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MXGP visits Orlyonok in Russia
MXGP visits Orlyonok in Russia

The 2018 MXGP Season’s 6th round is complete from the Russian circuit of Orlyonok which in a departure from a normal MXGP weekend saw riders race during the week with a Monday-Tuesday schedule.

MXGP visits Orlyonok in Russia
MXGP visits Orlyonok in Russia

For the first time in 2018 the MXGP class was won by a non KTM rider, the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team bike piloted by Clement Desalle took Russia by storm in 2017 and has repeated his performance again this year. Also returning to the top step of the podium in Russia with blistering speed was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass.


MXGP Race One

MXGP 2018 - Round Six - Orlyonok, Russia
MXGP 2018 – Round Six – Orlyonok, Russia

MXGP’s Race 1 was intense and another memorable battle between the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders of Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings. On the start Cairoli took the Fox Holeshot but Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing Team’s Clement Desalle was right alongside and Herlings just behind.

MXGP 2018 - Round Six - Orlyonok, Russia
MXGP 2018 – Round Six – Orlyonok, Russia

Desalle took the lead on the opening lap from Cairoli with better drive up one of the many steep hills of the Orlyonok Circuit. Behind Herlings in third was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin.

MXGP 2018 - Round Six - Orlyonok, Russia
MXGP 2018 – Round Six – Orlyonok, Russia

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Jeremy Van Horebeek ran in 5th the first 2 laps before Team HRC’s Tim Gajser took the position away from the Belgian. Back at the front Herlings, who had lost time from Cairoli early in the race, was charging in an attempt to pass Cairoli while Desalle sprinted away.

Jeremy Van Horebeek
Jeremy Van Horebeek

Herlings made several attempts at the Italian but was unable to make anything stick. On the final lap Cairoli closed gap to Desalle but for both him and Herlings it was a little too late. Desalle took the race win, the first of 2018 not by a KTM, with Cairoli 2nd and Herlings 3rd.

Clement Desalle
Clement Desalle

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten

  1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), 33:30.843
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:01.512
  3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:03.489
  4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:25.944
  5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:34.132
  6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:39.081
  7. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:44.279
  8. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:45.440
  9. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:45.952
  10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Honda), +0:55.876.

MXGP Race Two

MXGP 2018 - Round Six - Orlyonok, Russia
MXGP 2018 – Round Six – Orlyonok, Russia

For Race 2 Herlings was determined to take the win and gain as many points as possible. When the gate dropped the #84 took the FOX Holeshot ahead of Desalle and Gajser. For Desalle all that was needed to secure the overall was second in race 2.

MXGP 2018 - Round Six - Orlyonok, Russia
MXGP 2018 – Round Six – Orlyonok, Russia

Cairoli, who started in 4th place, faced pressure from Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Romain Febvre but kept his focus on passing Gajser. On lap 10 Cairoli bobbled while trying to catch Gajser and lost traction before falling. The mistake from Cairoli cost him 1 position to Febvre as he remounted in 5th.

Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings
Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings

While Herlings and Desalle crossed the finish line first and second, Febvre took third from Gajser after a great battle for the position.

Romain Febvre
Romain Febvre

In the overall Desalle had 47 points with 1-2 finishes, Herlings 45 points going 3-1, and Cairoli 38 after his 2-5 score. Meanwhile BOS GP’s Russian star Evgeny Bobryshev finished 14th overall at his home GP.

Clement Desalle
Clement Desalle

Clement Desalle

“I’m really happy about my riding today and to be able to put a green bike on the top of the podium. I found some really good lines in the early laps of the first race to take the lead and build a good gap; they came back at me in the last few laps but I was able to control the race for the victory. I got another good start in race two, could stay with the leader for several laps and stayed focused to the end to take the overall GP win. It was great to win again at this track, and now we will work for more GP victories.”

Clement Desalle
Clement Desalle

Jeffrey Herlings

“We improved here compared to last year but we are still missing the win! It was a couple of important results for the championship and we gained more points. I couldn’t really find my rhythm in the first moto and couldn’t get by Tony and Desalle but made the holeshot and checked-out in the second. 1-3-1 for the weekend is not bad at all. To be world champion in this class you really need to be consistent so I am always looking to the podium. I think we have done a good job with that so far and I’ve been in the top three every single moto.”

