Gajser and Prado Unstoppable in Asia


The MXGP class blast out of the gate for the MXGP of Asia.
Round 12th of the FIM Motocross World Championship got under way at the clay challenging track of Semarang with Tim Gajser and Jorge Prado taking home a GP victory for the second Indonesian round.

Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser performances are nothing less than amazing of late: the Slovenian was looking confident as he led the MXGP field into the opening lap of MXGP first race taking his 6th FOX Holeshot of the season, then came Pauls Jonass, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP‰Ûªs Romain Febvre, and Arminas Jasikonis fifth.

After a lap the lead by the HRC rider was more than a second and riders were swapping positions throughout the field. Team Honda SR Motoblouz‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek moved into seventh, then back to 11th, and Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin dropped from seventh to 10th.

After four laps it was Gajser with a two second lead, then Jonass, Seewer, Jasikonis and Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Arnaud Tonus fifth. Febvre went down hard while battling with his teammate Seewer and was forced to go out of the race after bending his front end. Jonass closed up on Gajser, but then Gajser fastened his pace and was two seconds up after six laps.

Gajser continued to control the race up front and on lap nine he was still around two seconds ahead of Jonass, with Seewer third, Jasikonis fourth and Tonus fifth while Max Anstie had moved past his team-mate Ivo Monticelli for eight position.

Jonass went down hard and dropped out of the top ten with an eventual race 1 disqualification result as he re-joined the race after leaving the track for ‰Û÷outside assistance‰Ûª while Tonus managed to pass Jasikonis for third.
At the 12th round of the 2019 MXGP championship, Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser won his seventh overall in a row, setting an all-time record for Honda riders in world championship motocross. Photo: Bavo
After 13 laps the lead by Gajser was more than six seconds over Seewer, with Tonus third, Jasikonis fourth and Glenn Coldenhoff fifth. Seewer crashed up the hill on lap 14 and handed Tonus the second place. Seewer found himself in third place while Coldenhoff closed in on Jasikonis until he succeeded to overtake. Gajser would win the opening MXGP race from Tonus and Seewer.

In the second MXGP race, it was Seewer who took the FOX Holeshot out front early ahead of Gajser, Jasikonis, Jonass and Tonus. Gajser was pushing hard to get into the lead and did just that after half a lap of the race.

On lap two Jasikonis nearly crashed, but saved it, and Febvre also got sideways, but didn‰Ûªt lose a position. Coldenhoff went past Jasikonis, and after three laps it was Gajser with more than two seconds over Seewer, then Tonus, Jonass, and Paulin inside the top five.

Van Horebeek crashed and dropped back to 12th position, and after four laps it was Gajser ahead of Seewer, Tonus, Jonass and Paulin. Six laps in and Gajser still held the lead over Seewer and Tonus. Tonus made a mistake and Jonass moved into third place.

Tonus wasn‰Ûªt about to hand third place to Jonass and fought back and was right on the back wheel of the Husqvarna rider. Jonass moved forward Seewer and so did Tonus though. A great battle between Jonass and Tonus for second place featured the last laps of race 2. At the end of race 2 it was Gajser who won his 15thrace of the season followed by Jonass and Tonus.

Gajser won the MXGP of Asia with another perfect performance and 1-1 results. With his seventh Grand Prix win in a row the red plate owner has become the most successful Honda rider of all time for GP wins in a row. He also extended his points lead to 173 points over Jeremy Seewer who is now second in the points.

Second overall was Arnaud Tonus and third Jeremy Seewer.
Arnaud Tonus was happy to rebound from the previous round with a solid result of second.
‰ÛÏUnbelievable, I was enjoying that second race so much and that is the most important thing," Gajser said after the racing. "I took the FOX Holeshot and I controlled the second race. I had a big crash yesterday and I got a lot of help with that from people around me. After the crash yesterday in time practice I was struggling a little bit, I had a good start in the first race, made a gap and I was enjoying it out there. I am very happy to go home safe, that is the most important thing.‰Û
Jorge Prado continued his march to the 2019 FIM MX2 World Championship with an eleventh Grand Prix victory thanks to two more motos wins around the hard-pack of Semarang.
Start of MX2 Race 1 was unpredictable; a minor surprise went on as it wasn‰Ûªt Prado who led into the opening lap of the first MX2 race as Thomas Kjer Olsen took the FOX Holeshot and would lead for the opening lap, then came the Jorge Prado and Tom Vialle. Bud Racing Kawasaki rider Brian Moreau was fourth, followed by Honda Redmoto Assomotor‰Ûªs Mathys Boisrame, Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2‰Ûªs Jago Geerts and F&H Racing Kawasaki‰Ûªs Henry Jacobi.

