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Desalle and Jonass convert pole into race wins at French MXGP

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The 2017 FIAT Professional MXGP of France was held today at the Ern̩e circuit with Clement Desalle and Pauls Jonass turning their winning qualifying form overall round win in an amazing atmosphere.

The weekend started well for Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle as he took pole position, winning the Qualifying session. Desalle started Sunday looking to keep the momentum on his side but a 4th place in Race 1 wasn‰Ûªt what he was capable of or expecting. In Race 2 the #25 came out on a mission when he jumped past Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli for the lead on lap 2 and then led every lap to the finish winning his first race and overall win of the year.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs really nice to be back on the podium and it‰Ûªs a good feeling to win a race after a while," Desalle said, "I‰Ûªm very satisfied about the job me and my team did in the last few weeks and we‰Ûªll keep working to be consistent for the rest of the season and enjoy riding‰Û
Desalle and Jonass convert pole into race wins at French MXGP
Clement Desalle converted his pole win on Saturday into a round win on Sunday. Credit: Youthstream
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli, the current championship points leader, had somewhat of an off weekend where he struggled to pick lines and put in the laps he wanted. In Race 1 Cairoli was 3rd for 16 laps but he made it into second for the final two laps. Race 2 started with the FOX Holeshot but he was passed by both Desalle and Gautier Paulin, an uncommon occurrence. Overall it was a positive weekend for Cairoli though with a 2-3 finish for a second overall, an extended points lead, and he surpassed a milestone of 8,000 championship points throughout his career.

‰ÛÏOverall I‰Ûªm happy about the weekend because we extended our championship lead and that's what we are here for," Cairoli said. "I‰Ûªm a little disappointed by my riding because I know I can do better but I struggled a lot with the track, even with two good starts. So second and third is not too bad but we always aim to win. We‰Ûªll go to Russia to do our best and get on the podium again and now it is almost time to look more at the standings and start to control the classification.‰Û
Desalle and Jonass convert pole into race wins at French MXGP
Toni Cairoli finished second overall in MX1 to extend his championship lead. Credit: Youthstream
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Max Nagl had his first race win this season today which was also his first top five of the season. The German has been making strides in his performances and today was rather impressive when he took the FOX Holeshot and led every lap to win Race 1. In Race 2 he had another good start amongst the top 10 before moving up to sixth but he was then passed twice and later fell. Even with the fall Nagl had a stellar weekend and finished 4th overall.

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek fought hard through both races battling with various riders but most of all his teammate Romain Febvre. In Race 1 Van Horebeek held second position for 16 laps but fell on the 17th and lost the position to Cairoli. In Race 2 Febvre had the backing of the home GP fans, beating out Van Horebeek and with a strong end of Race he charged the Frenchman finishing 4th. The two Yamaha‰Ûªs would go 5th and 6th overall with Van Horebeek ahead.
Desalle and Jonass convert pole into race wins at French MXGP
Gautier Paulin landed on the box with third at his home GP
Another notable ride came from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings when he came from near last in Race 2. After a first turn crash Herlings was on fire before finishing 5th. The ‰ÛÏBullet‰Û
Desalle and Jonass convert pole into race wins at French MXGP
Pauls Jonass took another win in the MX2 class and now extends his championship lead to 42 points
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass did what he has done now many times this season, win the MX2 overall and extend his points lead. Jonass won Saturday‰Ûªs Qualifying races and had a similar Race 1 by getting the lead and creating a gap early and then coasting to the finish. Race 2 was a new challenge as Jonass had Benoit Paturel ahead of him and Jeremy Seewer providing pressure from behind. Jonass stay second and took home the overall with the 1-2 result.

‰ÛÏI really enjoyed my riding in the first moto after taking the whole shot and pulling away in the first laps; I was able to control it," Jonass explained.

"In the second race I was not riding that well and Benoit was just a bit better: it is also nice that he can win a moto in front of the home crowd. 1-2 is really good for the championship and I‰Ûªm really happy because last weekend was also hard-pack and things have been pretty good. I‰Ûªm glad to have the win in the pocket. The bike was working really good this weekend and now we‰Ûªll focus on being 100% for Russia.‰Û
Desalle and Jonass convert pole into race wins at French MXGP
Frenchman Benoit Paturel was second in MX2 at his home GP
In Race 2 Paturel, who has struggled with starts all year long, scored his first career Fox Holeshot. The firsts kept on coming as he won race 2, the only time in his career thus far. On the French mother‰Ûªs day holiday Paturel finished second overall and dedicated his race win to his mother, whom passed away last year.

"I‰Ûªm really happy with my race, I had difficulty in the past at the last race in Germany, but I came back strong," Paturel said. "I‰Ûªm happy to battle with these two guys (Jonass and Seewer), I think we have a good level and it is really nice to ride like this. Today I got the first FOX Holeshot of my career and it helped very much.‰Û
Desalle and Jonass convert pole into race wins at French MXGP
Jeremy Seewer rounded out the MX2 podium ahead of his team-mate, Australian Hunter Lawrence
For the second time in two races Suzuki World MX2‰Ûªs Hunter Lawrence placed one spot behind his teammate, Seewer, while last weekend he was third, this time it was 4th overall. Lawrence placed 5-4 and is showing some serious speed that will undoubtedly continue in the upcoming rounds.

The final spot in the top five went to the hard charging LRT KTM rider Julien Lieber. The Belgian had a decent start in Race 1 and moved from 5th on lap one to finish 4th. Though the real story was that of the 2nd race when he was 19th after lap one but made a miraculous charge up to 6th by the finish, the #33‰Ûªs 4-6 charge was worth 33 points proved just enough to keep him 5th overall.

Other notable riders are Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Thomas Kjer Olsen and Red Bull Factory KTM Racing's Jorge Prado Garcia. Olsen, third in the championship scored 7-8 finishes after being 13th and 21st on lap one taking 7th overall. Prado battled in the top three first few laps of MX2 Race 1 before finishing 6th and in the top five of Race two eventually finishing 5th for 6th overall.

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 35:35.189
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:06.733
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:08.460
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:09.028
5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:10.996
6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:18.286
7. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:30.885
8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:35.172
9. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:41.628
10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki), +0:46.421.

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), 35:08.044
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:02.439
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:08.169
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:11.832
5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:17.245
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.475
7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:42.570
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:48.221
9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:57.579
10. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:06.009.

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 43 points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 42 p.
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 37 p.
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 37 p.
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 35 p.
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 32 p.
7. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 32 p.
8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 27 p.
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 23 p.
10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 22 p.

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 347 points
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 297 p.
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 289 p.
4. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 261 p.
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 261 p.
6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 253 p.
7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 214 p.
8. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 209 p.
9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 200 p.
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 176 p.

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 35:40.293
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:02.395
3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:03.324
4. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:19.084
5. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), +0:24.152
6. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:40.842
7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:44.865
8. Brian Hsu (GER, Husqvarna), +0:55.028
9. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:57.490
10. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:01.587.

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), 34:00.096
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:01.699
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:03.626
4. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), +0:45.346
5. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +1:11.119
6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +1:16.485
7. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +1:22.585
8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +1:26.415
9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:30.988
10. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki), +1:32.488.

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 47 points
2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 45 p.
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 42 p.
4. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 34 p.
5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 33 p.
6. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 31 p.
7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 27 p.
8. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 24 p.
9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 23 p.
10. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KAW), 19 p.

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 372 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 330 p.
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 291 p.
4. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 282 p.
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 265 p.
6. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 208 p.
7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 206 p.
8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 174 p.
9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 171 p.
10. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 157 p.

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