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Anderson takes control in Bulgaria! EMX300 Round 6 – Race Report, Highlights and Results
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Anderson takes control in Bulgaria! EMX300 Round 6 – Race Report, Highlights and Results

by adminAugust 26, 2018

The European Motocross Championship EMX300 class presented by FMF Racing finished their Bulgarian weekend this morning with Verde Substance KTM’s Brad Anderson taking the overall victory and in doing so extending his lead to 27 points in the championships with just one round to go.

Images courtesy of MXGP

Jumping to the Saturday’s first race and leading with a holeshot was GL12 Racing’s Mike Kras while Youri van t Ende ran second briefly before red plate holder Brad Anderson jumped past on his Verde Substance KTM during the opening lap.

Erik Willems battled with Vaclav Kovar moving to 4th before getting by van t Ende prior to the end of the first official lap. The early top 3 remained in the same positions throughout the race but Kovar took 4th from van t Ende who fell another spot to iFly JK Racing Yamaha’s Manuel Iacopi.

Brad Anderson reigned Supreme in Bulgaria

The Dutchman later fell victim again as A1M Husqvarna’s Andero Lusbo stole 6th leaving van t Ende to finish 7th. Kras took the race win with title rival Anderson 2nd and Willems 3rd.

Today the 300cc 2 strokes were again the first on track with sighting laps leading start into the first race of the morning. Kras was the fastest off the gate for the second day in a row but had Anderson just behind him. Willems was running up in third while Iacopi was under pressure from Kovar for 4th.

Anderson took the lead from yesterday’s race winner Kras quickly and pulled a small lead but Kras pulled the gap back down the following laps. Kovar took bad jump off of the grid back was up into 4th by lap 3 shuffling Iacopi back.

GL12 racing’s Mike Kras

At the front Kras pushed Anderson hoping for a mistake but eventually made an aggressive pass for the lead. The pass squeezed Anderson nearly off track on one of the many uphill sections. Anderson retaliated quickly and the pair battled vigorously with each passing attempt more intense than the prior. Anderson managed to retake the lead and for several laps Kras chased closely by mistakes from the Dutch rider slowed his momentum and cost him to lose focus.

Anderson pulled away to take the race win and the overall balancing the points out to where they started coming into Bulgaria, 27 ahead of Kras which leaves the championship to be decided at the new round of Imola. Kras heads into the break before Imola with a second in both the race and the overall while Kovar made a pass to take 3rd with only 2 laps to go in Race 2.

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top 10: 1. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 29:59.371; 2. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), +0:07.259; 3. Erik Willems (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:19.755; 4. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:25.083; 5. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:52.068; 6. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +1:00.062; 7. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), +1:10.557; 8. Michele Cencioni (ITA, KTM), +1:14.079; 9. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), -1 lap(s); 10. Riccardo Cencioni (ITA, KTM), -1 lap(s).

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top 10: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 31:09.558; 2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), +0:06.628; 3. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:09.907; 4. Erik Willems (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:11.984; 5. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:31.295; 6. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:37.340; 7. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), +0:48.914; 8. Michele Cencioni (ITA, KTM), +1:44.260; 9. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), +1:44.779; 10. Marek Nespor (CZE, KTM), +1:49.278.

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top 10: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 47 points; 2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 47 p.; 3. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 38 p.; 4. Erik Willems (BEL, HUS), 38 p.; 5. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, YAM), 32 p.; 6. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 28 p.; 8. Michele Cencioni (ITA, KTM), 26 p.; 9. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), 24 p.; 10. Marek Nespor (CZE, KTM), 21 p.;

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top 10: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 251 points; 2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 224 p.; 3. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 201 p.; 4. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 188 p.; 5. Erik Willems (BEL, HUS), 183 p.; 6. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), 177 p.; 7. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, YAM), 148 p.; 8. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 88 p.; 9. Tallon Verhelst (BEL, KTM), 62 p.; 10. Michele Cencioni (ITA, KTM), 58 p.

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 292 points; 2. Husqvarna, 221 p.; 3. Gas Gas, 188 p.; 4. Yamaha, 185 p.; 5. TM, 72 p.; 6. Honda, 15 p.