Roan van de Moosdijk continued his success streak in the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship for F&H Racing Kawasaki as he clinched a career-first overall victory at Orlyonok in Russia.
Two weeks after his maiden moto victory in France the Dutch teenager raced to an immaculate second place in race two of the Russian round on Sunday morning to add to his victory in Saturday’s opening moto. He gated third but was soon in the wheel tracks of the leader in a high-speed chase on a perfectly-prepared raceway under bright summer skies with both riders running a mistake-free ride to the chequered flag. He remains third in the championship points standings at the halfway stage of the series but his forty-seven point weekend haul has reduced his points deficit on the pacesetter to just twenty-one points. Jimmy Clochet of Bud Racing Kawasaki had two solid rides for eleventh overall to advance to sixth in the series standings.
Roan van de Moosdijk: “The start was the key today. I came out of the first turn third and took second already on the first lap; I followed Rubini all race but both of us were riding a perfect race and I saw that we had gapped the rest of the field so I knew second was good for the overall and I didn’t take any risks on the last lap. I’m really looking forward to the next round at Kegums in the sand.”
Henry Jacobi suffered with bad starts all weekend in the FIM World MX2 Championship races and surrendered his third place in the series standings after finishing eighth in each moto and overall in Russia. Hindered by an incident at turn one in the opener the German showed good speed to advance from an initial twenty-first around the rapid track where overtaking has always proved difficult. Twelfth at the start of race two he advanced to eighth again after twenty-two minutes but had to be content with that placing in the extreme heat as the riders ahead of him were too far away. F&H teammate Adam Sterry never settled all weekend on the unusual track and had to settle for fourteenth and sixteenth in the two motos but this was sufficient to consolidate eighth place in the series standings.
Henry Jacobi: “I’m a little frustrated as yesterday I was second in all the practice sessions so the speed was there and today too but my starts weren’t good all weekend. I was involved in a collision at the first corner of race one but I could come back from last to eighth. The second start was a little better and I finished eighth again; it was really hot but I made the best of it. I just need to find my good starts again; normally the starts have been strong but these last two GPs I’m missing that. It was very difficult to pass here as there are many high-speed sections and just two technical ones where you can find some opportunities to pass. But it is what it is; it was the same for everyone.”
Darian Sanayei of Bike It DRT Kawasaki proved the power of the KX250 as he grabbed an immediate lead in the first moto. The American, still unable to train during the week in the wake of winter illness, immediately sprinted clear to open up a two second lead within two laps and, displaying great determination, he continued to withstand the pressure to lead for thirteen minutes. He inevitably needed to regroup from the exertions of leading but after sensibly settling into a lonely sixth place he dropped his lap times again in the closing stages. He again made a superb start in race two to run top three for nearly fifteen minutes before he inevitably had to slacken his pace to come home eighteenth.
Darian Sanayei: “Today was pretty good. It was great to get the holeshot and lead the first race for nearly fifteen minutes! That was about all I could do before I ran out of energy as I still have issues with my fitness and the after-effects of the virus. After fifteen minutes I was done and hanging, but after I went back quickly to sixth I saw I had a gap to the rest so I just rode smart. I knew I had nothing left physically for the second race so I just tried to get a good start and push from the beginning of the race; I was in the top three for nearly fifteen minutes again but then I faded as expected. I’m just happy to show some speed this weekend and let everyone know I can still run up in front even if I can’t train or ride between the races.”
Fellow American Mitchell Harrison rode a strong opening moto from twenty-seventh on lap one to snatch eighteenth on the final lap from Bud Racing Kawasaki teammate Brian Moreau and impressed onlookers as he raced top six for the first five laps of race two before losing his rhythm to drop downfield to nineteenth, again one place ahead of Moreau.