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Gajser and Herlings strengthen their grip in Spain

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Gajser and Herlings strengthen their grip in Spain
After a soggy day yesterday, the old-school track in Talavera de la Reina was disked late last night and then again early this morning, which made for perfect conditions for round nine of the FIM Motocross World Championship where Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings strengthened their grips on their respective red plates.

Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser is the Jedi of MXGP at the moment. Sometimes you have to scratch your head at how he stays on, but take nothing away from the Slovenian, his speed and skill is overwhelming. The nineteen-year-old continues to push the law of physics and seems to be mastering the art of this sport we call motocross. After an uber impressive double moto victory, his second double this year with the first being at the season opener in Qatar on his MXGP debut, he now has a 24-point lead in the championship over the defending champion Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre.
Gajser and Herlings strengthen their grip in Spain
Max Nagle took second overall in MX1
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Max Nagl has always been a picture of consistency. The German did look like he tried to turn it up a bit, but beating Gajser at the moment looks like it is only possible if the Slovenian dethrones himself.

‰ÛÏIt was a great weekend and a great reward for the hard work the team has been putting in," Nagl said after days end.

"We did some more testing last week and we managed to make my bike even better. One of our goals was to further improve our starts and during the weekend our starts were great. I got the holeshot in both motos and lead the races for the first few laps. Gajser was a little bit quicker around the track so when he passed me in race one and in race two I tried to ride smart and stay behind him.

"Our lap times were a bit better than the rest of the field and I was happy to finish both races in a good second position. This GP is a big confidence booster for me and for my team. Going to France now I‰Ûªm positive for another good result. I‰Ûªm in good shape at the moment and the bike feels great, so I‰Ûªll do my best to keep my podium streak running.‰Û
Gajser and Herlings strengthen their grip in Spain
After spending much of the early season on the sidelines with injury, Gautier Paulin finally made it back to the podium with 3rd in Spain
Full credit must be given to Team HRC‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin who stood on the box for the first time since August last year. The Frenchman who is currently the vice-world champion has been on the couch for most of the season after injuring his back and ribs in a training accident in April. He only made his return to racing two weeks ago at the MXGP of Trentino where he finished fourteenth. Incredibly, he was third today.

"I‰Ûªm happy to ride and have fun again on the bike," Paulin said. "Although I was tired in the first moto I still tried catch Clement . I‰Ûªm really happy with the weekend. I couldn‰Ûªt believe that I could make two strong motos and I had two good starts . Tim was much faster and aggressive in the first few laps but we will work on this for next races to be back in shape and to get better and stronger."

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle has been nursing injuries since the start of the season but has shown he can still run the pace with his fourth place finish this weekend.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs great to be back in the first three! For sure I missed the overall podium by a few points but it's been some time since I finished one race in the top three. It‰Ûªs a good comeback; my feeling with the bike was better this weekend but we still need to work as I didn‰Ûªt spent so much time on it since February due to my injuries," Desalle said.
Gajser and Herlings strengthen their grip in Spain
Clement Desalle finished 4th. Credits: Stanley Leroux / Pascal Haudiquert
Team HRC‰Ûªs Evgeny Bobryshev rounded out the top five ahead of Romain Febvre who also put in a gritty performance.

On the topic of the defending champion, Febvre, there is no doubt that the crash he had yesterday has taken the wind out of his sails while his biggest rival, Gajser, has just gone from strength to strength.

Febvre spoke about his injury at the start of Race 2, ‰ÛÏnothing is broken in my shoulder but there is some damage. It is very painful to ride, I can only hold the ‰Û÷bars but I cannot pull. So it‰Ûªs a tough weekend.‰Û
Gajser and Herlings strengthen their grip in Spain
Jeffrey Herlings continued his winning ways in MX2
In MX2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings made a solid statement with his dominance out on the clay of Talavera. Did you say clay? Yes! While Herlings is best known for his phenomenal skill in the sand, he can also clean up on a hard surface too, which is exactly what he did today with a double moto victory for his ninth consecutive grand prix overall.

