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Cairoli and Covington Set Qualifying Pace at MXGP of Czech Republic

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Antonio Cairoli will have first gate pick for race day. Photo: Youthstream
Antonio Cairoli and Thomas Covington have set the pace for qualifying in the MXGP and MX2 classes respectively for the 2018 MXGP of Czech Republic around the hillsides circuit of Loket.

Cairoli led the MXGP field into the first turn but it was Brit Max Anstie that wowed the crowd by taking the premier spot on the opening lap.

Anstie, who has had a difficult season so far, led Cairoli for 7 laps while Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser gave chase in third. Championship leader Jeffrey Herlings was 4th off the start and rode comfortably in the position for the majority of the race.

<br / Also in the lead group was Clement Desalle with Tommy Searle slightly further back. Searle however was passed by Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek on lap 2. Van Horebeek showed the speed normally expected of him after a series of challenging races which will make him one to watch Sunday along with the fact his only GP victory came at this track in 2014.

Van Horebeek‰Ûªs Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP teammate Romain Febvre worked his way through the pack after running in 14th, just behind the returning BOS GP rider Jordi Tixier, on the first lap. Febvre was able to climb his way up to 9th by lap 7.
MXGP championship leader Jeffrey Herlings was second. Photo: Youthstream
On lap 8 Cairoli took the lead from Anstie and immediately created a gap which seemingly encouraged Herlings to put in a fast lap and take a spot from Anstie along with Gajser on lap 10. Gajser fought to hold off the ‰ÛÏBullet‰Û
HRC's Tim Gajser has found some consistency and was third fastest in MXGP. Photo: Youthstream
Aussie Todd Waters was 17th at the finishing line after starting the moto with the 21st gate pick. Waters maintained his position at the start and ran as high as 16th in the early part of the moto, before losing one place to Glenn Coldenhoff on lap eight. He then maintained his position up to the chequered flag.
HRC's Todd Waters continues to find his feet after injury and illness and was 17th in MXGP qualifying. Photo: @shotbybavo_11
"I had a poor start to the race, but I was able to make some passes early on and move up to 16th place, which is kind of where we stayed for the whole moto," Waters said. "The MXGP field in Europe is very deep, so a good start is important otherwise it‰Ûªs really hard to recover. I still feel like I hit a wall in terms of performance and I still cannot make the step forward I am looking for. Surely a smoother start to this experience with Team HRC without collarbone injuries and stomach bugs would have helped, but this is where we are now and we need to make the most of every opportunity, no matter my fitness condition."
Thomas Covington was the man to set the pace in MX2 qualifying. Photo: Youthstream
The MX2 Qualifying race was full of surprises from the start with Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team‰Ûªs Jago Geerts leading Thomas Covington while Championship contenders Jorge Prado and Pauls Jonass had issues.

Covington took the lead from Geerts on the opening lap and started to pull away quickly but the real question was where the MX2 points leaders of Jonass and Prado were. The answer was Prado in 17th and Jonass 18th. Jonass made quick work up to 12th by lap 4 while Prado only gained one position.

In the fight for the top however was Stephen Rubini in 3rd chased by Honda 114 Motorsport‰Ûªs Bas Vaessen, Henry Jacobi, and F&H Racing Team‰Ûªs Adam Sterry.

Also in a battle for position was Richard Sikyna in 7th and BIKE IT DRT Kawasaki‰Ûªs fill-in from Brazil, Gustavo Pessoa, in 10th. Between the two of Sikyna and Pessoa was Thomas Kjer Olsen and Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda‰Ûªs Marshal Weltin. Olsen made his way forward from 9th and so too did Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team‰Ûªs Ben Watson from 12th.
Yamaha mounted Jago Geerts took his highest qualifying result with second in MX2,. Photo: Youthstream
Going backwards in the standings was Vaessen who fell from 4th to 13th. For Jonass the race didn‰Ûªt get any easier when he came together with Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen while battling over 11th. Both riders remounted but Jonass was in 24th and Vlaanderen got up in 31st.

Back at the front Covington was long gone but Rubini was under pressure from the relentless speed of Olsen and Watson. Olsen made the pass to take third and Watson was next for fourth before Sterry took 5th.

At the finish Covington took the win followed by Geerts, Olsen, Watson and Sterry. Prado took 10th just behind the returning Honda 114 Motorsports rider Hunter Lawrence while Jonass finished 16th and Vlaanderen 21st.

‰ÛÏThe Qualifying Race went well as I was second out of the start and just passed Geerts real quick in the second corner, after that it was pretty easy actually, I just found a good rhythm and got a good gap," Covington said.

Aussie Hunter Lawrence was happy to be back fit and ready to race.

‰ÛÏEverything is all healed up so it is good to be back and not carrying any injury. It is good to be back fit and healthy as I wish to finish the year strong," Lawrence said.

MXGP Qualifying Race Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 25:21.539
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:03.910
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:06.971
4. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:12.011
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:15.511
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:21.477
7. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:28.697
8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:29.596
9. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:48.369
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:49.642

MX2 Qualifying Race Top Ten:
1. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), 24:27.968
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:11.714
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:15.934
4. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:16.865
5. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:23.106
6. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), +0:25.817
7. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), +0:29.317
8. Marshal Weltin (USA, Honda), +0:42.379
9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:45.901
10. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:49.602.

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