Following his strong qualifying result yesterday, Anthony Rodriguez had a firm goal in sight on his CRF250RW for HRC MX2 as racing got underway today in Agueda.

Getting comfortable with the race schedule and knowing he was capable of finishing inside the top 10, after a weak start, Rodriguez fought his way in the first race to tenth place finish.

The second race Rodriguez had a much better start, gating in fourth. The Venezuelan’s smooth riding style and a solid first race gave him his second top 10 finish of the day, for a well deserved eighth overall.

Michele Cervellin had a strong and consistent ride in the MXGP of Portugal today, even though his results are not a true reflection of this. In the first race the Italian crashed early in the race with another rider which frustrated him after a good start. He dusted himself down and salvaged a 15th place finish. Cervellin didn’t start so well in the second race but was able to make up more ground to take a ninth-place finish, behind his team mate for 11th overall.

MXGP returns on the 22nd July to the Czech Republic where Michele Cervellin will be joined by another stand in rider.

Michele Cervellin 747

11th Overall

Today was ok for me. I started good in the first moto and then I had contact with another rider and crashed. This is motocross and this sometimes happens. I ended up finishing 15th which is not the best but it is ok. The second moto start was not as good as my first race but I finished ninth overall. It means I improved a little bit over the day which is good. I look forward to a break now where I can train and get ready to focus on Loket.

Anthony Rodriguez 127

8th Overall

Agueda has been quite a lot better than Ottobiano for me, for sure! Securing eighth position yesterday in qualifying helped so much with gate position. Being able to have a decent start has made such a difference and proved I have what it takes to run up there with the front runners. I knew I could hang with these guys but I knew I couldn’t hang with them the whole race. As some people may or may not know I have had very little preparation for these races. After the Supercross I didn’t have a bike to ride in the US at all until this ride. Because of this, my fitness is not all the way there and I wish I had the proper time to do the training I really need to do for these races. I did the best I could with the cards that I had dealt and I did my best, I rode my heart out there.

Roger Harvey

HRC Special Advisor - MXGP

Rodriguez was here this weekend for the second race of our agreed plan and he did a great job for us finishing eighth overall. It was good to see such a strong start from him in the second race, right up there in fourth. We are quite impressed and sorry that we have to let him go back to the US.
Cervellin rode well but didn’t make the start in either race, he needs to be strong and consistent and needs to be finishing higher, which is difficult to achieve from poor starts.

MX2 2017
Race Round 12   Portugal

Race 1

Sunny/Dry
Humidity
29%
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
hard packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:12.844
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +1.767
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +2.700
4 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +34.420
5 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 16 LRT KTM KTM +38.345
6 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +40.144
7 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 14 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +44.133
8 Watson Ben 919 GBR 13 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +51.100
9 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +53.761
10 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 11 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +58.934
11 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 10 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:01.655
12 Herbreteau David 338 FRA 9 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:01.655
13 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 8 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:10.643
14 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 7 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:12.985
15 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 6 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:18.364
16 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 5 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +1:22.599
17 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:26.121
18 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:32.344
19 van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 2 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +1:32.823
20 De Waal Micha-Boy 95 NDL 1 Vamo Racing Team Honda - 1 lap
MX2 2017
Race Round 12   Portugal

Race 2

Sunny/Dry
Humidity
31%
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
hard packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 25 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki 34:25.343
2 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.900
3 Covington Thomas 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +23.396
4 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +27.102
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +39.413
6 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +48.293
7 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +52.955
8 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 13 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +57.398
9 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 12 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +1:04.117
10 Herbreteau David 338 FRA 11 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:05.592
11 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 10 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:09.610
12 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:13.124
13 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 8 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:41.961
14 van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 7 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +2:01.032
15 Gole Anton 297 SWE 6 CEC Husqvarna Sweden Husqvarna +2:07.928
16 Renkens Nathan 83 BEL 5 Wildcard Rider KTM - 1 lap
17 De Waal Micha-Boy 95 NDL 4 Vamo Racing Team Honda - 1 lap
18 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL 3 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki - 1 lap
19 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 2 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna - 1 lap
20 Zaragoza Jorge 199 SPA 1 Team Ausio Yamaha Yamalube Maxxis Yamaha - 1 lap
Location Information

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