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Cairoli and Herlings rule in Latvia

The sun was shining also today in Kegums to host the final races of the Latvian Grand Prix and the technical hard sand track of Zelta Zirgs saw Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings obtaining another overall victory. In MX1 Ken De Dycker was tight in points with his teammate after winning the first race and finishing second in the second one, and Clement Desalle was once again on the third step of the podium. In the MX2 class José Butrón clinched two good starts and finished second overall, while Jordi Tixier completed the top three.

The final races of rounds three and four of the EMX125 and EMX250 European Championships also took place today in Kegums and while local hero Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Pauls Jonass remained unbeaten in the EMX125 class, in the action packed EMX250 final it was Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Jeremy Seewer who put a stop to the winning streak of Guillod Motorsports Valentin Guillod to take home his first EMX250 race win of the season.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli was on the top of the podium this weekend, as he did last year in Latvia. In the first race the Italian was second behind his teammate after the first corner and he tried to keep a good rhythm but he did not want to push too much because he is not training 100% due to his knee injury. In the second race Cairoli started in the front and he was able to dominate the race from start to end.

This weekend Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ken De Dycker also obtained the same result as he did last year in Kegums by finishing second overall; the Belgian rider obtained the Get Athena Holeshot in the first race and he quickly opened a big gap with Cairoli and managed to keep the lead until the chequered flag. In the second race De Dycker also had a good start, but this time it was Cairoli the first one to reach the first corner and the Belgian rode behind his teammate during the whole race. De Dycker admitted that he was very satisfied with how the weekend went for him and even if he is still fourth in the championship, he is just eight points behind his compatriot Clement Desalle. During today’s press conference De Dycker thanked KTM for trusting him and for having signed him for two more seasons.

Yesterday Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle did not have a good feeling neither with his bike nor the track, but after making some changes on the settings of his Suzuki the Belgian rider felt much better and he rode both motos comfortably. In the first race Desalle did not have a good start, but he was able to move up to third very fast and kept such position until the end of the race, whereas in the second heat he had a better start, but by the time he moved up to third both Cairoli and De Dycker had opened a big gap at the front. It has been a positive weekend for Desalle, but he admitted that he is now looking forward to finishing on the top of the podium and not third overall as he did today.

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin missed once again the podium this weekend, but all in all he was satisfied with his riding. In the first race the French rider had a really good start, but the first corner was really slippery and Cairoli touched his front wheel, Paulin crashed and he had to start from the last position. The Kawasaki rider recovered his rhythm really quickly and he was already eleventh after the first lap. Paulin kept on recuperating positions and in the end he crossed the finish line fifth. In the second race Paulin was riding consistently in the fourth position behind Desalle, when Tommy Searle surprised him from behind and the French rider dropped down one position. By the middle of the race Searle stalled the bike in a corner and Paulin moved up to fourth and he kept such position until the chequered flag.

His teammate Jeremy Van Horebeek had another good weekend and he managed to finished fifth overall thanks to his 4-5 result. The Kawasaki Racing Team’s rider had a good start in the first race and he rode a consistent moto in fourth. In the second one Van Horebeek started down in the sixth place behind Paulin and by the middle of the race he was also surprised by Searle. Van Horebeek also took advantage of the British mistake and in the end he crossed the finish line fifth behind Paulin.

Tommy Searle was down in the sixteenth position after the start of the first race, but he made an incredible recovery to finish seventh. In the second moto he was thirteenth after the first corner, so once again he had to give it all to move up to the fourth place ahead of Paulin. However, he stalled the bike in a corner when he was about to overtake Desalle, he dropped down two positions and he crossed the finish line sixth, which gave him also the overall sixth position in the Grand Prix.

Kevin Strijbos was expecting to finish among the top five this weekend, but he had to settle down with a final seventh position after finishing sixth and seventh in today’s races. Rui Gonçalves, who was back this weekend from a little knee injury, finished eleventh in the first race after a poor start, but he took the holeshot of the second one. The Portuguese rode third during the first two laps, but a mistake forced him to drop several positions and ended eighth in the race and also in the Grand Prix.

