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Jeffery Herlings And Lucas Coenen On Top Of Qualifying Again At MXGP of Lombok

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Photo of motocross rider Jeffrey Herlings at the 2024 MXGP of Lombok.
Jeffery Herlings took the MXGP qualifying race win for the second week in a row. Photo: Ray Archer

The MXGP World Motocross Championship riders tackled the Selaparang circuit in reverse direction today for the Qualifying Races, although the oppressive heat and humidity remained to continually test the athletes to their limits as they pushed for points and gate selection positions.

In MXGP it was a second straight Qualifying Race win for Jeffrey Herlings, who made a decisive move on Tim Gajser towards the end of the race, with Calvin Vlaanderen finishing a fine third.

MX2 also saw the same winner as last weekend with Lucas Coenen recovering from a small crash to take the win ahead of Kay de Wolf finishing in second place! Simon Laengenfelder once more took third for Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing.

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Jeffrey Herlings has shown a lot of speed on the Indonesian leg so far, showing no problems with the heat of the region despite not racing here since 2018. He topped the timesheets in both Free and Time Practice, with Tim Gajser and Glenn Coldenhoff achieving the third fastest time.

Gajser got the jump on Herlings out of the gate, however, and leaned on his rival enough to grab the holeshot, but the Dutchman was with him, ahead of Vlaanderen and his sparring partner from last week, Jeremy Seewer, who held fourth place from Coldenhoff and last week’s GP winner Jorge Prado.

Prado did not look to be in top form, starting in sixth place and taking his time to move forward, passing Coldenhoff over the finish line jump at the end of the first full lap, then taking until lap seven to make a switchback pass on Seewer for fourth position, which was where he would finish the race.

Vlaanderen did well to fend off the attentions of the reigning World Champion, and got within attacking distance of Herlings for second place, although that seemed to light the fire under the GP win record holder, who suddenly began closing the gap to Gajser! The KTM dived up the inside of the Honda, making contact but not initially getting through, before Herlings pulled a stunning move on the final corner before the finish line, taking the lead as the “two laps to go” board came out!

Photo of motocross rider Tim Gasjer at the 2024 MXGP of Lombok. Start
Second place was enough to see  Tim Gajser (243) increase his lead in the 2024 MXGP World Championship to 24-points after the MXGP of Lombok qualification race

The race finished in that order, as Vlaanderen rejoiced in another top three finish to go with his first overall podium of the season last weekend.

Prado’s fourth place finish means that he drops two more points in the Championship to Gajser, who is now 24 points ahead, with Herlings now 33 behind the Spaniard in third. Gajser is also still leading the 6 month’s RAM Driving Experience with five wins so far!

“Obviously last week I suffered from the heat in the second race. This time I thought let’s not start flat out but saving energy towards the end of the race,” Herlings explained. “I feel very good physically. It wasn’t really nice how I had to pass Tim (Gajser), as I kind of touched him and I feel bad because I’m not this kind of rider but I had to overtake him like this! Now I look forward to tomorrow and I hope to be up here again!”

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Simon Laengenfelder was fastest in Free Practice, but it was those twin brothers at the top again in Timeed Practice, with Sacha Coenen claiming first gate pick ahead of brother Lucas.

The shorter and marginally younger of the twins, Sacha, fired into the lead from the gate, with Laengenfelder initially second, although the Nestaan Husqvarna riders got past the German in rapid succession, Lucas Coenen ahead of De Wolf as it would be until the end of the race.

Sacha’s teammate Andrea Adamo had passed Laengenfelder for fourth on the first lap, but got the new wall jump before the Pit Lane badly wrong, doing well to stay on but allowing the GASGAS back past, as well as Ferruccio Zanchi. That proved to be a vital blow to his race as the younger Italian then dropped the bike two corners later, and the reigning Champion could not avoid his fallen machine! Adamo got back up to tenth at the close for the final point, while Zanchi came home in 15th.

Lucas Coenen hauled in his brother and made a pass around the outside as Sacha unintentionally paused in a rut. It wasn’t over though, as on the following lap, Lucas pushed the front wheel too hard in a corner and dropped back into second! Then it was Sacha’s turn to have the ground give way from beneath him, suffering more of a delay as he ran off the edge of a steep berm and argued with an advertisement hoarding in the process!

This put Lucas back in the lead, with De Wolf making a late charge to pass Laengenfelder and therefore inherit second when Sacha left the track. The German ended up in third and the young Belgian recovered to claim fourth. Mikkel Haarup took fifth, ahead of Liam Everts who also left the track early on, taking sixth.

Lucas Coenen therefore took one point away from his teammate’s series lead, which is now on 64 points. Lucas looks in a determined mood to hack that down, but anything could happen here tomorrow!

“It was a tough one today!” Coenen said. “The start wasn’t that bad as only my brother (Sacha Coenen) got a jump on me and then I went on the inside and went 2nd. I just did my race but then lost the front in a corner and tipped over. The track is sketchy and I like it this way. Tomorrow we’ll have two race and will try our best!”

MXGP – RAM Qualifying Race – Classification:
1 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 24:22.283;
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:01.386;
3 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:04.034;
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:06.485;
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:07.767;
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Fantic), +0:28.754;
7 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:32.400;
8 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:39.991;
9 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:43.104;
10 Isak Gifting (SWE, Yamaha), +0:43.908

MXGP – World Championship Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 564 Points
2 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 540 Points
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 507 Points
4 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 389 Points
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, KAW), 380 Points
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, FAN), 332 Points
7 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 327 Points
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 274 Points
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, HON), 238 Points
10 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 227 Points

MX2 – RAM Qualifying Race – Classification:
1 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), 24:15.060;
2 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:04.688;
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:09.780;
4 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:13.874;
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +0:23.028;
6 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:24.989;
7 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:37.138;
8 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:37.833;
9 Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, Yamaha), +0:46.960;
10 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:48.652

MX2 – World Championship Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 541 Points
2 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 477 Points
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 471 Points
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 437 Points
5 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 418 Points
6 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, TRI), 361 Points
7 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 326 Points
8 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), 319 Points
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 226 Points
10 Quentin Marc Prugnieres (FRA, KAW), 217 Points

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