After narrowly missing out on the Latvia Grand Prix victory last year due to a technical problem, Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1’s Clement Desalle completed his mission over the weekend and took also his second victory of 2010.
The Belgian charged hard in the opening moto to take a provisional second within the first half of the race, then moved on to pass a fast Evgeny Bobryshev and snatch the lead. In the final moto instead he settled to second behind series leader Tony Cairoli with the result being enough to earn the overall win.
A disappointed Cairoli took second on the podium behind Desalle. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 rider struggled to pass David Philippaerts in the opening moto and was impossible to catch the top three riders by the time he had moved up to fourth. The Italian took his revenge by winning the second heat in dominant style and work his way up to the overall podium.
Other Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 rider Steve Ramon completed the podium, with the Suzuki duo sandwiching the championship leader on the podium. Ramon rode two steady moto’s to take two third places. The podium brought Ramon up to fourth in the championship while team mate Desalle is second.
CAS Honda’s Bobryshev narrowly missed his maiden podium finish. The Russian was about to win moto one when Desalle charged hard in the final laps and moved past. Bobryshev took second eventually but could not repeat himself in moto two, finishing a distant fourth. Ending level in points with Ramon, Bobryshev took fourth overall.
Kawasaki Racing’s Xavier Boog completed the top five ahead of Philippaerts and Max Nagl, who got the holeshot in the final heat.
German GP winner Ken De Dycker struggled and ended twelfth.
With only six points separating the top four riders of the Grand Prix of Latvia, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Jerffrey Herlings came out on top of the pack courtesy of his final moto victory and of teammate Marvin Musquin’s crash at the start of the final heat.
Herlings started strong in the first moto to snatch the lead from holeshotter Musquin but dropped down to an eventual third. Moto two was different as Herlings found himself at the leap of the first laps but Steven Frossard came past to take the lead. Before the race finished Herlings was back on top and won a three way battle for first with Frossard and Ken Roczen to take the overall win.
Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2’s Roczen made it to second on the podium but was disappointed not to have started his attacks a bit before. In moto one the German came dramatically close to eventual winner Musquin only in the final laps and narrowly missed out on his second heat win of the season after Germany’s second moto. In the final heat instead Roczen was overtaken by Frossard and ended third.
Kawasaki CLS’ Frossard was an eventual third on the podium. With Musquin being another candidate for third overall, Frossard had to work his way up to second in the final moto by passing Roczen and even troubling Herlings for the win otherwise he would have not been on the rostrum. In the first heat instead he was a steady fourth.
After a winning streak of five GP’s, Musquin of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2’s missed the podium and dropped down to fourth overall in Latvia. The championship leader took victory in moto one but a fall in the first corner of the second moto put him out of the potential winners’ list. Musquin recovered from dead last to an eventual seventh to give the crowd a demonstration of his impressive talent.
Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross’ Gautier Paulin completed the top five ahead of Roelants while teammates Harri Kullas and Christophe Charlier were respectively seventh and eighth.
After taking three consecutive podiums, Zach Osborne finished 13th overall and even crashed at the first corner of moto one.