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Three riders from USA will compete in the MX2 World Championship, those being Marshal Weltin, Thomas Covington and Darian Sanayei.
The opening round in Argentina gave all three riders issues, due to machine problems, or lack of time on the bike, they finished 8th, 15th and 31st.
Sanayei showed the most promise with his 8th overall, and had it not been for DNF in the opening race of the Sunday, where he was running in fourth after leading the first two laps, he would have finished on the podium. His second race third place a clearer picture of what he was capable of.
“I felt pretty good coming to this GP,” Sanayei said. “We had some issues in the first race but overall I’m happy with what we did with our new bike. I was riding well in the first race, and was leading for a few laps, which was great, but then I had to retire. In the second race I was around fifth at the start and finished third, which is my best ever race finish and that’s really positive.”
Covington has won Grand Prix races and overalls before, and while his winter was about recovering from an injury at the 2017 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, he still gave it his all in Argentina. His 10-18 for 15th overall is a long way from what we can expect from him moving forward in the championship.
“Things did not go our way on the weekend,” Covington said. “I will do my best to come back stronger as we return to Europe. I struggled to get a good feeling throughout the weekend and I felt tired quite soon in the races. In the opening race I battled from a not so good start to finish inside the top 10. Then in race two my start was a lot better and I could battle with the leading group of riders for a few laps. Unfortunately, I felt tired quite fast so could not hold on to a good pace. I now have a week to recover so I’m hoping I can be back fighting for the top spots at the next GP.”
Weltin rode his first ever Grand Prix at the Grand Prix of Americas at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, back in 2016. He might have finished down the order with 18-12 results, but it was enough to make him want to do more.
In Argentina at the opening round of the MX2 world championship he once again finished down the order, but that doesn’t stop his motivation for the rest of the series.
“Facts are, I went 21-dnf. Doesn’t look great on paper obviously. First race I felt my riding was decent, not quite to my full potential. And at the end my times faded a bit. Lost my focus. Second race I for sure had some vengeance, unfortunately it ended on lap one due to a minor bike malfunction. I had about 40 hours of travel back to Europe to think about the weekend, so it was a long trip.”
Now onto the sand of Valkenswaard and you can be sure many American fans will be watching and hoping that their countrymen perform to their potential.
Copyright: Photo: Ray Archer