Tim Gajser claimed a seventh-place finish at the end of the MXGP of Belgium, which drew to a close today at Lommel. Despite an up-and-down overall performance, the Team HRC rider has chipped away his gap to third place and he is now only 25 points away from Clement Desalle. Gajser's teammate Todd Waters was The post Top-seven result for Gajser at Lommel appeared first on Transworld Motocross.
Lommel, Belgium hosted the 15th round of the 2018 world motocross championship with the deep sand combined with the high temperatures providing a real challenge for all the competitors. However, despite these conditions, the Honda riders in MXGP, MX2 and EMX250 classes acquitted themselves really well and now head to Switzerland with renewed confidence as The post Solid results across the board for Honda at the MXGP of Belgium appeared first on Transworld Motocross.
Points leader Jorge Prado goes 1-1 in Belgium. For the 15th round of the 2018 MXGP World Championship series in Belgium at the sandy Lommel track it was the factory KTM rider of Jorge Prado that went 1-1 to extend his points lead by 28 points on his teammate and last years MX2 champ, Pauls Jonass. Jonass didn’t have the race he wanted finishing 5th overall. American Thomas Covington finished third and his factory Husqvarna teammate Thomas Kjer Olsen rounded the podium in third. MX2 OVERALL RACE RESULTS | BELGIUM Pos Rider Bike M1 M2 1 Prado, Jorge KTM 1 1 2 Covington, Thomas HUS 2 3 3 Olsen, Thomas Kjer HUS 3 4 4 Geerts, Jago YAM 7 2 5 Jonass, Pauls KTM 4 6 6 Vlaanderen, Calvin HON 5 7 7 Mewse, Conrad KTM 6 8 8 Watson, Ben YAM 11 5 9 Sterry, Adam KAW 8 9 10 Van doninck, Brent HUS 10 11 11 Weltin, Marshal KAW 14 10 12 Vaessen, Bas HON 12 13 13 Lawrence, Hunter HON 16 12 14 De Waal, Micha-Boy HON 15 14 15 Jacobi, Henry HUS 13 17 16 Cervellin, Michele YAM 9 25 17 Roosiorg, Hardi KTM 19 15 18 Koch, Tom KTM 18 18 19 Lesiardo, Morgan KTM 26 16 20 Rodriguez, Anthony YAM 17 26 21 Gole, Anton YAM 25 19 22 Pichon, Zachary KTM 20 20 23 Furlotti, Simone YAM 21 21 24 Griekspoor, Lars KTM 24 22 25 Sikyna, Richard KTM 22 23 26 de Vries, Dani HUS 23 24 MX2 POINT STANDINGS (ROUND 15 OF 20) Pos Rider Bike Total 1 Prado, Jorge KTM 645 2 Jonass, Pauls KTM 617 3 Olsen, T. HUS 492 4 Watson, Ben YAM 453 5 Vlaanderen, C. HON 444 6 Covington, T. HUS 417 7 Geerts, Jago YAM 346 8 Cervellin, M. YAM 291 9 Jacobi, Henry HUS 261 10 Pootjes, Davy KTM 218 11 Beaton, Jed KAW 216 12 Mewse, Conrad KTM 200 13 Lawrence, H. HON 193 14 Sterry, Adam KAW 189 15 Larranaga Olano, I. HUS 185 16 Van doninck, B. HUS 151 17 Brylyakov, V. YAM 127 18 Bernardini, S. TM 119 19 Vaessen, Bas HON 118 20 Rodriguez, A. YAM 107 Factory KTM’s Jorge Prado extends his points lead by going 1-1 in Lommel. Pauls Jonass needs to kick it into another gear to regain the points lead. He finished 5th in Lommel. American Thomas Covington went 2-3 for second overall. The factory Husqvarna team celebrated two riders being on the podium. MX2 BELGIUM RACE REPORT The MX2 racing was just as interesting and showcased nearly as dominant of a performance from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado. Similar to Herlings in MXGP, Prado took Saturday’s qualifying race win and backed it up with a Fox Holeshot to start Race 1 today. Prado had Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Covington behind him first but title adversary and Red Bull KTM Teammate Pauls Jonass was alongside and took second from the American immediately. Covington’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Thomas Kjer Olsen chased Covington with Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen following both. In a heated battle over 6th was Hitachi KTM UK’s Conrad Mewse and Kemea Yamaha Official MX2’s Jago Geerts. Geerts had the upper hand however with it being his home GP the fans cheered him on to pass the Brit in what was his first race in nearly 6 weeks. The biggest moment of the race however was the crash of Jonass as he tried to catch Prado for the lead. Jonass miss timed the massive SIDI jump into rollers and landed heavy which ejected him from his bike. Lucky to get away from the fall uninjured Jonass rejoined the race in 4th but lost another spot while trying to kick his clutch lever back into place. At the finish Prado took the win with Covington 2nd, Olsen 3rd, and Jonass 4th after he passed Vlaanderen back 2 laps after the crash. Mewse managed to take the 6th spot back from Geerts