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THUNDERSTORM BRINGS A PODIUM

After a month-long break, the world motocross elite returned to Italy, Mantova, where the 5th round of the FIM World Motocross Championship was held in the midst of thunderstorms and countless fans. Mantova is one of Pauls’ favourite Italian tracks, where a lot of his training sessions have taken place.

During April, the athlete spent long hours improving both his physical fitness and his racing technique. Lots of strenuous work was done by regulating the motorcycle settings and working with coaches and physiotherapists. “Over the past month together with the team we tried to spend as much time on the track as possible, so that I gradually start to accumulate experience that theoretically should have been acquired during the winter training period. I also participated in several stages of the Dutch Championship, where quite a few of my MXGP competitors were present, so these relative training-races were valuable for my future growth,” Jonass said on Friday night.

Despite the famously pleasant Italian weather, the weekend turned out to be damp and rainy. On Saturday’s qualifying race, Pauls succeeded unexpectedly after a phenomenal start. The young Latvian then rounded off immediately after the championship overall leader Cairoli. Although the athlete made a number of mistakes during the race that allowed rivals to pass Jonass, he managed to maintain 7th position when passing the checkered flag.

During the night from Saturday to Sunday, a storm raged across the track, leaving Mantova in puddles and causing concern in teams, riders, and fans. During the MX2 race, it was clear that this day would not be easy for anyone – several of the leading riders left the race after different technical issues. Luckily, during Pauls’ 1st moto, just like on Saturday’s racing, he started off 5th in the start, comfortably placing himself in the 4th position a moment later, where the athlete spent the first 10 minutes of the race. As the end of the race approached, Pauls managed to overtake a few more rivals, resulting in the Latvian coming out 2nd.

Race 2 was also kicked off skilfully, with Jonass already in the 4th position after the first few corners. After a short while, Pauls stepped up to the 3rd place, where he finished the 2nd moto behind Antonio Cairoli. This is the first MXGP Top3 finish in the Latvian’s career.

“I am very pleased with what has been done today. I felt comfortable on the bike yesterday during the qualifying race and today as well. Of course, we need to continue to work and develop, but it seems that the hours we have invested are beginning to pay off. Hopefully I’ll be able to show the same resultson June 15th and 16th in Kegums in front of my home crowd,” Pauls said after a conversation on Sunday.

The next World Motocross Championship stage is expected next week, when the athletes and teams will go to the sunny Agued track in Portugal.

Written by Nikola Serge

Image by Juan Pablo Acevedo

STIMULI DISGUISED AS A FALL

Pauls Jonass gained 15th place at the 4th stage of the FIM World Motocross Championship last weekend, securing his 11th position in the overall rankings. This weekend’s competition was held at the Pietramurata track in the Trentino region, one of the most traditional and scenic destinations of MXGP.

On Saturday’s qualifying race, Pauls had the 10th gate pick after a decent time practice in which he said to have had a good flow on the bike. Following a successful start, the young Latvian ranked 6th, defending the position for a large portion of the moto. After 20 minutes and 2 laps, Jonass reached the finish flag in 7th place, which is by far the athlete’s best achievement in qualifying races this year. “On Saturday we managed to have a great race, which also resulted in my best performance of the season so far. I felt good, so I was ready to fight for every position to try to get as many points as possible on Sunday,” said Jonass.

While the athletes and teams were worrying about the track’s condition before the races due to the week’s heavy rainfall, the track managers had done a great job of masterfully preparing the venue for the race. Jonass started the 1st final moto in 9th position, but a mistake in the first half of the race forced the athlete to a couple of places back, and he finished the race being 11th. “I raced steadily, and although I made a mistake that allowed two rivals to overtake me, I think the spot I earned is in line with my current racing and physical capabilities, ” Pauls admitted.

Race 2 started off unsuccessfully, when Jonass fell after one of the first corners of the track and had to start the race all over again from the last spot. By the end of the moto, the Latvian managed to move to the 19th position, where the athlete also was when crossing the finish line. “The crash happened with the athletes in front of me when I got stuck behind one of the motorcycles in front of me and had to start the race all over again. Then, of course, finding the needed rhythm was much more difficult, but I did what I could to get by as many competitors as possible on the comparatively narrow track. I’m glad I earned at least 2 points. It’s not a lot, but sometimes the difference in the championship’s overall rankings is just a couple of points, so you have to fight for each position, ”says the Latvian youngster.

