Two solid results during today’s EMX2t Presented by FMF Racing heats saw Brad Anderson of Verde Substance KTM claim his third European title, a round early, as he also placed second overall on the day, with two consistent second place finishes.
While Anderson sealed the deal in terms of the championship, it was actually Nicholas Lapucci who made a memorable debut in the EMX2t Presented by FMF Racing category with the Fantic Racing team, as he was victorious in both of the races which helped him claim his first European podium on home soil here in Italy. Lapucci was unmatched in both races, as he won the heats with a 14.628 and 7.142 second gap over the 2020 champion.
Meanwhile Husqvarana Junior Racing Maddii’s Federico Tuani finished third on the box today, with a 3rd and a 4th in the races, which has also helped him move up into second place of the championship standings. Two tough races have seen his teammate Eugenio Barbaglia drop from second to fifth in the championship, as Loris Freidig has moved up into the bronze medal position, as we head into the final round this Saturday.
A podium finish was the perfect way for Anderson to claim his 3rd European title, after narrowly missing out on the gold plate last season to Mike Kras. This season the Brit has been strong. He entered the first three rounds in Faenza with confidence, as he claimed 5 out of the 6 possible race wins to win all three rounds and now has secured the title a round early.
Fellow British riders Charlie Putnum and Aaron Ongley both scored points to claim 17th and 22nd overall respectively while Aidan Williams narrowly missed out in both races but will compete again at the weekend for the final round.
Brad Anderson: “I’ve worked all season for this [title]. It was tough today, I struggled with the track but it’s the same for everyone and to finish second I’m happy with it and to be on the box. To obviously get the third title is more than I could ask, and I would just like to thank all the sponsors who helped me, obviously friends, everyone who helped just to get us here, because it’s been a tough year. I’ve really enjoyed it this year, I seem more relaxed than previous years because I was pushed by Mike [Kras]. It’s good to have fresh faces in the EMX and hopefully we can get a few more to make for some exciting riding”.
Meanwhile in the EMX Open category, British riders John Adamson and Dan Thornhill again continued their strong results after finishing in 10th Overall (Thornhill) and 14th Overall (Adamson) on Saturday. At the second round of three in Italy both rode well again taking top 10 overalls with Adamson in 6th and Thornhill 9th.
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