Michele Cervellin secured a top 10 qualifying position at the MXGP of Switzerland today, as stand in rider Taiki Koga took to the world motocross championship scene for the first time on the CRF250RW.

Heavy rain on the Friday left the track in a prime condition. The tacky dirt and solid berms meant the riders had a healthy choice of lines on the track.

Michele started mid-pack and tussled his way through from 14th to 12th place fairly quickly. As the race went on his confidence in the track grew and he came in a solid 8th place overall.

Taiki took to the line for his first taste of racing in MX2 today and the young Japanese made a strong start. He fought for positions and even when a few crashes set him back, he remounted and carried on battling until the end of the race.

The first MX2 race starts at 13h15 local time tomorrow.

Michele Cervellin

Michele Cervellin 747

Today qualifying was good for me. It has been a long time since I have ridden like this and it is fun, I like the track. Today is the qualifying race so tomorrow is when it really matters but I believe it is possible for me to improve on some positions tomorrow, if I ride like I did today.

Team HRC – MX2
Taiki Koga

Taiki Koga 479

Qualifying for me today was a learning curve. I finished 27th after I had two crashes but my body is ok, I have no problems. I feel good and so tomorrow I should be able to ride much better. It is a difficult track but I liked it. The ruts are so deep and there are alot of bumps and stones. Tomorrow I will do my best and keep pushing.

Team HRC – MX2
Roger Harvey

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Good start for Miki today in Switzerland. He kept it running into the top 10 most of the race and he has the speed to run high but a start is critical for tomorrow.
For Taiki with this being his first race in MX2, it was quite impressive really. The Japanese don't have the level of MX2 riders that we have over here so it was good to see him push in a highly competitive group. He ended up pushing too hard and fell off but we get slip ups and I am sure he has learnt a lot from this which he can put into tomorrow.

Team HRC – MXGP
GP of Switzerland

Frauenfeld-Gachnang, Switzerland

MX2 2017, Round 15

Sunny/Dry / 19
Saturday 12 Aug 2017, 20:09 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Packed
  • Air Temp: 19°C
  • Humidity: 63%
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki 24:25.631
2 Julien Lieber 33 BEL LRT KTM KTM +5.008
3 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +17.551
4 Darian Sanayei 57 USA Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +18.394
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +19.133
6 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +23.068
7 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +25.061
8 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA Team HRC – MX2 Honda +29.344
9 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +31.304
10 Brian Hsu 81 GER Husqvarna Maurer-gep Racing Team Husqvarna +37.558
11 Thomas Covington 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +43.093
12 Ben Watson 919 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM Husqvarna +45.909
13 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +55.748
14 Brian Bogers 189 NDL HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +58.170
15 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1:00.190
16 Davy Pootjes 46 NDL HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +1:00.591
17 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +1:01.447
18 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +1:02.256
19 Iker Larranaga Olano 66 SPA Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:12.864
20 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +1:13.316
Rider Standings
Sunday, 6 Aug 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 589 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 539 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki
3 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 437 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
4 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 429 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
5 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 412 LRT KTM KTM
6 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 350 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 315 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 294 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM
9 Hunter LAWRENCE 96 AUS 246 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki
10 Brent VAN DONINCK 172 BEL 246 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
11 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 212 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
12 Darian SANAYEI 57 USA 192 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
13 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 164 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM
14 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 164 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
15 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 159 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM Husqvarna
16 Conrad MEWSE 426 GBR 151 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
17 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 129 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
18 Bas VAESSEN 98 NDL 120 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki
19 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 111 TM Racing Factory Team TM
20 Iker LARRANAGA OLANO 66 SPA 105 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
21 Brian HSU 81 GER 80 Husqvarna Maurer-gep Racing Team Husqvarna
22 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 78 STC Racing Husqvarna
23 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 72 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
24 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 67 CEC Husqvarna Sweden Husqvarna
25 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 61 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
26 Freek VAN DER VLIST 88 NDL 52 Creymert Racing KTM
27 David HERBRETEAU 338 FRA 45 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
28 Davy POOTJES 46 NDL 42 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM
29 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 41 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM
30 Stephen RUBINI 118 FRA 39 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
31 Anthony RODRIGUEZ 127 VEN 34 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
32 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 32 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
33 Magne KLINGSHEIM 67 NOR 26 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
34 Giuseppe TROPEPE 223 ITA 26 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
35 Marshal WELTIN 58 USA 20 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
36 Jed BEATON 14 AUS 19 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
37 Caleb WARD 170 AUS 14 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
38 Karei KUTSAR 152 EST 14 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
39 Micha-Boy DE WAAL 95 NDL 12 Vamo Racing Team Honda
40 Simone FURLOTTI 951 ITA 10 Wildcard rider Yamaha
41 Morgan LESIARDO 44 ITA 8 Wildcard rider KTM
42 Nathan RENKENS 83 BEL 6 Wildcard rider KTM
43 Ruben FERNANDEZ 76 SPA 5 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
44 Nicolas DERCOURT 411 FRA 5 Wildcard rider Yamaha
45 Alexis VERHAEGHE 110 FRA 4 Wildcard rider KTM
46 Ken BENGTSSON 480 SWE 3 Wildcard rider Yamaha
47 Richard SIKYNA 102 SLK 2 Wildcard rider KTM
48 Maykal Grisha IVANOV 97 BUL 1 Vamo Racing Team Honda
49 Jorge ZARAGOZA 199 SPA 1 Team Ausio Yamaha Yamalube Maxxis Yamaha
50 Ivan PETROV 142 BUL 1 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
51 Chihiro NOTSUKA 28 JPN 1 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
52 Jay WILSON 48 AUS 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
53 Aaron TANTI 218 AUS 1 Wildcard rider Husqvarna