Prado was able to move into first place on lap two, and a lap later Vialle also moved past Olsen to relegate him to third place. Australian Jed Beaton was also looking strong, right behind Vialle and Olsen. After four laps the lead by Prado was more than a second over Vialle, and Olsen was a further two seconds back in third place.

Six laps in the lead was extended to two seconds between Prado and Vialle and Olsen was five seconds off the leader in third place. After nine laps Prado was still two seconds ahead of Vialle, but 10 seconds ahead of Olsen and 15 seconds ahead of Beaton. Back in fifth place Honda Redmoto Assomotor‰Ûªs Mathys Boisrame was riding smoothly while Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen, who was on the move, passed the French and moved into fifth place.

Geerts got back past Jacobi, but then crashed and let the German move ahead. The lead by Prado was nine seconds after 14 laps, with Vialle second and Olsen third. Prado started cruising near the end and won easily it from Vialle and Olsen.

When the gate dropped for MX2 race 2 it was Jacobi who took the FOX Holeshot and led the second race ahead of Prado and Vialle. A significant crash happened in the first corner as Olsen and Bas Vaessen where out of the race with badly bent bikes.

Prado took the lead at the end of the first lap and behind him were Vialle and Jacobi. After four laps Prado was five seconds ahead of Jacobi, with Vialle right on the back wheel of the German rider. Vialle brushed past Jacobi and the two collided and Vlaanderen was very close in fourth place.

Team SM Action Yamaha rider Maxime Renaux moved into fifth place while Jacobi found himself in fourth when Vlaanderen passed him. Jacobi continued to drop back as Renaux passed and moved into fourth position. Vlaanderen was charging hard as he moved second after managing to pass Vialle. Renaux was also on the charge as he moved past Vialle soon after.

Renaux moved into second place as his best career result in MX2, even if Vlaanderen was pushing hard to get him back. Prado still led with 12 seconds and won his 20th race of the season from Renaux and Vlaanderen.

Prado eventually won the MX2 class at the MXGP of Asia. The Spanish rider scored 1-1 results and extended his championship points lead over Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Thomas Kjer Olsen to 78 points. Second overall at Semarang was Tom Vialle and third overall Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen.
Tom Vialle finished as runner-up in MX2 for the third race in succession.
‰ÛÏI am happy about the weekend," Prado said. "I went first in every single session. It is a good feeling to come to Indonesia and win both races. I felt good and I enjoyed today. It is good to be on the podium, on the top step of the box. I had a very good jump out of the gate in the first race, but I braked too much and two guys passed me. I made a pass early on Olsen and I am enjoying the track way more today. I was looking forward to the second race and it was a good one, I pulled away and put it in cruise control. I had some sketchy moments so I took it easy as I felt a little dizzy‰Û
Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen scored his first MX2 podium of the season, just two rounds after coming back from his ankle injury.
MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 35:12.232
2. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:03.593
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:08.549
4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:17.412
5. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:20.948
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:34.782
7. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), +0:40.750
8. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +0:54.508
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +1:17.388
10. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +1:41.440

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 35:33.827
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:03.270
3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:04.207
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:09.206
5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:24.727
6. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), +0:26.526
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:29.437
8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:32.727
9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:43.128
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +1:08.483

MXGP - GP Classification Top 10:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), points
2. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 42 points
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 38 points
4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 32 points
5. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), 29 points
6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 28 points
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 26 points
8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 25 points
9. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), 23 points
10. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 22 points

MXGP Championship Standings Top 10:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 538 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 365 points
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 358 points
4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 346 points
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 343 points
6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 299 points
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 288 points
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 271 points
9. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 268 points
10. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 243 points

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35:45.473
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:11.411
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:14.405
4. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:16.869
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:21.914
6. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +0:25.846
7. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:26.182
8. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:36.313
9. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:45.831
10. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:55.630

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 34:45.752
2. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:03.916
3. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:07.887
4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:11.826
5. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Honda), +0:13.925
6. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:14.813
7. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:28.841
8. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +0:42.207
9. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, KTM), +0:44.253
10. Mitchell Harrison (USA, Kawasaki), +0:44.854

MX2 Grand Prix Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 40 points
3. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 36 points
4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 35 points
5. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 28 points
6. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 28 points
7. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 28 points
8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HON), 26 points
9. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 26 points
10. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 23 points

MX2 - World Championship Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 544 points
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 466 points
3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 366 points
4. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 360 points
5. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 335 points
6. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 246 points
7. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 242 points
8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 228 points
9. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 227 points
10. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 220 points

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