This weekend the MXGP calendar made a stop at Germany’s Teutschenthal motocross track and along with it came the European Motocross Championship’s EMX125 class presented by FMF Racing. Topping the group of riders at the end of the weekend was Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna’s Mattia Guadagnini with unbeatable 2-1 finishes.
88 riders entered the racing from around the world for their chance to qualify for the main races’ 40 rider starting list. Qualifying on Saturday morning narrowed the field down for Race 1.
From the start to the finish KTM Junior’s Rene Hofer led race 1 with red plated #11. Behind Hofer the first half of the race was Jezyk Racing team’s Eddie Wade. Wade, the 2017 FIM Junior Motocross 85cc World Champion, had the Husqvarna of Guadagnini (photo2) behind him from the start but on lap 9 of the 15 total Wade lost the spot.
Yamaha Europe EMX125’s Thibault Benistant, a first time podium finisher from last weekend in Latvia, ran in 4th every single lap. Past the checkered flag Hofer won his 4th race of the season while Guadagnini took 2nd and Wade 3rd.
The surface for today’s Race 2 was noticeably different as the riders were the first on the track following overnight watering and track maintenance. The conditions played perfect into the hands of Meico Vettik from Estonia who took the lead early over Benistant, Guadagnini and Hofer. The Italian, Guadagnini, mounted a charge immediately and was into 2nd by lap two while for Hofer it took longer to move forward. On lap 5 Guadagnini was into the lead past Vettik but Hofer was still positioned 4th. With Guadagnini getting away, Hofer found a way to get by Benistant on lap 6 and then Vettik on lap 8.
In the remaining 6 laps Hofer chipped away at the gap of Guadagnini successfully. With only two corners to go Hofer was all over the back of the Italian who could feel the pressure. The last minute charge from Hofer was left too late to make a pass and Guadagnini took his first ever race win swapping results with Hofer for equal points. The race 2 performance gave the Italian his first ever overall victory while Hofer extended his points lead and Vettik took 3rd.
Full results on FIM Europe website: http://www.fim-europe.eu/events/536