Roan van de Moosdijk completed a perfect weekend for F&H Racing Team Kawasaki in the Latvian round of the FIM European EMX250 Championship at Kegums and is now just seven points from the series lead.
The confident Dutch youngster again wisely chose the inside gate to ensure that he could steer clear of the carnage at the first corner; turning tight through the 180 degree turn he emerged fourth and already moved to the front on the opening lap with his final immaculate pass through the waves to lead already by two seconds at the end of the lap. In a class of his own he dominated the race, moving relentlessly clear to eventually win by more than ten seconds. The fifty-point weekend maximum has taken him to within seven points of the series leader with three rounds remaining and Kawasaki is now just six points away from the lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
Roan van de Moosdijk: “Unbelievable! 1-1 for my first perfect weekend; I was first in every session in practice and in racing. The start was the key and today I was fourth leaving turn one; I soon had the lead so I could ride my own race and check out to control the race. I’m really happy that I didn’t make any mistakes today; I was riding safe in the sketchy section. I didn’t look at the standings but I know that I’ve closed the gap with the leaders again and I’m just focusing on each race. I’ve got a great family behind me at Kawasaki and F&H Racing and we can look forward confidently to Teutschenthal next weekend after taking the last two overall wins and four motos from the last five.”
Adam Sterry, also of the F&H Racing Team, recorded his best result of the season in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship when he finally avoided first lap dramas to finish fifth in race two. The Welshman gated well to control fourth place for the first four laps before being passed by the eventual runner-up; he continued to run top five pace to the finish. The Welshman had made an even better start in race one to run third for half a lap before crashing together with another rider; rejoining the race more than twenty seconds off the back of the pack he knuckled down to pass nineteen rivals before the chequered flag to finish fifteenth. Ninth overall on the day he has consolidated his eighth place in the series standings.
Adam Sterry: “I almost got the holeshot in the first race but before we reached the finish line for the first time another rider hit me and his handlebar was in my back wheel when we crashed together. I was so far behind when I could get back in the race but I had really good lap times and good speed and I came back to fifteenth. I got another good start in the second moto, nearly as good as the first one; I found my rhythm all race and managed to make a gap on the pack. Fifth is my best single moto result this season. Now I’m excited for Teutschenthal; I like the track and hopefully I can get some more good starts there.”
Teammate Henry Jacobi advanced quickly in race one to hold a strong fifth place until he was eliminated four laps from the end, but the German defended his fourth place in the series standings with a turbulent ride from twenty-sixth to sixth in race two.
Henry Jacobi: “I finally got quite a good start again in the first moto and made some quick passes in the beginning. I was behind Watson almost all race and my plan was to make a pass in the last couple of laps but I had a bike issue. The second start was not so good, twentieth or something like that and in the first lap some riders passed me; I had a strange feeling during the first few laps, but then I found my rhythm again and came back to sixth with very good lap times. Now I’m looking forward to my home GP next week.”
Mitchell Harrison had two strong rides for Bud Racing Kawasaki to claim eleventh overall; the American advanced from twenty-third in race one to snatch twelfth on the final lap and impressed even more in race two as he converted twenty-fourth at the start into yet another twelfth place.
Mitchell Harrison: “It’s my best result since Portugal, and it was a really good day. We made some little changes to the bike and I felt more comfortable, but I didn’t got good starts this weekend and I had to make my way through the pack. In the first moto I came back from twenty-third to twelfth and in the second moto from twenty-fourth to finish twelfth again. I charged hard and I feel really good with the bike now; I can’t wait for Germany. The track was great here; it’s a little like some tracks we have back home in Michigan and I felt very comfortable.”
Bud teammate Brian Moreau earns four points from seventeenth place in race two after Darian Sanayei of Bike It DRT Kawasaki had done likewise in race one.