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Lithuanian Suzuki World MXGP rider Arminas Jasikonis put his RM-Z450WS inside the top-10 in the first moto, on his way to 12th overall at what was an extremely difficult MXGP of France today. The hillside track in Ernee provided the riders with a real challenge as slippery hard-pack was mixed in with some deep ruts which made sure the riders had no chance to relax in either of the two motos.

Jasikonis had this to say about his performance: “It’s been a tough weekend with all the racing. I didn’t get a great start in the first moto and finished 10th. I couldn’t find anywhere to pass Max Anstie, but despite that, I was reasonably happy with the result. It would have been great if I could have got maybe one or two more places, but that was a struggle all weekend, finding good places to pass riders. In the second race, I got a good jump and was around the first corner in third I think, but I didn’t quite reach the holeshot line and crashed out. Lots of riders rode over me, so it changed from good to bad in a very short space of time. I fought through the field from near the back and felt I was doing ok, but then made another mistake to finish up in 17th position.”

“AJ had a good Saturday, he was happy with his riding and I was as well,” said General Manager Stefan Everts. “However, in the first moto he had a bad start and although he was fighting, he finished in 10th position. I don’t think he could have done too much better than that, if you look how tough the competition was in the MXGP class.