Team HRC’s Tim Gajser won his sixth moto and third overall in a row at the MXGP of Russia, which was also good enough to see him handed the red plate and the championship lead after eight rounds of this 2019 world motocross season. Stephen Rubini also leaves Russia with a red plate as the Team Assomotor rider went three-one in the EMX250 class, taking over leadership of the series by two points at the halfway point in the championship. In the MX2 class, Team Honda 114 Motorsports’ Mitchell Evans placed sixth overall after a hard-fought fifth in race one but he couldn’t quite match that in race two and had to settle for 10th.
The Orlyonok track was a difficult test for all riders with the hard pack surface turning to ice when watered to stop the dust. The soaring temperatures also made it difficult for the riders but Australian Evans was troubled too much as he charged through the pack in race two. Unfortunately he could only work his way up to 10th but it was still a strong overall showing and his two results leave him right in the midst of a battle for top five in the MX2 championship. Team Assomotor’s Mathys Boisrame was also on the verge of breaking into the top 10 in both races, ending up with 11-12 results as he is slowly finding consistency in this highly changeable class.