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Weekend without points for the Forward racing Team in Germany

Riders found themselves having to deal with a slippery tarmac and a long race which did not allowed them to get better placements. In the end, the Sachsenring circuit proved to be difficult.

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Stefano Manzi suffered from the poor grip of this track and had to stop in the pit lane to check the condition of his bike after a slight track exit. After starting again he unfortunately already lost a few laps.

Stefano:“The race weekend started well, but unexpectedly in the warm-up I suffered from a lack of grip on this type of tarmac and we couldn’t improve it in the race. I will have to work hard to understand the causes and find the changes to compensate the missing grip.”

Eric Granado ont he other hand managed to finish the 28 laps with a constant pace but only with a small improvement over the lead in the standings. He closed the race in 21st position.

Eric:“It was a hard and long race, I started well, but after a couple of turns there was a contact with another rider that made me lose the positions I had recovered. The track conditions were very difficult, many riders crashed, I found a good pace and managed to be consistent throughout the race turning very close to my best time.”

The second part of the championship will start in BRNO, Czech Republic at August 3.
Date: 01-08-2018
Thomas Covington podium place at the Grand Prix MX2 in Czech Republic

Thomas Covington of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing competed for the victory in the fourteenth match for the MX2 World Championship in Loket, Czech Republic. Covington managed to finish in second place in both motos and finished third in the day standings.


Covington loket july 2018
Covington was strong on the Loket technical circuit. The weekend could not start better on Saturday as Covington won the qualifying heat and captured the pole position. With the two second places he managed to win in the motos, he remains in sixth place in the standings of the MX2 world championship.

Thomas Kjer Olsen managed to continue his good form in Loket over the past few weeks. After he finished third in the qualifying heat he crashed at the start of the first moto. From one last place he fought all the way back to seventh place and added a fourth place later in the day, which made him fifth in the day standings.

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In two weeks the home Grand Prix of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will be on the calendar in Lommel, Belgium.

Date: 23-07-2018
 


Shaun Simpson returns at Loket


Loket was the destination for the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP squad this past weekend. The daunting Czech circuit has been on the FIM Motocross World Championship calendar for countless years now, so most knew what to expect as they rolled into the facility for the first time on Friday. A temperamental weather forecast kept everyone on their toes though.

Jeremy Seewer was a victim of that in qualifying on Saturday, as a handful of mistakes restricted him to twenty-fourth and left him in a tricky position for the motos on Sunday. A good start is imperative at this particular track and he failed to grab one of those in the first premier-class encounter on Sunday, because of his poor position on the starting line. Thirteenth was the position that he occupied at the end of lap one, so he worked forwards to even get to that position, but he then made some impressive progress across the moto and acquired tenth by the time that the chequered flag was waved.

simpson loket july 2018
Another strong charge in the second and final encounter helped his cause in the championship standings, as he managed to cross the finish line in eighth. Eighth is, of course, a position that he is all too familiar with, as he has ended up in that spot in ten motos thus far this year. Eighth was where he finished in the overall classification and is also the position that he currently occupies in the championship standings. There are six rounds left in the current campaign, but he has a seven-point advantage over the rider behind him in the points.

Consistent is the best way to describe the weekend that Shaun Simpson had in his return to racing. Simpson was thirteenth in the qualifying heat and then occupied the same position in the opening moto on Sunday. The way that he performed was more impressive than that finish may seem though, as he made progress and pounced on some competitors late in the race. A fourteenth in the second moto left him thirteenth overall on the day. Simpson now runs sixteenth in the championship, despite the fact that he missed four rounds with an injury earlier this year.

The FIM Motocross World Championship will resume at a venue close to the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP base, Lommel, in two weeks. The power-sapping sand will offer both Jeremy Seewer and Shaun Simpson a chance to shine.
            

Date: 23-07-2018

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