The JWR Report: MXGP of Latvia

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The JWR Yamaha Racing squad were closer to home this past weekend, as the ninth round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship was run at the popular track of Kegums in Latvia. For just the second time this season, the team operated at full strength with four guys beneath the awning. Kevin Strijbos, Vsevolod Brylyakov, Anton Gole and Tim Edberg were all shooting for success.

Vsevolod Brylyakov was the best-placed rider in the premier division, despite the fact that a fall in race one left him with a lot of work to do. Brylyakov started right at the back in moto one, because of that, and only just missed out on points in the end.  Twenty-first was his final ranking. The second moto was another step in the right direction though, as he battled hard and overcame some mistakes to secure sixteenth. Two measly seconds separated him from a top-fifteen finish.

The five points that Vsevolod Brylyakov gained at the Grand Prix of Latvia put him in twentieth in the overall classification. Anton Gole, another JWR Yamaha Racing pilot, was four spots further behind, as he was left in twenty-fourth overall after putting two points on the board in moto two. Gole could have scored points in both motos, but a crash in moto one left him in an impossible situation. Kevin Strijbos also took two points home from the Grand Prix of Latvia, despite battling some freak issues across the weekend.

Tim Edberg, the sole EMX250 rider beneath the JWR Yamaha Racing awning, arguably enjoyed the most success at the Grand Prix of Latvia, although the results are not a true reflection of how he performed. Edberg was seventeenth in each moto, and eighteenth in the overall classification, but could have achieved so much more, had it not been for some first-lap issues. Edberg made twenty-one passes over the weekend.

The JWR Yamaha Racing team will now embark on a journey into the second half of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. The Grand Prix of Germany, which will take place next weekend, is the next stop on their calendar.

Vsevolod Brylyakov: "This weekend was not an easy one. Both starts were terrible for me, but I tried to make my way up. I had an easy crash on lap one in the first race and lost many positions, so could not get myself into a rhythm and finished twenty-first. The second moto was a lot better. I made some passes in the first laps, then rode really good in the beginning. I made a small mistake, so dropped from fourteenth to outside the top twenty, but built myself up again. I was happy with the second moto. That was the highlight. I am looking forward to Germany now."

Kevin Strijbos: "It was not a great weekend. We somehow had bike issues the whole weekend and could not solve it. In the qualifying race it just stopped on the last lap, but I could make it to the finish. In the first moto I was trying and trying, but I knew something was wrong because my bike was not performing as it normally would. It is a pity, because I liked the track and was looking forward to doing well. Let’s focus on next weekend."

Anton Gole: "It was hard to find a good feeling on Saturday, but today everything was flowing much better. I was in fourteenth place in the first heat, when I had an issue and needed to stop, and then I had the same good feeling in the second heat. I was in sixteenth place, with around ten minutes left, when I made a pretty big crash on a jump. I still got up quite quickly and managed to charge into nineteenth place. I am happy with the day, overall, even though it did not really go as planned."

Tim Edberg: "It was a tough weekend here in Latvia. I am disappointed, because I know I have more to give, but it was not enough this time. The track was very demanding and, actually, I got way too tired. Anyway, I am going to keep on working for the next one."

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