GP Bits: MXGP of Trentino | Round Four 4

An inside look at the fourth round of the 2019 MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship from Pietramurata, Italy.

GP Bits: MXGP of Trentino | Round Four

The Trentino track is one of the most picturesque on the entire circuit. Tucked in the southern section of the Dolomites, the track has natural elevation, but it also gets super rough with hard edges and dry sections.

A selection of MX2 bikes.

Red Bull KTM's Tony Cairoli had to settle for second overall in his home country with 2 - 2 moto scores. But those numbers alone don't tell the story. Tony and Tim Gajser were on a whole other level trading the lead in each moto.

A closer look at the front of Cairoli's bike shows that he runs different Neken triple clamps than the US KTM team. The bottom edge of the lower clamp runs straight across rather than having a curved cutout.

But just like the US teams, Akrapovic supplies much of the carbon fiber guards like the rear caliper and rotor covers.

Cairoli isn't a tall guy, but you wouldn't guess that from the looks of his bar bend.

At 34 year's old, Tony's speed and fitness are the same as they ever were, and his maturity and experience only seem to make him a better rider.

“It is a positive weekend overall but I’m not happy with my second moto because I took a risk and crashed when I should have had the GP. A crash is always possible in motocross but we should take care not to get injured and it was close today. I’m disappointed by that but I’m happy to make the podium again: that’s four this season with three wins and a second place so it is difficult to be negative about how it has gone.”

The Italian's are always happy to see their boy running up front.
This translates to '6 fast' which might be a hypothetical call to click into 6th gear?

Here's a closer look at Monster Energy Yamaha's Jeremy Seewer's YZ450F. Because of the Akrapovic's expansion chamber on the header being so close to both coolant lines, they are wrapped with gold heat wrap. You can also see a tiny bit of the gold wrap under the tank. There is also a pretty cool curved carbon fiber guard protecting the coolant line coming out of the right radiator.

We don't see too many Yamaha's with Akrapovic exhaust in the states.
Compared to Cairoli's cockpit, Seewer's seems cramped. The kill switch is guarded, as we've seen on other bikes, and we don't really know what the purpose of the foam next to the starter button is.

Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha rider Gautier Paulin put together a solid 3 - 3 for third overall. That being said, he was near 30 seconds behind Gasjer and Cairoli at the front. Again, they were both riding on another planet.

Paulin runs a Holeshot Link, has a smattering of GYTR parts including the rear brake clevis. Just pray you don't catch a shin on those dragon-toothed pegs.

On this side, you can see more GYTR parts like the ignition cover. There is also a Pro Circuit shifter. Nothing out of the norm with the Factory KYB shock, but the hydraulic clutch and case saver integration is super trick.

"It always feels good to be on the podium, and I am happy to be on the box. I know I have some work to do to step up and challenge the leaders because I want to join the battle for the lead. As a racer, it's nice to battle hard for a position and it's cool to listen to the crowd go crazy. I could hear them this weekend and that was pretty special. Now we will go back to work to make the bike better, to make myself better, and hopefully be in that battle in Mantova."

Looking at both Monster Energy Kawasaki rider's bikes, Clement Desalle runs older non-split Xtrig triple clamps...
While teammate Julien Lieber runs the ROCS split clamps.

Honda HRC's Tim Gajser went toe-to-toe with Cairoli in both Sunday motos. They swapped places many times, both made mistakes, but Tim came out on top with 1 - 1 moto scores and the overall victory.

Here is a closer look at the Showa A-Kit BFRC shock on Gajser's bike. The cutout is nice, but the carbon reinforcement is super cool.

The shock shaft looks to be oversized, as well as ti-nitride coated.

"It is unbelievable. It’s my first win in over a year and it’s just such a great feeling. To do it here at Arco di Trento is especially special because of all the Slovenian fans that made the trip to come and support me. I had two great battles today, we were both riding so fast but I think the fans gave me that extra boost I needed to take this victory. Every lap I could hear them and it was amazing to win in front of them, just to repay them for their energy that they gave me. I am also so happy for all of the members of Team HRC who work so hard to get me to this level, they all deserve a lot of praise for the effort they put in every week, so a big thanks to them too. Now, there is a bit of a break until the next race but we are heading in the right direction and I can’t wait to try and put this Honda CRF450RW on the top step of the podium again.

