2021 FIM Motocross World Championship - RND #011, 2021 GP of Germany, Teutschenthal
SM Action GasGas Racing Team Yuasa Battery
October 04th, 2021
SM Action GasGas Racing Team Yuasa Battery went onto the podium with Horgmo in the EMX250 Championship. Positive Grand Prix for Adamo and Forato too: they both entered in the “top 20” Overall.
Teutschental followed the difficult Italian round on the deep and soft sand of Riola Sardo (OR, Italy) with its hard and compact surface, as it hosted the 11th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The GP of Germany also hosted the EMX250 Championship and all of its riders could go back to the track for their 5th round of the season.
SM Action GasGas Racing Team Yuasa Battery deployed all of its riders: Andrea Adamo #80 (MX2), Alberto Forato #303 (MXGP) and Kevin Horgmo #24 (EMX250).
Saturday, as always, was dedicated to the minor championships, which kept themselves busy with Free and Timed Practices. Kevin struggled with that muddy and rutted surface, and he made the 7th fastest lap time in Free Practice. Different performance in the following Timed Practice though, as the surface got drier and the Norwegian made the fastest lap time and gained the 1st place on the grid.
In Race 1 Kevin had an optimal start and gained P2 straight away. For the first 5 laps Horgmo was very close to the leader and he also tried to overtake him a few times. During lap 6, though, he suffered the comeback of one of his opponents, and he gave up his position. Once he was in 3rd place, he kept it and finished in that placement. In Race 2 Kevin made once again an excellent start, as he positioned in P2. Despite what happened in Race 1, the GasGas rider put pressure on the leader, and thanks to a series of fastest laps the duo took advantage from the rest of the group. Horgmo, after many tries, had an excursion out of the track, as he pushed so hard to find alternative lines for the overtake. He then had to settle for P2. Thanks to both good races, Kevin managed to jump onto the podium as he finished 2nd Overall, and he reinforced his P2 in the General Classification too.
Sunday morning, for Andrea, started with the 16th place in Free Practice, which was followed by the 19th fastest lap time in Timed Practice. At the beginning of Race 1 Adamo made a good start and entered in the “top 20” straight away. After a few laps the rider from Sicilia moved up to the 12th place but then he stabilized in P12 until the end of the race. In Race 2 Andrea had a great start, as his GasGas #80 passed in P10 after the first lap. During lap 2, though, he made a little mistake and he had to give up some places, as he was then in P17. During the remaining laps Andrea tried to gain as many places as possible, and he finished in 14th place at the checkered flag. He ranked in P15 in the Overall Classification of the GP of Germany, and he gained 14 points to confirm his 16th position in the General Classification.
In the MXGP Alberto made the 25th fastest lap time in Free Practice, but he then found the right feeling with the bike in TImed Practice and he finished in P14. In Race 1 Alberto entered in the “Top 20” straight away, occupying the 17th place, and while he tried to avoid making any more mistakes in a circuit that was deeply conditioned by ruts and mud, he managed to gain P14 after that he overtook a few riders. In Race 2 Alberto did not make a good start and he found himself out of the “top 20” straight away. He then tried to gain back places with a constant comeback attitude throughout the whole race lenght. Once the checkered flag was out, Alberto was in 14th place and he confirmed his Overall position in P14. The points gained by Alberto allowed him to improve his position in the General Classification as he is now in P18.
There won’t be a week of rest for the FIM Motocross World Championship, as it will continue its season going in France for another round, at Lacapelle Merival circuit, in the weekend of the 9th and the 10th of October. On that occasion, there will also be the riders of the EMX250 Championship for their 6th round of the season.
Alberto Forato #303: “It was a positive race despite a few issues in Qualifying, where I couldn’t make my perfect lap. In Race 1 I struggled at the beginning but then I found the right pace. In Race 2 a contact at the start brought me a little bruise on my fingers and I had problems while riding in the first laps, but then, as always, I managed to move up places.”
Andrea Adamo # 80: “In the first heat I struggled to pick up the pace, but still I finished 14th. In the second heat I crashed when I was 10th. I recovered and finished 14th again."