Ivo Monticelli scores best result of the season in the MXGP at Arco di Trento
The MXGP of Trentino kicked off the first of three events set to be held on the hardpack Pietramurata circuit over the coming week. With the season’s end now well within sight, Standing Construct GASGAS Factory Racing was focused on enjoying the Italian track and delivering solid results at round 16.
Racing on home soil, Italian Ivo Monticelli qualified third-fastest in MXGP, setting the tone for a positive day despite being hit from behind in the first turn of race one. Lucky to stay upright but dropping down the field, Ivo charged from 17th to 12th on the opening lap before slotting into ninth on lap four. Despite knocking on the door for eighth, he backed things down and raced to a solid ninth-place finish.
A strong start in race two allowed Monticelli to take a tight inside line through turn two, to emerge in sixth and avoid the early-race chaos. Then dropping back a few places to ninth, he formed part of a five-rider battle for fifth as the race progressed. Battling past Dylan Walsh and moving into eighth as the race reached half distance, Ivo maintained his position to the finish, going on to match his season-best overall result of seventh.
Ivo Monticelli: “Italian hardpack is a good surface for me! I really like this track and I felt comfortable all day. Qualifying was good, third place and I knew that with some good starts I would run top 10, and I did. Ninth and eighth in the races, this is where I should be. I’m in a good spot now and I’m excited for the last two GPs.”
Standing Construct GASGAS Factory Racing returns to action at the picturesque Pietramurata venue on November 4 for the penultimate round of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
Overall MXGP Arco di Trento:
1 Antonio Cairoli 44 Pnt
2 Tim Gajser 43 Pnt
3 Clement Desalle 40 Pnt
4 Gautier Paulin 38 Pnt
5 Jeremy Seewer 36 Pnt
7 Ivo Monticelli 25 Pnt
World Championship Standings MXGP:
1 Tim Gajser 626 Pnt
2 Antonio Cairoli 553 Pnt
3 Jeremy Seewer 535 Pnt
4 Romain Febvre 487 Pnt
5 Jorge Prado 476 Pnt
16 Ivo Monticelli 186 Pnt