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The Grand Prix riders lined the start line for one-minute of silence for fallen 85cc support class rider Igor Cuharciuc from Moldova. Igor died from injuries sustained in the first moto of the 85 EMX races. The second moto was canceled.
At 13th round of the 2017Motocross World Championships in Loket, Czech Republic, KTM’s Antonio Cairoli and Pauls Jonass each took their sixth wins the season.
Tony Cairoli’s 450 victory was his 83rd career GP win. Tony said, “I’m really happy to leave this GP with a victory. I want to dedicate this victory to the rider who passed away yesterday, we are all together with his family and hope that they will be okay.” Clement Desalle’s consistent 2-2 took second overall.
Last year it looked like Tony Cairoli’s career was drawing to a close, but he was revitalized by the threat of the youngsters who were beating him in 2015-16. It helped that most of them were injured at some point during the 2017 series. But Tony, at 83 wins, is closing in on Stefan Everts 100 GP wins record.
Tim Gajser missed two GPs and rode injured in two others, but has clawed his way back into the top five in 450 GP points, Gajser went 1-4 in Czecho. It doesn’t look like Gajser will be able to fulfill his dream of coming to America for a few more years.
Glenn Coldenhoff is the invisible man at Team KTM. Since he rides for Tony Cairoli’s DeCarli team he is really only there to support Tony. Glenn is 11th in GP points, has never been in the top three overall and only has scored one moto in the top five. But, he got his contract renewed for 2018.
450 RESULTS: GRAND PRIX OF CAZECH REPUBLIC 1. Tony Cairoli (KTM)…3-1 2. Clement Desalle (Kaw)…2-2 3. Tim Gajser (Hon)…1-4 4. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) …5-3 5. Gautier Paulin (Hus)…4-5 6. Romain Febvre (Yam)…7-6 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yam)…8-7 8. Arnaud Tonus (Yam)…6-10 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM)…11-11 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (Hon)…14-7
Other notables: 11. Max Nagl; 12. Kevin Strijbos; 13, Arminas Jasikonis; 16. Max Anstie; 17. Jordi Tixier; 19. Ken DeDycker;
FIM 450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (After 13 of 19 Rounds) 1. Tony Cairoli…523 2. Clement Desalle…431 3. Jeffrey Herlings…418 4. Gautier Paulin…417 5. Tim Gajser…353 6. Romain Febvre…338 7. Max Nagl…308 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek…294 9. Evgeny Bobryshev…286 10. Arnaud Tonus…279
Other notables: 11. Glenn Coldenhoff; 12. Max Anstie; 13. Arminas Jasikonis; 15. Shaun Simpson; 18. Kevin Strijbos; 20. Jordi Tixier.
KTM’s Pauls Jonass came back to Loket to make up for the season ending crash that he had at this track in 2016. In the end, Pauls Jonass claimed the overall with a 2-1 result (Thomas Covington won the first moto, but fnished 10th in moto two).
Jeremy Seewer is second in the 250 World Championships and closing in on 23 years old—which means that he can’t race the 250 class in 2018. No problem! Seewer already has a 450 deal for 2018 with Suzuki.
Thomas Covington won the first moto at Loket, but finished tenth in moto two for third overall. Covington won Mexican Grand Prix earlier this yearand has had a couple podium finishes, but is currently 6th in 250 GP points and four full motos behind Jonass in points.
250 RESULTS: GRAND PRIX OF CZECH REPUBLIC 1. Pauls Jonass (KTM)…2-25 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suz)…16-2 3. Thomas Covington (Hus)…25-11 4. Benoit Paturel (Yam)…15-20 5. Jorge Prado (KTM)…20-15 6. Brian Bogers (KTM)…14-18 7. Hunter Lawrence (Suz)…13-13 8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)…18-8 9. Marshall Weltin (Kaw)…10-10 10. Conrad Mewse (Hus)…11-9
Other notables: 11. Julien Lieber; 12. Jed Beaton; 14. Brian Hsu; 15. Darian Sanayei; 19. Brent Van doninck
FIM 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS (After 13 of 19 Rounds) 1. Pauls Jonass…548 2. Jeremy Seewer…501 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen…403 4. Benoit Paturel…398 5. Julien Lieber…374 6. Thomas Covington…339 7. Brian Bogers…273 8. Jorge Prado…268 9. Brent Van doninck…226 10. Hunter Lawrence…225
Other notables: 11. Michele Cervellin; 12. Darian Sanyei; 15. Ben Watson; 17. Conrad Mewse; 19. Samuele Bernardini.