Great GP Debut For The New TM 250Fi MX  (Feb 28, 2016)

Losail, Qatar, played host to the first round of the 2016 World Motocross Championships where the TM Racing factory team and its rider, Samuele Bernadini, made a great debut performance of TM Racing's new 250Fi MX machine on the world stage.

The revised fuel injected engine, with a new cylinder head arrangement as the main focus, also features a very distinctive twin exhaust system that runs separate headers either side of the engine from their own exhaust port, as opposed to the more conventional '1 split into 2' arrangement. After this weekends Grand Prix in Qatar for sure this bike will be gaining some attention. With TM's philosophy of building motorcycles of unparalleled 'production' build specification, we would expect as usual, for any production model to be entirely based on the race prototype, TM do not make 'cheap copies' of their own race machinery, there ability to run at this level on what is essentially a 'production' machine is well versed and a rare and unique quality of the Italian marque. This new machine will no doubt be making it into 'production' in the not too distant future.

Now in his second year of competing in the MX2 class, Samuele Bernadini has began to find his feet. After struggling last season, carrying injury for the most part of it and not being able to push hard during training, both on track and off it, due to a knee problem, the likable Italian can now push forward once again and regain full fitness.

After a steady start in the warm-up and timed practice session Samuele went on to record a solid 12th place finish in the qualifying race. However it was during the races that Samuele showed the world what he and the new TM were capable of. A good start in race one saw the Italian duo running at the sharp end of the field, with some good consistent riding Samuele managed to maintain great 5th position for the majority of the race. Tiring a little toward the end of race one, Samuele lost a couple of places and passed under the chequered flag in 7th place. Race two saw another good start, but a small mistake by an opponent forced him off the track, this cost Samuele valuable time and places and left him with a little work to do. With a good pace he managed to settle into a comfortable rhythm that allowed him to hold a steady 8th place, with the top-ten riders maintaining formation for most of the race. Once again it was the last remaining laps that saw Samuele slip a little and he ended the final race in 10th position.

A 7th and a 10th place finish gave Samuele and the new TM 250Fi MX a great 8th overall, a very positive start to the new season for both man and machine.