09.07.2018
MXGP Motocross Weltmeisterschaft News
Thomas Covington fifth overall at the Grand Prix of Asia

With the Semarang track hosting round 13 of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Thomas Covington has secured a strong fifth overall in the MX2 category. Battling through an early fall in moto one, the FC 250 powered rider came back stronger to cross the line third in the final moto at the Indonesian track.

The second consecutive stop of the 2018 series in Indonesia saw competitors faced with slick track conditions around the hard-packed Semarang track. Securing a strong fifth in the MX2 Qualifying Race, Thomas Covington entered the final motos aiming for a potential fourth consecutive podium result in the 250cc category.

Victim of an early fall in moto one, the American put his head down to cross the line in seventh position. Getting a strong third in moto two, Covington remains sixth in the provisional 2018 MX2 World Championship standings.

For Covington’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team partner Thomas Kjer-Olsen, the GP of Asia was one of mixed fortunes. Involved in the same moto one incident that saw both Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team riders crash, Kjer-Olsen went on to claim 11th at the chequered flag. Improving to fourth in moto two, the young Dane earned seventh overall at the GP of Asia. Kjer-Olsen remains third in the provisional 2018 MX2 World Championship standings.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the 13th round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in the Czech Republic on July 21/22.

Thomas Covington: “I felt I had good speed this weekend and I took the battle for the overall podium down to the last laps in moto two. I got off to a good start in the opening race but a few corners later Olsen crashed right in front of me and I had nowhere to go. Picking myself up I pushed hard to cross the line in seventh place. Things were better in moto two and I quickly managed to put myself in second place. Pushing a bit too much in moto one following the crash I felt I was running out of energy at the last few laps of moto two, so I had to settle for third at the finish line. I am happy with fifth overall following what happened in moto one and I’m looking forward to returning to Europe now.”

Thomas Kjer-Olsen: “It was an up and down weekend for us, but I am happy with my performance in the second moto. Getting a good start in the opening moto I ended up crashing after the landing of a jump and this made it all harder for me. As a result of the crash the front brake line was damaged, so I had to race the rest of the moto without a front brake. Things were better in the second moto. I quickly found myself in fourth position and then did my own race to finish in that same place. I tried my best this weekend and if it wasn’t for the crash in moto one my overall result could have been a lot better.”
Overall Grand Prix MX2 in Indonesia:
1 Jorge Prado 47 Pnt
2 Pauls Jonass 40 Pnt
3 Calvin Vlaanderen 38 Pnt
4 Ben Watson 36 Pnt
5 Thomas Covington 34 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 28 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Pauls Jonass 550 Pnt
2 Jorge Prado 550 Pnt
3 Thomas Kjer Olsen 422 Pnt
4 Ben Watson 412 Pnt
5 Calvin Vlaanderen 369 Pnt
6 Thomas Covington 331 Pnt

Fotos: Bavo

 

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