The rain-affected Agueda track in Portugal, ended up producing an excellent weekend of racing, with Tim Gajser making a welcome return to the podium after Mathys Boisrame had won both of his EMX250 motos.
It was another positive step for Team HRC’s Gajser who rode extremely well on the difficult and rutted track, going three-five and continuing his rise up the MXGP championship standings. On an afternoon when making mistakes was so easy, Gajser’s smooth style allowed him to navigate the terrain without any problems and his delight at getting back on the box was evident for all to see. Arminas Jasikonis and Petar Petrov also scored points on-board their Assomotor machines as they continue their progression in this strong field.
Calvin Vlaanderen led the Honda charge in the MX2 class, with an impressive sixth place in the second race after another good start on his CRF250RW. Bas Vaessen put his 114 Motorsports Honda inside the top 10 in the first moto, with Martin Racing’s Michele Cervellin just behind in 11th after a good battle between the two riders. Unfortunately the Vamo Racing pair of Marshal Weltin and Micha-Boy de Waal both had to pull out of a moto, but de Waal was able to score his first points of the season in the second race when he came home in 18th.
In the EMX250 championship, Assomotor Racing rider Mathys Boisrame put in two great rides after two holeshots, to win both races in completely different conditions. In the rutted hard pack on Saturday and the muddy conditions of Sunday morning, Boisrame showed he was the best rider of this extremely competitive field and with his 50 points, moved himself right up into title contention. He now sits just 15 points behind the championship leader and with Russia being one of his favourite tracks, he has a good chance to close the gap even further at the next round.
Elsewhere in the class, Alberto Forato and the Carglass Honda duo of Freek van der Vlist and Steven Clarke all scored points.
The riders now have a weekend off before making the journey to Russia where the action will take place on the Monday and Tuesday, in order to coincide with the May 1st Russian National Holiday.