Uddevalla was the field where the final rounds of the EMX250 and EMX125 presented by FMF Racing championships were decided today as both titles went down to the wire as a handful of riders fought for victory. Run over Saturday and Sunday the racing was very unpredictable with both champions taking their titles without winning the overall or a race on the weekend.
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In the EMX250 Championship it was F&H Racing Kawasaki’s Roan van de Moosdijk who took the championship with a solid third place overall in Sweden with 2-6 results. The overall winner in Sweden was Honda Redmoto Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini with 3-2 and finishing second in the championship. Third overall in the championship was Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna’s Alberto Forato who finished with 7-1 results for second overall for the weekend.
In the EMX125 presented by FMF Racing it was Team VRT’s Tom Guyon who won the final round with 2-1 results, but Maddii Racing Husqvarna’s Mattia Guadagnini is the 2019 EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Champion. Guadagnini didn’t take too many risks throughout the two races and finished third overall with 3-3 on the weekend and it was enough to win the championship with a tally of 305 points, 13 points more than second placed rider Guyon.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Mikkel Haarup won the opening race from F&H Racing Kawasaki’s Roan van de Moosdijk and Honda Redmoto Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini in a rather uneventful affair for the race winner, but for Rubini it was a crash-fest as he had a bad start, then crashed a couple of times and lost points to Van De Moosdijk.
Haarup led the whole EMX250 Race 1 while Bastian Boegh Damm started second and had the chance to maintain his position until a motivated Van De Moosdijk passed him on lap 12. Riding in third was the Swedish Isak Gifting while the battle for the Championship was back in 4th position among Van De Moosdijk, Rubini and Forato.
At the end of Race 1 Van De Moosdijk led the championship points by 13 points on Rubini while Forato finished race 1 in 7th but still in contention for the championship.
In the second EMX250 it was Jeremy Sydow who led from KTM Junior Racing’s Rene Hofer, Bastian Boegh Damm, Pontus Jonsson and Ruben Fernandez, but the title contenders were back with Forato sixth, Rubini ninth and Van De Moosdijk 12th.
Forato moved into the lead after a couple of laps, and Rubini was up to fourth, with Van De Moosdijk sixth. The championship contenders were all working their way to the front and after four laps the top five was Forato, Hofer, Sydow, Rubini and Fernandez.
Hofer crashed in lap eight but managed to keep the third place while Van De Moosdijk moved into fifth place. Rubini passed Hofer for second place and after nine laps race leader Forato was followed by Rubini, Hofer, Fernandez and Van De Moosdijk. Forato won the second race from Rubini and Hofer, with Van De Moosdijk back in sixth position that for the Dutch were enough to endure the EMX250 Title.
Roan Van De Moosdijk won three rounds in 2019 and managed to hold the Red Plate for the first time this season in Lommel. He won the 2019 Edition of one of the most thrilling European Championships ever, the EMX250, 6 points ahead Stephan Rubini and 11 from Alberto Forato.
Roan Van De Moosdijk: “I want to thank everyone, my team, my sponsors, my family, my girlfriend. Second race was difficult, I was nervous, but I knew what I had to ride without making any mistakes and taking any risks and now I am the champion. The last couple of months I was confident, won a lot of races and I was good in the end. I want to thank F&H Kawasaki. I’m really happy about my title”
Stephen Rubini: “Of course I am a little disappointed about the championship. I wanted to bring a second title for Honda, but I gave everything and I am happy with second overall. Looking forward to seeing you all next year in MX2.”
Alberto Forato: “I had a good start to the season with four wins and then I had little issues. Today I enjoyed a lot riding. I’m third overall in the championship and I’m happy with it even if I was hoping to be Champion”
WZ-Racing’s Simon Laengenfelder opened the account for the EMX125 presented by FMF Racing, with a victory in the opening race, the German rider displayed good control, leading the race on lap one until the finish.
Maddii Racing’s Mattia Guadagnini had a good start with the goal to keep his second position until the very end of the race, but the #27 of Team VRT’s and championship rival Tom Guyon was closing in putting pressure on Guadagnini. The Italian didn’t push too hard considering his 20 points lead and Guyon made it to pass him on lap four.
Going into the last couple of laps Laengenfelder led 12 seconds on Guyon with Guadagnini, Gwerder and Talviku round out the top five.
When the gate dropped at the second race of the EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing it was Tom Guyon who controlled the race from lap one and took a comfortable victory ahead of Laengenfelder and Guadagnini.
Guyon and Laengenfelder weew pulling away out front while Guadagnini kept his comfortable third place that could ensure his Championship title. Kay de Wolf put pressure on Guadagnini as the Italian made a small mistake. Tom Guyon won race 2 and the overall victory in Uddevalla while Mattia Guadagnini has been crowned 2019 EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Champion.
Mattia Guadagnini: “I am super happy, I can’t believe it. It is amazing, I don’t know what to say. I want to thank all the people who helped me. It was an amazing season, almost perfect. I had very good races and I just had to control the second race and have fun. I want to thank the team and my family and everyone who helped me.”
Tom Guyon: “I am happy about my weekend, because I finished first, but I am a bit disappointed about my season as I could won the title but I finished second. But still, I am really happy about this season.
Simon Laengenfelder: “You could see I got better and better until the end. This was a good season for me in EMX125 and I am happy I now got some wins and I want to thank all my team and sponsors.”