MXGP - France  (Jun 6, 2016)

The tenth round of the 2016 World Motocross Championship witnesses the GP circus travel to the legendary Saint Jean d'Angely circuit in France. The incredible circuit, with great elevation changes, attracted a huge crowd over the weekend, as would be expected at this popular venue.

In the MX2 Class Samuele Bernadini once again had to compete in both of the main races not feeling 100 percent, some incidents on the track saw him involved in some hard falls leaving him a little bruised even before the 2 championship races had begun.

In the qualifying race on Saturday a good first lap saw him battling to break into the top ten, however a fall in the middle of the race saw him drop out of the results and into retirement. Suffering with some bad muscle pains some physio treatment was necessary to try to ease Samuele's discomfort.. This left Samuele with the 36th gate pick, and for sure, a lot of work to do. In Sunday warm-up Samuele once again had a big fall, where he was catapulted through the air and off the side of the track.

Starting on the far outside for MX2 race 1, Samuele got the TM 250FI MX to hook-up and launched from the gate. Even with a little contact with an opponent on the start straight he entered the first corner wide and got himself into the top 6. From here it was a pretty uneventful race for Samuele as the field broke into groups, riding in some discomfort the young Italian held 6th position until the last few laps where a hard charging Ferrandis made a pass. Samuele took a great 7th place finish.

Race 2 once again saw Samuele charge hard into the first turn from the wide gate, again a top 6 position was there from turn 1, but an opponent made a mistake and blocked Samuele's progress pushing him down to 11th on the first lap. Determined to move forward early and give himself some space to settle into a comfortable rhythm Samuele pushed hard and broke into 7th place. Now feeling the pain once again, Samuele lost some time in the second half of the race and he slowly slipped down the order to end the race in 11th.

A well earned 8th overall after another weekend of hard falls in the lead up to the main MX2 races. Samuele now sits in 8th place in the championship standings.