Jeffrey Herlings
Jeffrey Herlings

Antonio Cairoli

“I’m OK with the result but not with the two small mistakes in the second moto: I’m a bit disappointed. Third place would have been OK because this is not the best track for me. It is strange and difficult. I’m not worried about this result. I’m already looking to the next GP and I know we can improve many things. A good start is always key and it is good that Desalle was in the middle of Jeffrey and I today; it’s positive for the championship that he is going faster. Hopefully in Kegums we can have some more battles. Our goal is to always be on the podium this season and so far we have achieved that.”

Antonio Cairoli
Antonio Cairoli

Romain Febvre

“My weekend was pretty good. I was the fastest yesterday but I made two mistakes and only finished eleventh. Starts are so important; I had to pass many guys in the first race. I felt fast but because I was in the bottom five at the start, it was really difficult. I am not really happy with the weekend because I know I was the fastest, and in this class when you are the fastest you need to make the most of it and score some good points.”

Romain Febvre
Romain Febvre

Tim Gajser

I’m quite disappointed honestly, as I’ve lost third place in race two with only half a lap to go. But that’s motocross: sometimes it can be a tough sport, but the important thing is to pick yourself up and move forward. In any case, the speed was there, I just need to work a bit harder on the fitness side. I feel good nevertheless, we are slowly coming back to where we belong. I just want to give a huge thanks to my team, because the bike was really perfect. I enjoyed the track and the crowd was great, so I can say I had a good time here!”

Tim Gajser
Tim Gajser

Gautier Paulin

“The feeling was good in the final motos and if my starts were better I could have easily battled for the top three. The track was slippery and quite fast but my bike was working great despite challenging track conditions. I made a few mistakes in the qualifying race and had two crashes so my 10th position at the starting gate for the final motos made things harder. My starts were not the best in any of the two motos, but I did my best to be consistent. We’ll keep testing and working hard with the goal to get back on top.”

Gautier Paulin
Gautier Paulin

Julien Lieber

“Today was the race day and we know that it’s never the same as during a qualifying day. I’m happy with my weekend; with a seventh overall I got my second best result in the MXGP class. My starts were not so great but I made some passes during the first few laps to finish eighth and seventh. It was important to be twice in the top ten this weekend. I made some mistakes in the previous rounds so one of my goals was to avoid any mistake here and that’s what I did.”

Julien Lieber
Julien Lieber

Jeremy Seewer

“First of all I had a lot of fun on my bike, and that has to be the most important thing. Another solid weekend again. I felt really good this weekend. I only made one mistake this weekend, and that was a little crash but otherwise it was pretty good. My speed is there and my fitness is really good. I could be happier of course because I am working hard to get inside the top five, but the ultimate goal is to be inside the top-ten at every GP and I am. It doesn’t matter, sand, hard-pack, mud, rain, sun, whatever, I am there at every GP. I just need to keep working because things are getting better and the good times are coming I can feel it.”

Jeremy Seewer
Jeremy Seewer

 

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten

  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 33:53.627
  2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:05.066
  3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:15.098
  4. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:17.458
  5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:19.176
  6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:20.912
  7. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:41.868
  8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:47.040
  9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:49.670
  10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, TM), +0:50.771.
Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM)
Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM)

MXGP Overall Top Ten

  1. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 47 points
  2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 45 p.
  3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 p.
  4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 34 p.
  5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 34 p.
  6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 33 p.
  7. Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 27 p.
  8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 25 p.
  9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KAW), 20 p.
  10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HON), 19 p.
MXGP Overall Top Ten Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 47 points Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 45 p. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 p.
MXGP Overall Top Ten
Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 47 points
Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 45 p.
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 p.

