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MXGP of Czech Republic: Rider Debriefs

MXGP and MX2 stars share their thoughts.

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Read what a host of MXGP and MX2 riders had to say about their respective weekends at the MXGP of Czech Republic.

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Romain Febvre: “I didn’t win three GPs in-a-row since 2015; that’s why I’m happy despite this crash in the second moto. It could have been the perfect day with two moto wins; my speed was good, my riding was good, everything … until this mistake in the second moto. I controlled the first race, then in the second I had another good start. I passed Prado for second, then I followed Seewer for several laps and could compare our lines; sometimes it’s good to be the hunter! I saw that I was faster than him in several sections and after I passed him I made a gap on my rivals. I was riding consistently until the front wheel slipped away in a corner and I crashed. I lost a few positions but I knew if I kept fourth I had at least a podium result. My shoulder hurt but I could forget the pain until the end of the race. I’m happy to win the GP; it’s the third time I have won here at Loket and it was good to win again after several tough years here. I can’t say that it’s my favourite track but my riding style seems to suit the layout. The medical examinations didn’t reveal any damage to the shoulder but I will take some rest to be ready for Lommel next weekend.”

Jeremy Seewer: “I’m feeling good. My physical condition is good, my starts are good, and my speed is good. I am a little bit frustrated to finish third because I felt that I had what it takes to fight for the GP win today. But I made a mistake, and that was my own fault. I am happy with how I rode, especially in the first race. I know I have all the tools to keep pushing for the win, so I look forward to more strong performances in the coming races.”

Calvin Vlaanderen:Yes! Solid fifth in moto one and a win in moto two. Somehow didn’t land on the box. Thanks to the team and everyone in my corner.”

Glenn Coldenhoff: “This weekend started well for me. I felt good here all weekend. The first race today was good. I had a good start and battled Prado for most of the race for second but made a mistake which allowed Jeremy (Seewer) to pass me. I tried really hard to pass them, but in the end they’re smart riders, and I didn’t manage to make the move. In the second race, I felt really good going in, but missed the start a little bit and then another rider parked it in turn two and almost crashed, which cost me five positions. I went crazy to fight back in the first few laps, which I usually don’t do, but I really wanted the podium this weekend. I knew I had the speed to run with the top guys and fight for it, but it didn’t work out so I am pretty disappointed. It’s a tough pill to swallow.”

Ruben Fernandez: “Six-six for sixth is not really where I want to be, but I never quite had the feeling that I wanted with the track. I know from past experience that it is sometimes better to back it down at this circuit than make a big mistake but I still wanted to be fighting further up the field, so I am a little disappointed with how things went. There are definitely areas I need to work on and although we have a short week before Lommel, I will try my best to improve and get ready for probably the toughest race on the calendar.”

Tim Gajser: “It was great to be back racing and seeing all my fans again, so I’m very thankful for that. Loket is always a difficult track and perhaps not ideal for my return but overall it was a good weekend and a nice base to build from. The first moto was a bit of a struggle today, but I thought race two was a lot better and I found more rhythm. Passing is never easy here and I didn’t want to push over the limit, so my results were about as good as I could manage, but overall, it was a solid weekend for my first GP in 10 months. Lommel will certainly be a totally different experience but I’m looking forward to racing as much as possible and building up to my previous level.”

Mitch Evans: “I got a really good start in the first race and could keep the tempo all moto. I just got boxed-in off the start in race two but we made good progress again this weekend. Onwards and upwards to Lommel.”

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Jago Geerts: “Overall, it was a good weekend. I didn’t feel great on the track, but I still managed to win the first heat. The second race was a bit more of a struggle, but I still managed to get to third and win the overall, which I have to be happy with. Now I am really looking forward to the next two back in the sand!”

Rick Elzinga: “It was a new track for me, and it took some time to get used to it. I rode okay, but didn’t feel the best on this track. In the first race I got a decent start and was riding well, but this track is very hard to pass on, so I ended up 10th. I was quite happy with that, but then the second race I had a bad start and with the track being so one-lined, it was really hard to move forward.”

Andrea Adamo: “I was feeling strong all weekend and I was happy with how things were going yesterday but the motos are always different! Anything can happen. Mixed feelings in the end because I won two of the three races here but didn’t make the podium. In the first race I got up and did my best to reach P11 and then was penalised two positions for jumping on the yellow flags, which I did not see. I want to say sorry for that because everyone is looking at us and that was not the example I wanted to set, but I did not see them. I really enjoyed the second moto: the feeling was good, the pace was good. Some strong battles. I still needed to be careful but for the overall result I had nothing to lose, so I went straight-out for the guys. I‘m very happy. Lommel will be tough, for sure! There are a lot of guys that go fast in the sand but I trained there quite a lot this winter. I’ll try my best and fight until the end like always.”

Sacha Coenen: “Definitely a good weekend, even though I always want to be riding at the front! 7th was not too bad but we were close to the podium places. I was running 2nd for quite a long time in the second moto but lost some ground when Andrea past me and I came up short on a jump. I’m happy but importantly we are getting closer to the top three. My home GP next weekend and I’m excited. All the fans will be there and it will be a nice GP.”

Liam Everts: “A strong qualifying race and I was happy with 3rd place but someone lost the rear in front of me at the start of the first moto and took away my front wheel. It wasn’t anybody’s fault. It was just a shame, and I hit the ground pretty hard so it took a while to get up. I managed to get a few points even though my front brake was missing. I started well in the second moto and after a mistake on the first lap I worked my way up to 6th and that’s where I stayed. A bit of a shame today. I felt there was a lot more to take from this weekend but I’m looking forward to Lommel now. It is always nice to race at home but it will be a busy one!”

Kay de Wolf: “It is great to be back on the podium! Today was a step in the right direction. The work that we have done on hard-pack tracks seems to be paying off, so I am happy. This is good momentum heading into a couple of GPs that I really like.”

Lucas Coenen: “This was not the day that I was hoping to have, of course, but we collected some solid points. I am already excited to get back on track at Lommel. I am so excited to race at home and I hope to be back on the podium.”

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Top 15 én een constant weekend voor Kay Karssemakers in GP MX2 in Trentino, Italië.

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Kay Karssemakers van het Fantic Factory Racing MX2 Team is tijdens de vierde wedstrijd om het Wereld Kampioenschap MX2 in de top 15 geëindigd. In de kwalificatierace op zaterdag kwam Kay terug vanaf een tweeëntwintigste plaats en werd sterk viertiende. Op zondag werkte Karssemakers wederom twee goede en constanten wedstrijden af en eindigde beide manches op een vijftiende plaats. In het dag klassement leverde hem dit ook een vijftiende plaats op.

Op het mooie en harde circuit van Arco di Trento stond Kay op zaterdagochtend klaar voor de vrije training. Hierin verkende hij het circuit en zette een eenentwintigste tijd op de klok. Begin van de middag stond de tijdtraining op het programma. De Fantic-rijder verbeterde tijdens deze sessie meerdere malen zijn eigen tijd maar slaagde er niet in om een hele scherpe ronde op de klok te zetten. Met wederom een eenentwintigste tijd keerde Karssemakers terug naar het paddock om zich klaar te maken voor de kwalificatierace later op de dag.

Met de start van de kwalificatierace zat Kay er helaas niet goed bij in de eerste bocht en pas op een tweeëntwintigste plaats begon de Fantic Factory Racing MX2 rijder aan de wedstrijd. In de eerste ronde wist Karssemakers zich op te werken naar een negentiende plaats en had de aansluiting met de rijders voor hem. Na mate de wedstrijd vorderde kwam Kay steeds beter in het ritme en wist verschillende plaatsen winst te boeken. Met constante rondetijden werkte Kay een goede wedstrijd af en kwam na een sterke kwalificatierace op een nette viertiende plaats over de finish.

Met het goede gevoel van zaterdag, stond Kay op zondagochtend klaar voor de warm-up. Hierin verkende hij wederom het circuit en met een zeventiende tijd sloot hij deze sessie af om zich vervolgens klaar te gaan maken voor beide manches die vandaag verreden werden.

