March 6, 2017


The second round of the 2017 MXGP series was hosted on the brand new track of Pangkal Pinang, on Bangka island in southern Sumatra. Both the Suzuki World MXGP riders, Kevin Strijbos and Arminas Jasikonis lined up for the race this time. The rain was falling almost once a day for the last weeks on the track freshly built to host the best motocross riders of the world, causing problems during the whole weekend. In the night between Friday and Saturday a huge quantity of rain fell on the ground and it was clear since the free practice that the extreme weather conditions will affect the normal schedule of the day. After cancelled the timed practice and the qualifying race the race direction declared the free practice time valid for the starting grid of Sunday's races. The Suzuki riders picked so gate number five and six for the only moto that was disputed, due to cancelation of race two, after the heavy rain flooded the track. In race one Kevin Strijbos managed to score a solid sixth place, witch is his best result this season so far, ending a dramatic race, filled with difficulties and twists. Arminas Jasikonis was less lucky and after have been in the top ten for few laps, ended sixteenth taking the first points of the season with his Suzuki RM-Z450WS. Next round of the MXGP Championship in Argentina in two weeks time, on the beautiful track of Villa La Angostura for the GP of Patagonia. 


Kevin Strijbos: “It’s a shame that it’s been cancelled as from our side, we were here all week waiting for the GP and then they cancelled yesterday after free practice and then today after the first race. The first moto I just tried to stay on two wheels, I wasn’t riding great, a bit too tight, scared to make a mistake. Others were faster but they were getting stuck so I was doing ok. Then the last lap I got stuck in the mudhole and Rui Goncalves passed me for fifth so that’s disappointing as I felt I was good enough for that top-five. Some main guys lost a lot of points so that’s good for me in the championship; now I just need to go home, work on some weak points and get ready for Argentina."

photo credits:  Davide Messora