Another glorious weekend of sunshine and great racing took place at Frauenfeld in Switzerland, with Mathys Boisrame, Steven Clarke and Hunter Lawrence proving once again that they are highly competitive in their respective classes. After a thunderstorm on Friday night, the track rutted up quite nicely, making things very difficult for all the riders but with another excellent Swiss crowd watching, Boisrame took the win in the EMX250 series while Lawrence returned to the podium to once again. Steven Clarke also joined Boisrame on the podium as the Honda CRF250R showed its strength by going first and second in this extremely competitive class.
In the MX2 class, it was good to see Team Honda 114 Motorsports’ Hunter Lawrence returning to the podium, with was his best performance since his mid-season injury problems. After a hard-fought fifth in the first moto, Lawrence got a much better start in race two and was able to work his way to the front much quicker which resulted a third place in the moto and third place overall. After an injury-hit campaign, it was a good showing from the Australian rider and one that he will hopefully build upon in the remaining four rounds. An electrical problem in the first moto caused Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen to abandon any hope of continuing his good points-scoring form, but he regrouped for race two and put in a strong ride for a fourth place finish. Bas Vaessen also put some first moto problems behind him to finish 12th in race two and will head to Bulgaria for next weekend’s MXGP looking to get back the consistency that he seemed to have found in Lommel.
After a weekend off last weekend, the series now heads straight to Bulgaria, where the impressive Sevlievo circuit makes it return to world championship action. An old school facility set in the hills of central Bulgaria, this hard-pack track should once again provide another different test for the all the riders, but after this weekend’s results, they should head there with renewed confidence and the excitement of another opportunity to put in a good result.