The “Tazio Nuvolari” circuit in Mantua hosted the 74th edition of the Motocross of Nations which, unlike what usually happens, was held while the motocross world championship is in full swing.
Alessandro Lupino (KTM 450 SX-F) was deployed by the Italian Motorcycle Federation in the Open class. After the excellent third time obtained in free practice, the Viterbo rider was forced to make a hard comeback in the qualifying heats after having slightly anticipated the start. A comeback ended in eighth position which allowed the Italian team to reach third place in the ranking by nations. In the heat reserved for the MX2 / Open classes Alessandro got off to a great start and kept fourth place in the first laps. Later, due to a crash, he lost some positions but finished eighth. In the final race, reserved for MXGP / Open, Alessandro was pushed off the track by an opponent at the start and was forced to return to the track after a few meters. For this reason, the race direction sanctioned him by relegating him by ten positions to cut the course but Alessandro, thanks to the seventeenth final position, allowed the Italian team to claim the title of team world champion, a laurel that the blue team lacked. since 2002.
After the great success in Mantua, MRT Racing Team will be back on track next weekend in the German Grand Prix, the eleventh round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, which will be held on the spectacular Teutschenthal track.
Alessandro Lupino: “In qualifying I finished eighth after a start outside the top ten. Everything went smoothly in the race together with the MX2. I took the lead and remained in the group of the best. In the final I crashed but I restarted very quickly and finished seventh. The final heat, with MXGP and Open was certainly more complicated. After the start I ended up off the track and came back a little further on. My technicians told me that the race direction had imposed a penalty on me and that to win I would have to get some positions. The result to hit was so important that I didn't stop gaining a moment and, despite a crash that made me lose my clarity for a few laps, I managed to climb from ninth to seventh place ensuring the Italian team the necessary points for the overall victory. With the whole team we have done a great job and I am really very happy with today's result. "