The second and final round of the Italian International MX Championship took place in Mantova and was featured by heavy rain that fell the days before the race and made the sandy track very tricky and demanding. The circuit also had many deep grooves that increased the level of difficulty.
The young riders of the Fantic Factory Racing EMX125 team attended the race after the excellent performance registered in Sardinia.
Because of the high number of riders enrolled in the race, they were divided into two groups. Simone Mancini and Douwe Van Mechgelen joined the first one. Simone’s race pace was very fast despite the demanding conditions of the track and the rider was able to set the fifth time. Douwe, who is still recovering from a bad injury, followed his teammate and qualified with the sixth place. Noel Zanocz, who was in the other group and had the red plate displayed on his bike, set an excellent second time.
Simone pulled away at the start of the first moto and took the lead of the race but was forced to leave the race because of a technical issue. Noel Zanocz did not see a perfect start but managed to reach third place. Unfortunately, a rival hit him so Noel crashed but he did not give up and worked his way up and finished fifth. Douwe Van Mechgelen was the author of a flawless race and qualified sixth.
Great start of race 2 for Zanocz, who moved to third after the first corner but slipped and lost ground dropping to tenth place. The Hungarian rider was the fastest rider on track for most of the session and this allowed him to recover several positions till the second place, which he kept till the finish line. Simone Mancini was forced to retire also from this heat. Douwe Van Mechgelen was the author of another solid performance and qualified eighth.
Thanks to the results achieved in the two motos Noel Zanocz was third overall and second in the Championship standings.
Daniele Marchese: “We’re very happy with today’s results achieved by our riders. Noel was amazing and was the fastest on track; if it wasn’t for those little mistakes, we could have battled it out for the title. Mancini did not have the chance to show his skills but showed the high level he’s at. Douwe can improve but he’s on the right track. Noel showed he could be a contender for the 125 Title. We still have some time to get ready for the first race of the European Championship”.