Trentino - 7th April

Pietramurata in Italy played host to round four of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship for the two riders of the Hitachi KTM Fulled by Milwaukee MX team. Set alongside the backdrop of the towering Italian dolomites, the MXGP of Trentino produced mixed results in the MXGP2 class with Conrad Mewse unable to find his form while Bas Vaessen picked up points in both motos including and a top ten finish. 

Saturday’s qualifying set the scene for the weekend with Vaessen placing in 15th and Mewse in 23rd in front of a crowd of 29,000 fervent fans. Adapting to the tight turns of 1550 metre Trentino track, Vaessen was forced to react to falling riders in his path, finishing in 10th in moto one and 11th in moto two. Conrad Mewse continued his campaign but struggled to get off to a great start in both contests from the gate drop. The single lined track made for a difficult setting to pass resulting in 17th and 27th place finishes. 

Bas Vaessen currently sits 12th in the standings with Conrad Mewse out in 16th as the team head into the second round of the British Maxxis Motocross Championship at Lyng, Norfolk before returning to Italy for the fifth round of the MXGP Championship at Mantova in Lombardia. 

Bas Vaessen 
“I’ve had a very positive weekend. I made some improvements and the team did a prime job on my bike. Saturday started off slow but I made some changes on my set up. I finished 15th in the qualifying race, which was good. Sunday free practice I took my time to adapt to the track. The First moto I had a really good start but got tangled with another rider which cost me a few positions. I had a good feeling on the track and rode myself into the top 10. 

For the Second moto I had a good start but a rider fell just before me and I had to jump over his bike. I had good speed in the beginning but could not keep up with the guys in front of me, so I started pushing which only made me lose my rhythm and I settled for 11 to get 9 overall.”
 
Conrad Mewse
“Difficult weekend for me at the MXGP of Italy. Speed was great all weekend and I felt comfortable on the track, I just really struggled with my starts and finding places to pass on a very one lined track. Back to work this week to get that sorted and then we shouldn’t be far away.”
 
Roger Magee, Team Manager 
“This GP in Arco promised so much for Conrad on Saturday as he posted P2 in free practice behind Prado and P8 In Timed Practice. However, his current problem with his starts manifested itself not only in the Qualifying Race, but also both motos on a circuit that is so difficult to pass on especially after heavy rain earlier in the preceding week. Bas Vaessen continues to impress and improve week on week as he has managed to get reasonable starts backed up with grit and determination in both motos with P10 and P11, ending up P9 in the overall GP classification.

We now look forward to the second round of the British Maxxis Motocross Championship next weekend at Lyng.”


MX2 Race 1 
1. Jorge Prado (ESP), KTM, 19 Laps 
2. Jago Geerts (BEL), YAM, +12.125 
3. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM, +14.130 
10. Bas Vaessen (NED), KTM +50.563
17. Conrad Mewse (GBR), KTM +1:12.052 

MX2 Race 2 
1. Jorge Prado (ESP), KTM, 19 Laps 
2. Jago Geerts (BEL), YAM, +2.862 
3. Ben Watson (GBR), YAM, +6.293 
11. Bas Vaessen (NED), KTM +57.594 
27. Conrad Mewse (GBR), KTM +1 lap

MX2 Overall 
1. Jorge Prado (ESP), KTM, 50 pts 
2. Jago Geerts (BEL), YAM, 44 pts 
3. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM, 35 pts 
9. Bas Vaessen (NED), KTM 21 pts 
20. Conrad Mewse (GBR), KTM 4 pts 

MX2 World Championship 
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN), HQV, 170 pts 
2. Jorge Prado (ESP), KTM, 150 pts
3. Henry Jacobi (GER), KAW, 147 pts 
12. Bas Vaessen (NED), KTM 72 pts 
16. Conrad Mewse (GBR), KTM 40 pts