2022 Campionato Italiano MX PRO Prestige MX1-MX2 RND #06, Malpensa (VA)

The Prestige MX1-MX2 2022 season ended in a great way for SM Action GasGas Racing Team Yuasa Battery. Forato won again and became MX1 Elite Italian Champion. Two amazing races gave Tuani his first win of his career in the MX2 Elite and the 5th place in the General Classification. In the MX2 Fast Ruffini finished 5th Overall and 5th in the Championship.

The MX PRO Prestige MX1-MX2 Italian Championship finished with the 6th and last round of the calendar at the freshly renewed circuit of Ciglione della Malpensa (Varese, Italy), giving to the leaders their respective 2022 season crowns.

SM Action GasGas Racing Team Yuasa Battery deployed the usual “trio” made by Alberto Forato #303, undisputed leader of the MX1 Elite, Federico Tuani #3 (MX2 Elite) and Luca Ruffini #669 (MX2 Fast)

On Saturday the riders of the MX2 started the racing weekend, they took part in Free and Timed Practice divided in two groups. Federico, who was assigned to group 2, after that he made the 3rd fastest lap time in Free Practice he finished Timed Practice in 4th place, gaining the 7th gate on the grid. Luca confirmed himself in the “top 10” with the 8th and the 9th place respectively, which gave him the 17th gate on the grid. In the MX1 Alberto showed once again that he was unbeatable: he was the fastest in Free and Timed Practices, so he then gained the 5th Pole Position of the season out of 5 disputed races, and the right of choice for the starting gate on the grid.

On Sunday morning, under clear sun, the MX2 riders aligned for Race 1. Federico made an excellent start and he raced for the whole race behind the leader, conquering the 2nd position. Luca instead stayed for the whole race at the margins of the “top 20” after that he did not make a perfect start. Ruffini was in P19 after lap 1, and he finished the race in P16, 4th place in the Fast category. In Race 2, which took place in the first hours of the afternoon, Federico had once again an excellent performance, as he started very well in the “top 3” and finished in P2. Luca was again in the “top 20” at the start of the race but a little mistake that he made during lap 5 forced him to move back and finish in P20, 8th place in the Fast. At the end of the day, Federico, thanks to the points gained, won the first round of his career in the MX2 Elite, and he also made it to the final 5th position in the Championship. In the MX2 Fast Ruffini finished 5th Overall and entered in the “top 5” of the Championship as he ended in P5.

In Race 1 of the MX1 Alberto was the absolute ruler. After a great start that gave him the lead straight away, the rider from Veneto put a gap in a very little time, and he won the race with 30 seconds of gap from the rider behind. Thanks to the points gained, Forato won the MX1 Elite Italian Championship with one more race to the end, for the first time in his career. In Race 2 Alberto did the exact same work that he did in the previous one, so he gained the lead straight away and he won once again. With the 4th win out of 5 rounds, the 9th win out of 10 races, 4 double wins and 5 Pole Positions, the 2022 season ended in a very dominant way for Alberto. This result wishes good things for him and for the whole team, as he was confirmed for the next season too.

SM Action Team GasGas Racing Team Yuasa Battery, now that the MX PRO Prestige MX1-MX2 Italian Championship is finished too, will now have the last appointment of its season for the Motocross of Nations, at Red Bud, in America, where the team will support his rider Andrea Adamo who was summoned to represent Team Italy in the MX2 Class. The weekend in which the Motocross of Nations is scheduled is on the 24th and the 25th of September.

Federico Tuani # 3: “It was a nice weekend. Saturday went well in qualifying even if I didn’t force the pace very much because the track was a bit dangerous. On Sunday I made two good starts because I knew that on this track it was important to start from the front. In the heats I rode concentrated and finally this victory arrived that paid off for me and the whole team after a difficult season made up of many sacrifices. So I want to thank my family, the team, Jacky Vimond, Maurizio Roma and all the people who have been close to me. Thanks again and see you next time.

Alberto Forato # 303: “The Italian MX Prestige Championship has also come to an end with Malpensa. This weekend also ended in the best possible way with the conquest of the Pole Position and two victories in the heats. The track was very particular, hard and with some treacherous steps but I managed to ride well. Now a bit of vacation and then we start working for next year.

Text by Max Serafino – Photo by Davide Messora

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