Latvia MXGP 2017 | RESULTS & PICTURES
There have been some huge minutes only at that weekends MXGP of Latvia that may have substantial bearings on where the MXGP and MX2 title titles end up, when the season finishes in late September. Needless to say there will probably be loads of twists and turns until then but Jeffrey Herlings 1-1 operation is one that will set the remaining group on border as united with Tim Gajsers huge crash in moto two, unexpectedly makes the 84-point difference that Herlings is behind right now seem quite little indeed. He does have to develop that allowance over teammate and seasoned 8-time world champion Antonio Cairoli so it definitely wont be simple, but when he is able to begin popping off triumphs, it will make the #222 really nervous for the the next couple of rounds.
Herlings controlled both motos and seemed comfortable as those around him fought with all the hard conditions in the sandy Kegums facility. Cairoli did really come second, however he dropped 12 points to Herlings as three-riders tied on 38 points. Clement Desalle was the unlucky recipient of 4th position as he was only edged out by Evgeny Bobryshev to the 2nd moto tiebreaker.
In the MX2 class, Jeremy Seewer seemed like he’d struck a significant blow by overtaking his championship competition Pauls Jonass to the last lap of the very first moto. Sadly for Seewer his second race will be cut short following some crashes left his bike unrideable and he needed to pull off with a DNF. As Jonass went to win the next moto that will expand his lead on top to 42 points within the Swiss Suzuki rider.
The show now takes a weekend off before restarting in Teutschenthal, Germany on May 21.
A devastating day for Tim Gajser who just scored 7 points in the very first race following a run in with Jose Butron. In the next race he subsequently endured a terrible crash that found him DNF and lose his MXGP tournament lead.
11th entire undoubtedly does not tell the entire story for Thomas Covington, after coming from 20th to 6th in race one.
A last lap pass by Jeremy Seewer over competition Pauls Jonass appeared to be a momentum changer, but the Suzuki passenger was compelled by early crashes in race to DNF.
Calvin Vlaanderen continues to be becoming better and better, and now scored his first ever podium complete in Latvia with 5-4 scores.