The final weekend in the Latvian trio of MXGP races was held today – once again at the challenging sandy circuit of Kegums, where to sun shone hard all day making temperatures and conditions tough going for men and machines.
The day began well with HRC’s three time World Champion Tim Gajser firing his Honda CRF450RW into an early lead as he soon settled into an unbeatable pace and went on to win the race easily by almost nine seconds.
Honda SR Motoblouz rider Jeremy Van Horebeek was the next Honda home in a solid 10th place, followed by HRC’s Mitch Evans in 12th.
In timed qualifying bad luck struck the JM Honda Racing’s Benoit Paturel when his bike was tangled in a stray track cable on the take-off of a tabletop jump. The Frenchman landed hard and although he was in pain he tried to start race one, but had to withdraw soon into the race. Benoit had a medical check and scan, which revealed a fractured to the T12 vertebra and a cracked tailbone. Benoit’s teammate Artem Guryev also suffered an early crash in Race One and hurt his back, which hampered his overall results.
Race Two began with HRC’s Tim Gajser holeshotting the start and taking off into an early lead. A small mistake cost him a race position followed later by an electrical fault which forced an early race retirement.
Gajser’s teammate Mitch Evans battled hard in Race Two pushing hard to come back from an average start in 15th place to cross the finish line in 9th, one place ahead of #89 Jeremy Van Horebeek with another 10th place.
A new addition to JM Honda Racing’s lineup was Kiwi Dylan Walsh who showed great promise in both races with solid starts and determination. With a little more time on the bike we expect to see improved finishing positions from Dylan.
The MX2 class saw four CRF250Rs in the first 16 over the line in Race One. Alvin Östlund came home in 8th place, riding for Team Honda Racing Assomotor followed by Honda 114 Motorsport’s Nathan Crawford in 9th. Alvin’s teammate Stephen Rubini was in 12th and Bailey Malkiewicz in 16th.
Alvin Östlund backed up his first race result with a battle through the pack to finish in a well deserved 10th place to take 9th overall. Stephen Rubini also had a promising second race finishing in 14th to give him 12th overall.
Honda 114 Motorsports’ Australian riders Nathan Crawford and Bailey Malkiewicz struggled in race two to realise their potential in the tough MX2 class with mistakes and incidents tampering their overall position. Despite not finishing race two, Nathan Crawford still finished the day in 14th overall.