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Gajser and Covington takes Pole in Mexico

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The Qualifying Races of the MXGP of Leon-Mexico graced the Mexican soil today.

At the end of the qualifying races Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Thomas Covington found the required speed to take the pole position for Sunday.

Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser made his way past the KTM of Glenn Coldenhoff before they completed the first lap to move into the lead. He eventually pulled a comfortable gap which he maintained to the checkered flag. Gajser later in the press conference stated, ‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve started enjoying racing again, I felt good and I will do my best tomorrow.‰Û
Gajser and Covington takes Pole in Mexico
MX1 winner Tim Gajser. Credit: YOuthstream
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin had a good start and he was third on the first lap before he moved to second on lap 4 after Coldenoff‰Ûªs issue. Gautier stayed in a lonely second throughout the race, earning himself second gate pick for Sunday‰Ûªs Race 1.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Max Anstie put another Husqvarna in the top three for qualifying. After starting in fifth he gained ground throughout the first half of the race on Clement Desalle. Anstie passed Desalle on lap 6 of 12 putting himself into third for the rest of the session.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle started in 4th and after a battle with Max Anstie he felt pressure in the closing stages of Qualifying from Jeremy Van Horebeek. Desalle was however able to keep Van Horebeek outside of striking distance maintaining the 4th place which could give him the start he needs to reach Sunday‰Ûªs podium.

Meanwhile Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek had a solid qualifying performance to follow up on his podium from the last round in Patagonia - Argentina. Van Horebeek started in 7th place but moved into fifth on lap 5 where he had pressure from Antonio Cairoli for several laps. The Belgian responded by closing on Desalle in an attempt to move into fourth but it was a little too late as he would finish 5th.

In addition Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli worked his way past a couple of riders, including Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate Jeffrey Herlings. Cairoli was 9th on the first lap but 6th at the finish while Herlings qualified 8th after battling with Marchetti Racing Team KTM‰Ûªs Jose Butron.

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre ended up pulling out of the qualifying race due to a mechanical issue.
Gajser and Covington takes Pole in Mexico
MX2 winner Thomas Covington. Credit: Youthstream
The MX2 qualifying race started with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Thomas Covington taking the holeshot. The American lead every lap and by the end of the session he had a 12.5 second gap on the competition. This win marks the first qualifying victory for Covington on the same track that he won his first MX2 race and his first Overall back in 2015. When asked about his race in the press conference Covington said, ‰ÛÏAfter the start I just found some good lines and rode smooth after that. I had my regular training last week, I spent time with family and that puts me in a good place mentally.‰Û

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