Team MX2 HRC Michele Cervellin and Lars Van Berkel had an encouraging start to the MXGP of Latvia today in qualifying, giving them both something to build on in tomorrows race.

Cervellin who is now over the worst of his hand injury, seemed more comfortable on the bike today as he carved his CRF250RW through the Latvian sands. The Italian demonstrated he is back to fight for his championship coming in 16th position, sensibly leaving a little more in the tank for tomorrow.

Dutchman Lars Van Berkel found the technical track a little more difficult than he had hoped and made some silly mistakes but battled on to qualify in 23rd position. The warm weather had allowed the track to dry out meaning the sand on-top is quickly dispersed to reveal square, edged bumps which can easily catch riders out.

Both riders will be looking to get a better overall result in tomorrow’s race. The first MX2 race starting at 13:15 local time.

Michele Cervellin 747

Today is not so bad for me. I like the track but I haven’t been able to train since Mexico because of the problem with my hand. Now that I have rested it and not raced for two weeks it is much better. I am happy, I don’t have pain and I enjoyed racing. I know that I can improve on today and that is what is important. Tomorrow I will try to give the best result I possibly can.

Lars Van Berkel 107

My start was actually good today but I was on the outside so it didn’t work as I was pushed out and was quite far back. I made a lot of passes to get back into the back. I managed to make my way back to 20th and then I made a few mistakes which meant I finished 23rd. I need to go back and focus on what I need to do for tomorrow and come back faster.

Roger Harvey

HRC Advisor - MXGP

Michele is still carrying the hand injury which has been hampering his riding. He will be riding to do damage limitation to both his championship and his hand. Lars didn’t make the best of starts today so will be looking to improve that tomorrow and finish well into the points.

MX2 2017
Qualifying Round 7   Latvia


Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 24:21.659
2 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +4.022
3 Jonass Pauls 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +5.997
4 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +12.038
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA Team HRC - MX2 Honda +12.958
6 Hsu Brian 81 GER BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki +17.859
7 Sanayei Darian 57 USA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +24.910
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +25.952
9 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +34.097
10 Jacobi Henry 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +36.807
11 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +39.568
12 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +46.674
13 Bogers Brian 5 NDL Team HRC - MXGP Honda +46.980
14 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +48.905
15 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +58.484
16 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +1:05.568
17 Herbreteau David 338 FRA Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:06.068
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:07.280
19 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:08.249
20 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 1:09.575
Location Information

Zelta Zirgs mototrase, Rembates pagasts, Ķegums Municipality, Latvia - View in Google Maps