Motocross

Jeffery Herlings Celebrates 100th GP Win At The MXGP of Sardegna While Jago Geerts Goes Back to Back

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MXGP Motocross rider Jeffery Hearlings at the Grand Prix of Sardegna
Jeffery Herlings logged a 2-2 scorecard for victory, a second consecutive podium finish, and is 2nd in the championship table. Photo: JP Acevedo

MXGP dropped into the demanding sand track of Riola Sardo, Italy, for the second round of the 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship with Jeffrey Herlings earning his first victory of the season while Jago Geerts made it two from two with Victory in the MX2 class.

Herlings celebrated his 100th win in MXGP in spectacular fashion in front of Glenn Coldenhoff and qualifying race winner Jorge Prado. Jago Geerts made it back-to-back GP victories following his win in Argentina while Kay de Wolf clinched the second in front of Thibault Benistant.

In the first MXGP race in Sardinia, the Holeshot was taken by Jeremy Seewer although Jorge Prado quickly took the lead. Prado would go on to dominate the race pushing his lead to ten seconds giving him a nice cushion until the end of the race.

Calvin Vlaanderen who was eighth on the opening lap made a charge early on to see the back Herlings on lap four. Herlings fourth and Vlaanderen fifth at that time followed each other until the end. They both capitalised on Glenn Coldenhoff who was third until lap nine when he made a mistake and dropped to fifth.

A few laps later it was the turn of Jeremy Seewer who was second on the opening lap but a crash dropped him down to sixth. Herlings and Vlaanderen went on to take second and third.

Coldenhoff down in fifth position on lap nine found himself just in front of his teammate Maxime Renaux who was sixth. With Seewer’s crash on lap eleven, the three Monster Energy Yamaha riders stuck together with Coldenhoff fourth, Renaux fifth, and Seewer sixth. This didn’t stop Renaux from making a clever move on Coldenhoff. Renaux and Coldenhoff, fourth and fifth respectively would keep this order until the end.

Brian Bogers made a solid race going from ninth to seventh without being overtaken along the way. Alberto Forato was another rider oscillating around the tenth place but got to eighth when Brent Van Doninck made a mistake and dropped to ninth. Forato and Van Doninck would settle for eighth and ninth respectively.

MXGP Start at the Grand Prix of Sardegna
MXGP Start at the MXGP of Sardegna . Photo: JP Acevedo

Mattia Guadagnini was ninth on lap one but dropped down just outside the top ten on the very last lap when passed Romain Febvre.

MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina winner Ruben Fernandez unfortunately crashed and would not finish the race.

Race two was one of the most eventful races so far. While Febvre took the Holeshot, it was Coldenhoff who had a magnificent first lap to get himself in front and was never headed.

MXGP Motocross rider Jeffery Hearlings at the Grand Prix of Sardegna
Jeffrey Herlings took his first victory of the season, his first since the final round of the title-winning 2021 campaign and the 100th of a glittering career. Photo: JP Acevedo

The second place looked promising for Febvre as he overtook Seewer on the second lap to keep this position for fourteen laps. However, Jeffrey Herlings had other plans. After a bad start, he was fourteenth after a few turns but he was on a mission overtaking nearly everyone in front of him. He quickly found himself seventh behind Prado in sixth on lap three and finally found an opportunity on lap nine to overtake the Red Plate holder.

No one could fend off Herlings as lap after lap he overtook Vlaanderen and got the better of Seewer for fourth. This is when things spiced up with two laps to go as Herlings closed on Renaux in third and Febvre second. Eventually, Herlings got the better of the two Frenchmen and began a push for the lead but it was too late, and settled for second.

Renaux got also the better of Febvre at the same time as Herlings and finished third while Febvre ended up fourth.

MXGP Motocross rider Glenn Coldenhoff at the Grand Prix of Sardegna
Glenn Coldenhoff (259) finished second overall at the second round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Riola-Sardo, Sardinia, with a solid win in Race Two.

Vlaanderen had another solid race and was constantly in the top six finally finishing fifth just in front of Prado and Seewer, sixth and seventh respectively. While Prado hovered over the sixth place throughout the race, Seewer made a few mistakes and dropped down the leaderboard to finish seventh.

Van Doninck had a similar race to the first and did manage to stay in the top ten throughout the whole race and got to eighth at the finish line. Forato, also stayed consistent to end up ninth while Pauls Jonass rounded out the top ten.

Ruben Fernandez failed to capitalise on his first win in Argentina as the Team HRC’s rider crashed a few times and could not get his flow over the weekend, and finished sixteenth overall.

MXGP Motocross rider Jorge Prado at the Grand Prix of Sardegna
It was yet another successful outing for Jorge Prado, who retained the red plate and extended his series lead with third pace and the qualifying race win. Photo: JP Acevedo

In the end, Jeffrey Herlings with his strong showing in race two grabbed his first GP overall win since 2021 reaching his 100th GP win. Glenn Coldenhoff was on the second step of the podium with his win in race two while Prado maintains his Red Plate with 100 points thanks to his third place on the podium coupled with his RAM Qualifying Race win. Herlings is now second in the Championship with 93 points while Maxime Renaux is third level with Febvre on 78 points.

“A 100th GP! Amazing,” Hearlings said. “It was tough because the track was fast and it wasn’t easy to pass, the nearer you got to the front the harder it was! When the other riders were getting a bit tired I was still in good shape and could keep pushing. I need to work on my starts. I have been focusing on my motos but I know it’s a weak point and it needs to be improved. Once we can get that dialled in then life will be easier. I’m excited to see how the track will be in Switzerland.”

