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PHOTO: France wins in the Motocross of Nations in Ķegums; Latvia scores 12th place

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At the end of September, Ķegums Golden Horse moto-centre held the Motocross of Nations – an event that featured competitions of teams from thirty four countries of the world. The French team proved the most successful of them all.

After the first day of the qualification runs, Belgium’s team proved the fastest (two points ahead of France and four points ahead of UK). During the qualification run, the American team suffered several falls and only managed to score 8th place. Latvia’s team experienced similar problems – talented motocross driver Pauls Jonass also managed to accidentally collide with an opponent, both fell to the ground. Jonass nevertheless continued and managed to score 16th place. His team-mates Matiss Karro and Roberts Justs also contributed to Latvia’s results, scoring 12th place in total. This automatically guarantees entry in the A finals, as reported by organizers.

The French team had immediately gained an advantage at the beginning of A finals. At the end of the event, France was ahead of its closes opponents – Belgium – by ten points. German and British teams demonstrated good results at the end of A finals. The American team managed to get back on its feet despite of earlier failures – USA managed to outrun Germans and British and earn bronze in the tournament.

The finals were not all too favourable for Latvia, however. Jonass and Roberts suffered injuries, but the team’s engine – Matiss Karro – suffered a nasty fall and lost a lot of time as a result. Nevertheless, the team’s spirit was stronger than that and all three of them tried their best to make sure the people rooting for them would not go away disappointed. They did not manage to achieve the highest results in the Nations’ motocross, but the boys were close to repeating it. They failed, and Latvia had to go away with 12th place.

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