Battling Brit Conrad Mewse put in a solid fifth-placed finish in today’s MX2 qualification race at the MXGP of Trentino in Pietramurata.
The 18-year-old Hitachi ASA KTM UK rider from Shepton Mallet in Somerset has come out swinging this season after leaving the Husqvarna factory team at the end of last year and holds fifth in the standings after three rounds.
Mewse, who took a double MX2 win at the opening round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship in Oxfordshire last weekend, paid tribute to reigning world champion and current points leader Pauls Jonass who has yet to lose a race this year.
“He’s doing a fantastic job at the minute,” he said. “He’s pretty much dominating the MX2 class and to be honest if us guys knew [his secret] we’d be at that level as well. But I’m happy where I’m at – I’m in fifth in the world championship and our main goal was top seven this year.
“Jonass is dominating and I keep seeing all these things about who’s going to end his streak and I want to do it so bad but so does every other rider on this line. We’ll see…”
After the first three rounds were staged on sand tracks, Mewse – the 2013 85cc world champion – is happy to be racing in Italy.
“It’s nice to get back on some hard-pack and I always love coming to this place. It’s fantastic.”