MXGP of Asia Video Highlights – Semarang
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The start of an MXGP moto in Asia. For the 13th round of the MXGP series it was KTM rider Jeffrey Herlings that won both motos. They were both close races. Tim Gajser kept him honest in moto one and Clement Desalle did the same in moto two. Antonio Cairoli looked as if he was riding with an injury to the left hand. This hindered his performance in Asia. Even though Herlings missed the Italy round in Lomardia he never lost the points lead and has a 24 point gap from Cairoli heading into round 14 of the series. MXGP OVERALL RACE RESULT | ASIA Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)–1-1 Tim Gajser (Hon)–2-3 Clement Desalle (Kaw)–4-2 Antonio Cairoli (KTM)–3-4 Tommy Searle (Kaw)–7-7 Max Anstie (Hus)–9-6 Alessandro Lupino (Kaw)–8-8 Gautier Paulin (Hus)–5-11 Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yam)–6-13 Kevin Strijbos (KTM)–10-15 Jeremy Seewer (Yam)–23-5 Max Nagl (TM)–17-9 Todd Waters (Hon)–12-16 Valentin Guillod (KTM)–11-17 Julien Lieber (Kaw)–22-10 Romain Febvre (Yam)–20-12 Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM)–18-14 Lewis Stewart (Hus)–14-18 Evgeny Bobryshev (Suz)–13-19 Ricky Hanif Kusparwanto (Hus)–16-20 Aldi Lazaroni (Hus)–15-22 Andre Sondakh (KTM)–19-21 Farhan Hendro (Hus)–21-DNS MXGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION (ROUND 13 OF 20) Jeffrey Herlings–583 Tony Cairoli–559 Clement Desalle–447 Tim Gajser–410 Romain Febvre–400 Gautier Paulin–389 Glenn Coldenhoff–329 Jeremy Seewer–295 Jeremy Van Horebeek–280 Max Nagl–227 2018 ASIA MXGP | FULL COVERAGE Antonio Cairoli icing his injured hand. Jeffrey Herlings won both motos in Asia and extended his points lead. Tim Gajser got on the podium again. MXGP ASIA RACE REPORT The competitors in the 2018 MXGP World Championship are as tough as nails or in Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings case tough as the plate and screws of his recently fractured collar bone. Herlings came into the Indonesian trip unsure of his situation but by the end has come away with 97 championship points of the 100 available. At the drop of the gate for MXGP Race 1 Herlings was the fastest to the first turn but lost the Fox Holeshot and lead when he bobbled on the exit of the corner. Taking over the lead position and the Fox Holeshot was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin in 3rd and Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing’s Clement Desalle in 4th. The opening lap action continued with Team HRC’s Tim Gajser making his way to third and second in front of Herlings briefly. Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Jeremy Seewer and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Julien Lieber collided on the uphill triple which sent Seewer tumbling, neither rider was injured but Seewer did not rejoin the race. Herlings struggled to keep momentum at the start of the race and was passed by both Gajser and Paulin on lap 2 with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Romain Febvre closing in as well. Cairoli’s lead was then taken by Gajser and Febvre was past Herlings who was immediately under pressure from Desalle. Febvre and his fellow frenchman, Paulin, kicked off a battle for third swapping positions all in front of Herlings. Herlings took advantage of the battle and was into 4th past Paulin. Desalle then banged bars with Paulin eventually finding a way by the Frenchman. Herlings made a move around the outside of Febvre and was then past Cairoli in the same lap. From that point Herlings gained time on Gajser and made a pass lap 13 just before Febvre crashed out of 4th. At the finish Herlings took the win with Gajser 2nd and Cairoli 3rd. Race 2 was started with a second Fox Holeshot from Cairoli with Herlings, Desalle, and Seewer alongside. Febvre was back for Race 2 but fell on the start and had to fight back from dead last. Cairoli’s good start was short lived when he dropped 5 position in the first 3 turns back to 6th. Desalle was in the lead next but Herlings took it away in before the first lap was complete. Cairoli lost more positions early in the race to Lieber and TM Factory Racing’s Max Nagl. Back at the front Desalle was charging to insides of Herlings and showing the red plate holder a wheel as Paulin crashed while under pressure from Lieber. Seewer was also riding well and up in 4th while Cairoli made a pair of