With the rain holding off overnight in Pangkal Pinang, HRC MX2 riders Michele Cervellin and Chihiro Notuska prepared for what they knew would be a challenging day aboard their CRF250RWs in the deep mud at the Indonesian MXGP.

With a promising qualifying race under his belt yesterday, Cervellin was optimistic heading into today’s race. As the gate dropped for the first race his optimism was short lived as he went down in the third corner which immediately set him to the back of the pack. Digging himself out of the mud Cervellin spent the rest of his race working his way back from last position to 19th as he crossed the line. It was a stunning ride in such challenging conditions. Cervellin’s luck was out as his glory of this achievement was short lived after he was disqualified for cutting the track. He had slid off the side of a jump and had rejoined a little later than was permitted.
As Cervellin got ready to line up for the second MX2 race, it rained torrentially which immediately soddened the already suffering track. It was clear it was going to be a challenge to get round but not to be deterred by this Cervellin rode a strategic race and as red flagged was issued he crossed the line in ninth.

Notsuka had a difficult day in all aspects. In the first race he had a solid start and he seemed to be fairly at home in the mud, battling for points positions. After putting in a strong first half of the race he became wedged within one of the deepest ruts of the track and the soft mud swallowed the bike. By the time Notsuka had been hoisted out of the pit, it was too late to gain any positions and he crossed the line in 30th. As the second race got underway Notsuka was keen to ride consistently to gain some much wanted championship points. The treacherous conditions within the first ten minutes of the race caused Notsuka to retire early.

The series takes a break now for a week and the next MX2 race will be in Argentina on the 19th March.

Michele Cervellin 747

This weekend in Indonesia was difficult. The track was really muddy and it was a strange race as it wasn’t really a motocross race, it felt more like an Enduro. In one part of the track it was so bad that you have to stop every lap to get through it. One The first Moto I didn’t have a bad start but I crashed in the first lap on the third corner and had to work my way through the pack from last. Then, I slipped off the side of the jump and re-joined the race just after the jump but they disqualified me for joining on a different part which I was a bit unhappy about.
Before the second Moto it rained really heavily and I just told myself to ride steady in order to finish the race and as a result I got third which I am really happy about as it is so tough out there.

Chihiro Notsuka 28

This weekend was so not good for me. In the first Moto I crashed and in the second Moto there was a technical fault which made the bike come to a complete stop. I was pushing all race and although I like riding in the mud today was very hard, even harder than yesterday. It rained heavily just before we went out and it made it so slippery. Every lap the track was different and I had to take different lines which means I was focusing more on the track then on racing. I just want to say thanks to everyone at HRC though as they worked so hard this weekend in the wet conditions and it is a shame it didn’t go the way I wanted it too.

Roger Harvey

HRC Advisor - MXGP

Dire conditions throughout the whole day although the first race the track conditions were more manageable. Results were certainly not what we were looking for. Michele crashing on the 3rd corner, then playing catchup, then finally being disqualified for going off the side of a jump. With Chihiro, he professes to like the muddy conditions and feels like the day has been a lost opportunity for him. We saw early on he can get round in these conditions but it's the length of race and consistency he lacks at this point. Atleast they managed a 2nd race as the track was deteriorating badly. Michele kept slogging throughout the race and achieved 9th place, again could have been better but now we are looking forward to Argentina.

MX2 2017
Race Round 2   Indonesia

Results Session 1

Dry
Humidity
91%
Air Temp
27°C
Track Cond
Extremely soft
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 36:29.684
2 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 22 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +7.978
3 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +29.340
4 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 18 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +40.388
5 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 16 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +54.266
6 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:29.332
7 Ward Caleb 170 AUS 14 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:31.598
8 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 13 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +1:38.994
9 Watson Ben 919 GBR 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:44.642
10 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 11 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:47.662
11 Gole Anton 297 SWE 10 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:56.471
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 9 Team HRC - MX2 Honda +2:01.962
13 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +2:29.687
14 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 7 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna - 1 lap
15 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR 6 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM +32.505
16 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 5 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +48.644
17 Sanayei Darian 57 USA 4 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +52.471
18 Van der Vlist Freek 88 NDL 3 Carglass Honda Racing Honda +1:24.161
19 Klingsheim Magne 67 NOR 2 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +2:32.4367
20 Tanti Aaron 218 AUS 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna - 2 laps
MX2 2017
Race Round 2   Indonesia

Results Session 2

Humid/Wet
Humidity
91%
Air Temp
27°C
Track Cond
extremely soft
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 25 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha 18:54.086
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:33.611
3 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:42.450
4 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:49.067
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:57.128
6 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 15 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +2:30.596
7 Watson Ben 919 GBR 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +2:33.930
8 Covington Thomas 64 USA 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +2:41.401
9 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 12 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +3:07.204
10 Van der Vlist Freek 88 NDL 11 Carglass Honda Racing Honda +4:49.844
11 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 10 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki - 1 lap
12 Klingsheim Magne 67 NOR 9 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +38.164
13 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 8 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +49.358
14 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL 7 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +4:11.106
15 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 6 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +4:17.273
16 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS 5 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +4.43.563
17 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA 4 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM -2 laps
18 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +28.986
19 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA 2 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:45.746
20 Wilson Jay 48 AUS 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +3:53.819
Location Information

Pangkal Pinang, Pangkal Pinang City, Bangka Belitung Islands, Indonesia - View in Google Maps