The last time Mantova staged a Grand Prix was back in 2016. Gautier Paulin was the runner up that day. After tightening his grip on third place in this years' championship where he has stretched out a 22-point buffer over the rider in fourth, the 29-year-old Frenchman is determined to inch closer to the leaders and battle for the Grand Prix win.
Fresh off of a season best finish, Paulin's Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP teammate Arnaud Tonus is looking to carry his top-five pace from the previous round, in Trentino, into Mantova. After a masterful performance for fourth overall on the clay of Pietramurata, the Swiss rider leap-frogged five riders in the Championship Classification and was able to break inside the top ten for the first time this season.
Desperate to secure a career best finish inside the premier class, which will be anywhere inside the top-five, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Jeremy Seewer has been working hard both on and off the bike over the past 5-weeks. Aiming to improve his seventh position in the Championship, the 24-year-old Swiss rider feels has returned to full strength and fitness after battling illness at the start of the year and is ready for the season to resume so he can start hitting his race targets. In MX2, there is everything to play for with both Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2 riders within 45-points of the championship lead. As it stands, 21-year-old Ben Watson is currently fourth in the standings, 4-points clear of his 19-year-old teammate Jago Geerts who has accumulated two consecutive podium finishes at the last two rounds of the championship.
Both riders have used the break in the calendar effectively and are feeling reenergized and excited for the remainding fourteen rounds of the season. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Romain Febvre was the winner of the Lombardian Grand Prix back in 2015. Regrettably, the 26-year old Frenchman is not yet ready to race, although he is back on the bike with his strength improving by the day.
Coinciding with the Grand Prix of Lombardia in Mantova, Italy, the third round of the EMX125 Championship will offer the MJC Yamaha EMX125 trio of Florian Miot, Luca Diserens and Magnus Smith another chance to add to their experience of racing on the world stage.