Agueda, April 30th, 2023
The track of Agueda, Portugal, hosted the fifth round of the 2023 Motocross World Championship. Unfortunately, Tom Guyon is still recovering and, for this reason, missed the GP, but his comeback is expected next week at the GP of Spain. Nevertheless, the 125cc and 250cc riders of the European Championship got to the track.
Elias Escandell registered a solid performance in the qualifying race and set the fourth-fastest time. On the other hand, Max Werner did not find a satisfying feeling with the track and had to feel happy with the 19th position.
Max Werner stretched away at the start of Race 1 and moved to sixth place. He led several storming laps during the race, taking him to fourth position. Unfortunately, a few mistakes affected his result, and he lost ground, dropping to eighth. Elias Escandell reached second place and kept that same position after an excellent race.
Excellent start of the second moto for Max Werner. Thanks to outstanding performance, the German rider reached the top of the standings and moved to second but eventually classified third. Tough start for Elias Escandell, who lost several positions and was also affected by a mistake while working his way up. Elias qualified in 13th place.
After two excellent performances, Max Werner finished his race in third place on the day. In the European Championship classification, Escandell is third and Werner fourth.
A good performance by the young Tuscan driver Niccolò Mannini: the 14-year-old finished race 1 in 18th position and race 2 in 11th, his best European performance, for a total score of 13 points and a 13th position on the day.
In the 250cc, the two representatives of the Fantic Racing MX team could not find the right moment to reach the top but still made it to the top ten. Fueri was seventh, and Valk eighth.
The start of the first heat was solid for Alexis Fueri and Cas Valk, who were fourth and fifth after the first lap. Fueri kept the position for most of the race but was overtaken by rivals and ended up sixth. Valk struggled a bit in the first part of the heat and recovered almost at the end, qualifying seventh behind his teammate.
The second race was challenging for the riders of the Fantic Factory Mx, as Alexis Fueri was forced to retire because of a technical issue. Cas Valk needed to find the right feeling with the Portuguese track and, consequently, the most suitable race pace. Cas did his best and finished eighth with his Fantic XX 250.
Cas Valk is now fourth in the Championship standings, close to the podium.
Marco Maddii: “This wasn’t a great weekend for our team, but I’m very happy with Werner’s podium. We’re in third and fourth position in the Championship and not too far in the standings. However, we still have many races ahead for us to recover. In the 250cc, Cas and Alexis couldn’t find the right feeling with the track, and today something was missing for us to be among the top riders”.