Tony Cairoli- he’s not fully fit and he’s riding in pain, but Tony Cairoli is still the only man that appears able to give Herlings at least some competition.
Cairoli admitted he laid up in race one to save his thumb and energy for race two and he stayed with Herlings before his thumb began to give him more pain but on a track that isn’t his favourite 2-2 in the circumstances was impressive from the champ who continues to show the grit and determination even if he is now 30 points back in the championship hunt.
Ivo Monticelli – Christophe Pourcel has worked wonders with Monticelli! The Italian has shown speed never seen before since he started working with the Frenchman and again ran up in the top ten for a while in race two when he got the start.
It’s nice to see young riders come through on private teams like Monticelli in MXGP and shows that given the chance with solid package thanks to JK Yamaha, their talent can be harnessed to run with the best riders in the world. After some hype in MX2, it seems MXGP is where Monticelli is really shining at World level.
Alex Lupino – The Italian is a hard pack specialist and he really showed his speed in Loket with what should have been two top ten performances only for a second moto crash to spoil what could have been.
Lupiono ran sixth for a long time in race one and got away second in race two, showing once more the speed was there. Lupino was joined by his partner and new baby and it seemed to help inspire his performances!
It’s another reason why hard pack and skill tracks are important in the calendar so riders like Lupino can get their chance to shine on their preferred surfaces.
Shaun Simpson – it’s been a very tough season for Shaun Simpson but the friendly Scot showed he seems to be coming back to some form after a very good performance in Loket after illness and injury in recent weeks.
Simpson was hovering just outside the top ten in both motos and battling with British rivals Anstie and Searle and to do that on hard pack, not usually his favoured going, must give Simpson a big confidence boost headed into his favourite sandy going of Lommel in two weeks time.