MXGP of Lombardia  (Jun 28, 2016)

The Grand Prix of Lombardia, which was held in Mantova, will be remembered for the intense heat, liken to Africa, which gave no respite to the pilots. Under the awnings of the teams the temperature touched 50 degrees.

For TM Factory team it was a weekend of bad fortune one could say, in 125cc class, Alessandro Manucci, suffered a knock and subsequent rupture during the official practice session in his right foot, after a medical consultation it was decided to let him rest as not to worsen the fracture.

Paolo Lugana, after a good start, staged an excellent first stint which saw him in the top positions, unfortunately the hot weather and some mistakes, losing much time, did little to help and he ended in 19th position.

Samuele Bernardini started his race weekend well, The sixth fastest time in the qualifying heats and he manages to keep a good pace throughout, going on to finish in eighth place.

In race 1, Samuele Bernardini makes a relatively good start exiting the first two turns melee in a good position. He was able to sit just in arrears of the front runners for most of the race occupying eighth position, but unfortunately a mistake and combination of the incredible heat has forced Bernardini to lose position and rhythm, he finishes in 13th position.

At the start of race 2 the heat has not loosened its grip, many riders are struggling to hydrate. After a difficult start, with some riders hitting the gate and more falling in the early turns, it was not easy to make a advantageous position. Samuele climbed to the eleventh place in the first half pushing hard on the very rough circuit. Bernardini returned to pit lane exhausted and filled with dust, after re-hydrating the team, and Samuele, decide to return back on track to try to score some points, managing to close in 20th position making some places as other riders too found the intensity of the heat.

Samuele Bernardini is still in eighth place in the standings.

Now a long break before the next race where the team will work to be 100% in Loket in late July.

Marco Ricciardi Team Manager commented on the race: " A weekend to forget, since Saturday we greatly suffered from the heat, however went quite well on Saturday. Sunday he thought he could do well, but the prohibitive temperatures put a strain on everyone, we managed to conclude 13 minutes in race 2 on the required pace, we thought we would be able to achieve the same result but Samuele had to pit. We have three weeks to work and go on the attack in the next races."

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