MXGP Championship Top Ten

  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 286 points
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 263 p.
  3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 212 p.
  4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 203 p.
  5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 180 p.
  6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 152 p.
  7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 150 p.
  8. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 147 p.
  9. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 135 p.
  10. Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 113 p.
Jeffrey Herlings maintains a 23-point lead over KTM team-mate Antonio Cairoli
Jeffrey Herlings maintains a 23-point lead over KTM team-mate Antonio Cairoli

MXGP Manufacturers

  1. KTM, 297 points
  2. Kawasaki, 223 p.
  3. Yamaha, 212 p.
  4. Husqvarna, 188 p.
  5. Honda, 162 p.
  6. TM, 104 p.
  7. Suzuki, 87 p.

MX2

After two difficult GPs at Trentino and Portugal Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass returned to his winning shape this week. Lining up to the gate first after winning Monday’s Qualifying Race Jonass came out if the first corner of race 1 in second.

MXGP 2018 - Round Six - Orlyonok, Russia
MXGP 2018 – Round Six – Orlyonok, Russia

Leading the way with the Fox Holeshot was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado. Prado led his Latvian teammate the opening lap but just across the finish line jump Jonass keep his bike lower and was quicker to get the power back to the ground.

MXGP 2018 - Round Six - Orlyonok, Russia
MXGP 2018 – Round Six – Orlyonok, Russia – Jorge Prado

As the pair came up the hill and passed the mechanics area Jonass took the lead. Behind the KTM’s was Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team’s Ben Watson first followed by F&H Racing Kawasaki’s Adam Sterry and shortly after his Kemea teammate Jago Geerts.

Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM)
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM)

Geerts who won the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship here in 2016 held 4th for 5 laps before crashing and eventually finishing 12th. Capitalizing on the error from Geerts was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen.

Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna)
Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna)

Olsen moved to 4th ahead of Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen but then, in a surprising ride from KTM Silver Action’s Stephen Rubini, Vlaanderen was passed. Rubini then charged to the back of Olsen but before making a pass spun out and lost his hard fought 5th back to Vlaanderen.

Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, Honda)
Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, Honda)

On the next to last lap Rubini, who was riding the track with more flow than most, took the spot back from Vlaanderen. Across the finish first was Jonass then Prado, Watson, Olsen, and Rubini.

Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM)
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM)

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten

  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 34:54.861
  2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:11.561
  3. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:31.861
  4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:36.859
  5. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), +0:39.204
  6. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, Honda), +0:40.899
  7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:53.491
  8. Jed Beaton (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:58.912
  9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:59.572
  10. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, Husqvarna), +1:10.071

MX2 Race Two

Race 2 was again led by the KTM’s but the second time around it was a FOX Holeshot from Jonass as Prado pursued. Team Martin Honda Racing’s Michele Cervellin was third from the first lap and while Jonass and Prado pulled away he found himself with a comfortable cushion back to Olsen in 4th.

MXGP 2018 - Round Six - Orlyonok, Russia
MXGP 2018 – Round Six – Orlyonok, Russia

Ben Watson was 5th on lap one behind Olsen but lost positions to both STC Racing Husqvarna’s Henry Jacobi and Vlaanderen. On lap 3 Jacobi dropped to eight moving Watson back up and into 6th.

Watson had Vlaanderen just in front of him from lap 2 until lap 16 when the HRC rider passed Olsen for 4th. The pass on Olsen was important in the overall standings as it gave the final podium position to Watson.

Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM)
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM)

On the last lap Prado charged to the inside of Jonass but wasn’t close enough to make a clean pass which resulted in Jonass taking the race win and the overall ahead of him. Cervellin held onto third with Vlaanderen and Olsen rounding out the top 5. Watson finished 6th but was unaware the result earned him a career first podium until riding up to his team manager who informed the young brit with much joy.

Jed Beaton
Jed Beaton

Jed Beaton recovered from a hefty crash in qualifying to take eighth overall for the round and is currently fifth in the MX2 Championship Points standings.


Pauls Jonass

“After the last two GPs I was a bit bummed about my riding and was disappointed in myself. After Portugal I was telling people I would be ‘back in business’ for Russia and my trainers pushed me hard in Belgium building up to this GP. It was tough but I believed in their programme and people were saying to me already from Saturday morning here that the ‘old’ Pauls was back. Now we need to keep working and not repeat those mistakes. It is always nice to go 1-1 and especially just before my home GP. I hope many fans will come to Kegums and cheer me on because the fans’ support is important. I’ll have a bit more pressure but I’m going as World Champion and will enjoy it. I hope to hear that Latvian anthem on the podium again.”

Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado

Jorge Prado

“It was a really good weekend and compared to last year 100% better! I’m happy. The track was very sketchy and in the beginning it seemed as though the times were very tight between the riders but finally Pauls and I could make a big difference. That was surprising but it was great that both Pauls and I could be out-front again. I think we are stronger and faster than the others at the moment. I’m looking forward to Latvia because it is a track that suits me and is a bit sandy.”

Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado
Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado

Ben Watson

“I literally have no words for this weekend. It has been incredible. To come from where I was last year and trying my best with what I had to Yamaha and the Kemea team taking a chance on me, giving me this opportunity and believing in me, the feeling is unbelievable. It’s something I can’t describe, to stand on the podium and give back to everyone who put their trust in me and worked so hard all winter long. From my mechanic, and the entire team who are working hours and hours to have everything ready. I don’t think people realize what goes into achieving this and getting to this point. It’s just unreal.”

Ben Watson
Ben Watson

Michele Cervellin

“It was the best race in my life up until now and I’m really happy. I was so close to the overall podium too, just one point I think and that would have been great, but I’m still really pleased with my races. Since I’ve got back to full-time training after my knee injury, I’ve been getting better and better, so when it is a track like this, a track like we find in Italy, I knew I would do well here. In the first moto I slipped a little bit and that one position cost me a podium, but the season is long and we will try every round to make that top three happen.”

Michele Cervellin
Michele Cervellin

Thomas Kjer-Olsen

“I did my best to secure another podium result and at the end of the day there was just one point separating me from the top three in the overall. The track in Russia didn’t give us lots of options for passing and there were just a few lines in most parts of the track. Overall, I’m happy I managed to collect some good points for the championship. I’m still third in the points standings and there is still a long way to go. I’m now looking forward to the GP in Latvia in two weeks.”

Thomas Kjer-Olsen
Thomas Kjer-Olsen

Calvin Vlaanderen

“Overall I’m happy with how this round went. After yesterday’s third place in qualifying, we were looking for two solid motos and that’s what we did. In race one, after a strong start I kind of lost my rhythm and couldn’t really find it again, so sixth wasn’t a bad result after all. I had a really good start to race two but messed up a little at turn one, so I had to make my way back to fourth. I pushed as hard as I could to get third – which would have meant a podium – but it wasn’t enough. The team worked so hard and the bike was awesome, so I look forward to Latvia!”

Calvin Vlaanderen
Calvin Vlaanderen

Jed Beaton

“I felt a little bit stiff this morning during the warm-up as I had a pretty big crash yesterday during the qualifying race. My first start was OK but I collided with Brylyakov in the first turn; I still managed to come back to eighth so I was pretty happy with that ride.

Jed Beaton
Jed Beaton

“I put a lot of energy into that race and it made the second one pretty hard; it was also very hot today so my body felt a little bit drained so I couldn’t push for the entire moto but I still ended up seventh. It wasn’t my best weekend of the year but I took some good points and I’m still fifth in the championship.”

Jed Beaton
Jed Beaton

 

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten

  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 34:38.909
  2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:01.630
  3. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:39.711
  4. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, Honda), +0:40.600
  5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:41.581
  6. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:43.440
  7. Jed Beaton (AUS, Kawasaki), +1:06.039
  8. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), +1:12.622
  9. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +1:15.696
  10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Husqvarna), +1:20.876
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM)
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM)

MX2 Overall Top Ten

  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 50 points
  2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 44 p.
  3. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 35 p.
  4. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 34 p.
  5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 34 p.
  6. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, HON), 33 p.
  7. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 29 p.
  8. Jed Beaton (AUS, KAW), 27 p.
  9. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 21 p.
  10. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, HUS), 21 p.
MX2 Overall Top Ten Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 50 points Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 44 p. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 35 p.
MX2 Overall Top Ten
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 50 points
Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 44 p.
Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 35 p.