Max Nagl did not find himself comfortable on the Latvian track and he finished ninth overall and Joel Roelants completed the top ten.

Home rider Matiss Karro succeeded to keep on two wheels during the whole weekend and he was very satisfied with his thirteenth overall position. The second best Latvian rider was Augusts Justs in nineteenth.

Evgeny Bobryshev had a solid first race and finished eighth, but in the second moto a stone entered the radiator of his Honda and he was forced to pull out from the race. The Russian finished seventeenth overall.

Steven Frossard made a mistake in the beginning of the first race and he hit the finger he dislocated yesterday, so he decided to retire. In the second heat the French rider was struggling with pain and he entered the pitlane already after the first lap.

MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 39:15.569; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:07.750; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:12.832; 4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:25.821; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:32.184; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:34.058; 7. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:34.392; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:42.651; 9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:48.658; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +0:57.589;

MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:33.938; 2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:05.408; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:09.753; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:12.063; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:14.796; 6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:24.159; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:28.675; 8. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:49.576; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, Yamaha), +0:57.013; 10. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), +1:13.104;

MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points; 2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 47 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 34 p.; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 34 p.; 6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 29 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 29 p.; 8. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 23 p.; 9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 19 p.; 10. Joel Roelants (BEL, Yamaha), 18 p.;

MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 514 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 432 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 414 p.; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 406 p.; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 327 p.; 6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 318 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 272 p.; 8. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 271 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 203 p.; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 186 p.;

MX1 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 526 points; 2. Suzuki, 440 p.; 3. Kawasaki, 438 p.; 4. Honda, 337 p.; 5. Yamaha, 194 p.; 6. TM, 157 p.;

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings had an outstanding day in Latvia and he dominated both heats with superb authority. In the first moto the Dutch rider started behind José Butrón and he managed to pass him after two laps even if he admitted that he was struggling with arm pump at the beginning of the race. Herlings crossed the finish line forty seconds ahead of Butrón, and in the second race he managed to take the holeshot, he pulled away and this time he finished fifty seconds ahead of the second classified, Jordi Tixier. Herlings keeps on proving that he has a special talent and with 18 years of age he has already obtained the same 27 Grand Prix victories as the best ever Dutch rider Dave Strijbos.

KTM Silver Action’s José Butrón was once again on the second step of the podium thanks to his 2-3 result. The Spanish rider obtained the Get Athena holeshot in the first race and he managed to keep the second position until the chequered flag. In the second moto Butrón started also at the front, but this time he could not hold the second position and he finished third behind Tixier. Butrón keeps on being third in the MX2 championship and his goal is to keep on training hard to finish on the podium at every Grand Prix.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier was a bit disappointed with the third overall position, as he was expecting to finish second behind his teammate Herlings. In the first race Tixier managed to overtake Butrón after five laps, but he crashed as he was pushing really hard to catch his teammate. In the end the French rider finished fourth but he was able to obtain the fastest lap of the race. In the second heat Tixier did not have a good start, but he quickly moved from seventh to second and this time he managed to keep the position until the end.

The fourth overall position was for a strong Petar Petrov who obtained the best result of the season after crossing the finish line eighth and fourth in today’s races. In the first race the Kemea Reytec v/d Laar Yamaha rider started down in the thirteenth position, but he managed to get a good rhythm and crossed the finish line eighth ahead of Alessandro Lupino. In the second moto he was eighth after the first corner and after five laps he was already fourth. The Bulgarian rider was able to hold such position and he was extremely satisfied with such result, as it was a good reward for the hard work he and his team are doing during the whole season.

Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Romain Febvre was back again racing among the top MX2 riders and his 7-5 result made him finish fifth overall of the Grand Prix. The French young rider started around the sixth position in both heats and while he rode a consistent second heat in fifth, in the first moto he could not keep a good rhythm and he ended seventh. Febvre was happy with his performance today because Grand Prix after Grand Prix he is recovering his physical condition.

