JONASS: “I COULDN’T LET PRADO WIN AGAIN”
At the 9th stage of the FIM Motocross World Championship stage in Matterley Basin, Great Britain, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team pilot Pauls Jonass emerged victorious in both races. By doing so, he extended his lead over his teammate Jorge Prado in the championship point standings.
“In the first race I had a decent start being behind Prado. I passed him in the third corner and led the rest of the moto despite the fact that Jorge was closely following me the whole time. The second race started off similarly to the first one; however, I made a couple of mistakes that let Prado run off a bit. Nonetheless, later on I caught up and smoothly passed him. This was a very important victory – I just couldn’t let him beat me again” laughingly admits Jonass, who celebrated his last overall win at the GP of Russia while Prado had won three of the last six rounds.
After the next round half of the season will have passed. Pauls says that as of now, he is quite satisfied with how the season is going. “I am pretty happy with the results. There were a couple of GPs where I definitely wasn’t in my best shape and could’ve finished in a higher position. There is a battle going on between Jorge and I while TKO is already more than 100 points behind. Despite this, I cannot relax or lose focus. The most important thing now is to gain points after every single race.”
After being asked about his fitness, Pauls admitted that he’s feeling great. “I’m very fit now; I had a bit of a downtime at the Italian and Portugese GPs, but now everything’s fine. The next two rounds are back-to-back, but I like that it doesn’t get boring during the weekends” he laughs.
The Latvian was blown away by the fans who had gathered to cheer him on at the famous circuit. “It was amazing to see so many Latvian flags weaving around the track. It felt like there were more of those than the British ones” he grins.