Gajser and Prado extend winning streaks at MXGP of Indonesia


Gajser and Prado extend winning streaks at MXGP of Indonesia
With high temperatures and brutal humidity affecting other riders, Gajser continued his hot streak of form, reeling off two holeshots on his way to his 10th moto victory in 12 gate drops.
HRC Honda's Tim Gajser has recorded his seventh MXGP overall of the season, and the sixth in succession at the MXGP of Indonesia at the Palembang track while Jorge Prado extended his streak in the MX2 class.

Around the very unique circuit in Palembang, both Gajser and Prado didn‰Ûªt have it all their own way, both losing a race, Gajser going 1-2 and Prado also 1-2, eventually they did enough to take their red plates to Semarang, Indonesia next weekend with a confident feeling.

On a regular basis Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser led into the first lap of the opening MXGP race taking the FOX Holeshot, followed by Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer and Glenn Coldenhoff. Also, up front were Max Anstie, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP‰Ûªs Romain Febvre, Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Arnaud Tonus and Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin while Arminas Jasikonis crashed and dropped back to 15th place. Anstie moved past Coldenhoff for third, and Jasikonis was able to get back into 13th.

Running a little harder Gajser moved to more than five seconds away from Seewer and Anstie started to put pressure on the second placed man.

Febvre closed in to Coldenhoff while Anstie was on Seewer but as the French was frustrated as he made a mistake, Anstie passes Seewer for second but he was seven seconds behind Gajser, who seemingly was cruising up front and around the same time Jasikonis was all over Bogersfor 11th. Five laps to go Febvre was charging in Coldenhoff for a long while managed to go through.

Light rain began as the race continued. Gajser though wasn‰Ûªt having any problems up front, and everyone held their positions. Gajser was victorious at race 1 in Palembang, winning it from Anstie and Seewer.
Gajser and Prado extend winning streaks at MXGP of Indonesia
Yamaha's Romain Febvre took his first moto win since the MXGP of Sweden in August 2017 in the second moto which helped him to second overall.
At the start of the second MXGP race it was again Gajser in the early lead taking his fifth FOX Holeshot of the season, followed by Anstie, who crashed in the first lap and dropped back to 10th place. Tonus was also in trouble as he trailed near last and then couldn‰Ûªt get his bike going again.

Seewer was second, then Febvre, Paulin, Coldenhoff, Bogers and Jonass. Monticelli also crashed and went back in 19th place. After two laps the lead by Gajser was nearly three seconds and Febvre had moved past Seewer and was running hard to catch the leader.

On lap 3 Gajser made a mistake and Febvre and Seewer both went past and dropped the Honda man to third place, but the red plate owner was quickly back past Seewer, although Febvre held a six second lead after eight laps.

Coldenhoff passed Paulin and Seewer at the last laps to finish race 2 in third place, and Anstie was onto Paulin to fight for fifth position while Febvre though was miles ahead of Gajser.

Febvre wins his first race of the season and the first after the 2017 MXGP of Sweden, ahead of Gajser and Coldenhoff.

Tim Gajser took the overall win with his 1-2 results while Romain Febvre took second and his teammate Jeremy Seewer rounded up the podium.
Gajser and Prado extend winning streaks at MXGP of Indonesia
Jeremy Seewer, celebrated the Indonesian Grand Prix from the third step of the podium. Febvre and Seewer's podiums marks a fifth consecutive double podium for Yamaha this season.
‰ÛÏI am really happy on how the GP went today, because after yesterday I knew it would bed hard to do two good races," Gajser said. "The first race I could extend the lead and the second I had an amazing jump out of the gate and I was leading then I made a mistake and Roman and Jeremy passed me, but I managed to pass Jeremy but I didn‰Ûªt even push for Roman as he was too far ahead. Eventually I felt really comfortable and I want to say a huge thanks to the team.‰Û
Gajser and Prado extend winning streaks at MXGP of Indonesia
Jorge Prado extended his championship lead with another round win in MX2
At the opening MX2 race was no surprise with championship leader Jorge Prado taking the FOX Holeshot from Frenchman Tom Vialle, Team SM Action Yamaha Maxime Renaux and Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen while Honda 114 Motorsports‰Ûª Mitch Evans and BUD Racing Kawasaki‰Ûªs Mitchell Harrison crashed in the start straight after coming together and were last and second last. Evans crashed again and dropped out of the race and soon after also Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2‰Ûªs Jago Geerts crashed out in the waves and he dropped out of the top ten with a DNF result.

