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Difficult weekend for Evans and Pichon in Latvia

Difficult weekend for Evans and Pichon in Latvia
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The Honda 114 Motorsports outfit entered the Grand Prix of Latvia, round nine of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship, hungry for success, after showing plenty of potential in recent weeks. Mitchell Evans was feeling confident in his first trip to the sandy track of Kegums and Zachary Pichon has had some success at the venue in the past, so there were positive signs.

Mitchell Evans encountered some issues on the first day of racing at the Grand Prix of Latvia, unfortunately, as a crash in time practice left him with pain in his shoulder and forced him to make the decision to sit out the qualifying race in an attempt to recover for the points-paying races. The decision was certainly wise, as he hit the track in the first race on Sunday and showed an incredible amount of heart to salvage a ninth. It was a result that was extremely important for the championship.

The second moto was not quite as kind to Mitchell Evans, sadly, as a mediocre start made things harder. A massive crash then put him at more of a disadvantage, but he picked himself up in twenty-seventh and did not give up. Twenty-second was the result that he eventually secured. Although no points were claimed, it was another awe-inspiring ride that proved how much heart he has. Fifteenth was the position that he was awarded in the overall classification and he now runs seventh in the series standings.

Zach Pichon had a tougher weekend, as a handful of crashes left him with a painful shoulder and no choice but to withdraw from the Grand Prix prematurely. The Honda 114 Motorsports squad will have an opportunity to rebound, following a difficult time in Latvia, next weekend, as the Grand Prix contingent will head to the historic track of Teutschenthal in Germany for round ten of eighteen.

Mitchell Evans: “Tough day, finishing ninth and twenty-second. A crash in moto two ruined my chances of achieving my goal of two top-ten finishes today.”

Zachary Pichon: “Really disappointing weekend. I had a sore shoulder after my second-moto crash in Russia. I crashed twice on Saturday, really hard, and again in the first moto. The pain was too much. Nothing is broken, it is just pain in the muscles. We will try to fix that and see. I want to thank my team for all of the effort, even on a bad weekend.”

Livia Lancelot (Team Manager): “This is probably our worst weekend since the beginning of the season. All of our riders crashed on Saturday already, so from there I knew that it would be a long one. Chihiro [Notsuka] had to stop during time practice, then Zach [Pichon] unfortunately could not finish the motos and we really hope that he will be good for Teutschenthal. Mitch [Evans] saved some points but he was really far away from being one hundred percent. Now we will just focus on what we need to do to improve and bounce back next weekend.”

Words and Pic: 114 Motorsports Honda

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