Rodriguez didn’t have the start he was hoping for today on his debut race with HRC MX2 as qualifying got underway for round 11 in Ottobiano.
Battling with nerves, the heat and riding to the MXGP format, Rodriguez had alot to adapt too with his first race on the CRF250RW. At the start of the day, the Venezuelan put too much pressure on himself but had started to relax by the time he finished timed practice. As the qualifying race began, he span out in the first corner and went down in a group of riders but started to come back through the pack. This effort was short lived as got caught in an accident when another rider crashed into him, causing him to retire early from the race with pain in his neck.
Cervellin meanwhile had troubles of his own. After an initially good start in seventh, he went down with another rider. Although the bike didn’t stall, he still had to scoop it up out of the deep sand which, with the intensity of the heat was very overwhelming. The Italian struggled to get back his momentum once he remounted and came in 15th.
With Rodriguez avoiding serious injury, both riders are looking ahead to a better day tomorrow where the weather is also set to be cooler. The first MX2 race starts at 13h15 local time.
|1||Covington Thomas||64||USA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||24:34.827|
|2||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+5.390|
|3||Kjer Olsen Thomas||19||DEN||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+11.132|
|4||Watson Ben||919||GBR||Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team||Yamaha||+14.098|
|5||Paturel Benoit||6||FRA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+17.507|
|6||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+24.105|
|7||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+27.022|
|8||Vaessen Bas||98||NDL||Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee||KTM||+32.958|
|9||Larranaga Olano Iker||66||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+41.950|
|10||Mewse Conrad||426||GBR||Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee||KTM||+45.801|
|11||Lieber Julien||33||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+54.323|
|12||van Doninck Brent||32||BEL||Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor||Honda||+55.524|
|13||Sanayei Darian||57||USA||Bike It DRT Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+58.189|
|14||Hsu Brian||81||GER||BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+1:01.434|
|15||Cervellin Michele||747||ITA||Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori||Yamaha||+1:07.159|
|16||Herbreteau David||338||FRA||Wildcard Rider||Kawasaki||+1:10.721|
|17||van Berkel Lars||107||NDL||HSF Logistics Motorsport Team||KTM||+1:11.156|
|18||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+1:18.651|
|19||Tropepe Giuseppe||223||ITA||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha||+1:21.708|
|20||Van der Vlist Freek||88||NDL||Carglass Honda Racing||Honda||+1:23.926|