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Coldenhoff and Vialle top the podiums as MXGP resumes in Latvia

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With sunshine and a crowd of excited fans the FIM Motocross World Championship officially made its return with some epic action from the MXGP and MX2 riders in Kegums for the MXGP of Latvia.

The MXGP of Latvia was the first of three events that will be taking place in Latvia, with the MXGP of Riga and MXGP of Kegums both due to take place next week, in the FIM Motocross World Championship‰Ûªs first triple-header.

In the opening MXGP race it was Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser who claimed the first FOX Holeshot. He was closely followed by Standing Construct GasGas Factory rider Glenn Coldenhoff and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Arnaud Tonus.


During lap 2, Coldenhoff was able to jump into the lead, while Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings was down in ninth, following a crazy crash in the Time Practice session.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Arminas Jasikonis had a pretty good start and in the early stages of the race was chasing Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing‰Ûªs Clement Desalle for sixth.

On lap 4, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre was all over the back of Jorge Prado of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and eventually found his way past the Spaniard to take 4th place.

As Gajser clinched the lead from Coldenhoff halfway through the race, Jasikonis was trying find a way past Desalle and Herlings, and as he passed the two riders a couple of laps later, then set his sights on 5th place.
Tim Gajser closed in on a championship lead with second overall in MXGP.
With 5 minutes and 2 laps to go, Herlings was on a mission passing Prado, Jasikonis and breathing down Seewer‰Ûªs neck. By the end of the race he managed to pass the Yamaha rider and move into 4th place where he finished.

In the end it was Gajser who won, with Coldenhoff 2nd and Febvre 3rd.

As the gate dropped for the second MXGP race of the day, it was the Factory GasGas machine of Coldenhoff that reached the FOX Holeshot line first, followed by Gajser and Seewer who were also quick out of the gate.

On the opening laps it was Coldenhoff who led Gajser, Seewer, Prado, Desalle, Febvre and Jasikonis, all while Tonus was not having the best of luck coming back from the back of the field.

Jasikonis, with a crowd of Lithuanian fans supporting him, was keen to put on a show as he moved quickly past Desalle for P5 and then Prado for 4th position.

As the top 5 continued to battle amongst themselves, Tonus found himself caught in more trouble as he crashed out and was left fighting from dead last.
Romain Febvre rounded out the MXGP podium with third place
A couple of laps later and Febvre was chasing down Jasikonis for 4th, as the two had a brief battle where they changed positions among one another for a couple of corners, though it was Febvre who came out on top in the end.

Antonio Cairoli of Red Bull KTM Factory had a tough day in Kegums as he made his way through the back end of the field, finishing 17th in the end.

But all eyes were on the 3 riders out front, with Coldenhoff, Gajser and Seewer all close together. During that point of the race it was hard to predict a clear winner with all 3 putting a lot on the line. As a result, Gajser may have pushed a little too hard and went down pretty hard in the wave sections.

This gave Coldenhoff a little bit of breathing room, though not for long as Seewer was straight on the back of him. In the last two laps we saw the GasGas and Yamaha factory riders locked in battle, though Coldenhoff was able to keep it cool and ended up as the race 2 winner.

Seewer finished 2nd with Febvre, Herlings, Gajser and Jasikonis who was 6th.

Overall, it was a historic day for GasGas and Glen Coldenhoff as they claimed the first race win and podium for the manufacturer. Tim Gajser was 2nd overall, with Febvre occupying the 3rd step of the podium, an incredible achievement for his first MXGP race of the year.

Despite missing out on the podium, Jeffrey Herlings still managed to hold on to the championship lead as we head into round 4 on Wednesday with the MXGP of Riga!

‰ÛÏIt was an amazing second race, I did not make any mistakes and just did my own thing, in the end Jeremy was pushing hard and then I saw on his pit board pass for the win and I didn‰Ûªt know where Gajser was so I really pushed hard for it and I‰Ûªm so happy for the win,‰Û
Tom Vialle strengthened his lead in the MX2 championship with the overall win.
The MX2 riders were the first to take to the line today with their opening race of the day. As the gate dropped it was the Tom Vialle with the FOX Holeshot followed by Jago Geerts of Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2, then came Roan Van de Moosdijk and Ruben Fernandez.

Geerts then crashed out of second, dropping down to ninth position which meant he had a tough job on his hands to catch the leaders.

By lap four the top five was made up of Vialle, Moosdijk, fellow F&H Kawasaki Racing rider Mathys Boisrame, Rene Hofer and Thomas Kjer Olsen.

As Vialle continued to pull away from the rider in second, Australian Jed Beaton was making his way back up from P20, despite starting in the top 10.

