FIM Junior 85cc Motocross World Championship
Fresh off of his European Championship domination where he won both moto‰Ûªs by miles for the title, Austria‰Ûªs Rene Hofer validated his gold plate by topping the charts in qualifying earlier today. The Austrian was 1 second faster than the local legend, Svyatoslav Pronenko, who also looked like he had the track dialed. For those willing to see what a lap with Pronenko looks like, you can visit our Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/mxgptv tomorrow where we will have uploaded a lap with the Russian.
Japan may be the biggest producer of dirtbikes, but for one reason or another there seems to be an absence of world-class Japanese riders. Fear not though, this could be about to change as Japanese star Joe Shimoda has set the third fastest time here in Orlyonok, 1 second faster than the kid in fourth, Meico Vettik. Vettik, comes from Estonia, which is exciting for him to have some recognition already, especially with the 2017 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship set to take place in his homeland next year.
Rounding out the top five was Latvia‰Ûªs Kristians Freimanis, who put in his hot lap of a 2:03.624 relatively early. Although, he was almost caught by Sweden‰Ûªs Noel Nilsson, who put in a 2:03.878 on the final lap of his session, for sixth.
85cc Qualifying Practice Top Ten:
1. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 1:59.846
2. Svyatoslav Pronenko (RUS, KTM), +0:01.092
3. Jo Shimoda (JPN, KTM), +0:02.388
4. Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), +0:02.680
5. Kristians Freimanis (LAT, KTM), +0:03.778
6. Noel Nilsson (SWE, KTM), +0:04.032
7. Maksim Kraev (RUS, KTM), +0:04.148
8. Alexander Shershnev (RUS, Husqvarna), +0:05.050
9. Nikita Petrov (RUS, KTM), +0:05.135
10. Egor Skorobogatov (RUS, KTM), +0:05.958.
European Open 65cc Cup
Welcome to the Alexey Orlov show! Orlov was on fire today as he stomped the qualifying session with an amazing time of 2:08.604. The little Russian put on a fine display of riding for his friends and family, and set the pace, a whopping 2.4 seconds faster than fellow Russian, Kirill Vorobyov who finished the day as the second fastest rider. While the Russians stole the show, the Latvian‰Ûªs might have something to say come race day. Karlis Reisulis and Edvards Bidzans were also feeling the flow. Both were only 1 second off of Vorobyov‰Ûªs pace, so they could work out how to find that valuable time during track walk tonight. Meanwhile, a pair of Ilia‰Ûªs, in the form of Ilia Krasnitskiy and Ilia Khabirov rounded out the top six.
European Open 65cc Qualifying Practice Top Ten:
1. Aleksey Orlov (RUS, KTM), 2:08.604
2. Kirill Vorobyev (RUS, KTM), +0:02.452
3. Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, KTM), +0:03.547
4. Edvards Bidzans (LAT, KTM), +0:04.132
5. Ilia Krasnitskiy (RUS, KTM), +0:09.200
6. Ilia Khabirov (RUS, KTM), +0:10.708
7. Sergey Glebkin (RUS, KTM), +0:10.968
8. Maksim Ulianov (RUS, KTM), +0:12.232
9. Arseny Grishchuk (RUS, KTM), +0:13.487
10. Georgiy Gusev (RUS, KTM), +0:14.443
Main Photo: Aussie Caleb Grothues on his way to third fastest