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How Jonass became world champ

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass has raced motocross for most of his life. Born in Kalvene, Latvia January 13th 1997, Jonass started riding back at a young age in his home country of Latvia and soon after began racing in the surrounding countries.

It didn’t take Jonass long to see success in the Baltic region reaching podiums and taking wins. However Jonass’ first real international success was in 2011 at the age of 14 when he won the 2011 FIM 85cc Junior World Championship title in Italy. In 2012, Jonass moved into the bigger 125cc class where he quickly learned the ropes taking second in EMX125cc at Uddevalla, Sweden, circuit along with a third later in the year at the FIM Junior MX World Championship in Bulgaria.

In 2013, Jonass became not only the EMX125 Champion but also the 2013 FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion aboard a KTM machine. The following year Jonass entered the MX2 World Championship with Marchetti Racing Team and in 2015 it was Red Bull KTM Factory Racingthat signed him on a 5 year contract from 2015 to the end of the 2019 season. Jonass raced 7 of the 2014 MX2 World Championship stops scoring points at 6 of the 7.

2015 was the first full MX2 season for Jonass and one which excelled in finishing on the podium several times to finish 2nd overall in the championship behind Tim Gajser. 2016 was an important learning season for Jonass as mistakes often hampered his potential. While running third in the Championship Jonass had a bad crash at the MXGP of Czech Republic not only ending his weekend but his 2016 season.

In 2017 we saw a new Jonass, one who had learned from his mistakes and now knew that consistency was paramount. Jonass showed this as he reached the podium 15 of the 19 rounds in vastly different conditions around the globe. Jonass rode like a veteran rebounding well and is now the 2017 MX2 FIM Motocross World Champion title with 7 Pole Positions, 14 heat wins and 6 GP wins this season as the first one was at first round of the season, in Losail, Qatar and the last came at the MXGP of Czech Republic where his season ended the year prior.

Pauls Jonass career

First GP Raced           2014, MXGP of Trentino

World Titles               3 (1 MX2, 1 Junior 85cc – 1 Junior 125cc)

First World Title         2011 85cc class

GP wins                    6 MX2

First GP win              2017, MXGP of Qatar, Losail, MX2

Last GP win              2017, MXGP of Czech Republic, Loket, MXGP

2017 position in the Championship        1, MX2, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

 

Other results

YEAR BIKE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
2016 KTM RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MX2 5
2015 KTM RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MX2 2
2014 KTM MARCHETTI RACING TEAM FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MX2 24
2014 KTM LATVIA/MARCHETTI RACING TEAM FIM MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS 12
2013 FIM JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 125CC 1
2013 KTM Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM European championship 125cc 1
2012 KTM European championship 125cc 5
2012 KTM FIM JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 125CC 3
2011 KTM adac championship 85cc 1
World championship  85cc 1

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