Husqvarna Motorcycles deliver strong results at opening round of the Italian Motocross Championship in Sardinia.
03 February 2014

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IceOne Racing

Rnd1 - Crossdromo Dunes, Riola Sardo, Sardinia

Getting their 2014 season off to a strong start, Husqvarna Motorcycles have enjoyed solid performances at the opening round of the Campionati Internazionale D’Italia Motocross Championship in Sardinia.

With round one of the series taking place in the deep sandy tracks of Crossdromo Dunes in Riola Sardo, Sardinia, Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna Factory’s Tyla Rattray placed an impressive sixth and fourth in MX1, while teammate Todd Waters was sixth and eighth.

Setting the fourth fastest time in the morning’s qualification, Tyla Rattray hoped to mix it with the leaders early on in the first MX1 race. But with a poor start, the South African was forced to work his way forward from eighth position on lap one. Fighting his way up to fifth, he then battled hard with team-mate Waters during the halfway point in the race. Upping his pace in the closing stages, Rattray eased away from Waters to claim fifth. Despite his best efforts Waters was unable to keep pace with his teammate during the final few laps and had to settle for a comfortable sixth position.

In the combined MX1 and MX2 Elite Final it was South African Tyla Rattray who produced Husqvarna Motorcycles’ best result. Fourth at the end of lap one, Rattray raced hard for a top three result. But unable to find a way around Evgeny Bobryshev, Rattray crossed the finish line in fourth – just two seconds behind his rival. Placing inside the top then, Waters was eighth. Delivering an impressive performance, Febvre worked his way from outside the top ten to finish as the second highest placed MX2 rider in ninth.

Tyla Rattray – Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna Factory MX1: “Overall it’s been a very positive day for me. I feel that I’ve made a lot of progress and it showed in the final race of the day. In the MX1 race I struggled a little with setup. It’s been a long time since I raced in sand this rough. We changed the suspension settings and I instantly felt more comfortable on the bike for the Elite Final. It was a big fight between Jeremy Van Horebeek, Evgeny Bobryshev and myself for the runner-up result. Unfortunately I just couldn’t find a way around them and finished fourth.”

Todd Waters – Red Bull Ice One Husqvarna Factory MX1: “It’s been a bit of an up and down day, but it’s also been a good learning experience for my first race in Europe this year. I struggled a little with my starts and that sort of held me back. Each race I had to come through the pack. In the MX1 race I worked hard to finish sixth and in the Elite Final I was running sixth until I tangled with another rider and dropped back to eighth. It was a rookie mistake and I’ve already learned from it. Overall it feels good to have the first race of the season under my belt – I’m ready to continue improving from here.”

Results - Campionati Internazionale D’Italia Motocross, Rnd1
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 16 laps, 30:17.751; 2. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 16 laps, 30:55.530; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 16 laps, 31:01.301; 4. David Philippaerts (Yamaha) 16 laps, 31:14.934; 5. Tyla Rattray (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 31:18.377; 6. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 31:36.696…

1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 15 laps, 28:55.979; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 15 laps, 29:25.090; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 15 laps, 29:28.442; 4. Tyla Rattray (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 29:30.535; 5. Max Nagl (Honda) 15 laps, 29:36.699… 8. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 29:59.440

Championship Standings (After Rnd1)
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 120pts; 2. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 100pts; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 80pts… 5. Tyla Rattray (Husqvarna) 60pts; 6. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 55pts…

1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 120pts; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 100pts; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 80pts; 4. Tyla Rattray (Husqvarna) 65pts… 8. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 45pts

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