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Jeffrey Herlings and Tom Vialle Dominate At MXGP of Trentino

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The MXGP class blast out of the gate at the picturesque Pietramurata circuit in Italy for the first of three consecutive GP’s.

Jeffrey Herlings and Tom Vialle dominated the MXGP and MX2 races to go 1-1 in their respective categories to win the MXGP of Trentino, round fourteen of the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship.

Once again, both classes delivered on some intense battles and very close racing, especially in MXGP as the top four battled within just a few seconds of one another in both heats. This was a treat for the huge crowd of fans that lined the hard-pack circuit and who were keen to cheer on their favourites.

And they will do it all again on Wednesday as the FIM Motocross World Championship will continue with the MXGP of Pietramurata for round 15 of the series.

In MXGP race one, it was Jeremy Seewer who grabbed the Fox Holeshot from his teammate Ben Watson, Jorge Prado and Jeffrey Herlings. Meanwhile, Tim Gajser from Team HRC started around sixth position.

Watson then crashed which allowed Herlings through as Romain Febvre followed the Dutchman. Gajser then got around Prado as well for fourth and was the fastest rider out on track in one of the first few laps.

Febvre then looked for a way to launch an attack onto Herlings as the pair pushed on and urged on the leader, Seewer, who set his best lap of the race. Herlings kept it close to Seewer as Febvre and Gajser were also searching for an opportunity to pass.

The racing within the top four was extremely close, as the gap was just 2.573 between Herlings in first place and Gajser who was down in fourth. Further down the field Prado, Thomas Kjer Olsen and Glenn Coldenhoff were having a good fight for fifth.

Herlings then closed in on Seewer, who had Febvre closing in on him, who had Gajser chasing him down too… In the end Herlings made a nice move on the Swiss on lap 11 to take over the lead.

Jeffrey Herlings took his twelfth podium from fourteen and his seventh win of 2021 after 1-1 in Italy and extending his championship lead to 24 points. Photo: Ray Archer.

Prado then crashed but only lost three positions, finishing the race in 8th ahead of Mathys Boisrame who was making his debut in the MXGP class.

In the end, Herlings won ahead of Seewer and Febvre, with Gajser fourth after struggling to pass the Frenchman ahead of him. Coldenhoff had a good first heat to end in fifth place ahead of Pauls Jonass.

In the second heat, the Fox Holeshot went to JM Honda Racing’s Henry Jacobi as a couple of riders got tangled up in the first corner, this included Olsen and Brian Bogers.

Herlings and Gajser started the race 12th and 13th, while Jacobi led Febvre, Coldenhoff and Benoit Paturel. The German’s time in the lead did not last long as Febvre was in the driving seat by the end of the first lap. Coldenhoff went through as well.

Gajser then managed to make up some good positions as he got by Watson for fifth as Herlings followed through. The Slovenian then got around Paturel and set his sights on Jacobi who made it a little bit harder to pass, but by lap four he was ahead of the JM Honda rider. Herlings did the same not too long after.

A tightly contested MXGP of Trentino saw four of the top-five MXGP riders finish on 38-points, with Glenn Coldenhoff taking second overall. Despite finishing on the same points as his teammate, Jeremy Seewer

Seewer had to fight through the field in the second race as he got around his teammate Watson for seventh. The Swiss made a couple of more passes and finished the race fifth, but it was not enough for a podium.

Antonio Cairoli had more bad luck in race two, as he also DNF’d the second race after struggling from his crash in race one. Prado also struggled with Bogers and Jonass ahead of him. The two GasGas riders managed to come back to 12th and 13th, while Prado finished in 17th.

Febvre then started to come under pressure from Coldenhoff who brought the gap down to 1.920. Gajser also caught onto the pair and was looking for the perfect moment to pass. As the battle for the lead went on, it looked like Febvre struggled with arm pump as he started to make mistakes.

