Seguy provides the only cheer for Yamaha

Race

Yamaha’s Luigi Seguy battled through some highly testing conditions in San Severino today to secure second place overall in the Italian MX125cc GP – round nine of the sixteen leg World Championship. This excellent result maintains the Frenchman’s fourth position in the latest standings. However, it wasn’t the same success story for fellow Yamaha mounted riders as England’s Carl Nunn suffered serious arm injuries in heat one that prematurely ended his Italian job, while veteran Alex Puzar was very disappointed to suffer a double DNF at his home GP. Despite a problematic second race, KTM’s Grant Langston keeps his place at the top of the Championship with victory is the first.

Heat 1 - L. Seguy – 2nd / M. Lalloz – 9th / C. Nunn - DNF /
A. Puzar - DNF 

The hot, sunny, but extremely windy weather conditions gave the track a dusty, ultra-quick surface and this caused many problems at the start. Visibility was almost zero as dust covered the whole circuit and Carl Nunn was the first victim. He made contact with another rider after being blinded by the dust and fell. Unfortunately for him he was struck by another unsighted rider and in the collision his arm was dislocated. “It was so dusty at the start – impossible to see – and as I came down the first hill I fell when I lost the front end. I put my arm down to break my fall but another rider hit it. I’ve dislocated it and stressed the ligaments, so it is obviously the end of my day. It is also the end of my Championship challenge because I may miss four races.” said the pain-racked Briton.

Alessandro Puzar was late away and struggled around in last place before mechanical problems forced him into early retirement on lap three. “I don’t know what to say. I got an carburetion problem in the engine, so I had to stop.” said the frustrated Italian.

No such worries for the superb Seguy though. He got away in a solid fifth place, moving up almost immediately. After maintaining a watching brief for half the race over third placed Bricca, Luigi pushed passed and then engaged in a thrilling battle with Traversini for second spot. “For this race we used the De Carli engine parts we started the season with and the bike was much improved. I got away well and moved up to third quickly and was happy to just watch the lines of the leaders. I got Bricca at half-distance and had a really good battle with Traversini for second.” said the satisfied Seguy. Fellow Frenchman Matthieu Lalloz was the second Yamaha home in ninth spot after a trouble-free ride.

Heat 2 - L. Seguy – 4th / C. Nunn- DNS / A. Puzar - DNF

Another chaotic start saw two big crashes involving many riders. They included Luigi Seguy who said. ”I got hit on the arm at the start and was down in eighth place after the first lap. I could catch riders quite easily after that but it was very hard to make passes, so I had to settle for fourth. Still I am quite happy with the points I got today and it makes me very determined to be on the podium at the remaining races.” 
Alex Puzar’s nightmare day was completed when injury forced him out of the second moto.”Lots of riders fell at the first chicane. I hit another bike or rider on the knee and it was very painful. I tried to do a few laps but the pain stopped me in the end. I’ve checked with the doctor and it looks like I’ve damaged my collateral ligaments. Right now I don’t know if I will be able to race next weekend” said the clearly dejected Italian.

Home boy Thomas Traversini won the second moto from start to finish, as well as the GP overall.