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Gajser And Geerts Take The Wins At The MXGP of the Netherlands

Author: Garry Morrow

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MX1 winner Tim Gasjer increased his lead in the title standings from six points to 23 points, giving the Slovenian an almost full-moto advantage over his nearest rivals after just four rounds

Tim Gajser took his second overall victory of the 2021 MXGP World Championship season after at a sandy Oss circuit in the Netherlands while Jago Geerts edged out Jed Beaton for the MX2 win.

When it was time for racing at the MXGP of the Netherlands and to put it simply, the Dutch Grand Prix, as always, did not disappoint.

In MXGP, all eyes were on Jeffrey Herlings and Glenn Coldenhoff who were starting the races from first and second positions after qualifying fastest.

In race one, it was Romain Febvre who grabbed the Fox Holeshot, though Coldenhoff was not looking to waste any time as he jumped into the lead. He then led Febvre, Tim Gajser, Herlings and Jeremy Seewer.

Herlings then took a hard hit from Ivo Monticelli, though miraculously was able to carry on, while Monticelli crashed.

Arminas Jasikonis was having a good ride in 11th place to score his first points of the season.

But the action in front is what had our attention as Febvre was looking for every possible way to get around Coldenhoff. The pair kept the intensity high from the beginning, while Gajser rode smart, taking his time in the background.

As the gap shrunk to 0.359 it looked like Febvre was finally going to get around the Dutchman, but instead, the Frenchman made a mistake which saw him crash, costing him valuable time. He did however re-join pretty quickly and was down in third.

With less than 10 minutes to go, it looked like Coldenhoff was starting to fade a little as Gajser, Febvre and Herlings closed in on him. Febvre then got Gajser for second and got onto the back wheel of Coldenhoff’s Yamaha once again.

Herlings then muscled his way past Gajser and not long after was all over Febvre. With two minutes plus two laps to go, Herlings was already in front of Febvre who crashed and within striking distance of Coldenhoff.

Tony Cairoli grasped his third MX1 podium result of the year in the runner-up slot and is now joint 2nd with Herlings in the championship standing.

The chase was on and with three laps to go, Herlings became the new race leader going on to win the first race with Coldenhoff second and Gajser third.

The second race saw carnage in the start which saw riders like Coldenhoff and Seewer, among others, go down, while Jorge Prado got the Fox Holeshot and led the way. Febvre was second with Gajser third.

Due to the incident in the opening race, Herlings did not line-up for the second heat as he traveled to the hospital to confirm his shoulder injury. His return to racing is unknown for the moment.

As Febvre looked to push Prado for the lead, he made a costly mistake that saw him go off track on a side of a jump. He re-joined the race in 6th ahead of Jasikonis.

Prado then led Gajser by 2.342 seconds, with Brian Bogers having a strong ride in third place.

Seewer and Coldenhoff struggled to come back from their crashes, with Seewer managing a top 10 finish in race two, while Coldenhoff placed down in 22nd, missing out on championship points.

Febvre worked his way back up the order as he passed Ben Watson for 5th place, as Gajser closed the gap down to Prado.

Cairoli then put a large charge in the race as he got around Bogers for third and set his sights on Gajser and Prado ahead.

Romain Febvre put setbacks behind him to mount the podium in the Dutch round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Oss with third.

Prado did a good job at keeping Gajser at bay until the final three laps of the race when the Team HRC rider was able to get around the Spaniard. Prado then seemed to have faded as Cairoli was able to get around him too.

The 9-time World Champion then stepped it up another gear and caught out Gajser who maybe did not expect to have him right there. With less than half a lap to go, Cairoli took away the lead and went on to win the second MXGP race in Oss. Gajser was second and Prado third.

In terms of the podium, it was Tim Gajser who took the overall win, with Antonio Cairoli finishing second and Romain Febvre placing third, with two solid 4th place finishes.

Gajser continues to lead the championship with 166 points, with Herlings, Cairoli and Febvre tied on 143 points just behind him.

“First race I was quite happy with third place, and I didn’t want to take any risks as the track was sketchy,” Gajser explained. “In the second race I took a good start, I was behind Prado the whole race but he was blocking all the lines but then I managed to pass him with a couple of laps from the end but I lost all my energy before and Tony passed me on the last lap. I was trying to hold him, but he had better lines, and anyway I am very happy with the overall”.

MX2

Jago Geerts was unstoppable at the fourth round of FIM Motocross World Championship in Oss, The Netherlands, as he powered to a double MX2 race victory – his first of 2021

In MX2, there were big expectations of home heroes Roan Van De Moosdijk and Kay de Wolf who were among the podium favorites.

As the gate dropped for the opening race, it was Simon Längenfelder who claimed the Fox Holeshot, though about a lap later it was Jago Geerts who became the new race leader, while Moosdijk and De Wolf were down in seventh and ninth.

Längenfelder then crashed, which allowed Rene Hofer through and Thibault Benistant to close in.

Van de Moosdijk then caught onto the back of Benistant as he chased fourth place, managing to go through not long after and continue his climb up the order.

Mattia Guadagnini entered the race as the championship leader though had a tough start and was left fighting outside of the points for much of the race, ultimately managing to get up to 14th.

