Federici’s first win in 2001

Race

Claudio Federici took his Axo Team Yamaha to a superb victory at the Swiss 250cc MX GP at the Roggenburg circuit. He produced the perfect race, taking the holeshot before running away from the field, unchallenged for the full 20 laps. The Italian rider, who has been fighting for a podium place all season, looked in total control. Federici is now a strong third in the championship with a fair chance of climbing to second in the rankings by the end of the year. At one stage of the race Yamaha riders had held first, second and third positions though the final shake-out saw Yves Demaria take the flag in fourth place with Pit Beirer in sixth.

Federici’s confidence had soured after taking pole position on Saturday: “I found many good lines and this is a very fast track so the Yamahas once again showed they are probably the quickest bikes in the class. I came here not expecting to win though, just looking to make the podium. Once I was in the lead I looked back and Beirer and Demaria were behind me, all the Yamaha riders seemed to get good starts. Chad Reed past Beirer but after that I could keep around 12 seconds ahead of him so I knew I had a good chance of winning. This track is very similar to those in Italy, very hard and fast, so I expected to do well here but a win was a big surprise; I am very happy. It’s not going to be easy but I want to try and pass Crockard for second place in the championship. At worst I should finish third, which was my original aim this year.”

Despite grappling his way back from the lower orders into a good points position, Yves Demaria was not satisfied with his performance: “I was the quickest rider on Saturday until about one minute before qualification finished, so I showed that I can race fast on this track. I enjoyed myself and when I am having fun I think I can win. My start was not so good and I was in around tenth place on the first lap, then I made up some places, getting to third when Pit had trouble. When I was in the top three I felt I had to get to Federici, then I lost a place to Reed and struggled a little. With two laps to go Crockard passed me and that put me in fourth. I was so desperate to get on the podium, so for that I am very disappointed.”

“I was very happy on Saturday,” said Beirer, “the bike is working maybe better than it has all season long and on this track a bike’s performance is very important. I had a good start, in third place behind Federici and Pichon. When Pichon made a mistake I was able to move into second and I thought about a win. Unfortunately I dropped back to fourth place on lap 14 after crashing, then I slowed a little, eventually getting passed by Crockard and Bolley. I could not keep the same tempo as the other lead riders. We were all riding very fast and taking chances, this track demands some risks and at such a high speed it can be dangerous.”