Who impressed: EMX250 in Ottobiano!
Young Dutch talent, Roan Van de Moosdijk had a two year wait to grab himself a podium in France and now he’s got two in a row! Van de Moosdijk ended up third overall in France but things went even better in Italy.
In the first moto, the Dutch rider got a good start as he was sat in fourth, he ended up third in what was a solid ride especially with a smoking Yamaha. At the start of the second moto, Van de Moosdijk was buried down the pack in fifteenth at the end of the first lap. However, he put on a bit of a show to charge all the way back up to third. He didn’t win a moto but he clinched the overall and that’s the first EMX250 overall of his career. Now he’s got this win under his belt the Yamaha rider will want to win a moto out right and based off this weekend he has the speed to do just that.
What a day it was for young Aussie talent, Jett Lawrence. What he did in the second moto wasn’t normal for a fourteen-year-old. The Suzuki rider got a good start in third and moved into second on lap two. With an ex EMX250 Champion leading, Lawrence didn’t waste much time to find his way past Steven Clarke as he worked his way into the lead on the fourth lap.
Being only a fourteen-year-old, the question would be if he’d fade and get a little bit tired but he didn’t! The kid is in great shape and won the moto by nearly seven seconds, he checked out and won in style! In the first moto he ended up tenth on a rougher track which is still a good result, Lawrence ended up on the podium with a third overall. This kid is really really good, he has all the talent to make it as an elite rider so remember the name!
It was a good weekend for DIGA-Procross Husqvarna rider, Dylan Walsh as he got himself on the podium. The first moto couldn’t have gone much better as he won after coming under pressure from Boisrame but he showed he had the goods to win.
With the hot weather and putting in so much to win the first moto, Walsh looked a bit tired in the second moto so after sitting in fifth for the majority of the race, he faded to seventh towards the end of the moto but he still ended up second overall which is a positive. Walsh will want to build on the performance and get on the box as much as possible during the rest of the season.
The season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan for Latvian, Karlis Sabulis but Ottobiano was much more like it for the Yamaha rider. Sabulis had his best ride of the season as he came home in seventh and that was something to build on for moto two.
The second moto went even better as he went one better to end up sixth and it meant Sabulis ended up sixth overall which is the best round of the season for him. There’s no doubt he’ll be hoping to build on this result and it could prove to be the turning point of his season heading into the last four rounds of the series.
Unfortunately, after the Russian round of the series, Maxime Renaux broke his collarbone which ruled him out for rounds four and five for the championship. Considering the young French talent has spent the last two full season’s injured the latest injury blow would have come as a kick in the teeth.
When he has been fit this season, Renaux has showed he’s got the speed but the consistency hasn’t been there, perhaps that’s to be expected after two full years injured. Things went better at Ottobiano as Renaux put in two good riders. The SM-Action Yamaha rider had a 5-8 scorecard to earn himself a seventh overall. Not an amazing weekend but considering the latest injury setback it’s good for him to pick up solid points and that’s as step in the right direction. It’ll be intriguing to see what the 2019 season will hold for Renaux because without the injuries he’d probably be in the MX2 World Championship now and time isn’t on his side so he’ll be eager to make the jump to MX2 sooner rather than later.
Article: Andy McKinstry