When the MXGP and MX2 championship riders packed their bags and started returning home from the PATRON of Russia, one thing was very clear, Tim Gajser of the HRC Factory team, and Jorge Prado of the Red Bull KTM Factory team were in total control at the moment.
For Gajser his last three Grand Prix’s have handed him 1-1-1-1-1-1 results, and not only he has been able to dominate the fastest motocross riders in the World, but he also knocked off the 40 point deficit that Antonio Cairoli had in the MXGP points standings, and now leads the Italian by 13 points going into Latvia this weekend.
“I’m feeling really good about this weekend,” Gajser said. “It wasn’t easy out there, as both races were tough because Arnaud (Tonus) was really fast and he was always behind me pushing hard. The first race I held him off all race, and then in the second race it was the same again but with 10 minutes to go he made a mistake and that gave me the gap I needed to control the race and take the victory. The track wasn’t so bumpy, but it was still tough. Overall, I’m happy, and a huge thanks to everyone at Honda, as the CRF450RW is amazing and let’s hope we can continue this run of form. Three races ago I was 40 points behind in the championship and now I have the red plate so I’m really happy about these past few weeks have gone and although it’s still early in the season and there is plenty of races ahead of us, it’s still a great feeling and I can’t wait to see the red plate on my bike in Latvia.”
As for Prado, the Spanish teenager, while beaten in a race in France by Jago Geerts, has won every single GP he has ridden this year, and usually with 1-1 results, just as was the case in Russia last weekend.
“It was a very hard weekend,” Prado said. “In the first race I had a good jump out of the gate but collided with a few other riders in the first corner and lost a lot of positions. I had to work my way up to the front and it took all moto! With two laps to go I made the pass for first place: I was really happy afterwards, even if it did mean I had to use a lot of energy. I knew that the FOX Holeshot would be important and concentrated so much for the second race. It made my life much easier. I’m happy to win again. Latvia is a track I like. My first year there I almost made a podium and last year I won the Qualifying race and the second race. I’m looking forward to it and hope to make my gap in the championship a little bigger.”
Now onto the Kegums circuit in Latvia, and another crack at the top step of the podium for both riders. While the red plates are safe for the time being, a long list of riders in both MXGP and MX2 will be hunting down the two front runners, and nothing is assured until the event has been run.