Prado controlled the race with Vialle on the chase , but then on lap 11 Prado slipped over loosing the front and Vialle took the lead and a five second lead at that. Renaux remained in third place and Vlaanderen fourth, while Australian Jed Beaton and Thomas Kjer Olsen fought over fifth position.

Prado took the ground with the willing to win and succeeded as he pulled in the five seconds head of Vialle and passed him on lap 16 taking the lead. Prado won the opening race from Vialle and Renaux.

The second MX2 race was a bit more unpredictable as Tom Vialle pushed Prado wide in the first corner and took the FOX Holeshot, while behind came Geerts in third, then Olsen and Beaton. Despite big pressure from Prado the leader remained calm and held the lead into the second lap, and Geerts even worked his way past Prado for a short time.

Geerts was all over Vialle for the lead and Prado was riding in third place watching the French and the Belgian fighting for the top spot. Jago Geerts took the lead, and Olsen pushed Prado as the Spaniard dropped to fourth place. Amazingly Beaton also moved past Prado and the red plate owner dropped to fifth place.
Gajser and Prado extend winning streaks at MXGP of Indonesia
Young Frenchman Tom Vialle impressed once again with second overall in MX2
After four laps Geerts led from Olsen, Vialle, Beaton, Moreau and Prado dropped to sixth position. Prado was able to work his way past Moreau, but still held down fifth place and was five seconds off the lead rider Geerts.

Geerts remained solid in the lead, as Prado passed Beaton for fourth place and set up Vialle for third place soon after. Geerts slipped over, dropped to fifth, and handed the lead to Olsen. After 15 laps it was Olsen, Vialle, Prado, Beaton and Geerts. Prado moved into second place after passing Vialle and was pushing to get to Olsen.

Thomas Kjer Olsen won his third race of the season, which gives him the third step of the podium followed by Jorge Prado who wins the GP with his 1-2 results and Tom Vialle.

"I was feeling good all weekend, the first race after the crash was quite difficult, but I could make it," Prado said. "I messed up the second race a bit, but I got to second and another GP victory. At the second race I had a good start, got into first, but my teammate was pushing and passed, and I got him at the end. The lap times were short and I struggled a bit. I am just happy with the win for the moment and I‰Ûªm looking forward for next week.‰Û
Gajser and Prado extend winning streaks at MXGP of Indonesia
Thomas Kjer Olsen rounded out the MX2 podium.
MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:36.177
2. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), +0:06.132
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:09.421
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:12.671
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:14.553
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:17.147
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:41.127
8. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:58.936
9. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +1:14.559
10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +1:21.810

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 33:26.578
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:03.256
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:18.172
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:19.389
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.854
6. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), +0:23.871
7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:42.166
8. Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), +1:10.690
9. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +1:15.096
10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +1:33.943

MXGP - GP Classification Top 10:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 points
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 43 points
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 38 points
4. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), 37 points
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 36 points
6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 30 points
7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 27 points
8. Brian Bogers (NED, HON), 22 points
9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 22 points
10. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), 21 points

MXGP - World Championship Classification Top 10:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 488 points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 358 points
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 327 points
4.Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 318 points
5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 304 points
6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 271 points
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 256 points
8. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 246 points
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 245 points
10. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 227 points

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 33:40.277
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:06.767
3. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:14.306
4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:20.497
5. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:25.275
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:35.933
7. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), +0:43.472
8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Honda), +0:48.482
9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +0:50.722
10. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:50.761

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), 33:51.534
2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:03.587
3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:07.156
4. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:13.464
5. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:16.017
6. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Honda), +0:21.456
7. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:25.820
8. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:35.899
9. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:37.093
10. Mitchell Harrison (USA, Kawasaki), +0:38.253

MX2 - GP Classification Top 10:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 47 points
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 42 points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 40 points
4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 34 points
5. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 32 points
6. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HON), 28 points
7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 26 points
8. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 24 points
9. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), 24 points
10. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 21 points

MX2 - World Championship Classification:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 494 points
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 443 points
3. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 334 points
4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 326 points
5. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 307 points
6. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 246 points
7. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 228 points
8. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 224 points
9. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), 209 points
10. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 192 points

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