Simpson and Seewer make the best of challenging Indonesian MXGP


Round two of nineteen in the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship saw the new venue of at Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, blasted by frequent showers and thunderstorms on what was the series‰Ûª first visit to the country in exactly twenty years.

The second MX2 moto was cut short with seven minutes still on the clock due to the perilous nature of the track and in the wake of another bout of rainfall. A decision was made by officials to cancel the second MXGP outing and the results from the first race served for the overall classification.

For the overall of MX2 - counting both Race 1 and Race 2 results - Suzuki World MX2 Team‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer came out victorious followed by TM Racing‰Ûªs Samuele Bernardini and LRT KTM‰Ûªs Julien Lieber.
Brit Shaun Simpson snared the MX1 overall with only 1 moto able to be run.
In MXGP race 1 results were used for overall classification, this secured the win for Wilvo Yamaha MXGP‰Ûªs Shaun Simpson, second for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Glenn Coldenhoff, while Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle rounded out the podium.

MXGP racing was demanding in Indonesia but Wilvo Yamaha MXGP‰Ûªs Shaun Simpson handled it better than anyone and supplied an impressive win.

"Fantastic, but a little surreal," Simpson said of his round win. "It was nice to get off to a good start. I didn't go out on the sighting lap so I was a little unsure but I talked to the team manager, Louis, and he told me about some good lines so I had a good idea about where I needed to go. I started sixth or seventh and picked off a couple of guys and I knew that once I got past Tim Gajser for fifth that I could get to the front."
KTM's Glenn Coldenhoff was clean at one stage!. The second place getter finished 7 seconds behind winner Shaun Simpson . Photo: Ray Archer
Simpson finished just over 7 seconds ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Glenn Coldenhoff. The Dutch rider rode a consistent race and maintained his speed lap after lap for his first podium of the year.

‰ÛÏIt was a great moto. I had a great start ‰ÛÒ thanks to the team for that because we changed a few things and now I‰Ûªm really happy ‰ÛÒ and got into the lead," Coldenhoff explained. "I rode easy but there was one part of the track that was really difficult
I got through it every lap and this was the key. I put all my energy in that one section. I‰Ûªm really happy with second place and the team have done a great job
I have a lot of confidence in the bike and I‰Ûªm looking forward to Argentina already.‰Û
Clement Desalle was happy with third but far from happy the situation in Indonesia. Photo: Stanley Leroux / Pascal Haudiquert
In third was Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle, who looked aggressive for the full race and in the end he was closing in finishing less than 5 seconds behind Coldenhoff. Although happy with a podium the Frenchman was far from happy with the circumstances.

‰ÛÏI could be satisfied with this podium, but I‰Ûªm not totally happy as this GP was very special and I think that teams and riders should be given more consideration and respect," Desalle said.

"For sure I‰Ûªm happy to go back home safe, what can I say otherwise about this race? I got a decent start from my sixteenth position on the grid, and then managed to avoid any big mistake in the tricky sections of the track. It looked like an enduro in one section, and fortunately I go riding enduro with friends in Belgium so maybe that helped me!

"After these first two GPs I‰Ûªd like to thanks my team for their support
we have a very close relationship this year as we now know each other very well. I feel completely at home on my bike, and each weekend we make yet more improvements so I‰Ûªm happy and confident for the upcoming races.‰Û
Antonio Cairoli paddled his way to fourth in very trying conditions. Photo: Ray Archer
Last week‰Ûªs winner and red plate holder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli, didn‰Ûªt see the results of before but he managed to finish 4th overall and will continue to hold the red plate.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy actually because the track was really difficult and it was easy to lose a lot of points," Cairoli said. "I didn't have such a good start and managed to make some good passes while others got stuck. I ended up with fourth place which is good for the championship and we still have an eight point lead. We were happy that the Jury decided to stop the second race because the track was becoming very tricky and very dangerous. We‰Ûªll go home now, reset and do some training and tests to be ready for Argentina which is a track I really like and one of my favourites.‰Û
Jeremy Seewer splashes his way to his maiden MX2 victory
MX2 overall results were counted using both races and Suzuki World MX2 Team‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer was the best MX2 rider in Pangkal Pinang. Seewer started by winning race 1 and finishing race 2 second behind TM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Samuele Bernardini. The MXGP of Indonesia marks the first GP win for the Swiss rider.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs just an awesome feeling to win," Seewer said. "It was done in some strange circumstances, I couldn‰Ûªt raise my hand up at the end of race two because it wasn‰Ûªt definitely done with the red flag, but once I got back to the pits, I knew.

