Motocross

Gajser and Herlings domination in Qatar

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Finding traction was the theme, both on the track and in the championship, for the fastest motocross riders in the world as they took to the tricky, square-edged track in Losail, Qatar for the opening round of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship overnight.

It was Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings who dominated to claim the first Red Plates of the season.

MX1
It was a dream start to the season for the 2015 MX2 World Champion Tim Gajser who, instead of staying back in the MX2 class to defend his title, decided to take the plunge and race the premier class, MXGP. While many were wary of the young Honda Gariboldi riders decision, he soon silenced doubters with his exceptional performance which saw him take a double race victory to win the opening round of the 2016 MXGP World Championship on his debut appearance.
Tim Gajser (21) leads the MX1 class through turn 1. Credit: HRC
The 19-year-old also put his name in the history books as the youngest rider ever to win in the premier class of the FIM Motocross World Championship on his debut. The Slovenian rookie sensation said, ‰ÛÏI was really relaxed coming here, I didn‰Ûªt have pressure on myself. I didn‰Ûªt know what to expect, I knew I had a good winter, good preparation, good testing and good with the team, so I came here just wanting to give my best.‰Û
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre finished second overall for the night. Photo: Youthstream
Meanwhile last year‰Ûªs rookie sensation, the defending MXGP World Champion Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre was running a fierce pace in both races. The Frenchman admitted his elbow was giving him a little bit of grief, ‰ÛÏThe first moto with my injury to the elbow I couldn‰Ûªt ride like I expected, I was just too tight.‰Û
Jeffrey Herlings had the perfect start to the 2016 MX2 Championship with a pair of wins.
MX2
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings has been working hard all winter to come out all guns blazing here at the opening round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The Bullet has had a tough run of injuries over the last couple of years but they haven‰Ûªt slowed him down much as he had his KTM pinned in both races to dominate the opening round in the MX2 class.

Another rider banished from the last two seasons due to injury is Team Monster Energy Kawasaki‰Ûªs Dylan Ferrandis. Since doing his knee at the MXGP of Spain last year, the Frenchman has been laying low, but having won a race here in Losail once before, he was expected to be fast. In terms of speed, the number ‰Û÷4‰Ûª delivered. He had the guts but not the glory as he had to settle for second behind the former two time MX2 world champion, Herlings.

‰ÛÏI was not really expecting such good results, even if I have the speed, as we didn‰Ûªt do so much testing before this GP," Ferrandis said."Last week I raced an international in France and struggled with the bike, but everyone in the team spent many hours on the bike before coming here and it was great for everyone to get this podium !

"We worked on the settings of the bike through the weekend and we saw the results. The track was dangerous on some sections and I had armpump in the first race and finished second. In the second race I got the holeshot but Jeffrey passed me; he took some risks but I didn‰Ûªt want to make any mistake. I go back home this week to do some more testing with the suspension, and to prepare for the next round in Thailand," Ferrandis concuded.
Kawasaki's Dylan Ferrandis was second overall in MX2.
A thumb injury in the winter didn‰Ûªt stop Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass from twisting the throttle to it‰Ûªs fullest as he nailed a Fox Holeshot in the first race and was on the cable in the second to round off the podium with a convincing 3 ‰ÛÒ 3 performance.

Team Suzuki World MX2 Team Manager Stefan Everts informed us that Jeremy Seewer was feeling under the weather this weekend, but that didn‰Ûªt stop him from stealing some thunder in the opening race when he got off to a great start and put the pass on Pauls Jonass to lead the first few laps. Although he proved he has the speed, the Swiss dropped back in both races but still posted two top five results for fourth overall.

‰ÛÏA really good feeling actually because yesterday I was sitting in my chair without any motivation. My body was quite weak and I was bunged-up," Seewer explained. "I rode quite well to fourth and then luckily felt much better today.

"I made a really good first moto and could lead some laps but needed to save some energy to make it through the whole day. The second moto was a similar story: I was pushing for third until a small mistake, came back to fourth and then decided to take a risk and go for the podium. I preferred to try instead of ‰Û÷following‰Ûª‰Û_ but another mistake came! Overall I‰Ûªm happy with fourth. My speed is there and the speed from the bike is really good.‰Û
Jeremy Seewer claimed third overall despite being under the weather.
Meanwhile Kemea Yamaha Official MX Team‰Ûªs Brent Van Doninck had a stellar start to his 2016 MX2 campaign with an 8 ‰ÛÒ 4 result to round out the top five.