Herlings then joined the three-way battle for first as he took third from Gajser. Coldenhoff also made a pass as he moved into the lead on lap 12. The Dutchman led for five laps before being caught by his fellow countryman Herlings.

Gajser and Febvre then fought for third as the factory Honda rider was eventually able to secure the position after the pair made contact in one of the corners.

With a 2-5 scorecard and a third place for the round Jeremy Seewer (91) admitted that Today was one of his best days so far this season.

In the end, Herlings was the race winner as Coldenhoff was able to fend off Gajser in third, while Febvre and Seewer rounded out the top five.

With two race wins, Herlings added a fifth GP victory in Trentino to become the most successful rider at this venue, with Coldenhoff and Gajser tied on points in second and third places. In fact, Coldenhoff, Gajser, Febvre and Seewer all finished with 38 points, while Herlings was on 50.

Herlings now leads the MXGP standings 24 points over Febvre, while Gajser is just three points behind.

“It wasn’t an easy one,” Herlings said. “In the first race Jeremy was leading, riding smooth and at a good pace so it was tough to pass him. But at one point I knew I had to go because the boys behind me started pushing, so I had to pass him. The second race, I was caught up a bit in the start. Tim and I were somewhere around 10th or 12th and we both fought our way back to the front. He was one place ahead of me. At one point we caught up to the leader and I managed to pass him. Then I had to defend and pass Romain. It was a tough run, but I am happy to have won. I feel like I am in a very good shape right now, but I should never underestimate the competition from Tim, Romain or Glen today. It can be anyone’s race. So, I will keep charging till the end. We are only 17 days away and a lot of things may happen during the last four races”.

MX2

Tom Vialle (28) taking a customary holeshot on the way to his fifth MX2 victory from the last seven Grands Prix. Photo: Ray Archer

In MX2 race one, it was Tom Vialle with the Fox Holeshot as he led Thibault Benistant into the first corner. Benistant then slipped to third as Isak Gifting got around the Frenchman. Meanwhile further down the field, the championship leader Maxime Renaux struggled out of the gate as he started the race down in 18th position.

Vialle continued to lead Gifting, Benistant and Jago Geerts as Renaux climbed his way into 13th in the first few laps. The red plate holder then caught onto Rene Hofer and after passing him, shifted his focus on getting around Andrea Adamo.

As Renaux struggled to pass Adamo, Jed Beaton also joined the battle for eighth as he raced behind Hofer. It took Renaux four laps to pass the Italian, but he was eventually able to get it done on lap six.

Geerts then got by Benistant as he moved into third, while Tom Guyon was having a great ride in 12th. He eventually finished the race in 13th position on what was a wildcard appearance in the MX2 category.

Benistant then crashed and struggled for the remainder of the race as it turns out he had an electrical problem with his bike. Meanwhile, his teammate Geerts was applying pressure onto Gifting for second as Kay de Wolf and Honda 114 Motorsports’ Ruben Fernandez fought for fourth place. Fernandez ended up winning that fight.

Vialle then stretched his lead to 12.051 seconds as Gifting worked hard to keep Geerts behind him but as the race progressed, he succumbed to the pressure and let the Yamaha rider through on the last lap.

The incredible Dolomite mountains provided a picturesque backdrop for Jago Geerts who made a long-overdue return to the podium with Belgian finishing second in both races for second overall. 

Vialle went on to win the race ahead of Geerts and Gifting, while Renaux managed to come back to sixth as local hero Mattia Guadagnini struggled the entire race and could only manage 18th.

In race two, it was again Vialle with the Fox Holeshot as Renaux went down in the first corner. The KTM rider led his teammate Hofer, Australian Jed Beaton, Geerts and Mike Gwerder of WZ Racing Team.

Fernandez then got by Gwerder, as Gifting started down in 11th position. He only managed to get back to ninth by the end of the race.

Renaux had a big battle on his hands as he started in last but was able to make some nice passes in the first few laps.

