Tonkov Rocks Patagonia
Wilvo Standing Construct Yamaha Official MX rider Aleksandr Tonkov bounced back from a hectic first moto in Argentina on Sunday to finish on the MX2 podium at Villa La Angostura and rise to third overall in the World Championship.
Tonkov spent energy in the early race on Sunday chasing England's Max Anstie on the loamy and dark dirt of Patagonia's premiere motocross track, finally easing off in the middle laps to hold his third place from start to finish. In the late race the Russian rider again found himself behind Anstie, but quickly passed him and set his sights on a tight pack of riders chasing the podium spots. Midway through the late race Tonkov dropped one slot to fourth and struggled under a bright mountain sunshine until breaking through on his YZ250F to solidify his podium spot on the day.
Kemea Yamaha Official MX rider Benoit Paturel was less lucky in the first moto, colliding in his start to find himself chasing up through the pack until midrace when he settled in for 13th and found motivation for the second moto. Paturel fared much better in the afternoon, punching through the crowded forest along lake Nahuel Huapi to keep his back end loose over a tricky set of waves and finish 5th.
Wilvo Standing Construct Yamaha Official MX rider Alvin Östlund rode solidly in the first moto to finish 11th after a start that left the young Swedish champion outside the leaders, but crashed early in moto two and left the race with scrapes to his cheeks and face. Östlund was not injured and will start next week in Mexico at MXGP Leon.
With his 40 points at MXGP Argentina Aleksandr Tonkov moves to 3rd overall in the MX2 class with 131 points. Paturel now sits 6th with 99 points and Östlund rounds out Yamaha's riders in 10th with 70 points.
3rd and 3rd for 3rd overall. Championship position: 3rd
"After some bad luck and sickness for two weeks, I really surprised myself. It's nice to rebuild and battle at the front and be back on the podium. I hope we can start working and get stronger for next work and go even further."
"After Valkenswaard the team really came together and did a great job to get us back up to this level, and everybody at Wilvo Standing Construct, my mechanic Gaetan and all the staff worked really hard to get us this result in Argentina."
13th and 5th for 7th overall. Championshop position: 6th
"The track was really good, but in the first race I crashed in the start and fought all the way back from 23rd to 13th. I got some points and that's good for all of us at Kemea."
"In the second race I was always in sight of Jonass and Tonkov, but finished fifth. For me this is not bad, but not so great, so we'll work together in Mexico to see if we can get back above average."
11th and DNF for 18th overall. Championship position:10th
"In the second moto it was really tight in the start and I felt someone behind me, so I pushed the gas to get away. I ended up losing my front wheel and got hit. When I got up my head didn't feel so great so I came out of the race."
"I don't know the course in Mexico, I've never been there, but I know it's going to be hardpack and hot, so with the team we will have another chance to try for a good result, and I'm grateful for their experience and preparation."