2021 Campionato Italiano MX Prestige - RND #1, Maggiora (NO)
SM Action GasGas Racing Team Yuasa Battery
April 15th, 2021
Maggiora hosted the first round of the Italian MX Prestige 2021 Championship and, in the MX2, SM Action GasGas Racing Team Yuasa Battery jumped straight away on the podium with Horgmo, 2nd overall. Good race for Adamo too, who entered in the “top 10”. In the MX1 Forato finished 5th overall thanks to an excellent 3rd place in race 1.
The Internazionali d’Italia Motocross Eicma Series finished a month ago, and teams and riders went back to the tracks on the second weekend of April for the opening round of the Italian MX Prestige Championship at one of the most historical and important circuits of Italy, the “Mottaccio del Balmone” in Maggiora, in Novara province.
SM Action GasGas Racing Team Yuasa Battery deployed Andrea Adamo #80 and Kevin Horgmo #24 in the MX2 class and Alberto Forato #303 in the MX1.
Free and Timed Practice were scheduled in the first hours of the afternoon. Both classes were divided in three groups as many riders were registered for the event. At the end of the day, in the MX2 Horgmo was the fastest of his group and he gained the 2nd place at the starting grid. Adamo was 3rd fastest in his group and he classified 8th in the starting grid. In MX1 Forato was 2nd fastest in his group and he classified 4th for next day’s race.
On Sunday morning the surface of the track was in well worse conditions than the previous day, due to the great amount of rain that dropped during the night. The first riders that went on track were the ones of MX1. Alberto made a good start and he entered in the “top 5” after turn 1, gaining 4th place. After a few laps, in which he adapted to the muddy conditions of the surface, Alberto moved up to 3rd place and after a regular paced race he kept the placement until the checkered flag.
In MX2 first race, Horgmo started very well and before the end of lap 1 he gained the lead of the race, which he kept until lap 6 due to fatigue of his forearms and some lapped riders, as he was overtaken and moved down to 2nd place. He managed to keep that position until the end of the race. Adamo after the start was a little bit further back, as he was just in the “top 10” in 10th place. His pace was steady and after that he even moved up to 8th place he finished the race in 9th.
The race 2’s were scheduled on Sunday afternoon. The circuit was drier than the morning but also more rutted and insidious. In the MX1 Alberto was not able to repeat the excellent start of race 1 and he moved out of the “top 20” after a small crash. For the whole race he was forced to recover and after an awesome comeback, he cut the finish line in 9thplace. In the Overall Classification he entered the “top 5” in 5th place, demonstrating to have speed and a good physical condition.
In the MX2 the Finnish Horgmo had another sensational race, as he started in the lead and he kept the 1st place for many laps. Towards half of the race Kevin was overtaken but once he was 3rd he well managed his position and he kept it until the end. In the Overall Classification he resulted 2nd and he conquered his first podium on his GASGAS for Team SM Action GasGas Racing Team Yuasa Battery. Andrea Adamo had the same solid race that he had in race 1, as he entered the “top 10” with the 8th place. In the General Standings, the Sicilian made it to the 9th place.
The second appointment of the Italian MX Prestige Championship is scheduled for the weekend of the 24th and the 25thof April at the “Città di Mantova” international circuit, in Lombardy, Italy.
Andrea Adamo #80: “On Saturday in Qualifying I made a discrete result. Sunday, instead, after the rain, it was not a great day for me. The surface was difficult for everybody, but for me particularly. We will look into it with the team to understand what we need to change on our bike to go back to the top the soonest. Thanks, to the next one”.
Alberto Forato # 303: "It was a good weekend and despite the heavy rain, the track held up well. In the first heat I got a good start and finished 3rd. In the second, I found myself behind after a fall in the first and I recovered up to 9th place. The next race in Mantua and we are working to improve even more. Hello."
Testo by Max Serafino - Photo by Gianfranco Passera