Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Round 7 Race Report - Latvia
Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki
May 10th, 2017
The DRT squad made their way out East for the MXGP of Latvia for the seventh round of the FIM World Championship. Despite high hopes for Vsevalod Brylyakov to compete, after his feeling in free practice, it was decided that he was not fit for the main races after his crash last week in Valkenswaard.
With all eyes on Darian Sanayei, the young American stepped up to the plate for the rugged dirt of Latvia. He immediately took a liking to the challenging track, and despite working back from a shoulder injury Darian was able to have a comfortable weekend.
The team have been constantly working on improving their starts, and this weekend some hard worked paid off with a great start in the qualifying race giving a great opportunity or Darian to secure a solid position moving into the main race.
Having secured a good position on the gate, Darian once again utilised this for an impressive start, coming around in 3/4th position. He settled into 7th position behind the top guys and rode a comfortable race on the demanding circuit.
It was a similar story in race two, with another good start enabling Darian to start with the main guys, and eventually settling into 6th for the majority of the race. Good technique and speed kept the American in that position until the last lap when fellow countryman Covington passed him.
Seva Brylyakov was unable to defend his ninth place in the standings as a shoulder injury sustained at the previous GP caused him to withdraw from the Latvian GP after just one training session. The Russian retains his top ten world ranking in tenth place, with Darian Sanyei just one position behind in 11th.