A podium result for Petar Petrov

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Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team lost his chance of an overall podium place at the MX2 Motocross GP of Europe when another rider crashed into him in a tight tussle.

The Bulgarian had shown his liking for the sandy Eurocircuit track on the outskirts of the Dutch town of Valkenswaard, close to the Belgian border, as he advanced up the leadboard to finish fifth in the qualifying race, thus earning a choice gate pick from which he was able to launch an immediate assault on the podium positions.

After holding a challenging third all moto his intended late assault on second was spoilt when he was hindered by backmarkers but a creditable third position remained secure to the chequered flag. Advancing strongly from tenth to seventh in the second race, Petar was unfortunate enough to collide with a wayward rival midway through the moto, the resultant pit stop forcing him out of the points-scoring positions in twenty-third position. Despite this unfortunate incident as he homed in on an overall podium finish Petar remains sixth in the series standings and is in a strong position to push forward two positions during the upcoming GPs in Latin America.

Vsevolod Brylyakov of the Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki team anticipated making further advances in his burgeoning career after ever more impressive performances during the opening GPs of the year in Asia, but ever changing weather conditions caused havoc with bike settings for the young team. After qualifying eleventh Seva had a tough first moto as he started midfield in sixteenth position before advancing to an eventual twelfth. In the second race the Russian moved with great determination to convert another sixteenth placed start into a ninth placed finish. The combined results gave him eighth overall in the GP and have seen him advance to tenth in the series standings.

Petar Petrov:
“In the first moto I had a really good start and I was in third, following Jonass closely all the moto. The plan was to push in the last laps to pass him but I lost time behind lappers and didn’t want to take any risks after that. My second start was not bad but not too good either; I was around tenth, made my way to fourth and was fighting with Seewer and Tonkov when we came together in a downhill and I went down. That was not good and the bike was damaged when another rider hit me; I had to go in the pits and probably lost a podium result. We’ll keep on working; everything we’re doing is good, and we’ll now focus on the next GP.”

Vsevolod Brylyakov:
“This weekend was not the best one and didn’t bring me the results I could expect, but again I’m in the top ten overall with an eighth position and that’s not so bad on such a track. I was struggling a little all weekend; we worked on the suspension settings to have a better feeling but with the showers the track changed a lot. In the first moto the track was really wet, like a swimming pool in some places; it was tough with the muddy goggles, I crashed early in the race and wasn’t very happy. In the second moto I was more consistent, didn’t crashed and finished ninth. I just need to put everything together to get better results, and we’ll train hard to prepare for the next rounds.”

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