Fantic duo Glenn Coldenhoff and Brian Bogers impress in the MXGP of Latvia

Coldenhoff came short of the podium, 4th overall

Glenn Coldenhoff and Brian Bogers got close to a first MXGP podium on the Fantic XXF 450 in fourth and fifth overall at the ninth round of the MXGP World Championship in Kegums, Latvia.

The Fantic Factory Racing MXGP riders felt right at home from the get-go on the sandy track of Kegums, despite a harder base than usual and an updated layout. At a venue he has won at in the past, Glenn Coldenhoff, finished 3-4 on Sunday for 4th overall, just 1 point out of the podium.

Glenn Coldenhoff: “I was going well all weekend, with a third place already in the qualifying race on Saturday. Right before the first moto on Sunday, we had another rain shower that made it kind of tough but all in all, it was not too bad, with 3-3-4 finishes and a fourth overall. It was just a pity that we missed the podium, I felt like we were close. In the second moto the pace was a bit off, the guys in front were far. I think I need to work on a few things and try to get better, also a little bit with the bike. Now we are going to Maggiora, Fantic’s home GP. They say it is going to rain again but we are used to it by now. Anyway, P5 last week and now P4 – it is going upwards. Hopefully also next weekend, that would be good.”

Image: JP Acevedo

As for Brian Bogers, he quickly adapted to the much-changed conditions. A top 5 start allowed him to run at the sharp end of the premier class right from the beginning and bring home outstanding 4th place. Race 2 saw another strong performance rounded the Top 5.

Brian Bogers: “I am happy with this GP. The speed was there already on Saturday. In the qualifying race I had a bad start but still finished eight. I had a feeling that I could do more and on Sunday I felt good directly from the warm-up. In the first moto it was a little bit muddy, again. I had a good start, around sixth place, I made some passes and finished fourth. In the second moto the track was good, I had another good start and made a few passes on the first lap to stay in P5 for the whole moto. 4th and 5th for another top 5 overall, I am really happy with that. Let’s keep building, I feel really good mentally and also physically we are getting there.”

Image: JP Acevedo

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