News 2 May 2016

Gajser and Herlings too strong in MXGP at Latvia

Lawrence salvages seventh in second EMX250 moto.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Honda Gariboldi’s MXGP World Championship rookie sensation Tim Gajser has taken his fourth victory in six rounds of the 2016 with a hard-fought triumph at Kegums in Latvia on Sunday.

Gajser took over the championship lead during the opening moto, however a heavy crash, then later stall, forced him to work his way back to fourth by race’s end to salvage the round win.

Red Bull KTM’s Antonio Cairoli used consistency to finish runner-up overall for the weekend via 3-2 finishes. He was on part to take the overall until Gajser moved to fourth on the final lap of moto two.

The second moto was won by world champion Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Yamaha), reclaiming the points lead in the process to maintain the red plate, and securing the final position on the overall podium.

Team Suzuki World MXGP’s Ben Townley made a positive return to racing with eighth overall – 7-13 moto scorecards – despite clashing and going down with teammate Kevin Strijbos in the early stages of moto two.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings cleaned up once again to remain unbeaten in MX2, winning the overall to extend his points lead over Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie and Team Suzuki World MX2’s Jeremy Seewer.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Hunter Lawrence can’t buy luck this year. The young Australian, who is undoubtedly an EMX250 title contender, has crashed in three of the four races and in race two on the weekend had to start from dead last after getting caught in a pile-up at turn one. He rebounded for seventh, resulting in sixth overall, and sits second in the series.