Everts makes more history
RaceStefan Everts created another piece of history by becoming the first rider to win two different classes of Motocross Grand Prix in the same day.
The Yamaha L&M Motocross Team rider took his YZ450FM to victory less than 90 minutes after winning the 125 GP on a four-stroke YZ250F. The two wins in Italy extends his record number of GP victories to 56 and ends Mickael Pichons unbeaten start to the season.
Despite leading every lap of the Motocross GP race, the six-time world champion was made to work hard for his victory. Claudio Federici (Yamaha De Carli Team), Pichon (Suzuki) and Joel Smets (KTM) all pushed hard but falls meant that none could mount a serious attack on the Belgian.
Joining Everts on the podium was local favourite Federici, who fought back from his small tumble in the opening laps to finish third on his YZ450F. Earlier in the weekend Fede had taken advantage of the new YRRD kit parts fitted to his machine - and the strong local support - to claim pole position in the sweltering Italian sunshine.
Marnicq Bervoets luckless start to the season continued when he crashed on the opening lap. The Belgian fell and was hit by another rider after colliding with Kenneth Gundersen. He escaped serious injury but was unable to continue due to damage sustained to his machine.
Stefan Everts (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) - First
This is another dream come true. To become the first rider to win two GPs in one day is another great achievement.
Id be lying if I said that the 125 race didnt help me. The race was easier than I expected but it was physically demanding in this humidity. I needed a few laps to get used to the 450 again but I also had an advantage in the early laps and knew where the lines to take to pass Federici.
Ive heard some people say that I only rode in the 125s because I had given up hope of the Motocross GP title. I certainly dont see it that way. I was 25 points behind after three rounds. Just ask my team-mate Marnicq Bervoets. In 1996 I came back from 71 points down to beat him to the title.
Claudio Federici (Yamaha De Carli Team) - Third
With all my recent injury problems this is my first time on the podium since 2001. It is great to be on the podium because the team and me worked so hard in the opening rounds, only for me to waste my chances with crashes. I had a small crash here today, but I was far enough in front at the time to still have a chance of the podium. I still had to pass Pichon though, and I was determined to do it at my home Grand Prix.
Marnicq Bervoets (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) - DNF
The race sums up my season. I only qualified in 11th, but then that has never been my specialty. I made a good start but at the first jump I collided with Gundersen. My bike cartwheeled down the track and Smets ran into my back. Im sure nothings broken, but Im hurting pretty bad.