Lawrence maintains Championship Top-3
The MXGP of Europe has drawn to a close for the Honda 114 Motorsports riders after a weekend of freezing cold temperatures and challenging track conditions at the Valkenswaard Eurocircuit in the Netherlands.
Hunter Lawrence kept himself in third place in the MX2 championship with a pair of sixth place finishes giving him sixth overall. In extremely cold conditions, the Australian did his best to keep his Honda CRF250R within touching distance of the leaders as the championship now heads to warmer climes and the MXGP of Spain next weekend.
Unfortunately Bas Vaessen had a bad Sunday. After an encouraging Qualifying Race where he ended in the Top 10 he reinjured his collarbone area after a collision in the first moto, which meant he had to sit out the second race. Initial scans were inconclusive but he will get it checked out later in the week and then a decision will be made regarding next week’s MXGP of Spain.
After the bitterly cold weekend here in the Netherlands, everyone is hoping for warmer weather when the MXGPs head to the new Red Sands facility near Valencia in Spain, for the third round of the series.
Livia Lancelot : ” It was one the worse GP of my life, the weather conditions weren’t normal! I’m really happy that this is over and can’t wait for Spain. It was our first GP in Europe with our full set up. The Staff did a great and i’m proud of them, working in this conditions was really hard.
I’m really sad that Bas couldn’t confirm his good rhythm from Saturday. I’m sure this week end could give him the confidence he is missing at the moment. The speed was there but he still needs to be more consistent.
Hunter wasn’t on a good week end, he never really felt good on the track. He still save some points in the Championship but 6th Overall is not where he should be. But going to the next round in Hard Pack should be a different story ! “
Hunter Lawrence : ” It was a so-so weekend really, from my perspective. We got sixth from the qualification race but in the first moto I didn’t get a good start after being too aggressive with the clutch. I was around 16th to begin with but I was making passes and moving through the pack. Then I had a coming-together with another rider and dropped back down again. I pushed through to get sixth in the end and although I was disappointed to have only come sixth, I was happy with my riding and that I got close to the money points. In the second moto I got a really good jump out the gate, but I just couldn’t make it stick around the first bend. I just couldn’t get into my groove though and was struggling most of the moto. I gave it everything I had but I didn’t have anything for the guys up front this weekend. Next week is another round though and I’ll be giving it my all once again.”
Bas Vaessen : ” Saturday I was searching for the best setup and lines in the practices, we figured it out for the qualifying race and had a good race. Ended on a top 10 which was good enough for the Races. I felt comfortable on Sunday morning ready for a good day. After a bad Start I was battling back after making some passes, made a small error and went flying over my back and landing hard on my shoulder. I tried to keep going a few laps but lost all power in my muscles so had to retire from the race. After some checks we decided with Livia not to enter Moto two and go to the hospital instead to make sure nothing is too much wrong.”