Known for its brutally deep sand, the Riola Sardo circuit was the venue for the race and the combination of 28 ° C heat, 72% humidity and excruciating track conditions meant the race today was grueling for even the best motocross riders in the world.
Team HRC’s Tim Gajser had an unfortunate start to the day’s race and got involved in the first corner crash of another driver, which caused Gajser to tip over slightly and put him back in 22nd position. Another small fall a lap later dropped Tim back to 27th place. After an injury sustained in training last week, the Slovenian made a heroic foray to win the 19th place.
Tim got off to a better start in race two and stayed 12th on the first lap, trying again to make up positions, eventually finishing the race in eighth place, putting the four-time world champion 12th overall, just one point behind championship brought to the top of the world.
In the MX2 race, too, there was a drama at the beginning when Ruben Fernandez of Honda 114 Motorsport got tangled up with other drivers in the first corner and the subsequent fall injured the Spaniard’s shoulder and knocked him out of the race. As a precaution, Fernandez skipped the second race and will now concentrate on returning to racing in two weeks at the German GP of Teutschenthal.
Rubens team-mate Joel Rizzi scored his first MX2 points on the CRF250R today and is hoping to build on this result in the second half of the season. Meanwhile, Honda Racing Assomotor rider Stephan Rubini had a tough day and skipped race two due to pain and discomfort from an ongoing injury.