Five things to watch for this weekend in MXGP and AMA!
1. Cairoli v Herlings – Yes it isn’t a sand race but Cairoli and Herlings both go well at Agueda and Herlings will want to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at the hands of Cairoli. Herlings, who was ill last weekend, will hopefully be at 100% and we might see the duel last the entire race as the tension rises between the two KTM riders.
2. Back in the mix! – With no sand in Portgual, it gives Romain Febvre, Tim Gajser, Gautier Paulin, Clement Desalle, Arnaud Tonus, Max Nagl and Max Anstie the chance to be contenders at the front again. Febvre rode really well in the sand last weekend, despite it being his worst surface, and he appears to be gaining momentum since going back to his old settings. These guys could give Cairoli and Herlings more to worry about than just each other in Agueda, if they get the start.
3. Tomac & Anderson v Baggett – It is pretty clear Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac do not appreciate Blake Baggett’s cocky and outspoken comments in America and both look ready to put Baggett in his place. If they all get the start at Red Bud the race could be a cracker and the passes might even get a little dirty such is the hostility building up between Baggett and his two title contenders!
4. Who will win the 250s in America?! Zach Osborne is leading the points but there are five or six riders capable of winning on their day and after Aaron Plessinger’s win last week, can another rider step up and win their first round of the season? And can Dylan Ferrandis actually get a good start and show his real speed again?!
5. Can Seewer continue his momentum? After taking an unexpected win in the sand, Jeremy Seewer needs to continue his momentum this weekend to start putting pressure on Pauls Jonass at the top of the championship. Everts, despite Seewer gaining seven points on Jonass, was not happy with Seewers two mistakes in race two, but the hard-pack should suit Seewer this weekend and he is in a great position to really attack Jonass for this title, if he can cut out the little mistakes.