Monster Energy Yamahas Mel Pocock posted four wins from four in the European MX2 Championship at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic. The twelfth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship took place at the flowing and fast Loket circuit and saw Zach Osborne climb the MX2-GP podium for the first time this season with third position overall on his YZ250F.
23,000 spectators crowded the natural, fast, rippled and slippery layout less than ten kilometres outside the tourist town of Karlovy Vary. The technically difficult surface presented a challenge to the MX1 and MX2 categories as much as to the cream of European talent as the EMX2 series entered the fourth meeting in seven.
On his potent YZ250F Pocock took a decent second position in hot conditions on Saturday. The first moto in the EMX2 competition saw 119 almost crash while keeping Maxime Desprey close company. Pocock hung-on for a runner-up slot and then in a cooler and climate on Sunday morning resumed familiar duties at the head of the pack. With Desprey falling in the opening stages the twenty year old Brit had to deal with the attentions of Tim Gasjer but kept his concentration and speed to cross the finish line first for his seventh moto victory from a possible eight. Pocock leads the standings by 39 points from Stefan Olsen with races in Britain, Holland and Italy remaining.
A second bottle of champagne was sprayed over a YZ250F but this time it was the 338 of Zach Osborne in the MX2-GP class as the American scored two fourth positions to raise the teams second trophy of the season in the competitive class. The 22 year old pushed hard in the second moto to overtake Jake Nicholls and ensure his rostrum celebration by virtue of the race ranking.
Arnaud Tonus missed out on the Czech Grand Prix due to the close proximity of the date to his wrist surgery. The Swiss was initially hopeful of making the gate at Loket but the delay of several days after the Russian GP waiting for an appointment with the best possible surgeon meant that the tissue and state of the arm post-op was too delicate for the rigours and demands of MX2-GP racing. 7 is expected to be fully ready to go for the teams home event on August 18-19.
The British Grand Prix at Matterley Basin will occur in two weeks and Monster Energy Yamaha now have a small respite from international and domestic racing commitments.
It is great to be on the podium on what is such a special track. Today was a good result. I didnt set the world on fire but two fourth positions was a solid day. I didnt have the speed to run with Jeffrey and Tommy but I was the next best guy. Im looking forward to Matterley now. Its a circuit I like with a lot of ruts. I am going to train hard for it and today has given me a lot of motivation to work as hard as I can going into that race. It is tricky to come back mid-season from an injury because a lot of guys have good race pace and have done a lot more motos. It doesnt matter how much training you do, you cant really beat riding GPs week-in week-out. To be on the podium with two decent results and to get the ball rolling is really positive.
Its great to win four from four and keep that overall streak alive. Im a bit disappointed I missed out on the win on Saturday but Maxime was going really quick. It is not my ideal surface as a rider; I prefer mud or deep sand or berms to hit! Maxime got away from me in that first race and I made a mistake that cost me the race. I backed down the speed a bit to make sure of the points for second. Today he made a small mistake and dropped the bike, so I had the lead and rode error-free ahead of Gasjer. It was a hard weekend but I made it work for me. I had to learn out there. A lot of people have sent me messages that they have their tickets for the British Grand Prix next week. It will be a big race and Im really excited.