Unfortunately the 2017 edition of the Czech GP will be forever remembered for the tragic death of young EMX85 rider Igor Cuharciuc after an accident in the first race of their championship decider. A minute’s silence was given before start of the motos which was impeccably observed by everyone at the Loket facility, including all the MX2 and MXGP riders who lined up in front of the starting gate.
When the action did get underway, it certainly didn’t disappoint as passing has never come easily at this track, so riders had to fight extremely hard to get one to stick. The only rider who doesn’t seem to find anything hard right now is Antonio Cairoli who almost effortlessly went 3-1 at a track he has vocally come out and said he doesn’t like. A third in race one was followed up by a win in race two as he once again stretched his points gap at the top of the MXGP table to 92pts. Behind him, Clement Desalle put his last two disappointing GPs behind him to get back on the podium and retain his second place in the championship. Tim Gajser rounded off the top 3, but he could have done even better, winning the first race and then leading early on in race two. It was still good to see him up there though as round 5 was the last time he was on the box. The rest of the field were involved in a battle royale as Jeffrey Herlings, Gautier Paulin (these two really don’t like each other on the track), Romain Febvre, Jeremy van Horebeek went to war for large portions of the motos.
In the MX2 class, it was a good weekend for Pauls Jonass, who extended his points lead at the top by 9 points over Jeremy Seewer. The Latvian now leads the series by 47 points and with a couple of sand races coming up, he is looking to be a pretty good position to win his first MX2 championship. Starts have been the key all season and they were once again as he managed to get out ahead of rival Seewer in both motos. The only rider who’s been getting better starts than him is team-mate Jorge Prado Garcia, who made Seewer’s life hell in the second moto as they battled for second position. Eventually Seewer passed him but by that stage Jonass had long-since disappeared. Unfortunately Thomas Covington’s hopes at another overall had also disappeared as he rounded the first lap of moto 2 in 23rd position. It was such a shame for the American as he rode so well to take the victory in race one.
The series now takes one weekend off before heading to the deep sand track of Lommel, which is known as being one of the toughest tests for both rider and machine.
MXGP Overall: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 45 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 44 p.; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 43 p.; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 36 p.; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 34 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 29 p.; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 27 p.; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 26 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 20 p.;
10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 19 p.;