The FIM World Motocross Championship visited the German circuit of Talkessel, Teutschenthal today in the region of Saxony-Anhalt, close to the cities of Halle (Salle) and Leipzig.
After a run of loose-surface and sandy terrain tracks it made a refreshing change to visit a fast, flowing and hard-packed Grand Prix circuit such as Teutschenthal and the racing proved to be close and exciting in all classes.
In the MXGP class Team HRC’s Tim Gajser raced hard in moto one, pushing forwards from a fifth place start to eventually progress to third position at the chequered flag, only four seconds off a race win after 18 laps of frantic racing.
A better first lap in race two saw Gajser push quickly into second place using the power of his CRF450RW to great effect. Tim then applied relentless pressure on the race leader and on lap 11 he moved into first place and went on to win the race by over 12 seconds.
Team HRC's four-time World Champion retook the lead of the MXGP Championship today and we’ll again see the famous #243 red-plate adorn Tim’s Honda at the French Grand Prix, next weekend.
In the MX2 class, Team Honda 114 Motorsport’s Ruben Fernandez missed this weekend’s race due to a shoulder injury, so it was left to Honda Racing Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini to fly the CRF250R flag and in race one he battled hard inside the top ten to finish the race in ninth.
In race two Rubini started in ninth place and defend his position well until lap six when a small mistake dropped the Frenchman to 12th. Rubini battled back to 11th, but another mistake dropped him 13th where he finished the race, giving him 10th overall - his best result this year so far.
Saturday’s EMX250 races saw Honda Racing Assomotor’s Emil Weckman take his CRF250R to 15th overall with 17th and 13th in race one and two respectively.
Penalties: MX2: Race 2 T. Vialle (KTM) handed a loss of 2 positions penalty for not respecting waved yellow flag