Great victory for Fontanesi as Charlier also shines in Italy

Hot sunshine baked a massive crowd at Maggiora for the Grand Prix of Italy and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier moved up to fourth position in the MX2-GP points table after a solid sixth position overall for what was a well-received ninth round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship. The majority of the 38,000 spectators (weekend figure) had reason to shout for FIM Women’s World Champion Kiara Fontanesi as the Italian comprehensively rode to her third double from three rounds in 2013 and a 100% perfect record so far on her YZ250F.

The Italian circuit enjoyed a Grand Prix reawakening as it welcomed the FIM series for the first time this century. The steep hills housed a typically hard-pack terrain but the corner ruts were still long, deep and hard and the bumps ensured a degree of technical challenge under high temperatures. 

Charlier set the fastest lap in the second moto as he rode similar races; recovering ground from top ten starts to make some effective overtaking moves and registering 5th and 6th positions. The Corsican needs a little more aggression in the vital formative phases of the motos to vie for his second podium of the season but his consistency has become a strength and he now hold fourth in the championship; 24 points from his goal of reaching a top three slot. 

Dean Ferris was less than two seconds from a second consecutive pole position on Saturday but was still able to enjoy the second pick in the gate for the 35 minute and 2 lap motos. The Australian had a problem with his front suspension in the first race that prevented him forcing a top five result; ending the distance in 7th. ‘111’ pushed in customary fashion in the next sprint and again breached the top seven with the same ranking. He is sixth in the MX2 table. 

Mel Pocock was limping around the paddock with a sore right heel as a consequence of his accident at the French GP last week. The Briton lodged a decent top ten finish with 8th place at the first time of asking but suffered a big ‘one’ in the second moto descending one of the downhills and managed to arrive to the chequered flag in sixteenth and holds eleventh in the MX2 standings. Maxime Desprey was unlucky to suffer a mechanical glitch in the first race and then struggled to cope with the track after a mediocre start and registered just one point for 20th. The French youngster is fifteenth in his rookie GP term. 

Maggiora also entertained round three of seven for the women and Kiara Fontanesi faced little opposition in her quest for a perfect first half of her FIM title defence. Maggiora went crazy for their local star and ‘Fonta’ responded in kind with a confident and error-free run to a memorable victory. She leads the standings by 32 points. 

The Uddevalla circuit north of Gothenburg will once more host the Grand Prix of Sweden and round ten of the series on July 1st.

Christophe Charlier

“I’m pretty happy. Although I didn’t make the podium again my speed was fast here and I picked up good points to move up a place in the championship. I just need to work on the first parts of the motos and I know the really good results will come.”

Kiara Fontanesi

“When you win a GP it is always emotional. The emotion can be different each time but here in Italy it is special. I was doing the sighting lap and to see all the people cheering for me made me really happy. I’ve won again and that’s great because I want to push to win all of the rounds this year. I took two good starts and was riding safely and smoothly. All this motivates me and being here at Maggiora was important. It was so special to win here, in front of friends and all these people is even better.”

Dean Ferris

“In the first moto I had a few issues with the bike and was fighting the whole time. I finished seventh in that one. I had a terrible start in the second and then had my best first fifteen or twenty minutes of the year; I passed loads of guys coming through. I don’t know what happened then. The other boys might have stepped it up and I couldn’t really move with the rhythm I had. Everyone pulled away. Physically I feel fine and there aren’t any problems there. I think it was one of the better tracks we’ve had from the last few rounds and the times were close in qualifying. It was a bit disappointing to drop off the pace like that. I got more points than last week, so that’s a positive but my goal is to get a final podium position in the championship and I can’t keep riding like this in order to do that.”

Mel Pocock

“In the first race I managed to push through a little bit and reached eighth. I dropped off because of the heat at the end though. I was comfortably inside the top ten during the next race but I landed awkwardly on one of the downhills and the rear end skidded out. I came down pretty hard and I then struggled to get back into a rhythm. My heel is still sore and I really hope I can get it sorted out; I’m tired of riding injured.”

Maxime Desprey

“A hard weekend for me. We had an engine problem in the first moto and I didn’t finish. My start was not so bad in the second moto but my riding was not very fast or effective, so I feel a bit disappointed right now. The track wasn’t so easy, with many sharp bumps, but I guess this is part of racing.”

2013 MX2-GP Italy
Maggiora 16/06/201321 Laps
race I
1Jeffrey HerlingsKTMNED39'45.247 
2Jose Antonio ButronKTMESP0'06.950 
3Jake NichollsKTMGBR0'10.783 
4Jordi TixierKTMFRA0'14.889 
5Christophe CharlierYamahaFRA0'17.447 
6Alessandro LupinoKawasakiITA0'30.400 
7Dean FerrisYamahaAUS0'35.588 
8Mel PocockYamahaGBR0'39.139 
9Glenn ColdenhoffKTMNED0'42.273 
10Petar PetrovYamahaBGR0'43.331 
11Dylan FerrandisKawasakiFRA0'47.315 
12Priit RatsepHondaEST0'48.660 
13Max AnstieSuzukiGBR0'50.659 
14Elliott Banks-BrowneKTMGBR0'55.989 
15Jason ClermontKawasakiFRA1'01.742 
race II
1Jeffrey HerlingsKTMNED39'21.192 
2Alessandro LupinoKawasakiITA0'04.411 
3Aleksandr TonkovHondaRUS0'05.591 
4Jordi TixierKTMFRA0'05.835 
5Jose Antonio ButronKTMESP0'11.703 
6Christophe CharlierYamahaFRA0'14.386 
7Dean FerrisYamahaAUS0'34.128 
8Jake NichollsKTMGBR0'39.106 
9Petar PetrovYamahaBGR0'44.669 
10Glenn ColdenhoffKTMNED0'48.224 
11Jason ClermontKawasakiFRA0'51.212 
12Pascal RaucheneckerKTMAUT1'03.178 
13Elliott Banks-BrowneKTMGBR1'05.347 
14Tim GajserKTMSVN1'06.544 
15Stefan OlsenHondaDNK1'10.840 
16Mel PocockYamahaGBR1'15.216 
20Maxime DespreyYamahaFRA1'38.433 
MX2-GP World Standing
Rider StandingsAfter Race 9 of 18
1.Jeffrey HerlingsKTMNED447
2.Jordi TixierKTMFRA323
3.Jose Antonio ButronKTMESP285
4.Christophe CharlierYamahaFRA261
5.Glenn ColdenhoffKTMNED260
6.Dean FerrisYamahaAUS225
7.Jake NichollsKTMGBR214
8.Max AnstieSuzukiGBR201
9.Alessandro LupinoKawasakiITA199
10.Dylan FerrandisKawasakiFRA159
11.Mel PocockYamahaGBR158
12.Petar PetrovYamahaBGR158
13.Aleksandr TonkovHondaRUS132
14.Romain FebvreKTMFRA103
15.Maxime DespreyYamahaFRA97
16.Harri KullasHondaFIN92
26.Kevin ForsYamahaBEL36
30.Steven LenoirYamahaFRA8
35.Anderson Hauptli CidadeYamaha

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