Motocross

Gajser Wraps up Fifth World Title as Coldenhoff and Vialle Win the MXGP of Finland

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Photo of the MX1 Start at the 2022 MXGP of Finland
Jeremy Seewer (91) leads the charge as the MX1 class heads into battle on one of the toughest tracks of the year. Photo: FullSpectrum

The MXGP of Finland saw title celebrations as Tim Gajser was crowned the 2022 MXGP FIM Motocross World Champion, joining many greats as a now five-time World Champion after securing his fourth championship in the premier MXGP class.

Overall, the journey to his fifth title has not been easy for the Slovenian but despite this, Gajser was the only rider to ever hold the red plate this season. To add to that, he has led the most laps out of everyone in the class (184), won a total of 13 races, 8 Grand Prix and has been on the podium 11 times, also more than anybody else.

But it was a momentous Grand Prix for Yamaha who for the first time in its history celebrated a 1-2-3 in the MXGP class as Glenn Coldenhoff, Jeremy Seewer and Maxime Renaux dominated the podium!

In MXGP race one, it was Romain Febvre who secured the Holeshot ahead of Gajser, Jeremy Seewer and Glenn Coldenhoff, and Brian Bogers.

Bogers wasted no time to get around Gajser and then Seewer to climb into second behind Febvre, while Coldenhoff dropped back a bit and was in a battle with his teammate Maxime Renaux.

All was looking good until Febvre crashed out of the lead which gifted Bogers the position. The Frenchman got going in second, ahead of Seewer and Gajser.

Renaux also made a mistake as he buried the front, but somehow managed to stay on. He didn’t lose any positions in the process but did lose time to Coldenhoff.

Bogers was 1.549 seconds ahead of Febvre and Seewer, but Seewer crashed and dropped back to sixth. Moments later, Febvre crashed too which promoted Gajser to second.

Photo of MX1 motocross rider Glenn Coldenhoff at the 2022 MXGP of Finland
Glenn Coldenhoff took his first overall win for Yamaha. Photo: FullSpectrum

While Bogers controlled the race and with Gajser second, the fastest riders were the three Yamaha pilots behind the pair. Eventually, they pushed onto the rear wheel of Gajser who ended up being caught by all three.

Febvre was also looking to pass the Honda rider and with three laps to go Gajser was down in sixth.

Further down the field, Alberto Forato got by Jorge Prado for eighth, as Prado got pushed down to ninth. This is how the pair also finished the race.

In the end, Bogers was the race winner ahead of Coldenhoff, Renaux, Seewer and Febvre.

In race two, Coldenhoff was the Holeshot winner that time around with Febvre, Henry Jacobi, Seewer and Ruben Fernandez just behind. Meanwhile, Gajser struggled down in 15th.

Photo of MX1 motocross rider Jeremy Seewer at the 2022 MXGP of Finland
 Jeremy Seewer, Maxime Renaux and Brian Bogers all tied on 40-points for second overall with Seewer’s better second moto giving him the nod for the runner-up spot. Photo: FullSpectrum

Coldenhoff led the way as Febvre crashed hard once again, which allowed Jacobi into second. By that point, Gajser was 12th as Febvre got going behind him in 13th.

Early on in the heat, Jacobi set the fastest lap of the race, while Bogers was pushing Ivo Monticelli for fourth.

Gajser then had Pauls Jonass and Fernandez in his sights, though he also had Febvre pushing from behind which added to the pressure.

Gajser was able to pass Fernandez for ninth and later Jonass, as Calvin Vlaanderen passed Febvre and Jonass too not too long after that. Vlaanderen was also able to catch and pass Gajser.

Photo of MX1 motocross rider Maxime Renaux at the 2022 MXGP of Finland
Maxime Renaux rounded out the MX1 podium giving Yamaha the perfect day. Photo: FullSpectrum

Bogers was on track for a podium finish, before crashing with just four laps to go, which cost him a top-three overall finish after his big win in race one.

In the end, Coldenhoff was the winner ahead of his two teammates Seewer and Renaux, which was exactly how the overall podium ended up.

But the big celebrations came from Team HRC and Tim Gajser as they celebrated a fifth world title together!

