Jeffrey Herlings and Maxime Renaux victorious at the MXGP of Italy


Jeffrey Herlings (84) earn his fourth overall win from six rounds in 2020 with a 1-1 in hot and summery conditions around the hard-pack Monte Coralli circuit in Faenza.
The MXGP of Italy was the first of three events taking place at the Monte Coralli circuit in Faenza that saw Jeffrey Herlings take his 90th Grand Prix win in MXGP, while Maxime Renaux took a career first overall win in MX2.

The opening MXGP race saw Ivo Monticelli grab the holeshot as he led, Jeffrey Herlings and Clement Desalle.

Monticelli made a mistake on the opening lap that allowed Jorge Prado to take the lead, with Herlings right behind him. At that point Desalle was in third place, though was coming under pressure from the Antonio Cairoli.

It didn‰Ûªt take long for Jeremy Seewer to get up in the mix, as he started to apply the pressure onto Cairoli early in the race.

By the second lap it was a KTM 1-2-3, as Prado led Herlings and Cairoli. Meanwhile further down the field Gautier Paulin moved into 5th as he pushed Desalle down a position and was looking to edge towards his team-mate.

Desalle then lost a position to Tim Gajser and was then coming under fire by the #259 of Glenn Coldenhoff. The two riders had a close moment as they entered pitlane, though Desalle managed to retain his position.

By lap 8, Herlings was starting to close in on the #61 of Prado, as 2.7 seconds separated the two. Cairoli was still there in 3rd, trying to fend off Seewer and Paulin. During the same lap, Australian Mitch Evans to Romain Febvre who was making his way up the field.
Jeremy Seewer charged to a 2-2 result for second overall
A few laps later saw Gajser crashed out of 6th, while the battle at the front heated up! At that point predicting a winner was hard, as Prado, Herlings, Cairoli and Seewer were all bunched up together and pushing hard.

After taking his time, Herlings finally moved into the lead on lap 13, all while Prado was coming under fire from Cairoli and Seewer as well. As Cairoli got alongside the young Spaniard to attempt a pass, he was caught out, thus allowing Seewer through into P3.

Two laps to go and the gap between the top three was just 1.7 seconds, though in the end it was Herlings who took the race win, followed by Seewer and Cairoli, with Prado down in 4th after making a mistake on the final lap.

In the second MXGP race, it was Prado who claimed the second FOX Holeshot of the day and once again leading the rest of the field. Behind him was Herlings, Cairoli and Seewer, though the #222 made a mistake and lost about 5/6 positions on the opening lap.

As Prado led the race, Paulin who was having a great ride in 4th came under attack by the defending world champion, Gajser, with Cairoli also stepping it up and getting involved in the action.

While the two factory Yamahas of Seewer and Paulin were having a top ride in the top 5, the same couldn‰Ûªt be said for their team-mate Arnaud Tonus who crashed out of the race.
Toni Cairoli earned a third podium of the season and his 168th since 2004.
As Gajser and Cairoli continued to push Paulin, the Frenchman caught his leg which sent him flying into the advertising banners and out of a strong 4th place. Meanwhile at the front, just 2 seconds separated the top three riders, as Seewer set his personal fastest lap time of the race, clearly showing his intentions for the rest of the race.

Following the drama of the first race, that saw Jeremy Van Horebeek miss the start due to what looked like a bike issue, he was running 11th in the second MXGP race. He finished 12th in the end.

As the battle for the lead continued, there was a good fight going down for 4th, with Cairoli being chased by Gajser. It also didn‰Ûªt take long for Febvre to join in on the action as he eventually passed Gajser and set his sights on Cairoli.

Lap 10 and Prado continued to lead Herlings and Seewer, though that‰Ûªs when you could see Herlings stepping up a gear as he pushed for the win. Though with Herlings focused on Prado, this allowed Seewer to get right on his tail, with the bullet losing a little bit of time during that lap.

Lap 13 and Herlings was the new race leader after finally finding a way past the #61 of Prado. Seewer could not afford to let Herlings run away and was able to pass for second and continue his chase of the number #84.
Jeffrey Herlings
For the last 3 laps of the race a mere 1.1 seconds separated Herlings and Seewer, with the factory Yamaha using all his energy to try pass Herlings, though in the end he was not able to do so as Herlings made it 1-1 winning the MXGP of Italy.

Second on the podium was Seewer following a 2-2 result, with Cairoli filling the third step of the podium with a consistent 3-3 in the races.

‰ÛÏIn the first race I almost got the holeshot, I just went a bit wide but [Jorge] Prado was really good in the beginning and the roost hurt so it was hard to overtake him as he was riding the best lines," Herlings said. "I felt like I could go faster but I couldn‰Ûªt really pass. Both races when I could sense that he was tired that‰Ûªs the point where I tried to overtake him in both races and open a small gap between me and Jeremy. In the second race I overtook him, the rest of the pack like Jeremy were pretty quick so I had to race to the finish line. The speed of the top ten is unbelievably fast, everybody is so close to each other, I felt good all day, I had two good starts, and two race wins so was a good day in the end‰Û_ Starts are key and I will keep working on them‰Û
Maxime Renaux took pole in MX2 for the first time in his career and confirmed his speed with a maiden race and Grand Prix win.
In the opening MX2 race, Tom Vialle claimed his 7th FOX Holeshot of the season. Jago Geerts, Maxime Renaux and Mathys Boisrame were right behind the leader.

