Guarneri 6th in hard day at Mallory Park


The seventh round of the MX2-GP World Championship took place at the rough and jumpy circuit within the confines of the Mallory Park complex. The British Grand Prix was attended by 35,000 spectators and Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team’s Davide Guarneri kept pace in the series standings with 6th place overall across the demanding and knotty English course.

Hot sunshine was a surprising climate for the visit to the UK but the sweltering conditions were just one facet of difficult circumstances for the riders in which the jumpy and rough course permitted few decent overtaking opportunities.

Guarneri took his YZ250FM to 4th and 10th and complained of a lack of energy by the day’s end. The Italian fared better than his luckless team-mate Nico Aubin. The Frenchman was forced to the floor in the qualification heat that left him far down in the gate for the starts. He managed to rally to 11th in Moto1 but a fall early in Moto2 saw him hit on the right shoulder by a pursuing rider and he was forced to retire and could remain a doubt for his home GP next week.

Yamaha 3C Racing’s Manuel Monni was a close 7th behind Guarneri. The Italian champion was 5th and 9th in the two motos. The first race result was his second best of the season.

Utag’s Zach Osborne was circulating a grand prix track again only three weeks after chipping his left radius. The American had been undergoing intensive laser and physio to be able to return to speed for the British team at their home event. The winner of the Grand Prix of Turkey sadly was unable to last more than several laps of Moto1 and now is looking towards another attempt in three weeks time in Germany.

In the world championship standings Guarneri faces a 26 point deficit. Aubin is seventh and Monni is ninth.

The Grand Prix of France at the Ernee circuit will represent round eight of the world championship and will take place next weekend.

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 6th:

“I really did not enjoy this track. It was so rough and the lines were not good and I found it very difficult with my style. I felt that I did not have full energy today so maybe my iron levels are a little low; I am tired now. I had a bad start in the second moto and made some mistakes. This was not a great GP but at least I took some points again. I really want to get on that podium but it was not going to happen here today.”

Nico Aubin, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 16th:

“I felt good this weekend and in the practice I was fast but someone crashed in front of me in the qualification heat. I was far behind and came back to 27th but it meant that the starts for Sunday would be very difficult. I was something like 22nd at the beginning of the first moto and came back to 11th and that was a strong race because it is not easy to pass here. I actually had a good start in the second moto but on the third lap I made a little mistake and crashed and another rider completed the double and hit my shoulder. I had a lot of pain and could not ride anymore. I have a problem with the right shoulder because I have little muscle there; I just hope I will be OK for Ernee.”

Zach Osborne, Utag, DNF:

“I definitely knew coming into this weekend that it would not be easy. I took a pain killing injection before the race but it could only do so much. The whole team made their best effort to try and salvage something for the championship but it is far out of reach now and I will focus on recovering fully and being able to come back and win. I hope to be 100% by the German Grand Prix in three weeks time.”