This weekend the 2019 World Motocross Championship stopped off for round nine at the central Latvian locality of Kegums. 

Situated 50km south-east of the capital city Riga, the sandy Kegums circuit sits close to the banks of the Daugava River which flows from Russia’s Valdai Hills into the Gulf of Riga and onto the notorious Baltic Sea. 

In the MXGP class it was HRC’s Tim Gajser who once again topped the podium, overcoming a tough qualifying race on Saturday to take the overall win and a 30-point advantage in the championship. Tim keeps hold of the leader’s red plate for another weekend.  

In the MX2 class Honda 114 Motorsports Mitch Evans and Zach Pichon had a tough day out with battles through the pack and crashes spoiling their obvious potential. Meanwhile, Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini finished the day in fourth overall in the EMX250 class – only two point adrift of a second place.

The next stop on the GP tour takes us to the Saxonian town of Teutschenthal, Eastern Germany in one week’s time when all Honda riders are hoping to improve on the their performances and results.

Tim Gajser

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I’m really happy because I really didn’t expect this after yesterday’s performance. I had 18th gate pick after a horrible crash and I wasn’t feeling great in that first moto today either. I couldn’t find good lines or a good rhythm so I was only able to finish sixth. In the second race I had an even better start and although it took a few laps, I passed my way into the lead with about 10 minutes remaining. I’m really happy to win another overall and a big thanks to all of the team who work so hard, because that hard work is really paying off so a big thanks to everyone. Still there are a lot of races to go so I will continue to go into each GP trying to have fun, giving my best and hoping to come out on top and remain leading this MXGP championship.

Team HRC – MXGP
Mitchell Evans

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It was a tough day today. I had a decent start in race one from a pretty poor gate choice and made my way forward into ninth place. After my qualifying race crash I didn’t really gel with the track and struggled to find my flow but I was quite happy with race one. I didn’t get a great start in race two and was battling through the pack and then had a pretty big crash again. Then after the crash I was riding in fear of crashing again. It was a tough race and a tough weekend. I’ll rest up this week and come back swinging in Teutschenthal.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Brent Van Doninck

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I have some mixed feelings about the weekend. I wasn’t feeling 100% because I got a little bit sick on Friday night so I felt like my energy tank was empty. I think my riding was pretty good though, it’s just the overall result I’m not so happy with. I can do better. I’m 11th overall now, but I think I can push up to 7th in the championship. I’m hoping for a good result in Germany next weekend.

Honda RedMoto Assomotor
Stephen Rubini

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I came here with the red plate so the weekend was a little bit stressful for me.

The weekend started with second place in free practice, but I made a few mistakes in timed practice and finished in 7th. I took some bad starts in the races but tried to push hard until the end. I got really bad blisters on my hands because my ankle injury has kept me away from bike training, so the skin softens. Fifth in race one was OK, but someone crashed in-front of me at the start of race two so I had to push hard again to finish third. I lost the red plate, but I have the same points as my main rival, so it’s still OK for the championship. We have three races left so we’ll all work hard to win.

Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

We came into Latvia with a two-point lead in the EMX250 championship. Stephen is now tied on championship lead points, but it’s still been a good weekend to be in the hunt for the EMX250 title.

Josh Gilbert has jumped up two places and is now in eighth position in the championship and it’s good to see that progression and reward for his hard work.

Mathys Boisrame showed good lap times and speed in many of the on-track sessions this weekend and had his season best qualification. In race one he was in third place but another rider crashed and brought him to the ground, which was a real shame because he was showing that he could ride within the top five. Then later in the race he crashed in the wave section, which also claimed a lot of riders this weekend.

Brent Van doninck had a good weekend. He had some good speed and was running at a top-ten pace. Mitch Evans had some crashes this weekend and he’ll be glad to leave here and start to focus on the next race in Germany. The same goes for Zach Pichon who also had some crashes, so he’ll be looking forward to putting this behind him and moving onto the next race.

In MXGP Honda had a great result with Tim Gajser wining the overall and expanding his championship lead which his really positive. Jeremy van Horebeek rejoined the top-five and showed some quality riding this weekend.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Latvia

Kegums, Latvia

MXGP 2019, Round 9

Cloudy / 23
Sunday 16 Jun 2019, 14:57 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 23°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 35.56.037
2 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +2.189
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +2.738
4 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 18 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +15.871
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 16 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +22.078
6 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +26.723
7 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +30.127
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM +32.947
9 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +39.120
10 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +46.611
11 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +56.344
12 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 9 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1.05.661
13 Max Anstie 99 GBR 8 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1.11.212
14 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 7 Team VHR KTM +1.15.126
15 Tanel Leok 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1.42.754
16 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 5 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.44.861
17 Sven Van Der Mierden 94 NDL 4 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.53.304
18 Gert Krestinov 37 EST 3 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1.57.826
19 Anton Gole 297 SWE 2 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +2.00.154
20 Harri Kullas 151 EST 1 Wildcard Rider Honda ++1 Lap
Cloudy / 23
Sunday 16 Jun 2019, 12:12 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 23°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34.02.925
2 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 22 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1.599
3 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +12.059
4 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +14.205
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +15.980
6 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 15 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +17.943
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 14 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +24.661
8 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +26.842
9 Max Anstie 99 GBR 12 Standing Construct KTM KTM +27.942
10 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +34.864
11 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 10 BOS GP Kawasaki +46.802
12 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 9 Standing Construct KTM KTM +47.516
13 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 8 Team VHR KTM +51.610
14 Tanel Leok 7 EST 7 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1.17.354
15 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 6 North Europe Racing KTM +1.19.403
16 Micha-Boy De Waal 34 NDL 5 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.20.884
17 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1.23.358
18 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 3 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1.29.178
19 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 2 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.37.322
20 Sven Van Der Mierden 94 NDL 1 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.39.694
Sunny / 25
Saturday 15 Jun 2019, 17:22 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 25°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:36.646
2 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +4.138
3 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +12.069
4 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +16.422
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +19.591
6 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +22.128
7 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct KTM KTM +24.301
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM +25.651
9 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +30.560
10 Julien Lieber 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +35.372
11 Max Anstie 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM KTM +43.779
12 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +46.381
13 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Team HRC – MXGP Honda +48.242
14 Tommy Searle 100 GBR BOS GP Kawasaki +50.450
15 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +52.414
16 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Team VHR KTM +54.519
17 Micha-Boy De Waal 34 NDL Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +58.292
18 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:01.005
19 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:03.702
20 Petar Petrov 152 BUL North Europe Racing KTM +1:04.773
Rider Standings
Sunday, 16 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 391 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 358 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 256 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 254 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
5 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 246 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
6 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 226 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
8 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 200 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
9 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 190 Standing Construct KTM KTM
10 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 186 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
11 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 184 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
12 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 157 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
13 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 129 RFX KTM Racing KTM
14 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 122 Standing Construct KTM KTM
15 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 111 Standing Construct KTM KTM
16 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 103 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
17 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 96 BOS GP Kawasaki
18 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 82 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
19 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 82 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
20 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 71 Team VHR KTM
21 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 65 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
22 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 57 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
23 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 43 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
24 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 38 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
25 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 24 North Europe Racing KTM
26 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
27 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
28 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 16 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
29 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 14 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
30 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 13 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
31 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
32 Micha-Boy DE WAAL 34 NDL 5 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
33 Gert KRESTINOV 37 EST 3 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
34 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
35 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
36 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
37 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda