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Practice Report: MXGP of Latvia

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The Grand Prix of Latvia promises to be an exciting affair, if the practice times are anything to go by. The various contenders in each class were in the mix, just as you would expect, but then some different names appeared towards the front in each session.

One may argue that the surface is the reason why Jeffrey Herlings is competitive on this track. However, a hard base sits beneath the sand and ensures that Kegums is completely different to what you would find in The Netherlands or Belgium. The fact that the track is fairly soft on top boosts his morale, undoubtedly, but it seems that he is just a couple of clickers away from his best now. Although his title hopes may have evaporated, he could play a very important role from this point on. Could this be the weekend that he stands atop the box?

Those who are struggling to meet expectations typically point to starts as the reason for that. The start straight here could solve that issue for certain riders, however, as it drastically favours the inside. If you are on the inside and get a bad jump, you can just tuck up the inside and salvage a respectable position. It all starts with the qualifying race, of course, but do not be surprised to see someone like Max Nagl finally battle inside of the top five. Nagl actually looked stronger than he has done in recent weeks and will end up just three gates from the inside in the qualifying heat.

Romain Febvre is in a similar position and actually had an intriguing time of it in practice. ‘461’ floundered in the lower half of the top twenty and then recorded the fastest time of the session in sector two, but never advanced beyond that point. Febvre later emerged with a bit of a limp and seemed to be gesturing towards his leg. Everything is fine, obviously, as he appeared again for the timed session, but he was in a considerable amount of pain after hitting his femur with his handlebar.

When the results from free practice were first confirmed, I started to question what is wrong with Pauls Jonass. ‘41’ has been so brilliant thus far this season that it seemed fairly unorthodox to see him outside of the top ten. At that point, however, I realised that he rarely performs in the first session of the weekend. In fact, he has not featured in the top three in free practice since the Qatari fixture and has been in the top five just once since then. That statistic alone confirms that we should not read too much into his times.

The dynamic in the MX2 division is most intriguing at this point. That will only intensify too, if Jeremy Seewer can replicate his speed from earlier today in the upcoming races. It would be a massive momentum swing if he could actually defeat Jonass on home turf. It seems that they will not be alone at the front, however, as Thomas Kjer Olsen continues to show great speed and linger around the top three.

A final note from the MX2 class: Vsevolod Brylyakov will not be racing. Brylyakov damaged some nerves and a muscle in his shoulder at the previous round and, although he gave it a good go, he is just too weak to endure two motos. There is a weekend off following this, of course, so he should be much better prepared for the Grand Prix of Germany.

The qualifying races will begin at 16:25 (local time), so tune into MXGP-TV.com for those. Alternatively, you could follow our live updates.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

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Federico Tuani comes close to scoring points in Trentino Europe

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Federico Tuani of the AIT Racing team came close to score points in the fourth round of the MX2 World Championship in Arco di Trento. Tuani finished twenty-first in the first moto and rode inside the top fifteen for a long time in the second moto until his chain broke and he was forced to retire.

Tuani did not get off to a good start in the first heat, but the riding went well and he also managed to set good lap times. In the end he fell just short of scoring a point and finished twenty-first.

After a good start in the second heat, he was riding in thirteenth position in the beginning. He managed to stay in the top fifteen until the middle of the race, but then fatigue started to set in. Tuani persevered but eventually had to leave the race due to a broken chain.

In qualifying for the EMX250 class, Xavier Cazal was unable to find his rhythm. He tried several times to put a fast lap together but despite his efforts he could not get further than a twenty-first time. This meant that he was a reserve for the heats. Unfortunately he was not allowed to participate in the first heat, but this was the case in the second heat. Cazal managed to cross the finish line in twenty-sixth place in the second moto.

There was also a large turnout in the EMX125 class. Venicslav Toshev managed to set a twenty-seventh time in his group, which was not enough for qualification. Despite this disappointment, Toshev stays positive and he will again strive to achieve a good result in Markelo this Sunday.

This Sunday, several riders from the AIT Racing team will compete in the final of the Dutch Masters of Motocross in Markelo.

Photocredits – Fullspectrum Media

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Dive into the MXGP of Spain with a new episode of the Behind the Gate series

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In this episode we can see a deep analysis on Jorge Prado career so far with a special focus on his home GP in Madrid where all the Spanish fans supported him with a lot of passion.

In addition we’ve spent some time with the RedBull GASGAS Factory Racing Team and his manager Davide De Carli to discover the secret of such a successful team together with Simon Langenfelder and the new talent Marc-Antoine Rossi.

Last but not least we have also some special quote from another Spanish talent, Daniela Guillen that smashed the WMX class at the MXGP of Spain in front of her fans.

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Tim Gajser – The Italian Job | 2024 MXGP Round 3&4 Sardinia, Trentino

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Welcome back to the channel! A double header this week with Sardinia & Trentino back-to-back for Round 3&4 of the MXGP series. Come along with us to Italy as we race in some of the most beautiful places in the World!

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