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Jordi Tixier Keeps MX2 Title Hopes On Track With Maiden MXGP Victory

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jordi Tixier captured a career first MX2 GP win at Round 14 of the 2014 World Championship in Loket in the Czech Republic.

Tixier of France was in good form but under pressure knowing it was time for him to step up and take the place of his injured team partner and championship leader Jeffrey Herlings. Herlings, the dominant rider throughout the season, suffered a fractured femur in a charity race last week and is currently rehabilitating.

Tixier got away well in the first moto and had hit the front by the second lap. From then on he rode smoothly on the hard and slick hard pack Czech track and wrapped up the race with a dominant 8-second lead on the KTM 250 SX-F.

If anything the pressure was even greater on Tixier to perform in the second moto. This time he did not get away as cleanly and was sitting at about sixth after the opening lap. He worked his way up to fourth place in the first ten minutes but then a fierce four-way battle ensued for third.

With Yamaha's Christoph Charlier and Kawasaki's Dylan Ferrandis comfortably out in front, Tixier had to fend off attacks as Spain‰Ûªs KTM rider Jose Butron, Romain Febvre of France, Swiss Standing Construct KTM rider Valentin Guillod and Alexandr Tonkov were all prepared to fight it out.

In the final shakeout it was Guillod who claimed third place in the second moto, with Tixier, Butron and Febvre coming in behind him.

Tixier‰Ûªs 1-4 result was enough to give him his first career GP win but he did admit he had put a lot of pressure on himself in the second race. Herlings still has a dominant lead in the championship points with 594 but Sunday‰Ûªs victory moves Tixier up to 492, 102 points behind Herlings with 6 moto's remaining and a maximum of a 150 points on offer.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve been waiting for this GP win since I was a kid." Tixier stated. "Now I did it and it was my goal.

" I tried not to think about it but it crept into my head and that‰Ûªs why I didn‰Ûªt ride so good in the second moto. Now we go to Lommel and there is no pressure on me.‰Û
Christophe Charlier picked up a moto win on his way to finishing on the final step of the podium - Credit: Yamaha Racing
Rounding out the podium was Yamaha Racing's Christophe Charlier. After a build up of speed and form in recent events, the YZ250F pilot was attacking, confident and strong in the two races; even in spite of a sore thumb as a result of spraining the digit through a small crash on Saturday.

In the opening race, Charlier did not have the best start and tracked Guillod for most of the race duration to make sure of seventh place. The 23 year old used his experience to dive for an inside line out of the gate in Moto2 and his excellent getaway was the base of his first chequered flag since the 2013 British Grand Prix.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a good weekend," Charlier exclaimed. "It didn‰Ûªt start so well because I crashed early on and ripped my thumb back. It was pretty hard after that.

"The first moto start was bad but I pushed all I could to come back to seventh. In the second race I took a better line out of the gate and I was lucky a rider did not come across and take it. I passed Butron and had a great feeling out there.

"I had fun with my bike and I‰Ûªm really happy with the result. I was surprised how easy it was to win today.‰Û
MX2 Podium - Credit: Ray Archer
MX2 Round Results:
1. Jordi Tixier - 43 Pts
2. Valentin Guillod - 40 Pts
3. Christophe Charlier - 39 Pts
4. Romain Febvre - 37 Pts
5. Jose Butron - 32 Pts
6. Tim Gajser - 30 Pts
7. Alexksandr Tonkov - 27 Pts
8. Jeremy Seewer - 25 Pts
9. Julien Lieber - 23 Pts
10. Dylan Ferrandis - 22 Pts
11. Max Anstie - 20 Pts
12. Maxime Desprey - 17 Pts
13. Vsevolod Brylyakov - 15 Pts
14. Mel Pocock - 14 Pts
15. Pauls Jonass - 14 Pts
16. Ivo Monticelli - 10 Pts
17. Calvin Vlaanderen - 10 Pts
18. Roberts Justs - 9 Pts
19. Harri Kullas - 8 Pts
20. Kei Yamamoto - 4 Pts
Jeffrey Herlings continues to lead the Championship standings despite missing the round 14 due to injury - Credit: Ray Archer (File)
MX2 Championship Standings After Round 14 of 17:
1. Jeffrey Herlings - 594 Pts
2. Jordi Tixier - 492 Pts
3. Romain Febvre - 453 Pts
4. Dylan Ferrandis - 425 Pts
5. Tim Gajser - 420 Pts
6. Arnaud Tonus - 389 Pts
7. Vallentine Guillod - 354 Pts
8. Aleksander Tonkov - 335 Pts
9. Jose Butron - 321 Pts
10. Jeremy Seewer - 282 Pts
11. Julien Lieber - 235 Pts
12. Petar Petrov - 217 Pts
13. Max Anstie - 214 Pts
14. Glenn Coldenhoff - 176 Pts
15. Christophe Charlier - 172 Pts
16. Mel Pocock - 130 Pts
17. Harri Kullas - 108 Pts
18. Thomas Covington - 102 Pts
19. Max Desprey - 98 Pts
20. Damon Graulus - 94 Pts

Top Image: Jordi Tixier claimed his first every MX2 overall round win.

Credit: Ray Archer

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