GP Bits: MXGP of Italy | Round 3

All photos by MX July. @mxjuly

Being in Italy, of course you have the TC222 official fan club showing off.

The Maggiora circuit is beautiful, but this photo was a few days before the race which saw some late moto rain.

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Husqvarna's futuristic pits were unveiled last year, but no less impressive.

The start device is the focus, but I'm looking at the spoke ties. Normally they are safety wired. Not sure about the black.

Pauls Jonass with the retro THOR gear.

The Rockstar Husqvarna Team of Thomas Kjer Olsen and Arminas Jasikonis have been having a rough first couple of races.

Standing Construct GasGas machines ready to race.

The same gripper seat you get on the Factory Editions.

Cool Kite rear caliper bracket.

In his first year of retirement, Gautier Paulin was asked to be part of the Legends Lap at Maggiora.

Paulin joined Alessandro Puzar and Joel Smets with the FIM President for the Legends Lap.

Romain Febvre took the moto 1 win but bad luck in moto 2 meant he could only make it to 5th overall.

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Team 114 Honda CRF250R
Custom radiator design.

The front of Tim Gajser's Honda CRF450R

With the rain and mud, foam keeps things from getting gummed up.

More and more wires on these machines.

Yosh makes a purdy exhaust.

Like a lot of pros, grip tape on the side panels are a must for Tim.

Mattia Guadagnini of Red Bull KTM took his first overall victory in the MX2 class and the red plate. Pretty special since this is a home race for the Italian.

Cairoli ditching the goggles in the sticky mud. He went 3 - 3 for third overall.

The top three guys all got 40 points, but in different ways. Jeffrey Herlings' 6 - 1 moto scores put him in first overall.

“The first moto felt like a disaster. I didn’t know what was stopping the rear brake so I had to sort it out and lost places and around twenty seconds. I then had to make a late moto charge. I was bummed about that and really wanted to go for the win in the second race but the rain fell so hard just before the start. It was a bit unexpected, and we had to make a last minute decision about tires and googles. My starts were off a bit today but the second moto was OK and I got into 3rd, where I saved my goggles for a while. I had a little gap to Glenn and I knew coming to the lapped riders would be a moment where you can lose but also gain a lot of time: you have to be a bit lucky. So I attacked at that moment and it led to the ‘overall’. We closed a lot of points in the championship so the day started and finished in an unlucky and lucky way. It’s good to head into Oss with a confidence boost. I want to give-it-up to the Red Bull KTM team and the job they did, the bike was excellent.”

A look at Jeremy Seewer's machine.

Our reporter says that the brake pedal is titanium and has a smaller tip than stock.

Seewer also runs a 220mm rotor instead of the 240mm stock.

The linkage bolts are ti with aluminum nuts.

Beautiful lower fork coating on the Monster Energy KX450s. And not a bad front brake setup either.

PC pipe looking good. And those skid plate/water pump protectors are always cool.

Carbon guards and engine hangers.

Man, straight-up looks like a bear trap.

Organized and ready to roll.

Airoh takes their helmet cleaning to the next level.

Glenn Coldenhoff took second overall, again, with 40 points like first and third spots.

Ruben Fernandez lost the red plate with 8th overall in the MX2 class.

It went from this on Saturday...

To this on Sunday.

It was a difficult day, with the weather and the results but I’m still leading the championship so I have to look at the positives. In the first moto I had a decent start but I couldn’t work my way through the field so I just had to be happy with a fifth place, although I felt I was faster than those in front. Again, I struggled out of the gate in race two and with the heavy rain that made things hard. Then a rock hit my goggles in the first lap and that was really difficult because it meant I was having to work even harder to make passes but I made my way up to sixth and I still keep hold of the red plate. I am excited to go to Oss though as it’s a new track and I’m enjoying riding sand so it should be fun.

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See you in Oss in on the July 18th.


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