Despite the crash, Jonass was optimistic after the weekend: “I hit my head and shoulder during the fall, but luckily there are no serious injuries. I have a month to continue working with the team and improve my physical fitness before the race in Mantova. I would definitely want to improve my reaction when it comes to the starting gate, which would provide an immeasurable advantage when beginning the race. Of course, somewhere in the subconscious there is also the fact that the Latvian MXGP stage is approaching fast. I hope to see every one of my fans there in two months time. ”

The next stage of the FIM World Motocross Championship will take place on May 12 in Mantova, Italy.

Written by Nikola Serge

Image by Juan Pablo Acevedo

FIGHTING THE DUTCH WINDMILLS

Last weekend, the 3rd stage of the MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship was held in Valkenswaard, a favourite amongst the many Dutch circuits . Pauls came through in 11th place, also securing the same position in the World Championship overall classification with 55 points.

In Saturday’s time practice, Jonass managed to show a great performance that led the Latvian to be the sixth athlete picking the gate before the qualifying race. Considering the relatively unfortunate start of the following moto, the youngster had to work hard to fight for a spot in the Top10. After a 20-minute and 2-lap race, Jonass finished 16th. “I really liked the track and how it was prepared. While finding the best trajectories at the end of the race became increasingly difficult, I think the organisers did a great job.” said Jonass.

The first race on Sunday started off in a similar manner to that on Saturday afternoon when Pauls failed to get a head-start amongst the top ten riders, resulting in a struggle while fighting for higher positions. As the athlete admitted after the race, his strength was gone after the first half of the moto. “I’m really dissatisfied with my performance. Unfortunately, after the first 20 minutes I was done physically, so the next part of the race was a game of survival. I decided not to risk anything, and if I felt that any other rider was about to pass me, I chose not to fight in hopes to avoid unnecessary mistakes and getting injured. ”

The start of the second moto was more optimistic, and during the first half of the race Pauls could be found amongst the fastest athletes in 7th place. “Although the second heat was better than the first one, I still couldn’t go full speed due to the lack of fitness. At the moment, it is clear that I should focus more on the physical fitness aspects of my preparation and training, so that situations like this occur as rarely as possible. ”

Jonass took 11th and 14th positions in races, ending the MXGP of The Netherlands in No11 spot. “I’m disappointed in myself. Of course, I wanted to please both the team and my faithful fans, but I hope I can do it in one of the next stages. I’m determined to work even harder and prove that, despite the fact that this is my first season in the MXGP class, I deserve to be in the Top10 of the best riders.” says the dedicated athlete.

The 4th stage of the MXGP race series is expected to be held next weekend at the picturesque Pietramurata track in Trentino, Italy.

Written by Nikola Serge

Image by Juan Pablo Acevedo

HIGH TEA WITH A FLAVOUR OF THE TOP TEN

On March 23 and 24, Matterley Basin circuit once again hosted the MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship round. Thousands of motocross enthusiasts were gathered in the sunlit Matterley park, Latvian flags being no rarity alongside the track.

After a conversation on Friday, Pauls admitted to feeling good despite the health problems he had gone through after the Argentine stage of the season, which prevented the athlete from doing any training at all for a whole week. Matterley Basin track is definitely one of Jonass’ favourite stops in the season’s race calendar since it was here that his championship title of the EMX125 class was won in 2013. 

On Saturday, the track was in a great condition, as noted after the athletes’ many positive comments. Pauls kicked off his qualifying race being just outside the Top 10, then gradually fighting and trying to get past as many other riders as possible. After the finish, where Jonass ranked 13th, the athlete admitted that “because of a relatively unsuccessful start, he had to make a lot of effort to gain a couple of positions and to secure the final spot at the end of the race”.

Sunday’s first moto began on the same note as the previous day’s qualifying race, Pauls starting from the 13th position. During the race, the athlete was bouncing back and forth between positions, at some point even being at the 10th spot. At the end of the race the Latvian managed to finish fourteenth. “Durning the first moto I was riding quite timidly, and, when I found the right rhythm, there was not much time left to fight for a spot in the Top 10. Before the start I felt good, but during the race my racing did not go as I had intended it to, ” said the athlete.

