Pocock rules the Latvian round
By Youthstream | 15 Jul 2012
KEGUMS (Latvia), 15 July 2012 – The UEM EMX250 riders had to face a very demanding and rough track this morning when they took part in the second and final race of the Latvian round. It had been raining a lot before the race, but it was not a problem for Mel Pocock to obtain another victory and go on the first step of the podium again.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Mel Pocock admitted that he felt like home this weekend, because lately he had been racing under the rain in England, so it was easy for the British rider to take the holeshot of the second race and dominate the heat with authority. Pocock is now leading the series with 20 points advantage over Stefan Olsen.
Jtech Racing’s Stefan Olsen started among the top five riders this morning and even he struggled with the track, he was able to finish second like he did yesterday. The Danish rider finished second overall today and he moved from third to second in the championship.
Mike Kras was very satisfied for being third overall this weekend especially because he could not show his real potential in the first round. This weekend he has been third in both heats, and while yesterday he rode a consistent heat among the top three, today he had to give his best to move from sixth to third. The Dutch rider has moved from eighth to fifth in the championship.
KTM Silver Action’s Tim Gajser, who is the leader of the EMX 125 championship, was back on his bike this weekend to dispute the second round of the EMX250. The Slovenian rider finished fourth in both races and he was fourth overall of the Latvian round. However, he could have been fighting for the podium if he hadn’t crash in the second heat when there were only three minutes to go. In any case, Gajser had an excellent weekend.
Brian Bogers completed the top five thanks to a 6-5 result. It was the first time the Dutch rider was able to take part in the UEM EMX250 championship, so such result has proved that he has the speed and the talent to be fighting for the top positions of the championship.
It was not an easy weekend for Jeremy Seewer, who made a mistake in the first heat and had to settle down with the eighth position. Today the Swiss rider started tenth but he was able to cross the finish line sixth and obtained a final sixth position.
In the beginning of the race today Damon Graulus and Maxime Desprey had an intense battle for the second position, but both riders crashed in a corner and they lost the opportunity to be fighting for a top five result today. Graulus was quicker than Desprey to be on his bike again and finished ninth in the race, but it took Desprey some time to start the bike and get back the rhythm. Unfortunately, the French rider had to pull out the race due to a mechanical problem.
Graulus was only seventeenth yesterday, but his today’s ninth position gave him the overall tenth place of the weekend. Whereas Desprey was fifth yesterday, but his DNF this morning made him finish one position behind Graulus.
EMX250 Race 1 top ten: 1. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 30:57.223; 2. Stefan Kjer Olsen (DEN, Yamaha), +0:07.045; 3. Mike Kras (NED, Suzuki), +0:14.134; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM), +0:32.101; 5. Maxime Desprey (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:41.265; 6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:43.702; 7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:54.542; 8. Arnaud Aubin (FRA, KTM), +1:03.503; 9. Alessandro Battig (ITA, Yamaha), +1:05.823; 10. Erki Kahro (EST, Yamaha), +1:10.271;
EMX250 Race 2 top ten: 1. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 30:57.969; 2. Stefan Kjer Olsen (DEN, Yamaha), +0:05.917; 3. Mike Kras (NED, Suzuki), +0:14.376; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM), +0:39.112; 5. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:45.259; 6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:47.245; 7. Pontus Jönsson (SWE, Suzuki), +0:58.792; 8. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KTM), +1:03.005; 9. Damon Graulus (BEL, Suzuki), +1:10.928; 10. Erki Kahro (EST, Yamaha), +1:15.159;
EMX250 Overall top ten: 1. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 50 points; 2. Stefan Kjer Olsen (DEN, Yamaha), 44 p.; 3. Mike Kras (NED, Suzuki), 40 p.; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM), 36 p.; 5. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), 29 p.; 7. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KTM), 23 p.; 8. Erki Kahro (EST, Yamaha), 22 p.; 9. Pontus Jönsson (SWE, Suzuki), 21 p.; 10. Damon Graulus (BEL, Suzuki), 17 p.;
EMX250 Championship top ten: 1. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 100 points; 2. Stefan Kjer Olsen (DEN, Yamaha), 80 p.; 3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), 69 p.; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM), 68 p.; 5. Mike Kras (NED, Suzuki), 63 p.; 6. Maxime Desprey (FRA, Kawasaki), 47 p.; 7. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), 35 p.; 8. Arnaud Aubin (FRA, KTM), 34 p.; 9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KTM), 34 p.; 10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 31 p.;
EMX250 Manufacturers: 1. Yamaha, 100 points; 2. Suzuki, 80 p.; 3. KTM, 74 p.; 4. Kawasaki, 61 p.; 5. Honda, 23 p.; 6. TM, 4 p.;
Complete results available at www.motocrossmx1.com/reslists.aspx
Photos available at www.motocrossmx1.com/gallery
GP OF LATVIA – QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1540
Type of ground: hard sand
Temperature: 25° C
Weather conditions: Changeable; cloudy and rainy
Crowd attendance: 21000
The Grand Prix has been broadcasted LIVE on MX-LIFE.TV and by clicking here you will obtain the full schedule and coverage of the Latvian Grand Prix.
There is no break for the UEM EMX 250 Championship and next week it travels to Russia to celebrate the third round of the season.
Grand Prix of Latvia
Photo: Mel Pocock during his performance in kegums, Latvia
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