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Maxime Renaux Clinches MX2 Title As Jeremy Seewer wins MXGP of Garda

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Jeremy Seewer dominated the opening race and finished second in race two for his first Grand Prix victory of 2021 – and second of his career inside the premier class.  

The MXGP of Garda provided some more excitement as Maxime Renaux clinched his maiden MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship title with an overall victory, while Jeremy Seewer celebrated a career second Grand Prix win in MXGP.

For Renaux it will be a hard day to forget as he bounced back for the final race of the triple-header in Pietramurata, to finish second in race one, while he went on to win the second race and claim that gold plate in style!

The Yamaha riders’ season has been an impressive one that has seen him claim 12 podiums which include five Grand Prix victories and eight race wins. The Frenchman has led a total of 103 laps and has held the red plate since the fourth round of the season in Oss at the MXGP of the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, Seewer was not going to let another podium slip away after missing out on the opportunity during the last two GPs. The Swiss went 1-2 in the races to confirm his spot on the top of the box.

But again, after today’s races, we saw another shakeup in the MXGP title chase, as Jeffrey Herlings succumbed to the pressure in race two and had two big crashes which lost him vital positions and points. Team HRC’s Tim Gajser went on to win race two, as Romain Febvre rode two consistent races to bag himself the red plate. It is the first time since 2014, when Gautier Paulin won the opening round in Qatar, that we see the red plate on a Kawasaki machine.

In the opening MXGP race of the day, it was Seewer who took the Holeshot as he led his teammate Glenn Coldenhoff, Jorge Prado, Alessandro Lupino and Antonio Cairoli. Meanwhile Gajser, Herlings and Febvre started in sixth, seventh and eighth.

Prado then quickly made a move on Coldenhoff, as Gajser looked to do the same. The Slovenian was not successful in his attempts which allowed Febvre and Herlings to close in.

Gajser and Febvre then went at it for third, with the pair switching positions a few times before Febvre was able to block pass Gajser to move into third. And while the Honda and Kawasaki riders battled each other, Herlings continued to lurk in the background as he searched for an opportunity to get by both.

Seewer stretched out his lead to 3.946 seconds as he was improving upon his lap time almost every lap around. The Swiss was looking in control, up until a slight error put him on the ground. Luckily, he was up quickly and could maintain his position in the lead.

Febvre was eventually able to get past Coldenhoff for third as he set his sights on Prado who was ahead in second position.

Seewer then set another fastest lap time of the race as he stayed ahead of Prado by 4.110 seconds, as Gajser closed in on Coldenhoff again. Herlings kept things close too as both he and Gajser got past the Yamaha rider in the same corner.

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser closed the gap on the MXGP World Championship lead to just one point with second overall.

Herlings then passed Gajser, as Febvre also took second from Prado. While Febvre safely had hold of his position, Herlings did not as Gajser was looking to fight back immediately. The pair made contact on several occasions, but Herlings was able to assert his position as Cairoli also joined the battle.

Cairoli got ahead of Gajser but not for long as the Slovenian fought back. Cairoli then kept a close distance to Gajser until the end of the race as they both made their way through backmarkers.

Herlings then managed to get by Prado, but the Spaniard didn’t go down without a fight. Gajser was next to catch up to the KTM rider and after a few tries got past him too as Cairoli did the same to move up to fifth.

With three laps to go, it looked like Febvre was slowly closing in on the leader, but then on the last lap he went down hard which cost him a load of time, but he did however hold on to his position.

Romain Febvre heads to the final two rounds of the 2021 FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship with the red plate of the series leader after finishing third. Photo: Ray Archer

In the end, Seewer went on to claim his first race win of the season, as Febvre finished second ahead of Herlings in third. Gajser brought it home in fourth ahead of Cairoli who was fifth.

In race two, it was Prado with the second Holeshot, which was his 15th of the season! He led the way ahead of Cairoli and Gajser. Herlings started in sixth while Febvre was down in 13th.

Gajser then got around Cairoli for second and not long after made a move on Prado to get into the lead. Meanwhile, Herlings was also making moves as he got himself into second.

He then had his teammate, Prado, to deal with who didn’t make things easy but eventually the Dutchman was able to get around the Spaniard and shift his focus onto getting Gajser. Just behind then, Febvre got around Cairoli for fourth and immediately went after Prado, who again was not backing down.

Gajser then led the way by just 1.214 seconds as Herlings remained close. It was looking like Herlings was setting up to make a pass but then the Bullet made a mistake and went flying over the bars. He got going again just behind Coldenhoff in seventh.

