JWR Honda Racing: Excellent Performance on the Sands of Ķegums Through Out the Weekend

Typically the MXGP of Latvia has been a strong race for Alvin Östlund and the past weekend was no exception. Steady riding despite the varying conditions was an absolute key, as we saw the track go from Saturday’s dry heat and dust into nearly perfect racing platform on Sunday.

The new, slightly adjusted layout changed the flow of the track a little bit as well, adding some interest to the already great weekend. Kegums tends to always have great racing with its fast back section and technical front creating plenty of passing opportunities, which proved useful for Alvin Östlund.

 

While finding the perfect lap during Time Practice on Saturday was difficult, it all turned out quite excellent for the qualifying race, where Alvin climbed his way, making multiple passes, all the way to the 14th position, giving him a solid gate pick for Sunday.

The weekend weather forecast was extremely unpredictable and through Sunday we had short bursts of heavy rain and a bunch of hot sun mixed with heavy winds. On Sunday the rains gave the track a perfect amount of water to keep the racing interesting and with Alvin’s brilliant starts in both races, anything was possible.

First race, superb start but being a tad too far outside for a 180 degree start turn left Alvin a little bit outside of the Top 10. From there we went out with hard racing and great passes for a P11 finish. Heading into race 2, the track dried out a bit more and Alvin Östlund found himself towards the back of the pack from the start, after which he had to dig in deep to find the perfect lines for a 12th place finish, putting him to P12 overall.

Big smiles and a positive feeling with constant improvements leaving us feeling very strong heading into the third race weekend in a row down in Italy, on the classic Maggiora track.

During the weekend our Enduro rider Max Erlandsson as well put in a strong performance over in the Swedish national Enduro series, taking a stage win, being second in his class and fourth overall, performing to a career best.


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