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Herlings and Jonass take pole at Belgium GP qualifying

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The first day of the Fiat Professional MXGP of Belgium at Lommel is in the books and the sand master, Jeffrey Herlings fired the first shot winning the MXGP Qualifying Race while his KTM teammate Pauls Jonass secured pole position in MX2.

The thunder of the MXGP and MX2 bikes was accompanied by rain in the early stages of the day taking an already treacherous surface to a new level of difficulty. The heavy Belgian sand of Lommel is in a new layout and direction this year which so far has provided great racing.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Herlings is well known as the fastest sand rider in the world and today he proved it as he came from 6th on the first lap to pass race leader Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli on the last.
Herlings and Jonass take pole at Belgium GP qualifying
The MX1 class get qualifying underway
Cairoli was beat out by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Max Nagl. It only took one lap for Cairoli to take over the lead from the German and begin to leave the field behind. As Cairoli led the race Team HRC's Tim Gajser moved passed Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek and then Max Nagl for second.

The majority of the passes were going on behind the top two and they were made by Jeffrey Herlings, the ‰ÛÏBullet‰Û
Herlings and Jonass take pole at Belgium GP qualifying
Jeffrey Herlings worked his way through the pack to take the win in MX1
Back at the front it was another last lap pass that made the difference but instead it was for the win. Herlings took the lead with half of the last lap to go and crossed the finish half a second ahead of Cairoli.

While Jasikonis crossed the line 3rd, failure to comply with FIM noise regulations penalized him 5 positions to 8th officially. The final result was Gajser 3rd, Febvre 4th, and Nagl 5th.

‰ÛÏI'm very happy with the result, it is a track that fits me well," Herlings said. "I‰Ûªm happy with today, being in pole position again, I think it is the second time this season, I haven‰Ûªt had it many times but I‰Ûªm focused for tomorrow.‰Û
Herlings and Jonass take pole at Belgium GP qualifying
MX2 championship leader Pauls Jonass took out MX2 qualifying
MX2 Qualifying started with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jorge Prado leading and Kemea Yamaha Official MX2‰Ûªs Benoit Paturel following. Paturel who put in the fastest laps of both Free and Time practice was the first to line up to the gate.

Championship leader, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass was only a few bike lengths behind the top two though and in a section were most riders dropped into a hole he jumped over it. Jonass and his creative riding were clearly effective in that exact section he flew by Paturel into second.

The main competition for Jonass and his championship hopes is the Suzuki World MX2 rider Jeremy Seewer. Perhaps one of the reasons Jonass quickly dispatched Paturel was the #91 hounding his back wheel.

Running 5th behind Seewer was the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory bike of Thomas Kjer Olsen. With Seewer seeing Jonass go by Paturel he didn‰Ûªt want to be left behind but a series of small bobbles left Paturel able to fend the Swiss rider off.
Herlings and Jonass take pole at Belgium GP qualifying
Frenchman Benoit Paturel will take second gate pick in MX2.
Jonass in turn was catching Prado and made the pass for lead on lap 8 of ten. Prado was also losing ground to Paturel when he slowed by a lapped rider who was down in his line. This allowed both Paturel and Seewer by.

At the finish Prado took fourth ahead of Olsen while Jonass won and Paturel held second in front of Seewer.

"I got a decent start I was third so I settled down in the first laps and just built up my race speed," Jonass said. "You know in the first laps you can go crazy and make some mistakes but I just stayed calm. I got the win and it was nice so I‰Ûªm looking forward to tomorrow‰Û

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