SM Action, Kegums (LV) Alberto Forato is Once Again the Best Among the Italian Riders

The eighth round of the MXGP world championship takes place in the forests of Latvia, in Kegums, where in a weekend with more uncertain weather than ever the riders of the SM ACTION YUASA BATTERY team performed well.

The almost complete team saw four riders at the start: Alberto Forato in the MXGP, Lorenzo Ciabatti and the new entry Devin Simonson in the MX2, Federico Tuani in the EMX250, while Ruffini who is on the road to recovery will be back in a few races.

Starting from Saturday, characterized by fluctuating weather, a good performance by Forato who obtained the fourth fastest time in qualifying demonstrating excellent speed, and at the checkered flag of the qualifying race he finished in sixth position, with a form not yet at the top at cause of the aftermath of the fall in France.

In MX2 Ciabatti, who returns from a one-month stop, sets the sixteenth time, while Devin Simonson is fifteenth, results that are not replicated in the qualifying heat, where the two standard-bearers of the team are respectively twentieth and eighteenth.

In the EMX250, however, Federico Tuani can’t find the right feeling with the track, setting the twentieth time. The start of race one, not excellent, gave way to a good comeback that brought Federico to the checkered flag in sixteenth position.

Sunday day, after the night’s rain, starts with race two of the EMX250, where Tuani shows off getting an excellent twelfth place, after a good race and a good start, which allow him to also get the twelfth place of the day.

In MX2, on the other hand, Simonson’s performance was good, who in race one obtained a good fourteenth place, while Ciabatti was eighteenth after a decent race. Race two, characterized by extreme rain, sees the two riders of the SM ACTION team in fifteenth and sixteenth position, two good results considering that Ciabatti returns from an injury and Devin Simonson is at his first experience on the KTM SXF-250, coming from a completely different championship like supercross, an excellent basis to work on in view of the next commitments.

In the premier class, the MXGP, Forato has to deal with the aftermath of France, but in race one he still manages to show off getting an excellent eighth place. Race two, characterized by the downpour that fell a few minutes earlier during the MX2 race, made the ground even heavier but Alberto was able to juggle in an excellent way, obtaining sixth place after having fought for a long time for the top five. The sum of the two results sees him in seventh position overall.


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