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Ando takes Russian EMX300 victory!

Brad Anderson took the overall win in the Russian EMX300  two-stroke class at Orlyonok in Russia today. Anderson, who won both motos at the opening round in Germany recently and then yesterday’s dry race, took second place behind champ Mike Kras in the mud-hit race on Sunday. With Kras third yesterday, it gave Ando the overall and he extended his lead in the series.

On Saturday, Anderson got into the lead in the first corner but his rival, defending champ Mike Kras of the British GL12 team, was right on his tail.

Kras looked like he was going to make a challenge until he lost the front end and crashed in a rutty corner. That allowed Ando to pull away for his third win of the season, backing it off on the last couple of laps to stay well in front of Belgian Kenny Vandeuren.

Kras remounted third and made an attempt to catch Vandeuren but couldn’t quite catch him.

Anderson said: “Me and Mike were having a good battle early on and he slipped off. I pulled a gap and started to relax a bit. I kept it on two wheels and a sensible speed to take the win.”

In the mud race on Sunday, Kras edged out Ando in the first corner but the Brit took him back seconds later as Kras made a mistake and was lucky to stay on. Anderson led with Kras right behind him as they both sploshed through the mud. Ando stayed in front until he got it all wrong on a slippery straight and Kras edged past.

The GL12 KTM man Kras pulled away and even a run-in with a backmarker couldn’t halt his charge as he beat Ando by almost a minute. Only 12 riders finished the race.

Ando said: “I tried to push the first few laps but I was all over the shop. Kras has longer legs than me and he did well and pulled away.”

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