Starting with the weekend of the GP from Lierop in The Netherlands. On Saturday everything went really well, and I like to ride the heavy sand track of Lierop every year. In the qualification heat I didn’t come out with a good start, but I was able to ride from around 20th position to the fourth place, when I made a little mistake and finished fifth, which was OK for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
On Sunday the first heat I had a top three start behind Max Nagl and David Philippaerts. David made a mistake in the second corner and we both crashed! At the end of the first lap I was in 28th position. Once again, it was going to be a race against the clock, coming from totally back of the pack!
I like the track and because my conditioning is good you have a big advantage on tracks like this. I was able to get into the top five and passed Ken de Dycker, Tanel Leok and Steve Ramon. I was now in second. Max had a nice gap for the lead, but with still 1 1/2 laps to go, I didn’t wanna give up … and I closed the gap on Max. Unfortunately, I made a small mistake on the last lap, otherwise I believe that it was possible to win this race!
In the second heat I took the hole shot and pulled a big gap and won the race and the overall GP win! A great weekend for me. That night we had a KTM team dinner, because of Marvin Musquin winning the MX2 world title and me winning the MX1 title at the Brazil GP. Like every year after the GP in Lierop I organized a big big party to celebrate my world title! It was a great party and thanks to everybody to celebrated with me!!
After the amazing party it was a few days until my home GP already! The last MX GP of the year, the last chance to see my fans again! A really important GP for me, FERMO!!
This track is not easy for the riders. The start is super important, because it’s not easy to pass your opponents even in a clear way, and it’s a potential dangerous track for injuries, but it is a spectacular track for the Italian public
It was a good day on Saturday, the weather was perfect and lots and lots of fans! That morning I heard that David and I were now able to ride MXdN in USA in two weeks. I was happy with that great news. I’m gonna’ give 222%, and try (together with Alessandro and David) to take a podium for our country, for Italy!
The training session Saturday at Fermo went OK … but I was searching for good places to pass and places where I could make a difference with the rest. In the qualification heat I had a good start, but got passed by Steve Ramon and Nicolas Aubin in the fist lap. I passed Steve back, and finished fifth in the qualification heat.
For Sunday they where able to prepare the track, and that made the track much nicer to ride, with more possibilities and places to pass. In the Warm Up session I also had the fastest lap time and was looking forward for the first heat!
I had a bad start in heat one, I know how important the start is on a track like this, but I totally missed the start and was in 24th position. Even though it was not easy, I used a lot of different lines and climbed up 13th position behind Jimmy Albertson. Then I over-jumped a jump and felt an immense pain in my left foot. I tried to continue the race, but I landed on it again, and it was just too painful to continue.
After the knee surgery I had in 2008, I haven’t stopped at any race, so I was feeling sad for my fans. The doctor looked at my ankle and couldn’t see if the ligaments were stretched, or damaged, or broken. Together with her and the team we wanted to save myself and not take any risks for the Motocross of Nations, and we decided to sit out the second heat of MX1 in Fermo.
Monday after the race I had my foot checked, and I’m lucky ’cause the ligaments are not broken, only stretched, so after a few days of rest I can continue my training again.
I hope and want to show my very best at the Nations in USA. Sadly, I just heard from David (Philippaerts) that he is not able to ride MXdN because he hurt himself in the second heat in Fermo. That’s sad news. I wanna’ wish that David gets well soon, and I know he will cheer for Italy!
So, there is my weekends of the MX GP of Lierop and the MX GP of Fermo. A high point for sure and definitely the low point of my season. We know that is just part of racing, but we are human too.
Grazie to my amazing fans in Fermo … thanks for your support … and I’m gonna’ do more than my best at the Nations for ITALIAAA!
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