Recovering from a recent ankle injury, Team Assomotor RedMoto Honda’s Stephen Rubini came to Latvia with the championship leader’s red-plate, so he felt some pressure to defend the lead he and his team had worked hard to secure. 

Poor starts in both races saw the Frenchman battle through cruel sandy conditions to secure 4th overall – only two points away from second place. 

Although the red plate moves to Rubini’s main championship rival, the pair are tied on points at the front of the championship with three rounds to go. 

Josh Gilbert took his Buildbase Honda Racing CR250R to 11th overall with a 12th and 14th place finishes respectively. Team Assomotor RedMoto Honda’s Pierre Goupillon is still sidelined and recovering from a broken femur. 

Stephen Rubini

Stephen Rubini 118

I came here with the red plate so the weekend was a little bit stressful for me.

The weekend started with second place in free practice, but I made a few mistakes in timed practice and finished in 7th. I took some bad starts in the races but tried to push hard until the end. I got really bad blisters on my hands because my ankle injury has kept me away from bike training, so the skin softens. Fifth in race one was OK, but someone crashed in-front of me at the start of race two so I had to push hard again to finish third. I lost the red plate, but I have the same points as my main rival, so it’s still OK for the championship. We have three races left so we’ll all work hard to win.

Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

We came into Latvia with a two-point lead in the EMX250 championship. Stephen is now tied on championship lead points, but it’s still been a good weekend to be in the hunt for the EMX250 title.

Josh Gilbert has jumped up two places and is now in eighth position in the championship and it’s good to see that progression and reward for his hard work.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Latvia

