2012 FIM MXGP MX3: Successful weekend for Austrian trio - Photo 1 of 1

Before today´s races was everything opened. Too many riders wanted to win in this race. This year´s FIM MX3 rounds are accompanied by rain and nothing has changed in Arco di Trento. Red plate owner Matthias Walkner defended his position and moreover he took victory. Another two Austrians filled up the podium.

Race 1

Race one in MX3 cathegory started very attractive. Two home riders and two Austrian guys were the fastest from start. Fastest one could be only one. It was Günter Schmidinger who took the holeshot. Another Austrian rider Michael Staufer was riding wheel to wheel with Günter. He wasn´t able to defend his postion and Michael went to lead. He was fastest in first ride and he took victory.

Michael Staufer: ,,I am happy, I won, finally. What else, another Austrian guys were behind me, it looks like on an Austrian championship. I am satisfied now. Hope to repeat that in second race.”

Hillinger KTM MX-Racing Team rider Matthias Walkner, Austrian rider too, was riding from start in the front. Three Austrian riders, Staufer, Schmidinger and Walkner were catching up and they three ran away from other riders. Matthias Walkner was pushing hard on Schmidinger´s second place. In the last lap Günter Schmidinger made a mistake and Matthias could take him over. Matthias Walkner finished second in first race today.

Finally, Mibag Schmidinger World Motocross Team rider Günter Schmidinger obtained third position. He was fast from the start, defending his leading position too, but closing to end he lost two positions and he had to be satisfied with third.

Well-prepared and fast rider Klemen Gercar noticed bad start. After first lap he was only 19th, but he did not give up. Neverthless he was pushing harder and harder. Klemen was passing his rivals easily with his agressive, but technically good ride. UFO Racing Team rider Klemen Gercar got fourth position in the first race.

Hard job waited for Matevz Irt in the first race. He had some problems just after start, but then he started doing his best. He was in every lap on better position. In the end of race he was fighting with home rider Alessandro D´Angelo and Czech rider Martin Michek. His ride brought to him fifth place.

Racing Service Corregio rider Martin Michek on KTM was trying whole race to move on to the front. It was hard job for him. He earned three places and in the finish line it was enough only to sixth place.  He took over also home rider Alessandro D´Angelo, who obtained seventh place. Team-mate of Martin Michek, Petr Bartos was after start in front, but not for a long time. He made a mistake and it removed him to eighth place. Philip Rüf, fourth Austrian in top ten, finished nineth. Stijn Verstrepen wanted to be in top ten riders before the  race. His dream came true in the first race, when he took tenth.

Race 2

Race two seemed before the race very hard. Rain complicated conditions on a track, but MX3 riders were prepared to pass this exam. Hilinger KTM MX-Racing Team rider Matthias Walkner made a good start again. He took the holeshot and did not let this position go.  From start, until the end he was in lead. After this weekend red plate still belongs to him.

Günter Schimidinger started in top positions again. In second race he did not want to lose positions after mistakes. His concentration was better and he was riding on second, few seconds behind first Walkner.  Team Mibag Schmidinger World Motocross rider Günter obtained second in muddy Race two.

Günter Schmidinger: ,,I am happy with my second place here. I made more concentration for the race two, no more unnecessary mistakes. It works and I could take second. Muddy conditions are no problem for me, because I train in mud and I used to like this.”

Matevz Irt always make a very good results in every race, when he is riding without mistakes. In Italian mud he could be faster than the others. Conditions in second race were suited for him and Slovenian rider came to finish in the third place. Matevz Irt lagged behind second Schmidinger for only 8 seconds.

Winner of first race Austrian Michael Staufer did not repeat first start. He get fourth position in race and nothing changed until end. It was great result for Michael, because after unlucky first three races, finally he reached podium. In Italy belongs to him second place overall.

Martin Michek is one of the guys, who aspire on world title. In Italy he had bad luck. First race he finished sixth and in second he had problems too. He was riding behind his team mate Petr Bartos. Petr made a mistake and he started to catch Michael Staufer. Michael were five seconds over him and it was too hard to minimize gap. Finally RSC Team rider Michek closed first top five.

Stijn Verstrepen had a very good weekend in Italy. In the second race he was catching up with experienced rider Antti Pyrhönen. Young Stijn defend his position and he finished on sixth place best. He lost twenty seconds  to top five. Finnish rider Antti Pyrhönen struggled through riders after bad start. In the end he obtained sevent position. In overall championship standings still belongs to him third position five poinst over Martin Michek.

UFO Racing Team rider Petr Michalec noticed one of the best rides in this season. Eventually he noticed very good start and he watched his 8th position for all the time.  Antti´s team mate Ludvig Soderberg crossed finish line on nineth place. Petr Bartos closed finally top ten after his mistake a few laps before end the Race two.

MX3 Race 1 Results: 1. Michael Staufer (AUT, KTM), 35:05.128; 2. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 35:09.062; 3. Gunter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 35:17.272; 4. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), 35:50.866; 5. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), 35:57.117; 6. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 35:59.093; 7. Alessandro D´Angelo (ITA, Kawasaki), 36:10.903; 8. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), 36:20.094; 9. Philip Ruf (AUT, Honda), 36:21.451; 10. Stijn Verstrepen (BEL, Honda), 36:23.690

MX3 Race 2 Results: 1. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 35:41.740; 2. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 35:51.300; 3. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), 35:59.605; 4. Michael Staufer (AUT, KTM), 36:10.688; 5. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 36:15.221; 6. Stijn Verstrepen (BEL, Honda), 36:38.570; 7. Antti Pyrhonen (FIN, Honda), 36:42.259; 8. Petr Michalec (CZE, Honda), 36:44.351; 9. Ludvig Soderberg (FIN, Honda), 36:47.839; 10. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), 36:50.019

MX3 Overall Classification: 1. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 47 points 2. Michael Staufer (AUT, KTM), 43 p. 3. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 42 p. 4. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), 36 p. 5. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 31 p. 6. Stijn Verstrepen (BEL, Honda), 26 p. 7. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), 26 p. 8. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), 24 p. 9. Antti Pyrhönen (FIN, Honda), 23 p. 10. Ludvig Söderberg (FIN, Honda), 20 p.

MX3 Championship Classification: 1. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 142 points 2. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 130 p. 3. Antti Pyrhönen (FIN, Honda), 110 p. 4. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 105 p. 5. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), 99 p. 6. Michael Staufer (AUT, KTM), 96 p. 7. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), 77 p. 8. Lukasz Lonka (POL, Honda), 72 p. 9. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), 64 p. 10. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (NED, Honda), 49 p.

MX3 Round of Italy – QUICK FACTS

Circuit lenght: 1 660 metres

Type of ground: hard pack

Temperature: 17 °C

Weather conditions: cloudy, rainy

Photo: Winning trio: Staufer, Walkner, Schmidinger


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