Henry Jacobi retained third place in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship in difficult conditions after heavy overnight rain continued throughout race day at Mantova in northern Italy.
The F&H Racing Team had high expectations for the Grand Prix of Lombardy after their front-line performances in dry conditions during Saturday qualification but the persistent rainfall created highly unpredictable slippery conditions despite the magnificent efforts of the track crew; lap times were more than twenty seconds slower than the previous day. Both Jacobi and his British teammate Adam Sterry, second in Qualifying, were brought down in a mass collision at the first turn of the opening moto and both Kawasakis faced a hard race from outside the top thirty when they finally got going. After fifteen minutes each rider had advanced into the top twenty and they both eventually narrowly missed the top ten with Jacobi eleventh at the chequered flag and Sterry twelfth. Rain was still falling as the second race went to the start but Jacobi avoided the first turn confusion this time to quickly settle into fifth position, advancing to fourth after twenty minutes to close down the rider in third until his bike was damaged on the penultimate lap. Despite the difficult day the German retains third in the championship standings. Sterry once again had no luck at turn one in race two but persisted to finish fourteenth to maintain his series top ten ranking.
Henry Jacobi: “It was not an easy weekend! I made a good start in the first race but in the first corner many riders came together and someone hit me from behind; I was under three bikes so I was the last to get going again but I made a good comeback to eleventh so I was confident for the second race. I took a good start and passed some people to battle for third but with two laps to go I had some troubles with the bike and stopped.”
Adam Sterry: “Today was a different story than yesterday … unfortunately. In the first race I had a good start but there was a big crash in the first corner and I ended up on the ground; I was a long way back but I could come back through to twelfth so I was happy with my riding. In the second race I got a good start but somebody crashed right in front of me and I got stuck; I had to come from behind again to fourteenth. Now we will focus on Portugal to earn the results we deserve.”
BUD Racing Kawasaki’s Brian Moreau, pushed wide by the confusion in the first corner of race one, quickly moved into the top twenty and advanced yet further from seventeenth mid-moto to finish fourteenth, his best result of the season to date. The French teenager was even more unfortunate at the start of race two as he was involved in a crash at the first turn but he again had the speed to advance into the points-scoring positions before several incidents in the difficult conditions pushed him back to twenty-third at the finish.