Hsu Takes Red Plate with Loket Win

Team Suzuki Press Office – July 27.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Brian Hsu grabbed the EMX125 Red Plate after taking his third consecutive win today at Loket in the Czech Republic, as Jeremy Seewer and Julien Lieber broke into the top-10 in the MX2 class with eighth and ninth positions.

Some 21,500 spectators travelled to the Loket circuit for the Grand Prix of Czech Republic and the 14th round of 17 in the FIM MX2 World Championship. The fixture was owned by Jordi Tixier in the absence of series leader Jeffrey Herlings but Seewer made a decent showing around the narrow curves and hilly sections of the ‘old-school’ layout. But also shining at the circuit located near the spa town of Karlovy Vary was Hsu: The teenager guided his RM125 to a third consecutive win in the penultimate round of the European EMX125 campaign and now fronts the standings by 12 points with a real chance of the title next weekend in Belgium.

Loket was fast, slick and largely flat. It was challenging in several regards – the slim layout meant overtaking was tricky – but the course was also simplistic. Hsu scooped victories in both motos, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday, and took a massive step towards the 2014 crown. The second race saw the youngster enjoying and close dice with Sweden’s Alvin Ostlund. Hsu now needs to keep a watch on Holland’s Davy Pootjes at the final meeting of EMX125 and try to outpoint his principal rival.

Seewer equalled his second-best result of his rookie season in MX2 by setting a mean pace in the opening moto of the day on the works RM-Z250. The Swiss slid though to sixth position and then batted away the attentions of Christophe Charlier from the third lap until the last. The ‘#91’ tried to instil the same confidence in his second moto run of 30 minutes and two laps duration. The speed and urgency was there but a poor start and mistake that saw him exit the track was costly in terms of positions and he had to work hard to rise to 11th place to be eighth overall.

Lieber was frustrated by his day. An early crash in the first moto meant he could do no better than ninth position and a drop in form in the second race saw the Belgian unsatisfied with 10th spot.

Events in the Czech Republic now mean that Seewer and Lieber are 10th and 11th in the MX2 Championship standings. Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe will now look ahead to the Grand Prix of Belgium in the energy-sapping sand of Lommel next weekend.

Brian Hsu:

“I’m really happy with this win here and prepared well for it. I had a good start in the first moto and grabbed the holeshot. I just kept going. No mistakes and sometimes my lines were not that good but for the most part it [the race] was great. In the second moto I could feel that Ostlund was pushing so hard behind me. I decided to let him go because I didn't want to go over the limit and just keep a watch. He ended up going wide in a corner and I passed him back. It was great to win.”

Jeremy Seewer:

“I had a good feeling on this track and I was really happy with my bike this weekend. I had a good rhythm in the first moto. Charlier was behind me all the way but I managed to keep him there and sixth place is one of the best results for me this season so I’m pleased with this. The gate dropped a bit later in the second Heat – or so it felt – I made a mess of it. I recovered some ground but made a mistake by running off line in the second lap and I lost five or six seconds. Afterwards I had some good speed and made some good passes. Eleventh place is not what I want but I’m really happy with the package right now and that is the most important thing.”

Julien Lieber:

“My start was not that good in the first moto and I crashed after a couple of laps. I came back to ninth from 14th; it was not my best ride but I did OK. My second start was better but my pace was not good enough. I lost too many positions and I’m not happy. For me this is one of the most difficult tracks of the year.”

MX2 Moto1:

1. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 33:47.424;
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:08.612;
3. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:10.278;
4. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:11.309;
5. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:17.799;
6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +0:19.199;
7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.819;
8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +0:31.801;
9. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +0:44.708;
10. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:47.282;

MX2 Moto2:

1. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 34:06.646;
2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:07.592;
3. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:11.540;
4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:12.187;
5. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:13.544;
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:22.485;
7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +0:23.517;
8. Max Anstie (GBR, Yamaha), +0:25.208;
9. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:27.164;
10. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +0:30.741;
11. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +0:31.153;

MX2 Overall result:

1. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 43 points;
2. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 40 p.;
3. Christophe Charlier (FRA, YAM), 39 p.;
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 37 p.;
5. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 32 p.;
6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 30 p.;
7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 27 p.;
8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 25 p.;
9. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 23 p.;
10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 22 p.;

MX2 World Championship Standings (after 14 of 17 rounds):

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 594 points;
2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 492 p.;
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 453 p.;
4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 425 p.;
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 420 p.;
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 389 p.;
7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 354 p.;
8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 335 p.;
9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 321 p.;
10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 282 p.;
11. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 235 p.;

European EMX125 result:

1. Brian Hsu (GER, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 50 points;
2. Alvin Östlund (SWE, YAM), 44 p.;
3. Josiah Natzke (NZL, KTM), 38 p.;
4. Joakin Furbetta (ITA, KTM), 33 p.;
5. David Herbreteau (FRA, YAM), 33 p.;

European EMX125 Standings (after 6 of 7 rounds):

1. Brian Hsu (GER, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 228 points;
2. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 216 p.;
3. Alvin Östlund (SWE, YAM), 202 p.;
4. David Herbreteau (FRA, YAM), 169 p.;
5. Joakin Furbetta (ITA, KTM), 162 p.;

Tags: rockstar energy suzuki europe, mx, motocross, gp, grand prix, mxgp, emx125, jeremy seewer, julien lieber, brian hsu, loket gp of the czech republic

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