unable to keep pace with the leaders, losing a few positions, while Olsen recovered and moved close to the leaders.
About 5 minutes from the end, the Spanish leader of KTM Prado returned to the pit lane abandoning the race and thus leaving the command to the French Kawasaki Febvre.
Behind the winner finished Olsen, Coldenhoff, Van Horebeek (SDM Corse Beta MX) and the first of the Italians Ivo Monticelli (One Two Eight-Kawasaki).
Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) dominated this round of MX1, taking the lead, taking the EICMA Hole-Shot and stretching over all the opponents led by Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team). The French Yamaha rider crashed about 10 minutes from the end, finishing in sixth place, after setting the best lap time and thus winning the “Best Lap – 24MX” award.
Third in the early stages of the race Alessandro Lupino (MRT Racing Team KTM), which he battled with Glenn Coldenhoff (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP) e Thomas Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing).
Coldenhoff gave his all and took second place, followed by Olsen and Jeremy Van Horebeek (SDM Corse Beta MX).
Very tight race from the start in MX2, with Nicolas Lapucci (Fantic Factory Team Maddii) who sprints very quickly, winning the EICMA Hole-Shot, followed by Mattia Guadagnini (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) e il belga Jago Geerts (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2).
The first were in a close fight and while Guadagnini was trying to overtake the leader he extended a braking at the end of the straight next to the pit lane and before the curve leading to the finish line he lost control of his KTM and crashed, getting up to fifth. place. During the race he managed to recover several positions before slipping again, but his excellent race pace earned him the “Best Lap – 24MX” award.
Towards the end of the race Geert, also taking advantage of the numerous laps, overtakes Lapucci and stretches to the checkered flag.
Third concludes the Swedish Tim Edberg (Yamaha), followed by the unfortunate Mattia Guadagnini.
Very tight races where the youngsters have shown that they are fierce and with a great desire to win.
Race one and race two podiums unchanged with Hakon Osterhagen (Fantic Factory Team Maddii), Valerio Wide (MRT Racing Team KTM) e Andrea Rossi (Mxone KTM).
In race one the Norwegian from Fantic took the lead and went on to win, but in race two he had to struggle, despite the best lap (as in race 1) with the “Best Lap – 24MX”. Leading the second heat by winning the EICMA Hole-Shot was Valerio Lata, who was overtaken after a few meters by Andrea Rossi. The two Italians had a wonderful duel, but about 8 minutes from the end Rossi was overtaken by Osterhagen and the Italian immediately fell into a corner, to the advantage of Lata. Rossi got up but ended up on the last step of the podium.