Rookie Coldenhoff snares first MXGP win

Suzuki man Glenn adds his name to the record books as a Grand prix winner in Latvia
Suzuki rookie Glenn Coldenhoff took his first ever MXGP race win and overall with a stunning win and second place moto finishes in the Latvian GP at Kegums on Sunday.

He holeshot the first race and led to flag, holding off a challenge from fellow Suzuki rider Kevin Strijbos, and tailed Romain Febvre over the line second time out after fighting off a push from Gautier Paulin.

Dutchman Coldenhoff, giving Suzuki it first overall win of the season, said: “I pulled good starts and that's what I needed. In the second race Febvre was strong but I kept Paulin behind me. I knew it was for the overall win and I'm so happy!”

Paulin took second overall with a couple of third place finished, although he was disappointed after dominating yesterday's qualifying race. “I could have had a better ride. The track changed a lot and I had some trouble in the first moto. I found it hard to pass, too,” he said.

But perhaps the most impressive ride was from red plate holder Febvre who took his sixth consecutive podium finish. The Frenchman crashed in the first corner of the opener in a spill that also wiped out Brit Tommy Searle. Once Febvre managed to get his reluctant Yamaha to start, he put on a stunning ride through the pack to finish eighth. Second time out he took the lead on the first lap and was unchallenged.

Febvre said: “The first moto I was in second place going into the first corner and suddenly I was hit from behind and I crashed. The bike didn't want to start again and it took 30 or 40 seconds to get it going. I knew it would be difficult to catch up but I had the fastest lap, so I knew I would be good in the second moto.”

The bravest ride was from world champ Tony Cairoli who was fourth both times out for fifth overall, meaning he only lost two more points to title rival and series leader Febvre. Cairoli, who broke his elbow in a spill at the Italian GP, has ridden every round in pain but after last week's Swedish GP, it was discovered the arm isn't healing. He considered sitting out the Latvian race but decided to go ahead or else his world championship challenge would effectively be over.

It was a tough day for British riders. Shaun Simpson hit the gate in race one then crashed while pushing through the field. He took 11th overall. It was worse for Searle who fell in the first corner of race one and failed to score. He took 13th in race two to score eight points, the same as fellow Brit Nathan Watson.

Results: MXGP overall: 1 Glen Coldenhoff 47, 2 Gautier Paulin 40, 3 Romain Febvre 38, 4 Kevin Strijbos 37, 5 Tony Cairoli 36, 6 Steven Frossard 28. 11 Shaun Simpson 19, 16 Tonny Searle 8, 17 Nathan Watson 8.
Championship points: Febvre 457, Cairoli 416, Paulin 391, Max Nagl 360, Evgeny Bobryshev 345, Clement Desalle 291, Shaun Simpson 276.

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