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Third for Fredriksen in Mantova

Third for Fredriksen in Mantova

The ninth and penultimate round of the EMX250 Championship in Mantova, Italy was marked by Hakon Fredriksen’s speed and consistency aboard his Riley Yamaha Racing YZ250F. The tall Norwegian uncorked his third bottle of podium champagne in 2021 on the third step of the box after finishing fifth and second in the two championship races. Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Andrea Bonacorsi has moved up to fourth position in the championship standings after finishing fourth and seventh in the races for fifth overall.

For the first time this season, Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Jeremy Sydow clinched Pole Position in emphatic style. With a lap time that was 1.2 seconds faster than anyone in Group 2, the German topped the timesheets with a 1’55.494. At the same time teammate, Bonacorsi finished the session in Group 1 in second position with a 1’56.123, which was fractionally quicker than Fredriksen’s 1’56.127 for third. 

The circuit in Mantova comprises a hard-pack base with a soft and sandy top layer. With no elevation and limited traction, a good start at the tight, twisty and compact venue is essential.

Bonacorsi got off to a decent start in the opening race and managed to complete the first full lap inside the top-five. As the ‘35’ challenged Oriol Oliver for third position, Fredriksen charged through the field after a mid-pack start. By lap 8, the ‘427’ of Fredriksen had caught the top-three and soon found himself in the thick of the tussle for third. 

After a thrilling battle that went right down to the wire, Bonacorsi and Fredriksen recovered from mistakes on the final lap to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.

Fredriksen finished second position in the final race after powering his YZ250F to a top-three start and capitalizing on a mistake from Oliver on lap-5. At the same time, Bonacorsi put in an incredible charge aboard his GYTR kitted YZ250F from outside of the top-15 to finish seventh. 

A lot of riders find Mantova a tough circuit to pass on. After going Pole, Sydow started and finished 12th in race one, while Riley Yamaha Racing’s Cornelius Toendel recovered from a crash for 16th. 

In the final race, Toendel bounced back with an impressive fourth-place finish, while Sydow did not rejoin the race after falling from eighth position on lap 9.   

The Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 and Riley Yamaha Racing teams will return to Mantova on Tuesday 9th November for the 10th and final round of the EMX250 Championship. Bonacorsi is currently in fourth position, while Toendel and Fredriksen are sixth and seventh, respectively.  

For full results from the EMX250 round of Lombardia, click here.