News Report 13 April 2014

2014 GP of Trentino

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Arco di Trento
1700 m
04 / 13 / 2014
12:28 Local time

Fontanesi gets back to winning ways at home GP


The Grand Prix of Trentino bore little fruit for Yamaha in the MX2 division but FIM Women’s World Champion Kiara Fontanesi roared back to form in what was the second round of six in the 2014 WMX series by the top spot victory at her home event. The scenic setting of Arco di Trento was at odds with the punishing demands of the racing circuit as the Italian hard-pack offered a vicious combination of gnarly bumps and precious little traction. It was on this stage that double world champion ‘Fonta’ took her YRRD customer-kitted YZ250F to her first win of the season by capturing third and first positions in the two motos.

Trento was the location for the fourth round of eighteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship and was attended by 25,000 fans for the series’ first outing on European soil. In MX2 Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Max Anstie was unable to vie for his third podium in the class in what was a difficult meeting. The young Briton suffered two crashes in the first moto and was forced back to the pits three laps before the chequered flag. Desperate to make amends he misjudged the start in the second race and hit the gate. He had to fight through from last to fourteenth position. Max was also dealing with some tough personal circumstances that contributed to a forgettable weekend.
Kemea Yamaha Racing’s Luke Styke was twelfth overall in just his fourth Grand Prix and his first moto finish of 13th was a personal best yet for the reigning Australian Champion. Team-mate Petar Petrov did not finish the opening moto but his 10th in the second was some positive light for the Bulgarian ahead of his home GP next week at Sevlievo.

It was left to Fontanesi to shine on the 2014 YZ250F and after taking a cautious ride to third place on Saturday she started brilliantly to apply pressure to leader Meghan Rutledge in the second moto. When the Australian crashed Kiara was free to escape to a convincing triumph in front of her fans. After a difficult season-opener in Qatar, ‘8’ is now back in the championship hunt and is just two points from Natalie Kane.

Round five takes place on Easter weekend in the depths of Bulgaria and at the award-winning Sevlievo circuit. The fast, hillside course will be home to European EMX125, 250 and 300 series as part of the support programme. The third round of WMX will take place two weeks later at Valkenswaard for the Grand Prix of Netherlands.

Kiara Fontanesi

“I really tried to push this weekend. In the first moto I didn’t want to take any risks, so I did what I could to get up from sixth to third and was determined for the second moto today. I gave my all at the start and reached second place on the first corner. From there I could ride smoothly and with my own rhythm. I saw I was faster and was waiting for the right moment to pass Meghan when she crashed. It was good for me because I recovered a lot of points in the championship. I’m happy to win the GP, especially here in Italy. I did a lot of things wrong in Qatar so this is like a new start to the championship. We go to Valkenswaard next and I like the sand. I think we can do well there.”

Luke Styke:

“I’m happy the results are getting better. I managed to improve my result from Brazil and that was the goal. I’m still not where I should be at but at least we see an upward trend in the results. I will keep on working hard and I’m looking forward to go to Bulgaria next week discovering another new track.”

Max Anstie

“Not the weekend we were looking for. We were switching between set-ups and finally went with what we knew. Today I went down quite heavily on the first lap of the first race. I was lucky not to be landed on. It ruined the moto. In the second one I really wanted to get a good start but I hit the gate; which I never do! I can’t believe I did it. I had to come from the back again and I found the track like a skating rink because it had been watered. It was one-liney. I tried passing but struggled. The others were better than me today. Back to the drawing board and we’ve got a lot of testing and work ahead of us.”

Petar Petrov

“There’s not so much to say to be honest. The story of the last weeks continued here in Italy. In the first race I came together with Tonus in the start and I was in the last position. I charged hard and after a couple of laps I was already riding in the points. I felt pretty good and my speed was alright, but then we had a mechanical problem. This is part of racing. In the second race I had an average start and when I got to 10th position I had a small crash in a corner and lost five or six positions. By the time I got back to tenth the gap to the next rider was too big. 10th is not bad but it’s not where I should be. Now we’re going to my home round in Bulgaria next week.“