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Report: Eddie Jay Wade shines at Mantova EMX125 while Joel Rizzi suffers on the gate

Report: Eddie Jay Wade shines at Mantova EMX125 while Joel Rizzi suffers on the gate

Eddie Jay Wade

In a busy weekend of EMX youth action, Eddie Jay Wade and Freddie Bartlett ended up with personal best results – Ollie Colmer was impressive and solid, while Charlie Heyman and Ashton Boughen also proved a point but suffered ill fortune.

Laying down a 12-2 show at Mantova in Italy for round three of EMX 125s, saw F4E KTM’s EJW end up on the podium in third place.

Finishing runner-up in race two behind the championship leader and event winner Mattia Guadagnini was Jay Wade’s best performance ever in this division.

And his third overall signals his return to top form.

Recovering from injury as the season began and with a new team as well, things didn’t flow as well as expected.

But with back-to-back podium finishes in his last two events, a corner seems to have been turned.

While it was all positive good news for Jay Wade, both Joel Rizzi (RFX KTM) and Sam Nunn (HCR Yamaha), found it tough going with no points scored.

Rizzi ran 38-24 after falling foul of the strange gate twitching (take a look on Stefan Everts Instagram account for video footage) and a couple of crashes later in the second moto. Nunn found himself locked out of the points scoring races following his 23rd place in his qualification group.

EMX65 & EMX85

At Slagelse in Denmark, for the EMX65 and 85 third-round races, Yamaha Europe’s Boughen showed great pace and determination to fight his way through from near last in race one to sixth.

But finishing 28th in race two meant 14th overall.

Our other representative was nine-year-old Swedish-based Brit Freddie Bartlett.

In only his second EMX event, he bagged fifth in the qualification race before going on to card 7-6 in the points-paying races which meant a cracking sixth overall finish.

In the 85s, SJP Husqvarna’s Charlie Heyman was the undoubted Saturday star claiming a stunning victory in his qualification race but bad luck in the shape of punctures plagued him in both Sunday races.

Challenging strongly inside the top five, his efforts came to an abrupt end in race one and then in race two he was leading it well past half-distance with a comfortable seven-second lead when bad luck struck again.

Furthering his campaign to reach this year’s finale at Loket in July, Revo Husqvarna’s Ollie Colmer was once more solid as a rock going 7-8 for seventh overall.

With two qualification rounds still to go, all four Brits are still in with a good chance of making this year’s finale.

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