passes to take back fifth from Nagl and Lieber. On lap 13 Seewer would also lose his position to Cairoli whose forward progress wouldn’t be enough to catch Gajser in 3rd. At the finish Herlings took his 2nd race win of the day with Desalle 2nd, Gajser 3rd, Cairoli 4th, and Seewer 5th. In the overall result Herlings took the clear win with 1-1, Gajser took 2nd with 2-3, and Desalle returned to the podium for the first time since winning the MXGP of Russia with 4-2 for 3rd. Jeffrey Herlings: “To go home with 97 points from the 2 weekends is absolutely amazing, I didn’t expect that and it has been like a dream come true. Not only didn’t I lose any points but I actually gained some, not many but a few is good so I don’t want to take this for granted. The rest of the guys rode awesome I really had to fight in the first race with Tim and the second with Clement.” Tim Gajser: “I was feeling good coming here, the track it was just amazing. I was pushing hard to pass Clement in race 2 but had to settle for 3rd to take 2nd overall, it was a good weekend.” Clement Desalle: “It is good to be back on the podium. It has been a long time since I have been on the podium. I had good races today with two consistent races and two good starts which were really important.” MXGP SATURDAY QUALIFYING Jeremy Herlings and Honda’s Tim Gajser went 1-2 in Saturday qualifying at the Asia MXGP. The 13th round of the MXGP World Championships is held in Indonesia for the second weekend in a row. The race is, however, located at a different track in than last weekend. This weekend they are calling it the Asia MXGP. In the MXGP class in Saturday qualifying there were only 23 riders that lined the 40 man gate. On the same weekend at the Red Bud National in the 450 class 87 pro riders signed up to race. In the MXGP qualifying race it was Factory KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings that took the win. He is riding amazing for breaking his collarbone less than a month ago. Honda’s Tim Gajser placed second and Jeremy Seewer rounded off the podium. MXGP QUALIFYING RACE RESULTS | ASIA Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) Tim Gajser (Hon) Jeremy Seewer (Yam) Romain Febvre (Yam) Antonio Cairoli (KTM) Clement Desalle (Kaw) Gautier Paulin (Hus) Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yam) Max Anstie (Hus) Alessandro Lupino (Kaw) Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM) Max Nagl (TM) Valentin Guillod (KTM) Todd Waters (Hon) Lewis Stewart (Hus) Ricky Hanif Kusparwanto (Hus) Farhan Hendro (Hus) Andre Sondakh (KTM) Evgeny Bobryshev (Suz) Aldi Lazaroni (Hus) Julien Lieber (Kaw) Tommy Searle (Kaw) Kevin Strijbos (KTM) 2018 ASIA MXGP | FULL COVERAGE Jeremy Seewer finished third. Antonio Cairoli was fifth. ASIA MXGP QUALIFYING RACE REPORT MXGP’s Qualifying race was led off of the start by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlingsafter he lined up third from the inside gate. Lining up to his inside on the long left hand start was the only two riders faster in Time Practice, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Romain Febvre and Team HRC’s Tim Gajser. Gajser came out of the start in 2nd behind Herlings but just ahead of Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Jeremy Seewer. Febvre was 4th with fellow Frenchman, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin in 5th. Herlings championship rival and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Teammate Antonio Cairoli was 6th. While Herlings led he came under pressure from Gajser who charged early in the race to battle for the win. Gajser showed Herlings a wheel on many occasions but Herlings responded every time. As Gajser tried to match the pace of Herlings for the lead Febvre was urgently looking to pass Seewer for third. The pressure from Febvre increased as Herlings and Gajser pulled a slight gap on the pair of Yamaha’s but to no success. Seewer responded to the charge of Febvre by catching Gajser. Cairoli meanwhile had fought his way back into 6th after briefly being passed by Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle. The lead four had separated themselves from the rest of the field early and Cairoli was left fighting for 5th with Paulin. On lap 10 of 12 Paulin’s fight for the spot was lost when he fell on the entry to a corner. The mistake from the #21 allowed both Cairoli and Desalle to move forward a position. At the finish Herlings topped