Pauls started the second race by being 6th, a position in which he spent a large portion of the race. In the second half of the moto, several athletes approached Jonass and after fierce battles managed to pass the Latvian, guaranteeing him the 11th position both in the race and in the overall ranking. “For the first 15 minutes of the race I felt great, which reflected in my racing and the result shown. Unfortunately, I started to get tired later and made a number of mistakes that reduced my speed and allowed my rivals to pass me. I am definitely not in my best shape in terms of physical fitness, but I hope to be able to say something diametrically different in a couple of months,” admits the athlete, adding that, despite the loss of the 10th position in the last lap, he remains optimistic.

“I’m not completely satisfied with my performance this weekend, but we mustn’t forget the fact that my time spent training on a bike is still relatively tiny, so we shouldn’t expect miracles. The team is pleased with my performance, and, just like after Argentina, we have specified things that need to be improved. Now the primary goal is to continue racing and spend as much time on the motorcycle as possible. We will definitely continue to test the bike settings to get the most out of the upcoming MXGP next weekend in the Netherlands, as well as all the future race destinations. The team and I are positive, so the amount of work done will only increase. I hope that I will be able to be more consistent in the next stages and gradually secure a definite place for myself in the Top 10 of the pack,” he adds cheekily.

Written by Nikola Serge

Image by Juan Pablo Acevedo

FIRST STEPS UNDER THE ARGENTINE SUN

The first round of the MXGP World Motocross Championship season was held on March 2 and 3 at the Nequen circuit in Patagonia, Argentina, which gathers thousands of motocross fans and enthusiasts from all over the globe, partially thanks to its paradise-like surroundings and sky-blue lakes. This stage of the championship was quite special for Pauls not only because Nequen is one of his favourite tracks, but also due to the fact that this was his debut in the royal MXGP class, consisting of the best motocross athletes in the world.

The young Latvian kicked off the qualification race in 4th position, but slowly got pushed down the pack by other title contenders. “I was incredibly nervous; I mean, this is my first time racing with the “big boys” in the MXGP class. I’m glad that it’s over, to be honest.”admitted Jonass after the 20 minute plus 2 laps long race that he finished in the 18th position.

The first race on Sunday started off quite well for Jonass, as he managed to be amongst the first riders coming out of the first turn. After a few laps, he was already accommodated himself in a comfortable spot, sporadically fighting off the guys trying to move up the pack. A mistake in the last lap cost Pauls a Top 8 finish, ending his first ever heat as a MXGP racer in 9th position.

Race 2 kicked off on a slightly different note by the young Latvian being somewhere in the back; however, by the end of lap one, Pauls had already managed to fight up to the 13th position. After 30 minutes and 2 laps, the race had come to and end, Jonass crossed the finish line being in the 12th place, which, combined with his first moto finish, gave him a 10th position overall.

“I am quite satisfied with my result. Of course, there’s lots of room for improvement and tons of work has to be done, one of the main targets being more time on the bike, be it a practice or a race situation. After yesterday’s qualification race I was not too happy, yet we managed to turn things around today, and I am delighted to say that I finished my first ever race as a MXGP race inside the Top 10,” Pauls revealed after the races.

The next MXGP stage will be happening on March 23 and 24 in Matterley Basin, Great Britain. “Our plan for now is to work on my weak spots and riding technique. I still have to get used to riding with my 450cc machine, but that can only be done by racing,” he grins.

Written by Nikola Serge

Image by Juan Pablo Acevedo

PATAGONIA – TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Latvian motocross racer Pauls Jonass has put in a lot of work and resources during the wintertime following the ACL surgery sustained in September so that he can return to training on the track as soon as possible. On Wednesday, February 20, the athlete announced his decision to participate in the opening round of the 2019 MXGP World Motocross Championship, which will take place on March 3 in the picturesque region of Patagonia, Argentina. The Nequen track is one of the most exotic stops in the MXGP calendar, and Jonass is no exception amongst the many athletes being affectionate towards the Argentinian paradise. His decision to start at the beginning of the season has been prompted by both feeling of wellness and positive emotions related to the Patagonia track.

