Anthony Rodriguez had his first official FIM world championship race today alongside team mate Michele Cervellin in Ottobiano for round 11 of MXGP.

The DNF in qualifying yesterday was costly for Rodriguez. Having last gate pick left him in the unfortunate position of not being able to get a good start today. Despite this, the Venezuelan took it in his stride, relaxing more into the MXGP race format and battled on until the end finishing 16th in both races. It has been an educational weekend for Rodriguez and he now looks ahead to Portugal.

For Cervellin this was a big race today for him in front of his home crowd. Although he didn’t have such a good run in the first race as a result of a poor start, the second race he gated well and was running in fourth position with huge support from the crowd. Usually the Italian’s strength is to push harder at the end of the race but instead, within the last 10 minutes he found himself lagging in energy losing the position but still secured 11th overall.

 

Michele Cervellin 747

It has been a difficult day. After my injury in Russia I haven’t been able to train and have had to have a lot of medicine to prevent infection which has not been helpful. This is my home GP with many fans coming to see me so I am disappointed I couldn’t do better today. I got 11th overall which isn’t good but isn’t so bad as I haven’t been able to ride since Russia. Now this week, I can get back out on the bike and get back training to prepare for Portugal.

Anthony Rodriguez 127

Racing was a bit rough today. Qualifying was pretty bad yesterday with a crash and then another crash, so unfortunately, I had the last gate pick and in both of the Moto’s today I started last. I am really happy with the way I gave my heart out, I really did give it my all today but obviously, I am not happy with the result. Each race I had 16th place finish, coming from dead last so I was happy about that but I expected to be top 10 and I wasn’t. I also didn’t expect the track to get that rough. One thing I did like was the metal start grid, that is new for me too and I can see how it is fairer for all riders. It is definitely different to what I am use too and it is something I have got to adjust to but I am confident Portugal will be a different story.

Roger Harvey

HRC Advisor - MXGP

We have obviously had Anthony riding with us is this weekend in his first every MXGP. My expectations of him were to be in top 15 but his were to be in the top 10. He did at times run in the top 15 so really this was good. He isn’t used to racing for this length of time and the amount of riding they have to do over two days. The format is very different from America but we are expecting better from in Portugal next weekend.
Michele had a poor start so he was coming through the field in the first race. The second race he had a much better start and held a good position until 15 mins into the race when the heat got too much. Much like that of HRC MXGP we again we are seeing the result of lack of bike time.

MX2 2017
Race Round 11   Italy

Race 1

Sunny
Humidity
61%
Air Temp
28°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 25 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki 34:07.314
2 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 22 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +12.304
3 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 20 LRT KTM KTM +25.676
4 Covington Thomas 64 USA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +27.363
5 Bogers Brian 5 NDL 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +30.597
6 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +31.165
7 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 14 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +50.633
8 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 13 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +53.425
9 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +56.816
10 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:01.479
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:16.115
12 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 9 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:21.347
13 Tropepe Giuseppe 223 ITA 8 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:32.571
14 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 7 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:34.710
15 van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 6 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +1:34.933
16 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 5 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:46.828
17 Gole Anton 297 SWE 4 CEC Husqvarna Sweden Husqvarna - 1 lap
18 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM - 1 lap
19 Van der Vlist Freek 88 NDL 2 Creymert Racing KTM - 1 lap
20 Renkens Nathan 83 BEL 1 Wildcard Rider KTM - 1 lap
MX2 2017
Race Round 11   Italy

Race 2

Sunny
Humidity
0%
Air Temp
32°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:31.700
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +11.335
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +15.865
4 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 18 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +36.265
5 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +43.412
6 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +46.871
7 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +51.253
8 Watson Ben 919 GBR 13 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:00.804
9 Bogers Brian 5 NDL 12 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:02.948
10 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 11 LRT KTM KTM +1:04.931
11 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 10 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:21.029
12 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:28.279
13 van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 8 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +1:50.180
14 Van der Vlist Freek 88 NDL 7 Creymert Racing KTM - 1 lap
15 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 6 Team HRC - MX2 Honda - 1 lap
16 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 5 Team HRC - MX2 Honda - 1 lap
17 De Waal Micha-Boy 95 NDL 4 Vamo Racing Team Honda - 1 lap
18 Gole Anton 297 SWE 3 CEC Husqvarna Sweden Husqvarna - 1 lap
19 Herbreteau David 338 FRA 2 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki - 1 lap
20 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 1 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna - 1 lap
Location Information

Ottobiano, Province of Pavia, Italy - View in Google Maps