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Thomas Kjer Olsen and Stephen Rubini win in Italy

EMX250

KTM Factory Junior’s Jorge Prado nailed his second holeshot of the weekend in race two ahead of Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Darian Sanayei and the defending EMX250 champion J-Tech Honda’s Nick Kouwenberg. The American, Sanayei, didn’t waste anytime in taking over the lead and instantly pulled a small gap.

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Meanwhile, the race one winner and championship leader Bodo Schmidt Motorsport’s Thomas Kjer Olsen had his scrub game on point and carried a huge amount of speed into the waves to pass Kouwenberg for third. Next on the Dane’s hit list was Prado, but given Kjer Olsen is one of the most experienced riders in the classs and Prado is only a rookie, he beat the KTM youngster with experience and took over second place easily.

On a clear mission, Kjer Olsen continued on his rampage and took the lead from Sanayei around the half way mark and cruised home for a convincing win and the EMX250 round overall.

Sanayei finished second for second over all and his third consecutive podium performance while Prado put in a solid ride for third and third overall, which was his first podium appearance this season.

There are no short cuts to the front if you get a bad start, and that is something Team Suzuki World MX2’s Bas Vaessen has learned after picking off a decent amount of riders to round out the top five behind Nick Kouwenberg.

EMX250 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), 30:34.136; 2. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:03.346; 3. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:04.099; 4. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:05.047; 5. Mike Stender (GER, Yamaha), +0:50.756; 6. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, Honda), +0:56.410; 7. Natanael Bres (FRA, KTM), +0:58.895; 8. Anton Gole (SWE, Husqvarna), +1:00.045; 9. Karlis Sabulis (LAT, Yamaha), +1:10.410; 10. Cyril Genot (BEL, KTM), +1:11.640

EMX250 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), 29:32.668; 2. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:04.536; 3. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:20.932; 4. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, Honda), +0:25.530; 5. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki), +0:29.773; 6. Karlis Sabulis (LAT, Yamaha), +0:31.583; 7. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), +0:32.663; 8. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:35.285; 9. Kevin Wouts (BEL, KTM), +0:43.967; 10. Anton Gole (SWE, Husqvarna), +0:45.322

EMX250 Overall Top Ten: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 50 points; 2. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 42 p.; 3. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 42 p.; 4. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, HON), 33 p.; 5. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, KAW), 31 p.; 6. Karlis Sabulis (LAT, YAM), 27 p.; 7. Anton Gole (SWE, HUS), 24 p.; 8. Natanael Bres (FRA, KTM), 22 p.; 9. Bas Vaessen (NED, SUZ), 21 p.; 10. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), 20 p.

EMX250 Championship Top Ten: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 182 points; 2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, KAW), 151 p.; 3. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 137 p.; 4. Kevin Wouts (BEL, KTM), 114 p.; 5. Bas Vaessen (NED, SUZ), 110 p.; 6. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, HON), 105 p.; 7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 85 p.; 8. Anton Gole (SWE, HUS), 83 p.; 9. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), 83 p.; 10. Nicolas Dercourt (FRA, KAW), 69 p.

EMX250 Manufacturers: 1. Husqvarna, 192 points; 2. Kawasaki, 168 p.; 3. KTM, 158 p.; 4. Suzuki, 121 p.; 5. Yamaha, 108 p.; 6. Honda, 106 p.

EMX125

Gianluca Facchetti is a name that has been on the radar for a while. The young Italian was incredible on an 85cc and was once upon a time one of the most touted names in Europe. Since making the jump to the bigger bike, 125cc, he has taken his time to come to grips, but today in Pietramurata the KTM De Carli Racing Junior star reemerged.

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Facchetti took a monster of a holeshot over KTM Silver Action’s Stephen Rubini and led the most part of the first race before he lost the front end in a corner at the bottom of a hill. Rubini inherited the lead while Facchetti fired his bike back up.

Pierre Goupillon was around fourth out of turn one and took over third almost instantly with a text book pass up the inside of IceOne Husqvarna Racing’s Mikkel Haarup. The Frenchman, Goupillon was running a solid pace and managed to take advantage of Facchetti who was trying to regroup after his spill.

In the final stages of the race, Haarup must have had a mouthful of hard charger syrup, and charged after Facchetti. The thousands of fans went mad for the ‘Cairoli-esque’ style of Facchetti as he held off the hasty Dane, Haarup.

At the checkers, Rubini lit the candles for the first time this season ahead of Goupillon, Facchetti, Haarup and Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brian Moreau.

For the overall, KTM Silver Action’s Stephen Rubini hit a career milestone with his first ever EMX round win. KTM De Carli Junior’s Gianluca Facchetti had the crowd going mad as he stood on the second step while the early season dominator Sahkar KTM’s Jago Geerts rounded out the top three after a bad start and a mid-race tumble saw him only salvage sixth in the final race.

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 29:06.002; 2. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), +0:05.761; 3. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, KTM), +0:15.565; 4. Isak Gifting (SWE, KTM), +0:29.097; 5. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Yamaha), +0:31.120; 6. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Yamaha), +0:34.318; 7. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), +0:41.024; 8. Yuri Quarti (ITA, KTM), +0:44.114; 9. Szymon Staszkiewicz (POL, KTM), +0:46.727; 10. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), +0:47.964

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 29:02.173; 2. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), +0:11.507; 3. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, KTM), +0:18.506; 4. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:21.167; 5. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:48.620; 6. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), +0:53.793; 7. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Yamaha), +1:01.051; 8. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), +1:11.257; 9. Yuri Quarti (ITA, KTM), +1:14.596; 10. Andrea Zanotti (SMR, KTM), +1:15.430

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top Ten: 1. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 47 points; 2. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 40 p.; 4. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), 36 p.; 5. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, YAM), 30 p.; 6. Yuri Quarti (ITA, KTM), 25 p.; 7. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), 24 p.; 8. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, HUS), 22 p.; 9. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KAW), 22 p.; 10. Isak Gifting (SWE, KTM), 18 p.

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top Ten: 1. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 90 points; 2. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 69 p.; 3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, YAM), 68 p.; 4. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), 62 p.; 5. Zachary Pichon (FRA, YAM), 55 p.; 6. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, KTM), 55 p.; 7. Andrea Zanotti (SMR, KTM), 40 p.; 8. Szymon Staszkiewicz (POL, KTM), 39 p.; 9. Kim Savaste (FIN, KAW), 37 p.; 10. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, HUS), 34 p.

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 100 points; 2. Yamaha, 72 p.; 3. Kawasaki, 44 p.; 4. Husqvarna, 39 p.; 5. TM, 17 p.

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