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Thomas Kjer Olsen wins the Grand Prix MX2 in Latvia

Returning to the track where he won the first GP of his career last year, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer-Olsen has claimed the overall MX2 class victory at the MXGP of Latvia.

Taking place at the sandy track of Kegums, round seven of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship was a highly successful one for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team. Spearheading the team’s efforts in the 250cc category was young Dane Thomas Kjer-Olsen.

Leading the way from start to finish in the opening MX2 moto, Kjer-Olsen secured his first moto victory of the season. Well-placed inside the top five after the start of moto two, the FC 250 powered rider wrapped up the weekend with a strong runner-up result. Remaining third in the MX2 World Championship standings, Kjer-Olsen is now 16 points behind the provisional runner-up.

Going from strength to strength following his recent knee injury, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Covington showed good speed at the demanding Latvian track. Securing a solid third place result in the opening MX2 moto, the American was unfortunately unable to finish moto two following a crash.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the eighth round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in Germany on May 19/20.

Thomas Kjer-Olsen: “I’m really happy with the way things turned out here in Latvia. Coming back to Kegums after my victory last year, I immediately got a great feeling aboard my Husqvarna. I couldn’t have wished for a better performance in moto one. Getting the holeshot I put my head down and managed to remain in the lead until the flag drop. In moto two I didn’t get such a good start but did my best to put myself in a good position. Running in second behind Prado I launched an attack for the moto win, but a small mistake made things harder. Overall, it’s been a great weekend for me and I can’t thank all the members of our team enough for all their hard work during the season.”

Thomas Covington: “It’s been a positive weekend. I felt good coming back from my knee injury and the speed was there to battle with the top guys. I had a good start in the opening moto and gradually worked my way up to third. Then in the second moto my start wasn’t that good, but I did my best to get as close as possible to the leading pack. My bike was working great so I kept improving my speed. Unfortunately following a crash I had a small issue that did not allow me to finish the race. Overall, I’m happy with the progress made and I’m now looking forward to the next GP in Germany.”

Overall Grand Prix MX2 in Latvia:
1 Thomas Kjer Olsen 47 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 38 Pnt
3 Pauls Jonass 38 Pnt
4 Jorge Prado 36 Pnt
5 Ben Watson 34 Pnt
12 Thomas Covington 20 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Pauls Jonass 304 Pnt
2 Jorge Prado 282 Pnt
3 Thomas Kjer Olsen 266 Pnt
4 Ben Watson 210 Pnt
5 Jed Beaton 174 Pnt
11 Thomas Covington 122 Pnt

Fotos: Bavo



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