Qualifying has wrapped up here in Italy, and not a moment too soon. The final riders had no more than threw their bikes on the stands when the rain started to come down. Tomorrow’s races will more than likely be muddy, rainy messes.
Reigning champ David Philippaerts took the win in the qualifying heat, due in part to a wreck suffered by his teammate Josh Coppins, who lead the majority of the race. Jonathan Barragan did not let him win by much. The KTM rider chased him all the way until the end, while MX1 freshman, and Italian hero, Antonio Cairoli took the third spot.
KTM/HDI rider Arnaud Tonus took top gate pick in the MX2 class, besting Steven Frossard and Shaun Simpson, who took second and third respectively.