While the title may be decided in the MXGP class, two rounds remain of the 2022 Motocross World Championship with Seewer third and Coldenhoff now moving up to third. Medals are still up for grabs which will make the next two GPs very interesting.

Photo of MX1 motocross rider Tim Gajser at the 2022 MXGP of Finland
Despite a tough day, Tim Gasjer did more than enough to be crowned 2022 MX1 World Champion. Photo: @shotbybavo

“It’s unbelievable! I am speechless,” a delighted Gajser said. “To win one world title is already a lot, but to win five with the HRC crew… We are an amazing team! Of course, we were struggling a little bit towards the end, I was a bit nervous but I’m glad it’s over! I want to say a huge thanks to all my crew, everybody around me, my girlfriend, Filippo, everyone at home watching, thank you very much guys, I am super happy!”.

Glenn Coldenhoff was happy to get his first win with Yamaha. “I’ve been waiting way too long! It’s my first win on the Yamaha, I’m super happy I can finally gift them the win,” Coldenhoff said. “Thanks to the whole team, we’ve been working hard. But I’m really pumped about the win. I also want to thank my family at home, who are not here and last but not least I want to thank me for believing in me!”.

Jeremy Seewer admitted it wasn’t an easy day but second was a good result. “I struggled a lot yesterday morning,” Seewer explained. “It’s not my favourite kind of track, I still need to put this thing together. Work on my bike and work on myself and don’t do too many mistakes and I did that today. Two solid rides, Glenn was super good in the second race, he deserved the win but it’s super cool to have three teammates on the podium, this has never happened which is amazing! Thanks to the whole crew. It seems like hard work pays off”.

Thir placed Maxime Renaux added, “I’m super happy for the team, it’s amazing to make a 1-2-3 on the GP podium. As a personal result, it’s good, not exactly what I was hoping for but we’re still on the podium which is great. It’s still my rookie season but I will work hard for the next races and especially next year”.

Photo of MX2 motocross rider Tom Vialle at the 2022 MXGP of Finland
Tom Vialle triumphed on his first visit to the sandy Hyvinkää taking 2nd and 1st in two hot and rough motos. Photo: Ray Archer

MX2

In MX2 race one, the Holeshot went to series leader Jago Geerts who led Tom Vialle, Kay de Wolf and Roan Van De Moosdijk as well as Simon Längenfelder.

Geerts then made a mistake which allowed Vialle easily into first place, though this did not last long as the Frenchman made an error of his own and handed back the lead to the Belgian.

Moosdijk then passed his teammate for third, as Mikkel Haarup started to close in on de Wolf also and was pushing the Dutchman for fourth.

Geerts was getting comfortable in the lead, as he set the fastest lap of the race. He also stretched out his lead over Vialle, which only grew as the race progressed.

But a couple of laps later, it looked like Vialle was ready to bounce back as he began to work away at Geerts’ lead. But Geerts was able to respond and the gap went back up to 4.001 seconds.

On lap eight, de Wolf passed Moosdijk back and climbed into third, as Geerts stretched his lead to 8.699 seconds. Further behind, Längenfelder made a mistake and crashed out of sixth, as behind him Kevin Horgmo applied pressure onto Liam Everts, who he eventually passed on lap 14.

Haarup saw his race take a turn for the worse, as he crashed out of fourth after passing Moosdijk. He got going fairly quickly but his front wheel was jammed, so he crashed again. In the end, he came back to eighth.

Photo of the MX2 Start at the 2022 MXGP of Finland
Jago Geerts leads the MX2 into a heated battle in Moto 1. Photo: FullSpectrum

Geerts won the race with a 13.983-second advantage over Vialle, with de Wolf third ahead of Moosdijk and Thibault Benistant.

In race two, it was again Geerts with the Holeshot, with Everts in a close second ahead of Tom Guyon, Moosdijk, Vialle and Joel Rizzi.

Vialle made a swift move into third, as Geerts crashed big out of the lead. He was stuck under his bike for quite some time before getting going again in 19th place.

Everts was the new race leader, but he had pressure from Vialle who was keen on taking maximum points and turn his weekend around. He did just that, as by the end of the opening lap he got himself into first place.