Gajser by over 4 seconds with Seewer 3rd, Febvre 4th, and Cairoli 5th. BOS GP’s Evgeny Bobryshev and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Julien Lieber both crashed separately during the race but Bobryshev was unable to rejoin the race while Lieber got back up in 13th. Leiber eventually finished 21st however after being penalized along with Bike It DRT Kawasaki’s Tommy Searle in 22nd and Standing Construct KTM’s Kevin Strijbos in 23rd. Also notable was the absence of the 2017 MXGP of Indonesia winner, Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Shaun Simpson. Jeffrey Herlings: “I am feeling better every day I am riding. It was a good day, qualifying first I think the inside gate will be best even though today I started from gate three. We will see how it goes tomorrow, I think the start will be really important but I think the track is absolutely awesome.” Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Glenn Coldenhoff took 11th and later said: “Today I didn’t have a good start, I didn’t do well in Time Practice so I was very far outside on the gate. Overall though my feeling is good here, it is a beautiful track.” The post 2018 ASIA MXGP | MXGP OVERALL RACE RESULTS appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
Jeffrey Herlings is an incredible athlete, still recovering from his collarbone surgery, he has raced to another overall victory to extend his MXGP championship lead. After the cloudy humidity of Pangkal Pinang the teams and riders faced the searing mid-30s heat of Semarang with a wide, fast and spectacular clay circuit hosting the Grand Prix of Asia. Jeffrey Herlings aced an emphatic return from collarbone surgery to own both Grands Prix in Asia on his KTM 450 SX-F. The Dutchman was finally able to train and ride with a degree of normality after his surprising success in Pangkal Pinang and went to Semarang with rising confidence. He deposed of Tim Gajser late in the first moto to win, and then controlled the second moto from the front to record 19 chequered flags from the 26 run in the 2018 competition so far. The 23 year old was able to extend his lead in the championship from 12 to 24 points over teammate Tony Cairoli. The World Champion suffered through two long races with an injured left thumb to register results of 3-4. The ranking gave #222 4th place overall and meant that he missed the MXGP podium for just the third time in 2018. Herlings: “I don’t think we could have dreamt of these results. We came to Indonesia totally unprepared but to go 2-1 last week and then even better today – with the Qualification Heat and both motos – is absolutely awesome. We couldn’t have wished for anything better. This is not the ‘normal’ Jeffrey Herling yet but to leave Indonesia with two GP wins is a blessing. Red Bull KTM have done such an incredible job and I loved spending all this time with them. The team gave me a perfect bike and I would not be winning without them. I’m now looking forward to Loket in two weeks time. It is not my favourite track but the goal will be as many points as possible.” Cairoli: “I was very worried this week because I had a lot of pain and until Friday I could barely ride around on a scooter! I tried on Wednesday and it was so painful so I knew it would be hard to race, especially at this hard-pack track that is so tough on the landings. On Saturday it was almost impossible to ride without painkillers and for Sunday we decided to have an injection. The pain slowed a little bit but only for 15-20 minutes. The first moto was good actually; third place and I didn’t expect that I could be top five with this problem. It was a surprise. I had a good start in the second moto but was pushed a little bit wide by Jeffrey on the first corner and we both lost the lead as we were 1-2. I made another mistake on the jump, came short and hurt the thumb again so I dropped back to ninth and I knew I needed to regroup. In the end fourth was good and just one point from the podium. We know we have lost some points for the championship but there are still a lot of GPs to come.” The post JEFFREY HERLINGS EXTENDS MXGP LEAD appeared first on Dirt Action.
