19.05.2012: Photo: Walkner wins the qualifying race
MX3 Round of Italy – QUICK FACTS
Circuit lenght: 1 660 metres
Type of ground: hard pack
Photo: Walkner wins the qualifying race
MX3 Round of Italy – QUICK FACTS Circuit lenght: 1 660 metres Type of ground: hard pack Temperature: 23°C Weather conditions: sunny
Fourth round of FIM MX3 World Motocross Championship took place in beautiful region Trentino. World motocross classes are at Ciclamino track for the first time. Everybody was looking forward to fights between motivated riders. Pretty nice weather lure on this circuit number of spectators. In today´s plan were qualifying races. The best one in MX3 cathegory was for today Matthias Walkner.
Saturday qualifying race did not start simply. In first corner were too many candidates to take the holeshot and to that moment first Michael Staufer fell down in group of riders with Petr Michalec. From this moment grab the first place red plate owner Matthias Walkner. Matthias had to be very fast. Behind him were another riders trying to get the first place for tommorow´s race. Hillinger KTM MX-Racing Team rider Matthias Walkner held his position until the end of race, but it wasn´t easy for him.
Matthias Walkner: "I had a good start, but then I have a big mistake with Michael Staufer. And everything in race was good, also the start. I catched a good rythm and I won."
Second Austrian rider in the front Gunter Schmidinger was pushing very hard on Matthias. Team Mibag Schmidinger World Motocross rider Gunter was trying to catch Matthias in every turn for whole race. Gap between first two riders was only one second. But Gunter Schmidinger hadn´t easy life on second position.
Just right behind him, wheel to wheel, Klemen Gercar wanted to repeat last week´s result. Fast ride of Klemen pushed first two riders to be as quick as it is possible. This all caused, that top three riders came to finish line with more than half a minute lead.
Czech rider, Bulgarian winner, Martin Michek didn´t get start under control. After first corner he was in the middle of group. His brave ride moved him step by step to the front. In the end of first lap he obtained eleventh position. He catched Antti Pyrhonen and they both was jumping over their rivals. Finally Racing Service Corregio Team rider Martin Michek crossed finish line on fourth position.
Only two seconds behind him finished Ceriel Klein Kromhof. His start wasn´t good, too. And scenario of his ride was identical to Michek´s. In the end of race Ceriel took Antti Pyrhonen over and he was able to get top five riders. Only a few second over Ceriel was Joan Cros Cortes. In very last lap Ceriel made his best and he was faster than Joan Cros.
Spanish rider on Suzuki Joan Cros obtained sixth position two secs behind Dutch rider Kromhof. Close to Joan Cros Ukrainian rider Mykola Pashchynskyi on KTM. Mykola made nice start, long time he was riding in top five. His forces decreased and he finished on seventh position. Miguel Cordovez, Ecuador rider, first time in MX3 cathegory in 2012 season, was after start and all the time he was attacking top ten riders. In the end Ecuador rider obtained eighth. Michek´s teammate Petr Bartoš finished at nine position and afterall Antti Pyrhonen closed first ten riders.
MX3 Qualifying Race Results: 1. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 23:41.749; 2. Gunter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 23:42.910; 3. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), 23:43.635; 4. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 24:19.371; 5. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (NED, Honda), 24:21.565; 6. Joan Cros Cortes (ESP, Suzuki), 24:23.241; 7. Mykola Pashchynskyi (UKR, KTM), 24:24.739; 8. Miguel Cordovez (ECU, Honda), 24:27.889; 9. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), 24:31.861; 10. Antti Pyrhonen (FIN, Honda), 24:37.066
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