&H Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team’s Mikkel Haarup ended the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship on a high with a season-best fourth-placed moto in the series finale at Mantova.
The Dane continued his run of top-ten Qualifying performances to earn eighth choice of start-gate. His KX250 shooting out of the start fifth he surrendered three positions in traffic early on but responded in style to work his way back into the top-six by half-distance and secured a creditable fourth-placed moto finish on the final lap. Another excellent start saw him run sixth for most of race two in a wheel-to-wheel battle with a podium runner. A loss of one position on the penultimate lap could not deny him fifth overall on the day and the thirty-two-point haul – his best of the season – lifted him to eleventh, just ten points shy of a top-ten ranking, in the final championship standings.
Mikkel Haarup: “It was a good last round. I rode a decent Qualifying with a lot of good quick laps and then two great starts so my results could show my speed. A good start makes all the difference; in the first race it helped me to be a good position from the word go and I kept pushing all moto for fourth. I had another great start in the second moto and was sixth most of the race to finish seventh for fifth overall. “
Bike It MTX Kawasaki’s Wilson Todd rounded out his final season in MX2 with a solid first-moto rides to tenth after qualifying twelfth in the morning. The Australian ended the championship twelfth, just twenty points short of a top-ten series ranking.
Wilson Todd: “It’s been a long season with some ups-and-downs and some rough patches so it was nice to go out with a good result before I get home to Australia for the first time in a while. Racing the GPs has been a great experience you can’t buy, coming to Europe to race bikes against the best in the world. “