Anderson fights for fifth but still holds the Red Plate. EMX300 Round 5 – Highlights, Report and Results
The FIM Motocross World Championship was in Loket for the MXGP of Czech Republic along with the Czech round of EMX300 presented by FMF Racing.
The Loket circuit provided epic conditions for the riders with overnight rain watering the track perfectly. The EMX classes took advantage of the conditions with amazing racing in front of the thousands of motocross fans lining the massive hillsides. Racing was over two days, with the first action being completed on Saturday, while Sunday hosted the second moto.
Coming into the weekend the 300cc class was stacked with the talented riders from the usual contenders like GL12 Racing’s Mike Kras and Verde Substance KTM’s Brad Anderson to Czech Republic’s Vaclav Kovar and the new entry of Dennis Ulrich.
Race 1 on Saturday started with former MXGP rider, Dennis Ulrich, in the lead and being chased by Mike Krasand Greg Smets from Belgium. Defending Champion Brad Anderson found himself further back than he’d hoped in 6th with Erik Willems and Czech rider Marek Sukup between him and the top 3.
Smets came into issues on lap 6 and dropped from 3rd to 9th which granted Willems, Sukup, and Anderson all a position. Also swapping positions were Ullrich and Kras for the lead, Kras crossed the finish in the lead for 2 laps before Ullrich fought his way back past the Dutchman. Meanwhile Anderson rode in 5th for only 4 laps before falling to 8th giving Kovar a top 5.
At the finish of Race 1 it was Ullrich, Kras, Willems and then the 4 Czech riders of Sukup, Kovar, Patrik Liska, and Petr Bartos ahead of Anderson. Rounding out the top ten was A1M Husqvarna’s Andero Lusbo and Smets.
Today’s Race 2 was the first event on track after the evening rain providing a new challenge to the riders. Nevertheless many of the same riders who were strong on the dry Saturday conditions battled for the win.
From the start of the race it was Kras who had the lead over Sukup, Kovar, and Anderson as the race 1 winner, Ullrich was 5th. First to lose ground and positions was Sukup as his fellow countryman Kovar took second on lap 4 and only another lap later Sukup lost another spot to Anderson.
For the majority of the race the top five remained the same and in the same order. With 3 laps to go Anderson stepped up his riding and passed Kovar for second just past Pit Lane at the same time Andero Lusbo took a fifth away from Ullrich.
At the finish line it was Kras by 12.4 seconds over Anderson then Kovar, Sukup, and Lusbo. In the overall standings Kras took the win with Ullrich 2nd and Kovar 3rd. Kras has gained 12 points on Anderson in the championship as it heads to the penultimate round in Bulgaria next month.
EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top 10: 1. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), 30:28.738; 2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), +0:10.830; 3. Erik Willems (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:13.821; 4. Marek Sukup (CZE, TM), +0:16.827; 5. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:24.828; 6. Patrik Liska (CZE, Yamaha), +0:36.220; 7. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), +0:37.328; 8. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), +0:37.989; 9. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:38.809; 10. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), +0:56.52.
EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top 10: 1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 30:44.055; 2. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), +0:12.490; 3. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:16.206; 4. Marek Sukup (CZE, TM), +0:28.115; 5. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:38.224; 6. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), +0:40.270; 7. Erik Willems (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:42.292; 8. Patrik Liska (CZE, Yamaha), +0:55.497; 9. Kay Ebben (NED, Yamaha), +1:14.987; 10. Daymond Martens (BEL, Yamaha), +1:22.694.
EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top 10: 1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 47 points; 2. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 36 p.; 4. Marek Sukup (CZE, TM), 36 p.; 5. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 35 p.; 6. Erik Willems (BEL, HUS), 34 p.; 7. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 28 p.; 8. Patrik Liska (CZE, YAM), 28 p.; 9. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), 23 p.; 10. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), 21 p.
EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top 10: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 204 points; 2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 177 p.; 3. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 171 p.; 4. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), 153 p.; 5. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 150 p.; 6. Erik Willems (BEL, HUS), 145 p.; 7. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, YAM), 116 p.; 8. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 60 p.; 9. Tim Louis (BEL, HUS), 55 p.; 10. Daymond Martens (BEL, YAM), 52 p.
EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 242 points; 2. Husqvarna, 183 p.; 3. Yamaha, 153 p.; 4. Gas Gas, 150 p.; 5. TM, 72 p.; 6. Honda, 15 p.