Kiev awaits the new red plate holders Vanluchene/Van Den Bogaart.
From central Europe, the WSC crews steer the trucks due east, heading for Kiev in the Ukraine. The Bucha Motocross circuit hosts round five of the championship over the weekend of 18/19th May.
The Kramolin result from the previous round gives huge incentive to Etienne Bax and Kaspars Stupelis to ensure they are on top form both physically and mechanically. An exhaust fracture in Kramolin left them open to a penalty in race two which effectively lost them the title lead.
In appalling weather conditions in qualifying, the teams were tested to the ultimate degree just to make the grid.
The races themselves were incredibly close between the top six crews, and that is reflected in the standings. Marvin Vanluchene and Ben Van Den Bogaart chalked up their first victory of the new season, with Koen Hermans and Nicolas Musset claiming their second.
The reigning champions now carry the red plate to Bucha and will face a new circuit on which to defend it. Their margin from Bax/Stupelis is a mere handful of points, so they know the importance of a good ride.
This is round five of fourteen, and as we have said often, the season is long, and we are still in early days. A pattern is already emerging though, and with the enforced absence of Brett Wilkinson and Julian Veldman., new names are flexing their muscles and claiming good points in the standings.
Davy Sanders and Lari Kunnas have had strong rides so far, Stuart Brown/Josh Chamberlain, Valentin Giraud/Andres Haller and Arne Dierckens/Robbie Bax are also in the mix, and unlike last season, Daniel Willemsen/Luc Rostingt are in a very good position going into this round too.
Also growing in stature is the Italian Zeno Compalati. The man from the north-west of Italy and his French passenger Bastien Chopin have earned themselves a reputation for lightning starts, and an ability to stay the course.
We are LIVE again from the Ukraine, with full coverage of all the qualifying action from Saturday, and both Grand Prix races from Sunday.
There are still full season passes available, or you can take the offer of a weekend GP access pass, details here on the website www.fimsidecarcross.com .
The action is unmissable, so go for it, and join us LIVE in Kiev.
From Barry Nutley