His compatriot Dylan Ferrandis did not have really good starts and he ended twelfth in the first race and sixth in the second one. Since the French rider was on the podium at his home Grand Prix, his results have not been really consistent but he has shown a little progress.

Glenn Coldenhoff starred in a fantastic recovery in race one, moving from tenth to third, but a crash in the opening lap of race two forced him to enter the pitlane because the shift lever was damaged. The Belgian rider was back in the race after a few minutes, but he was only able to cross the finish line nineteenth and he finished seventh in the Grand Prix.

Jake Nicholls was third after the start of the first race, but he could not keep such position and he finished fifth. The British rider did not have a really good start in the second race and he crashed while he was riding tenth. Nicholls dropped down to the twenty-second position to finish seventeenth in the race and eighth overall in the Grand Prix.

Harri Kullas was ninth and Jason Clermont completed the top ten. Dean Ferris crashed in the first race when he was recovering several positions after a bad start and he was only able to finish eighteenth. In the second moto the Australian obtained a solid seventh place which gave him the final eleventh position.

Christophe Charlier did not have a good start in the first race but he managed to finish sixth, whereas in the second heat he was forced to retire because he crashed in the very beginning of the race when he had overtaken Febvre. The French rider ended thirteenth overall.

Alessandro Lupino was down in the seventeenth position after the start of the first race, but he succeeded to finish ninth. In the second moto he started third behind Herlings and Butrón, but he had a big crash landing from the jump by the finish line and he was forced to retire because he had no feeling on his left leg. Lupino had some tests done on his leg and it seems that there is no serious injury.

It was also a difficult weekend for Alexandr Tonkov because he had a really big crash in the beginning of the first race while he was riding sixth and he had to stop in the pitlane because he had too much pain in one of his elbows. The Russian was not able take part in the final race.

MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 39:23.741; 2. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:40.392; 3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:44.150; 4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:48.004; 5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:53.224; 6. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:54.812; 7. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +0:55.963; 8. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), +1:12.712; 9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +1:15.794; 10. Jason Clermont (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:17.022;

MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 39:29.424; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:50.418; 3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:57.147; 4. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), +1:03.053; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +1:07.640; 6. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:21.923; 7. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), +1:35.685; 8. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM), +1:43.567; 9. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, KTM), +1:47.383; 10. Stefan Kjer Olsen (DEN, Honda), +1:48.382;

MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 42 p.; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 40 p.; 4. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), 31 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 30 p.; 6. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 24 p.; 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 22 p.; 8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 20 p.; 9. Harri Kullas (FIN, KTM), 18 p.; 10. Jason Clermont (FRA, Kawasaki), 18 p.;

MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 542 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 403 p.; 3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 353 p.; 4. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 322 p.; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 304 p.; 6. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 273 p.; 7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 272 p.; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), 244 p.; 9. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), 228 p.; 10. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), 196 p.; 1

MX2 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 547 points; 2. Yamaha, 388 p.; 3. Kawasaki, 328 p.; 4. Suzuki, 252 p.; 5. Honda, 230 p.; 6. TM, 49 p.; 7. Husqvarna, 1 p.;

Circuit length: 1540m
Type of ground: hard sand
Temperature: 24° C
Weather conditions: Sunny
Crowd attendance: 22000

The Grand Prix of Latvia was broadcasted LIVE in the USA on Be In Sport, in Italy on SportItalia, in France on Be In Sport 2 and Motors TV France, in Slovenia on Sport TV, in Portugal on Sport TV3, in the UK on Motors TV UK, in Brazil on Bandsports, in Thailand on True Vision, in Africa on Al Jazeera Sport and Sport TV, in the Middle East on Al Jazeera Sport, in Europe on Motors TV Europe and worldwide on MX-LIFE.TV.

The FIM Motocross World Championship travels now to Finland to celebrate the third Grand Prix in a row, the twelfth in the season, during the 14th July weekend. The emblematic track of Hyvinkää, which hosted the last Grand Prix back in 1991, will also host the fifth round of the EMX250 European Championship.

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