FLY Racing Riders Make Splash Alongside Black SeaJune 12, 2017 - 5:52 PM
Arnaud Tonus won Saturday’s qualifying race and finished 7th overall in Russia. Photo: mxvice.com.
MXGP World Championships, Round 10 – Orlyonok, Russia
The Grand Prix contingent embarked on a journey to Russia this past weekend; the tenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship was held at the new venue of Orlyonok. The circuit was sat alongside the Black Sea and offered some breath-taking views
Arnaud Tonus could enjoy those whilst en route to a victory in the qualifying heat that was run on Saturday afternoon. Tonus, who was alone beneath the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP awning for the third time this season, started third and advanced to first position during the twenty-minute heat. The Russian Grand Prix marked the second time this season that a FLY Racing rider has occupied pole position.
Tonus failed to translate that to a good start in the first of two motos on Sunday, which took place in horrid conditions. Torrential rain battered the circuit in the hours prior to the race. ‘4’ ended the first lap in ninth and was quick to make progress, as he ran lap times that made him one of the fastest riders on the circuit. A fall in the waves section cost him dearly at the halfway point, however, and restricted him to ninth at the chequered flag.
Another mistake in the second moto threatened to cost Arnaud Tonus more points, but he put his head down and charged forward from eighth to fourth. That result, when paired with his ninth from moto one, left him seventh overall on the day. That made him the best-placed rider in FLY Racing apparel and also helped him return to the top ten in the series standings.
Rui Goncalves was just a couple of positions behind him in the overall classification; a fifteenth and a seventeenth in the two motos left him fifteenth overall. Tanel Leok, the second 8Biano Racing Husqvarna rider, and Jose Butron also ensured that they put their FLY Racing apparel inside of the top twenty. The latter did well to recover from a DNF in the first MXGP encounter and salvage a fifteenth in moto two.
Iker Larranaga Olano, who last raced at the Grand Prix of Leon in April, made a successful return to competition in the MX2 division. Larranaga battled inside of the top ten for a majority of both motos, but ultimately finished in eleventh overall. The Spaniard actually sits twenty-first in the series standings, despite the fact that he missed five rounds.
In the EMX300 2-Stroke class, Brad Anderson secured his second win in the series and now enjoys a 12 point lead in the title chase.
Next up: Grand Prix of Lombardia – Ottobiano, Italy – June 25th.