The FIM Motocross World Championship travels East
By Youthstream | 12 Jul 2012
KEGUMS (Latvia), 12 July 2012 – The FIM Motocross World Championship comes back in action this weekend in Kegums, Latvia, to celebrate the tenth out of sixteen Grand Prix of the season. After the Grand Prix of Sweden, where Clement Desalle took the red plate from Antonio Cairoli and Tommy Searle cut his distance with Jeffrey Herlings, so both MX1 and MX2 championships are wide open.
A part from the MX1 and MX2 classes, Kegums will also host the second round of the UEM EMX250 Championship, whose leader is Mel Pocock, with ten points advantage over second classified Jeremy Seewer and fourteen points advantage over Stefan Olsen, who is third in the championship.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle left Sweden with a double heat victory and the red plate on his Suzuki machine, so he is landing in Latvia determined to do well and keep the leadership of the championship. Last year the Belgian rider finished ninth overall in the Latvian Grand Prix, but now he is leading the MX1 standings for just three points, so he knows that he needs to stay on two wheels and try to score as many points as possible this weekend.
Antonio Cairoli, who got two DNF’s in Sweden, is fully determined to repeat his 2011 performance in Kegums and win both motos and claim back the red plate. After the Swedish Grand Prix, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider admitted that he would have liked to race already on Monday to get the leadership back, so we may see the best of Antonio Cairoli this weekend at the Latvian track.
Christophe Pourcel is twelve points behind Desalle and nine points behind Cairoli. Last year the French rider did not take part in the Latvian round, but he is confident to do well again this weekend and try to get closer to the leader of the championship.
His compatriot Gautier Paulin is not that close to the top three positions, but he keeps his fourth place in the championship. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider did not have a good weekend in Sweden, where he was only seventh overall, so he really needs to do well this weekend to keep on fighting for the top positions of the standings.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ken De Dycker is willing to obtain a good result this weekend in Kegums, like he used to do in the beginning of the season. The Belgian rider has been involved in different crashes in the last Grand Prix, but he has always been able to finish among the top ten. However, De Dycker is still fighting for a podium finish.
Tanel Leok is getting better Grand Prix after Grand Prix and this weekend he will count with the support of his Estonian fans, who will travel to their neighbour country to give Leok their full support to finish among the top MX1 riders.
Evgeny Bobryshev, who was on the third step of the podium last year in Kegums, is looking forward to this weekend in order to try to forget his weekend in Sweden, as well as all the other ones where he could not show his real potential.
Matiss Karro will miss his home Grand Prix, as he is still recovering from the injury he suffered during the Swedish round. However, the Latvian rider will be present in Kegums to meet all his fans.
Other Latvian rider Augusts Just is looking forward to riding home this weekend and trying to finish at least among the top fifteenth, as he did in the previous Grand Prix in Sweden.
2011 MX1 Podium
1. Antonio Cairoli
2. Steven Frossard
3. Evgeny Bobryshev
2011 MX1 POLEMAN: Antonio Cairoli
All the Grand Prix Photos available here
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings is still leading the MX2 Championship and he is very positive for this weekend, as he really likes the Latvian track. Last year, he crashed in the first race, but he was able to come from the back of the pack until the third position and he was second in the Grand Prix, so he is fully confident to go 1-1 and keep the red plate on his KTM.
Tommy Searle, who won the last two Grand Prix, obtained very valuable points in Sweden and he is now 16 points behind Herlings. The British rider has improved significantly his starts and in the last two Grand Prix he has led most of the laps. Searle is more confident than ever and he is determined to win his fifth Grand Prix of the season this weekend and cut the distance with Herlings.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek keeps on being third in the standings even having had a DNF in the first race in Sweden. The Belgian was a bit disappointed with such result, but he was able to finish second in the second race, which gave him extra motivation for this weekend. Van Horebeek is full fit from his ankle injury, so he is ready to fight for the top step of the podium this weekend.
Fourth in the MX2 class is Joel Roelants, who was back racing for the top three positions in the last Grand Prix. The Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki rider finished third in the first heat in Sweden, but he crashed in the second one and he missed the possibility for being on the podium. However, he recovered the good feelings on his Kawasaki and most importantly the confidence on himself, so he may be able to finish on the podium this weekend in Latvia.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier completes the top five of the MX2 point standings, twenty points behind Roelants. The French rider has been finishing among the top five most of the races, so he is now trying to improve his rhythm and ride among the top three when possible.
Dylan Ferrandis moved from tenth to eighth in the point standings after finishing on the third step of the podium in Sweden. The French young talent has been having really good starts in most of the Grand Prix, but in the previous round he proved that he is also able to keep the top three riders rhythm and fight for the podium.
Petar Petrov will miss the Latvian round because he injured his left shoulder last weekend while he was getting ready to race the ADAC MX Masters in Germany. The Bulgarian rider may be able to come back next weekend for the Russian Grand Prix.
2011 MX2 Podium
1. Ken Roczen
2. Jeffrey Herlings
3. Tommy Searle
2011 MX2 POLEMAN: Ken Roczen
All the Grand Prix Photos available here
Saturday: EMX250 Free + Qualifying Time Practice Group A 7:55; EMX250 Free + Qualifying Time Practice Group B 8:35; MX2 Free Practice 9:30; MX1 Free Practice 10:15; EMX250 Qualifying Race Group A 11:15; EMX250 Qualifying Race Group B 12:00; MX2 Pre-Qualifying Practice 13:15; MX1-Pre Qualifying Practice 14:00; EMX250 Last Chance Qualifying Practice 15:00; MX2 Qualifying Race 16:10; MX1 Qualifying Race 17:00; EMX250 B-Final 17:50; EMX250 Race 1 18:40.
Sunday: EMX250 Warm up 8:30; MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; EMX250 Race 2 10:15; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03.
Grand Prix of Latvia
Photo: MX1 start in Uddevalla, Sweden
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