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 Team Diga-Procross KTM 24:21.659
2 Covington Thomas 64 USA Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +4.022
3 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas +5.997
4 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas +12.038
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +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 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +25.952
9 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL Riley Racing Yamaha +34.097
10 Jacobi Henry 29 GER JM Honda Racing Honda +36.807
11 Vaessen Bas 98 NDL Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM +39.568
12 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +46.674
13 Bogers Brian 189 NDL Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna +46.980
14 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM +48.905
15 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +58.484
16 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA SDMCORSE Yamaha Yamaha +1:05.568
17 Herbreteau David 338 FRA Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:06.068
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:07.280
19 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha +1:08.249
20 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 1:09.575
Location Information

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