At the front of the field though, Hofer crashed out of second which allowed Geerts to move into second. Beaton was right there too as he clocked the best lap of the race as he was closing in on the two leaders.

Guadagnini has a much better second race as he got by Guyon for seventh, while Renaux passed Honda Racing Assomotor Team’s, Stephen Rubini. Gifting and Gwerder were next in his sights.

Benistant then crashed out of ninth position as he looked a little hurt while getting up. He continued the race to finish in 17th.

Following a good result last weekend at his home GP in Spain, Honda 114 Motorsports’ Ruben Fernandez improved again today in Italy, taking his CRF250R to third overall.

Geerts then started to close down the gap to Vialle and began to apply the pressure onto the leader. With two laps to go Geerts was within striking distance but could not find an opportunity for a pass and was forced to settle for second as Vialle went on to win the race. Beaton was third ahead of Fernandez and Hofer.

With two race victories, Vialle went on to win the MXGP of Trentino as Geerts got himself back on the box for second overall, while Fernandez celebrated his first GP podium in 12 races to finish third overall.

Renaux was eighth overall this weekend but continues to lead the championship by 92 points over Geerts and Vialle who moves to third in the standings and is just four points behind the Belgian.

“It was a tough one,” Vialle reflected, “In the second race, Jago started third I think, and I had actually Rene behind me. I know he crashed because I saw him crash. Then Jago was second after 4 or 5 laps and I knew it was going to be a tough one. I tried to stay focused. I think I did a good race overall, not so many mistakes. It was a great weekend and started off really good right from the morning. I felt good on the track and also had two great starts, so everything was fine today. We all know it’s a nice area here. The track is also pretty cool. We still have two more races here, so I will try to have good starts, fight for the top position in the championship and try to close the gap as much as possible. That’s what I did today, and I will try to continue this way”.

The next race in Trentino trilogy will be held this Wednesday, 27th October. 

Jed Beaton finished just two points adrift of the overall podium, the Italian event marked the Australian’s fourth consecutive top five overall result. Photo: @jpacevedo.photo

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:14.099
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:02.146
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:03.665
4 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:04.234
5 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:41.383
6 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GASGAS), +0:44.401
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:48.810
8 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +1:09.882
9 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:10.696
10 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), +1:11.881

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:32.192
2 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:01.454
3 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:02.211
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:12.132
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:31.200
6 Benoit Paturel (FRA, Honda), +0:56.020
7 Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:58.077
8 Tom Koch (GER, KTM), +1:05.634
9 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:11.256
10 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +1:13.668

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 Points
2 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 38 Points
3 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 38 Points
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 38 Points
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 38 Points
6 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 24 Points
7 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GAS), 24 Points
8 Tom Koch (GER, KTM), 23 Points
9 Benoit Paturel (FRA, HON), 22 Points
10 Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 20 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 555 Points
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 531 Points
3 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 528 Points
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 457 Points
5 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 419 Points
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 411 Points
7 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GAS), 376 Points
8 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 340 Points
9 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), 250 Points
10 Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 239 Points

MX2

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 34:46.430
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:02.789
3 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:09.063
4 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:18.322
5 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:20.012
6 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:30.797
7 Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:31.889
8 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:32.782
9 Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:38.032
10 Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:39.451

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 34:53.616
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:01.183
3 Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:25.585
4 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:29.065
5 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:36.189
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:51.411
7 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), +0:51.596
8 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:07.560
9 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +1:10.806
10 Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +1:12.339

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 50 Points
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 44 Points
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 36 Points
4 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 34 Points
5 Isak Gifting (SWE, GAS), 32 Points
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 31 Points
7 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 29 Points
8 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 28 Points
9 Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 22 Points
10 Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 19 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 563 Points
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 471 Points
3 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 467 Points
4 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 443 Points
5 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 429 Points
6 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 393 Points
7 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 366 Points
8 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 362 Points
9 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 328 Points
10 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 245 Points

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