July 23, 2018


The fourteenth round of the MXGP World Championship was hosted this weekend on the slippery and insidious motocross track of Loket, near the spa town of Karlovyvary. The Honda Red Moto Assomotor Team showed up in the Czech Republic with only one rider, given the forced absence of Arminas Jasikonis, stopped for the shoulder injury. The Lithuanian rider will be subjected to further investigations this week, to understand if an operation will be necessary to complete the recovery or if the passage to the hospital will be avoidable. Petar Petrov returns instead at the start of a Grand Prix, after the stop caused by the operation to the fractured finger in the race. The Bulgarian rider, still far from the best physical condition, fought every time he entered the track, giving a demonstration of character and even if he did not win points, he completed an excellent training in view of the demanding race of Lommel, fifteenth round of the MXGP 2018, to be held in Belgium in two weeks.


The weekend was difficult and I knew it already before coming here, because of the operation at my finger and the plate that is still inside. I can bent it only half way and I have to wear special gloves because off this but I’m not looking for excuses. Saturday during the practice I was happy with my riding and my speed, I was not far from the top guys, witch was good but in the qualifying race I had a lot of struggles. Today I was riding quite good, being aggressive as I should be but unfortunately I had a technical issue on my bike and I DNF. In second moto I had a decent start, I was around 16th place and I was riding pretty good, fighting with some good riders but then ten minutes to the end I got really tired and I lost few position, slowing down a little bit, trying not to get injured again. I’m happy because the team made a good step with the engine also and now up to Lommel, a track where I have a lot of good memories.


After skipping the Asian Grand Prix in Semarang two weeks ago, the KTM LRT Team arrives in Loket hoping to compete in the Czech Republic Grand Prix with its rider Davy Pootjes. The Dutchman, stopped in Indonesia by a bad crash during Sunday's warm-up, had not yet been able to test his conditions on the bike, trying to use all the time between the two races to heal. Unfortunately since the free practice, during which Davy was unable to cover more than a few laps due to a technical problem, it was clear that his participation in the Grand Prix would have been in doubt. The confirmation came after the timed practice, which saw him back on track for a few laps, before renouncing to compete in the qualifying race. The wish is that Pootjes can return to the track in optimal physical conditions in the next round of the MXGP, in 15 days, on the Lommel track in Belgium.

Unfortunately I didn't lined up for the race today. My shoulder and my back doesn't have the power to handle the bike from the big hit I had in Indonesia. It was more safe to take a bit more of rest and try to ride without pain at the MXGP of Lommel. I'm sorry but this was the best possible choice to take

photo credits: Lorenzo Resta