Day one is done at Palembang and the new track has seen it first grand prix racing. The championship leaders once again showed their class by taking two comfortable wins. Just 21 riders lined up in both classes with depleted fields caused by injuries and travel costs. Standing Construct KTM had a good day in MXGP with Max Anstie and Glenn Coldenhoff coming home second and third behind Gajser. Mitch Evans bounced back from his small injury to come home as runner-up to the all dominant Jorge Prado in MX2, with Olsen completing the top-3.
There is a big gulf in class in the MXGP class just 13 series regulars (plus Andero Lusbo) compete in the same race as a mix of wildcard riders from Indonesia, Australia, Mexico, Spain and The Netherlands. Short lap times for the leaders means that lapped riders may play a part in tomorrow’s racing, as might the weather.