The FIM Motocross World Championship has clicked into a higher gear and only one week after the visit to Bulgaria Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 will roll into the small paddock at Fermo for the Grand Prix of Italy this weekend.
For Belgian star Clement Desalle the third round of 16 will provide a swift opportunity to forget his second moto error at Sevlievo last Sunday that denied the RM-Z450 racer the chance of a second consecutive podium result.
Desalle comes to the Adriatic coast having missed the Italian round in 2011 through injury but claimed a dramatic and exciting victory at Fermo in 2010. The 22 year old is nursing a slightly sore ankle after his slip in Bulgaria but plans to ride at a circuit tomorrow on his way down to the site. “We are currently on the boat,” he said today in his journey from east Europe to south. “My ankle is a bit better than it was and I hope to get on the bike somewhere tomorrow. I wasn’t in Fermo last year but I think it will be a bit better for me and the way I like to ride because it’s a little more technical compared to Bulgaria. It is hard at Sevlievo because it is so fast.”
Tanel Leok is aiming for a better set of moto finishes than he achieved last weekend, although when he aggravated a pre-season leg injury during practice, the determined Estonian’s options were limited on race day where he finished 11th overall. “Bike time is the important thing for me at the moment,” he stressed. “Fermo is not my favourite track if I’m honest. I prefer Sevlievo to Fermo! I hope I can go quicker than I did last weekend and it will be important to try and get in a rhythm that allows me to be closer to where I want to be in the race.”
Fermo hosted the final stop on the FIM calendar in both 2010 and 2011 but has now been moved to an earlier slot on the schedule, partly in avoidance of September/ late summer temperatures. The scenic course located on a sharp hillside opposite the small town is typically Italian in that the layout coils and weaves and is formed of a hard-pack terrain. The track is distinct through the massive ‘heart-in-the-mouth’ downhill drop four corners after the start-straight.
Due to the circuit’s position at the peak of a large rise on what is a rolling and dipped topography in that particular region, any hint of rainfall could pose problems but thankfully the early forecast for the weekend predicts bright skies and a Celsius count in the mid-twenties.
MX1 World Championship standings (after 2 of 16 rounds): 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 88 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 79 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 67 p.; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 63 p.; 5. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 59 p.; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 51 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 49 p.; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 45 p.; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 44 p.; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 42 p.