SM Action, Dark Weekend in the Czech Republic

LOKET (CZ) – A really unlucky weekend for the SM ACTION Yuasa Battery team.

The twelfth round of the world championship is held in Loket, on the historic track that has hosted world-class events since 1995.

The team in the Czech Republic has decided to line up Lorenzo Ciabatti and Federico Tuani in MX2, while Alberto Forato is present as always in the MXGP.

Saturday, characterized by a hot and purely summer day, didn’t start at its best with Ciabatti not lining up at the start of the qualifying race, and Tuani who, after a couple of mistakes too many, finished in twenty-sixth position. Forato, on the other hand, after a good race, enters the top ten and is ninth.

After the rain that fell during the night, Sunday becomes uncertain and cloudy, and it doesn’t start in the best way for the team’s standard-bearers: after a decent start, Ciabatti suffers a hard contact which forces him to retire and also miss race two due to hangovers of the blow. Tuani instead after a good race is forced to retire due to a technical problem in the final stages of race one.

Race two with only Tuani starting saw a good performance from the Milanese driver until about halfway through the race, when once again he was forced to retire due to a technical problem.

In the MXGP Alberto Forato struggles to find a good feeling, and after a bad start he finishes race one in seventeenth position due to a few mistakes too many. Race two, on the other hand, goes slightly better, with the Venetian driver grazing the top ten finishing in eleventh position, but still struggling to find the right feeling and collecting less than the driver’s real potential. The sum of the two races sees him in twelfth place overall of the day in the premier class.

The circus does not stop and moves to Lommel, where we will find the team busy again on the historic sandy track for the thirteenth round of the MXGP world championship.

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