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Coldenhoff and Prado take pole in Shanghai

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Coldenhoff and Prado take pole in Shanghai
Glenn Coldenhoff.
The Grand Finale of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship kicked off today at the international off-rad circuit of Shanghai, China for the JUST1 MXGP of China with Glenn Coldenhoff and Jorge Prado topping qualifying.

Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser led the MXGP qualifying race from Standing Construct's Coldenhoff, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer, Jeffrey Herlings and Arminas Jasikonis. Standing Ivo Monticelli was sixth, Pauls Jonass next, then came Team HRC rider Brian Bogers, Honda SR Motoblouz‰Ûª Jeremy Van Horebeek, and Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin in 10th. Herlings dropped back to seventh place, and Gajser then went down hard in the lead and dropped back to ninth position. Gajser went down again as he rounded in 14th place.


Coldenhoff might have had the lead, but Jasikonis wasn‰Ûªt letting the Dutchman get away. Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Arnaud Tonus pulled into the mechanics area, and Gajser moved into 11th place.

After four laps Coldenhoff led from Jasikonis by around two seconds, with Seewer third, Jonass fourth and Monticelli fifth. On lap six Jasikonis was all over Coldenhoff, with Seewer also closing on the two leaders. Herlings continued to trail in sixth position, and Gajser was 13th.
Coldenhoff and Prado take pole in Shanghai
Arminas Jasikonis
On lap nine Herlings passed Monticelli, and Coldenhoff started pulling away from Jasikonis and Seewer. Jasikonis and Seewer closed on Coldenhoff again in the last two laps and those three fought for the lead, with clocking the quickest laps and pulling up on Jonass in fourth. Coldenhoff went on to win his second qualifying heat of the season it from Jasikonis and Seewer.
Coldenhoff and Prado take pole in Shanghai
Jeremy Seewer
‰ÛÏI had a good start and it was actually similar to last week, when Gajser had the lead, had a crash and then Jasikonis was behind me," Coldenhoff explained. "I have a good gate pick for tomorrow and the inside is very good for the start. I am 11 points down on Paulin for third in the championship. I was 22 points down last round, so if I do the same as next week I can get to third in the championship. Wherever I finish we are happy, but I would love to have that medal around my neck.‰Û
Coldenhoff and Prado take pole in Shanghai
Jorge Prado
When the gate dropped in the MX2 qualifying race it was Jorge Prado who led Tom Vialle, Team SM Action Yamaha team‰Ûªs Maxime Renaux, Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen, and in fifth place it was 114 Honda‰Ûªs Mitchell Evans. After a lap Renaux had moved into second place, but Vialle was quickly back into the second spot after repassing his fellow Frenchman. Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2‰Ûªs Jago Geerts had moved into fourth place passing both Vlaanderen and Evans while Vlaanderen was up to seventh.

Prado had extended his lead to two seconds over Vialle, with Renaux third. Vialle wasn‰Ûªt giving up in second place as he hounded Prado, the two KTM riders moving well away from Geerts who had moved into third when he passed Renaux.
Coldenhoff and Prado take pole in Shanghai
Tom Vialle
Five laps in and Prado and Vialle remained in close combat, with Geerts third, Vlaanderen fourth and Renaux fifth. On lap six Vlaanderen passed Geerts for third place. Prado began to make a gap between himself and Vialle and Thomas Kjer Olsen moved past Harrison for ninth place. Geerts went down hard and lost a bunch of places, eventually getting up in eight position. Prado eventually took his 14th pole position out of 18 from Vialle and Vlaanderen.

"Like Glenn said, the inside gate has an advantage," Prado said. "I took the holeshot and I didn‰Ûªt push too much in the early laps but then I found the better flow. It is good to train with the 450 and next week I will be back on the big bike. I am enjoying riding the big bike.‰Û
Coldenhoff and Prado take pole in Shanghai
Calvin Vlaanderen
MXGP - Qualifying Race Top Ten
1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 24:42.040
2. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:01.428
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:02.342
4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:03.284
5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:03.428
6. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +0:24.928
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:26.907
8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:32.226
9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Yamaha), +0:35.620
10. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:45.017

MX2 - Qualifying Race Top Ten
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 25:02.251
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:17.493
3. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:29.568
4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:44.519
5. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:45.877
6. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:47.400
7. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:52.916
8. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:54.480
9. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:57.782
10. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +1:00.515

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