FIM MOTOCROSS GRAND PRIX OF ITALY BACK TO MANTOVA THIS WEEKEND FUNCHAL, 2 May 2007- After a week break, the FIM Motocross World Championship is all set on a fabulous Grand Prix of Italy, to be held this weekend on the Circuito Internazionale Citta di Mantova.The last GP hosted by the Italian track was in 2000, but now there is a different layout for the circuit hosting the 51st edition of the Italian GP.There is big news in MX1, as Kevin Strijbos opened his winning account in Portugal, by snatching the first win of the season from series leader Joshua Coppins. The two will have to face home rider David Philippaerts, who just clinched his maiden MX1 podium at Agueda, but also Steve Ramon and Jonathan Barragan are expected to come back to the top three.In the MX2 class, an ultra-motivated Antonio Cairoli heads to his home GP with the status of series leader, and winner of all the three events that were held so far. Tony has been incredible, but a very fast Christophe Pourcel is coming up; on the other hand, Tyla Rattray is losing ground, and is looking for victory in Mantova. MX1Thanks to a breathtaking second moto, Suzuki's Kevin Strijbos was the winner of the Grand Prix of Portugal, ahead of Yamaha Motocross' Josh Coppins and KTM Red Bull's David Philippaerts, winner of last year's MX2 Grand Prix of Italy.This is the trio that fans expect on the podium at Mantova, with Coppins being fitter as he raced with injured foot and groin in Portugal.But CAS Honda's Ken De Dycker will head to Italy with more confidence, after he won the latest round of his home Championship. The Belgian was always fast, and also clinched his maiden pole at the opening round at Valkenswaard, but missed the consistency so far.Other Suzuki factory rider Steve Ramon needs to make up for two disappointing GP's in Spain and Portugal, and shorten the 58 point gap from Coppins, before the leader breaks away.The same goes for KTM Red Bull's Spaniard Jonathan Barragan, who had troubles with his shoulder in the last couple of rounds.With KTM riders Max Nagl and David Philippaerts being the first two MX1 debutants to step up on the podium, GPKR's Sebastien Pourcel aims at being the third one, as he is getting stronger and stronger race by race.Belgian Manuel Priem will race his factory TM on the machine's stomping grounds; the Italian manufacturer is working on a new bike with aluminium frame, that will be ready by the Swedish Grand Prix.Other Italian manufacturer Aprilia will see Cedric Melotte's comeback this weekend, with the Belgian joining team mate Alessio Chiodi.In the points standings, Aprilia and other Italian manufacturer WRM -ridden by the sole Cristian Beggi- are level on two points.