Motocross

Jordi Tixier Races to Narrow MX2 World MX Championship Win

Posted:

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team on Sunday came away with 1-2 in the MX2 World Championship with factory riders Jordi Tixier of France and the injured Dutch rider Jeffrey Herlings finishing just four points apart in the final race of the season.

The MX2 title completes the set for the Austrian brand after Red Bull KTM‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli of Italy wrapped up the MXGP title last weekend in Brazil.

The opening MX2 moto saw levels of tension rarely experienced in the sport. Tixier, who received the bad news this week that his brother in France has been involved in an accident, overcame emotions to pull off a very impressive win from Romain Febvre and Dylan Ferrandis.

At the same time, Herlings, riding with a custom-made leg brace to protect a yet-to heal broken femur, managed to pick up a handful of points by finishing fourteenth and go into the final race still with a five-point lead.

Both riders got away cleanly in the second moto but tension levels rose when Tixier crashed into Aleksandr Tonkov a handful of laps into the race, only to be passed by a bunch of riders, including Herlings.

The race then evolved into what was a tremendous performance from both KTM factory riders. Tixier turned up the heat and fought his way back into the action to finish the race in third place, take the final GP and seal the title by four points.

"In my head i still can't believe it." Tixier stated. "After I crashed in the first laps of the second moto I thought the championship was over and I tried to give it everything. Then when I crossed the finish line I thought, 'I did it' and its really nice to win like this.

"I was really fast on the track, I caught almost everyone and I rode aggressive."
Jeffrey Herlings but in an amazing effort to come up just four points short of winning his third straight title - Credit: Ray Archer
Meanwhile Herlings put in a super-human effort to try to retain the title and did so with immense fighting spirit. In 2014 he won 12 of the first 13 GPs then his leg fracture put him out of the next rounds while Tixier began to progressively move up the points.

"For me it was like I was riding with just one leg." Herlings explained. "Every time I put my foot down or went over a bump the pain was terrible. In the first moto I was a little calmer and I thought it was already over but in the second moto I was just fighting like a warrior.

"Obviously I came up short but that's life and I'll try to get the title back next year."

Herlings at just 20 years old last week is already a double MX2 World Champion.

While the overall 1-2 was a great result for the racing team, Factory Team Manager Stefan Everts said the close fight between the two riders made it an emotional occasion for the whole team. Both Tixier and Herlings ride the KTM 250 SX-F racing bike.

Honda's Tim Gajser continued his fine form to finished the final GP of the season on the second step of the podium with KTM's Valentine Guillod in third.

Husqvarna's Romain Febvre finished the round in 4th doing enough to ensure he held down the final step of the championship podium and giving Husqvarna a reason to celebrate in their return to the World Championship in 2014.
MX2 Mexico Overall Top Ten:
1. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 45 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 41 points
3. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 37 points
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 36 points
5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 33 points
6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 32 points
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 25 points
8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 24 points
9. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 22 points
10. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 20 points
Jordi Tixier celebrates his 2014 World title - Credit: Ray Archer
MX2 Final 2014 World Championship Standings:
1. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 616 points
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 612 points
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 570 points
4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 533 points
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 528 points
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 455 points
7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 449 points
8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 397 points
9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 359 points
10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 352 points

Top Image: Jordi Tixier is the 2014 MX2 World Champion

Credit: Ray Archer

Share Article:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Tumblr
Pinterest
Reddit
Email
Print

More News: Latest Headlines

More News: Latest Headlines

EnduroCross

Billy Bolt's FIM SuperEnduro Win Streak Continues In Bulgaria

Supercross

Shoulder Injury Rules Evan Ferry Out Of Arlington Supercross

Supercross

Christian Craig To Sit Out Arlington Supercross

MXGP

Mattia Guadagnini Joins The Early Season Injury List

Motocross

Jake Cannon Signs With Factory Honda

MXGP

Liam Everts To Miss MXGP Season Opener

Motocross

Tim Gajser – Motivated for 2024

Dirt Track

Somersby Super TT Meeting Opens NSW Dirt Track Season

Motocross

MXGP Of Patagonia-Argentina Entry List Released

Supercross

A Patient Jett Lawrence Regains AMA Supercross Championship Lead at Glendale

Supercross

Hand Injury Sees Chase Sexton In A Battle To Salvage Points At Glendale

Supercross

Ken Roczen Takes Glendale Supercross Victory While RJ Hampshire Takes 250SX Class Win

What's On This Week

Gippsland Region MX - R1
Wonthaggi
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
NZ Motocross Championships - R2
Balclutha
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
FIM Sand Race World Cup - Round 2
Enduro del Verano (ARG)
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
AMA Supercross Round 8
Daytona International Speedway -Daytona Beach, FL
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
FIM SuperEnduro World Championship - R7
GP UK, Newcastle
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024

Featured:

First Look At The All New 2024 Beta 450RX

2024 Yamaha YZ250F Review

Enhance Your Bike’s Protection With Force Accessories Custom Clutch Cover

2023 Sherco 300 SE Factory Ride Review

Michelin StarCross 6 – Inspected

Drink Wirelessly with SoleStream

What's On This Week

Gippsland Region MX - R1
Wonthaggi
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
NZ Motocross Championships - R2
Balclutha
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
FIM Sand Race World Cup - Round 2
Enduro del Verano (ARG)
Sunday, February 25th, 2024
AMA Supercross Round 8
Daytona International Speedway -Daytona Beach, FL
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
FIM SuperEnduro World Championship - R7
GP UK, Newcastle
Saturday, March 2nd, 2024