Podium for Tonus at MXGP of TrentinoApril 17, 2017 - 4:07 PM
Arnaud Tonus landed his first overall MXGP podium finish at the Grand Prix of Trentino.
The Grand Prix contingent returned to a traditional venue this past weekend, as Pietramurata played host to the fifth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The Grand Prix of Trentino, a popular stop on the calendar for many reasons, was kind to a majority of the FLY Racing riders in attendance.
Much like at the Grand Prix of Leon, Arnaud Tonus impressed aboard his Wilvo Yamaha MXGP machine. Tonus, who stood atop the podium in Switzerland a week ago, was competitive all weekend. A poor start in the qualifying race threatened to spoil his weekend, but he charged forward and salvaged a ninth at the chequered flag. His teammate, Shaun Simpson, was not as fortunate, as a small fall restricted him to eighteenth.
Tonus had the crowd on their feet in the first MXGP moto, as he started inside of the top three and clung to a pair of former champions. Tonus lurked in third place through the first half of the race, but dropped the hammer at the halfway point and pushed past Tim Gajser. Tonus was not finished there, however, as he started to take chunks out of the gap between himself and the race leader. Although he got the gap down to less than two seconds at one point, he just ran out of time and had to settle for the runner-up position. ‘4’ was set up for a brilliant overall result, following that moto.
Although Tonus then had an average start in the second and final MXGP encounter, he advanced almost immediately and was vying for a position in the top five. The Swiss rider occupied sixth for a majority of the race, but eventually crossed the line in seventh. That was still more than enough for his first trip to the overall podium in MXGP! He has also jumped to eighth in the series standings.
Arnaud Tonus: “Overall, it was a great weekend. It was another step forward for the team and myself. In the first moto I rode a really good race. It has been a long time since I last had that feeling on a bike! Fighting for the win is something special. I really enjoyed it. My start was not great in the second moto, but I fought the whole race and finished seventh. I think it could have been a bit better. It was still great, so I’m happy.”
Shaun Simpson ensured that there were two FLY Racing riders inside of the top ten, as he advanced from twelfth to tenth in the first MXGP encounter. ‘24’ then made more progress in the second moto, as he pushed from outside of the top twenty on lap one (thanks to a small fall) to fourteenth for eleventh overall on the day. The Wilvo Yamaha MXGP rider now occupies that position in the series standings also.
The Husqvarna 8Biano Racing duo, Tanel Leok and Rui Goncalves, added more points to their respective totals too. Goncalves ran as high as eighth in moto one, but eventually ended up just ahead of his teammate in fifteenth. The pair then finished eighteenth and twentieth in the second moto. One of the MX2 riders on their team, Iker Larranaga Olano, is unfortunately sidelined with a fibula fracture at the moment.
Jose Butron went 13-12 for 12th overall in MXGP.
Shaun Simpson finished one position ahead of Butron with an 11th overall in Trentino.
Rui Goncalves at speed on his Husqvarna 8Biano Racing machine.
The MXGP teams will now travel to the historic circuit of Valkenswaard in The Netherlands, as the sandy venue will play host to the sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship.