After a scorching Saturday of sunshine on the rocky, hardpack track, the heavens opened to turn the track in Orlyonok, Russia into a complete mud bath for this 10th round of the MXGPs.

With rain still pouring in the first motos, the racing wasn’t actually too bad and most of the riders were able to complete the race without too many problems. However as the sun came out, the slick mud started to dry and become extremely sticky, making the second races a real test of survival. In the MXGP class it was Clement Desalle who took the overall, making it two wins in a row after his success in France a couple of weeks ago. The Belgian rider went 3-1, taking advantage of Romain Febvre’s crash whilst lapping Jeffrey Herlings late in the second moto to move into second place in the championship, 47 pts behind Antonio Cairoli. Despite almost being lapped, Herlings would get second overall, with his 1-8 results good enough to give him his fourth podium in the last five rounds. Rounding off the podium was Gautier Paulin, who is still riding well in all the different surfaces the MXGPs cover. Max Anstie was fourth, championship leader Cairoli was fifth after struggling with his start in the second moto, while a furious Febvre was sixth.

The MX2 riders bore the brunt of the rain in the first moto, getting absolutely hammered as they made their laps. This actually helped them though as the rain kept the mud from sticking to them or their bikes and they finished relatively clean. In first place was Danish Husqvarna rider Thomas Kjer Olsen, who won his second moto of the season. He was followed home by Pauls Jonass and Benoit Paturel while Jeremy Seewer struggled in 7th place. However in the second moto, Seewer was on a mission, lapping everyone on the track except Brian Bogers in second place, who he beat by over 2 mins 30. It was a great performance, but it wasn’t enough for the overall as Jonass came home in third place to extend his points lead by another 3 points. Bogers got his first podium of the season with 6-2 scores, while Paturel, who led early on in race two, succumbed to the conditions and finished fourth overall. Unfortunately, Olsen wouldn’t complete a lap, after crashing in the first turn of the second moto.

With the season now over the halfway point, the series takes a weekend off before resuming in Ottobiano, Italy for the 11th round of the 2017 MXGP World Championship.

Antonio Cairoli at 2017 Russia MXGP
Not his best day at the office but Antonio Cairoli still leads the championship by 47 points.David Bulmer
Evgeny Bobryshev at 2017 Russia MXGP
At his home GP, Evgeny Bobryshev gutted out 19 points in front of his countrymen, coming back extremely quickly from surgery just to give his fans something to cheer.David Bulmer
Benoit Paturel at 2017 Russia MXGP
Benoit Paturel was looking good for the overall as he got third in the first moto and was leading early on in race two. However he then crashed and got stuck in the mud and could only come 12th.David Bulmer
Pauls Jonass at 2017 Russia MXGP
Another round, and another overall victory. It may not have been his best scores, but Pauls Jonass won both 2-3 scores and extends his points by 3 points.David Bulmer
Thomas Kjer Olsen at 2017 Russia MXGP
TKO won the first moto in the torrential rain, before crashing in the first corner of the second race and having to DNF.David Bulmer
Romain Febvre at 2017 Russia MXGP
Romain Febvre was fuming when he ran into the back of Herlings, as he came round to lap the Dutchman. It cost the French rider a chance for his first moto win of the season in what has been a tough 2017.David Bulmer
Tristan Charboneau at 2017 Russia MXGP
Unfortunately Tristan Charboneau suffered a mechanical DNS in the first race, but he made up for that was his first moto win of the EMX250 season in race two.David Bulmer
Clement Desalle at 2017 Russia MXGP
Two in a row for Clement Desalle, who survived the conditions better than anyone and moved into second place in the championship off the back of his 3-1 results.David Bulmer
Jeffrey Herlings at 2017 Russia MXGP
Jeffrey Herlings won his fourth race in the last 10 starts but couldn't quite get to the top step of the podium as a bad start cost him in the second race.David Bulmer
Gautier Paulin at 2017 Russia MXGP
French rider Gautier Paulin continues to impress on his Husqvarna, getting another podium with his 5-3 moto results.David Bulmer
Brian Bogers at 2017 Russia MXGP
Brian Bogers got his first overall of the season with 6-2 results and was the only rider Jeremy Seewer didn't lap in race two.David Bulmer
Jeremy Seewer at 2017 Russia MXGP
Jeremy Seewer almost lapped the entire MX2 field on his way to winning race two. However that wasn't enough to secure the overall as he was only able to come 7th in the first moto.David Bulmer

MXGP Overall:

  1. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 45 points
  2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 38 p.
  3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 36 p.
  4. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 34 p.
  5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34 p.
  6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 33 p.
  7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 30 p.
  8. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 28 p.
  9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 24 p.
  10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 23 p.

MXGP Points Standings:

  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 381 points
  2. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 334 p.
  3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 333 p.
  4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 291 p.
  5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 261 p.

MX2 Overall:

  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 42 points
  2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 39 p.
  3. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 37 p.
  4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 29 p.
  5. Alvin Östlund (SWE, YAM), 28 p.
  6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 28 p.
  7. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 26 p.
  8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 26 p.
  9. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 24 p.
  10. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), 23 p.

MX2 Points Standings:

  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 414 points
  2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 369 p.
  3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 317 p.
  4. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 308 p.
  5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 294 p.

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