MX2 Championship Top Ten

  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 266 points
  2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 246 p.
  3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 219 p.
  4. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 176 p.
  5. Jed Beaton (AUS, KAW), 156 p.
  6. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, HON), 130 p.
  7. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, YAM), 127 p.
  8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 108 p.
  9. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 104 p.
  10. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 102 p.
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM) leads the MX2 Championship by 20-points over KTM team-mate Jorge Prado
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM) leads the MX2 Championship by 20-points over KTM team-mate Jorge Prado

MX2 Manufacturers

  1. KTM, 297 points
  2. Husqvarna, 241 p.
  3. Yamaha, 194 p.
  4. Honda, 192 p.
  5. Kawasaki, 186 p.
  6. TM, 66 p.

EMX 250

Race 1 of EMX250 was full of action right from the start with Jeremy Sydow leading Honda Redmoto Assomotor’s Mathys Boisrame, KTM Silver Action’s Gianluca Facchetti, and Carglass Honda Racing’s Steven Clarke but all 4 crashed in the opening laps.

EMX 250
EMX 250

The championship points leader coming into Russia, REVO Husqvarna UK’s Mel Pocock, had a collision with BUD Racing Kawasaki’s Pierre Goupillon sending both riders down, Pocock was later disqualified from Race 1 due to unsportsmanlike behavior after the incident.

Tom Vialle used the mistakes of the fast starters to win in dominant fashion leading every official lap. Giuseppe Tropepe took over 2nd from Tomass Sileika on lap 3 and stayed in the same position the remainder of the race.

ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha’s Nicholas Lapucci started in 9th position but by lap 6 the Italian made his way into 3rd. The #53, Team Diga Procross’ Dylan Walsh, followed Lapucci through the field and battled with REVO Husqvarna UK’s Martin Barr on the final laps to take 4th over Barr’s 5th.

Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, Yamaha)
Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, Yamaha)

Race 2 was led early by Walsh from New Zealand but Great Britain’s Steven Clarke chased the Kiwi down and made a pass for the lead stick on lap 8. Running in 3rd the first half of the race was Pocock before Lapucci found a way by on lap 11.

Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna)
Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna)

With 2 laps remaining Lapucci made a pass on Walsh for second and on the final lap of 17 Yamaha SM Action’s Maxime Renaux took another position from Walsh to finish 3rd.

In the overall standings Nicolas Lapucci took his career first EMX250 win with Clarke 2nd and Walsh 3rd. Martin Barr claims the championship leaders red plate ahead of Walsh while Pocock dropped to 3rd.


EMX250 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Tom Vialle (FRA, Husqvarna), 30:17.317; 2. Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, Yamaha), +0:06.056; 3. Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, Yamaha), +0:11.427; 4. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:14.033; 5. Martin Barr (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:14.217; 6. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:16.796; 7. Alberto Forato (ITA, Honda), +0:17.710; 8. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +0:20.494; 9. Karel Kutsar (EST, KTM), +0:27.207; 10. Steven Clarke (GBR, Honda), +0:29.639.

EMX250 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Steven Clarke (GBR, Honda), 29:51.405; 2. Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, Yamaha), +0:01.979; 3. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:04.080; 4. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:05.038; 5. Alberto Forato (ITA, Honda), +0:10.791; 6. Mel Pocock (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:16.569; 7. Martin Barr (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:17.321; 8. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:22.321; 9. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Yamaha), +0:27.403; 10. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:28.988.

EMX250 Overall Top Ten: 1. Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, YAM), 42 points; 2. Steven Clarke (GBR, HON), 36 p.; 3. Dylan Walsh (NZL, HUS), 36 p.; 4. Alberto Forato (ITA, HON), 30 p.; 5. Martin Barr (GBR, HUS), 30 p.; 6. Tom Vialle (FRA, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KAW), 28 p.; 8. Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, YAM), 22 p.; 9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 21 p.; 10. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 20 p.

