Motocross

Herlings and Prado Set the Pace at MXGP of the Netherlands Qualifying

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Jeffrey Herlings.
The 19th round of 20 in the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship has begun at the Dutch circuit of Assen with Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado taking the Assen sand by storm for the Qualifying wins today.

This weekend in the Netherlands could very well see MXGP rider Jeffrey Herlings be crowned the 2018 FIM Motocross World Champion and today put him one step closer to his dream. Herlings rocketed out of the gate to take today‰Ûªs Qualifying race lead away from title rival Antonio Cairoli who then followed in 2nd.

With the lead and clear track ahead Herlings pulled away and keep his distance from any potential threats. Cairoli was chased by Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser and Clement Desalle. Glenn Coldenhoff put on a strong ride for his home crowd as he passed Desalle who then lost another spot to Max Anstie.


Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek was in 7th but then fell on the second lap and fought his way to a 14th place result. Gajser was next to lose positions as Coldenhoff continued forward into third and Anstie took another spot from the Slovenian.
Antonio Cairoli
Honda RedMoto Assomotor‰Ûªs Petar Petrov was battling with Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer before losing control and ejecting off his bike over the finish. Petrov got up and rode away while Seewer‰Ûªs Wilvo Yamaha teammate Shaun Simpson battled with Desalle. After close racing between the pair Simpson clipped the back of Desalle and fell before finishing 9th, 2 spots ahead of Seewer.

At the finish Herlings took the win nearly 18 seconds ahead of Cairoli with Coldenhoff making it a Red Bull KTM 1,2,3 finish as Max Anstie took 4th while Gajser took fifth. Gajser‰Ûªs HRC teammate Brian Bogers returned to action after missing the entire season with injury to take 19th.
Glenn Coldenhoff
‰ÛÏToday was good, fastest in free practice, fastest in time practice, and taking the qualifying win," Herlings said. "The energy you feel when you pass the fans here is pretty amazing so it is a lot of fun to race and I'm looking forward to racing here tomorrow. I am actually pretty calm and relaxed... I hope to have the same thing tomorrow and everything is working well with the bike and the team. I can't wait to hopefully have the championship under my belt, it is my long term dream and we have been working so hard, it would really be a dream if we can pull it off."

Australian Todd Waters, making his debut with the Team Honda Redmoto Assomotor, was a DNF.
Jorge Prado
In the MX2 Qualifying Race Spaniard Jorge Prado had a near identical race to that of Herlings with the lead off the start through to the finish. In second was not the expected challenge from Pauls Jonass but Brit Conrad Mewse.

A first turn crash claimed Thomas Covington and Thomas Kjer Olsen along with Kemea Yamaha Official MX2‰Ûªs Anthony Rodriguez. In a sportsman like move Rodriguez assisted the Husqvarna riders as they were caught together. All three remounted and rejoined the race while a separate start crash took down Honda 114 Motorsports‰Ûª Hunter Lawrence.

While Lawrence got up his Honda 114 Motorsports teammate Bas Vaessen was up in third with Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen giving chase in 4th. Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori‰Ûªs Alvin Ostlund was also riding impressive in 5th.
Calvin Vlaanderen
Jonass was 6th but took Ostlund‰Ûªs 5th away on the first laps while Kemea Yamaha Official MX2‰Ûªs Ben Watson lost traction and spun out. Vlaanderen then muscled his way by Vaessen as Covington fell again and was unable to finish the race.

Jonass started to try to pass Vaessen several times but small mistakes hindered his progress. Taking advantage of the mistakes from Jonass and charging into the top 5 was Henry Jacobi. Jacobi not only got by Jonass but flew past Vaessen as well.

Jonass then got by Vaessen and battled with Jacobi for a second time but the German prevailed. Vlaanderen then fed off the energy of the dutch crowd rooting him on as he passed Mewse for second.

At the finish it was the 9th qualifying race win of 2018 for Prado ahead of Vlaanderen and Mewse while Jacobi and Jonass round out the top 5. Olsen and Lawrence fought their way back from the back of the pack after their first turn crashes to finish 7th and 8th behind Ostlund.

‰ÛÏI feel really good on this track already for the last few years," Prado said. "Today went pretty good, I felt good all day long and once the gate dropped in Qualifying a got a good start which made it all a lot easier, it was a good race, I'm happy with the win, and looking forward to tomorrow."
Conrad Mewse
MXGP Qualifying Race Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 24:10.420
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:17.945
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:20.619
4. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:26.627
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:30.909
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:47.821
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:54.214
8. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:58.863
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:59.670
10. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:12.143

MX2 Qualifying Race Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 24:46.693
2. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:07.813
3. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:12.442
4. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), +0:32.068
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:33.957
6. Bas Vaessen (NED, Honda), +0:35.086
7. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Yamaha), +0:42.086
8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:47.558
9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:57.332
10. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:05.183

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