MXGP - Valkenswaard Hard  (Mar 30, 2016)

A Tough, But Finally Rewarding, Weekend in Valkenswaard,

An ever improving weekend of results is the best way to describe Samuele Bernadini and his TM 250Fi MX machines GP today. Held at the legendary circuit in Valkenswaard the conditions were tricky to say the least, conditions that tested man and machine to its limits, with many falling by the wayside.

After a bad first couple of corners in Sunday's MX2 qualifying race, that saw him tangled up and forced way down the order early doors with a lot of work to do, Samuele put in some good laps times and worked himself back through the traffic to take a 17th place finish.

Monday morning witnessed some horrendous conditions greeting the riders after the Valkenswaard circuit was soaked by rain prior to the start of the days racing, with deep puddles and a sloppy surface the track was definitely going to be a challenge for the first MX2 race of the day. Sure enough it was hard work, with riders falling, bikes failing and it simply becoming a case of 'survival' more than an out-and-out 'race'. The young TM rider once again fell foul to the early turns and the ensuing chaos and was left to recover up the order, with a great effort Samuele pushed on and entered the top 20 by lap 4. However falls and collisions with fellow riders penalised the Italian even more, as did a lack of goggles forcing a quick pit stop and a very painful finger sustained in a crash that has yet to be diagnosed. Nonetheless Samuele continued to fight and came back from outside the top 30 to a well earned 21st position.

With the track now noticeably drier for the most, the start of race two saw Samuele and the TM 250Fi MX launch from the gate well. After the initial shuffling throughout the first two turns the Italian pairing had worked them into a respectable position. Working hard the entire race to maintain pace, whilst avoiding other competitors mishaps, an in discomfort Samuele put in consistent laps to maintain position and try to break way with the leading groups. This strategy saw pairing remain within the top ten for the entire duration where in the dying laps a couple of places were gained to take an excellent 8th place.

Samuele Bernadini currently holds 8th place in the 2016 MX2 World Championship Standings.

Marco Ricciardi commented on the race: "We are satisfied in half, in the first heat Samuel was very unlucky with the crash at the first corner, he is capable of a great result. In the second race Bernardini has shown its worth and led with a problem on his finger that does not yet know what his conditions. We are eighth in the table and continue to work to try to improve."