GP Bits: MXGP of Czech Republic | Round 13 2

An inside look at the thirteenth round of the 2019 MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship from the Czech Republic.

GP Bits: MXGP of Czech Republic | Round 13

Loket is rough... As demonstrated by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's Aminas Jasikonis blasting up this choppy hill.

Monster Energy Yamaha's Romain Febvre was more than excited to win his first overall for the year (and last year as well). He did it in a convincing 1 - 1 fashion.

Romain Febvre: "I feel amazing. The whole weekend has been good for me. Right from the beginning my speed has been good, and I managed to go 1-1. I am really happy. It has been a long road back to victory and not an easy one. Many tough GP's and some injuries. We are back! I am so happy, and happy for my team Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP. It means everything."

Honda HRC's Tim Gajser came home 2 - 2 for second overall. We were about to say that he seems off his game, but that just shows how dominant he's been this season.

Dirt bike hand miming is the true universal language.

Gajser's fans never disappoint.

The Czech Republic saw the return of the EMX85 class. Here is Lata Valerio's Marchetti Racing Team KTM 85 SX.

Orange HGS muffler looks killer on this little dude.

And the pipe. Other than that, this 85 seems pretty stock, at least from the outside.

Valerio went 3 - 1 for second overall. T

Monster Energy Yamaha's Jeremy Seewer was on the podium with his teammate with 3 - 3 scores giving him third overall.

What's better on a hot day, really?

With all of the Monster Energy Kawasaki's racers out with injury, former BOS Kawasaki rider Tommy Searle is filling in for the rest of the season.

That Showa goodness with Xtrig clamps.

A bit of foam is usual, but check out the notch in the swingarm pivot. Instead of putting a stopper on the back of the brake pedal, this does the same thing by stopping the pedal from being pushed too far up.

This set up could be from the Monster Team over here. They are running the same colored hubs and similar brake protection. Also, there is no room for that axle to be any further back.

Suspension coating on point.
Suspension coating on point.

No Kawi race bike would be complete with the ubiquitous carbon tank.

Running the same sprocket, clutch slave protector.

A little from column A, a little from column B...

Carbon skid plate is pretty common too, but those radiators couldn't be any bigger.

An extra radiator for extra cooling, unlike the left side cooler that the US team has.

Two-position starting device with a very subtle difference in positions.

The A-Kit BFRC shock is fine, but the carbon subframe is cool too.

Wilvo Yamaha's Gautier Paulin returned to the top five with 4 - 4 moto scores landing him fourth overall. It seems he's also showing off his 100% glove and goggle deal a little more.

Red Bull KTM's Jorge Prado continues to collect moto and overall victories. Another 1 - 1 in the Czech Republic.

Jorge Prado: “I didn't feel so good in the first moto but was way-better in the second and it was a great weekend; winning both motos again and making that championship gap even bigger. Lommel next and it is a track that many people ride and I know it well. I won there last year and will be happy to go back.”

F&H Kawasaki rider Henry Jacobi returned to the podium with 2 - 3 moto scores for second overall.

Fresh off his 2019 Dutch Masters Championship win, Jacobi seems to be fired up for the end of the MX2 season.

Rockstar Husky's Thomas Kjer Olsen also returns to his winning ways rounding out the podium in third overall.

Thomas Kjer Olsen: “Considering how the last GP ended for me, to finish third overall here at Loket is awesome. I knew things would be tough for me, and that I’d maybe lack a little intensity having not been able to train and ride that much the last week, but I’m pleased with the way things came together for me. I didn’t get the best start in the first race but sneaked around the first turn and was in a pretty good position. It took me a while to get into fifth and I didn’t want to push too hard on this track. When Vialle and Vlaanderen went down it helped me a lot. I just tried to be smooth in the second race and do my best. I found the track pretty tough but kept pushing. Getting an overall podium result is a great way to start the final European GPs of the season.”

Here is another look at an EMX85. This one is Bud Racing's Quentin Marc Prugnieres bike. We don't want to get the Bud team in trouble, but that isn't a Kawasaki...

Clearly a KTM, this bike looks pretty sweet in the black/green/pink colors of the Bud team.

Ohlins suspension always looks cool.

A little carbon end cap for the HGS can.

And a custom head.

Prugnieres went 2 - 3 for third overall.

And that's a wrap from the Czech Republic.


Klinger 7/30/2019 11:02 PM

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