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Thomas Kjer Olsen completed a successful GP of Lombardia, maintaining his position as red plate championship leader despite a challenging opening moto. Running into trouble at the start of the first MX2 race, Kjer Olsen rounded the first full lap down in 17th place – a hugely disadvantaged position due to the muddy conditions. Not rushing things, he steadily worked his way forward to hold eighth mid-race. Pushing forward a further two positions, TKO secured a deserved sixth place result.
Pleased with his speed during the first
race, the second moto saw TKO avoid first corner trouble, circulating in
a strong fourth at the end of lap one. Quickly up to third, which he
held until lap seven, he moved into the runner-up position on lap eight.
Managing the difficult track conditions well he held on to the
runner-up result and with it claimed enough points to finish second
The GP of Lombardia was bittersweet for Jed Beaton. Securing his best moto finish of the season to date with a confidence-boosting third in the opening moto, Jed then sat comfortably inside the top 10 for much of the second MX2 race. Holding sixth from lap two to lap 11 a crash while landing from a jump knocked the wind out of his sails and damaged his bike. Finishing the race in an eventual 17th, Jed placed seventh overall for the day.
In the FIM Europe EMX125 European Motocross Championship, TC 125 powered Kay de Wolf finished 10th overall at Mantova with 20-6 results. Kay holds fifth in the series standings.
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team now head to round six of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the MXGP of Portugal, on May 19.
Thomas Kjer-Olsen: “That was a tough GP, especially the first moto. Considering I got caught up in the first corner, as well as needing to make a goggle change, I’m pleased that I was able to work my way back to sixth. It’s never ideal to have so much work to do in a race, but I kept my cool and worked my way forward. I’m pleased with the way I rode. The track was tough, but I kind of enjoyed it. It was tricky in places but not too difficult, having some sand in the terrain meant it wasn’t full-on mud. I felt good in the second moto. A good start helped me a lot. I moved forward a few places and ran second for most of the moto, which I’m pleased with. It’s been a positive weekend and I’m looking forward to Portugal now.”
Overall Grand Prix MX2 Mantova:
1 Jorge Prado 50 Pnt
2 Thomas Kjer Olsen 37 Pnt
3 Davy Pootjes 36 Pnt
4 Mitchell Evans 28 Pnt
5 Iker Larranaga 26 Pnt
7 Jed Beaton 24 Pnt
World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Thomas Kjer Olsen 207 Pnt
2 Jorge Prado 200 Pnt
3 Henry Jacobi 157 Pnt
4 Jago Geerts 150 Pnt
5 Ben Watson 145 Pnt
12 Jed Beaton 78 Pnt