Boss Factory definitely had a tough week, but if MXGP racing was easy, everybody would do it, no? The BOS crew were in action in Latvia for the ninth round of the Motocross World Championship.
The Kegums track was half sand, half dirt and designed with a lot of Supercross obstacles, including a gnarly line of curvy/sandy/waves!
Right from the first practice, Tommy Searle felt good and posted two good results in Time Practice: 15th and 12th, only two-seconds from pole position.
Olivier Bossard: “Tommy felt good on the bike and the fork was going pretty good all weekend long. Our only concern was about the shock.
“On this sandy bumpy track you want to concentrate all your efforts on traction, but the SX style of some parts are causing troubles. It’s a tough choice to do, but Tommy was precise and directly agreed to use a new version, a little bit harder, more stable, without losing too much efficiency at the rear wheel. It was definitely a good choice.”
Qualification went great with a good 14th position after the 25-minute moto. Good enough to choose a good line for the start on Sunday.
After the warm-up, the Kawasaki #100 was ready!
Thanks to the Kawasaki family which helped us after our battery problems of the last GPs, everything was running perfectly ALL weekend long, giving Tommy more space to focus on the track.
After a good Start, Tommy closed the first lap in 11th and charged all moto long.
The British rider was hungry and battled with Max Anstie and Glen Coldenhoff, the last two MXoN winners!
An 11th position at the finish was good, but it’s mainly his speed which was impressive – his best lap time was only 1.8sec slower than the winner Jeffrey Herlings!
The chassis was good, the engine of the KX450 always perfect, so it was time to rock the second moto!
Sadly, a first-turn pile-up stopped all hopes in a second. The crash was big and we were all lucky and thankful to see Tommy getting up on his feet after that!
The bike is OK, speed is OK, so let’s move to Germany for the midpoint of the season!