The Russian achieved his best start of the season so far when rounded turn one of the opening moto in sixth place; he quickly moved forward to fourth for his best result of the season, just eleven seconds behind the winner. It is always difficult to pass on the tight Pietramurata track but after starting fifteenth Seva fought his way forward to take the chequered flag tenth, the combined results of the two motos giving him seventh overall. He is now ninth in the championship standings but only thirteen points from sixth and confident of advancing higher in the series at the upcoming rounds.
Teammate Darian Sanayei also qualified well but had little joy at the start of either race. The American persevered to advance from an initial twenty-first to finish sixteenth in the opening moto but his hopes of improving on this scoreline in race two was nullified at the second corner when another rider fell in his path and he had to start the race in thirtieth position, eventually working his way up to eighteenth at the chequered flag. Darian is now thirteenth in the championship standings.
Adam Sterry of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team showed the speed to race top ten in each moto but he slipped off on the loose stones which litter the racing line during the later stages of the opening moto to finish fifteenth and was kept out of the points-scoring positions when another rider fell in his path after a top ten start in race two. Adam is now fourteenth in the series standings.
Teammate Petar Petrov faced a difficult return to racing after missing the previous rounds of the series through injury; his efforts hindered by a poor gate, he could only score one point, but showed good speed which will soon him raising back through the ranks.
Seva Brylyakov: “The first race was definitively a good one. I got a good start and we all knew that with a good start I could battle in front and that’s what happened! I rode calm during the first moto, just keep my position and finished fourth which was a good result for a possible podium. The second moto didn't quite go as I wanted; it was not the worst start I had this season but it was not a good one and on this track the first corners are very tight and it’s very difficult to pass. Anyway it’s my best GP so far; I stayed on two wheels and we got two solid motos. Everything is there to get podiums; we’ll continue to work on the starts as I showed in the first moto that it is possible.”
Darian Sanayei: “It was definitively a tough weekend. I got tenth in the qualifying race which was not so bad but Sunday didn't go so well. In the first race I didn’t got such a good start and then in the second corner there was a crash so I was around twentieth; it was difficult to pass on this track and I only moved up to sixteenth which was a little disappointing. I got a better start in the second race; I was around seventh in the first corner but in the second one a rider fell down, I hit him and crashed. I was dead last, but I did what I could to come back through to eighteenth.”
Adam Sterry: “Not a great weekend! Saturday messed us up really; the start was always going to be difficult from the outside gate on such a hard track to pass on. Neither race went as planned but now my hand is OK and I can ride in the week so we will have a good week riding and get back on the sand which I prefer.”
Petar Petrov: “Today was not easy but it feels good to be back racing! The results were not good but there are many positives to take from the weekend; I feel my speed was not so bad, just my starts need to be better as I had a bad gate due to some issues in qualifying. Overall it’s normal to take some time to get back where we should be, but I’m sure we’ll be able to fight for podiums soon. I can’t wait to be back behind the gate again next week.”