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Kevin Strijbos – 5th #mxgp
Arminas Jasikonis – 6th #mxgp
Jeremy Seewer – 2nd #mx2
Hunter Lawrence – 14th #mx2
Bas Vaessen – 15th #mx2
After consistent rain for the past few weeks, bikes took to the track in #pangkalpinang, #indonesia today for the second round of the 2017 FIM World Motocross Championships, but it quickly transpired that conditions wouldn’t be good enough for them to run the full schedule and instead the FIM decided that the first free practice would be used to decide the starting grid for tomorrow’s #racing.
Of course, making a decision like this meant that riders who didn’t try to put in fast laps during this free practice suffered and will have bad gate picks on Sunday, but thankfully the World #suzuki #mxgp and #mx2 riders all got decent times and will have a good chance at some good results in what should be a battle of survival in these extremely muddy conditions. Work will obviously take place overnight on the track but with it raining daily, there isn’t too much they can do to improve the circuit, in what will be a real challenge for all the riders. All five of the #suzuki squad are still positive though and raring to go #racing.
“I was fifth, I rode easy and tried not make mistakes and came up fifth. We shall see what they decide about tomorrow and if they do both motos or just one #moto. Hopefully the rain can stay away and if it does, they can fix the track and I think it can be pretty decent,” said #kevinstrijbos.
MXGP team-mate #arminasjasikonis was just happy to start his 2017 #mxgp season and didn’t really seem to mind the mud: “I didn’t crash and I made the most laps out of everyone. It was quite deep but it was fun to ride. I’ve missed my race bike a little bit so was happy to do the laps. Last lap I tried to do a fast lap at the end and got sixth place for tomorrow so my mood is good and I’m looking forward for tomorrow.”
Jeremy Seewer also got in a good lap, ending up with second gate pick for the #mx2 races tomorrow. He had this to say about his practice: “I kind of realised that this could happen [using the practice session time as gate pick] so I went out on the track at the beginning and tried to make a good lap before the track got really bad. Tomorrow will probably be the same conditions so we will just do the best we can and hopefully will be ok.”
Hunter Lawrence didn’t really push too much in the session, preferring just to learn the track and as a result, will go into tomorrow’s #racing with 14th gate pick. “I was just getting used to the track, warming up, finding my rhythm and then I was told that they could take my lap time. It’s unfortunate but with the #racing I’ll just go out and try to circulate without crashing, that’s the big key. It’ll be interesting for sure.”
Bas Vaessen also didn’t get the pick he would have liked but doesn’t feel that’s too important for the races: “I’m just going to try and stay on two wheels, that’s the main point. If you can stay on two wheels and finish you will get a high position near the end so that’s the main goal.”
It is a shame that the schedule has been cut short as a lot of work has taken place at the facility to put on the #event and make it rideable, but this decision will hopefully give them the best chance at a full programme for tomorrow where all five of the World #suzuki #mxgp team will hope to score big points in the muddy conditions.
MXGP Qualifying Times: 1. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 2:39.774; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:01.115; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:02.326; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:03.956; 5. #kevinstrijbos (BEL, #suzuki World MXGP), +0:04.134; 6. #arminasjasikonis (LTU, #suzuki World MXGP), +0:04.490; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:04.702; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +0:05.304; 9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:05.494; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:05.906.
MX2 Qualifying Times: 1. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 2:16.331; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, #suzuki World MX2), +0:04.786; 3. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:06.233; 4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:06.304; 5. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:06.755; 6. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:06.838; 7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:08.767; 8. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:11.425; 9. Freek van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +0:12.311; 10. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, Husqvarna), +0:14.325; 11. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:14.659; 12. Alvin Östlund (SWE, Yamaha), +0:14.933; 13. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +0:19.100; 14. #hunterlawrence (AUS, #suzuki World MX2), +0:19.844; 15. #basvaessen (NED, #suzuki World MX2), +0:21.708.
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