Courtesy of MotocrossPlanet
Making the most of a tough round 17 of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Thomas Covington secured third overall in the MX2 class at his home MXGP of USA. Gaining valuable points the American has moved up to fifth in the MX2 World Championship standings with two rounds to go.
Contested under warm temperatures the MXGP of USA proved to be challenging for all competitors. The weekend at the sandy track in Florida started in the best possible way for Covington, with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 class rider getting an impressive win in his qualifying moto.
Starting from pole position the American fired his FC 250 machine to two holeshots in the final MX2 motos. Holding on to the lead for the first five laps in moto one, Thomas finished in the runner-up spot. Racing in second for the majority of moto two, he eventually crossed the line in fourth place.
Enjoying a solid performance in the opening MX2 moto, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer-Olsen claimed a strong fifth-place result. Suffering a crash early in moto two, the young Dane could do no better than 11th. Securing eighth overall, Kjer-Olsen moved up to third in the provisional MX2 World Championship standings.
Thomas Covington: “Overall, I had a great weekend. Getting the win in the qualifying race I then got two holeshots in the final motos and earned one more podium result for the season. My speed was good this weekend and I felt I could have gone even higher in the overall but the heat on Sunday was unbearable. I’ve been living in Europe for a while so I wasn’t used to this heat. In moto one I rode a solid race for second. Then in moto two I was following RJ Hampshire in second and decided to make a move to get closer to him but I felt I was running out of energy. I might not have been able to go for the win but my riding was good and I’m happy I got on the podium at my home GP.”
Thomas Kjer-Olsen: “I felt good all weekend. In moto one I got a decent start and quickly got myself into fifth place. Despite a few mistakes I kept my fifth position until the end and that was good. I started moto two in fourth place but made a small mistake and hit the ground in the opening lap. Trying to get back up to speed after the crash I felt I was running out of energy. I felt that the heat and humidity got the best of me and my lap times could not improve no matter how hard I tried.”
Next weekend the championship continues in Assen, the Netherlands.
- Overall Grand Prix MX2 USA:
- 1 RJ Hampshire 50 Pnt
- 2 Hunter Lawrence 42 Pnt
- 3 Thomas Covington 40 Pnt
- 4 Jeremy Seewer 32 Pnt
- 5 Mitchell Harrison 30 Pnt
- 8 Thomas Kjer Olsen 26 Pnt
- World Championship Standings MX2:
- 1 Pauls Jonass 696 Pnt
- 2 Jeremy Seewer 656 Pnt
- 3 Thomas Kjer Olsen 523 Pnt
- 4 Benoit Paturel 504 Pnt
- 5 Thomas Covington 457 Pnt