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Gonçalves seventh in second moto, Boog struggles with twisted ankle

Bulgaria hosted the fifth round of FIM MX World Championship on the hard packed track of Sevlievo. Xavier Boog entered his 100th GP with taped ankle, but the pain affected his rounds and Boog was forced to retire the second moto after finishing fifteenth in the first.Rui Gonçalves struggled in the first moto with arm pump placing sixteenth, but mastered the start in the second and fought strong for his position and finished seventh.
The fifth GP in Sevlievo, Bulgaria was raced on a very hard packed track, which became very slick after overnight rainfalls. The track commanded good starts, which unfortunately gave away many placings for the ICE1Racing riders.Xavier Boog, who raced his career’s 100th GP today, twisted his ankle yet again in the qualifying race yesterday and lined up with taped ankle today. The pain wasn’t gone, however, and Boog, even though was able to struggle through the first moto and finish fifteenth, was forced to retire in the second moto after slightly twisting the ankle again.

Also Rui Gonçalves had his share of hardship this weekend. He had a really bad arm pump in the first moto and simply couldn’t find the rhythm until towards the end of the moto and finished therefore sixteenth. The second moto brought the boost needed for the team, when Gonçalves hit the start fast and was able to fight strong all the way to the end.

“I am happy with the second moto, seventh is a good result, I had a good fight and I didn’t give up, which paid off. I can’t thank the team enough for the support they’ve given me”, commented satisfied Gonçalves and continued

“We will work on the problems I had in the first moto next week in Belgium and the focus is now to have two consistent motos in the next race. I will travel home a few days early to see my family, before the next GP in Agueda.”

Gauthier Paulin FRA (Kawasaki) won the first moto, second was Kevin Strijbos BEL (Suzuki) and third was his team rider Clement Desalle BEL (Suzuki).

Antonio Cairoli ITA (KTM) won the second moto, second was Gauthier Paulin FRA (Kawasaki), who took the GP victory and third was Clement Desalle BEL (Suzuki).

ICE1Racing riders saved their positions in the championship classification, Rui Gonçalves is seventh with 109 points and Xavier Boog is ninth with 90 points.

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