LOMMEL: GRAND PRIX OF BELGIUM MXGP

August 6, 2018

TEAM HONDA RED MOTO ASSOMOTOR

Since ten years Lommel is a classic summer appointment with the Motocross World Championship. This year the fifteenth round of the MXGP was disputed under a bright and hot sun that made the races even toughest than was they already are. The sandy and crisp surface of the track was destroyed race after race by the riders and at the end of the day was looking like a bombarded field. With Arminas Jasikonis not yet ready to race, only Petar Petrov was then lined up for the MXGP class. The Bulgarian is a sand specialist but after a very positive timed practice, ended in 14th. place, showing a good speed, ended the qualifying race in 18th. Sunday, in race one Petar grabbed one point, coming back after a crash in the first lap and in race two ended in 23rd. place, after being on the ground in the opening lap. In EMX250, the French rider Boisrame is keeping the red plate on his CRF250 even after two difficult moto. In race one he was riding in front after a superb hole-sot but then crashed three times, finishing sixth. In the second moto he came out of the gate in to the first corner out of the top five and after another crash was then able to recover from 15 back to eight. More difficult the weekend of Alberto Forato, who was fast enough in the practice but then struggled a lot with the starts and was able to take back only a 15 and a 9 with some good points. Next round of the MXGP will be hosted on Frauenfeld track, 40 chilo meters northern from Zurich, in Switzerland. 

#27 ARMINAS JASIKONIS (DNS-DNS)
I'm not yet ready to come back on the bike, I just need to rest and to heal up well before coming back training. Isn't easy to be here and not ride but is like this and I can't change it.

#152 PETAR PETROV (20-23)
Unfortunately this weekend wasn’t what I expected and it certainly wasn’t what I hoped for. I felt like I had the speed to be around the top 10 but I just couldn’t put it together in the races. I crashed first lap in the first race and I came back to 20th but I didn’t feel comfortable. In the break we made some good changes and it was much better for the second race. Unfortunately on the first lap again, another rider lost control and forced me to crash as I was making the pass. I went over the bars pretty big and then another rider hit me in the back. When I got up, I was a long way off the rest of the field so I just put my head down and ended up getting back to 23rd. It’s not what I wanted but my laptimes were good so that’s a small positive, it’s just that I really thought I could be around the top 10 this weekend and I had the speed and the fitness to do it, just no luck.

#172 MATHYS BOISRAME (6-8)
I am a little disappointed with the weekend because I know I had the speed to get better results. I was riding really well in the first moto, leading the race on my CRF250R and I felt comfortable but it was a difficult track and I wasn’t able to keep that up. It was similar in the second race where I had the speed but an early mistake cost me. I am happy to get all the way back up to eighth place, especially as it meant that I was able to keep hold of the red plate. There are now three rounds left and I am extremely determined to stay at the top of this extremely competitive EMX250 championship.

#303 ALBERTO FORATO (15-9)
Here in Lommel I had a really tough and difficult weekend, with hot temperatures. This year , unfortunately, is not going as we thought. I started with a good fourth time in the timed practice but I had an horrible start in race one, around the 30st. place and managed to come back to 15. Then in second moto I started 23rd. and I finished ninth. I hoped to make a way better race but we can only keep working and focus on the next round in Switzerland. 

TEAM LRT KTM

The difficult moment of the Belgian team continues also in the home race. On what is considered one of the Davy's favorite tracks there where a lot of expectations but the luck is not by the dutch rider side. Davy scored a good 10th. place in the free practice and a 13th. in the second but then a huge crash in the first lap of the qualifying race forced him to retire and to not compete in both Sunday's races.

#46 DAVY POOTJES (DNS-DNS)



photo credits: Lorenzo Resta