Another weekend of blistering sunshine saw the reversed Kegums track in Latvia provide a different challenge from years’ past, but one that Mathys Boisrame and his Honda CRF250R was able to overcome as he won his second overall of the year in the EMX250 class. Tim Gajser also put in another top five performance as he continues to rebuild his 2018 campaign, while Calvin Vlaanderen and Michele Cervellin finished sixth and eighth respectively in the MX2 class.

After a third and a fifth at the last two rounds in Portugal and Russia, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser came fifth in the hot conditions of Latvia, as he continues to move up the MXGP world championship standings. After a difficult start in the first moto left him with a lot of work to do, the Slovenian rider put his head down and charged all the way up to finish ninth. A much better start on his Honda CRF450RW in race two allowed him to keep the speed of the top guys early on and this gave him the chance to finish in fourth and keep his confidence building as they head to Germany next weekend. Assomotor Honda’s Arminas Jasikonis desperately wanted to do his best in front of a large number of Lithuanian fans who’d made the trip across the border and he ended up 14th overall after a top 10 result in the first race.

In the MX2 class Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen kept up his good run of recent form with a sixth overall on this tricky track. This follows on from his sixth overall in Russia and gives him a good solid base with which to improve upon in future rounds. After his career best fourth overall on the hard-packed Orlyonok track in Russia, Martin Racing’s Michele Cervellin got eighth overall here on the sandy terrain of Latvia, showing that he is able to perform on all conditions. Micha-Boy de Waal had his best ever results on-board the Vamo Racing Honda, narrowly missing out on a top 10 finish in the second moto as he came home in 11th.  The 18 points he scored over the two races were a clear sign that his injury troubles are behind him and he can start battling out with the best in this competitive MX2 class. Unfortunately Hunter Lawrence’s return after a three-round absence didn’t go to plan as the Team Honda 114 Motorsports rider has a crash in the first moto which ruled him out of moto two. It was a shame after the Australian rider had qualified in third position and was running in fourth place when the incident happened.

There was celebration once again under the Assomotor Honda awning when Mathys Boisrame became the first rider in the EMX250 class to have won his second overall. Despite preferring hard-pack conditions, the French rider showed great speed to win the first moto, before fighting hard to a fifth place in the second race which was enough to take the victory and move himself to within just eight points of the championship lead. Despite being heavily handicapped after a difficult qualification, Carglass Honda’s Steven Clarke moved himself closer to the top five in the championship standings, as he now sits just four points away from that position.

The EMX250 class now takes a break but Mathys Boisrame will be joining the MX2 class, while Steven Clarke will his MXGP debut in Teutschental, Germany in one week’s time when the world championship resumes for its eighth round.

Mathys Boisrame

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It was a good weekend for me and the team. In the first race I finished first and in the second race, despite the difficult conditions I was able to come fifth. I was a little surprised that I was able to win on a sand track as I’m not able to train so much in these conditions and I prefer hard-pack. This made the track very technical for me, and with the hot temperatures I was really glad to get the overall and move up to third in the championship, just eight points off the lead.

Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor
Tim Gajser

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Today wasn’t too bad although that’s clearly not where we want to be. This is how things are looking at the moment, but we will keep working hard. I know what I’m capable of and I know I can do better than this, but step by step I think we will get there. Teutschenthal is next, and it’s a track I really like. It’ll be important to avoid mistakes and push hard to get the type of results we deserve. I want to thank the team for their invaluable work: the bike was really good throughout the whole weekend.

Team HRC – MXGP
Calvin Vlaanderen

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Overall I’m obviously not too satisfied with how the day went. My riding was very good throughout the whole weekend, actually, but in the races I didn’t really feel I had the power in me to keep the pace: for the first ten minutes it was all good, but then I had no strength left. It’s not where we want to be, but it’s a long season so we’ll go back to work and be back strong in Germany.

Team HRC – MX2
Michele Cervellin

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It was a good weekend, with eighth overall. Before the weekend I knew it would be tough as it’s not my kind of track, like Russia was but I tried to do my best. In the first moto I was almost top 10 but lost a position on the last lap however in the second moto I went from 10th to eighth on the last lap so I am happy with how it worked out. I’m looking forward to Germany next weekend as it is a good track, and one I like a lot.

Team Martin Racing Honda
Arminas Jasikonis

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I was fast for one lap, throughout the weekend. In free practice and timed practice I was fourth which was really good actually. However the heat really hurt me in the races, I felt weak and light-headed and just not strong enough. The first moto was okay but the second moto was just cruise control to make sure I finished the race. However we must push onto the next round; we know what we need to improve upon as we missed all winter and that’s why results aren’t there but I know I have to do work in order to improve.

