It’s an off weekend for the world championships this weekend as the teams prepare for the long trip to Indonesia. As a consequence some of the more major western European national championships alongside some other great racing around the globe.
It’s the final rounds of the North East Zone EMX 85&65 championships, the South West Zone EMX85&65 championships and the EMX Open series.
The North East zone travels to Jaanikese in Estonia and the championship leaders are Roberts Lusis in the 85s and Janis Martins Reisulis in the 65s. Lusis holds a reasonably comfortable 13-point lead over fellow countryman Edvards Bidzans whilst it is close for the final spaces in the top-10 in the championship. The top-10 from each of the four regions qualify for the overall European Championship final in Loket for the 85 and 65 categories. In the 85 class in the North East zone, Estonia’s Joosep Parn sits in tenth place, just four points ahead of his nearest rival Mikk Martin Lohmus, also of Estonia. In the 65s Reisulis holds a slender six point lead over Russia’s Semen Rybakov with Lithuania’s Marius Adomaitis sitting a further five points behind. Poland’s Dawid Zaremba sits tenth currently just three points ahead of his nearest rival Daniil Shadrin of Russia.
The South Wst zone, alongside the EMX Open series, visits Senvid pri Sticni in Slovenia. It will come down to the wire in the 85 class as Quentin Prugnieres of France holds a four point lead at the top of the standings ahead of Valerio Lata from Italy. There is just two points separating David Guillemot in the final qualifying spot and Alessandro Gaspari, so a lot could change throughout. It is equally close at the top of the 65 class with Joel Canadas of Spain holding a two point lead over Cayenne Danion of France going into the last round. There is one point separating the Italian duo of Edoardo Martinelli and Niccolo Manini in tenth and eleventh.
Martin Michek wrapped up the EMX Open title with one round to spare last weekend.
The AMA Nationals visit the legendary sand track of Southwick for round six on Saturday, where riders will be hoping for marginally cooler conditions than what was experienced in Florida. Eli Tomac now has a six point advantage over Ken Roczen in the 450 class. Last week’s winner Marvin Musquin is in third by just two points ahead of Zach Osborne and Jason Anderson. In the 250s, Adam Cianciarulo now holds an eighteen point lead over Justin Cooper. Dylan Ferrandis is in a comfortable third position and could take second if Cooper has a poor day.
European National Championships:
The British Championship visits Desertmartin in Northern Ireland for round five of the series. A chaotic round four saw Tommy Searle take the championship lead in MX1, five points ahead of Shaun Simpson. Simpson will be riding at Desertmartin in his first ride back from the injury he sustained at the last round. Fifth placed Harri Kullas is out with a broken wrist picked up mountain biking! In MX2 New Zealand’s Dylan Walsh holds a one point lead over Josh Gilbert.
Round six of the French Elite series takes place at Rauville-la-Place. In MX1, Maxime Desprey has a four point advantage over Greg Aranda, with Milko Potisek a further two points behind. Meanwhile 43 points separate MX2 leader Valentin Teillet from second placed Pierre Goupillon. Florian Miot leads the 125 class.
In Germany, it is round three of the ADAC Masters series. In the Masters class it is Tanel Leok that is leading by four points ahead of Dennis Ullrich. Jens Getteman is a further four points behind. The talented Rene Hofer is leading the Youngster class by 11 points over Cyril Genot, while Simon Langefelder is eighteen points ahead in the 125 class.
The Italian championship takes in its fourth round at Malpensa. Alessandro Lupino holds a substantial lead in MX1, but will not be riding a bike again this season after his injury at the MXGP of Russia. That leaves Samuele Bernardini as the de-facto championship leader ahead of Davide de Bortoli. Michele Cervellin is leading MX2 ahead of Mattia Guadagini in a class that will also feature Alberto Forato.
Filip Bengtsson is holding off the JWR Yamaha MXGP contingent as the Swedish championship takes in its fourth round at Vasteras. Bengtsson is 27 points ahead of Anton Gole in the MX1 class with Kevin Strijbos six points behind in third. Isak Gifting holds a three point lead in MX2 ahead of Pontus Jonsson.
In Finland, round three of the national championships take place at Siilinjarvi. Estonia’s Karel Kutsar leads MX1 by a point ahead of Kim Savaste, with Juuso Matikainen a further four points behind that. Emil Silander leads MX2 after not finishing outside of the top two in a race up to this point. Matias Vesterinen is fifteen points behind in second.