MX2

MXGP Motocross rider Jago Geerts at the Grand Prix of Sardegna
Jago Geerts celebrated an emphatic win at the second round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Riola-Sardo, Sardinia, extending his MX2 Championship lead out to 30-points. 

In MX2 race one, Jago Geerts took the Holeshot and quickly moved into the lead. The top three riders, Geerts, Simon Laengenfelder, and Kay De Wolf took off to increase the gap behind them.

On lap two Geerts made a mistake and found himself third as Laengenfelder took the lead in front of De Wolf for the next four laps. However, De Wolf as a sand specialist managed to take the lead on lap five as Laengenfelder made a mistake and kept it until the end to win the race.

Laegenfelder dropped down to third after his mistake with Geerts second. But Another mistake on lap six from Geerts meant that Laengenfelder moved back to second. But Geerts picked up the pace and made a move on lap eleven and kept his advantage until the end with Laengengfelder staying third.

Thibault Benistant displayed solid racing throughout the whole race. He never got overtaken and continuously pushed forward behind Liam Everts. They both overtook Andrea Adamo who was fourth. Benistant fifth passed Everts too to finish fourth.

MX2 Start at the Grand Prix of Sardegna
MX2 Start at the MXGP of Sardegna .

Everts was unfortunate to crash while he was fifth and ended up ninth. Lucas Coenen also went up the leaderboard after getting to ninth over the first two laps. He made his way up to an encouraging sixth place for the rookie.

Behind him, Kevin Horgmo and Roan Van de Moosdijk found themselves seventh and eighth respectively on lap one and would oscillate to finish the race at the same place. Finally, Oriol Oliver kept his tenth position the whole way through.

In Race 2, it was Oriol Oliver took the Holeshot followed by Jago Geerts who quickly made his way to the lead on lap one passing Kay De wolf and showing great control to keep De Wolf second the whole race.

Benistant managed to grab the third spot during the whole race although he had to battle with Lucas Coenen towards the end. However, several mistakes from Coenen meant that Benistant could ride away without much trouble over the last part of the race. Coenen kept his fourth place until the end.

MXGP Motocross rider Kay de Wolf at the Grand Prix of Sardegna
Kay de Wolf took the win in the opening moto and with second in moto two ties on points with Geerts but was awarded second overall on countback. Photo: Full Spectrum

The fifth place was completely open with Van de Moosdijk, Adamo, and Laengenfelder fighting for the spot over the full race. Everts who finished eighth in the end was also involved in that battle until lap five when he dropped down to eight and stayed in that place until the end.

Laengenfelder made some attempts on the fifth place but it was the determination of Van de Moosdijk that paid off in the end as he put pressure on Laengenfelder who stalled on a turn on lap fourteen. Van de Moosdijk and Adamo got past the German to finish fifth and sixth respectively while Laengenfelder had to settle for seventh.

Horgmo had another good race and showed that he can compete in the top ten as he only had to battle with Oriol and kept his ninth place until the end. Oriol ended up eleventh after Jan Pancar.

“I’m really happy with today, minus the two small mistakes I made in the first heat,” Geerts said. “Still, I came back from them to almost win the moto, so I was happy with my speed. In the second race, they did a lot of maintenance on the track, so it was quite fast. I still found my pace on the opening lap, going from fourth to first, and then just pushed hard the whole moto to take the win. I am really happy with how the first two GP’s have gone and how everything is going so far.”

MXGP Motocross rider Thibault Benistant at the Grand Prix of Sardegna
Jago Geerts was joined on the podium by talented teammate Thibault Benistant, who ascended the third step, continuing the team’s streak of double podium finishes. 

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 34:20.164
2 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:01.706
3 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:02.831
4 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:03.784
5 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:27.257
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:36.901
7 Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), +0:37.947
8 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:41.731
9 Brent Van doninck (BEL, Honda), +0:44.403
10 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GASGAS), +0:45.384

MXGP- Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), 34:44.339
2 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:01.965
3 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:04.293
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:13.048
5 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:14.860
6 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:20.500
7 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:26.569
8 Brent Van doninck (BEL, Honda), +0:54.079
9 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +1:02.813
10 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +1:08.066

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 44 Points
2 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 41 Points
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 40 Points
4 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 38 Points
5 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 36 Points
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 29 Points
7 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 28 Points
8 Brent Van doninck (BEL, HON), 25 Points
9 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 25 Points
10 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 20 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 100 Points
2 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 93 Points
3 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 78 Points
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 78 Points
5 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 75 Points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 65 Points
7 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 63 Points
8 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 57 Points
9 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 56 Points
10 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 55 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), 34:13.404
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:02.473
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:15.579
4 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:42.062
5 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:51.410
6 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:54.170
7 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:55.123
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:58.282
9 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +1:23.188
10 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +2:13.058

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 33:46.970
2 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:01.314
3 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:41.473
4 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:43.781
5 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:59.753
6 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +1:06.498
7 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +1:10.510
8 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +1:17.513
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +1:21.210
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), -1 lap(s)

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 47 Points
2 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 47 Points
3 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 38 Points
4 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 34 Points
5 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 33 Points
6 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 31 Points
7 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 29 Points
8 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 26 Points
9 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 25 Points
10 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 21 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 117 Points
2 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 87 Points
3 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 86 Points
4 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 83 Points
5 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 79 Points
6 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 68 Points
7 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 67 Points
8 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 61 Points
9 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 52 Points
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 40 Points

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