The Zelta Zirgs circuit in Kegums, Latvia hosted round seven of the FIM World Motocross Championship today.
Situated 48km south-east of Latvia’s capital city of Riga this picturesque track as always provided some challenging conditions with its loose sandy surface, but harder base - making a demanding terrain for bikes and riders alike.
Coming into the weekend Team HRC’s Tim Gajser lead the MXGP World Championship by five points and was hoping to retain the series leader’s red plate today. Gajser took a good start in race one and quickly made passes to climb into second place setting some impressive laps times. A race one win was just out of the Slovenian’s grasp, but his second place moto finish secured 22 more champions points.
Riding the CRF450R JM Honda Racing’s Henry Jacobi had a good race one, battling hard from 13th place on lap one, then losing two positions to mount a fightback to finish the moto in a well-deserved 11th position.
As moto two began heavy rain started to fall, which made the already challenging track quite slippery and slowed the rider’s speed by around five seconds per lap. In the first turn Gajser had to battle hard to secure a leading position and by lap one Tim had slotted his CRF450RW into fifth place and set to work picking off riders and climbing into third place by lap three. Although the Slovenian was often posting the fastest laps during the moto Tim wasn’t making consistent progress to challenge for the lead. Then on the final lap a crash ahead of Gajser handed him second place and another 22 points giving him the overall GP win by one point, retaining the now customary red plate that adorns the Team HRC CRF450RW.
Henry Jacobi had another hard battle in moto two. Starting in 16th position in the early laps the talented German soon pushed hard into 14th place only to crash whilst making a pass, dropping him down to 19th. Jacobi began a hard charge to finish the race in 14th position and 11th overall.
Team Honda 114 Motorsport’s Ruben Fernandez had a tough first moto today - hitting the start gate which put the Spaniard in mid-pack for the first lap. Ruben then had an awkward crash on lap two and had to make his way back up the landing slope of a tabletop jump to remount his CRF250R. Fernandez restarted in 21st place and eventually finished the moto in 17th.
A much better start in race two saw Fernandez in fifth place on lap one - a position he was clearly not planning on staying in. By lap two he’d pushed his Honda into fourth and started to challenge for third position, but some small mistakes and loss of rhythm eventually dropped the 22 year old back down the fifth position where he finished the race. Ruben ended the day in 11th overall and now sits firmly in fourth position in the championship.