Saturday, February 4, 2017


Foto: Sergey Afanasyev
As anticipated, the Russians took the podium places on the first day in Togliatti. Despite a temperature of -170, an enthusiastic crowd of 4500 saw 2015 World Champion Dmitry Koltakov collect an 18-point score by beating current champion Dmitry Khomitsevich in the Final. It was the third time that these two had met during the meeting with honours even until then but both riders head the standings with another former champion Daniil Ivanov in third place. Ivanov had led the scores after the qualifying races dropping his only point to Koltakov in their opening race but was pinned back to third spot in the Final ahead of another Russian Igor Kononov.