Getting a good start was also was Conrad Mewse who was in 5th, ahead of Jan Pancarand local rider Morgan Lesiardo.

Further down the field, Italian Mattia Guadagnini made a pass on Ben Watson, as the two battled outside the top 20.

Vialle then continued to lead the way with Geerts, Renaux and Boisrame right behind him. Then came Mewse who was pushing to stay with the riders ahead, followed by Pancar, Lesiardo and Richard Sikyna who was having a strong ride in 8th.

As Mewse was looking to make a move on Boisrame on lap 7, Vialle went on to set the fastest lap of the race as he extended his lead to 4.780 seconds over Geerts.

Stephen Rubini was also having a great battle with Lesiardo, with the two getting close to one another as they flew past pitlane. Though in the end it was Rubini who came out on top, moving up to 7th place.

All the while, Vialle washed the front end, thus losing the lead, handing Geerts the lead. Vialle dropped to third as Renaux was also able to find his way past him and then came Boisrame.
Jago Geerts mounted the second step of the podium and inched closer to the championship lead. The Belgian is now a mere 3-points from reclaiming the red-plate.
As the race progressed, Geerts was flying around the Monte Coralli circuit as he checked off lap after lap and led Renaux by 11.6 seconds. It seemed like Vialle was also keen to make a comeback as he started to apply the pressure onto the #172 of Boisrame. The two had a close call near pit-lane which also allowed Mewse to take advantage and get closer.

With two laps remaining, the battle for third was heating up between Boisrame, Vialle and Mewse. Though in the end the order remained the same as Geerts to the first race victory, with Renaux in second and Boisrame third.

The second MX2 race saw Jago Geerts add another FOX Holeshot to his name, though a small mistake allowed Renaux and Vialle through Geerts led the way on the opening lap.

Thomas Kjer Olsen also got off to a good start in the race and was running 6th behind Roan Van de Moosdijk. It didn‰Ûªt take long for Australian Jed Beaton to catch up to those guys with him later moving up to sixth after passing his team-mate on lap 3.

On lap 7, Renaux was still the guy to beat, with Geerts really knuckling down on Vialle as he tried to make a pass for second place. Boisrame was still there in 4th with his team-mate a position further back.

As the race progressed, the gap between Vialle and Renaux decreased with the leader having to fend off a hard-charging Vialle while also making his way around the backmarkers.

With 5 minutes plus 2 laps to go, Vialle and Geerts continued to chase Renaux, with the Frenchman doing a stellar job at keeping his cool and not letting the pressure affect him too much.

As Geerts slowly backed off, Vialle did not and was pushing the limits in order to pass for the win and with 3 laps to go there was just 1.6 seconds between first and second. Vialle continued to push until the very end though it was not enough as Renaux took his career first race win in MX2.

It was the perfect day for Maxime Renaux as he also took the top step of the podium, with Geerts finishing second and Vialle in third.

‰ÛÏThat was incredible, one of the best days of my life for sure," Renaux said. "I got a good start in the second race and then managed to lead the whole race. It was really tough, it‰Ûªs hot here so physically it was quite hard but managed to do it and I‰Ûªm really happy with that and let‰Ûªs carry on with that pace‰Û
While Geerts gained some ground in the MX2 championship lead Tom Tom Vialle's third still sees him at the head of the table.

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:19.086
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:04.449
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:05.809
4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:18.901
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.460
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:27.508
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:29.307
8. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:34.581
9. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:39.860
10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:40.323

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:18.731
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:01.973
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:07.461
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:09.053
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:09.691
6. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:23.291
7. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:45.795
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:48.674
9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:51.293
10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), +0:56.253

MXGP - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 Points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 44 Points
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 40 Points
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 33 Points
5. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 33 Points
6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 29 Points
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 27 Points
8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 26 Points
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 26 Points
10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 23 Points

MXGP - World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 263 Points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 203 Points
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 196 Points
4. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 186 Points
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 178 Points
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 173 Points
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 155 Points
8. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 153 Points
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 146 Points
10. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 137 Points

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 36:03.347
2. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:07.292
3. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:09.304
4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:09.701
5. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:10.221
6. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:25.871
7. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:27.334
8. Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +0:28.862
9. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:35.243
10. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KTM), +0:52.644

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), 35:45.835
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:03.359
3. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:08.329
4. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:27.441
5. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:28.610
6. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:29.501
7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:30.451
8. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:32.842
9. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:35.621
10. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:57.942

MX2 - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 47 Points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 45 Points
3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 40 Points
4. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 38 Points
5. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 30 Points
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 26 Points
7. Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 24 Points
8. Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 22 Points
9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 20 Points
10. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 19 Points

MX2 - World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 257 Points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 254 Points
3. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 196 Points
4. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 178 Points
5. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 169 Points
6. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 166 Points
7. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 139 Points
8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 115 Points
9. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 115 Points
10. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 105 Points

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