Brad Anderson leads the EMX300 championship after a stunning double win in the opening round at Tuetschenthal in Germany, with current champ Mike Kras in second following two runner-up places. But the Brit says he can’t go to the next round in Russia as he can’t get a visa!
In the first race on Satuday, Anderson led a KTM one-two as GL 12’s Dutch ace Kras came through to second place, passing on-form Belgian Erik Willems in the final few laps.
Ando’s 19-second win was helped when race reader Yentel Martens had a massive crash. Anderson was catching the Husky man – son of former world champ Jacky Martens. Yentel hugely overjumped a big leap – he same jump that wiped out Tim Gajser later on in the MXGP class. Martens was taken away by medics, leaving Anderson a clear run to victory.
In the second moto, Kras and Anderson had top five starts, behind Manuel Iacopi, Erik Willems and Kenny Vandueren. Within a few laps, Kras took the lead and Brit Anderson moved into second right behind him.
With ten minutes to go, Ando made his move to go into the lead, with Kras staying right on his heels and making several attempts to get by as they pulled away from the chasing pack.
Anderson pulled away by around three seconds, but Kras started to reel him back in as the leader got caught in backmarker traffic.
Kras closed right in on the last lap as the Dutchman put on an amazing charge in a last-gasp bid for victory. But it was too late and Anderson hung on to win by less than a second.
Anderson said: “I didn’t get the best of starts. Me and Kras were having a ding-dong right the way through. I got my head down and did what I did. I’m over the moon to take the red plate but I can’t go to the next round in Russia as I can’t get a visa.”
It was a great return to international racing for GL12’s James Dunn who took seventh overall.