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Two Winners – Herlings and Olsen
We had two winners in Latvia last weekend, with Jeffrey Herlings winning in the MXGP class and Thomas Kjer Olsen in MX2. While Herlings 1-1 victory was sensational, it was consistency that saw Olsen get his 1-2 overall win, but both men showed amazing speed around a very rough and technical circuit of Kegums.
“Yes, it was a good ride,” Herlings said. “I made a mistake in the start and it was tough to get a good start. I rode really good, came from 10th place and on a track like this tony is also good and to close such a big gap and then pull a gap myself. My condition is good, I am physically ok in warm conditions. I made a mistake in the second race, nearly came off, I hit the bank and lost a few seconds and I knew it was go time and I started pushing and I could have gone faster than I was, but the track was difficult. I prefer to get a second here or there than go to the hospital. Tony is 10 years older than me, so I have some time still, but people don’t see the tough side of the sport.”
As for Olsen, his consistent podiums finishes in 2018 have really made him hungry for GP success and last Sunday that win came. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider put together two solid results and came away with his second Latvian GP win in as many years.
“I have been on the podium more and I have wanted that win a little more. Last year I was shooting for the podium place more. I don’t know if this feels better or not, but this definitely feels good. A win is a win and it definitely feels good. In the points I am a little behind the two top guys, but to be honest, we made some changes to the bike coming into this weekend and it worked out great and I am really happy about that. Now we go into Germany, which is also a really cool track, so I am just trying to improve all the time, and this was a step in the right direction.
The two will now head to the hard-pack of German, both looking to continue on from Latvia, Herlings the favourite going into the eight round of the MXGP championship, but the German round has also been a good place for his Red Bull KTM team-mate Antonio Cairoli, so anything is possible.
Olsen will enter Germany as the outsider, looking in at the fire power of the Red Bull KTM duo of Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado. He showed enough in Latvia to beat the orange army, but will he also be able to contain them next weekend?
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