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Poor starts hinder Conrad Mewse in Spain
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Poor starts hinder Conrad Mewse in Spain

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Duck Smart

Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee tackled the Grand Prix of Spain this past weekend, as round thirteen of the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship was held at the relatively new circuit of Intu Xanadu. Conrad Mewse was the sole representative for the KTM effort – Adam Sterry is still nursing the hand injury that he sustained two weeks ago.

Mewse gelled with the Intu Xanadu layout a year ago and did again today, but very poor starts meant that he spent his time battling up into the points rather than for a top-five ranking. The progress in moto one was impressive; he moved from seventeenth on the first lap to twelfth at the chequered flag. It was in the second stint that he really shined though, as he charged from twenty-fifth to thirteenth and executed more moves than anyone else in the class.

Thirteenth overall was the ranking that Mewse earnt at the Grand Prix of Spain, which was not a true representation of the potential that he had on the one-lined layout. Mewse is seventeenth in the standings and has his sights set on a position inside of the top fifteen with five rounds remaining. The next event will be the Grand Prix of Trentino – the first of three events in one week at Pietramurata – this coming weekend. Mewse will strive to put his KTM 250 SX-F into the top five once again.

Roger Magee (Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee Team Owner): “It was good for the riders and the sport in general to welcome back a very enthusiastic Spanish crowd to their MXGP this year and the racing in all classes was certainly entertaining on many aspects. Conrad had a reasonable MX2 qualifying, given that he made a mistake in the last sector of his fastest lap that probably cost him a P6 placing. P12 was the best he could manage, but the start in Spain is quite even and the team’s hopes were that he would not be at a disadvantage.

“However, moto one saw him back in P17 on lap one and, with the track being so fast, passing was made difficult and he ended up P12 at the chequered flag. Moto two saw an even worse start with him back in P25 and he found difficulty in finding a fast rhythm in the early stages of the race, but found good pace in the latter half and elevated himself up to a P13 finish. Not the results we had expected at a venue where Conrad set pole position in 2020. The team will regroup for the final five GPs of 2021 in Italy where hopefully the results will improve.”