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Team Suzuki Press Office – April 23.

Arminas Jasikonis – 5-7 for 7th
Kevin Strijbos – 34-DNS for 35th

Arminas Jasikonis put on the best display of his Suzuki World career with five-seven moto scores, which gave him seventh overall at the MXGP of Europe, held at the Valkenswaard track in the Netherlands. In both motos he was battling hard with much more experienced riders and made some really good passes on board the new RM-Z450WS to give him those excellent results.

“It’s been a really good day” said the Lithuanian rider, “I finally got some better results and my riding was better, my starts were better and I was able to compete with those guys. I struggled physically in the second moto so I wasn’t able to battle with the top five but overall I am very happy with the day. I know I need to keep working and to keep pushing myself so that I can battle for two races and on different surfaces but everyone is really positive about the weekend and that is a great feeling. I want to thank the whole Suzuki World MXGP team for all the help and for making my RM-Z450WS a great machine, which allowed me to ride so well on this tricky track. However we can’t stop after a result like this, we must keep getting better and putting in the work so that it can happen at the next rounds too.”

Unfortunately Kevin Strijbos’ elbow injury prevented the rider from finishing the first moto and forced him to withdraw from the second. It was a tough decision but probably the best so as not to cause too much more long-term damage. “I was in a lot of pain due to the tear in the tendon of my elbow so we decided to have an injection. It felt a lot better after that, but after two or three laps the pain came back so I had to hold on a lot more with my left hand to compensate for the lack of feeling in the right. However this caused me to get arm pump and I crashed and despite trying for a few more laps, I couldn’t catch up so I pulled off. I think this is the first time I’ve had to pull out of a moto myself which is a shame but after speaking with the doctor, I have another appointment on Monday morning to see how it is. This appointment will then decide if I need surgery to try and get it fixed, so we will see after this what happens.”

General Manager Stefan Everts had this to say about a weekend that was filled with both positives and negatives for the Suzuki World MXGP team: “AJ had a fantastic weekend on the new RM-Z450WS. After a tough long winter trying to push his limits more and more, he put in a really good performance. We knew he could ride well in the sand and I was hoping he could get a top-five finish and he did just that in the first race. He still needs to put in the work, especially on the hard pack but for sure this was a great confidence boost for him and it’s the kind of progress we like to see.

“With Kevin, we knew it would be a difficult weekend with his elbow injury and although he tried in the first moto, he couldn’t manage to race the whole race and it was a good decision to not line up for race two. We will check with the doctors to see what they say and make a decision based on that.”

A tough weekend for Strijbos but a huge step forward for Jasikonis and he now heads to Latvia in two weeks’ time buoyed by the fact he knows that he is now capable of running with the best of the MXGP class.

MXGP Moto 1: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), 35:24.915; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:00.950; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:04.824; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:05.634; 5. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:05.963; 6. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:19.448; 7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:27.218; 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:28.967; 9. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:37.452; 10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:38.425; 34. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), -9 lap(s);

MXGP Moto 2:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:26.367; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:02.258; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:02.617; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:08.230; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:12.606; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:14.957; 7. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:18.880; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:28.120; 9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:33.895; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:34.136;

MXGP Overall:
1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 47 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 38 p.; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 37 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 33 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 31 p.; 7. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), 30 p.; 8. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 25 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 24 p.; 10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 21 p.; 35. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 0 p.;

MXGP Points Standings: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 234 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 220 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 192 p.; 4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 182 p.; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 176 p.; 6. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 172 p.; 7. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 131 p.; 8. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 124 p.; 9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 120 p.; 10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 116 p.; 11. Shaun Simpson (GBR, YAM), 105 p.; 12. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 101 p.; 13. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), 90 p.; 14. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), 86 p.;

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