GP Bits: MXGP of Pietramurata | Round 15

Check out the behind-the-scenes action from the second MXGP of the triple header in Trentino.

GP Bits: MXGP of Pietramurata | Round 15

All photos by MX July

Hard to beat the scenery in Trentino.

Tech inspection time for the EMX125 class.

Riley Racing Yamaha's Cornelius Tondel took is first overall win in the EMX250 Class.

Cornelius Tondel was pumped to get his first overall victory.

Honda HRC's hospitality rig is fancy.

Jorge Prado is still dealing with injury and had to pull out of the second moto after a tip over that hurt his back.

Youngster Rene Hofer got his first moto victory and overall win with 4 - 1 moto scores in the MX2 class.

Rene Hofer: “For sure this is a day I will never forget. It was such a nice feeling once I crossed the finish line. I really hope the Austrian fans at home enjoyed it, it’s been a while! I feel a bit speechless. In the first moto I struggled a bit and didn’t have the best flow and the second moto was much better. Obviously, I was lucky to avoid the incident with Maxime and Tom but I felt great out there. I was a bit nervous with 10 minutes to go and made a lot of mistakes but, somehow, I brought it home. We put in the work for this season and also during the summer break and since then things have been getting better and better for me. Since Turkey my confidence has grown every GP. It’s also really nice to give KTM that win, I think they’ve waited long enough for an Austrian to be here. It’s a happy day for all of us.”

We are going to get a closer look at Mikkel Haarup's F&H Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team KX250.

You can see identical engine hangers as the Dixon Racing Team that we looked at from the last round. These are very different than the Pro Circuit Team KX250s in the US that have thinner materials and multiple holes cut out.

The Rekluse slave cylinder is smaller and stiffer than stock.

Back up start button, just in case.

Wide open ti pegs.

Those CRM carbon fork/clamp protectors lookin good.

They are also running the rear wheel as far back as possible. Nice F&H logo etched into the caliper.

The Euro Factory Husqvarna guys are running a longer header than the 250 riders over here.

And it looks like the Akro guys are at it again with 3D printing the first section of head pipe.

The GASGAS team has a 3D printed head pipe as well.

Blackbird graphics ditches the standard ribs for grippy chevrons.

Some sick Fox gear on the Tiga.

Tim Gajser: "It was a consistent day with my racing. I’m a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to win the first race after leading so many laps but I just got a bit of arm-pump and while I was able to battle, I couldn’t quite make it until the end. Still, it was nice to have a good start and lead and it definitely gave me confidence for race two and while I didn’t get the best start, I was able to come through the pack and ended up third, giving me second place on the podium. It was also a good day for the championship standings and I’m now only three points off the lead, so every moto is extremely important, but I’m excited for the rest of the season and I will give it everything I have!"

Jago Geerts got second overall in the MX2 class. Interesting that he's running a helmet extension when it wasn't a mud race.

Gajser and Febvre had a great battle and every position counts with only four points separating the top three riders in the overall championship points.

Febvre looking over to see where Tim was.

Letting Cairoli know Herlings was in fifth.

Pauls Jonas getting his messages in English. And his mechanic is a huge fan with the PJ41 hat.

Romain Febvre was on the box with third overall and 1 - 5 moto scores.

Romain Febvre: “That was a really good first race; in the middle of the race I made a mistake and lost three or four seconds but I knew I was the fastest at some places of the track and I could catch Tim again. The last five laps were really challenging; we passed each other a few times and I was really happy to make the final pass going into the last lap. I didn’t know it was for the championship lead, but it was good to win that one. I didn’t take a good start - which is crucial here - in the second race and had to dig deep. I passed Jeffrey once but he passed me back. I’m a little disappointed – one good moto and one not-quite-so-good again. It’s a long time since I did two really solid motos so I will try to put that straight in each of the last three GPs. Now the championship starts again with the top three within three points and I will do my best to be first at the end!“

This mechanic can spell better than some native English speakers.

Herlings keeps the red plate by literally only one point.

What ever Jonass' mechanic is saying, he ain't buying it.

Um, yeah, that's the goal...

Another overall victory for the legend Tony Cairoli.

Tony Cairoli: “It’s been a struggle since the crash I had in Sardinia. It played on my mind in the next GPs. My ribs were really painful but in Spain I was already feeling a bit better. Coming here I was hoping for a good bounce-back after some tough races but I got sick on Saturday night and Sunday was difficult. Today I felt a bit better, and I’ve had some good races here in the past. I did everything I could to be on the podium. In the first moto I was very happy with my riding and in the second I had a holeshot and could mostly control the race. I was getting a bit tired but with my experience I could save some energy in parts of the track and could keep Jeremy behind me. I hope now I can feel even better and be on the podium every weekend; that’s what I’m here to do.”

Seewer was just off the podium with 4 - 2 moto scores.

Jeremy Seewer: “I feel really good. This was an amazing moto to finish second in the last race, but Tony (Cairoli) was just on a mission. I tried to follow him, but he had slightly more, not a lot. He didn’t get away too much. I feel happy about today. It was consistent and good. To have a 4-2 score and no podium is quite odd, but it shows how competitive the class is, and whether I am on the box or not, I was close and I took good points for the championship and that is all that matters. I’m happy with everything, so now I will take some rest and try to be back for another chance at being on the box at ‘Arco 3’.”

Tom Vialle won moto one but crashed out of moto two in the MX2 class.

Ben Watson with the eye of the tiger.

This is just a rad shot of Kay de Wolf on the Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna MX2 team.

We have one more round at the Arco Di Trento coming up this weekend!

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