At the end of September, Pauls went to the Ortema Clinic in Germany, where, under the guidance of experienced specialists, he underwent an ACL surgery in his left leg, followed by several months of rehabilitation. Every day, Jonass visited his physiotherapist, masseur, and osteopath, and spent several hours a day performing various muscles and joint strengthening exercises to be able to train on his motorcycle as soon as possible. The athlete admits that this period was very difficult not only physically, but also psychologically. “Every day I had to perform a variety of theoretically simple and easy exercises that would not have caused me problems under normal circumstances, but now I had to recover the full functionality of the left leg, which very complicated and time-consuming. Of course, watching my competitors being on the track and participating in the races was even harder, ” the athlete admits.

At the moment, Pauls is in Italy, where he and his team Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing Team are testing bike settings on different tracks for the athlete to feel as comfortable as possible on the new 450cc motorcycle. “I really like to be racing on the “big bike”; there is so much power in it, but I must, of course, be able to control it and use it wisely. We have spent a lot of time on the track together with the team, but I ought not forget about the physical fitness. At the moment, even tiring hours on the bicycle do not seem boring because the desire to train outstrips everything. Since I could not train fully during the winter, I do it now with double the energy,” says Jonass, adding that his competitors, who are already in good physical shape, are definitely giving a special boost to the level of his physical fitness. “Unlike other riders, who were able to start preparing for the 2019 season at the end of last year, I’m not even close to my best shape right now, but I feel pretty confident about my performance, which is one of the reasons I decided to go to the first GP. I really like the track in Argentina, and it is definitely one of my favourite MXGP stops. Admittedly, the fact that there will be fewer supporters and critics in Patagonia, whose count would have been overwhelming in Europe, is also a good thing. This means that the pressure on me will be much lesser than if the first stage took place, for example, in the Netherlands or Belgium. ”

Asked about his goals for the 2019 season, Pauls is quite restrained: “We have agreed with the team that we will not set any grand goals for this year, given that this will be the first year I will be racing on a 450cc motorcycle. Of course, I will try to fight for the highest places and do everything in my power to not disappoint both the team and the fans, but people should realise that miracles do not happen just like that. It will take time for me to regain the physical strength and get used to racing in the royal MXGP class”.

Written by Nikola Serge

Image by Marcin Kin

PAULS JONASS INTERVIEW – ARGENTINA?

With just a few weeks before the opening round of the MXGP championship, former MX2 champion Pauls Jonass is racing the clock to be ready. While the Latvian racer doesn’t want to rush his return after his an operation on his torn ACL, he is working hard and finally got to get back on his bike a couple of weeks ago.

Jonass, who moves to the MXGP class in 2019 should be one of the front runners once back, but will only return when 100% and the risk of returning and struggling in such a competitive class wouldn’t be a wise move.

We caught up with the always friendly Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider and talked about how his life has been the last few months.

MXLarge: Pauls, you asked me to call you in 15 minutes, but I wanted to wait until it was 18.41 so we had the numbers good for you. Had to get 41 in there.

Jonass: Great Geoff, then it’s going to be a good interview.

MXlarge: I often have trouble contacting riders in the off season of via mobile, because I feel like I am getting into their private time. I thought I had interviewed not that long ago, but then I checked and realized it was actually three months ago. In that interview you mentioned you might start riding again at the end of January or early February. It is now the first week of February. Have you started riding?

Jonass: Yes, I am on the bike. I started riding the 24th of January, but that was just a try out. I flew to Sardinia and actually it was before I saw the doctor, I just spoke with my physiotherapist and he said it was alright to try. We rode and it went smooth and after two days I flew back to Belgium to see the doctor and the doctor said if the knee is feeling good, then you can continue riding. So I flew back to Sardinia and I am there now training and trying to get to ride the bike as much as possible/

MXlarge: Obviously you have not ridden the bike for a long time, and you maybe haven’t ridden the 450 at all, and it’s a Husky not a KTM. How has that transition been?

Jonass: Actually, it was a long time since I was on the bike before I started riding again. My last race was Assen, the last time I was on the bike, but actually since my crash in Turkey, I hadn’t been training on the bike, just racing it, so not so much riding. I think that race was September 26, so it’s a long time off the bike. The first time I rode the 450, the Husqvarna, it felt good. I like the power and I enjoy it a lot. I feel comfortable on the bike, just need to make some hours and learn the bike and it’s a new bike, and has more power, so I need to get used to that.

MXlarge: I can imagine you riding style really suited the 450 much better than the 250. On the 250 you have to push really hard on the bike, while the 450 I can imagine you can guide it around and that would be perfect for how you ride. Is that true?

