MXGP of Latvia – Kegums: This weekend took place the third Grand Prix of the 2020 Motocross World Championship that was the first of three rounds in seven days to take place on the soft and rough surface at Kegums.
Herlings took two 4th positions for 5th overall on the day and holds the red plate by four points from Tim Gajser.
Jeffrey Herlings: “Today could have been better. Some bad starts, and in the first moto I was a bit too slow at the beginning. I came back from last to 4th but wasted too much energy pushing through to the front. I’m definitely not satisfied but we’ve started racing again now and I know what to do for when we go again in three days.”
Tony Cairoli: “Today was very tough. To restart everything after five months meant it would be tricky because we didn’t know the race pace, but I knew I had trained well and could do good. The only problem was my starts and we saw it at this track where it is difficult to come through the pack. I felt really good to come back to 7th in the first moto and was happy. I was determined to do better in the second and was thinking about going for victory to be honest. I had a better start but had trouble again on the first corner and was hit by another rider. I twisted my knee again. I was not feeling 100% at the beginning and was taking it easy but made another mistake and was outside the top thirty. After that I tried to re-group and bring it home. This is not the result we wanted but I saw a lot of people had troubles this first race. We won’t panic too much but we want to be further forward. I want to get behind the gate again and prove that I can get there. It is so important lately to be at the front at the start of motos. We need to work a bit more on this direction.”
Jorge Prado: “I’m very happy. I came here with a month of training, so to be 7th overall and to be better every time I was on track today means we have to be satisfied. I turned around my bad qualifying with good starts. The track was very tough and they left it bumpy from the European races yesterday. It was hard physically and I need to keep working on that but, overall, I felt quite decent. Speed-wise I am good. I just need to keep getting better.”
Tom Vialle obtained his second overall Grand Prix win in a row. #28 also extended his gap at the top of the MX2 table to 22 points.
Tom Vialle: “It was a good weekend and I’m really happy. There was a lot of water on the track in the morning, but I felt good on the bike by the time of the races and made great starts. Jago crashed in the first moto and then I was comfortable in first position. We had a good fight in the second moto and we passed each other on the last lap. It was decent fight and I was happy to overtake him at the end because it was very hot and I was pretty tired. I just made a little mistake and he got me back. It was so close but I’m happy to win the overall.”
Next race at Kegums 12th of August.
Motocross World Championship 2020, Round 3 – Kegums, Latvia
5. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)
7. Jorge Prado (KTM)
13. Antonio Cairoli (KTM)
14. Michele Cervellin (Yamaha)
17. Alessandro Lupino (Yamaha)
1. Tom Vialle (KTM)
4. Ruben Fernandez (Yamaha)
15. Rene Hofer (KTM)
23. Simon Laengenfelder (GasGas)
29. Joakin Furbetta (KTM)