While that was going on, Seewer managed to get Cairoli for fifth and then followed that up by getting Febvre too. The Frenchman was not going to let the Swiss have the position easy and immediately fought back. The pair then caught onto Prado too, with the trio exchanging positions several times before Seewer was able to get ahead.

Jeffrey Herlings took 4th in Italy and is now 3rd in the MXGP title dispute but 3 points from the top. Photo: Ray Archer

Febvre then had Cairoli on his case who passed him for fourth. The Kawasaki rider was again quick to respond and managed to maintain his spot. This then urged him onto Prado, as he took third from the KTM rider.

Herlings was also making progress as he got by Coldenhoff and then Prado, as the Spaniard came under more fire from Cairoli and the drop down to sixth. It then looked like Cairoli was going after Herlings and that’s when the Bullet crashed again!

Seewer also went down for a brief moment but was able to get going quickly to stay ahead of Febvre. Febvre did close in at one point, but Seewer was showing great pace and it was no match for Febvre who settled for third.

Herlings got going outside the top 10 and then made some passes on the likes of Mathys Boisrame, Benoit Paturel as well as Ben Watson, Glenn Coldenhoff and Prado in the next few laps. He eventually came home in fourth place.

Gajser went on to win the race 5.961 seconds ahead of Seewer with Febvre third.

A 1-2 result gave Seewer the overall, while Gajser was second and Febvre third overall. With Febvre added 42 points compared to Herlings’ 38, to his title chase, which means that he now leads the MXGP standings by one point over Gajser, with Herlings a further two points behind.

Once again, the top three are within three points of each other as we head into the final two rounds in Mantova.

“This MXGP win, I did it myself and I deserved it,” Seewer said. “I was up front, and no one beat me. It feels amazing, especially where I came from this year. A couple of weeks ago I was far off, and I was struggling with my health and mentally. I started to feel good a few weeks ago. I am really happy to sit here now with a first overall. I was very unlucky in my last two races; I just missed the podium both times. But it was worth the wait for this win”.

MX2

Maxime Renaux was crowned 2021 MX2 World Champion at the 16th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Pietramurata, Italy, after celebrating a phenomenal Grand Prix win with a race victory – his eighth of the season. 

In the first MX2 race, it was again, Tom Vialle with the Holeshot but his teammate Rene Hofer was quick to act as he dived into the lead. Vialle dropped to third as Bastian Boegh Damm went into second place.

Renaux started the race in around eighth position, while Mattia Guadagnini was 24th.

Then we saw a big moment between Boegh Damm and Jago Geerts as the pair came together on the downhill and had a huge crash. This allowed Renaux into third and then into second.

Hofer then led Renaux, Vialle, Andrea Adamo, as Australian Jed Beaton got onto the rear wheel of Simon Längenfelder for sixth and eventually managed to pass him.

Guadagnini was also making passes as he got himself into 13th, but the Italian would later crash and pull out of the race.

Thibault Benistant and Kay de Wolf were next to catch onto the rear wheel of Längenfelder, with the German not able to keep the pair behind him as he dropped two more positions.

Honda 114 Motorsports’ Ruben Fernandez was on a charge as he got by Adamo for fourth and then set his sights on Vialle for third.

Tom Vialle (28), rode to his ninth MX2 podium of the season with the runner up spot and is now 2nd in the series. Photo: Ray Archer

Hofer was still the race leader as he set the fastest lap time of the race to extend his lead to 5.977 seconds ahead of Renaux. The Austrian pretty much rode a race of his own as he was unchallenged for the entire heat.

Beaton then caught onto Adamo for fifth. He managed to go around the outside of the Italian, but the GasGas rider was quick to fight back. But Beaton managed to stay ahead.

Further ahead, Fernandez was on a mission as he got onto the back of Vialle and went after third place. He was almost a second faster than the Frenchman on that lap and was able to get himself into third.

Benistant was next to catch-up to Adamo. He squeezed past the Italian who responded in the next corner, but Benistant got him back to assert his position in sixth.

In the end, Hofer was victorious as he crossed the finish line 4.966 seconds ahead of Renaux and Fernandez.

In race two, it was Vialle again who got ahead in the start and claimed his 19th Fox Holeshot of the season. Renaux was second ahead of Benistant and Isak Gifting, who got a great start in fourth. Geerts was there also in fifth.

Geerts then came under fire from de Wolf for fifth. The Belgian could not hold on as he made a mistake and went down. He did not re-join the race due to a technical problem and that was his title fight over.

