Herlings and Prado Win Again at the MXGP of Asia


Jeffrey Herlings extended his lead in the MXGP championship with his second round win in Indonesia. Photo: Youthstream.
The MXGP of Asia in Semarang, Indonesia, was full of action all leading up to today‰Ûªs racing where Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado took their respective class overalls with both gaining ground in the championship standings.

From the first race of MX2 to the final race of MXGP the racing was incredible and challenged the world‰Ûªs best riders. The MX2 title chase is now even with both Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado tied at 550 points while the fights in MXGP continue with new faces battling for wins!

The competitors in the 2018 MXGP World Championship are as tough as nails or in Jeffrey Herlings case tough as the plate and screws of his recently fractured collar bone. Herlings came into the Indonesian trip unsure of his situation but by the end has come away with 97 championship points of the 100 available.

At the drop of the gate for MXGP Race 1 Herlings was the fastest to the first turn but lost the Fox Holeshot and lead when he bobbled on the exit of the corner. Taking over the lead position and the Fox Holeshot was Antonio Cairoli with Frenchman Gautier Paulin in 3rd and Clement Desalle in 4th.

The opening lap action continued with Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser making his way to third and second in front of Herlings briefly. Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer and Julien Lieber collided on the uphill triple which sent Seewer tumbling, neither rider was injured but Seewer did not rejoin the race.
HRC's Tim Gajser continued his good form in Indonesia with another second in the MXGP class. Photo: Youthstream
Herlings struggled to keep momentum at the start of the race and was passed by both Gajser and Paulin on lap 2 with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP‰Ûªs Romain Febvre closing in as well. Cairoli‰Ûªs lead was then taken by Gajser and Febvre was past Herlings who was immediately under pressure from Desalle.

Febvre and his fellow frenchman, Paulin, kicked off a battle for third swapping positions all in front of Herlings. Herlings took advantage of the battle and was into 4th past Paulin. Desalle then banged bars with Paulin eventually finding a way by the Frenchman.

Herlings made a move around the outside of Febvre and was then past Cairoli in the same lap. From that point Herlings gained time on Gajser and made a pass lap 13 just before Febvre crashed out of 4th. At the finish Herlings took the win with Gajser 2nd and Cairoli 3rd.

Race 2 was started with a second Fox Holeshot from Cairoli with Herlings, Desalle, and Seewer alongside. Febvre was back for Race 2 but fell on the start and had to fight back from dead last. Cairoli‰Ûªs good start was short lived when he dropped 5 position in the first 3 turns back to 6th. Desalle was in the lead next but Herlings took it away in before the first lap was complete.

Cairoli lost more positions early in the race to Lieber and TM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Max Nagl. Back at the front Desalle was charging to insides of Herlings and showing the red plate holder a wheel as Paulin crashed while under pressure from Lieber.

Seewer was also riding well and up in 4th while Cairoli made a pair of passes to take back fifth from Nagl and Lieber. On lap 13 Seewer would also lose his position to Cairoli whose forward progress wouldn‰Ûªt be enough to catch Gajser in 3rd.
Clement Desalle held of Antonio Cairoli to take the final podium place. Photo: Youthstream
At the finish Herlings took his 2nd race win of the day with Desalle 2nd, Gajser 3rd, Cairoli 4th, and Seewer 5th. In the overall result Herlings took the clear win with 1-1, Gajser took 2nd with 2-3, and Desalle returned to the podium for the first time since winning the MXGP of Russia with 4-2 for 3rd.

‰ÛÏTo go home with 97 points from the 2 weekends is absolutely amazing, I didn‰Ûªt expect that and it has been like a dream come true," Herlings said. "Not only didn‰Ûªt I lose any points but I actually gained some, not many but a few is good so I don‰Ûªt want to take this for granted. The rest of the guys rode awesome I really had to fight in the first race with Tim and the second with Clement.‰Û
Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado went head to head once again in MX2 with Prado coming out on top and tying up the points with both riders now on 550 Points. Photo: Youthstream
The MX2 Championship fight is in full force after today‰Ûªs MXGP of Asia in Semarang. Race one began with Jorge Prado taking the Fox Holeshot ahead of his championship leader Pauls Jonass.

Jonass had Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen just to his inside down the Pit Lane straight after the start and Thomas Kjer Olsen to his outside. Vlaanderen grabbed a handful of front brake on the entry to the next turn resulting in him going down and just moments later Olsen was down. For Olsen his crash came from landing short on the next jump and he took out Thomas Covington in the process.

