Battered by relentless rainfall, the 74th edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Mantova, Italy, was action packed and dramatic. Representing their respective countries, Great Britain and The Netherlands, MXGP riders Watson and Coldenhoff had to find the best way to navigate the rain ruined, deep and treacherous circuit.
In the opening race, Watson got off to a lightning-fast start and completed the first lap in sixth position. Capitalizing on the mistakes made by the riders in front of him, the tall British star raced his YZ450FM to his first-ever top-three MXGP race finish. He was third.
In torrid conditions, Coldenhoff battled back to 15th after a first-turn crash.
Fired up and out for redemption in the final race of the weekend, Coldenhoff bounced back and put in a fabulous ride for third, while Watson recovered from a spectacular crash on lap 7 to finish behind his teammate in fourth.
Ending the day on a positive note, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team now looks forward to the resumption of the FIM Motocross World Championship with round 11 set to take place in Teutschenthal, Germany, on October 3rd.