With the weekend off, there's not entirely too much to recap since the last installment of Looking Ahead last week. That is for the AMA series anyways. Across the pond, the FIM World Championship series is heating up quite nicely and the rivalries are building more and more intense throughout every round.
Last weekend saw a first time winner, Evgeny Bobryshev, who beat out the Italian reigning champion Tony Cairoli. The second moto of the MX1 class had AC222 take the holeshot and early race lead, then get passed by Bobryshev, and then go down while trying to retake the number one spot. Cairoli was able to remount inside the top 10, but a healthy ways back from the lead. For 35 + 2 laps, Cairoli would mount a charge that would see him within striking distance of the lead with just a few laps to go. Knowing that it would mean the difference in the overall, Bobryshev picked up his pace and tried to avoid mistakes, and on the last lap,only a mere second separated the two. With only a few corners to go, Cairoli tried to make a pass stick but would end up stalling his bike and take a few seconds to get going again.
Cairoli's mistake would give Bobryshev his 2nd ever career victory, and first ever overall win. It was not only a proud moment for Evgony, but for his home country of Russia as well. A monumental day to the two to say the least.
Heading into the 10th round of the MX1 World Championship, Cairoli leads the charge in the points at 366, 18 ahead of his biggest rival of the year Clement Desalle, who unfortunately dislocated his shoulder a few weeks ago and is trying to rebound from that injury. Frossard, Bobryshev, and Nagl round out the top 5 respectively.
In the MX2 class, the Red Bull KTM duo of Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings hold healthy leads on the 1 & 2 spots of the championship. Roczen sits 19 points in front of his teammate and with 7 rounds to go things could get very interesting.
There are definitely a few guys that could help mix things up. CLS Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Tommy Searle is hitting his stride and really showing the speed he had in 2008 before coming to America. Gautier Paulin sits in 4th right behind Searle, but those two would have to make quite the turn in order to see any hope whatsoever for the championship. Regardless, those two among with American Zach Osborne could be some of the few that could get in between Herlings and Roczen to tighten things up even more.
So what do we have to look forward to in Europe? Much, much more exciting racing that we all hope will come down to the wire. Nothing better than a battle for the championship at the final round - where pressure meets stress, stress meets intensity, and intensity meets the racing. Needless to say, definitely a win situation for all the fans!