2018 MXGP of Latvia Review | Red Rider Race Report

Gajser Scores Top Five

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser wrapped up MXGP’s round seven with a fourth-place finish in the second moto, helping him claim fifth overall in Latvia. After a challenging start to race one, Gajser managed to recover many places in a few corners and was up to sixth place before a tumble halted his progress on the opening lap. The young Slovenian remounted and from 29th place climbed all the way to ninth at the checkered flag, after overtaking fellow Honda rider Arminas Jasikonis on the penultimate lap. Gajser had a near-perfect jump out of the gate in the second moto and battled hard to consolidate third place as lap one drew to a close. The two-time World Champion soon came under pressure from Jeffrey Herlings and moved down one position, but he was able to recover it soon after by overtaking Glenn Coldenhoff. Tim rode at a very good pace in the first two-thirds of the race, but as the laps ticked down he struggled to keep a strong enough rhythm and was eventually caught and passed by Gautier Paulin three laps from the end.

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MXGP OVERALL RESULTS

1. Jeffrey Herlings: KTM

2. Antonio Cairoli: KTM

3. Gautier Paulin: Husqvarna

5. Tim Gajser: Team HRC

14. A. Jasikonis: Redmoto

18. Petar Petrov: Redmoto

MXGP POINTS

1. Jeffrey Herlings: 336

2. Antonio Cairoli: 307

3. Clement Desalle: 244

8. Tim Gajser: 177

13. Arminis Jasikonis: 93

16. Michele Cervellin: 13

Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen claimed sixth place overall in the MXGP of Latvia, courtesy of a ninth and a seventh in the two MX2 motos. In the opening race, Calvin found himself stuck in the middle of the pack in the braking area of the first corner; from 20th place he was able to make his way up to ninth, which was his result at the checkered flag. Vlaanderen was 10th at the exit of turn one after the gates dropped for race two, and already up to eighth place as the riders jumped past the finish line for the first time. The 21-year-old from Cape Town managed to recover three more positions in the early stages and, with the race entering its second half, he was involved in a battle for fifth place with Davy Pootjes, who had the better of him on lap nine. In the final stretch, Vlaanderen moved one more place down the order, eventually crossing the line a lonely seventh.

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MX2 OVERALL RESULTS

1. Thomas Olsen: Husqvarna

2. Jago Geerts: Yamaha

3. Pauls Jonass: KTM

6. C. Vlaanderen: Team HRC

8. M. Cervellin: Martin Racing

14. M. De Waal: Vamo Honda

MX2 POINTS

1. Pauls Jonass: 304

2. Jorge Prado: 282

3. Thomas Olsen: 266

6. Calvin Vlaanderen: 156

13. Michele Cervellin: 110

15. Hunter Lawrence: 99

20. Bas Vaessen: 56

Jake Gagne

The Red Bull Honda’s Jake Gagne narrowly missed out on scoring points at Imola, while Jason O'Halloran–brought into the team to replace Leon Camier–suffered misfortune as a crash on lap two resulted in the Australian fracturing his right leg. Both riders got a good start in race one and were able to make up positions in the opening lap, but on the second lap, O'Halloran suffered a crash at turn 5 and was transported to Imola Hospital. Meanwhile, Gagne was able to maintain a constant pace throughout the race and in the middle stages was involved in a six-way battle. However, in the final laps Gagne lost touch with the group in front and he crossed the finish line in P16 and just outside the points in his first race at the circuit. After lining up in P18 for race two, a poor getaway caused Gagne’s clutch to overheat, ruining his chance of making up places in the opening phase. Gagne pressed on, but five laps in, his clutch issue became terminal, with the rider returning to the pits and retiring for his first DNF of the season. 

RACE 1 REPORT

RACE 2 REPORT

SBK RACE 1 RESULTS

1. Jonathan Rea: Kawasaki

2. Tom Sykes: Kawasaki

3. Marco Melandri: Ducati

16. Jake Gagne: Red Bull Honda

SBK RACE 2 RESULTS

1. Jonathan Rea: Kawasaki

2. Chaz Davies: Ducati

3. Tom Sykes: Kawasaki

14. PJ Jacobsen: Triple M Honda

Trevor Bollinger

The weather experts were off for this weekend’s GNCC round in Peru, Indiana, as the event managed to dodge the forecasted rain. The 11 mile course was fast for a woods race, with the top five running lap times ranging from 23.5 to 24 minutes, making for a seven-lap race, with an overall finish time of two hours, 44 minutes for the race winner. JCR Honda’s Trevor Bollinger was caught up in the dust off the start but fought from eighth overall to sixth on the first lap, a position he still held when he pitted after three laps. He put his head down and eventually moved up to fifth place before the checkered flag, less than three minutes down on the winner. Trevor is having a very consistent season, with five top-five finishes in as many rounds.

XC1 RESULTS

1. Kailub Russell: KTM

2. Thad Duvall: Husqvarna

3. Grant Baylor: KTM

5. T. Bollinger: JCR Honda 

XC1 STANDINGS

1. Kailub Russell: 175

2. Thad Duvall: 151

3. Steward Baylor Jr.: 117

4. Trevor Bollinger: 106

FCC TSR Honda France

Though victory eluded Honda teams at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring–round 3 of the FIM Endurance World Championship–CBR1000RR SP2-mounted squads took two of the top four positions, with FCC TSR Honda France making the podium and retaining a slim lead in the title chase. Riders Freddy Foray, Alan Techer, and Josh Hook rode well, with Foray breaking the lap record. Meanwhile, Honda Endurance Racing, fielding Sebastien Gimbert, Gregory LeBlanc, and Erwan Nigon, turned in the quickest pit stops of any team and finished the event in fourth.

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EWC RESULTS

1. YART Yamaha

2. GMT94 Yamaha

3. FCC TSR Honda

4. Honda Endurance

EWC STANDINGS

1. FCC TSR Honda: 116

2. GMT94 Yamaha: 115

3. Honda Endurance: 101

Kevin Stollings

The Honda CRF450R was the machine to campaign for American Flat Track’s first mile event of the year, as Red Riders earned five of the top seven AFT Singles positions at the Phoenix round, with Roof Systems racer Kevin Stollings notching the victory. The class has been extremely competitive this season, with five different winners in as many races. Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda rider Brandon Price finished on the podium and holds a slim points lead in the title chase.