Conrad Mewse on the charge at second Italian round!
The Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee team tackled the second part of the Italian triple header on Wednesday, as the seventh round of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship was held on the same Faenza track in Italy as had been held on Sunday. The KTM outfit was represented by Conrad Mewse again, as both Adam Sterry and Bas Vaessen will not be back on track until the Grand Prix of Lombardia at the end of the month.
Images courtesy of Ray Archer
Mewse entered the timed session that determine gate pick for the races oozing with confidence – and that was evident in his progressive riding. Sixth was his final ranking in that session – thanks to a time that was set right at the very end, when the circuit was at its roughest, too. A mediocre start on the cusp of the top fifteen threatened to make things difficult in moto one, but Mewse was quick to make some progress and charged into the top ten. An intense fight for eighth ensued towards the end of the moto, with Mewse just missing out on the position. Tenth was where he ended up when the chequered flag fell.
The start that Mewse had in the second moto was no better than in the first, but the progress that he made captured the attention of those trackside. Mewse sliced through the field to climb all of the way up to sixth at the end of the moto – he even set his fastest time of the race on the very last lap. Digging deep, that incredible performance helped him clinch ninth overall on the day and he occupies the same spot in the championship standings as well. Just 12 points separate him from the rider in eighth.
The final stop of the current triple header in Italy, the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna, will be run at the same Faenza track on Sunday. Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee will strive to keep the ball rolling at round eight.
Conrad Mewse: “It was a positive day. It started off with a sixth in qualifying, which I was happy with. I did not get the best of starts but worked my way through and managed a tenth in the first moto. I came from around sixteenth or seventeenth in moto two to sixth, which was good. I had a good feeling on the track – the more the racing went on the better I felt. We made some good changes after the first moto, which seemed to work well. Overall, it was a good day. I am looking forward to the last round at Faenza. Hopefully we can progress again with two more consistent motos but get inside of the top six twice this time.”