Conrad Mewse finishes 2021 on a high!
Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee concluded yet another term in the FIM Motocross World Championship earlier today. Conrad Mewse was again the sole representative for the team, aboard his KTM 250 SX-F, and had high hopes of ending the season with another positive result. The Grand Prix of Citta di Mantova hosted the finale.
Ending the season on a high was exactly what Mewse did – he was competitive from the very beginning of practice. Not only did he top free practice by more than half a second, but he also went on to finish second in timed qualifying. 0.124 separated him from pole position! Mewse then progressed well in the first moto, as he ended lap one in ninth and reached the chequered flag in sixth.
The second stint was even better, thanks in part to a stronger start aboard his KTM 250 SX-F. Rounding out lap one in fifth, he held that spot until the very end. A 6-5 scorecard put him sixth in the overall classification at the Grand Prix of Citta di Mantova, a season-best result. Talk about ending on a high! Mewse finished in seventeenth in the championship standings, despite missing multiple stops due to domestic commitments.
The Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee squad will share news on who will sit next to Conrad Mewse in the upcoming 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship in the not-so-distant future.
Conrad Mewse: “Finished off the 2021 season on a good note. It was a solid start to the day in qualifying, with P2, and then I went 6-5 in the motos. We made some changes to the bike after Sunday’s race and felt a lot more comfortable today. It has been quite a difficult year for me. I did not have the results that me or the team wanted or worked for, but I want to thank them for sticking by me and working with me. That paid off today. We know the direction that we will be heading in for next year. I am looking forward to getting a solid off-season of training in!”
Roger Magee (Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee Team Owner): “From the get-go this morning, it was obvious to the team that Conrad would be ‘on it’ today with the fastest time in free practice and just missing out on pole position by 0.124. In moto one he should have taken the holeshot but backed off a fraction too soon and that left him in P5, only to lose a few more positions on the opening lap. With some drama by a few riders in front, he elevated himself to P6 and he held that to the chequered flag. Moto two saw another good start again in P5 and this time he didn’t lose places early on and rode at an intense pace to stay in contention with the leading bunch. His eventual P5 meant that he had his best GP overall classification with P6.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the team personnel for their very hard work during the long 2021 season and going that extra mile to ensure that our riders had the best opportunity to compete at the highest level. We are also greatly indebted to our many loyal and supportive sponsors especially our joint title sponsors Hitachi, KTM, Milwaukee and Asia Design. Without their invaluable financial assistance and support, the team would not have been able to flourish in the way that it has over the past few seasons.”