At the sand-surfaced Hyvinkää circuit, which hosted the GP of Finland, another “top 10” result for Forato in the top class. Adamo, in the MX2, finished two solid races despite a not-perfect physical shape and a big crash in Race 1. Hard round for Tuani and Ruffini in the EMX250.
The three-in-a-row rounds in Northern Europe finished with the GP of Finland, which was the 16th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship out of 18 rounds scheduled.
8 years since the last GP, after that it hosted 23 of them in 1965, the Hyvinkää circuit, located a few kilometres out of the capital, Helsinki, welcomed the MXGP and the MX2 together with the EMX125 and the EMX250 and the EMX Open for their last rounds of the season.
As well as the previous race, SM Action GasGas Racing Team Yuasa Battery deployed all of its riders, Andrea Adamo #80 (MX2), Alberto Forato (MXGP), Federico Tuani (EMX250) and Luca Ruffini #669 (EMX250).
Sun and good weather were partners of the EMX250 riders on Saturday morning. After a discrete session in Free Practice, Federico confirmed himself in the “top 20”, as he signed for the 18th fastest lap time, but Luca had a few issues and he finished 41st. Unluckily, though, a crash and a big bruise on his shoulder compromised Tuani’s weekend. In Race 1, as it took place in the afternoon, the rider from Tuscany tried hard but he had to retire. Ruffini, who was 22nd after the start, lost a few places and finished 35th. On Sunday morning, only Luca took part in Race 2, and the rider stayed far away from the “top 20” as he finished in P35. The Gp of Finland finished with no points gained by the riders of the EMX 250. Despite the double zero collected by Federico, he kept the 21st place in the General Classification.
In the MX2 Adamo took part in the race despite the pain in his left knee, but his performance was quite subdued: he made it to P17 in Free Practice and P15 in Timed Practice. The Qualifying Race, on Saturday afternoon, was divided into two: in the first part, which was cancelled after lap 2 due to a malfunction of the starting gate, Andrea had a good start and he was 10th when the red flag was exposed. In the second part, the GasGas rider crashed in the main straight after contact with another rider and he was 22nd after lap 1. At the end of the 11 remaining laps, he crossed the line in P19. On Sunday Andrea clenched his teeth and he made two solid recoveries, finishing Race 1 in 10th place and Race 2 in 14th, a result that awarded him 12th place Overall. Unluckily, though, the points that he gained were not enough to keep the 7th position in the General Classification, so he moved back to P8.
In MXGP Alberto’s morning started with the 7th fastest lap time in Free Practice which was followed by 12th place in Timed Practice. In the Qualifying Race once again the rider from Veneto was not the fastest at the start, but since lap 1 already he recovered from P22 to the “top 20”, and he finished the race in P15, despite a small technical problem. On Sunday Alberto made a good start in Race 1 and he moved up from 13th place to the 8th, showing that he is closer and closer to his best shape. In Race 2 he started in P23 after a crash, so he was forced to a long and constant recovery that moved him up to 11th place. Thanks to the points that he gained, Forato confirmed himself as a “top 10” rider, as he finished the weekend in 9th place Overall. In the General Classification, he kept the 14th position.
For the 17th and a second-to-last round of the season, FIM Motocross World Championship will move to France at the St. Jean d’Angely circuit, where the GP of Charente Maritime will take place. The event will also host the EMX250 Championship for the 10th and last round of the season.
Andrea Adamo #80: “Today a lot of things did not go well, especially with my physical shape. My knee was still hurting and the crash at the start of Race 1 complicated everything. I will try to recover as much as possible before the GP of France”.
Federico Tuani #3: “I don’t have a lot to say about this weekend. I had a good feeling about the circuit and wit bike but when I was trying the start, after Timed Practice, I crashed and I hurt my shoulder. In Race 1 I tried to ride but I was in pain, so I had to retire. In Race 2, I decided not to race to avoid more risks. Next week we will make assessments and I hope I will go to France”.
Source : https://mailchi.mp/b97a969e5d27/sm-action-gasgas-racing-team-yuasa-battery-press-release?e=7734f3af1b
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