Jeffrey Herlings: It’s hard not to be impressed by Jeffrey Herilngs this year. He said on the Saturday he was on his A game this year and he proved it once more in Portugal. Herlings maturely controlled race one not trying to win by 30 seconds like he used too, but when Cairoli cut cut across him in moto two out of the gate, Herlings showed his real speed. Cairoli’s tactics clearly annoyed Herlings and the Dutchman pulled the pin and gapped Cairoli instantly once he got into the lead, he even had a small crash and still led by over four seconds when he got up!
For the watching public Herlings starting improvement, where he is able to monitor the ideal revs on the KTM more accurately , has somewhat lessoned the intrigue as no-one appears to be able to get close to him when he starts first or second! The fastest man on the planet appears to be the complete rider at this point in the championship, but Herlings knows more than most that one mistake can wreck everything. It’s not over yet.
Tim Gajser: Gajser looked very good In Portugal and made a lot less mistakes than previous races. His first podium of the year shows the progress he has made his comeback from injury and with another week off, the confidence of his first podium plus more time to get even stronger, should mean we get to see the real Tim Gajser week-in, week-out from now on. Gajser has no championship pressure so can go fro race wins, and with Russia being hard-pack it might be one of his best chances.
“I felt good throughout the weekend: the track was very technical with many lines available, and I enjoyed it a lot,” said Gajser. “This is a very important result after a rough start to the year, so I want to thank my team who helped me getting back near the front. I feel like our season is starting now, so I look forward to Russia.”
Evgeny Bobryshev: The big Russian heads to his home GP after two impressive performances in the lastad two GPs and he looked very good in Portugal en route to eighth overall. “Bobby” is now up to top ten pace on the BOS Suzuki and battling with the factory boys showing that he and the team are working well together and that after a slow start thanks to a late start to the year Bobryshev is beginning to find his feet and show his true potential. He will be pumped up for the Russian GP but first he has the British championship at Canada heights this weekend, a series that he is very much in contention for. Things are definitely going in the right direction for the popular Russian.
Jeremy Seewer: Another strong top ten for Seewer in seventh overall as the Swiss rider continues to build strong foundations in his first year in MXGP. Seewer’s technical style suited the tricky track in Portugal as he continues to impress on a variety of circuits so far this season. Like Gajser the hard pack on Russia could see Seewer shine further.
Seewer said of his weekend: “I felt pretty good all weekend, my speed was good, I could battle with the top guys. I struggled a bit off the starts this weekend, but I was really happy how I could move forward through the field and overall I think I did okay. Every weekend I get better and better, I took the most points I have so far today so you can see I am improving.”