Moto Media
James Stewart

EMX2 European Championship.

Edited copy courtesy of Youthstream.

Valentin Guillod took the holeshot and the Swiss rider was leading in front of Robin Kappel. Then Guillod made a mistake, crashed and damaged the bikes exhaust. Guillod finished only eighth in the first heat. When he stopped in the pitlane Kappel took the lead. Priit Ratsep from Estonia was second. Slovenian Jernej Irt (Husqvarna Cross 2 R) was second in the Championship before the final round but lost everything already in the first heat when his bike stopped and he didn't finish.

In the second heat Guillod took the holeshot again and went on to win. He finished second overall. Samuel Zeni (KTM, Italy) finished third in the first heat, second in the second heat and Italian won the European Championship round for the first time. Robin Kappel was third overall.

19 years old Steven Lenoir became the 2010 European EMX2 Champion 2010. Photo courtesy of Youthstream.

 In first races of the season the Frenchman had some problems, after that he continued to improve and took the red plate and kept it till the end. Andrea Cervellin took first EMX2 Vice European title for Husqvarna. Valentin Guillod finished third in the Championship. Before the final round Guillod was fourth but he was successful at home round and took the Championship podium.

KTM took the manufacturers title in front of Suzuki and Honda.


1st – SAMUEL ZENI (Italy): "Finally I made two good heats and everything went out well for the podium. I was waiting this podium so long but I didn't expect the win. In the first heat I crashed after good start and lost five positions but I was pushing a lot and improved my position till the end. In the second heat I started behind Guillod and continued fast. I feel wonderful. Thank to my mother, father and sister, they are really great."

2nd – VALENTIN GUILLOD (Switzerland): "This was my home race and a wonderful weekend. In the first heat I took a holeshot but after ten minutes I destroied the exhaust and I stopped in the pitlane. In the second heat I took the holeshot again, I stayed focused and won. Usually I ride on tracks similar to that so it was not difficult to get familiar also with this track in Geneva. I need thank to my sponsors and family for their big support."

3rd – ROBIN KAPPEL (France): "I took a good start in the first race and when Guillod crashed I won easily. My second start was nothing special and I finished ninth. Luckily that was enough that I finished second overall. My team worked hard the whole weekend so I was riding without problems."


European Champion – STEVEN LENOIR (France): "The finish of the season is great for me, yesterday I took the pole and today I became European Champion. I knew that top ten result is enough in the first heat to take the title so I was not too nervous when I crashed. Thank to Vamo Racing team for everything what they did for me this year. This winter I am ready to work hard for next season."

Vice Champion – ANDREA CERVELLIN (Italy): "I am so happy and satisfied with this season because last year I was far from top three. I was leading the Championship in the middle of the season and it was wonderful. Then Lenoir was becoming better and better, I was also fighting with my teammate Jernej Irt and Valentin Guillod, finally I finished second. I broke my finger yesterday in the qualifying race and today it was so difficult to ride. So my European Vice Champion value is even bigger."

3rd in the Championship – VALENTIN GUILLOD (Switzerland): "First I must thank to my family and sponsord because without them I would not be able to make all these results. My the most successful race was Slovak round because I won two time. We had lot of fun this year and the season was very good. Next year I am going to MX2 with KTM."


1st Race top ten: 1. Robin Kappel (FRA, KTM), 35:15.369; ; 2. Priit Rätsep (EST, Honda), +0:01.898; 3. Samuel Zeni (ITA, KTM), +0:09.898; 4. Andrea Cervellin (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:15.542; 5. Cedric Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), +0:19.338; 6. Steven Lenoir (FRA, Suzuki), +0:22.055; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), +0:33.349; 8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:44.991; 9. Killian Auberson (SUI, KTM), +0:47.358; 10. Kevin Gonseth (SUI, Suzuki), +0:50.381

2nd Race top ten: 1. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 33:55.377; ; 2. Samuel Zeni (ITA, KTM), +0:03.330; 3. Steven Lenoir (FRA, Suzuki), +0:10.210; 4. Killian Auberson (SUI, KTM), +0:14.481; 5. Jens Getteman (BEL, Honda), +0:14.990; 6. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), +0:26.396; 7. Jernej Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), +0:28.440; 8. Andrea Cervellin (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:30.047; 9. Robin Kappel (FRA, KTM), +0:31.061; 10. Luke Hawkins (GBR, Honda), +0:38.788

Overall standings: 1. Samuel Zeni (ITA, KTM), 42 points; 2. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 38 p.; 3. Robin Kappel (FRA, KTM), 37 p.; 4. Steven Lenoir (FRA, Suzuki), 35 p.; 5. Andrea Cervellin (ITA, Husqvarna), 31 p.; 6. Killian Auberson (SUI, KTM), 30 p.; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), 29 p.; 8. Jens Getteman (BEL, Honda), 23 p.; 9. Priit Rätsep (EST, Honda), 22 p.; 10. Kevin Gonseth (SUI, Suzuki), 21 p

Final Championship classification: 1. Steven Lenoir (FRA, Suzuki), 366 points; 2. Andrea Cervellin (ITA, Husqvarna), 316 p.; 3. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 312 p.; 4. Jernej Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), 305 p.; 5. Luke Hawkins (GBR, Honda), 264 p.; 6. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, KTM), 255 p.; 7. Samuel Zeni (ITA, KTM), 192 p.; 8. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), 191 p.; 9. Jon Söderberg (FIN, KTM), 153 p.; 10. Michael Mercandino (ITA, Honda), 148 p.