With the eyes of the motocross world centred on Kegums, Latvia for round 9 of the FIM world championships (as well as round 5 for two European classes), here’s a look at what action is taking place elsewhere over the next two days!
European Championships are taking place in both the Netherlands and Croatia this weekend. The preview for the final rounds of the North West Zone 85&65 championships, alongside the final round of the EMX Women’s championship can be read here. It is fair to say that there is a lot to play for in Arnhem!
Meanwhile, Jastrebarsko in Croatia plays host to penultimate round South East Zone 85&65 championships as well as the fourth round of the EMX Open series. Czech rider Martin Michek holds a comfortable 31-point lead in EMX Open after a pretty dominant start to the season. Just a single point separates leader Hristian Georgiev from Bulgaria and second placed rider Zoltan Ordog from Romania in the 85 class, while and Israeli rider – Ofir Casey Tzemach has a 10-point advantage in the 65s.
The AMA Nationals return for their fourth round after a week off. High Point Raceway in Pennsylvania will play host as the return of form for Ken Roczen sees him take a slender 2 point lead over reigning champion Eli Tomac in the 450 class. Zach Osborne, Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson are currently scrapping over third and are in prime positions to pounce should mistakes from the first two occur. In the 250 class, Adam Cianciarulo holds a 6-point gap over Justin Cooper following the controversial course-cutting episode last time out. Former GP rider Dylan Ferrandis sits third.
The third round of the Canadian Nationals takes place at McNabb Valley in Manitoba as well this weekend and all is square in the 450 class. Cole Thompson and Colton Facciotti are level on 55 points, with American Phil Nicoletti just 1 point further back. Also look out for Mike Alessi in fourth and veteran Mike Brown, currently tenth in the standings! It’s similarly close in the 250s as American Josh Osby holds a 4-point lead over Dylan Wright and Luke Renzland. Former GP rider Marshal Weltin is 4 points further back in fourth.
European National Championships:
The old-school former GP circuit of Schwanenstadt is the host of round six of the Austrian Championships. Pascal Rauchenecker has been tough to beat up to now in the MX Open class with a big lead over Michael Kratzer. Marcel Stauffer has a similarly big lead in MX2 with Johannes Klein sitting second.
Across the border in Switzerland, round five of their national series takes place at Cossonay. None of the current top-5 in the MX Open class have won a moto yet this season, such has been the number of prominent wildcards at each round. Cyrill Scheiwiller currently holds a 10-point advantage over Andy Baumgartner. Belgian Brian Boulard sits on a 17 point lead in MX2 ahead of Loris Freidig.
The Portuguese championship takes in its seventh and penultimate round at Carrazeda De Ansiaes. Sandro Peixe holds a healthy 61-point advantage in MX1, with his teammate Diogo Graca holding a 14-point lead over Luis Outeiro in MX2. Peixe and Graca are 1-2 in the combined Elite championship with 19 points separating the two.
Denmark sees its national championship hit the fourth round at Aalborg. Jakob Kjaer Nielsen has an 8-point lead over the returning Stefan Kjaer Olsen in MX1, with Glen Meier holding 41 points over Mads Sjoholm after winning all but one moto up to now in MX2.
It is round 3 of the national championship in Argentina, taking place at San Rafael in Mendoza province. Jose Felipe is 10 points ahead of Bolivian Marco Antezana in MX1 with Luciano Righi holding a wafer thin 1 point advantage over Uruguay’s German Bratschi in MX2.