Rattray and Goncalves on Podium at Emmen

In another signal about the strength of the KTM MX2 Factory Team, Tyla Rattray and Rui Goncalves occupied first and second place on the podium at the pre-season International Motocross event at Emmen, The Netherlands on Sunday. Rattray was in a form that drew praise from team boss Stefan Everts who said he was “in a class on his own” while Goncalves underlined that his training on good starts was beginning to pay off. He took the holeshot in both races.

But in the heat of the battle Rattray did have a minor crash in the first race. In pursuit of teammate Rui in the early stages of the race he took a different line then slipped off the foot peg and came unstuck on one of the tabletops. The South African made up for the error by winning the second race to finish overall second for the day. He now plans to prepare for the start of the world championship season proper with some light training, some testing and physical training. Goncalves, who is in his first year as a factory rider with the Red Bull KTM team started well in the first race but got tangled in the pack of lapped riders and had to settle for second place. He again took the holeshot in the second race but was overtaken by Rattray. He then crashed after choosing the wrong line and finished in third place. “Rui is doing well and he has his confidence back,” Everts said later. “We still have a few things to work on but we are going in the right direction.”
Results International Motocross Emmen
1. Erik Eggins, 47 points
2. Tyla Rattray, KTM 43
3. Rui Goncalves, KTM 42
4. Xavier Boog, 34
5. Rinus v.d. Ven, 27