Pauls Jonass became one of the few riders to take an overall GP win despite not winning a moto and being lapped! Yet the Latvian KTM star took the overall to extend his series lead in the rain-lashed GP of Russia at Orlyonok.
Just before the first moto, the rain lashed down hard and the track was still hard underneath but very wet and slippery on top. Despite pitting for goggles early on, Jonass pulled back to second place behind factory Husky ace Thomas Kjer-Olsen while Benoit Paturel took third from Hunter Lawrence. Jeremy Seewer, second in the series, took seventh while Ben Watson was 12th, a place in front of Conrad Mewse.
In the second moto, the sun had come out and turned the track into a one-line, sticky mudfest with deep, nasty ruts that caught out every single rider at some point. But Seewer was in a class of his own, taking the lead early on when Brian Bogers made a mistake then pulling out a huge lead. He even lapped Pauls Jonass, who was third. Second place Bogers was the only man not to get lapped by the Swiss Suzuki ace in a dominant performance remniscent of a Jeffrey Herlings demolition job in the and of Lierop several years ago.
Jonass, who had trouble with vision like many riders, was one lace in front of his team-mate Jorge Prado who had taken the holeshot. Olsen, winner of the opener, got into difficulties and finished eighth.
It was a tremendous race for Briton Ben Watson who held fourth place right until two laps to go, which would have given him fourth overall. The he slipped off and was stuck in the mud. He got back going again and finished seventh for 10th overall.
The second and third place finishes gave Pauls Jonass the win by three points from Seewer with Bogers in third. Jonass now has a 45-point lead over the Suzuki man.