Not to get all mushy, but this is probably our favorite shots from the weekend. These dudes were riding on the ragged edge, but they kept it clean and you can tell that they respect the heck out of each other.

As the closest race to Gajser's home country of Slovenia, his dedicated coalition of fans hit the Trentino round hard. This section of the track is actually called "Gajser's Corner" and he made a few passes right in front of his fans.

Rockstar Husqvarna rider Pauls Jonass runs the Neken clamps with the cutout on the bottom clamp, in contrast to Cairoli's we looked at earlier. And because of the bolts clamping the top clamp on the inside rather than near the number plate, they can't use a custom metal bracket for his transponder like other teams. The folded-in-half duct tape trick is a good way of securing a transponder and leaving your fork tubes clean.

Putting together solid 4 - 4 moto scores for fourth overall, Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha rider Arnaud Tonus has his best showing yet after he struggled in the Dutch sand last week. “It is hard to explain how I feel after the struggle I have been faced with over the last week. It is pretty unbelievable. I am so happy I was able to fight through it and find some inside strength. I did not tell anyone I was unwell, because I did not want it to affect me mentally. 4-4 this weekend is absolutely amazing after the struggle, so I am just very thankful to the team who have stuck behind me through my hardest times. I cannot thank them enough. It has given me a lot of motivation going into the next races.”

Standing Construct KTM Racing Team's Ivo Montecelli rounded out the top five in the MXGP class with 5 - 6 moto scores for fifth overall.

In the 250 class, MX2, Red Bull KTM rider Jorge Prado is continuing his dominance with 1 - 1 moto scores giving him the victory overall.

A pair of KTM's get the jump. You can just see Prado's fender in the lower left while his rookie teammate Tom Vialle trails right behind.

One of the only defining characteristics of Prado's 250 SX-F is the dip in the front half of his seat. You can also see that his Akrapovic header is much shorter than the FMF header's used by the TLD team here in the states.

Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2's Jago Geerts rode impressively to land on the second spot of the podium with consistent 2 - 2 moto scores.

"It was a really good weekend for me, even yesterday was really good with second place in the Qualifying Race. Today went the same. I had two good starts and moved to second place and finished second place. I had really good speed and really enjoyed the track this year as it was really rough, especially in the second heat and I like that. Now I just want to work hard in this small break that we have, and try to be on the box again in Mantova."

Red Bull KTM's Tom Vialle went 3 - 6 for third overall. As you would expect for a rookie, he is a little hot and cold.

“A second podium in four GPs is unbelievable. When they called me to come in after the finish line I thought they had made a mistake! I was a bit disappointed a few moments before because I thought I’d lost it. I was so happy to learn I was third and was actually happy with my riding the whole weekend considering this was my first visit to this circuit. I love trying new tracks and new ground and it played into my favour today.”

Geerts' teammate Ben Watson was just off the podium with 7 - 3 scores for fourth overall. "I am happy with my riding. I've been working hard the last few weeks and I am happy with where I am at, there are just a few small things that are stopping me from achieving the results I know I am capable of. My main issue is the start. I have to come from so far behind, but I was content with the way I rode. I had consistently fast laps in the second race and managed to get back to third position, which is finally a result that I am somewhat happy with. We still have a lot to work on to get to where I want to be."

Current points leader in the MX2 class, Rockstar Husqvarna's Thomas Kjer-Olsen looked less than comfortable on the rough Italian circuit.

"It wasn't a perfect weekend, but I'm still leading the championship and I think I showed good speed. Everyone knows how difficult it is to overtake on this track, and I realized it in Race 1. The second race was better, but after a long time in third it is a pity to close off the podium. However I have collected important points for the championship, and now I will continue to work hard in these weeks of break to get 100% for the next GP. "


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