After reclaiming the EMX250 championship lead less than a week ago, Elzinga arrived in Germany motivated to extend his lead. The ‘44’ started strong in Race 1 and chased former bLU cRU FIM Europe YZ125 Cup winner Jorgen Matthias-Talviku around turn one before making a pass on lap-2.
While Elzinga appeared smooth and in control up front, the race was ultimately marked by Bonacorsi’s astonishing charge from outside the top-five to steal victory from his teammate on the final lap.
At the end of the last-lap thriller, Elzinga was robbed of a fifth race win with two turns remaining, handing Bonacorsi his second race win of the season. Teammate Dave Kooiker fought back from a mediocre start to finish 15th.
Elzinga started second in race two and rode flawlessly and to secure race win number five after the initial leader, Sascha Coenen, crashed with 2-laps remaining.
Bonacorsi put in a impossible charge through the field from outside of the points. The young Italian collided with another rider at the end of pit-lane on the opening lap. After re-starting at the back of the pack, he pushed hard to finish 10th, which was enough for third overall – and his second podium finish of the season. At the same time, a much better start saw Kooiker finish on the cusp of the top-10. He was in the race and 12th overall.
After another round win, Elzinga has stretched his EMX250 Championship lead out to 20 points over Cornelius Toendel, while Bonacorsi remains third in the series.
In the opening EMX125 race, MJC Yamaha Official EMX125’s young gun, Ferruccio Zanchi, got off to a clean start and took an impressive holeshot as teammates Ivano van Erp and Karlis Reisulis emerged inside the top-eight.
By the second lap, Van Erp had already elbowed his way into second position, while Reisulis made some incredible gains in his charge forward from ninth. On lap 4, Reisulis took second from Van Erp and a lap later made a textbook outside-to-inside move on Zanchi for the lead.
At the checkers, it was Reisulis who was dominant from lap 5, powering his GYTR kitted YZ125 to a second consecutive race win. At the same time, Zanchi was relegated to third by title contender Alexis Fueri.
Van Erp was unfortunately forced out of contention by a rare mechanical issue.
With limited line choice at the tight and compact Teutschenthal circuit, which had been slightly ripped and heavily watered for Sunday, a good start in Race 2 was essential. Zanchi got off to a top-five start and charged to another top-three finish, while van Erp charged from 10th to fourth.
At the same time, Reisulis suffered a strange technical issue but managed to nurse his GYTR kitted YZ125 home to 10th, which was enough for fourth overall, while van Erp was classified 11th.
After three intense rounds of racing that have seen podium celebrations from each of the MJC Yamaha riders, all three riders are inside the top-10 in the Championship Standings. Reisulis is third, van Erp is fifth and Zanchi is eighth.
The next round of the EMX250 and EMX125 series’ will take place in Lommel, Belgium on the weekend of July 24th.
For full results from the EMX rounds of Germany, click here.