EMX125 and EMX250 European Championship:
Lata tops a full Italian podium in EMX250 and Reisulis dominate the EMX125
The second round of the EMX250 and EMX125 European Championship in Pietramurata, Italy, with some quality and skilful riding.
The EMX250 saw a podium completed by three young Italian riders with KTM Beddini Racing Team’s Valerio Lata winning in front of Red Plate holder Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Team’s Andrea Bonacorsi and VRT KTM Factory Juniors’ Ferruccio Zanchi.
In EMX125 MJC Yamaha Official EMX125’s Janis Martin Reisulis completely dominated the round in Trentino ahead of Fantic Factory Team Maddii riders Maximilian Werner second and Elias Escandell third.
The first race of the EMX250 class on Saturday saw a quick start with Valerio Lata taking the lead in front of Andrea Bonacorsi. Although Lata got under pressure pretty early by the Championship leader Bonacorsi, he still held his ground and defended very well. Lata even managed to get a 3,5 seconds cushion. However, Bonacorsi did what he does best, power through to get close and was too quick on lap 10 as he finally passed Lata. Lata was not ready to give up and made an attack in the last couple of turns of the race to give the public an intense finish. Bonacorsi held on his 3rd race win in a row while Lata finished 2nd.
Finishing 3rd was another Italian, Ferruccio Zanchi who showed great skill and speed. Zanchi found himself 4th behind BT Racing Team’s Kay Karssemakers after lap 1. Zanchi made a move on Karssemakers on lap 5 but there was a give and take between them for few turns. Zanchi finally made the pass stick and went 3rd until the end setting the fastest lap of the race in the meantime.
Karssemakers had to concede a couple of positions following that as Marc-Antoine Rossi got him under pressure in thrilling battle. Karssemakers eventually went down in a turn on lap 8 to move down to 7th. M-A.Rossi finished 4th in the end after a good comeback from the 9th place on lap 1. Karssemakers managed to get back up to 6th position in the end.
Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Team’s Karlis Reisulis has been pretty consistent as he got 5th on the first lap to finished 5th in the end.
In race 2, Lata went all in as he got the lead after the first corner and looked determined to stay in the lead. Bonacorsi who went 4th in lap 1, quickly moved up as Zanchi in front of him went down on lap 2. Bonacorsi, also attacked his teammate Van Erp to pass him for 2nd on lap 3. Bonacorsi went on to stay 2nd the rest of the race although he tried for a last push to attack Lata but the gap stayed within safe distance for Lata.
Van Erp who had taken a very quick start and got behind Lata over the first couple of laps had some difficulties to maintain his pace and defend his position. Van Erp moved down to 8th in the end. Maxime Grau showed really good riding in race 2 as the young French managed a solid start and got 5th after the first lap. He benefitted from Zanchi’s fall to get to 4th and then made a great move on Van Erp for 3rd in lap 4. Grau eventually managed to keep his 3rd place and hold his ground in front of Reisulis.
Reisulis got to 6th in lap 2 while Zanchi picked up his bike after going down to 7th. The two riders followed each other during the whole race and finished 5th for Reisulis and 6th for Zanchi.
In the end, Valerio Lata clinched his first EMX250 win in front of the Red Plate holder Andrea Bonacorsi second and Ferruccio Zanchi third for an 100% Italian podium in Trentino.
EMX250 – Overall Top 10 Classification: 1. Valerio Lata (ITA, KTM), 47 points; 2. Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, YAM), 47 p.; 3. Ferruccio Zanchi (ITA, KTM), 36 p.; 4. Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, YAM), 34 p.; 5. Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, KTM), 32 p.; 6. Maxime Grau (FRA, HUS), 28 p.; 7. Cas Valk (NED, FAN), 28 p.; 8. Kay Karssemakers (NED, HUS), 27 p.; 9. Ivano Van Erp (NED, YAM), 24 p.; 10. Saad Soulimani (FRA, KTM), 22 p.
EMX250 – Championship Top 10 Classification: 1. Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, YAM), 97 points; 2. Valerio Lata (ITA, KTM), 75 p.; 3. Cas Valk (NED, FAN), 66 p.; 4. Kay Karssemakers (NED, HUS), 65 p.; 5. Ivano Van Erp (NED, YAM), 60 p.; 6. Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, KTM), 55 p.; 7. Ferruccio Zanchi (ITA, KTM), 53 p.; 8. Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, YAM), 51 p.; 9. Alexis Fueri (FRA, FAN), 46 p.; 10. Quentin Marc Prugnieres (FRA, KAW), 45 p.
