The MXGP Festival is the pinnacle of motocross in the United Kingdom and for the British fans, there is nothing better than witnessing one of their “own” take home their first ever international race victory. British youngster Albie Wilkie turned out to be the crowd pleaser here in Matterley Basin, when he battled his way from a fourth place start to take victory here at round three of the EMX150 European Championship. Amidst all the action a new champion was born; Italian Filippo Grigoletto rode clever beyond his years to be crowned the first ever EMX150 European Champion which has rewarded him with a place on highly established team Gariboldi Honda for 2014.
Brit Mitchell Lewis and Italian Filppo Grigoletto lined up for the final round of the EMX150 European Championship tied on points, meaning that whoever won this race was going to be crowned champion. Hauling out of the gate to claim a massive holeshot was the red plate holder and previous round winner Filippo Grigoletto followed by top qualifier Albie Wilkie and his closest rival Mitchell Lewis.
The trio Grigoletto, Wilkie and Lewis engaged in a fierce battle for the lead which saw all three riders hook it up a gear and go for the win. Grigoletto managed to lead lap one, but allowed the British duo Lewis and Wilkie to close in when he came up short over the massive finish line double. Coming into lap two, Wilkie had put the pass on his fellow country man Lewis and was going after Grigoletto for the lead, which he obtained a few corners later.
The trio continued to charge hard, tossing the first, second and third positions about. In the course of the immense battle, the leaders of the overall standings Grigoletto and Lewis collided, which resulted in the red plate holder Grigoletto hitting the deck. Quick to regroup, the Italian Filippo Grigoletto bounced back in full force knowing the championship was on the line and he had to finish ahead of Lewis to win.
Approaching mid-race Grigoletto was in luck when the Brit Mitchell Lewis’s front wheel collapsed forcing him to hobble around the circuit for a couple of laps before pulling into pitlane for a wheel change. Meanwhile with all the drama unfolding behind him, Brit Albie Wilkie found himself out front with a comfortable lead while the biggest surprise was Danish Michael Joergensen who had battled his way from a terrible start outside the top ten to overtake the soon to be crowned champion Filippo Grigoletto for second place. Grigoletto, with the championship in sight, settled for third finishing thirteen seconds ahead of fellow Italian Alberto Forato in fourth and Belgian Nolan Cordens in fifth.
After the third and final round here in Matterley Basin, Italian Filippo Grigoletto writes his name in the history books as the first ever Honda EMX150 European Champion, while fellow Italian Alberto Forato takes second overall ahead of Danish Michael Joergensen in third.
EMX150 top 10: 1. Albie Wilkie (GBR, Honda), 26:06.940; 2. Michael Joergensen (DEN, Honda), +0:14.632; 3. Filippo Grigoletto (ITA, Honda), +0:18.109; 4. Alberto Forato (ITA, Honda), +0:31.659; 5. Nolan Cordens (BEL, Honda), +0:37.226; 6. Ethan Winchester (GBR, Honda), +0:44.336; 7. Lucas Ankjaer (DEN, Honda), +1:12.946; 8. Quentin Delbrassinne (BEL, Honda), +1:19.842; 9. Tristan-Alexander Tavares (RSA, Honda), +1:26.532; 10. Mario Lucas Sainz (ESP, Honda)
EMX150 Championship: 1. Filippo Grigoletto (ITA, Honda), 65 points; 2. Alberto Forato (ITA, Honda), 56 p.; 3. Michael Joergensen (DEN, Honda), 54 p.; 4. Mitchell Lewis (GBR, Honda), 47 p.; 5. Ethan Winchester (GBR, Honda), 46 p.; 6. Albie Wilkie (GBR, Honda), 43 p.; 7. Lucas Ankjaer (DEN, Honda), 40 p.; 8. Shana Van Der Vlist (NED, Honda), 29 p.; 9. Nolan Cordens (BEL, Honda), 28 p.; 10. Raffaele Giuzio (ITA, Honda), 27 p.;
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British Round – QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1750 m
Type of ground: hard pack
Temperature: 24° C
Weather conditions: sunny
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Saturday: VMX Warm up 7:30; WMX Warm up 7:55; EMX85 Warm up 8:20; EMX65 Warm Up 8:45; MX2 Free Practice 9:25; MX1 Free Practice 10:05; MX3 Warm up 10.45; EMX65 Race 1 11:35; EMX85 Race 1 12:10; MX2 Pre-Qualifying Practice 12:50; MX1-Pre Qualifying Practice 13:35; MX3 Race 1 14:20; MX2 Qualifying Race 15:15; MX1 Qualifying Race 16:00; WMX Race 2 16:50; VMX Race 2 17:45; MX3 Race 2 18:30.
Sunday: EMX125 Warm up 7:15; EMX85 Warm up 7:35; EMX65 Warm up 7:55; EMX250 Warm up 8:15; MX2 Warm up 8:40; MX1 Warm up 9:05; EMX65 Race 2 10:05; EMX85 Race 2 10:35; EMX125 Final 11:15; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; EMX250 Final 14:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:01; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:07.