‰ÛÏFirst moto, I got a bad start and I was thinking back to Qatar, and how it can‰Ûªt happen again, but the first turn because of my good gate-pick I could turn-up the inside and still come out fifth. Some guys were then flying past me and I thought maybe I was going too slow, but then the next lap, they‰Ûªd get stuck. I just kept going, racing my own race and then suddenly on the pit board I saw I was in first.

"I just tried to finish it and that‰Ûªs how it ended up. In mud races it isn‰Ûªt about doing the fastest laps, it‰Ûªs about surviving, you need to make your laps without mistakes because if you make a mistake, you are dead. I‰Ûªm just happy though, we‰Ûªve come a long way to get here, and to get the win is massive.‰Û
Italian Samuele Bernardini gave TM a podium with second in the MX2 class. Credit: Youthstream
In the first race Bernardini finished 8th but the focus for him was the fact he had won his first MX2 race, the combination of both races put him into 2nd overall which was also his first GP podium. After the race he said, ‰ÛÏI am really happy winning the second race, and really excited by it!‰Û
Julien Lieber rounded out the MX2 podium with third overall
HSF Logistics Motorsport rider Davy Pootjes had a strong showing in race one taking the FOX Holeshot finishing second behind Seewer. The second race proved to be slightly more challenging for the Dutchman in which he would finish 14th. The KTM rider‰Ûªs stellar performance in race one carried him into 5th overall on the weekend.

Suzuki's Bas Vaessen fights the bog just to try and finish.
MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 36:06.712
2. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:07.725
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:12.501
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:39.427
5. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), +0:43.580
6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:46.099
7. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:56.972
8. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +1:06.817
9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:14.269
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +1:16.505

MXGP Overall Top 10:
1. Shaun Simpson (GBR, YAM), 25 points
2. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 22 p.
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 20 p.
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 18 p.
5. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 16 p.
6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 15 p.
7. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 14 p.
8. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 13 p.
9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 12 p.
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 11 p.

MXGP Championship Top 10:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 68 points
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 60 p.
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 56 p.
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 44 p.
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 42 p.
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 41 p.
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 39 p.
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, YAM), 36 p.
9. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 34 p.
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 34 p.

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), 35:29.684
2. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:07.978
3. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:29.340
4. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:40.388
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:54.286
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +1:29.332
7. Caleb Ward (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:31.598
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +1:38.994
9. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +1:44.642
10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +1:47.662
20. Aaron Tanti (Australia)
24. Hunter Lawrence (Australia)
29. Jay Wilson (Australia)
32. Kyle Webster (Australia)

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 18:54.086
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +1:33.611
3. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +1:42.450
4. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +1:49.067
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +1:57.128
6. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +2:30.596
7. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +2:33.930
8. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +2:41.401
9. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +3:07.204
10. Freek van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +4:49.844
16. Hunter Lawrence (Australia)
22. Aaron Tanti (Australia)
29 Kyle Webster (Australia)
32. Caleb Ward (Australia)

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 47 points
2. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 38 p.
3. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 38 p.
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 31 p.
5. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 29 p.
6. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), 26 p.
7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 26 p.
8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 26 p.
9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 20 p.
10. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 15 p
12. Caleb Ward 14 p
23. Hunter Lawrence 5 p
27. Jay Wilson 1 p
28. Aaron Tanti 1 p

MX2 Championship Top 10:
1. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 78 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 72 p.
3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 70 p.
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 67 p.
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 57 p.
6. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 54 p.
7. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 44 p.
8. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 40 p.
9. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 39 p.
10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 35 p.

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