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Herlings and Jonass Take Top Spots In Turkish Qualifying

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Jeffery Herlings once again finished on top during qualifying in Turkey
Jeffrey Herlings and Pauls jonass have topped the qualifying sheets at the conclusion of the opening day at the MXGP of Turkey for the 18th round this season.

The new circuit of Afyon led to some of the highest race speeds this season but no one topped the pace of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Herlings and Jonass as the took pole position in their respective classes.



Herlings started his Turkish trip just as he has many others so far this season. Today‰Ûªs time practice session top time slotted him with the first gate pack. One advantage led to another with his gate pick giving him the holeshot and lead in the qualifying race.

Behind Herlings off the start was Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser and the lone Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP rider Jeremy Van Horebeek as Romain Febvre was taken for medical evaluation after a crash in the time practice session. Febvre suffered a concussion in the accident and was taken to hospital for further medical examination. Positive feedback from the hospital showed no serious injury occurred, the former world champion will however sit out racing tomorrow.
Tim Gajser, Glenn Coldenhoff and Jeremy Van Horebeek battle for position in Turkey during the qualifying race
Running in 4th place was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Glenn Coldenhoff in one of his strongest performances this season. The other Red Bull KTM belonging to Antonio Cairoli was back in 10th fighting with Standing Construct KTM Racing Team‰Ûªs Valentin Guillod to take 8 then continuing on to Guillod‰Ûªs teammate Kevin Strijbos.

Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP Team‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer was 6th looking for a way past Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle. Cairoli made a pass on Seewer look easy when he dove to the inside and took the line away from the Swiss rider. Up next for the Sicilian was Desalle but it took 6 laps before making it past leaving only two to go.

However at the finish Herlings maintained his small gap over Gajser to take the win with Gajser in second and Van Horebeek 3rd. Coldenhoff held on to 4th while Cairoli took 5th.

‰ÛÏI took a really good start, managed to take the holeshot and then check out. Pole position and fastest in time practice so I'm definitely looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully I can get 2 good starts and we will go from there." Herlings said at the end of the day.
It was a rough day for Todd Waters but he will line up for Sunday's race with the 17th gate pick
Australia's Todd Waters finished in 17th position after recovering from a mid air crash with Jeremy Seewer.

"At the start, I managed to get up to fourteenth place and rode behind Tommy Searle." Waters explained. "The first lap is always quite crazy ‰ÛÒ with people going a bit everywhere ‰ÛÒ but I tried to keep a good pace and follow him, until he overtook Alessandro Lupino.

"I got a little bit stuck behind Lupino and then I had a coming together mid-air with Seewer, which cost me a few positions. In the last quarter of the race I tried to follow Julien Lieber but couldn‰Ûªt make a move on him. We made some little steps forward and hopefully we‰Ûªll be able to find some more speed tomorrow."
Pauls Jonass was impressive on his way to the qualifying win in the MX2 class
Today‰Ûªs MX2 Qualifying race in Afyon was wild off the start with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jorge Prado taking the Holeshot over Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Thomas Covington and Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass impressively split Prado and Vlaanderen on the exit of turn 2 and took over the lead. Prado was quick to fire back and take the lead into turn 3 but left the inside open allowing Jonass the spot again.

The KTM exchange nearly gave Covington second from Prado but the young spaniard held on to the position. Covington then came under pressure from fellow Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider Thomas Kjer Olsen.

Vlaanderen, after his good start, fell back a few spots in the melee at the front before taking 5th from Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 team‰Ûªs Ben Watson. STC Husqvarna Racing‰Ûªs Henry Jacobi then attacked Vlaanderen for 5th which eventually sent Vlaanderen over a berm.
Jorge Prado grabbed the holeshot and lead early, eventually finishing in second, 8 seconds behind Jonass.
Vlaanderen lost the spot not only to Jacobi but Watson as well. Vlaanderen made his second pass of the race on Watson to get into 6th but was unable to catch Jacobi by the finish. Jonass meanwhile won his second qualifying race in a row with Prado 2nd, Olsen 3rd, Covington 4th, and Jacobi 5th.

‰ÛÏThe Qualifying race went pretty good, I just didn't get the best jump off the start but I cut to the inside off the first turn and managed to pass Jorge. After that I just rode my own race and felt really good.‰Û
Thomas Kjer Olsen rounded out the top three in MX2 qualifying
MXGP Qualifying Race Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 24:29.102;
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:01.573;
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:28.869;
4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:32.391;
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:33.178;
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:39.615;
7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:41.741;
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:45.279;
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:53.387;
10. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, Yamaha), +1:03.978


MX2 Qualifying Race Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 25:15.214;
2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:08.135;
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:11.205;
4. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:26.619;
5. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), +0:30.883;
6. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:31.231;
7. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:33.131;
8. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, Yamaha), +0:48.874;
9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:51.017;
10. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:51.750.

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