Dylan Walsh adds to MXGP points tally

Courtesy of Tom Jacobs

The second consecutive MXGP round at Faenza saw the JM Honda Racing riders once more tackling the compact and rough hard-pack Crossodromo Monte Coralli south-east of Bologna. While Dylan Walsh showed flashes of his speed he had to settle for four additional championship points. Team mate Artem Guryev continued his learning experience among the world’s best.

On what was another sunny and hot day Walsh qualified in exactly the same position -22nd- as he had done on Sunday. Sadly Dylan was forced to cope with a terrible first gate drop today. After his dismal getaway the popular New-Zealander tapped into his trademark speed and rode his CRF450R to P18, advancing 10 places in one lap.  He pushed onto 16th but struggled in the second half to keep his pace and finished 18th.

As bad as Dylan’s first start had been he definitely turned it up for the final moto. Walsh was sixth into the first corner however a first lap slip-up relegated him to a frustrating 28th spot. Although the British MX2 champ managed to salvage one valuable championship point he could only ponder on what would have been possible if it was not for the encounter with a fallen rider on the opening lap.

Artem Guryev was 29th overall. The Russian suffered two poor starts but improved his lap-by-lap consistency and speed. Attacking the hillside with determination Artem was temporarily part of five-rider tussle for the top-20 yet his current physical condition didn’t allow him to push for the complete duration of the moto.

For the next round the JM Honda Racing riders will line up for the last time in Faenza.

Dylan Walsh:Not the day I wanted. I had a very bad start in the first moto. I came through the pack but was not riding my best. My start was really good in the second moto, unfortunately a rider crashed in front of me on the opening lap. Although I remounted from last to 20th I never got into a good rhythm.”

Artem Guryev: “I had an issue with my start system in the first moto and I didn’t get well off the line. I was fighting for 23rd but crashed and finished 28th. My start in the second moto was not bad too. I gave everything I had when I was mixing it up for this 20 to 25 group but fatigue knocked me back to 27th in the end. My endurance is starting to rebuild again, but of course we know this takes time. We keep going at it and we’ll be back in the hunt for a top-20 on Sunday.”

MXGP Race 1
1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), 35:00.143; 2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:15.681; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:34.451; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:36.731; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:40.143; 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:46.374; 7. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), +0:48.024; 8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:49.952; 9. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:50.234; 10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +1:00.342; 11. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:06.314; 12. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +1:10.876; 13. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +1:18.038; 14. Henry Jacobi (GER, Yamaha), +1:24.124; 15. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +1:27.415; 16. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:33.276; 17. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, KTM), +1:37.967; 18. Dylan Walsh (GBR, JM Honda Racing), +1:40.785; 19. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +1:43.189; 20. Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, KTM), +1:44.529; 21. Thomas Covington (USA, Yamaha), +1:46.238; 22. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Husqvarna), +1:47.687; 23. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, Yamaha), +1:48.545; 24. Petar Petrov (BUL, KTM), +1:53.326; 25. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +2:16.019; 26. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 27. Edoardo Bersanelli (ITA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 28. Artem Guryev (RUS, JM Honda Racing), -1 lap(s); 29. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), -4 lap(s); 30. Davide De Bortoli (ITA, Honda), -5 lap(s); 31. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), -6 lap(s); 32. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Honda), -11 lap(s);

MXGP Race 2
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 35:30.119; 2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:04.289; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:05.114; 4. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:07.098; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:08.679; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:13.530; 7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:14.697; 8. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:39.999; 9. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:43.128; 10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:48.777; 11. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +1:03.589; 12. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), +1:10.340; 13. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +1:13.497; 14. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, KTM), +1:14.811; 15. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +1:36.357; 16. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:38.874; 17. Thomas Covington (USA, Yamaha), +1:41.873; 18. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Husqvarna), +1:48.180; 19. Petar Petrov (BUL, KTM), +1:49.369; 20. Dylan Walsh (GBR, JM Honda Racing), +1:52.858; 21. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:56.082; 22. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +1:59.394; 23. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, Yamaha), +2:03.954; 24. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), +2:05.521; 25. Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 26. Edoardo Bersanelli (ITA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 27. Artem Guryev (RUS, JM Honda Racing), -1 lap(s); 28. Davide De Bortoli (ITA, Honda), -7 lap(s); 29. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), -12 lap(s); 30. Henry Jacobi (GER, Yamaha), -15 lap(s);

MXGP Faenza classification
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 44 points; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 41 p.; 3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 39 p.; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 35 p.; 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 31 p.; 7. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 30 p.; 8. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 24 p.; 9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 24 p.; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, YAM), 23 p.; 11. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 22 p.; 12. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 18 p.; 13. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 14 p.; 14. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, KTM), 11 p.; 15. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 10 p.; 16. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 9 p.; 17. Henry Jacobi (GER, YAM), 7 p.; 18. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 6 p.; 19. Thomas Covington (USA, YAM), 4 p.; 20. Dylan Walsh (GBR, JM HONDA RACING), 4 p.; 21. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HUS), 3 p.; 22. Petar Petrov (BUL, KTM), 2 p.; 23. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 2 p.; 24. Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, KTM), 1 p.; 25. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 0 p.; 26. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, YAM), 0 p.; 27. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), 0 p.; 28. Edoardo Bersanelli (ITA, YAM), 0 p.; 29. Artem Guryev (RUS, HON), 0 p.; 30. Davide De Bortoli (ITA, HON), 0 p.; 31. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 0 p.; 32. Zachary Pichon (FRA, HON), 0 p.;

MXGP standings after 7 rounds
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 263 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 241 p.; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 237 p.; 4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 217 p.; 5. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 210 p.; 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 204 p.; 7. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 197 p.; 8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 179 p.; 9. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 172 p.; 10. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 168 p.; 11. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 122 p.; 12. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 122 p.; 13. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 76 p.; 14. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 73 p.; 15. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 71 p.; 16. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 65 p.; 17. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 64 p.; 18. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, GAS), 56 p.; 19. Henry Jacobi (GER, YAM), 55 p.; 20. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, YAM), 47 p.; 21. Benoit Paturel (FRA, JM HONDA RACING), 45 p.; 22. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 31 p.; 23. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 26 p.; 24. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HUS), 20 p.; 25. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, KTM), 16 p.; 26. Karlis Sabulis (LAT, KTM), 16 p.; 27. Petar Petrov (BUL, KTM), 15 p.; 28. Dylan Walsh (GBR, JM HONDA RACING), 13 p.; 29. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 12 p.; 30. Harri Kullas (EST, HON), 11 p.; 31. Adam Sterry (GBR, KTM), 10 p.; 32. Lars van Berkel (NED, HUS), 9 p.; 33. Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 9 p.; 34. Thomas Covington (USA, YAM), 7 p.; 35. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HUS), 5 p.; 36. Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, KTM), 5 p.; 37. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, YAM), 2 p.; 38. Anton Gole (SWE, HON), 2 p.; 39. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), 1 p.;

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