The European Motocross Championship classes of EMX250, EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing, and EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing took over the early stages of Sunday. On their second day of racing in Switzerland Bud Racing Monster Energy’s Tristan Charboneau, GL12’s James Dunn, and Bud Racing Monster Energy’s Brian Moreau took victories. The biggest victory however was that of Brad Anderson who was crowned 2017 EMX300 Presented by FMF Champion (in photo1 with FIM Europe Chairman of Motocross and Snowcross Commission Eddie Herd and with Youthstream Director David Luongo. All photos @Youthstream).
In EMX250 race BUD Racing Monster Energy’s Tristan Charboneau (photo2) took his third consecutive race this season leading every lap ahead of F&H Racing Team’s Ruben Fernandez and Filip Neugebauer.
Charbobeau’s BUD Racing Monster Energy teammate Marshal Weltin took fourth ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Morgan Lesiardo.
Race 2 started well for Charboneau again with the lead but he would begin to fade back on lap 7 while Lesiardo returned to his early season form. Lesiardo took the lead and only a lap later Carglass Honda Racing’s Jed beaton passed Charboneau for second.
Frenchman and Honda Redmoto rider Mathys Boisrame ran 4th every lap of the 2nd race expect the first where he was 5th. After Boisrame left the fifth spot many riders shifted in and out of the position but in the end fellow Frenchman Team DIGA-Procross’ rider Adrien Malaval took the spot.
Prior points leader Yamaha SM Action’s Simone Furlotti fell in both races and would not finish race 2. In the overall podium it was Charboneau taking his second win in a row, Lesiardo second and Boisrame third.
Both Facchetti and Moreau started, rode every lap, and finished in the same position. Behind Moreau and Facchetti was last week’s winner, IceOne Husqvarna Racing rider Mikkel Haarup. Haarup started 5th and from that point worked his way past both TM Racing Factory Team’s Mattia Guadagnini and Thibault Benistant.
The hard charger in race one was Kini KTM Junior Racing’s Rene Hofer who came from 9th place to finish in the final spot of the top five just ahead of Benistant in 6th.
Race 2 started with the lead for Alessandro Manucci but 2 laps later it was taken away by Moreau. From there the #225 rode a smart race ahead of Gianluca Facchetti and Manucci. Creeping up on the front runners was Jeremy Sydow, but it was a little too late as Moreau crossed the finish line 15 seconds ahead of Facchetti and then Manucci.
Running fifth 1 minute and 3 seconds off the lead was Rene Hofer. The overall went to Moreau event though he split wins with Facchetti he took the better result in race 2 as a tiebreaker. Mattia Guadagnini’s strong rides took the final spot on the podium, his first of his career and it came only a week after not qualifying for Lommel.
The last race of the Saturday was EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing and it could have been the championship deciding race but it had to wait until Sunday.
The GL12 Racing Teammates of James Dunn (photo4) and Mike Kras went 1st and 2nd in race 1 while the championship leader, Brad Anderson, finished third after struggling early and coming back from outside the top 20.
Behind the top three was iFly JK Racing’s Manuel Iacopi and Revolution Racing team’s Thomas Marini.
Race 2 was going perfect for Kras as he led Kenny Vandueren the first 5 laps but just after crossing the finish jump on to start lap 6 his bike gave up on him. Vandueren then took the lead for a lap before Race 1 winner James Dunn took it away.
On a mission however was championship leader Brad Anderson who started 6th but worked his way to the back of Dunn and passed him for the race win claiming the title of 2017 EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Champion.
In the overall Dunn took the win over Anderson, Vandueren, Iacopi, and Erik Willems.
All results on FIM Europe website: http://www.fim-europe.eu/events/421