Brilliant come back to racing for the young finnish Harri Kullas in the first Round of the Internazionali d’Italia in Riola Sardo this weekend ! Kullas won impressively the MX2 race in front of french Christophe Charlier with a fantastic ride in the heavy sand of the new sardinian track. Kullas started very fast and was leading since the first turn on board of his extremely performant HONDA CRF250R and the french could never join him. A welcome return to his best for Kullas after the injury sustained last season.


The MX2 race saw the very good perfomance of youngster Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV who crashed at the first turn and started very last and with a great ride and showing very good speed could come through the field to finish a brilliant 8th !


In the MX1 race everybody was waiting for the return of the warrior David PHILIPPAERTS after many months of absence due to his injury and the warrior did not disappoint finishing a very good 4th behind Cairoli, De Dycker and Bobryshev ! This was the very much waited debut for DP19 on his HONDA CRF450R.


The day ended with the Superfinal and the MX1 and MX2 class together and DP19 after a brilliant start in second behind leader Antonio Cairoli could finish 6th after a careful race where the objective was to increase his mileage before the start of the GP season. KULLAS again raced a very good Superfinal finishing 10th overall with his CRF250R behind the more powerful 450.


Harri Kullas:


“It was a very good day, I’m delighted with my race and for the incredible bike I have this year, the CRF makes everything easy for me and I wish to thank you Honda and my Team to have prepared such an amazing bike which I rode just once since I returned from US!”


David Philippaerts:


“All went well for my return and this was a good training for me after many months without a race, we need to adjust some set up on the bike and then we’ll be ready for the beginning in Qatar.”


Giacomo Gariboldi: Gariboldi Honda Team Owner:


“A good beginning is healty for everybody in the Team, I was really impressed by Harri, he has spent one month in California and just arrived back this week and tried the bike once after riding only the CRF450 in january and he did a very good race winning on his CRF ! . DP19 rode a very good race in the MX1 contest and he will improve race after race to be ready in Qatar, he is a Champion and doesn’t need any comment. I wish to say that I was really impressed by the young russian Brylyakov, he has a a lot of talent and rides really well and I can grant you, this will be a surprise for everybody in the next two seasons.”



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