Jonass: Yes, that is the thing. Already last year, a little in the winter last year, I rode the 450 and Harry (Everts) my trainer said I am a 450 rider. Now I really enjoy riding it, as you said the 250 you need to really push the limits, but the 450 you can play on the bike while going really fast and I enjoy that.

MXlarge: Going back a little, when you were injured and getting closer to being able to ride the bike. I saw an interview with Marc Marquez, the MotoGP champion, where they actually had to take the wheels off his bike, because he wanted to ride it too much in the off-season. Did you have any problems with wanting to ride the bike when not really ready?

Jonass: It was really tough, because the knee surgery, like the first month, I couldn’t do anything, just went to the physio and did some exercises, not even cycling properly, just like two times 10 minutes a day. For sure, the team’s workshop is next to Lommel, and many times I could hear the bikes riding around, it was difficult. I went to watch a few times, just maximum 10 minutes to see how the guys were riding, but it was really tough to watch and not be riding myself. I could do nothing, just easy training. Lucky I have good people around me to get me through that. What is funny, I enjoy the training so much more now, even the long cycling. I enjoy everything so much more, because I missed it so much. In the long term maybe this injury will be good for me.

MXlarge: That was actually my next question, because having so much time off, and missing it so much, I can imagine the positive from the negative is that you got a break from the day to day things and it has refreshed you for 2019?

Jonass: Yes, for sure. All the riders, all the professional athletes, they are so deep into it and so strict in what they do, that the riding is enjoyable, but maybe the other things, the other training, they don’t enjoy as much. Cycling, running or whatever, I couldn’t do it and l like to push the limits again and go longer and longer both riding and training.

MXlarge: You are in Sardinia, I am guessing riding with many GP guys. Are you at a stage that you can test your speed against them on the 450?

Jonass: For sure I am riding with my team-mates and other riders at the track, but I am not busy with checking the lap times, just trying to get time on the bike and getting that feeling of being comfortable. Just doing my motos and making the hours.

MXLarge: And your decision to not do any pre-season races, that still stands?

Jonass: No, for sure not. I am still not sure if I go to Argentina. I want to be 100% ready for racing and don’t want to rush anything.

MXLarge: So when will you make a decision on Argentina?

Jonass: I think the team has to pack the crates around the 20th of February, so around that time I need to decide.

MXlarge: Being down in Italy, did you go to any of the Italian races and what did you think?

Jonass: Yes, I was down here for the opening race and I watched that. It’s a tough track and nice to see guys racing again and in the atmosphere. But I prefer to be racing and not at the side of the track.

MXlarge: You will now stay down in Sardinia until the season starts?

Jonass: We will stay for a couple more weeks, because the weather isn’t good in Belgium. It’s nice down here for cycling or riding and that is easier than in Belgium because of the weather. We did the photo shoot today and yesterday. So you need to wait for the nice images. The new gear is on points, so you need to be excited for the photos.

MXlarge: The gear looks good?

Jonass: Yes, really good, I like everything about Husqvarna, the gear looks really clean and clear and the team everything is perfect.

 

Source: https://www.mxlarge.com

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING SIGN PAULS JONASS

Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to welcome Pauls Jonass to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team, where the 21-year-old Latvian will compete on Husqvarna’s FC 450 machine throughout the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Crowned MX2 World Champion in 2017, Pauls Jonass has been one of the most successful 250cc class riders in recent history. With the 2017 season being the highlight of his career to date, that season Pauls reached the podium in 15 out of the 19 rounds. Involved in a thrilling battle to defend his title throughout 2018, Pauls ended his campaign as the 2018 FIM MX2 World Championship runner-up.

Despite his young age, Pauls already has more than a decade of motocross racing experience under his belt. Gradually advancing through the ranks of the junior categories, Pauls was crowned the 2011 85cc Junior World Champion, winning the 125cc Junior Motocross World Championship two years later.

At just 21 years of age, Jonass is one of the most promising young riders of his era. Known for his strong work ethic and determination to succeed, the rider from Aizpute, Latvia is a perfect fit for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.

With Pauls Jonass joining the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP squad with immediate effect, further details on the team’s complete line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.

