MEXICAN AFTERMATH: MOTOCROSS GRAND PRIX PHOTO GALLERY
Photos by Massimo Zanzani.
Max Anstie can’t seem to shake his inconsistency. A bad first moto when his bike blew up was offset a second place result in the final moto. His up and down day netted him ninth overall. He’s currently tenth in the 250 standings.
There’s a new Russian on the scene, and his name is Vsevolod Brylyakov. This guy needs a nickname, stat! The Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki scored his first 250 podium ever, with a third in Mexico. Way to go, V-man. We’re not sure if we’re more distracted by trying to spell Vsevolod’s name or the guy with the white shirt in the background.
King Tony Cairoli is finding it harder and harder to win races, thanks to the influx of 450 rookies. Last year it was Romain Febvre, and now Cairoli has to deal with another rookie in Tim Gajser. Tony finished a disappointing sixth overall.
Make no mistake, Romain Febvre is still at the head of the 450 class, even if he didn’t win in Mexico. The current points leader, Febvre tied with Tim Gajser in points for the day, but Gajser’s better second moto score netted him the overall. Romain has two GP overalls to his credit and leads the chase by three points.
If you thought Tim Gajser’s win in Qatar was a fluke, think again. The Gariboldi HRC Honda rider is making headlines with his fluid riding and strong finishes. Who would have guessed that Gajser would be sitting second in the standings, some 45 points in front of Tony Cairoli? Not us.
Surprise! Jeffrey Herlings won his tenth straight moto of 2016. He is flawless thus far, thanks to a change in his mentality. He’s no longer going gangbusters in the opening laps, but rather settling into a groove and mowing down the field as the race wears on. Herlings already has a 58-point lead.
Pauls Jonass finished runner-up in last year’s 250 Championship, and he’s looking for more in 2016. Unfortunately for the Latvian, a pair of crashes resulted in a 4-4 day for fourth overall in Mexico.