VILLA LA ANGOSTURA: GRAND PRIX OF PATAGONIA MXGP

March 20, 2017

TEAM SUZUKI WORLD MXGP

Under the shiny sun of Patagonia the Suzuki World MXGP riders lined up for the third round of the Motocross World Championship. The volcanic soil of Argentina hosted the race for the third year in a row and the pleasant temperature of the ending summer where welcoming the circus of the MXGP on one of the rider’s favorite track of the year. After a difficult practice sessions, ended in thirteenth and sixteenth place, respectively Arminas Jasikonis and Kevin Strijbos, the riders coached by ten time World Champion Stefan Everts, were able to race a solid qualifying moto, who gave them the sixth and seventh gate for Sunday’s races. In race one, in front of thousands South American fans, both riders struggled finding good lines and good pace, with Jasikonis being sixth before going down till the thirteenth place and Strijbos who made it to the eleventh place. In the second moto Kevin didn't had the best possible start but then managed to come back through the pack till the final ninth place, while Arminas couldn't go further than the fourteenth. With their Suzuki RM-Z 450WS Strijbos and Jasikonis, completed the MXGP of Patagonia in 11th. and 13th. place overall. The fourth round of the MXGP will take place in 14 days in Mexico, on Leon's track.

22 KEVIN STRIJBOS

Kevin Strijbos: “These races were not what I expect, or what the team expects, especially after yesterday where I finished sixth in qualification. The first moto I was just too careful, I couldn’t find any good lines and got arm pump early on because I was riding so tight. After that I couldn’t do anything because I was too tired from riding like that. Second moto I felt better, I got a decent jump out of the gate and was mid-pack but the first few laps weren’t too good, I lost a couple of places as it was a little bit like the first moto really; I was too careful. Then halfway through the moto it started to go well, I put in some good laptimes, I caught some riders but it was just too late to get a result. It’s a shame really because I really thought I felt good. I felt good coming into this race, I felt good yesterday and then something didn’t click during the races. I know what the problem is, I just have to overcome it. So not the results that I wanted but we learned some stuff about the RM-Z450WS which is good. I just need to go back and work on my weak points for Mexico, I feel like I’m ready for it, ready for the top five; for the podium. My speed is there, I just need to show it during races."

27 ARMINAS JASIKONIS

Arminas Jasikonis: "I learned a lot, the track was really strange but my speed was there. For half the first moto I was in the top 10 before crashes took me away from that but its learning and I think for the next race I will fix it because it’s a shame to ride so well and not get the result at the end.I learned a lot, the track was really strange but my speed was there. For half the first moto I was in the top 10 before crashes took me away from that but its learning and I think for the next race I will fix it because it’s a shame to ride so well and not get the result at the end."


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