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.