1st ROUND FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MX2 – VALKENSWAARD, HOLLAND

HONDA CRF250R BACK TO THE FOREFRONT IN THE MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MX2 WITH ANSTIE AND TONKOV !

HONDA GARIBOLDI, MOTOCROSS, ANSTIE, TONKOV

The 2012 FIM Motocross World Championship took his start with round #1 in Valkenswaard this weekend and after a few years of absence from the top players of the MX2, Honda is now back with his CRF250R and two top young riders, british Max ANSTIE and the russian Aleksandr TONKOV who scored both top results in this debut for the totally new team Honda Gariboldi-Esta on the heavy dutch sand!

 

Max ANSTIE has been very fast and consistent all over the weekend with a 5th best laptime in the Pre-Qualifying session and the 6th place in the MX2-Qualifying race. In the 1st moto Anstie took a great start in fourth position but after a few turns he crashed and had to re-start in last position and thanks to his determination he could move up to the 11th place. In the 2nd moto Anstie again took a very good start in fifth position and after the first lap he was already 4th behind leaders Herlings, Roelants and Searle, following easily the pace and when trying to get closer to Searle he lost his googles and had to give up and finished a very good 4th of the race. After the race his bike didn’t pass the sound test and he lost one place in favour of belgian rider Van Horebeeck who finished behind him. A 6th place overall of the GP became at last a 7th. With a bit of luck Anstie could have finished very closed to the podium for his debut in the world championship !

 

The surprise of the GP came from young talented russian rider Aleksandr TONKOV who showed since the beginning that he didn’t want to be the sparring partner of his team mate. Tonkov scored an impressive 4th best laptime in the Free-Practice session, followed by a 9th best in the Pre-Qualifying and an astonishing 8th place finish in the Qualifying race. But more impressive Tonkov was in the 1st moto when after a decent start around the tenth position he passed a few riders in front to finish 7th which is amazing for a rider coming from the European championship EMX2. In the 2nd moto Tonkov got out of the gate very well but found in the first turn a crashed rider and lost many positions but moved up back to 14th place and proggressing every lap when his bike lost the exhaust and had to slow down his rythm keeping his 14th place. Unfortunately the jury had to move him back to 20th position because of the sound test after the race. Tonkov is the real surprise of this first GP !

 

I’m really excited for this start of the season, we knew that we may need some races to get everything perfectly in place, but everybody has done more than his best starting from our technical staff and finishing with the riders who really showed the will to score big results this year. I wish to thank once more Honda and all the Martin’s staff for having prepared such a competitive bike in just a few months.” commented team owner Giacomo Gariboldi.

 

Next round of the FIM World Championship in two weeks time in Sevlievo, Bulgaria, stay tuned and follow us on our Facebook page and on Twitter !!!

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