Main Photo: Tim Gajser takes the chequred flag
Credit: Youthstream

The next round of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship will take place on the weekend of March 6th in Suphan Buri, Thailand.

MXGP Moto1:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 33:56.516
2. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:07.507
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:19.644
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:23.148
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:27.015
6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:29.383
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:30.886
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki MXGP), +0:32.227
9. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:33.672
10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:35.336
11. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki MXGP), +0:38.183
12. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:40.398
13. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:58.882
14. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:59.204
15. Milko Potisek (FRA, Yamaha), +1:20.303
16. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +1:22.623
17. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna), +1:42.385
18. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s)
19. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s)
20. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), -5 lap(s)
21. Alex Snow (GBR, Yamaha), -13 lap(s).

MXGP Moto2:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:07.633
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:08.230
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:09.952
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:10.628
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:11.960
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:14.601
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:19.057
8. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:20.221
9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki MXGP), +0:41.741
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:42.891
11. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki MXGP), +1:06.509
12. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +1:08.264
13. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +1:09.018
14. Milko Potisek (FRA, Yamaha), +1:14.161
15. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:18.256
16. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +1:24.587
17. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna), +1:28.740
18. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s)
19. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s)
20. Alex Snow (GBR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s)
21. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), -18 lap(s).

MXGP Overall Result & Championship Standings:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 50 points
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 42 p.
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 42 p.
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 34 p.
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 33 p.
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 30 p.
7. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 25 p.
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki MXGP), 25 p.
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 25 p.
10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 24 p.
11. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki MXGP), 20 p.
12. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 16 p.
13. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 14 p.
14. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 13 p.
15. Milko Potisek (FRA, YAM), 13 p.
16. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 11 p.
17. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 8 p.
18. Christophe Charlier (FRA, HUS), 8 p.
19. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 5 p.
20. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 3 p.
21. Alex Snow (GBR, YAM), 1 p.

MX2 Moto1:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:36.485
2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.127
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:36.086
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki MX2), +0:39.609
5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:45.698
6. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +0:46.475
7. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:54.016
8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +1:00.550
9. Jens Getteman (BEL, KTM), +1:08.121
10. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:12.918
11. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +1:19.051
12. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Yamaha), +1:21.324
13. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +1:24.675
14. Ben Watson (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:25.985
15. Henry Jacobi (GER, Honda), +1:56.695
16. Karel Kutsar (EST, KTM), -1 lap(s)
17. Damon Graulus (BEL, Honda), -1 lap(s)
18. Freek van der Vlist (NED, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s)
19. Maykal Grisha Ivanov (BUL, KTM), -1 lap(s)
20. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Honda), -1 lap(s)
21. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), -6 lap(s)
22. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), -7 lap(s)
23. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), -11 lap(s).

MX2 Moto2:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:39.257
2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:17.253
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:33.722
4. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:35.284
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki MX2), +0:36.687
6. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +0:38.114
7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:39.889
8. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:51.246
9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +0:52.150
10. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +1:07.939
11. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Honda), +1:19.466
12. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +1:22.199
13. Damon Graulus (BEL, Honda), +1:24.406
14. Ben Watson (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:25.592
15. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +1:40.219
16. Jens Getteman (BEL, KTM), +1:44.040
17. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Yamaha), +1:47.376
18. Henry Jacobi (GER, Honda), +1:47.893
19. Freek van der Vlist (NED, Kawasaki), +1:50.551
20. Karel Kutsar (EST, KTM), -1 lap(s)
21. Maykal Grisha Ivanov (BUL, KTM), -16 lap(s)
22. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), -18 lap(s).

MX2 Overall Result & Championship Standings:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 44 p.
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 40 p.
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki MX2), 34 p.
5. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 31 p.
6. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 30 p.
7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 30 p.
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 25 p.
9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 17 p.
10. Jens Getteman (BEL, KTM), 17 p.
11. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 16 p.
12. Ben Watson (GBR, HUS), 14 p.
13. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 13 p.
14. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, YAM), 13 p.
15. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 12 p.
16. Damon Graulus (BEL, HON), 12 p.
17. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, HON), 11 p.
18. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 11 p.
19. Henry Jacobi (GER, HON), 9 p.
20. Karel Kutsar (EST, KTM), 6 p.
21. Freek van der Vlist (NED, KAW), 5 p.
22. Maykal Grisha Ivanov (BUL, KTM), 2 p.
23. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 0 p.

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