EMX250 Overall Top Ten: 1. Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, YAM), 42 points; 2. Steven Clarke (GBR, HON), 36 p.; 3. Dylan Walsh (NZL, HUS), 36 p.
EMX250 Overall Top Ten: 1. Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, YAM), 42 points; 2. Steven Clarke (GBR, HON), 36 p.; 3. Dylan Walsh (NZL, HUS), 36 p.

EMX250 Championship Top Ten: 1. Martin Barr (GBR, HUS), 92 points; 2. Dylan Walsh (NZL, HUS), 89 p.; 3. Mel Pocock (GBR, HUS), 88 p.; 4. Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, YAM), 85 p.; 5. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 79 p.; 6. Tom Vialle (FRA, HUS), 73 p.; 7. Steven Clarke (GBR, HON), 69 p.; 8. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KAW), 68 p.; 9. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KAW), 65 p.; 10. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, YAM), 63.

EMX250 Manufacturers: 1. Husqvarna, 133 points; 2. Honda, 120 p.; 3. Yamaha, 111 p.; 4. KTM, 103 p.; 5. Kawasaki, 100 p.; 6. Suzuki, 10 p


EMX 300

In EMX300 presented by FMF Racing on Monday’s Race 1 A1M’s Andero Lusbo took the lead from the first lap and stayed in the premier position each of the 17 remaining. Behind Lusbo was GL12 Racing’s Mike Kras until lap 7 when defending champion Brad Anderson, on his Verde Substance KTM, took the position.

EMX 300
EMX 300

Vaclav Kovar from the Czech Republic started 4th but moved around Kras at the same time as Anderson and then continued forward to pass Anderson 4 laps later.

Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas)
Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas)

Kras later dropped another position before the finish to Erik Willems from Belgium. Fellow Belgian Greg Smets who came to Russia second in the standings was unable to start race 1, and scored zero points.

Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM)
Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM)

Today’s Race 2 was exactly what Verde Substance KTM’s Brad Anderson was looking for when he took the lead early and lead every lap of the race ahead of his 2017 championship rival, Mike Kras. Vaclav Kovar again moved forward from a subpar start and this time finished 3rd.

Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna)
Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna)

Race 1 winner Andero Lusbo ran 4th the majority of the race through to the finish. In the overall classification Brad Anderson took his first win of the 2018 season over Lusbo and Kovar. Mike Kras finished 4th overall but still maintains the red plate and leads the championship before over Anderson as the series heads to Great Britain.


EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), 29:49.026; 2. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:00.477; 3. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), +0:02.062; 4. Erik Willems (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:29.297; 5. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), +1:05.331; 6. Ignatii Lopatin (RUS, KTM), +1:09.350; 7. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, Yamaha), +1:21.044; 8. Nikolay Kornev (RUS, KTM), +1:35.342; 9. Marek Nespor (CZE, KTM), -1 lap(s); 10. Robert Holyoake (GBR, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s)

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 29:08.297; 2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), +0:10.567; 3. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:16.709; 4. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:24.339; 5. Erik Willems (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:26.802; 6. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:49.668

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top Ten: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 45 points; 2. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 43 p.; 3. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 42 p.; 4. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 38 p.; 5. Erik Willems (BEL, HUS), 34 p.; 6. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, YAM), 29 p.; 7. Ignatii Lopatin (RUS, KTM), 28 p.; 8. Marek Nespor (CZE, KTM), 24 p.; 9. Nikolay Kornev (RUS, KTM), 23 p.; 10. Justin Geyskens (BEL, KTM), 21 p.

Overall Top Ten: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 45 points; 2. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 43 p.; 3. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 42 p
Overall Top Ten: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 45 points; 2. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 43 p.; 3. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 42 p

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top Ten: 1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 130 points; 2. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 122 p.; 3. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), 102 p.; 4. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 102 p.; 5. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, YAM), 86 p.; 6. Erik Willems (BEL, HUS), 80 p.; 7. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 72 p.; 8. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 50 p.; 9. Alonso Sanchez Osuna (ESP, TM), 36 p.; 10. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), 36 p.

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 145 points; 2. Husqvarna, 102 p.; 3. Yamaha, 94 p.; 4. Gas Gas, 72 p.; 5. TM, 36 p.; 6. Honda, 15 p.