Husqvarna Motorcycles have ended their participation in the three-round Internazionale d’Italia Series on a high with Australian Todd Waters claiming third overall in both the MX1 and Elite championship standings despite a mixed day at the final round at Montevarchi, Italy.
Continuing his impressive pre Grand Prix form, Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Todd Waters capped off his participation in the Internazionale d’Italia Series with sixth and seventh place result, ensuring an impressive third overall in both the MX1 and Elite final championship classifications. Building on his strong run of form at the previous round in Noto, Waters placed a solid sixth in the opening MX1 race.
Looking to better his result in the combined MX1/MX2 Elite class, Waters suffered a poor start and was forced to fight his way through the pack at Montevarchi. Battling back to seventh at the chequered flag – while setting lap times that matched the race leaders – the Husqvarna rider claimed the final step of the podium.
For team-mate Tyla Rattray it was a day of mixed fortunes. Ninth fastest in qualification the South African was hit by a flying rock in the MX1 race, cutting his little finger as he raced through the pack. Soldiering on despite some discomfort Rattray placed seventh to end the MX1 championship in fourth overall. With a fourth placed result also secured in the Elite classification Rattray opted not to compete in the mixed capacity Elite race.
Antti Pyrhönen (Team Manager) Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna Factory Racing:“I’m so pleased to see Todd finish third overall in both the MX1 and Elite championships. He’s worked hard throughout this short series so to come away with a double podium result is incredibly rewarding. In the final round he had a little bit of bad luck but he never gave up fighting and that was important to see. Unfortunately Tyla got hit with a rock during the MX1 race. Despite some obvious discomfort he rode on to finish the race and secure fourth overall in the series. Opting not to race the final moto was the right decision as it’s important to stay healthy for the first round of the FIM World Motocross Championship in Qatar in a couple of weeks time.”
Results – Internazionale d’Italia Motocross, Round 3
1. Gautier Paulin (Kawasaki) 18 laps, 29:52.953; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 18 laps, 29:54.433; 3. Steven Frossard (Kawasaki) 18 laps, 29:56.375; 4. Max Nagl (Honda) 18 laps, 30:31.293; 5. Tommy Searle (Kawasaki) 18 laps, 30:35.622; 6. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 30:37.085; 7. Tyla Rattray (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 31:16.929…
1. Gautier Paulin (Kawasaki) 17 laps, 28:26.588; 2. Steven Frossard (Kawasaki) 17 laps, 28:29.964; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 17 laps, 28:31.857; 4. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 17 laps, 29:12.250; 5. David Philippaerts (Honda) 17 laps, 29:17.090… 7. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 29:22.364…
Final Championship Standings -Internazionale d’Italia Motocross
1. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 280pts; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 240pts; 3. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 190pts; 4. Tyla Rattray (Husqvarna) 175pts…
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 240pts; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 200pts; 3. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 130pts; 4. Tyla Rattray (Husqvarna) 125pts…