Motocross

Grand prix gold for Gajser and Herlings in Argentina

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Set at the foothills of the picturesque mountains of Villa la Angostura, the spectacular yet deceiving natured volcanic loam circuit of Patagonia played host to the fourth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Bringing it home for the extremely animated and enthusiastic crowdsin Argentina were Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings, the Slovenian taking his second MXGP victory of the season while Herlings romped to his 51st career MX2 win.

The track in Villa la Angostura is perhaps one of the best looking tracks on the calendar. While its width and beautifully sculpted jumps are loved by the riders, it shapes up to be very tricky as the hard base blanketed by a layer of loam is hard to read and has a habit of kicking riders when they least expect it.

Despite the technical, physical and mental demand of the circuit it was the nineteen-year-old rookie Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser who excelled for his second grand prix overall of the year. ‰ÛÏI had a really good weekend‰Û
With the win in MX1 Tim Gajser now sits 3 points from the Championship lead.
It‰Ûªs been a long time coming for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli who finally filled the big boots he walks in with his first podium finish since May last year. ‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm not yet at my best, but I have to make the best of it, I am happy with my riding although I have to ride different to what I am used to because I feel not strong enough in some places. But it‰Ûªs ok and it gets better and better.‰Û
Who can stop Jeffrey Herlings in the MX2 class? The Red Bull KTM rider remains undefeated in 2016.
In the MX2 class Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings seems to have returned to his old self. He‰Ûªs oozing confidence and appears to enjoy every lap he is racing at the moment with big whips and scrubs, to the point the fans almost toppled the fences over in excitement. At the last round in Valkenswaard, The Bullet reached a milestone with his 50th grand prix victory, and today in Villa la Angostura he hit yet another with his 100th race win! In addition to remaining unbeaten, Herlings won in Argentina for the first time in his career.

Team Suzuki World MX2‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer had his work cut out for him as he spent both races bashing bars with the competition. It wasn‰Ûªt easy, he may have left a few yellow plastic scuffs on some riders, but eventually he got it together for second overall, ‰ÛÏI feel amazing I have been on the podium three times in a row now, I will try to keep on going like this.‰Û
Jeremy Seewer was the best of the rest in MX2
Just like he did in Thailand, Wilvo Standing Construct Yamaha‰Ûªs Aleksandr Tonkov had that right grip twisted today where he landed on the podium for the second time this year. After such a good day in the office, Tonkov has moved up to third in the championship after Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass DNF‰Ûªd the first race after high-siding big-time on turn two where he split his chin open. Unfortunately for Jonass, he dropped from second to fourth.

TM Racing Factory Team‰Ûªs Samuele Bernardini‰Ûªs cat-like reactions got him off to two epic starts this weekend. Since Bernardini made his debut in MX2 halfway through last year he has proven he knows how to get off the gate, although his lack of experience racing up front in the worlds premier series always seemed to get the better of him. The Italian is now onto his second season in MX2 and with two fantastic starts today he delivered the goods for fourth overall, his best ever finish by far.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Petar Petrov looked at home on the circuit here in Patagonia as he served up pancakes all afternoon on the huge jumps. Petrov is a big lad and struggles on the start. Despite always having to come from behind, the Bulgarian put in a solid performance for fifth overall which was his first top five of the season.

Main Photo: The MX1 class gets underway
Credit: MXGP

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 34:29.721
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:05.185
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:07.776
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:11.472
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:12.973
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:24.641
7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:34.253
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:40.168
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:46.162
10. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:52.900

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:47.423
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:03.936
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:07.794
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:11.910
5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:19.640
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:40.886
7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:47.977
8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:51.197
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:53.609
10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:54.351

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 45 points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 44 p
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 41 p
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 35 p
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 34 p
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 27 p
7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 27 p
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 25 p
9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 24 p
10. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 24 p.

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 172 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 169 p
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 144 p
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 138 p
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 134 p
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 125 p
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 105 p
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 103 p
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 82 p
10. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 74 p.

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:29.494
2. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:34.840
3. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:36.815
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:49.465
5. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:56.817
6. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +1:07.056
7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +1:09.327
8. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +1:13.359
9. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Honda), +1:22.090
10. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +1:23.679

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:54.991
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:30.746
3. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:33.248
4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:41.457
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:43.160
6. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:51.648
7. Roberts Justs (LAT, KTM), +0:57.064
8. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +0:58.093
9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +1:03.564
10. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +1:11.648

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 40 p
3. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 40 p
4. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 31 p
5. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 28 p
6. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 25 p
7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 24 p
8. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 22 p
9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 22 p
10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 22 p.

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 200 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 152 p
3. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 131 p
4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 130 p
5. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 104 p
6. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 99 p
7. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 91 p
8. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 84 p
9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 78 p
10. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, YAM), 70 p.

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