After a long journey viaGreece,Italy,FranceandSpain, Route77energy Honda finally pulled into Agueda earlier last week. Although this was the sixth round of the FIM World Motocross Championship, this also signalled the start of the 250 Motocross European Championship.
Things started early on Saturday morning for the team’s junior rider, Arminas Jasikonis. With the amount of riders signed up, it was decided to change the format to allow all riders to race at least once, and Jasikonis was drafted into the second group of riders.
After his timed practice session, Jasikonis went to the line in seventeenth for his semi race. Although he didn’t get the start he wanted, he soon found himself back in twentieth. The weekend ended for Jasikonis with just minutes to go; a crash with another rider put him on the sidelines with a broken hand and the weekend had to continue without him.
For the senior riders Jason Dougan and Tanel Leok, it was business as usual. Saturday qualifying went well for Leok with a sixth place, which he followed up in his qualifying race with a fourth. Dougan finished the qualifying session in twenty-second, and improved on the result in the qualifier with an eighteenth place.
On Sunday, in glorious sunshine, Leok got off to a good start in ninth. Whilst settling into a rhythm, he stalled the bike, and watched his place slip away as he tried to restart in vain. After restarting in seventeenth, he returned to thirteenth with two laps to go. In the second race, an even better start slipped from Leok’s grasp as he struggled to settle into a rhythm and dropped the bike twice early on. Then, whilst in eleventh, he tried hard to pass Shaun Simpson time and again, but eventually had to concede that place with the two-lap board out to end in twelfth both in the race and overall on the day.
For Dougan, the first race ended a third in. After some physical contact between himself and another rider in the first lap left Dougan’s bike worse off, he continued the race to try and salvage points. Much to his dismay, he felt the bike losing power as time wore on and pulled off to have the damage repaired for the second race. Bike repaired, Dougan got off the line better in the second race. In sixteenth for much of the race, Dougan battled with August Justs for the position in the latter half of the race and had to concede the position to end seventeenth for eighteenth overall on the day.
Commented team principal Mark Chamberlain: “The weekend looked so promising on Saturday for Tanel that it’s a shame the results didn’t happen. It’s crucial though that we look at the positives as well as the mistakes. 11 rounds remain in the championship which is plenty to improve championship position.”
Tanel Leok (#40): In the first race I felt good and was riding good in ninth but then I stalled the bike