Motocross

Febvre and Hearlings weather the storm at Valkenswaard

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Extreme weather conditions made for some of the best racing in the world at the third round of the FIM Motocross World Championship with the ruthless circuit of Valkenswaard in Holland proving to be a challenge that was capable of breaking both bikes and hearts while establishing legends such as the grand prix winners Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings.

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The first ever grand prix to take place in Valkenswaard was back in 1991. Back then the track used to be way softer and wavier, everything you would expect from a ‰Û÷sand‰Ûª circuit. Nowadays, the historic track has packed down which makes for massive braking bumps and sharp acceleration bumps while still maintaining wave section like corners. Horrendous down pours of rain throughout the weekend saturated the sand, which softened it up slightly but nevertheless the terrain remained brutal.

The defending MXGP world champion Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre proved exactly why he is the holder of the crown when he won the MXGP of Europe with an epic race win in the final race of the day where he caught and passed the eight time FIM Motocross World Champion Antonio Cairoli. ‰ÛÏI couldn‰Ûªt find my rhythm in the first race‰Û
Max Nagl leads the MXGP class through turn 1
Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser was nothing short of impressive this weekend. In race one, he had everyone wide eyed as he gave the cream of MXGP a riding lesson around a track he hasn‰Ûªt had a lot of success at, while his undoing was in Race Two where he had the grand prix victory in the palm of his hand for more than half of the race but appeared to be at war with his bike which he confirmed in the post race interview.

‰ÛÏI had a problem with my bike in the last race where it kept stopping, I stalled it twice but it actually wasn‰Ûªt my fault. I haven‰Ûªt been back to the paddock to know what the problem is yet, but anyway I am happy to be back on the podium, especially in the sand because it‰Ûªs not actually my favorite dirt.‰Û
Tim Gajser rounded out the podium with third for the round
Most Belgian and Dutch riders are sand savvy; after all, they grow up racing the stuff. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek was on the pace at times but like everyone else, made a few mistakes out on the pitiless circuit of Valkenswaard which dropped him off the podium and down to fifth.

As for the native Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Glenn Coldenhoff, he ground out his laps today while carrying a few niggling injuries which he picked up at the MXGP of Thailand when he throw it away big time in the waves.

Ben Townley struggled with illness finishing moto 1 with a 14th and pulling out of the second

MX2
Jeffrey Herlings has not lost race in the MX2 class this year.
There is nothing like winning in front of your home crowd. Ask any rider and they will tell you it is one of the most hair-raising feelings in the world. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings took his first ever grand prix victory here in 2010 at the tender age of 15 years old.

Since then, Herlings has won every grand prix here in Valkenswaard, a track he has cut so many laps on it may as well be in his backyard. Today, at the MXGP of Europe, The Bullet hit yet another career milestone as he used his one of a kind sand riding finesse to claim his 50th grand prix victory in front of his nation. The Flying Dutchman went on to say, ‰ÛÏto win 50 grand prix is something special, its‰Ûª like your first then 10, then 50, then 100.‰Û
Pauls Jonass finished second in MX2 and sits second in the championship
Finishing second to Herlings in the sand is almost as good as a win for the riders in MX2. With that in mind, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass had a brilliant day in the office as he charged hard and banked two consistent second place finishes for a convincing second overall. ‰ÛÏI felt confident this weekend, I struggled a bit with suspension settings yesterday and in the first race too, but we changed some things and it was much better.‰Û
Third palced for the round, Jeremy Seewer (91) slips his way to the front
Kemea Yamaha Official MX Team‰Ûªs Brent Van Doninck was absolutely hauling yesterday but was forced out of the race with a mechanical failure. Because the Belgian did not finish the Qualifying Race he had last pick of the start gate, which meant he was already at a disadvantage. Despite the work-out, Van Doninck rode like a machine today and barged his way from the back of the pack for a jaw dropping 5 ‰ÛÒ 4 finish for fourth overall.

Meanwhile Van Doninck‰Ûªs Kemea Yamaha Official‰Ûªs teammate Benoit Paturel turned some solid laps for fifth overall while the kid representing the Dutch youth, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Davy Pootjes killed it in race one with his impressive sixth place finish but crashed in the second race which meant he would only wrap up his home grand prix in tenth.

Main Photo: Romain Febvre took the round win with a 3-1 result
Credit: MXGP

MXGP Moto1:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:41.033
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:05.431
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:33.443
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:46.976
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:51.297
6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:52.205
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:52.378
8. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:00.386
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:10.664
10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:14.769
11. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), +1:18.409
12. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +1:20.067
13. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:26.354
14. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki World MXGP), +2:26.311.

MXGP Moto2:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 34:55.696
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:05.156
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:12.437
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:14.500
5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:17.253
6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:25.165
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:27.558
8. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:39.187
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:53.250
10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna), +1:10.348.
31. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki World MXGP), -11 lap(s).

MXGP Overall result:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 45 points
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 40 p.
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 38 p.
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 36 p.
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 36 p.
6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 33 p.
7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), 31 p.
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 23 p.
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 22 p.
10. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), 19 p.
11. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 16 p.
12. Harri Kullas (EST, KTM), 14 p.
13. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 14 p.
14. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 14 p.
15. Christophe Charlier (FRA, HUS), 11 p.
16. Gert Krestinov (EST, HON), 8 p.
17. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 7 p.
18. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki World MXGP), 7 p.

MXGP World Championship Standings (after 3 of 18 rounds):
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 137 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 124 p.
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 107 p.
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 104 p.
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 100 p.
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 84 p.
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 80 p.
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), 79 p.
9. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 63 p.
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 55 p.
11. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 51 p.
12. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki World MXGP), 49.


MX2 Moto1:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:12.127
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:50.896
3. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +1:07.168
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +1:23.048
5. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +1:26.054
6. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +1:35.470
7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +1:46.678
8. Ben Watson (GBR, Husqvarna), +2:07.789
9. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Yamaha), +2:10.450
10. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), -1 lap(s).

MX2 Moto2:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:17.872
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +1:19.911
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +1:25.404
4. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +1:29.679
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +1:31.724
6. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +1:35.487
7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +1:54.833
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +1:59.315
9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +2:03.230
10. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Yamaha), +2:12.493.

MX2 Overall result:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 44 p.
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 38 p.
4. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 34 p.
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 29 p.
6. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, YAM), 23 p.
7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 21 p.
8. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 21 p.
9. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 21 p.
10. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 21 p.

MX2 World Championship Standings (after 3 of 18 rounds):
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 150 points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 112 p.
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 112 p.
4. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 91 p.
5. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 78 p.
6. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 76 p.
7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 75 p.
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 60 p.
9. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, YAM), 60 p.
10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 59 p.

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