French rider Sebastien Tortelli, fresh off his victory in the 250cc class at the Motocross des Nations, won the Fastcross International, held in Italy yesterday.
Tortelli led home fellow Honda riders Mike LaRocco and Ryan Hughes. Jeremy McGrath, meanwhile, made his return to racing after a four-month layoff and finished fourth, just ahead of New Zealand’s Josh Coppins.
While Tortelli was in awesome form it was also the results of World 125cc Motocross Champion Grant Langston that caught the attention of the 30,000 crowd.
Langston led home McGrath in the semi-final, then backed that up by beating the Supercross legend again in a Dash for Cash race. Langston eventually crashed out of the Final after holding a mid-field position.
For Tortelli it was a great win in very humid conditions.
“It’s great to win here,” Tortelli said. “This place is very important in European motocross history. Many good riders have won here; I’m very happy with this result.”
As for McGrath, he wasn’t too worried about missing out on the podium.
“I knew coming in that I would be off the pace,”McGrath said. “It doesn’t matter; I’ll be ready in a few weeks, when the World Supercross Championships begin. I know none of these guy can race with me when I’m fit.”