ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Heads to Russia
The ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250 Team has touched down in Russia for the third round of the strongly contested EMX250 Championship. The event will take place over two-days and will be held in conjunction with the sixth round of the FIM MXGP World Championship on Monday 29th of April and Tuesday 1st of May.
The track and venue in Orlyonok, Russia, is located on the eastern shore of the Black Sea, 150km North West of Sochi. The track made its international debut in 2016 as the host of the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship and went on to host its first Grand Prix last year, in 2017.
Currently seventh place in the EMX250 Championship Standings, Roan van de Moosdijk is familiar with the fast-paced, and hard-packed white clay of Orlyonok, Russia, as it was at this exact venue that he almost won his first world title at the 2016 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship. That year, the Dutchman finished second-place in the 125cc class despite having the same points as the eventual winner, Jago Geerts.
After an injury struck year in 2017, the 17-year-old has had a solid off-season rebuilding his speed, strength and stamina onboard his GYTR kitted YZ250F. A few crashes and mediocre starts have made the first two rounds of the 2018 EMX250 championship difficult. His best race finish has been a fifth place, at the opening round in Spain, yet he is often running lap-times that would have him placed inside the top-three. He proved his promise with an impressive Pole Position at the second round in Portugal.
Despite being seventh place in the Championship Standings, van de Moosdijk is only 22-points down on the series leader, and only 12 points shy of the top-three.
With nine-rounds of the EMX250 Championship remaining, Nicholas Lapucci is looking to get his championship campaign back on track after a luckless start to the season. The flamboyant Italian has qualified at both rounds, but has only received 3-points in the four championship races so far. He is currently in thirty-second position.
As for the third rider on the ASTES4-TESAR team, Tristan Charboneau was forced to withdraw from the first round of the EMX250 Championship in Spain, after he injured his knee in the pre-season. The talented 21-year-old returned to America to seek medical treatment for the injury, and has since returned to Europe where he intends to resume his riding and training program in the next few days.
After spending 1-month rehabilitating his knee, the American is not yet riding regardless of his natural speed around the Orlyonok circuit. It was at this venue that he achieved career milestone when he took his first ever EMX250 race win, which he followed up with a double-moto victory in Portugal and two more race wins at the MXGP rounds of Switzerland and France.
More information on Charboneau's return will be available on Yamaha Racing's social media platforms when available.
Gates will drop for Race 1 in Russia on Monday 29th of April at 17:55, with the second race taking place on the Tuesday the 1st of May at 11:30. Both times are in Local Time which is GMT+2.
The racing can be watched LIVE on www.MXGP-TV.com.