Watch video highlights from the Grand Prix of Latvia. One of the toughest MXGP weekends ever with more riders than normal DNFing.
The first rider to fall foul of a technical problem is MX2 series leader Jeffery Herlings whose rear tyre pops off the rim in the qualification heat. Jeffery’s bad luck continued in race two when his bike stops due to a holed radiator.
That bad luck is nothing compared to what Tommy Searle has to endure though and after a rock damages an oil line in race one causing the Kawasaki to grind to a halt just over a lap later the Englishman suffers the same fate as Herlings on Saturday when his Pirelli jumps off the rim at the start of moto two. Zero points for Tommy is a hard pill to swallow. He’s now 41 points behind Herlings and only 12 ahead of Jeremy van Horebeek With Tommy and Herlings hitting trouble it’s Joel Roelants who takes the overall win with a 1-2 scorecard ahead of van Horebeek’s 3-1 and Jordi Tixier’s 5-3.
After his double disaster in Sweden only a fool would have betted against Tony Cairoli winning in Latvia and the Sicilian scythes to the win even though he crashes heavily in moto two hurting his wrist.
Read our full 2012 Grand Prix of Latvia race report.