The good weather of this 2018 world championship season continued at the impressive Afyon circuit in Turkey where Tim Gajser put his Honda CRF450RW up on the podium for the second round in succession while Hunter Lawrence was extremely unlucky to miss out on what would have been his third MX2 podium in a row as the Australian finished fourth overall, tied on points with the third place rider.
It was bitter disappointment for Team Honda 114 Motorsports Hunter Lawrence who just missed out on a fully deserved podium spot. With four laps to go, Lawrence was sitting second overall, but a change of the lead and all of a sudden and he was relegated to fourth place, level on points but losing out on the second moto tie-breaker. This was a real shame as the Honda CRF250R rider had finished second in the moto one, pressuring for the lead for most of the second half of the race. Despite an average start in race two, he made his way into fifth midway through the moto and had the podium spot secured if the positions remained the same in front of him. This wasn’t the case though and he’ll now head to Assen in a couple of weeks’ time looking for a bit of redemption.
Fellow Honda 114 Motorsports rider Bas Vaessen is also looking forward to Assen, for what will be a home GP for the Dutch youngster and he’ll head there with some good confidence after scoring points in four successive races for the first time this season. After his 9-12 results in Bulgaria last weekend, Vaessen went 12-9 here at Afyon for 11th overall and rode well throughout the weekend.
After three MXGPs in three weekends, all the riders will get a welcome weekend off before heading to Assen for a sand-race inside the prestigious TT road racing facility. Joining them will also be the EMX250 class, including the newly crowned champion Mathys Boisrame who will be sporting the gold plate after his success in Bulgaria last weekend.