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A handful of leading Grand Prix riders spend last weekend getting back up to speed in races throughout Europe. MXGP world champion and Team HRC racer Tim Gajser rode in his second Slovenian championship race this year and went 1-1 for victory, while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Arminas Jasikonis got to race at home in Lithuania, also finishing 1-1 against the local boys, and in the Czech Republic Haas Racing KTM rider Max Nagl won the MXGP class and Red Bull KTM Factory rider Tom Vialle was victorious in MX2.
“It went very well,” Vialle said. “The track was really nice, and it felt great to be racing again after so many months. I was riding well from free practice and was first onto the gate. I led the whole first race and the bike was working well. I had a good fight with Jago Geerts in the second race but managed to lead every lap until the finish. I’m really happy and now we stay in Czech Republic this week and attempt the second round, next weekend.”
As for Nagl, it was a nice return to racing after a long lay-off not only because of the coronavirus, but also due to a major injury. As always, the positive German rider was excited to be racing again, in a career that has given him so much over the last decade or more.
“Happy with my first race after a long break,” Nagl said. “Also, really proud with Kevin Brumann he was on the gas today. Big thanks to all my partners, family and Haas Racing team for their good support and nice welcome to Sabrina Nagl at KTM Germany.”
As expected Jasikonis was in total command against his countrymen. The Lithuanian is a household name in his homeland, so it was a great experience for his fans to see him in action.
‘’I tried to give the spectators a good show,” Jasikonis said. “In the second race I tried to lap everybody but after a few fast laps I came behind the back markers and decided to slow down a little bit. I had a good feeling on my Husqvarna FC450, and my pace was good. It was a nice day and I appreciate the chance that I could race in front of my home fans.”
Monster Energy Yamaha rider Jago Geerts also rode in the Czech Republic round, but after a solid first race, the DNFed the second race with mechanical problems. The Belgian will race again in the Czech Republic this weekend.
“In the first race I needed too much time to find a good rhythm,” Geerts said. “The second race was much better. I took a good start and quickly found a good rhythm. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really battle for the lead because of a mechanical problem. Although it is only a preparation race, you always want to get a good result. Hopefully, next weekend will be better.”
Now, this weekend the second round of the Czech Republic championship will see more Grand Prix riders trying their hand and preparing for the return of the MXGP and MX2 championships. Author: Geoff Meyer