Positive step for Roelants

The Grand Prix of Latvia at Kegums hosted a 22,000 crowd enjoying pleasant summer conditions just east of Riga. At a captivating event, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Joel Roelants was able to burst back into the top ten of the premier MX1 class. The eleventh round of the FIM Motocross World Championship saw both Roelants and Steven Frossard battling a surface that was soft and loose but with a hard, bumpy base that constantly demanded much of the motorcycles and punished a lax approach.

After recovering from the impact of a stone to his eye in Sweden Roelants was immediately out of the blocks. Decent lap-times in practice led to a holeshot in the Qualification Heat. The Belgian rode to twelfth while suffering stomach cramps but signalled his intent for Sunday at the venue where he scored his first Grand Prix win last summer. The first moto did not go to plan as the 23 year old slipped to the ground on the first corner. Roelants restarted dead-last and gained confidence from a return to fifteenth. 

In the second outing a much better getaway saw ‘34’ planted firmly inside the top ten and an encouraging ninth place finish represented his second best of the year so far. 

Steven Frossard tangled with Tommy Searle early in Saturday’s qualification heat and suffered a dislocated forefinger on his clutch hand. The Frenchman went last to the gate on Sunday and in need of painkillers but with typical determination and grit attempted to start both motos. Ultimately he lacked the strength and feeling to reach the finish line. 

The factory Yamaha crew now continue their roll east, and during the week will cover several hundred miles to reach Hyvinkaa for the Grand Prix of Finland and the twelfth outing of seventeen on the FIM calendar.
Roelants in Latvia
Joel Roelants

“For sure that was a step back in the right direction, even though the first heat started out pretty bad! I took a really good jump from the gate – I think third or fourth – but then crashed. I got going again twenty seconds behind the last guy. Everything went really good in the race though until I stalled the bike and lost a bit more time. That second incident was frustrating because I believe I could have reached tenth or eleventh. My speed was good enough for the top six or seven. In the second one I was a bit tired from the first race and struggled for a while because it is a long time since I’ve been near the front. After a while I tried following some lines and looking for some feedback and it started to work out well. I closed up to Goncalves. I’m quite happy with the weekend, some bad luck, but I’ll have to take what I can get.”

Steven Frossard
Frossard in Latvia
“Not much to say. I tried today but it was too painful for me. I was very bad out of the gate. I wanted to aim for a good start but it was impossible from where I was. I will try to heal my finger as much as I can for the next weekend and we will see.”

2013 MX1-GP Latvia
Kegums 07/07/201320 Laps
race I
1Ken De DyckerKTMBEL39'15.569 
2Antonio CairoliKTMITA0'07.750 
3Clement DesalleSuzukiBEL0'12.832 
4Jeremy Van HorebeekKawasakiBEL0'25.821 
5Gautier PaulinKawasakiFRA0'32.184 
6Kevin StrijbosSuzukiBEL0'34.058 
7Tommy SearleKawasakiGBR0'34.392 
8Evgeny BobryshevHondaRUS0'42.651 
9Maximilian NaglHondaGER0'48.658 
10Davide GuarneriKTMITA0'57.589 
11Rui GoncalvesKTMPOR0'59.713 
12David PhilippaertsHondaITA1'13.997 
13Shaun SimpsonYamahaGBR1'16.703 
14Tanel LeokTMEST1'18.154 
15Joel RoelantsYamahaBEL1'18.292 
race II
1Antonio CairoliKTMITA39'33.938 
2Ken De DyckerKTMBEL0'05.408 
3Clement DesalleSuzukiBEL0'09.753 
4Gautier PaulinKawasakiFRA0'12.063 
5Jeremy Van HorebeekKawasakiBEL0'14.796 
6Tommy SearleKawasakiGBR0'24.159 
7Kevin StrijbosSuzukiBEL0'28.675 
8Rui GoncalvesKTMPOR0'49.576 
9Joel RoelantsYamahaBEL0'57.013 
10Matiss KarroKTMLVA1'13.104 
11Jonathan BarraganKTMESP1'18.744 
12Xavier BoogKTMFRA1'22.027 
13David PhilippaertsHondaITA1'22.985 
14Maximilian NaglHondaGER1'25.020 
15Davide GuarneriKTMITA1'34.405 
16Shaun SimpsonYamahaGBR1'36.649 
19Herjan BrakkeYamahaNED-1Laps 
MX1-GP World Standing
Rider StandingsAfter Race 11 of 18
1.Antonio CairoliKTMITA514
2.Gautier PaulinKawasakiFRA432
3.Clement DesalleSuzukiBEL414
4.Ken De DyckerKTMBEL406
5.Kevin StrijbosSuzukiBEL327
6.Tommy SearleKawasakiGBR318
7.Maximilian NaglHondaGER272
8.Jeremy Van HorebeekKawasakiBEL271
9.Rui GoncalvesKTMPOR203
10.Davide GuarneriKTMITA186
11.David PhilippaertsHondaITA183
12.Xavier BoogKTMFRA173
13.Shaun SimpsonYamahaGBR161
14.Evgeny BobryshevHondaRUS156
15.Joel RoelantsYamahaBEL147
16.Tanel LeokTMEST126
19.Steven FrossardYamahaFRA60
22.Milko PotisekYamahaFRA19
29.Billy MacKenzieYamahaGBR12
35.Stefano DamiYamahaITA7
37.Herjan BrakkeYamahaNED6
42.Loic LeonceYamahaFRA4
49.Masanori ItoYamahaJPN2

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Last Years Winner:
Kevin Strijbos

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