In Race 1 on Saturday, Maximilian Ernecker got the best start but MJC Yamaha Team’s Janis Martin Reisulis took the lead very early on after few turns and never gave it up. Reisulis went on to leader from start to finish increasing the gap with Fantic Maddii Factory Racing‘s Maximilian Werner to 16 seconds Werner also overtook Ernecker quickly in the first lap to get 2nd until the end although he had to defend on Ernecker the whole race. In the end he finished 2nd and Ernecker 3rd.
Gyan Doensen from WZ Racing Team and Fantic Factory Team Maddii’s Elias Escandell had a solid race as they quickly got to 4th and 5th respectively on lap 1. They kept their position until the end as they paced through the race to no get under threat.
Vitezslav Marek showed his determination as he quickly went up from 12th on lap 1 to 6th on lap 6. He managed to stay 6th until the end. Francisco Garcia had a solid ride too as he stayed in the top 10 throughout the race picking up 2 positions from 9th on lap 1 to 7th in then end.
The most impressive comeback was the one from Alfio Pulvirenti who started poorly and saw himself in 19th place on lap 1. However, the Italian is not one to shy away from a strong ride. He overtook plenty of riders as he moved up to 11th with one lap to go. He eventually overtook successively August Frisk and JK Racing Yamaha’s Nicola Salvini to finish 9th. Salvini also displayed some heroic move as he went from 22nd on lap 1 to finish 10th. Frisk would settle for 11th showing some great willpower too after a bad start.
Red Plate holder 737 Performers GASGAS’s Mathis Valin crashed early and could only move up to 18th in the end.
In race 2, it was this time Escandell who had the best start but as always, Reisulis was not far in 2nd after few turns. Reisulis pounced early to take the lead and never give it up. Reisulis was a head above throughout the weekend as he comfortably went 1-1. Escandell behind him also showed good control as he stayed easily 2nd until the end.
A great battle for the 3rd position between Werner 3rd from lap 1 and Alban Alm happened in the end of the race. Alm came from behind as he found himself in 7th position on lap 1 to then quickly overtake Doensen for 6th, then Simone Mannini (16th in the end) for 5th on lap 3. He continued on his pace to overtake Frisk on lap 6 for 4th. Finally, Alm got to Werner and eventually passed him with 2 laps to go. Alm finished 3rd while Werner settled for 4th in the end.
Frisk would finish 6th in the end as he got overtaken on the last lap by Valin. Valin made a great comeback as he went from 11th on lap 1 to get to 5th in the end. Unfortunately, it was not enough to keep the Red Plate.
In the end, Janis Martin Reisulis won and dominated the round of Trentino with a perfect 1-1, taking the Red Plate along the way. Maximilian Werner finished second and Elias Escandell third.
EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing – Overall Top 10 Classification: 1. Janis Martins Reisulis (LAT, YAM), 50 points; 2. Maximilian Werner (GER, FAN), 40 p.; 3. Elias Escandell (ESP, FAN), 38 p.; 4. Gyan Doensen (NED, KTM), 32 p.; 5. Vitezslav Marek (CZE, KTM), 28 p.; 6. Maximilian Ernecker (AUT, GAS), 28 p.; 7. August Frisk (SWE, KTM), 25 p.; 8. Mads Fredsoe (DEN, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Francisco Garcia (ESP, GAS), 24 p.; 10. Alfio Samuele Pulvirenti (ITA, KTM), 21 p.
EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing – Championship Top 10 Classification: 1. Janis Martins Reisulis (LAT, YAM), 85 points; 2. Elias Escandell (ESP, FAN), 72 p.; 3. Mathis Valin (FRA, GAS), 66 p.; 4. Vitezslav Marek (CZE, KTM), 66 p.; 5. Maximilian Werner (GER, FAN), 62 p.; 6. Gyan Doensen (NED, KTM), 56 p.; 7. Laban Alm (SWE, HUS), 53 p.; 8. Francisco Garcia (ESP, GAS), 50 p.; 9. Nicola Salvini (ITA, YAM), 42 p.; 10. Mads Fredsoe (DEN, KTM), 42 p.
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