Honda Red Moto
Gordon Crockard

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Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

The highlight of the weekend was Mathys Boisrame winning the EMX250 overall. He won the first race, set the fastest lap of the race and moved to just eight points off the lead of the championship. For me that was fantastic and I think he’s handling the pressure of the title challenge very well. I look forward to the next round of the series, to see this improvement continue. Steven Clarke has also moved to within four points off fifth place in the series, which is a positive reward from his efforts.
I really welcomed Hunter Lawrence back to the MX2 championship. He performed well with qualification in third place, but unfortunately whilst lying fourth in race one, he had a crash and was unable to continue in the event. I’m excited for Hunter’s return though, because it is clear he has the speed, even after having time off from his hand injury.
There was a career best performance from Micha-Boy de Waal, showing good quality riding and proving that he capable of running with those guys in this competitive MX2 class. Calvin Vlaanderen also showed good speed, being fastest in warm-up on Sunday and was third in timed practice displaying some good riding and good performance from the bike, so I hope he can put everything together and produce moto results of the level we know he’s capable of riding.
In MXGP, Tim Gajser completed the weekend with fifth overall, something for him to build on as we go into some of the tracks he prefers. Arminas Jasikonis demonstrated his speed, by getting fourth in warm up and in timed practice. He ended the weekend with 14th overall, having a 10th place in the first moto just behind Tim. I was really sorry to see Todd Waters have a crash whilst he was in eighth place in the qualification race, it’s never nice to see to anyone get injured, especially one who had just come in so recently but I hope he can comeback soon.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Latvia

Kegums, Latvia

MXGP 2018, Round 7

Sunny / 29
Sunday 13 May 2018, 14:50 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:20.083
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +6.153
3 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +56.082
4 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 18 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:02.105
5 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:07.560
6 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:11.982
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:19.390
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:26.47
9 Max Anstie 99 GBR 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:39.387
10 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:41.924
11 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 10 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:43.746
12 Jose Butron 17 SPA 9 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:46.907
13 Max Nagl 12 GER 8 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:48.337
14 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1 Lap
15 Tanel Leok 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
16 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 5 Honda Red Moto Honda +1 Lap
17 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 4 Honda Red Moto Honda +1 Lap
18 Ander Valentin 920 SPA 3 920 Fly Group Husqvarna +1 Lap
19 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 2 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
20 Harri Kullas 151 EST 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
Sunny / 29
Sunday 13 May 2018, 12:01 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:17.750
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.095
3 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +30.745
4 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +31.253
5 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +48.939
6 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +57.055
7 Max Anstie 99 GBR 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:01.142
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:02.892
9 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 12 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:05.283
10 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 11 Honda Red Moto Honda +1:09.370
11 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:12.739
12 Max Nagl 12 GER 9 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:20.053
13 Jose Butron 17 SPA 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:26.165
14 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 7 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:26.326
15 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 6 BOS GP Suzuki +1:33.318
16 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 5 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:39.046
17 Maxime Desprey 141 FRA 4 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:49.694
18 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 3 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:56.947
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 2 Honda Red Moto Honda +2:08.506
20 Tanel Leok 7 EST 1 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
Sunny / 29
Saturday 12 May 2018, 15:17 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 25:15.963
2 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +50.350
3 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +52.955
4 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +53.967
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +56.432
6 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +59.992
7 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:01.824
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:02.220
9 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:03.219
10 Max Nagl 12 GER TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:09.757
11 Max Anstie 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:26.139
12 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Honda Red Moto Honda +1:31.282
13 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:36.365
14 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:42.346
15 Petar Petrov 152 BUL Honda Red Moto Honda +1:45.240
16 Maxime Desprey 141 FRA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:48.539
17 Jose Butron 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:49.300
18 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS BOS GP Suzuki +1:52.006
19 Harri Kullas 151 EST Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:57.626
20 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:59.175
Rider Standings
Sunday, 13 May 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 336 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 307 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 244 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
4 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 223 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 218 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 180 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
7 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 179 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 177 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
9 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 155 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
10 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 134 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
11 Max NAGL 12 GER 121 TM Racing Factory Team TM
12 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 93 BOS GP Suzuki
13 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 93 Honda Red Moto Honda
14 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 87 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
15 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 81 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
16 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 76 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
17 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 75 Standing Construct KTM KTM
18 Maxime DESPREY 141 FRA 63 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
19 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 48 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
20 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 42 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
21 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 40 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
22 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 28 Honda Red Moto Honda
23 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 20 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
24 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 18 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
25 Graeme IRWIN 55 IRE 17 Hitachi KTM UK KTM
26 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 15 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
27 Ander VALENTIN 920 SPA 8 920 Fly Group Husqvarna
28 Jetro SALAZAR 60 ECU 5 Wildcard Rider Honda
29 Ken DE DYCKER 9 BEL 5 BOS GP KTM
30 Filip BENGTSSON 20 SWE 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
31 Paulo ALBERTO 51 POR 2 Wildcard Rider Honda
32 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Yamaha