The FIM World Championships return after a 1 week break in Indonesia over the next two days, but what else is happening around the globe over the weekend? Find out what you need to look for away from the world championship scene here!
The world’s premier national series, the AMA nationals, reaches its seventh round at Red Bud tomorrow. The track that last year hosted a classic MXDN will welcome a different picture in the 450 class than what was seen at the start of the previous round. Marvin Musquin is the man in form and moved into second in the standings last time out, albeit now 26 points behind Eli Tomac. Ken Roczen is now back in third but just two points behind Musquin. Don’t expect to see Australia’s Dean Ferris in the 450 class, as he and the factory Yamaha team have parted ways. In the 250s Adam Cianciarulo holds a good 23 point lead over Justin Cooper, with Dylan Ferrandis 14 points behind Cooper in third.
Round 7 of the Austrian Championship takes place at Rietz on Sunday. Pascal Rauchenecker is looking tough to beat in the Open class as he lies 62 points clear of nearest challenger Michael Kratzer. It is tight for third place with Johannes Klein holding a 2 point gap over Czech Rudolf Plch. In MX2, Marcel Stauffer is the current leader of the standings, with a 38 point lead over Johannes Klein.
Mnisek nad Hnilcom is the venue for the fourth round of the Slovakian Championship on Sunday. Austria’s Lukas Neurauter is currently unbeaten in the Open class with a perfect 150 point score. Czech Filip Neugebauer sits 28 points behind in second, with the leading home rider being Tomas Simko in third, 9 points off Neugebauer. It is all to play for in MX2 as Czech Martin Krc and home rider Simon Jost sit level at the top of the standings. Jonas Nedved holds a 6 point gap over Denis Polas for third.
Parnu in Estonia will be seeing two national championship series, plus a regional championship take place on the same weekend. The third round of the Latvian Championship visits Estonia to race alongside the third round of the home series and the opening round of the Baltic Championship. In what will be a busy weekend of racing across all classes, Matiss Karro is the leader by 4 points in the Latvian MX1 championship ahead of Toms Macuks. Karlis Sabulis leads the Latvian MX2 by 32 points ahead of Jorgen-Mathias Talviku.
The South African Nationals kick into life again for round 4 at Krugersdorp. Matthew Malan is just 1 point ahead of Lloyd Vercuiel in the MX1 chase with third placed Tristan Purdon being the winner last time out. In MX2, Anthony Raynard is 9 points ahead of Joshua Mlimi, with kerim Fitz-Gerald a further 6 points behind in third. Kayla Raaf is 18 points ahead of Zambian Leah Heygate in the Women’s series.
Round 4 of the Argentinian Championship takes place at Puerto Madryn over the weekend. It’s tight at the top of the MX1 championship, with Jose Felipe holding a 2 point gap over Bolivia’s Marco Antezana. Luciano Righi is just 7 points ahead of Ignacio Toya in MX2, with Nicolas Mana only 2 points further behind leaving it all to play for!