The qualifying race for the MXGP of Lombardia started in red, with an all-Honda top-three for the opening laps. Getting out of the gate well, Evgeny Bobryshev slotted into second on his CRF450RW, flanked by the CRF450Rs of Filip Bengtsson and Christophe Charlier.
Gautier Paulin couldn’t avoid a tight line exiting turn one and was forced to back his machine off a little, seeing him pass the first short pit-lane straight in sixth position.
Up front, Bobby was pushing hard for the lead until a small mistake on lap three demoted him to fourth and unsettled his rhythm, putting him in the midst of a tooth-and-nail scrap. A lap later, after a second small mistake, he found himself in seventh as Paulin slotted into fourth.
From there, the pairing fought their way through the field; Paulin settling into second position with a personal best with three laps to go, and Bobby getting the best of the five-way battle he had been in to finish sixth.
Under clear blue skies and bright sun, the sand of the Mantova circuit proved slippery but not too deep – certainly a far cry from the conditions in Lommel last time out. With more of the same predicted for tomorrow’s two races, which start at the usual time of 1415hrs, the team are confident that again they can pair good starts with strong pace to make it a red race.
|1||Nagl Max||12||GER||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||24:29.839|
|2||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+2.852|
|3||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+5.589|
|4||Charlier Christophe||23||FRA||24MX Lucas Oil Honda||Honda||+13.961|
|5||Bengtsson Filip||11||SWE||24MX Lucas Oil Honda||Honda||+20.192|
|6||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+21.970|
|7||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Team Suzuki Europe Motocross||Suzuki||+23.200|
|8||Butron Jose||17||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+32.470|
|9||Frossard Steven||183||FRA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+33.624|
|10||Ferris Dean||111||AUS||Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+37.328|
|11||Rattray Tyla||28||RSA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+38.718|
|12||Waters Todd||47||AUS||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+40.275|
|13||Guarneri Davide||39||ITA||TM Racing Factory Team||TM||+44.412|
|14||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP||Suzuki||+52.648|
|15||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+1:09.699|
|16||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM||KTM||+1:22.398|
|17||Yamamoto Kei||400||JPN||Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor||Honda||+1:29.800|
|18||Gercar Klemen||62||SLO||Wildcard Rider||Husqvarna||+1:31.337|
|19||Irt Matevz||289||SLO||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha||+1:36.111|
|20||Smith Alfie||174||GBR||JK Racing Yamaha Active||Yamaha||+1:54.132|
|21||Watson Ben||919||GBR||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+1:59.752|