The JWR Yamaha Racing squad had three of their four riders in attendance at the fourth round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship, the Grand Prix of Trentino. Anton Gole and Vsevolod Brylyakov raced in the premier division, as usual, then Tim Edberg was back in action at the second EMX250 round too. The event was run in front of 29,000 fans.
Anton Gole shocked every single one of those passionate fans in the qualifying race on Saturday, as he used all of the power within the YZ450F to complete the opening lap in seventh. Refusing to back down, he then occupied eighth for the following nine laps and dealt with an incredible amount of pressure from the factory riders who were breathing right down his neck. Gole ended up hitting the finish line in tenth and put himself in an extremely positive position for the races.
Anton Gole then took advantage of that spot on the starting line, as he rounded the first turn in the top ten in the first premier-class encounter. A crash on lap one pushed him outside of the points, unfortunately, but he was not to be deterred and charged into nineteenth with a handful of laps to go. Another fall halted his progress at that point though and forced him to retire prematurely. The second moto followed a similar pattern and he was sadly left with no points. Gole now runs twenty-fourth in the championship standings.
Vsevolod Brylyakov had another weekend that featured steps in the right direction, despite a freak problem in the qualifying heat. That poor gate pick left him right at the back at the start of the opening moto, as he was twenty-seventh at the end of lap one, but he charged up to twenty-second at the finish and just missed out on points. The second race was a lot more positive, as he ran just outside of the top ten for an extended period and reached the chequered flag in fifteenth. Those six points left him nineteenth overall in MXGP.
Tim Edberg, who resides in the EMX250 division, sadly failed to qualify and will have to wait until the Grand Prix of France to redeem himself. Vsevolod Brylyakov and Anton Gole will be in action again when the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship resumes at Mantova on May 12.
Vsevolod Brylyakov: "I have been racing sand since I have got back riding this year, so this really was my first hard-pack race in ten months. Yesterday’s qualifying did not go too great when a stone got caught under my clutch cable, resulting in me going over the bars in qualifying. First race I lost my back brake but managed to come through to twenty-second, but second moto was my highlight of the weekend. After starting slow I managed to come through to claim a hard-fought fifteenth and just tried to make no mistakes. I have so much to learn with this being a new bike and new class. The priority is to get bike time, stay upright and keep improving."
Anton Gole: "This weekend was a mix of highs and lows. Saturday could not have ended any better for me, with the Yamaha pulling so great out of the gate and leaving me fourth in turn one. I lost a couple of positions towards the end, but I felt good and tried to keep pushing with the riders around me. I was really pleased with my tenth position… It was a lot easier than having to come through the pack! Sunday just did not go to plan at all and, although the starts were okay, I made a couple of mistakes in both races that resulted in a DNF each time. We have two Swedish rounds coming up that I am looking forward to, so we will work hard and bounce back."