Update – Sicily vs Gozo: Exciting weekend of racing in motocross twinning event
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Update – with more photos – At the weekend, twelve Gozitan motocross riders, members of the Gozo Motocross Association, were in Sicily to compete in friendly races with Sicilian riders at Mx Francavilla Park, a perfect opportunity to combine sports tourism and culture.
Francavilla Motocross track is located in the municipality of Francavilla di Sicilia. The 1500 metre route features several challenging turns, demanding jumps and drops, against the picturesque backdrop of the Alcantara hills.
The Gozitan riders had a tough day’s training on Saturday, followed by the races on Sunday. The GMA said that race day turned out to be very successful for the GMA riders, “who raced their hearts out on a track that is very different from the one that they are used to, both in size and layout.”In Class B, 8 Gozitan riders stood at the starting gate together with 20 Sicilians in two heats of 10 minutes each.
The riders competing in Class B were, Robert Spiteri, Jorn Stellini, Keith Bugeja, Glenn Vella, Matthew Buttigieg, Matthew Zammit, Nataniel Camilleri, and Mark Camilleri.Nataniel Camilleri and Keith Bugeja did very well and managed to achieve first place in one heat each. Nevertheless, Sicilian Antonino Wild won this class, followed by Robert Spiteri in second place and Jorn Stellini in third place.In Class A, there where 12 riders in all, including 2 Gozitans: reigning GMA Champion Steve Xuereb, as well as Joseph Bigeni. These two riders were fortunate enough to race with 16 year-old Michael Faso, classified as 5th best rider in Sicily at the moment.
Faso, on a 2018 Honda CRF 450cc, sponsored and equipped by @Alby MX Racing Team, came in first, followed by Salvo Currenti also on Honda CRF 450cc. GMA’s own 2018 champion Steve Xuereb followed in third place, on a Honda CRF 250cc.The GMA said that afterwards, winners with the highest amount of points competed in the Supercampione race which included the best of the best!
“The Supercampione heat was an exciting and challenging race in which our riders also did very well. Salvo Currenti dominated this class followed by Xuereb and Bigeni respectively.”
Meanwhile Gozitan female rider Emma Xuereb was also recognised and awarded for her participation during this sensational adventure.The Association said that, all in all, “this has been an amazing experience for Gozitan riders who are very thankful that their dream came true.”
GMA said that it would like to thank, “first and foremost,” its President Frank Bruno, Executive Secretary Vickyann Xuereb, Mark Camilleri, Peppe Cernuto, the Minister for Gozo, Justyne Caruana, the Gozo Sports Board, O’Neal Malta, Salavatore Catalano Driector of Mx Francavilla Park, Ivan Impellizzeri andRaimondo Patthey from Sicily Adventures.GMA also announced that this twinning experience will be reciprocated next October, with the arrival of a team of Sicilian riders who will be competing alongside Gozitan riders at Ta Xhajma Motocross Track in Gozo.
To keep up to date with information and updates from the Association, please see the GMA facebook page.
Photographs by Alain Salvary