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France Tops 2016 MXoN Qualifying, Australia through in 8th position.

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Team France lead by Romain Febvre has topped the qualifying proceedings at the 2016 Monster Energy Motocross of Nations being held in Maggiora, Italy.

Febvre got the French team off to the perfect start, winning the opening MXGP qualifying race, team-mate Benoit Paturel finished third in the MX2 race, before Gautier Paulin made his result redundant by finishing second in the final MX Open race as the top two race results counted towards the team overall score.

The French teams 3 points was just enough to edge out team Belgium on four points who qualified second on the back of the MX2 win by Jeremy Van Horebeek after Kevin Strijbos finished third in the opening MX1 race.

Rounding out the top three teams was Team Netherland after Jeffery Herlings opened up his 450 career with a easy win in the MX Open race.

Team Australia comfortably qualified for tomorrow's A final, with Todd Waters kicking the day off with a great 7th place in the MX1 race. Mitch Evans was looking good inside the top twenty in the MX2 race before a mistake seen him cross the line in 24th.

Dean Ferris then sealed Australia's spot in Sunday's big race with a great ride in the MX Open race finishing third behind Herlings and Paulin, leaving Australia on 10 points and in 8th position.

It was also a good day for team New Zealand with Cody Coopers 12th in the MX1 race combined with Josiah Natzke's 6th in the MX2 race giving the Kiwi's the 10th spot in tomorrow's final.

It was a tough day for team U.S.A with all three riders suffering from crashes in their races. Despite the run of bad luck, the team of Cooper Webb, Alex Martin and Jason Anderson squeezed themselves through qualifying finishing the day in 15th position.
With just over two laps to go, Cairoli crashed out of the race lead, handing the win to Febvre.
MXGP Qualifying Race:

Italian Antonio Cairoli shot out to the lead and looked to have control of the race. French rider Romain Febvre after a couple of attempts made his way past Canadian Kaven Benoit to move into second.

Moments later the Canadian crashed, leaving American Cooper Webb with no where to go, with Webb crashing and falling back to 30th.

Australian Todd Waters started in 10th before making his way past New Zealander Cody Cooper for 9th early in the race.

With just over two laps to go, Cairoli crashed out of the race lead, handing the win to Febvre. Cairoli was able to recover and finish second ahead of Belgiums Kevin Strijobs in thrid, with Great Britains Tommy Searle and the Netherlands Glenn Coldenhoff rounding out the top five.

Waters worked his way up to 7th to give Australia a great start to the day. Caven rebouned for Canada to finish 10th, while Cooper finished in 12th.

Webb was able to work his way back to 18th at race end.

MXGP Qualifying Race Results:
1. Romain Febvre - FRA
2. Antonio Cairoli - ITA
3. Kevin Strijbos - BEL
4. Tommy Searle - GBR
5. Glenn Coldenhoff - NED
6. Jose Burton - ESP
7. Todd Waters - AUS
8. Lukas Neuraute - AUT
9. Akira Narita - JPN
10. Kaven Benoit - CAN
11. Nikolaj Larzen - DEN
12. Cody Cooper - NZL
13. Anton Gole - SWE
14. Priit Ratsep - EST
15. Davis Ivanovs - LAT
16. Rui Goncalves - POR
17. Vytautas Bucas - LTU
18. Cooper Webb - USA
19. Valtteri Malin - FIN
20. Peter Irt - SLO
With just over two laps to go, Van Horebeek made his way in to the lead holding on for the race win.
MX2 Qualifying Race

15 year old Spanish rider Jorge Prado grabbed the MX2 holeshot ahead of Swedens Alvin Ostlund, while Australia's Mith Evans left the first turn in the middle of the field.

Paturel held the lead for the opening laps before Swiss rider Jeremy Seewer captured the lead aboard his Suzuki RM-250 with MX1 regular Jeremy Van Horebeek quickly making his way into second.

American Alex Martin looked to have stalled in a corner costing him valuble places and after working his way forward the Yamaha ride made another mistake and fell further down the field.

Up front Van Horebeek latched onto the back of Seewer with the two riders locking into a intense battle.

With just over two laps to go, Van Horebeek made his way past the swiss rider to take the lead holding on for the race win.

French rider Benoit Paturel finished in third, with Prado crossing the line in 4th and the Netherland Bogers in 5th.

A fine ride by New Zealands Josiah Natzke put the Kiwi on the international map with a sixth place finish that should give team New Zealand a place in tomorrows A final after Cooper finished the MX1 race in 12th.

Australia's Mitch Evans looks to have gone down at some point, sliding back to 25th position before making up one spot to finish in 24th.

MX2 Qualifying Race Results:
1. Jeremy Van Horebeek - BEL
2. Jeremy Seewer - SUI
3. Benoit Paturel - FRA
4. Jorge Proado - ESP
5. Brian Bogers - NED
6. Josiah Natzke - NZL
7. Samuele Bernardini - ITA
8. Thomas Kjer Olson - DEN
9. Alex Martin - USA
10. Tanle Leok - EST
11. Alvin Ostlund - SWE
12. Max Anstie - GBR
13. Vsevolod Brylyakov - RUS
14. Filip Neuebauer - CZE
15. Miro Sihvonen - FIN
16. Chihiro Natsuka - JPN
17. Richard Sikyna - SVK
18. Michael Sandner - AUT
19. Karlis Sabulis - LAT
20. Hugo Basaula - POR
24. Mitchell Evans - AUS
The MX Open race was all about the Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings
MX Open Qualifying Race:

The MX Open race was all about the Netherlands Jeffrey Herlings as the recently crowned MX2 world champion stepped up to the 450cc machine and dominated the race from start to finish.

Claiming the holeshot despite starting from gate 32, Herlings quickly opened up a race winning lead, going on to win the 20 minute plus two lap race by over 20 seconds.

Behind Herlings, French rider Gautier Paulin and Australia's own Dean Ferris battled for the entire moto for second position with Swiss rider Arnaud Tonus joining the duo late int he proceedings.

In the end Paulin held on for second while Ferris held off Tonus to claim third.

Great Britain's Shaun Simpson rounded out the top five.

MX Open Results: 1. Jeffrey Herlings - NED
2. Gautier Paulin - FRA
3. Dean Ferris - AUS
4. Arnaud Tonus - SUI
5. Shaun Simpson - GBR
6. Evgeny Bobryshev - RUS
7. Fredrik Noren - SWE
8. Michele Cervellin - ITA
9. Arminas Jasikonis - LTU
10. Kei Yamamoto - JPN
11. Dennis Ullrich - GER
12. Brent Van Doncick - BEL
13. Jorge Zaragoza - ESP
14. Jason Anderson - USA
15. Pascal Rauchenecker - AUT
16. Noah McCondhy - PUR
17. Petr Smitka - CZE
18. Stuart Edmonds I - RL
19. Tyler Medaglia - CAN
20. Tomasz Wysocki POL

Final Qualifying Positions:
1. France - 3 Pts
2. Belgium - 4 Pts
3. The Netherlands - 6 Pts
4. Switzerland - 6 Pts
5. Italy - 9 Pts
6. Great Britain - 9 Pts
7. Spain - 10 Pts
8. Australia - 10 Pts
9. Sweden - 18 Pts
10. New Zealand - 18 Pts
11. Japan - 19 Pts
12. Russia - 19 Pts
13. Denmark - 19 Pts
14. Austria - 23 Pts
15. USA - 23 Pts
16. Estonia - 24 Pts
17. Lithuania - 26 Pts
18. Canada - 29 Pts
19. Czech Republic - 31 Pts

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