Valk holds on to red plate in Spain for Fantic


Cas Valk and Alexis Fueri hold the first and second positions in the current EMX 125 championship standings. Nicholas Lapucci returns to MXGP competition after missing the past few rounds.

The ninth round of the 2022 MXGP World Championship was staged on the Intu Xanadù track, just outside Madrid and it saw the return to the world championship of Nicholas Lapucci, as well as the presence of the young riders of the European EMX125 championship, Cas Valk and Alexis Fueri.

In the 125 qualifying, Cas Valk immediately found felt at home with the Spanish GP track by setting the best time in his group, while Alexis Fueri ended his qualifying with an excellent third place.

In the first heat of the 125, held on Saturday afternoon, Cas Valk and Alexis Fueri got off to a strong start and took the lead on lap three. The two Fantic Factory Team Maddi riders immediately set a high pace pulling a lead over their rivals. On lap five, Fueri took the lead, holding the position until under the checkered flag, going on to win ahead of teammate Valk.

At the start of race two, Alexis Fueri was involved in a crash with other riders and the young French rider started dead last. Alexis recovered after a strong moto to claim 12th position at the end of the race. Cas Valk, started in 7th seventh position and although he pushed hard he had to settle for fifth position.

With this result Cas Valk finished in fourth place on equal points with the second and third in the overall standings, missing the podium due to his second moto position was not as good as his rivals, whilst Alexis Fueri finished in sixth place. The two Fantic Factory Team Maddii riders are still in first and second position in the championship standings.

In the MXGP, with the great heat being the protagonist all weekend that put a strain on the riders, Nicholas Lapucci returned to the race after a long absence, setting the 21st time in timed qualifying.

Lapucci, in the qualifying heat struggled to find the right rhythm, made a few mistakes to finish in 23rd position.

At the start of race 1, Nicholas was pushed off the track at the first corner, restarting the race in last position but pushed and managed to finish in 19th position claiming two World Championship points.

In race 2, after a good start Lapucci had a disastrous crash but luckily was unhurt but retired from race two.

Next up for MXGP and EMX125 will be France on the famous track of Erneé.

Marco Maddii commented the race this way: “A weekend with two faces for the 125 boys, on Saturday they were perfect, both in practice and in race 1, where they dominated. Unfortunately in the second heat Alexis crashed at the start and Cas didn’t find the right gap in the first corner, however we are still first and second in the standings. Lapucci showed a great comeback in race 1, too bad for the crash in the second heat. Nicholas needs to keep working to increase his feeling with the 450.”

EMX 125 Overall Results:

1) Ivano Van Erp #432 – Yamaha 41 pts.

2) Marc Antonie Rossi #282 – Ktm 38 p.

3) Janis Martin Resulis #772 – Ktm 38 p.

4) Cas VALK #172 – Fantic Factory Team Maddii 38 p.

6) Alexis Fueri #717 – Fantic Factory Team Maddii 34 p.

EMX125 Championship Standings:

1) Cas VALK #172 – Fantic Factory Team Maddii 165 pts.

2) Alexis Fueri #717 – Fantic Factory Team Maddii 138 p.

3) Karlis Albert Resulis #47 – Yamaha 135 p.