News Report 22 July 2012
Russia

2012 GP of Russia

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Semigorje
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07 / 22 / 2012
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Pocock again EMX2 winner at Russian Grand Prix

Race

The first trip back to Russia for the FIM Motocross World Championship since 2002 provided a memorable occasion once more for Monster Energy Yamaha’s Mel Pocock who maintained his 100% win record in the European EMX2 series. Semigorje entertained a Grand Prix event for the first time and for what was the eleventh outing of sixteen on the FIM calendar. The meeting was also the fixture for the third appointment of seven in the EMX2 competition (the feeder series to GP) and Pocock went 1-1 on his YZ250F for a hat-trick of victory garlands in 2012 so far.

Semigorje presented a long and arduous journey for the teams from Latvia last weekend but the racing facility was well-prepped with a short, flat, fast and jumpy circuit. 45,000 spectators created a noisy, enthusiastic and appreciative atmosphere. Rain struck on Saturday for a muddy programme of practice and qualification but blue skies and sunshine appeared for Sunday and the racing surface was harder, faster, bumpier and more spectacular for the two 35 minute and 2 lap dashes.
First on the timetable was the second race of 25 minutes and 2 laps for the best of the European series. Pocock had already triumphed after a hard charge and recovery from a crash on Saturday, and grabbed the holeshot and disappeared with the lead at the second time of asking. His fifth and sixth motos victories in succession continues his 100% record and means he now has a 26 point advantage in the standings.

Arnaud Tonus was still struggling with arm-pump problems in Russia. The Swiss crashed on Saturday in the mud and this put him low in the gate for Sunday. Unable to run a pace to contend for the podium – and with two mediocre starts restricting his possibilities – Tonus however made decent points with 7th overall and positions of 9th and 10th in the races.

Zach Osborne woke on raceday morning with a back muscle spasm affecting his preparation for the GP motos. The American bravely attempted the first affair and survived until the flag for a few points and 18th place. A slower and calmer approach to the second sprint saw the tension reduce and ‘338’ was able to attack the bumps with more vigour to 8th position (12th overall).

The MX2 division of Monster Energy Yamaha now head across to the UK where Pocock will hope to extend his lead in the Maxxis British Championship. Osborne might also compete at Hawkstone Park for what will be round six of eight. Tonus will have surgery this week to remove a screw from his wrist and then undergo a small procedure to relieve some of his arm-pump. The twenty one year old expects to be fully ready to go for the Grand Prix of Czech Republic at Loket on August 5th.

Mel Pocock:

“I’m really happy with how it is going. That second race was great. I had the holeshot and won it from the first corner by keeping it upright. The first moto was really wet and I ran up to a backmarker that put me on the wrong side of the track. I hit a rut that I wasn’t going for and slid off the side of the bike. I had to fight through and eat the gap Olsen had made. It is good to keep winning and keep the red plate. Huge thanks to Ben, Jordan and all the mechanics behind the scenes because the guys have been away for two weeks. It would be a dream to do a perfect season but I’ll take it race by race and see.”

Arnaud Tonus:

“The track was fun to ride but I still had to deal with my arm problem. I’m happy that the GP is over because now I can concentrate on finding a solution and hopefully we will. I just did my best but for sure this is not what I want or where I want to be.”

Zach Osborne:

“Coming into the weekend I really wanted to do well; two top fives like I did in Sweden but when I woke up this morning I had a muscle spasm the size of a baseball in my back. In the first race it was killing me and I struggled through as much as I could. In the second it was getting a little better all the time and I could actually catch my breath again; something which was much harder to do in the morning. I didn’t get a very good start, maybe top fifteen, and just worked my way through and into the top five. I was a bit off the pace towards the end. After Latvia and the way things went this weekend in the first race it was good to turn it around and get some momentum going.”