Former multi FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion Kiara Fontanesi continued an impeccable run of sending her Grand Prix fans home happy by claiming yet another victory on Italian soil today at the fifth round of 2017 MXGP. The WMX series negotiated the second of six events on the Grand Prix slate with the Trentino fixture at Pietramurata and under the immense Dolomite mountain range. #8 took her Yamaha to 1st and 2nd in two exciting and unpredictable races while brandmate Courtney Duncan was second (to front the standings) and Kawasaki’s Livia Lancelot was third.
The main MXGP show around the packed, compact, slick and undulating course was owned by Tony Cairoli with Jorge Prado celebrating his first ever win at sixteen years of age in MX2.
Such were the demands of Pietramurata that the order for podium contention was largely determined in the tight first corner and by the end of the first lap of the 30 minute and 2 lap motos. Passing opportunities were slim to say the least and Cairoli’s charge from a opening turn crash and 22nd position to reach second place and claim his 79th GP success will rank as one of the best performances in the modern motocross age…and the crowd responded in full appreciation of the feat.
Trentino represented the initial meeting of the long European phase of the MXGP calendar and after the diverse challenges of races in Qatar, Indonesia, Argentina and Mexico. The peculiarities of the track frustrated members of the Monster Energy elite and it was Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle who placed highest in the ranking of the premier class (and keeps third spot in the standings) by claiming sixth overall, just ahead of Yamaha’s Jeremy Van Horebeek. Former World Champion Romain Febvre suffered a crash in the second sprint.
In MX2 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki’s Seva Brylyakov shone with a bright run to fourth spot in the first MX2 moto.
It was left to Fontanesi to put the claw on the top of the box, and in exciting style in front of largely partisan public to the number of 30,000 that squeezed into the narrow enclosures.
“I’m really happy to win here because it’s great to do it at home and because I always mange it in Italy!” ‘Fonta’ said after recovering from a second moto tumble while jostling for the lead. “I could see the pace was quite good and I was 100% comfortable on the bike. I had a crash in the second moto today because the track was very flat and full of water but I was pleased with my win on Saturday. The big difference for me this year is the bike and when I came back to Yamaha I felt like I am ‘at home’ but I am really motivated for the title.”
The Grand Prix of Europe in the shallow sand of Valkenswaard in the Netherlands will bring MXGP up to the sixth stop on the schedule next weekend.