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Brad Anderson gets the EMX2T Red Plate back to set up epic finale showdown

Brad Anderson gets the EMX2T Red Plate back to set up epic finale showdown

Brad Anderson (Image: Roman Borak)

Brad Anderson arrived at round six of the EMX2T championship one place and two points behind series leader Mike Kras but Ando was fully fit and determined to get the red plate back.

The travelling had taken its toll on the 38-year-old at the last round in Latvia but he was fit and well in Imola and he got off to a flyer.

The Verde Substance KTM rider went fastest in both Free Practice and Timed Qualification, over half a second quicker than Kras. Confidence was high and he was looking forward to the points-paying motos.

Ando was unlucky at the start of race one, getting tagged by another rider. He managed to keep the bike upright but Kras was already ahead.

By the end of the opening lap Ando had moved up to seventh while Kras was in third.

Ando then came off on a slippery corner, damaged his brakes and dropped back to ninth. He couldn’t settle and lost his rhythm – little errors started to creep in.

At the front of the pack, Kras had moved up to second place with Kellett charging behind.

With seven minutes to go, Ando moved back up to seventh while Kras was dropping back to fourth as Kellett and Deghi made their way past.

Three laps to go and Ando charged into fifth but luck didn’t go his way. Kellett’s gearbox went, which allowed Kras to move back up to third place. Ando tried to catch the struggling Kellett but he ran out of laps to get the job done.

Ando finished fifth and Mike Kras finished third giving the Dutchman a six-point lead over Ando as they went into moto two.

The Brit put the troubled moto one behind him as he pulled the holey. He kept the lead for the first four laps until Manual Lacopi made his way through. Lacopi had entered as a wildcard and had already won moto one.

Ando kept his pace to maintain a comfortable second place and as the laps clicked off no one was able to get close to the popular veteran motocrosser. In third place Deghi finished over half a minute behind Ando.

While Ando kept his head down to deliver a fantastic second moto he couldn’t do anything about Kras. And although Kras had suffered with a poor start, leaving him in 20th place as he finished lap one, by lap six Kras had moved into the top 10. And by lap 10 he had moved into sixth. This would have given Ando a two-place lead over Kras but in the final lap Kras managed to pass Andrea Gorini to secure fifth place.

Brad Anderson

Brad Anderson (Image: Roman Borak)

Ando got a 5-2 for a podium third while Kras scored 2-6 for fourth overall.

This gave Ando just two more points than Kras this weekend putting both Ando and Kras level on 235 points.

Ando got the EMX2T Red Plate back but the two rivals will go to Turkey, for the final round, effectively joint leaders.

“I was gutted yesterday [Saturday] at getting fifth place, especially as I was feeling good and had good times in practice. I just needed my luck to change and it did so today [Sunday].

“I got a better start and ended up second which gave me third overall and the red plate back. Me and Kras are on joint points now going into the last round in Turkey so it’s game on now.

“Let the best man win.”

Team manager Adrian Kirk: “A great job done by Ando this weekend. He has had some bad luck this season, with lots of first race crashes. But he has got the red plate back where it belongs in time for the final round.”

EMX2T – Imola Overall 2019

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Pos Rider R1 R2 Total
1 Manuel Iacopi 25 25 50
2 Gianluca Deghi 22 20 42
3 Brad Anderson 16 22 38
4 Mike Kras 20 16 36
5 Andrea Gorini 15 15 30
6 Vaclav Kovar 13 14 27
7 Matteo Del Coco 12 13 25
8 Emanuele Alberio 14 11 25
9 Todd Kellett 18 4 22
10 Maximilian Spies 11 9 20
11 Mario Tamai 0 18 18
12 Alfredo Memoli 6 10 16
13 Eugenio Barbaglia 7 8 15
14 Sebastian Zenato 9 5 14
15 Pier Filippo Bertuzzo 0 12 12
16 Nick Leerkes 5 7 12
17 Marco Lolli 10 1 11
18 Riccardo Cencioni 8 0 8
19 Alessandro Lentini 1 6 7
20 Michele Cencioni 4 0 4
21 N. Skovgaard Christensen 0 3 3
22 Rodolfo Bicalho 3 0 3
23 Ben Putnam 0 2 2
24 Tanguy Gabriel 2 0 2

EMX2T 2019 Rider Points After Six Rounds

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Pos Rider Points Race Wins Podiums
1 Brad Anderson 235 4 4
2 Mike Kras 235 3 3
3 Todd Kellett 200 1 2
4 Vaclav Kovar 180 0 1
5 Andero Lusbo 162 0 2
6 Andrea Gorini 102 0 1
7 Gianluca Deghi 93 0 1
8 Youri van t Ende 88 0 1
9 Brad Todd 86 0 1
10 Pier Bertuzzo 84 0 0
11 Andrea Vendruscolo 79 0 0
12 Emanuele Alberio 74 0 0
13 Mario Tamai 73 0 0
14 Marco Lolli 63 0 0
15 Ben Putnam 62 0 0
16 Matteo Del Coco 58 0 0
17 Manuel Iacopi 50 2 1
18 Ken Bengtson 50 2 1
19 Charlie Putnam 49 0 0
20 Maximilian Spies 45 0 0
21 Robert Holyoake 39 0 0
22 S. Zenato 38 0 0
23 Nick Leerkes 35 0 0
24 Nikolaj Christensen 28 0 0
25 Erik Willems 26 0 0
26 Max Buelow 26 0 0
27 Johannes Klein 25 0 0
28 Iurii Lukash 23 0 0
29 Matt Burrows 21 0 0
30 F. Galligari 21 0 0
31 Kay Ebben 20 0 0
32 Jeff Oxelmark 18 0 0
33 M. Cencioni 18 0 0
34 J. van der Linden 17 0 0
35 A. Memoli 16 0 0
36 E. Barbaglia 15 0 0
37 Jamie Law 14 0 0
38 M. Paganini 12 0 0
39 Corey Hockey 12 0 0
40 Erik Hugyecz 11 0 0
41 R. Cencioni 11 0 0
42 Eric Tomas 8 0 0
43 Denis Polas 8 0 0
44 A. Lentini 7 0 0
45 Mike Bolink 5 0 0
46 Jan Spliethof 5 0 0
47 Jaap Janssen 4 0 0
48 R. Bicalho 3 0 0
49 Marek Nespor 3 0 0
50 Bradley Wheeler 2 0 0
51 T. Gabriel 2 0 0
52 M. Guarise 1 0 0

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