Glenn Coldenhoff Victorious at Italian MXGP Round
Glenn Coldenhoff of the Standing Construct KTM team was in sublime form at the 15th round of the MXGP world championships in Imola, Italy. Glenn claimed victory in both heats of the Grand Prix, marking the first time in his career to have accomplished this feat.
It was clear from early on in the race weekend that Glenn had arrived with a purpose. In the qualifying heat, he already gave notice of intent with a strong ride, where he charged from a position outside of the top ten to an eventual second place finish. Ivo Monticelli also rode a strong qualifying race and finished third, Max Anstie qualified seventh, but declared himself to be feeling unwell. He went for an examination, and was diagnosed with a collapsed lung, which he had sustained during the GP at Lommel. Anstie will be out of action for a number of weeks.
Coldenhoff and Monticelli were motivated to fly the team’s flag, though. Monticelli suffered a heavy crash just off the start, and knocked his head against an advertising board. He was unconscious for a number of minutes, and was taken to the hospital with a suspected concussion. Coldenhoff, the sole standard bearer for the team at this stage, had made a good start and was in the leading group. Soon thereafter he took over the lead, and with consistently fast lap times on the treacherous track, he managed to open up a lead. He never again relinquished the lead, and crossed the line as an ecstatic winner.
Brimming with confidence, Coldenhoff immediately shot into the lead in race two. In a similar display to the first heat, he managed to open up a lead, and despite the oppressive heat of the day, he never waned. He again claimed a comfortable victory, which made him a popular overall winner.
With the GP victory in hand, there was more good news for Glenn. he had moved up to fifth in the world championship standings, a position he’ll vigorously defend at the next GP in Uddevalla, Sweden, next weekend.