THOR Race Report

THOR Race report: Sixth place return for Steven Frossard

Steven Frossard returned to the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team with a sixth placed finish in the Latvian round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Kegums.

Signed to replace the retired Ryan Villopoto for the remainder of the MXGP season Frossard had noopportunity to test the Kawasaki KX450F-SR until he arrived in Latvia at the weekend, but the Frenchman quickly became acquainted with the bike to post eighth-best time during practice before an unfortunate incident with another rider during the Qualification race restricted him to fifteenth choice of gate for the GP motos. Making the most of Kawasaki power he took a ninth-placed start in the opening moto and advanced to sixth by the chequered flag. Despite feeling ill during the second race he advanced from an initial eleventh to finish eighth for sixth overall.

Teammate Tyla Rattray had a good Qualification to finish eighth, but was caught out by a soft patch of dirt at the first corner of the opening GP moto after track conditions had been altered dramatically by overnight rain. Despite apainful hand injury he persevered to finish eighteenth; a post-race medicalexamination revealed a broken bone in the thumb. Tyla attempted to race thesecond moto, but was forced to withdraw after 20 minutes. He now holds fourteenth place in the series standings.

For Husqvarna’s MXGP class riders the GP of Latvia proved to be a tough one. With Max Nagl not competing as he works towards his return to racing at round 13 of the MXGP series in the Czech Republic, it was left to Australian’s Todd Waters to lead the way.

Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna factory Racing’s Todd Waters placed in 12th overall. 10th in moto two for Waters was the best results from the Aussie.

Nathan Watson endured a frustrating GP. 13th in the opening moto following a poor start as the young Brit was forced to retire from the second moto with a rear brake issue.

In the MX2 class, Jordi Tixier of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team faced a difficult GP after crashing in Qualification. Despite the disadvantage of an outside gate for the GP motos the Frenchman managed to take an eighth placed start in the first race and quickly moved forward to sixth but was then confronted with the difficulty which faced all competitors after overnight rain had restricted line choice and he could not advance further. He finished eighth in race two after a less satisfactory start and a crash to finish seventh overall in the GP and maintain his sixth place in the series standings.

Teenage teammate Thomas Covington was tenth overall in the GP after a difficult first moto ride from an initial seventeenth to finish fourteenth. After gating eighth in race two he dropped just one position to hard-charging colleague Tixier and now holds fourteenth place in the series standings.

Round 13 will take place in Loket, Czech Rep on the 25-26 July.

Images: Bavo/CDS.

Race results:


MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:

1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), 34:26.145;
2. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:05.257;
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:45.698;
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +1:00.847;
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +1:08.496;
6. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:12.170;
7. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:18.466;
8. Romain Febvre (FRA,Yamaha), +1:19.095;
9. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, Honda), +1:24.412;
10. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:27.896;

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:

1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 35:49.255;
2. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED,Suzuki), +0:02.389;
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:03.218;
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:24.352;
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:31.334;
6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:42.152;
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:44.601;
8. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:46.418;
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:48.018;
10. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:49.190;

MXGP Overall Top Ten:

1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 47 points;
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 40 p.;
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 38 p.;
4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 37 p.;
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 36 p.;
6. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 28 p.;
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 28 p.;
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 26 p.;
9. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, HON), 22 p.;
10. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 20 p.

MXGP Championship Top Ten:

1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 457 points;
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 416 p.;
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 391 p.;
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 360 p.;
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 345 p.;
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 291 p.;
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 276 p.;
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 260 p.;
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 243 p.;
10. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 242 p.;



MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:

1. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 35:51.424;
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:07.869;
3. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:13.274;
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:14.611;
5. Harri Kullas (FIN, Husqvarna), +0:23.594;
6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:29.166;
7. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:55.725;
8. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +0:57.750;
9. Roberts Justs (LAT, KTM), +0:58.728;
10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:59.584;

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:

1. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 34:44.364;
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:13.123;
3. Harri Kullas (FIN, Husqvarna), +0:21.819;
4. Tim Gajser (SLO,Honda), +0:24.819;
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:28.107;
6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:30.405;
7. Jens Getteman (BEL, Honda), +0:33.825;
8. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:36.567;
9. Thomas Covington (USA, Kawasaki), +0:44.559;
10. Julien Lieber (BEL, Yamaha), +0:47.071;

MX2 Overall Top Ten:

1. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 50 points;
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 44 p.;
3. Harri Kullas (FIN, HUS), 36 p.;
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 34 p.;
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 32 p.;
6. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 30 p.;
7. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 28 p.;
8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 26 p.;
9. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), 20 p.;
10. Thomas Covington (USA, KAW), 19 p;

MX2 Championship Top Ten:

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 423 points;
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 377 p.;
3. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 352 p.;
4. PaulsJonass (LAT, KTM), 351 p.;
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 345 p.;
6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 334 p.;
7. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 312 p.;
8. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 278 p.;
9. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 256 p.;
10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 205 p;