The start of the MX2 class in Asia. KTM’s Jorge Prado‘s mid-season push has helped him reel in points leader, Pauls Jonass. Prado went 2-1 in the Asia MXGP over Jonass’ 1-6 finishes. These overall finishes tied the teammates in points heading into the 14th round of the series in the Czech Republic. MX2 OVERALL RACE RESULTS | ASIA Jorge Prado (KTM)–2-1 Pauls Jonass (KTM)–1-6 Calvin Vlaanderen (Hon)–5-2 Ben Watson (Yam)–3-5 Thomas Covington (Hus)–7-3 Anthony Rodriguez (Yam)–4-7 Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)–11-5 Michele Cervellin (Yam)–6-11 Brent Van doninck (Hus)–9-9 Adam Sterry (Kaw)–8-10 Bas Vaessen (Hon)–16-8 Muhammad Delvintor Alfariza (Hus)–13-12 Diva Ismayana (Hus)–14-13 Jy Roberts (Hus)–12-15 Hitman Maksum (Hus)–15-14 Jago Geerts (Yam)–10-DNS Simone Furotti (Yam)–17-DNS Yosua Pattipi (Hus)–18-DNS 2018 250 GRAND PRIX POINTS (After 13 of 20 rounds) 1. Pauls Jonass (KTM)…550 2. Jorge Prado (KTM)…550 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)…422 4. Ben Watson (Yam)…312 5. Calvin Vlaanderen (Hon)….369 6. Thomas Covington (Hus)…331 7. Jago Geerts (Yam)…286 8. Michele Cervellin (Yam)…255 9. Henry Jacobi (Hus)…223 10. Davy Pootjes (KTM)…218 2018 ASIA MXGP | FULL COVERAGE The KTM rider of Pauls Jonass won the overall in Asia and is now tied for points with teammate Pauls Jonass heading into the 14th round. The MX2 Asia podium from left to right: Pauls Jonass, Jorge Prado, Calvin Vlaanderen. MX2 ASIA RACE REPORT The MX2 Championship fight is in full force after today’s MXGP of Asia in Semarang. Race one began with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado taking the Fox Holeshot ahead of his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate Pauls Jonass. Jonass had Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen just to his inside down the Pit Lane straight after the start and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Thomas Kjer Olsen to his outside. Vlaanderen grabbed a handful of front brake on the entry to the next turn resulting in him going down and just moments later Olsen was down. For Olsen his crash came from landing short on the next jump and he took out his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Thomas Covington in the process. With some room to breathe early Jonass pushed to pass Prado but then fell himself after losing the front end. Quick to get up Jonass was still second ahead of Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team’s Ben Watson and Yamaha SM Action M.C. – Migliori’s Michele Cervellin. F&H Racing Team’s Adam Sterry was in 5th with Honda 114 Motorsport’s Bas Vaessen giving chase. Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team’s Anthony Rodriguez passed Vaessen on lap 3 and then got by Sterry on lap 6 for 5th. Vaessen continued to push but had a big crash just before the downhill triple and was slow to get going again before eventually pulling off the track. Back at the front Jonass had again caught Prado with the help of lapped riders and mistakes from the Spaniard. Jonass made the impressive pass for the lead on lap 9 and then started to pull away. A few spots further back Rodriguez was searching for a way into 4th and eventually took the spot from Cervellin. Also making big passes to finish the race was Vlaanderen who came back from last to finish 5th ahead of Cervellin and Covington. Winning the race was Jonass with Prado 2nd and Watson 3rd followed by his teammate Rodriguez in 4th. Race 2 was off to another wild start with Jonass crashing in the first turn while Prado took the Fox Holeshot and lead. Vlaanderen had another strong jump off of the grid and kept the mistakes to a minimum in 2nd. Covington also rebounded from the bad luck of race 1 and found himself 3rd on the first laps followed by Watson and Olsen. 4 laps into the race Covington took 2nd from Vlaanderen, Jonass was up to 10th and Olsen made a pass on Watson for 4th on lap 5. Prado was able to manage his lead well as every time Covington gained ground Prado responded. The top 5 remained unchanged for the next 10 laps until Vlaanderen made charge with 2 laps to go and reclaimed 2nd from Covington. In the meantime Jonass had clawed his way back to 6th in a massive effort. Crossing the finish first was Prado with Vlaanderen, Covington, Olsen, and Watson finishing out the top 5. On the overall podium it was Prado by 7 points over Jonass and 9 ahead of Vlaanderen. Prado’s effort has tied the MX2 Championship standings at 550 points for both himself and Jonass. Jonass will however maintain the red plate with more race wins as the series heads to Loket for the MXGP of Czech Republic in 2 week time. Jorge Prado: “It was a great weekend! I had to really fight