Gajser is back on the podium in Loket
The weekend was already off to a positive start for Gajser with taking a holeshot and a second-place finish in yesterday’s qualifying race. As the gate dropped for the first race today, it was clear to see that the Slovenian felt at home again on his CRF450RW. He took the holeshot and led the race. Desalle put some pressure on him for the first half of the race but he didn’t buckle, continued to lead for the rest of race, to take finally the win. The second race started much in the same way as the first, Gajser took the holeshot and began to lead the race. Amidst battles with Herlings and Desalle, Gajser came in fourth for third overall and a podium finish.
Bobryshev displayed early promise again today with the setting the fastest lap time in the warm up. When it came to the race however, he just couldn’t find his rhythm. Although the second race was good for the Russian, alongside two bad starts and some small mistakes in both races he finished 10th overall for the weekend.
Honda Racing Family member; Jed Beaton, made an impressive debut this weekend in his first MX2 race with HRC at the MXGP of Czech Republic.
Having not been overly pleased with his qualifying result yesterday and with a better understanding of the MX2 class, Beaton went out today to show HRC what he is capable of. His start in the first race was poor and made more difficult with a sodden track which; mid-pack, left riders caked in mud. Having used all his tear-offs whilst battling for positions, he stripped his goggles off 15 minutes into the race and fought on to take 14th. Jed performed much better in his second race, having a bad start but managing to quickly cut his way through the pack, Beaton quickly got into 12th place. From there he went from strength to strength, with lap times increasing as the race went on and latching onto other MX2 riders his determination and consistency earnt him a well-deserved ninth place finish.
Michele Cervllin had been suffering all weekend with sickness but had decided to race today despite feeling under the weather. As the rain poured down before the first race, Cervellin got on better in the slushy mud. Not getting the best start due to having last gate pick, Cervellin picked good lines through the mud to finish 13th. Having used up all his energy in the first race, the Italian then faded slightly in the second race but pulled it back in the end to take 14th.
The series now takes a one week break before Jed Beaton remounts the CRF250RW machine to return for his second MX2 race.
Tim Gajser #243:
I am really happy as the weekend has been really positive for me after many weekends struggling. Too now be back on the podium is great, I had a good first heat leading all the race. The second race I took the holeshot and for the first couple of minutes I was feeling great and then made some small mistakes, lost my rhythm and it was not easy to come back from that. I was struggling in the last couple of minutes. All in all, I am happy. It is the first weekend in a long time that I have enjoyed riding the bike, I am going to take all the positives from this weekend, focus on that and bring them to Lommel.
Jed Beaton #14:
Today was a good day for me. Like I said I wanted to improve every time I rode and that is exactly what I did this weekend. I know I just need to improve my starts as I didn't have a good gate today and as a result I had to put in a lot of extra work to get the results. In the first race, I had to lose my goggles 15 minutes into the race but the race was not so bad. The second race the track had dried out and it was so much better and it was a better result. I just tried to ride consistently ride and maintain my speed and positions.