Pauls Jonass – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing: “I’m really excited to be part of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team. The switch to the MXGP category is a big move for me but I can’t wait to get started. Joining such an acclaimed team gives me a huge amount of motivation to continue working hard in order to achieve my goals. I’m looking ahead to a great future with the team. I’ve known Antti [Pyrhönen] and the rest of the team members for some years already and it feels good to start working with them. Following my knee surgery last month, my goal right now is to start riding my Husqvarna at the earliest possible time. I want to maximise my time on the bike, so I can be fully-fit and ready to enter this exciting new season in the MXGP category.”

Diego Clement – Head of Motorsport at Husqvarna Motorcycles: “We are extremely happy to have former MX2 World Champion Pauls Jonass join our team. We truly believe Pauls has the potential to become a frontrunner in the extremely competitive MXGP category. Pauls is one of the most experienced motocross racers of his generation and already a three-time World Champion. His speed is never in doubt, and he has impressed us, as he has the wider motocross community, with his ability to perform on varying track conditions. It’s going to be an exciting new season and we are all looking forward to seeing Pauls do battle against the MXGP class elite aboard our FC 450 machine.”

Kimi Räikkönen – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (IceOne) team owner: “With Pauls joining our team the goal is to continue our success. The Motocross World Championship is the most competitive global motocross series and we’re pleased to be strengthening our team with a former World Champion. I am confident all members of our team will give their best to help Pauls achieve his goals in the MXGP class.”

Antti Pyrhönen– Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MXGP team manager: “We are all looking forward to working with Pauls Jonass as he starts an exciting new chapter in his professional motocross career. Everyone knows Pauls is an extremely hard working rider, which we know will help him fit in perfectly with our team. Already being a world champion speaks volumes about his capabilities. He is both physically and mentally strong and has demonstrated time and again that he is able to excel even under the toughest conditions. We all can’t wait to start working with this young and extremely talented rider.”

THE SAND OF LOMMEL SHOWS NO MERCY FOR PAULS

The MXGP of Lommel ended with the victory of the young Spaniard Jorge Prado during the 15th sage of the FIM Motocross World Championship last Sunday. Last year’s champion Jonass ended up being 5th, and the points gap between the two riders has increased to 28.

Pauls admits that during this GP the luck obviously wasn’t on his his side. “On Saturday everything went smoothly, I had a good race and earned the 2nd spot for Sunday’s gate pick. On Sunday, during the first moto I was trying to follow my teammate Jorge closely to pass him on one of the last laps, but one of the lappers got in the way, so I lost my rhythm and fell. The mistake cost me a couple of spots and I ended up in the 4th position,” says Jonass.

“The second race started off unsuccessfully. The rider next to me somehow jumped over the starting gate with his bike and kind of messed up my whole focus, which is why I couldn’t react accordingly and had to start the race from the back of the pack. I had never experienced something like this, to be honest. It sometimes happens that guys run into the gate, but nobody had jumped over before. After this incident, I made a mistake and fell, ending up 6th in the second moto and 5th overall.”

Despite Prado having gained an even greater points advantage over Pauls, the Latvian admits that he is still full of spirits and doesn’t even think of giving up. “Yes, the points gap is bigger now, but there are still 5 GPs to go, a lot can change. I feel good – I have the speed and the physical strength, it’s just that this time the good luck wasn’t on my side. I will continue to train hard and prepare myself for the upcoming races to be able to pull off my best performances. The goal is to finish this season the way I started it.”

JONASS: “WE’LL FIGHT TILL THE END AND NOT GIVE UP THE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE”

Latvian Pauls Jonass came through 4th and 5th at the Czech stage of the FIM Motocross World Championship, finishing 4th overall. Due to this, for the first time in this season, Pauls is not at the top of the overall points standings.

The last round did not go as planned, according to Pauls. “The qualification race started off terribly since I got into a crash with one of the other riders and begun the race from the last position. Unfortunately, I fell once more during the race, ending up in the 16th position.”

Quite similarly, Pauls’ performance on Sunday was equally dissatisfying. “I managed to come through 4th at the end of the 1st moto, but made a mistake and crashed at the end of the 2nd moto and finished 5th.”

Despite the fact that Pauls has lost his No.1 spot at the overall points standings, he is more than determined to not give up the fight for the title just yet. “After the races my team and I analysed the motos and discussed over what should be changed in terms of riding and training. One of the most important things that need to be changed is the starts. I have the speed, so we will try to make some changes for the next round. We still have 12 motos to go, so nothing’s lost.”

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