In de eerste manche reageerde Kay goed op het vallen van het starthek en stuurde de Fantic-machine rond een elfde plaats door de eerste bocht. In de eerste ronde wist Kay zelfs op een negende plaats door te komen en had gelijk een goed ritme gevonden. Gedurende wedstrijd moest Karssemakers toch enkele plaatsen toegeven maar bleef constanten rondetijden rijden en wist vervolgens lang op een sterke dertiende plaats stand te houden. Echter verloor hij in de slotfase het ritme waardoor hij nog twee plaatsen werd terugverwezen en op een vijftiende plaats werd afgevlagd.

Later op de dag stond de Fantic Factory Racing MX2 rijder achter het starthek voor de tweede manche. Ook ditmaal zat Kay er goed bij met de start en dook rond een twaalfde plaats door de eerste bocht. De tweede manche werd een kopie van de eerste manche want ook nu had Karssemakers al vrij snel een goed ritme gevonden en had lange tijd de twaalfde plaats in handen. Kay hield sterk vol maar na mate de wedstrijd vorderde moest hij toch nog een paar plaatsen toegeven. Na een goede wedstrijd kwam hij wederom op een mooie vijftiende plaats over de finish.

Met een 15-15 in de manches eindigde Karssemakers ook op een vijftiende plaats in het dag klassement. Na een goede kwalificatierace op zaterdag en twee constanten manches op zondag kan Kay tevreden terugkijken op het weekend waarin hij weer een mooie stap in de goede richting heeft gezet. Op 4-5 mei gaat het Wereld Kampioenschap MX2 verder in Agueda tijdens de GP van Portugal!

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Mathis Valin stays second in EMX250

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Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Mathis Valin narrowly missed the podium in round two of the EMX250 Championship at Pietramurata in the Trentino region of northern Italy but the French teenager retained a secure second place in the series standings.

A single slip in each race cost the youngster a second consecutive podium in his rookie season in the class, but he displayed character and determination to regain his composure and charge back up the leaderboard to finish fourth in each moto. He spun out in a loose-surfaced turn on the third lap of Saturday afternoon’s first moto after quickly advancing to fourth; the incident cost him three positions but he responded well to recover fourth place five laps from the close despite discomfort in his leg from the crash. In race two on Sunday morning he found himself squeezed towards the trackside banking heading into the first turn but was again quickly on the move to seventh before tipping over in a tight turn at the start of lap four to surrender two positions. Undaunted by the slip he persevered with decisive passes on consecutive laps mid-moto to make fourth his own four laps from the end. He now trails the championship leader by sixteen points but is seventeen clear of third in the standings.

Bud teammate Benjamin Garib had no joy in Saturday’s first moto as he was involved in a mass collision on the exit from turn one but the Chilean showed his speed and determination in race two as he advanced consequently from a fifteenth-placed start to seventh – with his sights set on fifth – two laps from the finish before a fall pushed him back to eighth at the chequered flag.

Mathis Valin: “ After my crash yesterday I had so much pain in my leg that I could hardly walk when I came back to the team truck and I didn’t sleep so well last night. But today I did my best to get some important points with another fourth-placed finish; in the first part of the race I still had some pain, especially when I was sitting down, but  it became less painful mid-moto and I could make some passes. I didn’t really enjoy this track so much but the results show that all the work we did this winter is paying off and overall I’m happy as I’m still second in the standings.”

Benjamin Garib: ” Saturday was not a good way to start the weekend with a crunch at the first corner but my start was better today and I was right on the pack. I could make some good passes but I had a small crash near the end which cost me a couple of places. I enjoyed the track, but it was a new experience and very tricky with the grip; you had to be very careful with line-choice. I’m happy with my riding; I just need to figure out my starts.”

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Onboard with Tim Gajser in Arco di Trento

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Tim Gajser was riding with a GoPro camera at the fourth round of the MXGP world championship in Arco di Trento last weekend. Watch the footage below and see how intense it is in the opening laps of the MXGP class.

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