Van de Moosdijk then took third from Längenfelder, as Geerts held a comfortable 7.431 second gap to Hofer, with the Austrian coming under pressure from Moosdijk who got around him for second. The Dutchman continued to push, setting a lap time that was almost half a second faster than Geerts’ as he closed in on the leader.

Meanwhile, De Wolf then went after Benistant for 5th place, with the pair having a close battle. Though as De Wolf was looking to go through the pair caught each other and went down.

This presented Australia Jed Beaton the perfect opportunity to climb up the order, as he got himself in fourth and then chased Hofer and Moosdijk, passing both in the closing stages of the race.

It looked like Beaton could go after the race win, though ran out of time as Geerts took the race win. Beaton was second and Van de Moosdijk third.

In the second race, it was Geerts who secured the Fox Holeshot and was the rider in front, with De Wolf, Guadagnini, Beaton, and Ruben Fernandez rounding out the top five.

Meanwhile, Van de Moosdijk didn’t have the best start and was down in 12th, though his day got worse as he was forced to pull out of the race due to a bike issue.

De Wolf then briefly led the race as Beaton got into third, with Fernandez also going through on Guadagnini pushing him to 5th.

Australian Jed delivered two strong and consistent MX2 class rides to secure well-earned 2-3 results for second overall.

Geerts then got back past De Wolf for P1, though it was De Wolf who was faster and was being encouraged by the Dutch crowd to go for the win. For most of the race about a second separated the pair as they kept things close.

Meanwhile, Beaton at one point was the fastest rider on track as he looked to keep the two riders ahead of him within striking distance, though Renaux was also looking to get close to the action.

As the race reached closing stages, all eyes were on Geerts and De Wolf who continued to go at it. On the last lap, it looked like De Wolf was going to try one last time to take the race victory, though a little mistake cost him valuable time, and in the end, he had to settle for second as Geerts took the win.

With a 1-1 result, Jago Geerts was the overall winner of the MXGP of the Netherlands, while Jed Beaton’s 2nd and 3rd place results put him second overall, with Kay De Wolf joining the pair on the podium for his first MX2 World Championship podium appearance as he placed third.

While Maxime Renaux failed to make the podium, he did however take over the MX2 Championship lead from Mattia Guadagnini who is now 5 points down, after two tough races today, where he finished 14th and 5th. Ruben Fernandez is third

“I’m really happy with today,” Geerts said. “Two really good starts, we are on the right tracks. The first heat I passed Längenfelder on the first lap and rode my own race, kept a small gap so that was good. In the second heat, I took the holeshot, but Kay was right there and he passed me but then he had a small crash, but he was still behind me the whole race so he was pushing but I’m happy with the overall win and I’m looking forward to the next race”.

“I’m feeling really good at the moment, the knee is good now so I hope to have a good week of training and then we will see how it goes in Loket”.

Jed Beaton was happy to be back on the podium.

“I’m obviously happy, the starts were as good as they could have been today, I think they held me back especially in the first one,” Beaton said. “I got into second and was making a little bit of a charge but obviously it was just too late so that’s that. The second one, I got a better start but just got caught up a little bit in the first laps and then had to put in a bit of a hard charge to take third. And then I was behind Jago and Kay but by the time I got to them they already had quite a good pace and I had spent a bit of energy already and it was quite hot today, so I just didn’t have the energy. It was obviously a good step in the right direction, So I’m pretty happy with that”.

Kay de Wolf enjoyed the GP of his young career, joining team-mate Jed Beaton on the podium in third

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 36:28.182
2 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:02.563
3 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:05.559
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:11.495
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:22.231
6 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:38.861
7 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GASGAS), +0:46.584
8 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:48.838
9 Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:50.585
10 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:58.409

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34:37.324
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:03.782
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:05.573
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:06.707
5 Brian Bogers (NED, GASGAS), +0:26.103
6 Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:30.792
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:39.106
8 Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:42.921
9 Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:44.610
10 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:45.341

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 42 points
2 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 points
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 36 points
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35 points
5 Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 27 points
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 27 points
7 Brian Bogers (NED, GAS), 25 points
8 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 25 points
9 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 25 points
10 Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 23 points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 166 points
2 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 143 points
3 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 143 points
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 143 points
5 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 132 points
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 113 points
7 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 104 points
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GAS), 104 points
9 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), 83 points
10 Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 71 points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:07.172
2 Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:06.279
3 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:10.512
4 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:24.613
5 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:24.870
6 Wilson Todd (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:28.899
7 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:29.378
8 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:29.972
9 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:34.532
10 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:38.042

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 34:37.597
2 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:05.174
3 Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:14.273
4 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:19.047
5 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), +0:41.273
6 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:45.271
7 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:50.636
8 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:57.219
9 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:58.383
10 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +1:04.779

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 50 points
2 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 42 points
3 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 38 points
4 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 30 points
5 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 29 points
6 Isak Gifting (SWE, GAS), 27 points
7 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 25 points
8 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 25 points
9 Wilson Todd (AUS, KAW), 24 points
10 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 23 points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 141 points
2 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 136 points
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 133 points
4 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 124 points
5 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 119 points
6 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 117 points
7 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 109 points
8 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 108 points
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 103 points
10 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 87 points

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