Renaux then set the fastest lap of the race as he got within 1.094 seconds of Vialle. He waited a couple of laps before launching an attack, but by lap five was the new race leader.

Gifting then came under immense pressure from de Wolf and Fernandez. Both the Husqvarna and the Honda rider were able to get around him to move up into fourth and fifth. Not long after Australias Wilson Todd did the same. Mikkel Haarup, who had the second-fastest lap time in time practice, caught and passed Längenfelder for eighth and then had Gifting in his sights too.

There was more success for Honda 114 Motorsports’ Ruben Fernandez with his second podium in a row.

Meanwhile, the race one winner, Hofer, didn’t have the best start to the race as he ended up going down. He did however make a decent recovery to get back to eighth by the end of the heat.

Längenfelder then crashed out of eighth, as Benistant lost a few positions too. One of the riders to pass Benistant was Haarup, who also got past de Wolf by the end of the race, as the Husqvarna rider dropped to sixth.

Renaux went on to win the race 3.105 seconds ahead of Vialle who crossed the line in second position, while Fernandez finished third.

A 2-1 result gave Renaux the overall victory as he also claimed the gold plate to become this year’s MX2 World Champion, meanwhile, Vialle was second on the podium and added some solid championship points as he moved into second position. Fernandez was the last rider to mount the podium, keeping a 100% podium record here in Pietramurata this season.

“It means a lot to me. We made it; we are the 2021 MX2 World Champions,” Renaux beamed. “That’s a great achievement. As you said, we had to work a lot for that. The past years and past rounds were really tough for me. Lots of ups and downs, and bad starts. But we were able to have a good race today. I am also so happy to get my first world title with a race and GP win. It means a lot to me because it’s grabbing the title with a win feels a bit better. It was an amazing day for me, one that I will never forget for sure”.

Despite a small injury Tom Vialle was happy with the overall result. “It actually was not really a bad day for me,” the Frenchman said. “After the crash on Wednesday, I hurt my ankle a lot. So, I was not sure if I could ride today. Riding in the morning was not so bad, but I could feel the pain after every jump. First race was pretty tough. I had a decent start, but I couldn’t follow the leader also due to arm pump. I just tried to finish it off. I finished in 4th place. It wasn’t too bad. I was feeling better in the second one. I just tried to ride the best I could. I am happy today with the podium”.

Only ten days remain in 2021 MXGP. The championship now makes the short journey south to the Tazio Nuvolari circuit in Mantova for rounds seventeen (Sunday 7th) and eighteen (Wednesday 10th).

Australian Wilson Todd has moved to within three points of a top-ten ranking in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship with two hard-charging rides to fifth overall at Pietramurata. Photo: Ray Archer

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), 34:54.904
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:20.318
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:27.360
4 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:29.230
5 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:30.180
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:37.870
7 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:41.135
8 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), +0:41.686
9 Dylan Wright (CAN, Honda), +0:43.219
10 Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:47.272

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 35:09.036
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:05.961
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:18.063
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:32.493
5 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:33.320
6 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:36.170
7 Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:37.186
8 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:40.688
9 Benoit Paturel (FRA, Honda), +0:42.504
10 Dylan Wright (CAN, Honda), +0:43.832

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 47 Points
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 43 Points
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 42 Points
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 38 Points
5 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 32 Points
6 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 29 Points
7 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 28 Points
8 Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 25 Points
9 Dylan Wright (CAN, HON), 23 Points
10 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), 21 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 614 Points
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 613 Points
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 611 Points
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 502 Points
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 498 Points
6 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 496 Points
7 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 397 Points
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GAS), 391 Points
9 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), 287 Points
10 Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 284 Points

MX2

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 33:39.546
2 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:04.966
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:10.001
4 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:13.972
5 Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:15.149
6 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:15.904
7 Wilson Todd (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:18.099
8 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:24.633
9 Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:25.344
10 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GASGAS), +0:29.459

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), 33:51.075
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:03.105
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:05.221
4 Wilson Todd (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:08.086
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:09.052
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:09.683
7 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:11.294
8 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:28.717
9 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), +0:31.488
10 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GASGAS), +0:33.618

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 47 Points
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 40 Points
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 40 Points
4 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 38 Points
5 Wilson Todd (AUS, KAW), 32 Points
6 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 29 Points
7 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 28 Points
8 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 23 Points
9 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 23 Points
10 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GAS), 22 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 642 Points
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 532 Points
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 516 Points
4 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 487 Points
5 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 477 Points
6 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 474 Points
7 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 413 Points
8 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 412 Points
9 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 404 Points
10 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GAS), 291 Points

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