Not so hot for Yamaha in baking Slovenia


In front of a sun-drenched crowd of 1500, Yamaha riders struggled to mount a serious challenge for top honours at the MX125 Grand Prix of Slovenia. Only Yamaha’s main man Luigi Seguy could boast any satisfaction with a fourth overall finish that cements his fourth position in the world championship. Although temperatures soared to 35ºC around the twisty and very technical Orehova Vas circuit, making riding conditions extremely difficult, South Africa’s Grant Langston (KTM) was able to extend his lead in the Championship with a race double that secured a maximum 40 points.

Heat 1 - L. Seguy – 4th / A. Puzar – 10th/ M. Lalloz – 11th/
B. Jorgensen – 13th/ S. Krageli - 15th/ C. Nunn - DNS

Race one was hard for all the Yamaha riders with none able to challenge for the podium. Even the ever-reliable Seguy, who would eventually finish the first moto in a creditable fourth place found the pace too hot to handle after a race long battle on this 1850m tricky, twisting track. “I am still having a lot of trouble with this track,” confirmed Seguy. ”Overtaking is so difficult and you have to do some pretty dangerous things to make a clean pass. I guess under the circumstances fourth place is a good finish for me.”

Veteran Italian Alex Puzar came home in 10th spot saying, ”I felt alright, but I wasn’t able to stay with the front group of riders which was very important today.” Commenting on the stifling heat, Puzar said, “Unlike some others, I didn’t find the heat too much of a problem and maybe in the second moto I can come back and get some good points, but you really have to get away well because otherwise you are in big trouble. The 125cc class is so competitive this year and one mistake leaves you outside the top ten.” Brian Jorgensen was a long way back in 13th after taking things easy. The Dane is still not 100% after his recuperation from injury and it was tough out there for him. “I am still coming back to fitness and it is really rough out there, but I need time on the bike to get back to full fitness and this weekend is just that for me.” said Jorgensen ruefully. “ In my condition, the heat is a big problem and during the race I found that to progress you have to take a chance with the steep downhills and as I am not fighting for the Championship risking that would be stupid.”

Heat 2 - L. Seguy – 8th / M. Lalloz – 9th / S. Kragelj – 10th /
B. Jorgensen – 11th / S.Breugelmans – 15th / A. Puzar- DNF /
C. Nunn - DNS

The second race went even less well. Luigi Seguy battled on to eighth to give him a fourth place overall today and retain that position in the overall World Championship classifications. “Despite the problems, my first race was much better. I think the heat took it out of me and I just lost power in my body and mind and couldn’t concentrate as I usually do. I am a little disappointed because I needed better points to get by (Mike) Brown in the Championship.“

Following Seguy home was a trio of YZ mounted riders. The performance of Matthieu Lalloz (9th) was a bright spot for Yamaha and the Frenchman said, ” I’ve been having some problems until this weekend but at least I’ve been more consistent and I am happy with eighth overall and 24 points.” Local rider Saso Kragelj was next in 10th with Brian Jorgensen 11th. Sven Breugelmans of the Netherlands rounded out the top fifteen places, but Alex Puzar did not finish despite his first race optimism.