Cairoli wins 94th career MXGP at Pietramurata
-Jeremy Seewer almost reached the grandstand for the second time in 2021 and his expressive, traveling style was a pleasure to watch, especially since he haunted sick Jorge Prado in the first race for fifth (the Spaniard is struggling with a painful fracture of the Process vertebra) and placed second behind Cairoli in the next race. After his ordeal with Epstein-Barr, the Swiss started to feel fitter and faster.
“From Sardinia, I am rebuilding,” he told us exclusively. “My physical condition was not too bad but it took me a while to find that sharpness to be quick, quick for a qualifying lap or in the first corners after a start. Arco is still a tough track and a lot of riders feel good here, but it’s good to finally feel back and fight for the top positions again. Just a few weeks ago I felt we were pretty far away but we came back to take pole and be with the guys. I have confidence. The only regret is that for the second time in a row the results are good but I missed the podium!
After finishing second in 2019 and 2020 thanks to his top-level consistency, Seewer can still enter the top five (“whether I’m fifth or sixth, whatever? It’s not going to change my life”) but is a par – stander for the championship. Who’s his tip? “Wow, this is so hard. I would say Herlings but as we saw today [anything can happen]. The only guy who still has a wild card to play is Romain because Jeffrey had his problems and Tim broke his collarbone. If he keeps doing what he’s doing, it could be him… but I think it’s hard to beat Jeffrey.
-MX2 saw the two French leaders clash. In the first round, Red Bull KTM’s Tom Vialle got his 16th hole of the season and won his third round in a row to move closer to second in the championship. He tipped over in the second round, as he collided with his compatriot and series leader Maxime Renaux for the P1 in the first round. This put both in difficulty. Vialle injured his right forearm and the pain would cause another fall on the next lap, knocking him out of the GP and in doubt for Sunday. Renaux tangled the rear wheel of his Monster Energy Yamaha YZ250F in the fence and chewed on a piece of red TV camera cable.
“I got kidnapped by Tom on the way up. I don’t have much to say about it. It was a racing incident but the bike was buried in the fence and I tried to pull it out. A real mess. The cable got into the wheel and I was really worried the whole run because my leg and ass got slapped with every jump by this thing. I was so afraid he would go back into the wheel and block it. I pushed in fourth place, which was much better than the first race and a good result for the championship.
Despite a 7-4 (he was hit by another driver in the first set), Renaux missed the podium for the second time in a row and since his victory in Spain but still keeps a cushion of 87 points. Thirteen more points than his teammate Jago Geerts on Sunday – and finishing just ahead of Vialle – will give Yamaha its first MX2 title since Cairoli in 2007. Geerts was able to clinch his second podium in a week and was again joined by Ruben of 114 Motorsports Honda. Fernandez. The Spaniard has benefited from the private team’s continued development work with the 2021 CRF250R to have an upgraded engine and stronger gearing to take his wider frame to two starts in the top five.