Kegums, Latvia

EMX250 2019, Round 5

Sunny / 22
Sunday 16 Jun 2019, 09:12 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 22°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Roan Van De Moosdijk 39 NDL 25 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 30:52.100
2 Mattia Guadagnini 101 ITA 22 Privateer Husqvarna +10.395
3 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA 20 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +17.412
4 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 18 Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna Husqvarna +21.376
5 Jeremy Sydow 104 GER 16 Privateer Husqvarna +24.294
6 Rene Hofer 711 AUT 15 KTM Junior Racing KTM +26.196
7 Raivo Dankers 10 NDL 14 Privateer Yamaha +31.933
8 Thibault Benistant 98 FRA 13 Yamaha Europe Yamaha +35.958
9 Bastian Boegh Damm 403 DEN 12 Privateer KTM +40.510
10 Caleb Grothues 60 AUS 11 SDM Racing Yamaha +41.532
11 Giuseppe Tropepe 223 ITA 10 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +47.448
12 Cornelius Toendel 302 NOR 9 Privateer Husqvarna +48.285
13 Filip Olsson 368 SWE 8 Privateer Husqvarna +52.659
14 Josh Gilbert 3 GBR 7 Buildbase Honda Racing Honda +55.479
15 Jorgen-Matthias Talviku EST 6 Privateer Husqvarna +1:00.753
16 Hakon Fredriksen 427 NOR 5 Privateer Yamaha +1:01.476
17 Tim Edberg 26 SWE 4 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:07.758
18 Andrea Adamo 80 ITA 3 Privateer Yamaha +1:13.786
19 Rick Elzinga 172 NDL 2 Privateer Yamaha +1:16.854
20 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 1 Steelsdrjack KTM +1:23.947
Sunny / 25
Saturday 15 Jun 2019, 13:53 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 25°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Roan Van De Moosdijk 39 NDL 25 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 31:15.560
2 Jeremy Sydow 104 GER 22 Privateer Husqvarna +13.759
3 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 20 Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna Husqvarna +15.693
4 Raivo Dankers 10 NDL 18 Privateer Yamaha +19.021
5 Thibault Benistant 98 FRA 16 Yamaha Europe Yamaha +25.735
6 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA 15 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +36.282
7 Bastian Boegh Damm 403 DEN 14 Privateer KTM +41.210
8 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 13 Steelsdrjack KTM +42.994
9 Rene Hofer 711 AUT 12 KTM Junior Racing KTM +45.219
10 Rick Elzinga 172 NDL 11 Privateer Yamaha +45.823
11 Jorgen-Matthias Talviku EST 10 Privateer Husqvarna +48.679
12 Josh Gilbert 3 GBR 9 Buildbase Honda Racing Honda +54.472
13 Giuseppe Tropepe 223 ITA 8 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +1:03.691
14 Mattia Guadagnini 101 ITA 7 Privateer Husqvarna +1:09.460
15 Cornelius Toendel 302 NOR 6 Privateer Husqvarna +1:14.567
16 Michael Ivanov 97 BUL 5 Privateer KTM +1:19.622
17 Tim Edberg 26 SWE 4 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:26.182
18 Simeo Ubach 124 SPA 3 Privateer KTM +1:33.174
19 Hakon Fredriksen 427 NOR 2 Privateer Yamaha +1:38.382
20 Timur Petrashin 730 RUS 1 Privateer KTM +1:42.032
Rider Standings
Sunday, 16 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Alberto FORATO 303 ITA 201 Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna Husqvarna
2 Stephen RUBINI 118 FRA 200 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
3 Roan VAN DE MOOSDIJK 39 NDL 194 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Rene HOFER 711 AUT 137 KTM Junior Racing KTM
5 Thibault BENISTANT 98 FRA 117 Yamaha Europe Yamaha
6 Giuseppe TROPEPE 223 ITA 114 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
7 Jimmy CLOCHET 520 FRA 88 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki
8 Josh GILBERT 3 GBR 86 Buildbase Honda Racing Honda
9 Karlis SABULIS 16 LAT 74 WZ. Racing KTM
10 Ruben FERNANDEZ 70 SPA 73 SDM Racing Yamaha
11 Rick ELZINGA 172 NDL 69 Privateer Yamaha
12 Jeremy SYDOW 104 GER 67 Privateer Husqvarna
13 Pierre GOUPILLON 720 FRA 67 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
14 Raivo DANKERS 10 NDL 61 Privateer Yamaha
15 Caleb GROTHUES 60 AUS 60 SDM Racing Yamaha
16 Kevin HORGMO 24 NOR 59 Creymert Racing KTM
17 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 57 Steelsdrjack KTM
18 Glen MEIER 192 DEN 38 Privateer KTM
19 Raf MEUWISSEN 81 NDL 34 Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna Husqvarna
20 Michael IVANOV 97 BUL 34 Privateer KTM
21 Mattia GUADAGNINI 101 ITA 29 Privateer Husqvarna
22 Andrea ADAMO 80 ITA 26 Privateer Yamaha
23 Bastian BOEGH DAMM 403 DEN 26 Privateer KTM
24 Tim EDBERG 26 SWE 24 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
25 Filip OLSSON 368 SWE 24 Privateer Husqvarna
26 Simeo UBACH 124 SPA 23 Privateer KTM
27 Timur PETRASHIN 730 RUS 22 Privateer KTM
28 Yuri QUARTI 37 ITA 19 Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action KTM
29 Isak GIFTING 517 SWE 17 Privateer KTM
30 Chihiro NOTSUKA 341 JPN 16 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
31 Jorgen-Matthias TALVIKU EST 16 Privateer Husqvarna
32 Cornelius TOENDEL 302 NOR 15 Privateer Husqvarna
33 Kevin CRISTINO 34 ITA 14 Privateer KTM
34 Jere HAAVISTO 142 FIN 11 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
35 Yann CRNJANSKI 810 FRA 11 Privateer KTM
36 Leopold AMBJöRNSON 180 SWE 10 Privateer Husqvarna
37 Paolo LUGANA 50 ITA 8 Privateer Yamaha
38 Romain PAPE 494 FRA 8 Privateer Yamaha
39 Hakon FREDRIKSEN 427 NOR 7 Privateer Yamaha
40 Lion FLORIAN 239 GER 7 Privateer KTM
41 Denis DMITRIYEV 360 RUS 6 Privateer KTM
42 Gleb SHEVCHENKO 997 RUS 6 Privateer Yamaha
43 Taylor HAMMAL 575 GBR 5 Privateer Yamaha
44 5
45 Alexander SHERSHNEV 425 RUS 5 Privateer Husqvarna
46 Gianluca FACCHETTI 22 AND 4 Privateer Yamaha
47 Lorenzo RAVERA 29 ITA 4 Privateer KTM
48 Cyril GENOT 105 BEL 4 Privateer KTM
49 Ismaele GUARISE 641 ITA 2 Privateer Honda
50 Maurice CHANTON 14 SWI 2 Privateer KTM
51 Matteo PUCCINELLI 110 ITA 1 Privateer Yamaha
52 Sergey KURASHEV 151 RUS 1 Privateer KTM
53 Lorenzo RAVERA 29 ITA 1 Maggiora Park Racing KTM