MXGP 2017: Round 1 - Qatar  (Feb 27, 2017)

Officially opens the 2017 MX GP season, with the first round of the World Championship in Doha, Qatar. The event that takes place under the spotlights of the Losail track, a track perfectly prepared which provided a great spectacle.

Samuele Bernardini is approaching this event in good form after his excellent podium at last round of the Italian Open in Ottobiano. In timed trials Samuel is immediately at ease and is able to obtain an excellent seventh fastest time.

In the qualifying heat 'Berna' is outstanding at the start, taking the hole-shot and therefore the lead, Samuele manages to keep the lead until a small problem rears its head and he cannot maintain the required pace, he finishes the race in the rear.

At the start of race 1 Bernardini chooses to start from a position that is very wide, a secluded gate. Samuele manages to stage a great start and already in the first curve is in the leading group of riders. Bernardini maintains a constant pace managing to finish in fifth place.

In the second heat Samuele manages to replicate the beautiful start of race one, but in the first lap, due to a contact with an opponent, he has a big fall that witnesses himself and his TM tumbling down the track. Bernardini is able to rejoin the race after a delay to recover himself, he is in discomfort and the bike is damaged from the crash. Unable to recover the positions he ends with an unexpected result after an excellent first run.

Only a few days off and then back on the track for the second round in Indonesia.

Marco Ricciardi Team Manager commented on the race: "The first race of this world long has been very positive, Samuele showed great speed and excellent management of the race, on Saturday tales a great holeshot. In race 1 is very strong and was always close to the first, finishing 5th, that gave moral to the whole team. The second race Samuel was recovering positions when due to contact he fell very hard, bad bruising for Samuele. We will use this week to help Samuele to be back to 100% for the race in Indonesia. I would like to thank all the staff working at home who did a great job for us to be competitive right away."