Moosdijk then stole second from Everts, who was also passed by de Wolf shortly after.

Vialle then made a big mistake and went off track which allowed Moosdijk easily into the front, with Vialle managing to stay second ahead of de Wolf. But Everts was also looking to fight back as he passed de Wolf again for third.

Geerts meanwhile was in 13th but made some good passes to arrive at ninth. The Belgian then made a few more moves to get onto the rear wheel of Haarup who was seventh. The two battled intensely which ended in tears as there was a collision between the pair. Haarup and Geerts went down, which meant that Geerts had to start all over again.

Photo of MX2 motocross rider Kay de Wolf at the 2022 MXGP of Finland
Kay de Wolf claimed another podium finish in MX2 with a 3-2 scorecard. Photo: FullSpectrum

Moosdijk was looking good in the lead as he had more than a five-second gap to Vialle, but a mistake with just three laps to go allowed Vialle back into the lead, as de Wolf also got by. Then it was game on between Vialle and de Wolf, with the Dutchman applying an immense amount of pressure onto the Frenchman, but despite his best efforts, de Wolf could not make a pass stick.

Vialle ended up winning the race ahead of de Wolf, Moosdijk, Everts and Längenfelder.

A 2-1 result put Vialle back on the top step, ahead of de Wolf who secured his fourth podium this season, while Geerts was forced to settle for third.

Heading into the penultimate round of the 2022 campaign, Geerts leads with a 15-point advantage over Vialle, as Längenfelder remains third.

“Track was so hard. I had a tough Saturday and had to start from ninth. But I managed to get a good jump, finish second in the race and then race two take the win, Jago I think crashed on the first lap. It was a tough one physically but I want to thank a lot the team for the hard work. We changed a lot the bike yesterday and today it worked amazing! See you in France, it’s going to be a good one,” Vialle said.

The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will head to St Jean d’Angely next weekend for the MXGP of Charente Maritime!

Photo of MX2 motocross rider Jago Geerts at the 2022 MXGP of Finland
After finishing third Jago Geerts continues to lead the MX2 World Championship by 15-points with two rounds remaining. Photo: FullSpectrum

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Brian Bogers (NED, Husqvarna), 35:42.121
2 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:09.623
3 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:13.050
4 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:14.875
5 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:15.802
6 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:29.472
7 Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:36.221
8 Alberto Forato (ITA, GASGAS), +0:41.675
9 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:48.904
10 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Beta), +0:51.644

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), 33:56.062
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:05.134
3 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:12.889
4 Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:14.139
5 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:28.197
6 Brian Bogers (NED, Husqvarna), +0:32.984
7 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:42.280
8 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:47.037
9 Henry Jacobi (GER, Honda), +0:51.404
10 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:53.058

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 47 Points
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 40 Points
3 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 40 Points
4 Brian Bogers (NED, HUS), 40 Points
5 Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 32 Points
6 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 29 Points
7 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 29 Points
8 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 26 Points
9 Alberto Forato (ITA, GAS), 23 Points
10 Henry Jacobi (GER, HON), 21 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 674 Points
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 570 Points
3 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 525 Points
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 517 Points
5 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 506 Points
6 Brian Bogers (NED, HUS), 391 Points
7 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 359 Points
8 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 352 Points
9 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 325 Points
10 Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 272 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:36.173
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:13.983
3 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:19.261
4 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:26.318
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:41.242
6 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:41.439
7 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:47.176
8 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:51.479
9 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:57.633
10 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GASGAS), +1:30.319

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 33:57.862
2 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:01.313
3 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:17.544
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:21.667
5 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:27.197
6 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:28.570
7 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:50.002
8 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:58.595
9 Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +1:03.891
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +1:13.468

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 47 Points
2 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 42 Points
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 39 Points
4 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 38 Points
5 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 32 Points
6 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 30 Points
7 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 29 Points
8 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GAS), 28 Points
9 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 23 Points
10 Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 20 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 676 Points
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 661 Points
3 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GAS), 535 Points
4 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 476 Points
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 434 Points
6 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 410 Points
7 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 390 Points
8 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GAS), 383 Points
9 Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 358 Points
10 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 257 Points

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