Rockstar Energy Suzuki's Clement Desalle won the overall in the Czech Republic with a strong victory in the final moto.
Clement Desalle and Ken Roczen were the MX1 and MX2 overall winners of the Casino Bonver GP of the Czech Republic this weekend in Loket. The rain was present during the first races, which made the track more muddy and technical, but in the second heats the sun came up and dried up all the mud.
Antonio Cairoli won the first race, but he missed the overall victory due to a bad start in the second one. The third step of the podium was for Rui Gonçalves, whose last podium was back in 2009 when he was still riding in the MX2 class. Steven Frossard did not have a good weekend and finished eighth overall.
In the MX2 class, Jeffrey Herlings was second and Tommy Searle completed the rostrum. Gautier Paulin got a DNF in the first race due to a mechanical problem, but the fifth position in the second heat gave him the overall 13th position.
Earlier this morning took place the second race of the UEM EMX-125; Samuele Bernardini obtained another win and obtained the overall victory and the red plate of the series. Tim Gajser was second and Simone Zecchina completed the top three.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki
World MX1’s Desalle obtained his fourth GP win of the season, his first overall win after he injured his shoulder in the Belgian Championship and his finger later on during a GP. The Belgian has the same GP victories as Cairoli, but he is 48 points behind the Italian leader.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Cairoli obtained the Lovemytime Holeshot Award in the first heat and managed to dominate it until the chequered flag. In the second one, he did not have that good start and had to push really hard from an initial sixth position. By the end of the second heat, Cairoli overtook Pourcel and Nagl and finished fourth, which gave him the final second overall position.
KTM's Antonio Cairoli had to work hard after a mediocre start in the second contest and finished second overall.
After missing the podium in Lommel due to a mechanical problem in the last lap, Honda
World Motocross’ Gonçalves obtained his maiden MX1 podium of his career, finishing third ahead of Leok and Nagl. Gonçalves finished third in both heats and he admitted that he is ready to be back on the podium in the upcoming GP.
TM Racing Factory’s Leok, who was third last year in Loket, finished 12th in the first heat, but he took the holeshot in the second one and led the race during the first ten laps. Desalle overtook the Estonian when there were 13 minutes to go, but Leok kept the second position until the end and finished fourth overall.
Red Bull Teka KTM
Factory Racing MX1’s Nagl, winner of yesterday’s MX1 qualifying race, could not repeat his victory today and had to settle down with an overall fifth position. After obtaining a seventh place in the first heat, Nagl managed to ride fourth most of the second race, but with two laps to go, the German was overtaken by Cairoli and Pourcel and ended seventh.
Strijbos got consistent weekend on his first ride for the Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1, obtaining a final sixth position, thanks to his 6-8 result. The seventh overall place was for Boog, who got a really good start in the second race, but could not keep his initial fourth position and ended seventh.
Frossard finished fifth in the first heat, but in the second one Cairoli landed on him during the opening lap and he was down to the 25th position. Frossard did all his best and managed to cross the finish line 12th, which gave him a final eighth position.
Ninth was Pourcel, who was able to battle again against Cairoli during the second heat, finishing fifth behind the Italian. Barragán completed the top ten.
For Evgeny Bobryshev it was a weekend to forget; after a fourth position in the first race, he got a DNF in the second one, as he had to pull out after crashing at the start and also later on during the second lap.
Loket FIM Motocross MX1 Results:
Ken Roczen claimed his seventh GP victory of the season after another double victory at Locket.
1. Clement Desalle (Suzuki) 2-1
2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 1-4
3. Rui Goncalves (Honda) 3-3
4. Tanel Leok (TM) 12-2
5. Max Nagl (KTM) 7-6
6. Kevin Strijobs (Suzuki) 6-8
7. Xavier Boog (Yamaha) 8-7
8. Steven Frossard (Yamaha) 5-12
9. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki) 13-5
10. Jonathan Barragan (Kawasaki) 11-10
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Roczen obtained his seventh GP win of the season this weekend in Loket thanks to another double victory. Roczen imposed an incredible rhythm in the first race, but in the second one he made a mistake preparing his helmet and all the sweat was getting into his goggles already in the first laps of the heat. The German thought that he was not going to be able to make it, but he crossed the finish line first just one second ahead of Herlings.
The second position was for Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Herlings, who obtained two consistent second positions. Herlings rode really well this weekend, especially during the second heat, but even being faster than his teammate Roczen, he did not find the way to overtake him.
CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki
Pro Circuit’s Searle was back on the third step of podium in Loket after his 6-3 result. The British rider keeps on struggling with his starts and has to make all his way up to the top positions, as he did this weekend in both races.
His teammate Anstie missed once more the podium, this time for just two points. The CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider did a great first race finishing fourth after a really bad start, but in the second one he could only end sixth.
Despite being faster than Roczen in the second moto, Jeffrey Herlings finished second in both motos.
Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha
’s Tonus achieved the MX2 Qualifying race victory yesterday, but today he could only finish fifth. The Swiss did not have a good start in the first heat and finished ninth, whereas in the second race he was riding third, when he made a mistake and had to settle down with the fourth position.
Teillet could not repeat his yesterday’s superb performance, but he obtained a well-deserved sixth place. Roelants and Nicholls, who had their own race in heat one when fighting for the fourth position, finished seventh and eighth respectively, being tight in 26 points.
Aubin ended third in the first race, even having some problems with the engine of his KTM, but he crashed during the second one and had to pull out.
Van Horebeek, who finished third in Lommel, had a tough weekend in Loket obtaining an overall tenth position. In the first race, he had a really bad start and had to come into the pit lane as he had a problem with the gear pedal. However, he managed to finish 15th and in the second heat he ended eighth.
Home rider Petr Smitka could not finish the first race and did not start the second one, so he could not fulfil his goal, which was ending among the top twenty riders and sum up some points.
Loket FIM Motocross MX2 Results:
1. Ken Roczen (KTM) 1-1
2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 2-2
3. Tommy Searle (Kawasaki) 6-3
4. Max Anstie (Kawasaki) 4-6
5. Arnaud Tonus (Yamaha) 9-4
6. Valentin Teillet (Suzuki) 8-7
7. Joel Roelants (KTM) 7-9
8. Jake Nicholls (KTM) 5-11
9. Nicolas Aubin (KTM) 3-32
10. Jeremy van Horebeek (KTM) 15-8