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Thomas Kjer Olsen takes a moto win in the Grand Prix of Russia

Thomas Kjer Olsen of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing charged to a heat victory at the tenth round of the MX2 motocross world championships at Orlyonok in Russia. Olsen grabbed the lead early in the first race, and was never headed again.

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In the second race he suffered a setback when he was forced to retire with a faulty front brake. The track at Orlyonok offers substantial elevation changes and various jumps. Thomas Covington and Thomas Kjer Olsen qualified well on Saturday, securing the third - and fifth gates respectively. Conrad Mewse had a bad start in the qualifying race and finished 18th.

Persistent rain on Sunday morning turned the beautiful track into a sloppy mess. The riders lined up for race one in pouring rain. Olsen had a perfect start, and immediately made his way to the front. He quickly assumed the lead, and from then on there was no catching him. 

Thomas' second race ended in minor key, though. After a bad start, he exacerbated his woes with a crash in the first lap. His front brake was damaged to such an extend that he could not continue with the race and had to retire.

Thomas Covington and Conrad Mewse battled in the heavy conditions. Covington made mistakes, but despite this he managed a top ten result in race one, finishing ninth. In the second race, he had a harder time of it, and finished 16th. Conrad also had his hands full in the challenging conditions, but rode into the points in both races, finishing 13th and 17th.

With ten rounds of the series gone, Olsen is third in the world championship standings, Thomas Covington is  seventh, and Conrad Mewse 18th. The series continues in two weeks' time in Italy.

 

 

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