Motocross

Belgium fastest as Australia impress in 2019 MXon Qualifying

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Despite the rain thousands filled the grandstand for the 73rd edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations saw the qualifying races at the man made track at the Assen TT circuit.

Team Belgium will start in pole for tomorrow‰Ûªs races as their riders Kevin Strijbos, Jeremy Van Horebeek and Jago Geerts scored a total of 5 points between them. Second was The Netherlands team, with Jeffrey Herlings, Glenn Coldenhoff and Calvin Vlaanderen also scoring 5 points, with Team USA finishing in third with 7 points. Team Australia impressed in fourth place with Dean Ferris and MXoN debutants Kyle Webster and Regan Duffy.

While it was Belgium who qualified best, the qualification race wins went to Team Switzerland‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer (MXGP), Team USA‰Ûªs Justin Cooper (MX2) and Team Latvia‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass (Open).


MXGP Class


Team Spain‰Ûªs Jorge Prado who made his debut in MXGP Class led the MXGP qualifier from Team Switzerland‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer, Team Australia‰Ûªs Dean Ferris, and Team Slovenia‰Ûªs Tim Gajser. Some of the favourites for the MXGP class were struggling after poor starts, with Team France‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin 17th, Team USA‰Ûªs Jason Anderson 18th and Team Netherlands‰Ûª Jeffrey Herlings back in 27th place.

After a lap Prado held a one second lead over Seewer, with Ferris third. Then came Team Belgium‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek, and Team Sweden‰Ûªs Filip Bengtsson in fifth. Coming through the pack were also Gajser and Van Horebeek, with both riders making a pass on Ferris, dropping the Aussie to fifth position.

Anderson moved up to ninth place, while Herlings moved up to 14th. Prado then lost the lead after a slip off and was forced back to sixth allowing Seewer to make the move into first.
Jeremy Seewer took the win in the MXGP class while Australia Dean Ferris finished 10th.
Prado and Anderson were all over Ferris for fourth place, and Team Italy‰Ûªs Ivo Monticelli passed Bengtsson for seventh place. Meanwhile Herlings moved up to 12th. Both Prado and Anderson, eventually made a pass on Ferris.

Gajser started closing up on Seewer for the lead and Herlings was right onto the back wheel of Paulin and Monticelli. Herlings passed Paulin and Monticelli as he moved to 8thposition, sending the Dutch fans wild. Seewer continued his strong ride as he opened up his lead to more than two seconds on lap eight.

Bengtsson passed Ferris for sixth place and Herlings made sure to make the most of this opportunity, also passing the Aussie rider for 7th position.

Team GB‰Ûªs Nathan Watson moved up to 11th place in the race, having started the race from almost last. Herlings was then all over Anderson for fifth place as the Dutchman showed his skills in the sad, clocking one of fastest laps of the race.

Herlings again had a super quick lap time as the track started to really get rough. Seewer held a four second lead over Gajser, Van Horebeek, Prado, Anderson and Herlings in sixth. Herlings then blasted past Anderson for fifth, with Seewer eventually taking the win of the MXGP heat from Gajser and Van Horebeek.

Jeremy Seewer: ‰ÛÏIt isn't an official MXGP race, but still amazing to win it. I got a good start from gate position 16, I saw Prado making mistakes and my riding was smooth. He made a mistake and I was able to get the pass and win, and now the pressure is off Team Switzerland.‰Û
American Justin Cooper dominated the MX2 class while Australian Kyle Webster ran second for most of the moto before dropping to third in the closing stages.
MX2 Class


Team USA‰Ûªs Justin Cooper led the MX2 qualifier, followed by Team Australia‰Ûªs Kyle Webster, Team New Zealand‰Ûªs Dylan Walsh, Team Norway‰Ûªs Kevin Horgmo and Ivanovs fifth. Team Belgium‰Ûªs Jago Geerts was back in 12th on the opening lap.

After four laps the lead by Cooper was nearly five seconds, followed by Webster, Walsh, Horgmo, and Vlaanderen. Meanwhile, Olsen was back in 11th place. Team Great Britain‰Ûªs Adam Sterry found himself in trouble back in 14th position.

While Cooper continued to lead from Webster, Walsh, Vlaanderen and Horgmo, Vlaanderen moved up to third place as he made a pass on New Zealander, Dylan Walsh. And after making a mistake, Aussie Kyle Webster found himself off the track, but not lost any places in the process.

Nine seconds ahead and looking brilliant in the sand was Cooper, who completely blew away the theory that Team USA would struggle in the sand. Horgmo also passed Walsh for fourth place, and Vlaanderen cought Webster for second place on lap nine.

Vlaanderen started to catch Cooper for the lead, and was looking very quick, third was Webster, then Geerts and Forato in fifth. In the end it was Team USA‰Ûªs Justin Cooper who secured the win in the MX2 qualifying race after taking the holeshot and leading the whole race at his first MXoN attempt followed by Vlaanderen and Webster.

Justin Cooper: ‰ÛÏI did a good job, I didn‰Ûªt expect to come out first and from that outside gate, that was good. This track is really tough but we will make some changes and come out tomorrow. Thanks to everyone supporting me.‰Û
Pauls Jonass took the win in the open class while young Australian Regan Duffy was a standout finishing 6th despite a small crash.
Open Class


Team Belgium‰Ûªs Kevin Strijbos led the Open class qualifier from Team Finland‰Ûªs Harri Kullas, Team Latvia‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass, Team Australia‰Ûªs Regan Duffy and Team Poland‰Ûªs Szymon Staszkiewicz.

Team Netherland‰Ûªs Glenn Coldenhoff quickly made a move on Duffy and Staszkiewicz, with Team Great Britain‰Ûªs Shaun Simpson making the move up to 7th place and Team USA‰Ûªs Zach Osborne was up to 13th.

Jonass made a move into the lead and Coldenhoff moved into third place, as Duffy found himself in trouble which saw him drop down to fifth place. Two laps later, Osborne moved up into 12th.

After three laps Jonass was still in the lead from Strijbos, Coldenhoff, Kullas and Simpson in fifth while Osborne was up to ninth place.

After seven laps Jonass held a one second lead over Strijbos and Coldenhoff, followed by Kullas and Simpson with Duffy sixth and Osborne seventh. Strijbos closed up on Jonass for the lead with a second between them.

While Jonass continued to lead just ahead of Strijbos, Coldenhoff went down, but remained in third. Duffy also crashed but kept his position on the track. In the end it was Pauls Jonass who secured the win in the Open class, the first heat win for Team Latvia at the Motocross of Nations. Strijbos and Coldenhoff both had to settle for second and third.

Pauls Jonass: ‰ÛÏIt is always nice to race for your own country and get a win, and that‰Ûªs the first win for Latvia in this event. I got some wheelspin on the gate but felt good and passed Strijbos. I can‰Ûªt wait to to be there tomorrow‰Û

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