ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S MXGP ROOKIE SECURES HARD-FOUGHT RUNNER-UP RESULT AT RAIN SOAKED MANTOVA
Battling against challenging, muddy and changeable track conditions in both motos at the fifth stop of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass has claimed his first MXGP class podium with a well-deserved second place overall result.
Working hard during the weeks leading up to the GP of Lombardia, Pauls Jonass claimed two strong starts and made light work of the heavily rutted Mantova circuit. Keeping mistakes to a minimum during the opening race, Jonass held fourth during the opening seven laps before moving into third and then, five laps later, into the runner-up spot. Holding position for the final three laps of the moto he secured his best result of the year to date.
Again fourth early in the race, Jonass quickly moved into third in the second moto before going on to complete 14 of the 15 laps just a handful of bike lengths behind the second placed rider. Almost stepping off his FC 450 during the closing stages of the race while trying to make a pass for second, Jonass decided to settle for third. Crossing the finish line in third, he secured a career first MXGP podium with second overall.
The GP of Lombardia was a mixed one for Jonass’ team-mate Arminas Jasikonis. A double-digit points scorer at each of the four previous GPs, Jasikonis delivered an impressive and controlled opening moto performance to claim a strong third, close behind second-placed Jonass. Frustratingly, things didn’t go as planned in the second moto. Colliding with another rider halfway down the start straight, the tall FC 450 rider had to shut-off momentarily, which saw him immediately drop to the back of the pack heading into the first corner. Falling later in the opening lap, Jasikonis would eventually place 15th for eighth overall.
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team now head to round six of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the MXGP of Portugal, on May 19.
Pauls Jonass: “This weekend has been really great. I think the qualification race, even if I didn’t get the result I hoped for, was really important for me. Getting a good start and running close to the front really gave me a lot of confidence, which I took into today’s racing. Of course, the track was muddy, but I like the mud, so I felt good. I didn’t get perfect starts, but I managed to make some quick passes and avoid making any big mistakes. Getting the runner-up result in the first moto felt so, so good. The track was a little more one-lined in the second moto but again I felt good. I felt like I was a little quicker than Bogers but I got sideways a few times trying to pass him, so I decided not to take any more chances and just settle down. Getting a good overall result is much more important. To finish second overall, to get my first MXGP podium, to be stood on the box with Cairoli, it’s a very special moment for me. I feel like something has clicked in a positive way now with racing a 450. I’m not at 100% yet but I’m feeling a lot more confident and this result gives me a lot of motivation to keep working hard.”
Arminas Jasikonis: “This has definitely been a special GP, but it’s not gone like I hoped it would with my result in the second moto. I had one positive race and one where I just focused on survival, if I’m honest. The first race went well, but I was a little too steady possibly. I had a good rhythm going and didn’t make any bad mistakes – it was good to get two Rockstar Energy Husqvarnas inside the top three. Race two was tough. I had to shut off down the start straight and from there things were difficult. I also fell and, well, it was a tough moto. I finished the race, I didn’t pick up any injuries and I’m still fourth in the championship, so things weren’t too bad. My speed in the opening race was good, so I’ll take that into the next GP, in Portugal.”
Results – 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 5
MXGP – Overall
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 50 points;2. Pauls Jonass (Husqvarna) 42; 3. Gauthier Paulin (Yamaha) 33…8. Arminas Jasikonis (Husqvarna) 26; 17. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 10…
MXGP – Race 1
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 15 laps 36:48.024;2. Pauls Jonas (Husqvarna) 36:58.088;3. Arminas Jasikonis (Husqvarna) 37:09.403… 11. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 38:28.048; 27. Klemen Gercar (Husqvarna) 13 laps 37:16.441; 28. Artem Guryev (Husqvarna) 38:47.202…
MXGP – Race 2
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 15 laps 35:37.572; 2. Brian Bogers (Hinda) 35:44.640; 3. Pauls Jonass (Husqvarna) 35:48.899…15. Arminas Jasikonis (Husqvarna) 37:41.634; 21. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 14 laps 36:30.602; 22. Klemen Gercar (Husqvarna) 37:27.390; 24. Artem Guryev (Husqvarna) 37:19.481…
MX2 – Overall
1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 50 points;2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 37; 3. Davy Pootjes (Husqvarna) 36…7. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 24; 11. Dylan Walsh (Husqvarna) 18; 18. Alvin Ostlund (Husqvarna) 10; 20. Mikkel Haarup (Husqvarna) 9; 23. Joakin Furbetta (Husqvarna) 5…
MX2 – Race 1
1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 14 laps 35:18.651; 2. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 35:24.487;3. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 35:45.147… 4. Davy Pootjes (Husqvarna) 35:58.966;6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 36:31.566; 16. Joakin Furbetta (Husqvarna) 13 laps 35:30.034; 19. Dylan Walsh (Husqvarna) 36:05.427; 21. Alvin Ostlund (Husqvarna) 36:09.226; 27. Enzo Toriani (Husqvarna) 12 laps 36:02.576…
MX2 – Race 2
1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 15 laps 36:52.290;2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 37:01.069;3. Tom Vialle (KTM) 37:28.359… 4. Davy Pootjes (Husqvarna) 37:44.831; 5. Dylan Walsh (Husqvarna) 37:50.638; 11. Alvin Ostlund (Husqvarna) 38:15.701; 12. Mikkel Haarup (Husqvarna) 38:24.000;17. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 38:57.951; 25. Enzo Toriani (Husqvarna) 14 laps 38:08.660…
Championship Standings – After Round 5
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 241pts; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 201; 3. Gautier Paulin (Yamaha) 175…4. Arminas Jasikonis (Husqvarna) 146…8. Pauls Jonass (Husqvarna) 109… 18. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 45
1. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 207 points; 2. Jorge Prado (KTM) 200; 3. Henry Jacobi (Kawasaki) 157… 9. Davy Pootjes (Husqvarna) 112;12. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 78; 15. Alvin Ostlund (Husqvarna) 54; 16. Dylan Walsh (Husqvarna) 51; 22. Alberto Forato (Husqvarna) 23; 27. Mikkel Haarup (Husqvarna) 10; 30. Joakin Furbetta (Husqvarna) 6…