After a bit of water and sun this weekend, Kemea Yamaha Official MX Team‰Ûªs Benoit Paturel blossomed. The young Frenchman led the first couple of laps in race two before being passed by Herlings. While Herlings did what Herlings does best (checked out), Paturel rode‰Ûªer home for second place, which was enough for second overall. This achievement is a career milestone for the lad riding the number ‰Û÷6‰Ûª.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass took a bunch of points back on Team Suzuki World MX2‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer today with a pair of thirds for third overall in comparison to Seewer‰Ûªs eleventh in race one and fourth in race two for seventh. Both of these guys are similar in speed and are battling for second place in the championship, so every point counts. Jonass took 12 points on Seewer today, but still trails the Swiss man by 25.

‰ÛÏMy speed is really good and it is not something I have to worry about but the starts weren‰Ûªt there today," Seewer explained. "Everything was working good but I didn't have the best luck and that's what happened in the first moto. When you are deep in the pack then there is always more risk than when you are upfront. I came up a bit short on the double jump and it kicked me sideways.

"I‰Ûªm happy to finish the race and finish 11th and I needed some time to get my confidence back in the second moto. I did quite well. I was dropped to fourth but found quite a good rhythm by the end; I was really happy with my riding. I just need to put things together a bit more in the coming races.‰Û
Gajser and Herlings strengthen their grip in Spain
MX2 Start
Two weeks ago Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Dylan Ferrandis took a massive pin and burst Jeffrey Herlings‰Ûª bubble of hope for a perfect season. He is the only rider to have beaten The Bullet this year and briefly ignited a flame in MX2. The Frenchman, who was the top Qualifier in Spain, has proven he can challenge the dominance of Herlings but unfortunately had nothing for him in Spain. A second place in moto one was a highlight, but a bad start and damaged front brake left him batteling race long for an eventual fifth in moto 2.

‰ÛÏIt was a tough weekend on a track where I have some bad memories after my knee injury here last year. It was very difficult to find the best settings for the bike, as the weather and the track conditions were continually changing on both Saturday and Sunday," Ferrandis said,.

Wilvo Standing Construct Yamaha Official MX2 Team‰Ûªs Aleksandr Tonkov did enough for fifth, which was his fourth top five finish of the season.

As for Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Spaniard Jorge Zaragoza, a bike problem in race one and a spill in race two left him way down the score card, in twenty-third.
Gajser and Herlings strengthen their grip in Spain
Frenchman Benoit Paturel finished second overall in MX2
Main Photo: MX1 winner Tim Gajser
Credit: MXGP.com

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:19.713
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:07.344
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:11.598
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:13.207
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:15.021
6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:16.983
7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:18.001
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:18.012
9. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:38.268
10. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:40.756

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:15.981
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:03.607
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:06.614
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:12.734
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:18.755
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:32.631
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:39.036
8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:45.513
9. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:51.895
10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:53.494

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 50 points
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 44 points
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 38 points
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 35 points
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 31 points
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 30 points
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 28 points
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 27 points
9. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 27 points
10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 21 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 385 points
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 361 points
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 338 points
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 317 points
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 295 points
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 274 points
. 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 210 points
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 204 points
9. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 180 points
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 156 points

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:15.998
2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:20.611
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:23.309
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:24.732
5. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:27.811
6. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:32.183
7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:51.412
8. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:55.124
9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +0:58.111
10. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +1:00.907.

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:54.462
2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:07.249
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:19.128
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:26.815
5. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:33.608
6. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:35.751
7. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:37.504
8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:38.404
9. Adam Sterry (GBR, KTM), +0:41.551
10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:43.558.

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 40 points
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 40 points
4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 38 points
5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 30 points
6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 29 points
7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 28 points
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 25 points
9. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 25 points
10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 22 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 447 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 325 points
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 300 points
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 251 points
5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 240 points
6. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 210 points
7. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 205 points
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 204 points
9. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 200 points
10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 197 points

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