Avrie Berry added 7 points to her season’s tally this weekend at Imola, Italy where the penultimate round of the 2019 FIM WMX Motocross World Championship took place. The young American is currently 15th in her second full season of GP racing but she will not line up for the final race in Turkey.
In particularly hot conditions Berry rode her KTM SX250F to two good starts. Being plagued by mononucleosis since the start of the season it was tough stand her ground in Italy.
Berry dropped back to 16th after a top 10 start in race one. She faded to 19th in Sunday’s moto although she got 4th out of the gate. “I had hoped to salvage 15th in that second race but I just couldn’t hold on,” commented Berry. “I’m happy to have wrapped up this race even when it’s really difficult when you’re not as fit as you know you could be! In conditions like these you have to pace yourself but it’s hard to go faster when you don’t have the strength. We decided not to go to Turkey so this was effectively my last race of the season. I’m just looking forward to get healthy again and come back stronger next year.”
Imola also marked Avrie’s last race for the KTM Diga Junior Racing team. The Michigan native made her WMX debut with the Belgian team in 2017. From a points scorer she climbed up to a top-10 rider, her personal best was an 11th place overall finish at the Lombardian GP in Ottobiano, 2018. While her second world championship campaign wasn’t as successful as she had hoped Berry made a name for herself riding the West Coast series in Canada this season. Avrie won several rounds and won the Canadian West Coast title.
“I really enjoyed racing in Canada this summer. By coincidence I the conditions there helped me a bit to do well. The tracks are easier and the motos are shorter as well. Even the other sessions are shorter so the racing is not as demanding as racing in GPs. And in Canada the weather is not super hot like it was in Italy. Racing over there also reminded me of how high the level is in the world championship!”
This weekend Kay Karssemakers will contest the last round of the EMX125 championship in Uddevalla, Sweden. The 15-year old Dutchman is currently 16th in provisional standings.