every lap of the races but I was really happy taking two Fox Holeshots which made everything easier. I am really happy with my performance. Now Pauls and I are the same points so in 2 weeks we go to Loket.” Pauls Jonass: “Actually the weekend went really good. I was feeling really good just in the second race I had a bad mistake in the first turn. I wanted to end the 2 weeks in Indonesia on a more positive note but we are looking forward to the next GP in Loket and we are going to work hard to gain more points on Jorge.” Calvin Vlaanderen: “It feels great to be on the podium again and go back to back. I had a good day and overall I’m happy. My mechanic showed me 3 laps to go in race 2 and that’s when I took a deep breath, pushed the last few laps to make a pass and thats what happened.” MX2 SATURDAY QUALIFYING The Factory KTM rider of Pauls Jonass took the qualifying race win in Asia. Round 13 of the MXGP World Championship series is on its way in Semarang, Indonesia in the country of Asia. Just like the MXGP last week in Indonesia, the MX2 field won’t even half-way fill up the 40 man gate. At 19 riders it’s a joke. On the same weekend at the Red Bud National over 80 riders signed up to race in the 250 class. Points leader Pauls Jonass took the Saturday qualifying race win with teammate Jorge Prado taking second. Yamaha’s Ben Watson finished third. MX2 QUALIFYING RACE RESULTS | ASIA Pauls Jonass (KTM) Jorge Prado (KTM) Ben Watson (Yam) Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus) Thomas Covington (Hus) Calvin Vlaanderen (Hon) Anthony Rodriguez (Yam) Michele Cervellin (Yam) Brent Van doninck (Hus) Davy Pootjes (KTM) Bas Vaessen (Hon) Jago Geerts (Yam) Adam Sterry (Kaw) Jy Roberts (Hus) Muhammad Delvintor Alfariza (Hus) Diva Ismayana (Hus) Yosua Pattipi (Hus) Hitman Maksum (Hus) Morgan Fogarty (KTM) 2018 ASIA MXGP | FULL COVERAGE Jorge Prado is only seven points down in championship points to his teammate Pauls Jonass. Yamaha’s Ben Watson finished third. ASIA MX2 RACE REPORT MX2’s Racing was a sight for the Indonesian fans as well with the 250cc bikes stretching out the massive jumps of the Semarang circuit. Off the start it looked as if Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team’s Ben Watson was about to take his first holeshot. Unfortunately for Watson Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Pradocame out of the first turn with the lead. Watson’s best start of the year put him third after the first lap with Prado’s Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Teammate Pauls Jonass also making it past the Brit. In 4th and 5th position were Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen and Thomas Covington. Last week’s MX2 overall winner, Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen was in 6th with Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori’s Michele Cervellin and Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team’s Jago Geerts giving chase. The first portion of the race Prado held a steady pace and lead over Jonass but just before the halfway mark Jonass started making up time little by little. Prado then reached the tail end of lapped traffic which allowed Jonass to close the gap to nearly nothing. With Jonass on the back wheel of Prado it took just over a lap to make a pass for the lead stick. Another rider on a clear mission to forward was Kemea Yamaha Official MX2’s Anthony Rodriguez. Rodriguez looked comfortable on the track since Free Practice and showed impressive speed passing both Cervellin and Geerts in the race to take 7th. The remainder of the race stayed relatively unchanged and at the finish Jonass kept Prado behind him to score his 4th pole position of 2018 with Watson 3rd, Olsen 4th, Covington 5th, and Vlaanderen matching his qualifying position from last week of 6th. Pauls Jonass: “The qualifying went really good. I haven’t won a qualifying race in a while so it was good to win and go the gate first because here the start is very important. I think they did a really good job on the track.” Calvin Vlaanderen: “The qualifying race was quite good, we got off to a good start and I was in 6th from the first laps. I just saved some energy for tomorrow…we just did our thing today but tomorrow hopefully we get 2 good starts so we can run up front and fight for the podium again.” The post 2018 ASIA MXGP | MX2 OVERALL RACE RESULTS appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.