After the night lights of Losail, the Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki squad turned to the rain infested circuit of in Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia.
Due to extreme weather conditions, Saturday's qualifying races did not go ahead. Instead, the times of first practice were used to determine gate pick for the main races. This wasn't announced until afterwards. Darian did not ride as he was ill and wanted to conserve energy, while Seva finished 13th, not pushing for a time and unaware that this position would be taken.
Come Race day, the extreme weather continued to batter the circuit and survival was the key to success. Seva did an extremely long and enduring moto, with a few crashes and people getting stuck in front of him, and despite showing some impressive speed he was unable to better 10th position. Still sick, Darian pushed with what little energy he could gather to secure 4 points.
Despite the decaying track condition, the MX2 class headed back out only to be red flagged later on. Seva got stuck in mud up to the axles, in an area with no assistance, meanwhile, other areas marshals helped riders back up. A few teams protested but despite an unfair race, the results stood. Given the race conditions, Darian was unable to complete more than a few laps, pulling into the pits in a weakened state.
The team now head back to their base in the UK, preparing for the next flyaway in Argentina.
Steve Dixon, Team Manager:
"It's been a long week with so much rain, it was a tough GP which we were ready for, but with Darian getting ill it was such a shame. Seva did well to recover from some crashes to finish 10th, although this did not reflect the speed he was going. When you lose 45 seconds on the first lap it is difficult to make up positions. The second race should have been cancelled, there
Seva Brylyakov: “It was a tough weekend for everyone but we still can’t put everything together, even though the speed and everything is there to get good results. In both races I was involved in a collective crash at the start; in the first race my handlebars were down after the crash and I was riding like a chopper but I managed to score a top ten, coming from last. The second moto went wrong as, after this crash, I had some bike issues after three laps and just tried to bring the bike back to pitlane. This race was a mess, and I’m happy to be safe and to have strong people behind me, strong people who always support me even when everything is not going right.”
Darian Sanayei: “We came here in Indonesia one week earlier to get used to the weather and be ready for this race, but unfortunately I get sick on the weekend! I didn’t felt good on Saturday and skipped the free practice to keep my energy for the race day, but they cancelled the qualifying session so I was last on the gate. I learnt the track during the warm up, then in the first race I had a bad start, crashed a few times but was able to salvage some points for the championship. It was not good, but at least I got some points! I didn’t feel good after this race and could only do four laps in the second race before I was forced to pull out. But I know what I can do and the next rounds will be different.”