French podium for Gajser as the MXGP Championship heats up
Recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France, situated in the south-west region of the country, Lacapelle-Marival hosted Round 12 of the FIM World Motocross Championship this weekend.
Presenting a new set of challenges for the world’s best motocross riders the Circuit Georges Filhol features tight, twisty, rutted and hard-packed terrain; in stark contrast to many circuits on the 2021 MXGP calendar.
Team HRC’s series leader Tim Gajser started race one in ninth place, but a small tip-over on lap three demoted the Slovenia to 10th as he set-about a charge back to sixth by lap 14. Tim struggled to make further progress on the tight French circuit and finished the race in sixth with high-hopes for race two.
In race two Gajser started better in fifth place. He soon pushed up into fourth position and remained there for the majority of the race, once again finding it hard to push up to the leaders. The four-time World Champion eventually found his way into third place in the latter stages of the race giving him third overall with 35 points.
In the MX2 class Honda 114 Motorsport’s Ruben Fernandez returned to racing after injuring his shoulder in Sardinia three weeks ago. The Spaniard qualified in 10th position ahead of Honda Racing Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini in 15th.
MX2 race one saw Rubini battle hard in 10th place throughout the moto, slowly regaining form after injury setbacks this year. Also riding the CRF250R, Ruben Fernandez started the race well, entering lap one in eighth place, but an incident on lap two put him out of the race.
Race two saw Fernandez battle hard throughout the moto to eventually come home in 10th place after a crash on lap two, which demoted him to 13th. Local hero Stephen Rubini had a tougher race in his second outing, starting the race in 10th spot, but dropping to 13th at the finish after struggling to find a flow on the challenging and tight circuit.
Saturday’s EMX250 races saw Honda Racing Assomotor’s Emil Weckman improve on last weekend’s 15th overall as he took his CRF250R to 10th overall with an excellent 5th in race one, followed by 11th in race two after making some small mistakes which cost him a better overall finish.