A fantastic 1-1 result for Federici as the season ends in Croatia
RaceClaudio Federici ended off a great season for himself and Yamaha with two majestic wins to take second place in the World Championship. He crossed the finishing line in both races in true style, taking the limelight away from Alessio Chiodi. His team-mate and friend Luca Cherubini made two fabulous starts and finished both moto's in sixth and seventh place respectively, while Carl Nunn ended his season with a podium finish in the second race. Eric Camerlengo still suffering from a back injury which he picked up this season, unfortunately was unable to ride in the last race of the season.
Claudio Federici ended off a great season for himself and Yamaha with two majestic wins to take second place in the World Championship. He crossed the finishing line in both races in true style, taking the limelight away from Alessio Chiodi. His team-mate and friend Luca Cherubini made two fabulous starts and finished both moto's in sixth and seventh place respectively, while Carl Nunn ended his season with a podium finish in the second race. Eric Camerlengo still suffering from a back injury which he picked up this season, unfortunately was unable to ride in the last race of the season.
Qualification: Federici battled against the pain of a hand injury to set the fastest time in qualifying after injuring it in the last Grand Prix in Germany. " My hand is better than last week but it is still painful, " said Federici. " I will try to win both races and then we will see what happens to Chiodi." Federici's time of 2'02.31 was the best of the day and his De Carli Yamaha team-mate Cherubini was fourth quickest in group B. Yamaha teamster Nunn qualified in seventh place and Paul Malin in eleventh. Malin had suffered a heavy fall on the Saturday and injured his wrist but bounced back to qualify just outside the top ten in his respective group. Disappointingly the pain was to much for Malin to race the next day.
Race one: Federici had a bad start and was in tenth place going into the first corner, but his sheer determination and courage pushed him through the field. He crossed the finish line in a magnificent first place and was delighted with his performance. " I did not get a good start, " said Federici. " I managed to get a good rhythm going after the first few laps and I was able to pass a number of riders, and I am very pleased that I crossed the finish line first place. I believe a rode very well." Disappointingly Federici's titles hopes ended when Alessio Chiodi finished in fourth place, clinching the Championship.
Cherubini started excellently and took the lead at the end of the first lap, a place which he kept in the early stages of the race. He pushed as hard as he could, but pain in his arms meant that the Italian faded towards the end of the race. " I wasn't riding to my abilities at the end of the first moto. In the first race I was leading but I think I pushed too hard. I had a lot of pain in my arms and therefore I had to slow down in order to reduce the pain, " commented Cherubini. He finished the race in sixth place.
Nunn started positively and was placed in the middle of the pack at the end of the first lap, but he disappointingly crashed at the bottom of a hill. He managed to regain his composure and joined the track in last place, and battled on to finish in thirteenth.
Race two: Federici made up for his poor start in the first race, and was able to take the lead early on. He demonstrated to the crowd his ability as a rider, as he never looked likely of losing the lead and took a magnificent win to end a brilliant season for the Team De Carli and Yamaha. " In the second race I got a much better start and was able to win more easily. I did all I could today to try and win the World Championship, but I knew that it would be difficult. I am really happy that I won both moto's here today. My bike has been excellent all season and worked very well in both races, " said Federici. He ended the day with two superb wins which secured him second place in the 125cc Motocross World Championship, the best he has ever finished in that class.
Cherubini made another good start, but was only in the lead briefly before dropping back through the field. He kept his third place position for the majority of the race before fellow Yamaha teamster, Nunn attacked and went passed him. " I also started the second race well, but I felt so tired from the first race and just couldn't keep my position on the track. I battled for as long and as hard as I could, but was too overcome from tiredness, " a downhearted Cherubini commented. He finished the race in seventh place.
Nunn made up from his first race performance to take a well deserved podium finish to end off a season of mixed fortunes, but was very pleased with the way he rode. He finished the race in third place.
Claudio De Carli, from the Team De Carli, commented after the weekend's racing and the end to the season, " I am very happy with the way Federici rode in both races and also very happy with the way the season has gone. We have been working on the bike all season and have had no problems with the engine or the chassis."