Scandinavian Motocross EMX2 podium in Vantaa, Finland
22 August 2010 – Vantaa hosted ninth round for the UEM EMX2 European Championship. The race was successful for Scandinavian riders which took first three positions. Jon Soderberg (KTM) from Finland won, Calle Aspegren (KTM) from Sweden was second and third was another Finnish Juuso Matikainen (KTM).
First hole shot was taken by home rider Jusi Matikainen. He took a big advantage in front of competitors, then Kalle Olsson (Honda) passed him. Matikainen took the leadership back but only for some laps. Julien Lieber (Suzuki) was riding on the third position most of the heat. Young Belgian made a big pressure on Matikainen who lost the win in last part of the heat and Lieber took the win.
Two Finnish riders were in front also in the second heat. Matikainen took the lead again while Jon Soderberg (KTM) was second. Soderberg had technical problems in the first heat and finished fourth, but in the second heat he passed leader Matikainen and won in front of Even Heibye (Honda) from Norway.
Jon Soderberg won his home round and took maiden EMX2 victory. Second was Calle Aspegren and Juso Marikainen was third. Fourth was Italian Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (KTM, Massignani Racing). All riders who are on the top of the EMX2 European Championship were far from the podium. Suzuki rider Steven Lenoir (Vamo Racing) from France had big problems on the sandy track. In first heat he finished only tenth, in second he was sevent. But Lenoir kept the red plate before final round. Slovenian Jernej Irt (Husqvarna Cross 2) did not finish the first heat but still stays second in the Championship classification. Third rider of the Championship Italian Andrea Cervellin (Husqvarna Cross 2 R) lost many points because he did not finish the second heat but also he kept third position before the final round.
Decisive and exciting final round of the UEM EMX2 European Championship will be on September 5 in Geneve, Switzerland.
1st – JON SODERBERG (Finland): “This is my home track and I came to win the race. It all started yesterday with the win in the Qualifying race. In a sighting lap before the first heat I noticed that my front break does not work and there was nothing to do. It was difficult to ride the whole heat like that, I finished fourth. Second start was perfect and I won the heat.”
2nd – CALLE ASPEGREN (Sweden): “Yesterday was a difficult day for me in the Qualifying practice. Today was better, I even finished on podium. I am very satisfied with my performance. Second heat was easier than first because I was second after start. I have never been here before. Track is technically difficult. I prefer harder packs.”
3rd – JUUSO MATIKAINEN (Finland): “I am glad about my weekend in Vantaa and happy to take the podium in front of my home spectators. I was training here many times and I like the track. I know it very well. Yesterday I had problems with suspension and qualifying race was not too successful for me. We improved things and today everything was better.”
1st Race top ten: 1. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), 35:01.642; 2. Juuso Matikainen (FIN, Honda), +0:03.845; 3. Calle Aspegren (SWE, KTM), +0:06.318; 4. Jon Soderberg (FIN, KTM), +0:08.571; 5. Kalle Olsson (SWE, Honda), +0:30.026; 6. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, KTM), +0:30.974; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:32.092; 8. Henric Stigell (FIN, Kawasaki), +0:34.667; 9. Luke Hawkins (GBR, Honda), +0:35.576; 10. Steven Lenoir (FRA, Suzuki), +0:37.488
2nd Race top ten: 1. Jon Soderberg (FIN, KTM), 34:34.482; 2. Even Heibye (NOR, Honda), +0:08.679; 3. Calle Aspegren (SWE, KTM), +0:22.320; 4. Juuso Matikainen (FIN, Honda), +0:29.944; 5. Jernej Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), +0:30.695; 6. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, Honda), +0:40.196; 7. Steven Lenoir (FRA, Suzuki), +0:41.971; 8. Miika Oinonen (FIN, KTM), +0:43.126; 9. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, KTM), +0:44.711; 10. Atte Jousi (FIN, Yamaha), +0:45.987
Overall classification top ten: 1. Jon Soderberg (FIN, KTM), 43 points; 2. Calle Aspegren (SWE, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Juuso Matikainen (FIN, Honda), 40 p.; 4. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, KTM), 27 p.; 5. Steven Lenoir (FRA, Suzuki), 25 p.; 6. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), 25 p.; 7. Henric Stigell (FIN, Kawasaki), 23 p.; 8. Even Heibye (NOR, Honda), 22 p.; 9. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, Honda), 21 p.; 10. Atte Jousi (FIN, Yamaha), 21 p.
Championship standings top ten: 1. Steven Lenoir (FRA, Suzuki), 331 points; 2. Jernej Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), 291 p.; 3. Andrea Cervellin (ITA, Husqvarna), 285 p.; 4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 274 p.; 5. Luke Hawkins (GBR, Honda), 251 p.; 6. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, KTM), 241 p.; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), 162 p.; 8. Jon Soderberg (FIN, KTM), 153 p.; 9. Samuel Zeni (ITA, KTM), 150 p.; 10. Michael Mercandino (ITA, Honda), 148 p.;
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