after following the Belgian’s lines for 6 laps. Race 2 was consistent with the Race 1 for Prado who took the Fox Holeshot again leading Covington and Olsen while Jonass fell remounting in 14th. Kemea Yamaha Official MX2’s Ben Watson started well in 4th but dropped to 7th before the opening lap was complete. Geerts in the other hand battled again with Mewse taking the spot and advantage of a crash from Vlaanderen. Geerts continued his charge forward taking 3rd from Olsen and then going after Covington for 2nd. Covington made a mistake and jumped off the track while under pressure from Geerts and lost the spot but somehow managed to stay on the bike and take 3rd. Prado’s 2nd race win was followed by Geerts, Covington, Olsen, and Watson while Jonass fought back to 6th. In the overall podium result it was perfect 50 points from Prado followed by Covington’s 2-3 and Olsen’s 3-4. Prado now leads the championship by 28 points after gaining 17 points on Jonass this weekend. Jorge Prado: “It was a great weekend getting the qualifying win yesterday and today I felt really good already in warm up with the bike and the track. The first race I got a good start and could win then in the second race got the FOX Holeshot and won again. We train really hard and you can tell we get to a track like this.” Thomas Covington: “This weekend I’m really happy to be up here on the podium in Lommel. I really struggled here my first few years in Europe so to come away with a podium is pretty big for me, I think it has been a long time since an American was on the podium at Lommel so it is a pretty cool accomplishment.” Thomas Kjer Olsen: “It is really great to be on the podium again. I had a couple of rough weeks off the podium so I was really motivated to get back on the box, just get 2 good starts, and ride like I know I can. I am happy for me and for the whole team to have 2 riders on the podium at the home GP.” The post 2018 MXGP LOMMEL | MX2 OVERALL RESULTS appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
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It is no secret that Jeffrey Herlings is a sand master. For the 15th round of the MXGP World Championship in Belgium at the famous Lommel sand track it was Jeffrey Herlings in the MXGP class that dominated the field in both motos. His factory KTM teammate, Antonio Cairoli, was unable to keep him at bay. Cairoli scored a 2-2 score for second overall. The factory Husqvarna rider of Max Anstie rounded the podium in third. MXGP OVERALL RACE RESULTS | BELGIUM Pos Rider Bike M1 M2 1 Herlings, Jeffrey KTM 1 1 2 Cairoli, Antonio KTM 2 2 3 Anstie, Max HUS 4 4 4 Febvre, Romain YAM 3 5 5 Coldenhoff, Glenn KTM 6 3 6 Seewer, Jeremy YAM 5 6 7 Gajser, Tim HON 7 7 8 Van Horebeek, Jeremy YAM 8 9 9 Desalle, Clement KAW 10 8 10 Simpson, Shaun YAM 11 11 11 Paulin, Gautier HUS 13 13 12 Bobryshev, Evgeny SUZ 17 10 13 Irwin, Graeme KTM 15 14 14 Leok, Tanel HUS 14 15 15 Strijbos, Kevin KTM 9 22 16 Tixier, Jordi KTM 12 19 17 Butron, Jose KTM 16 16 18 Lieber, Julien KAW 33 12 19 Dewulf, Jeffrey KTM 18 17 20 Kullas, Harri HUS 22 18 21 Searle, Tommy KAW 19 30 22 Guillod, Valentin KTM 21 20 23 Petrov, Petar HON 20 23 24 Waters, Todd HON 26 21 25 van Berkel, Lars HUS 25 24 26 Karro, Matiss HUS 29 25 27 Lupino, Alessandro KAW 37 26 28 Bengtsson, Filip YAM 31 27 29 Bengtsson, Jonathan KTM 24 28 30 Aussems, Menno HON 32 29 31 Monticelli, Ivo YAM 35 31 32 Damiaens, Dietger KTM 28 32 33 Martens, Yentel HUS 34 33 34 Krestinov, Gert HON 27 34 35 Valentin, Ander HUS 23 35 36 Renkens, Nathan HON 30 36 37 de Dycker, Ken KTM 36 DNS 38 Docherty, Michael HUS 38 DNS MXGP POINTS STANDINGS (ROUND 15 OF 20) Pos Rider Bike Total 1 Herlings, J. KTM 683 2 Cairoli, A. KTM 647 3 Desalle, C. KAW 503 4 Gajser, Tim HON 478 5 Febvre, Romain YAM 468 6 Paulin, G. HUS 435 7 Coldenhoff, G. KTM 388 8 Seewer, Jeremy YAM 350 9 Van Horebeek, J. YAM 337 10 Anstie, Max HUS 267 11 Bobryshev, E. SUZ 241 12 Nagl, M. TM 227 13 Lupino, A. KAW 214 14 Lieber, Julien KAW 198 15 Strijbos, K. KTM 177 16 Simpson, Shaun YAM 146 17 Searle, Tommy KAW 120 18 Jasikonis, A. HON 111 19 Desprey, M. KAW 89 20 Leok, Tanel HUS 89 Antonio Cairoli went 2-2 on the day for second overall. Max Anstie was third. LOMMEL MXGP RACE REPORT Herlings was unstoppable in Lommel. When looking at the results of the weekend on paper or watching the races on TV it is near impossible to truly understand the speed at which the MXGP riders attack the track but nevertheless Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings finds a way to go even faster. From the start of the weekend Herlings was on fire with the fastest times in Free Practice and Time Practice followed by a Qualifying race win. Today started just as strong with a heater of a lap time in Warm Up followed by his 7th Fox Holeshot of the season to begin Race 1. