DEMANDING DAY FOR GASGAS FACTORY RACING AT MXGP OF ITALY
It was a challenging day for GASGAS Factory Racing at the MXGP of Italy where Glenn Coldenhoff faired best to record consistent results and claim seventh overall. Despite feeling unwell, Glenn’s MXGP teammate Ivo Monticelli put in a valiant effort at the first of his home GPs to earn more valuable world championship points.
Glenn Coldenhoff arrived at the MXGP of Italy almost fully-recovered from the painful rib injury he sustained just over three weeks ago. In race one, the Dutchman didn’t get the best jump when the gate dropped but still emerged from the first turn well inside the top 10. Involved in an intense battle for the leading positions during the first half of the race, the Standing Construct rider progressed to seventh place by lap seven, holding his position to the checkered flag.
Race two was somewhat of a damage limitation ride for Coldenhoff. Getting closed down as he approached the tight opening corner, a race-long battle ensued with the 29-year-old charging for the entire moto. Claiming an eighth-place finish for seventh overall, Coldenhoff now lies sixth in the MXGP World Championship.
The MXGP of Italy wasn’t what it was expected to be for Ivo Monticelli. Picking up a stomach issue in the days leading up to his home GP, a race one holeshot was the highlight of the day for the Italian. Completely drained of energy prior to both gate drops, Monticelli dug deep to earn two point-scoring rides and now looks to recover ahead of round seven on Wednesday.
Glenn Coldenhoff: “Not quite the day that I was looking for. I felt great in practice and qualifying, and I was seventh fastest so this was good. We are all quite similar in in pace so seventh is ok. My start wasn’t great in race one, just my reaction time was just a little slow, which was unfortunate. The start on this track is so important so it was a tough race all the way to the end. My start in race two wasn’t much better unfortunately but I came back to eighth. We’ll go away from here, watch the races to analyze what I’m doing and then practice starts ahead of Wednesday.”
Ivo Monticelli: “Today was a really big shame and not the home GP I was expecting! I’ve been training a lot before this race and a few days ago I developed a stomach issue, which really drained me of energy. I was able to holeshot and lead the opening lap of the first race – that was the highlight of the day for me. From there I just had to ride a steady pace to ensure a finish. Same with the second race really. I went 19-17, which scored me some points. I’m disappointed for the Standing Construct GASGAS team and myself and I’m hoping to feel better for Wednesday.”
Results – 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 6
MXGP – Overall
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 50pts;
2. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 44;
3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 40…
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (GASGAS) 27;
19. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 6
MXGP – Race 1
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 17 laps, 35:19:086;
2. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 35:23:535;
3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 35:24:895…
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (GASGAS) 35:48:393;
19. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 36:40:458
MXGP – Race 2
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 17 laps, 35:18:731;
2. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 35:20:704;
3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 35:26:192…
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (GASGAS) 36:07:405;
17. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 36:46:106
Championship Standings – After Round 6
1. Jeffery Herlings (KTM) 263pts;
2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 203;
3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 196;
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (GASGAS) 173;
16. Ivo Monticelli (GASGAS) 56