With some room to breathe early Jonass pushed to pass Prado but then fell himself after losing the front end. Quick to get up Jonass was still second ahead of Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team‰Ûªs Ben Watson and Yamaha SM Action M.C. - Migliori‰Ûªs Michele Cervellin. F&H Racing Team‰Ûªs Adam Sterry was in 5th with Honda 114 Motorsport‰Ûªs Bas Vaessen giving chase.

Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team‰Ûªs Anthony Rodriguez passed Vaessen on lap 3 and then got by Sterry on lap 6 for 5th. Vaessen continued to push but had a big crash just before the downhill triple and was slow to get going again before eventually pulling off the track.
South African HRC rider Calvin Vlaanderen was once again on the MX2 podium with third. Photo: Youthstream
Back at the front Jonass had again caught Prado with the help of lapped riders and mistakes from the Spaniard. Jonass made the impressive pass for the lead on lap 9 and then started to pull away. A few spots further back Rodriguez was searching for a way into 4th and eventually took the spot from Cervellin.

Also making big passes to finish the race was Vlaanderen who came back from last to finish 5th ahead of Cervellin and Covington. Winning the race was Jonass with Prado 2nd and Watson 3rd followed by his teammate Rodriguez in 4th.

Race 2 was off to another wild start with Jonass crashing in the first turn while Prado took the Fox Holeshot and lead. Vlaanderen had another strong jump off of the grid and kept the mistakes to a minimum in 2nd. Covington also rebounded from the bad luck of race 1 and found himself 3rd on the first laps followed by Watson and Olsen.

4 laps into the race Covington took 2nd from Vlaanderen, Jonass was up to 10th and Olsen made a pass on Watson for 4th on lap 5. Prado was able to manage his lead well as every time Covington gained ground Prado responded.

The top 5 remained unchanged for the next 10 laps until Vlaanderen made charge with 2 laps to go and reclaimed 2nd from Covington. In the meantime Jonass had clawed his way back to 6th in a massive effort. Crossing the finish first was Prado with Vlaanderen, Covington, Olsen, and Watson finishing out the top 5.
Brit Ben Watson finished 4th in MX2. Photo: Youthstream
On the overall podium it was Prado by 7 points over Jonass and 9 ahead of Vlaanderen. Prado‰Ûªs effort has tied the MX2 Championship standings at 550 points for both himself and Jonass. Jonass will however maintain the red plate with more race wins as the series heads to Loket for the MXGP of Czech Republic in 2 week time.

‰ÛÏIt was a great weekend! I had to really fight every lap of the races but I was really happy taking two Fox Holeshots which made everything easier," Prado said. "I am really happy with my performance. Now Pauls and I are the same points so in 2 weeks we go to Loket.‰Û
Aussie Todd Waters finished 13th in MXGP as he continued to struggle with illness and injury. Photo: @shotbybavo_22
MXGP Results

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 33:54.179
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:01.786
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:13.879
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:17.519
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:20.604
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.007
7. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:35.278
8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:49.077
9. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:59.110
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +1:24.278

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:21.626
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:05.537
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:11.311
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:18.393
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:21.214
6. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:25.998
7. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:27.988
8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:29.546
9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, TM), +0:32.666
10. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:40.658

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 Points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 42 Points
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 40 Points
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 Points
5. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 28 Points
6. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 27 Points
7. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KAW), 26 Points
8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 26 Points
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 23 Points
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 17 Points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 583 Points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 559 Points
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 447 Points
4. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 410 Points
5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 400 Points
6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 389 Points
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 329 Points
8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 295 Points
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 280 Points
10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, TM), 227 Points

MX2 Results

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 34:59.013
2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:04.137
3. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:22.101
4. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, Yamaha), +0:41.937
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:43.971
6. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:44.344
7. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:57.170
8. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:03.984
9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Husqvarna), +1:14.133
10. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +1:23.303

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35:13.784
2. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:02.931
3. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:05.084
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:21.652
5. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:28.770
6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:40.860
7. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, Yamaha), +0:50.117
8. Bas Vaessen (NED, Honda), +1:13.213
9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Husqvarna), +1:19.115
10. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:28.895

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 47 Points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 40 Points
3. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 38 Points
4. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 36 Points
5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 34 Points
6. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, YAM), 32 Points
7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 28 Points
8. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 25 Points
9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HUS), 24 Points
10. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 24 Points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 550 Points
2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 550 Points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 422 Points
4. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 412 Points
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 369 Points
6. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 331 Points
7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 286 Points
8. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 255 Points
9. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 223 Points
10. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 218 Points

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