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Teammate and title rival Antonio Cairoli was second across the chalk and the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP rider of Romain Febvre was next with Team HRC’s Tim Gajser running 4th. Before even crossing the finish line to start the 1st official lap Herlings already had a several second lead over Cairoli. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Belgian rider Jeremy Van Horebeek chased Gajser and his teammate Febvre early but had Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Jeremy Seewer and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie putting on pressure. Anstie’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Gautier Paulin was off to a difficult race after falling twice on the opening lap and crossing the line to start the race in 34th. Seewer moved past Van Horebeek on the second lap and Anstie passed the Belgian a lap later. At around the same time Gajser passed Febvre for 3rd but only held the position for 3 laps before the Frenchman took it back. The same lap saw Anstie pass Seewer to reach the top 5 and several laps after that Gajser dropped a spot to Anstie on his way backwards to 7th place. At the finish of Race 1 Herlings won by 13 seconds even after a fall of his own while Cairoli took 2nd, Febvre 3rd, Anstie 4th, and Seewer rounded out the top 5. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s 3rd MXGP rider, Glenn Coldenhoff took 6th. Race 2 was another Red Bull KTM FOX Holeshot but this time it would be Coldenhoff in the lead with Anstie and Gajser 2nd and 3rd but Herlings shot himself into second only a few corners later and took the lead before the end of the opening lap. Cairoli was behind Anstie and Gajser as his teammates ran in 1st and 2nd but took the 4th spot from Gajser quickly and took 3rd from Anstie on the same spot the next lap. The same section worked well again for Cairoli as he passed Coldenhoff to get into second. Herlings had grown his lead to an impressive gap at that point and showed no signs of slowing as he put in an unmatchable pace. Febvre and Gajser battle for 5th briefly in which Febvre came out ahead. Anstie took 3rd from Coldenhoff but mistakes allowed the Dutchman back through. Herlings lapped his way through the field but on the final lap lost control sending him down. Herlings lead was massive however and though the fall cost him several seconds he still came away with a lap time faster than most riders on the track. Across the finish line Herlings won by 33 seconds over Cairoli and left only the top eight on the lead lap with Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle starting his final lap as Herlings took the checkered while Van Horebeek finished 1 lap down and nearly 7 seconds later. Coldenhoff took 3rd but missed out on the podium to Anstie who took 4th ahead of Febvre. Jeffrey Herlings: “The weekend was really good. I am very pleased, I took three good starts and won the qualifying, both races and was fastest in each practice. It is one of my favorite tracks on the calendar anyhow but I’m happy to extend the championship by 6 points and I’m looking forward to Switzerland.” Antonio Cairoli: “I know how to ride sand and to ride here for sure but to keep the speed and his pace for the whole race is very tough, I couldn’t do more. We are fighting to the end of the season, we will try to stay on his rear wheel and when it is possible to go for a win.” Max Anstie: “It is always nice to be back up on the podium, it was a tough one and they made me work for it. It was a solid and consistent weekend in practice and timed training. Of course I want to be on the podium every weekend but it is hard to be up here. It is not easy even with all the amount of work we do…in the gap from 3rd to 10th you can be battling with great guys in 9th and 10th having a good race and finish 10th or you could have just as good of ride and finish 3rd.” The post 2018 MXGP LOMMEL | MXGP OVERALL RESULTS appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.