Geerts‰Ûª bad luck continued on lap 6, during which he went down, dropping from ninth to 22nd place. Then a few laps later and we were treated to a nice battle between Boisrame and Hofer who chased top positions. Though not long after Hofer dropped to fifth was Fernandez executed a pass on the KTM rider.

Meanwhile, Brit Ben Watson was locked in a battle with Maxime Renaux. Watson then made a mistake and went off track though he did lose any positions straight away.

With 3 laps to go Vialle continued his lead, as Van de Moosdijk tried to keep a healthy distance, meanwhile Fernandez separated the two Kawasaki riders with Boisrame in 4th followed by Hofer, Watson, Renaux and Alvin Ostlund of Honda Assomotor was the rider in 8th.

In the end it was Vialle who crossed the finish line first, followed by Van de Moosdijk and Fernandez.
Roan Van De Moosdijk finished second in MX2.
In race two, it was Vialle once again with a flyer out of the gate as he took the second FOX Holeshot here in Latvia, with Boisrame and Van de Moosdijk right there as well. Though Geerts was making quick moves and was in the top 3 by the end of the lap.

Band luck for Rene Hofer who had a DNF in the second race due to a problem with the front wheel. While Beaton was having a much better race and was making moves in eighth.

With a bad first race, Geerts was not wasting any time in the second race as he was moving quick to try passing Van de Moosdijk. A few laps later and Geerts was pushing for Vialle as they came around towards the start side-by-side. Geerts was able to find a gap and muscle his way past the Frenchman to become the new race leader.

While charging for Boisrame, Fernandez lost his balance and had a big crash which resulted in a few lost positions, though he made a good recovery and eventually finished the race in P7.

Towards the later stages of the race Watson was eager to catch Van de Moosdijk for 4th place, though after a few failed attempts, settled to finish 5th.

We were treated to a real last lap showdown, as Vialle pushed Geerts, eventually passing him as they crossed the line to take the 1 lap board, and while they made their way around the track, eager to win Vialle made a mistake allowing Geerts to jump back to 1st where he remained until the end of the race. Boisrame finished 3rd with his team-mate right behind him in P4.

Overall it was Vialle who took the GP victory at the MXGP of Latvia with a double podium for F&H Racing as Moosdijk and Boisrame finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

‰ÛÏI passed Jago on the last lap and he passed me again, I was really tired, the first race was good, the second race it was really hot and in Belgium the weather hasn‰Ûªt been so hot so it was a little bit hard but it was perfect, to win overall I am very happy, a big thanks goes to my team for their hard work‰Û
Frenchman Mathys Boisrame rounded out the MX2 podium with third.
MXGP Results

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Classification Top 10:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:47.632
2. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:01.912
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:04.757
4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:05.903
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:07.037
6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:11.673
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:22.461
8. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:24.847
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:41.423
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:47.902.

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Classification Top 10:
1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), 34:42.555
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:01.225
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:18.203
4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:21.007
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:23.205
6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:24.274
7. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +1:03.287
8. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Honda), +1:07.883
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:15.846
10. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:18.969.

MXGP - GP Classification Top 10:
1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 47 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 41 Points
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 40 Points
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 38 Points
5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 36 Points
6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 30 Points
7. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 27 Points
8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 22 Points
9. Benoit Paturel (FRA, HON), 20 Points
10. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 20 Points

MXGP - Championship ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 130 Points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 126 Points
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 103 Points
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 86 Points
5. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 83 Points
6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 80 Points
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 80 Points
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 80 Points
9. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 74 Points
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 50 Points

MX2 Results

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Classification Top 10:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 35:20.720
2. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:06.879
3. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:13.493
4. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:19.006
5. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:21.761
6. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:24.001
7. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:37.867
8. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Honda), +0:38.066
9. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:39.837
10. Alberto Forato (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:44.055.

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Classification Top 10:
1. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:16.839
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:04.270
3. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:07.537
4. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:10.503
5. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:12.790
6. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:33.495
7. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:37.681
8. Nathan Crawford (AUS, Honda), +0:44.907
9. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:49.347
10. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:55.007.

MX2 - GP Classification Top 10:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 47 Points
2. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 40 Points
3. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 38 Points
4. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 34 Points
5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 31 Points
6. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 30 Points
7. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 25 Points
8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 22 Points
9. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 21 Points
10. Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 21 Points

MX2 - Championship ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 134 points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 112 Points
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 95 Points
4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 86 Points
5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 79 Points
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 73 Points
7. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 71 Points
8. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 70 Points
9. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 69 Points
10. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 64 Points

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