After struggling with consistency and starts in the opening flyaway races, DRT's Vsevolod "Seva" Brylyakov and the team managed to make a few more parts click together in the opening European round at Trentinto, Italy. A 6th place start in the opening race would secure a solid base for the MX2 class and the Russian's previously shown speed came through as he passed through to 4th. Having had several issues in previous races with mistakes Seva stayed focused and calm to ride a technically sound race and bring home a solid moto. With only 11 seconds between 1st and 4th, Brylyakov showed he has the speed to fight with the top guys.
Unfortunately, he was unable to replicate the first start and would have to work his way from the mid-pack to an eventual 10th position. the combined results of the two motos giving him seventh overall, the best performance so far for the Russian. He sits ninth, just thirteen points from sixth in the standings and hopefully, constant improvements will come over the following European rounds.
Teammate Darian Sanayei was able to make a top 10 gate pick from Saturday's racing but was unable to translate this to effective starts come race day. A difficult beginning to race would see a push from back in 21st through to 16th on a track known for it's difficulty to pass. All hopes of luck in the second race were diminished when a rider fell in front of the American in the second corner, leaving the charging KX250f nowhere to go but down. Starting from the back of the pack Darian fought hard to make up as much time as possible, managing to secure a few vital points in 18th. Darian sits in 13th place just 4 positions behind his DRT teammate.
The Monster Energy Kawasaki Dixon Race Team will now head for testing in belgium for the upcoming sand race in Valkenswaard.
Steve Dixon, Team Manager:
"I was happy this weekend and I think it went well, although the points don't reflect the level of riding. Seva was just a few points from the podium, it was a great 4th place in the first race. Maybe he was a little too cautious in the second race in passing but then in Mexico, he was a little too aggressive on his pass and ended up on the floor, so I can see a lot of positives in how Seva handled the race from a bad 2nd race start.
Darian was definitely frustrated with the points today, he rode well but whenCervellani fell in the first corner it put paid to his 7th place start and meant a fight from the back into the points was all the rewards for a great effort.
Both riders will test suspension in the sand this week in Belgium before the GP at Valkeswaard."
Seva Brylyakov: “The first race was definitively a good one. I got a good start and we all knew that with a good start I could battle in front and that’s what happened! I rode calmly during the first moto, just keep my position and finished fourth which was a good result for a possible podium. The second moto didn't quite go as I wanted; it was not the worst start I had this season but it was not a good one and on this track, the first corners are very tight and it’s very difficult to pass. Anyway, it’s my best GP so far; I stayed on two wheels and we got two solid motos. Everything is there to get podiums; we’ll continue to work on the starts as I showed in the first moto that it is possible.”
Darian Sanayei: “It was definitively a tough weekend. I got tenth in the qualifying race which was not so bad but Sunday didn't go so well. In the first race I didn’t get such a good start and then in the second corner there was a crash so I was around twentieth; it was difficult to pass on this track and I only moved up to sixteenth which was a little disappointing. I got a better start in the second race; I was around seventh in the first corner but in the second one a rider fell down, I hit him and crashed. I was dead last, but I did what I could to come back through to eighteenth.”