Dylan Ferrandis Secures His Maiden MX2 Overall Round Win In Argentina


Dylan Ferrandis of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team scored the first GP win of his career in the Argentine round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Villa La Angostura.

After several days of testing since the last round of the series the French youngster was on the pace throughout qualification and stepped up the pace when it counted in the two GP motos to score an emphatic victory after two tough races.

Ferrandis quickly moved to the front in the opening moto and, secure in the knowledge that his own fitness and the speed of his KX250F-SR would prevail over the full race distance, he remained calm when a rival charged past for three laps and eventually won the race by more than seven seconds.

A slip on lap two of the second race after he had moved quickly to third pushed the Frenchman temporarily back to sixth place but he displayed great resolve to cross the line in second place and secure the overall victory on the combined score of the two races.
MX2 Start - Credit: Ray Archer
His 47 point haul has also pulled Dylan into a tie for the series points lead, though his title rival Jeffrey Herlings retains the red plate as he has secured the greater number of moto wins.

‰ÛÏBefore coming here in Argentina we did a lot of testing on the suspension, and on Saturday we continued working on the bike." Ferrandis explained. "I was not worried with my fifth position in qualification; I knew that Sunday would be different.

"I got a great start in the first race and took the lead in the opening lap, then Jonass passed me but I knew that I was faster and passed him back to win pretty easily. My second start was not as good but I was soon third behind Jonass and Herlings until I crashed and lost a couple of positions; I was sixth but felt comfortable on the bike and recovered to second place in the moto to secure my first overall Grand Prix overall victory.

"The track was pretty nice; I enjoyed racing here and I want to thanks all the team members who worked hard to get these results.‰Û
Pauls Jonass continued his early season form with a second place overall result - Credit: Ray Archer
Jonass continued his early season form to secure 2-3 race results for overall second in the MX2 Grand Prix.

Not was all smooth sailing for Jonass who clipped teammate Jeffrey Herlings in the heat of the battle in the opening stage of race one. Herlings crash damaging his handlebars, which made it impossible for him to continue but he made a powerful comeback in race two to take a comfortable victory and still wind up overall seventh in the GP.

‰ÛÏI found my rhythm and I am feeling confident on the bike and the track but I was pretty bummed because I touched Jeffrey and then he crashed." Jonass said. "It was my fault and I didn‰Ûªt want to do that.‰Û
Jeremy Seewer earned his first podium result in the MX2 class - Credit: Suzuki
In just his second GP season, and first as a full-time professional, Jeremy Seewer took the RM-Z250 to fifth position in both today‰Ûªs motos to finish on the the final step of the podium.

‰ÛÏThis is not such a big surprise to me because I have worked my whole life to be at the top of this sport." Seewer said. "I knew at the beginning of the season that my speed is good, but I just had some bad luck in Thailand.

"I put that event ‰Û÷into the past‰Ûª and focused on my practice‰Û_and now I am on the podium. It is an amazing feeling to be up here for the first time. I did two solid races and two fifth positions are not normally enough for the podium, but on tracks like this it is important to be consistent and not make mistakes because a few guys had some big crashes here today.‰Û
MX2 Podium
MX2 Overall result:
1. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 47 Pts
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 42 Pts
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suz), 32 Pts
4. Thomas Covington (USA, KAW), 28 Pts
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 27 Pts
6. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 26 Pts
7. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 25 Pts
8. Adam Sterry (GBR, KTM), 20 Pts
9. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 20 Pts
10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 19 Pts

MX2 World Championship Standings (after 3 of 18 rounds):
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 125 Pts
2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 125 Pts
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 112 Pts
4. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 82 Pts
5. Thomas Covington (USA, KAW), 81 Pts
6. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 80 Pts
7. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 79 Pts
8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 73 Pts
9. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suz), 70 Pts
10. Petar Petrov (BUL, KTM), 57 Pts

Top Image: Dylan Ferrandis on his way to victory in Argentina

Credit: Kawasaki

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