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Strijbos and Anstie take first wins of the season at Lommel

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The fourteenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship wrote a story of drama and excitement as the brutal track conditions put the best of MXGP to the ultimate test at the Fiat Professional MXGP of Belgium, in Lommel, where Kevin Strijbos and Max Anstie topped the box for the first time this year.

The experienced riders finally got the upper hand on the younger stars this weekend with Team Suzuki World MXGP‰Ûªs Kevin Strijbos, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Max Nagl and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli making up the podium.

Belgian fans eat, sleep and breathe motocross, so for Kevin Strijbos to take his first grand prix victory in nine years here on home soil was definitely something special, not only for him, but for his Belgian based team, Team Suzuki World MXGP, which is now owned and managed by Stefan Everts.
Strijbos and Anstie take first wins of the season at Lommel
Kevin Strijbos took his first win for the season in the MX1 class
‰ÛÏThis is good, so nice. I really don't have the words for my feelings at the moment," Strijbos said after the race. "In the first moto I ran with Max but then had to drop my speed a bit, which I wasn't happy with, but found a rhythm again by the end. In the second moto I had to catch-up but I had some good lines and when I got to third I thought about the podium‰Û_and then tried not to think about it! All the crew were out of the pitbox on the last lap [saying] that I had won the GP.

"This is a special moment and it has been a long time since I was last on top; nine years and many of the young guys here were not even in GPs then! I‰Ûªm so stoked for the team because we have worked so hard and not had any results until now; it was tough for them too.‰Û
Strijbos and Anstie take first wins of the season at Lommel
Maximilian Nagl took a moto win on his way to second overall
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really pleased and really disappointed at the same time, if I‰Ûªm honest," Nagl said. "Pleased because I had a really great opening moto and disappointed because I know this could have been another overall MXGP win for me and the team.

"I felt great in the first moto ‰ÛÒ I made a good start and was able to win by around 10 seconds. I struggled a little in my qualifying race so to be able to turn that around I was very confident going into the second moto. I got the holeshot, but then I was too cautious for the first three laps. Some riders passed me and then I found my speed. Falling in the sand always loses a lot of time, and I dropped to seventh. Second overall, just one-point from the win, is a great result and I am still 100 per cent focused on my goal of trying to end the year second in the championship.‰Û
Strijbos and Anstie take first wins of the season at Lommel
A 6th and snd was enough to give Antonio Cairoli third in the MX1 class. Credit: Ray Archer
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli has a killer style in the sand and is typically the guy to beat, but today he looked a little rusty in Race 1. Despite a slow, at least by Cairoli's standards, start to the day, he seemed to come to grips with the track in Race 2, which landed him on the third step of the podium. ‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm not so happy because normally on this type of track I can ride better‰Û
Strijbos and Anstie take first wins of the season at Lommel
The MX1 class hit the first turn. Credit: Ray Archer
Most riders have a love-hate relationship with Lommel. When you‰Ûªre feeling good on a track this gnarly, there is no better feeling in the world than timing the sand waves to perfection, but to the contrary, when you have a rough day, it‰Ûªs the last place you want to be. Ask Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser. The nineteen-year-old Slovenian has been flawless this year, but even the best fall down some times, which is what happened to Gajser in Race 1 where he finished fifteenth.

It wasn‰Ûªt all doom and gloom for the current championship leader though he bounced back with a vengeance as the winner of Race 2.

The absence of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings left a handful of riders in MX2 licking their chops at the thought of a potential grand prix victory in the MX2 class.

Although injured, Herlings was in Lommel to greet the fans and admitted it had been difficult to watch because it was one of his favorite tracks. ‰ÛÏBut that‰Ûªs Motocross and this can happen and hopefully I‰Ûªll be back to racing soon. We‰Ûªre looking very good, I‰Ûªm very busy with training and normally we should be back on the bike very soon. I‰Ûªm still in very good shape and I hope to keep that up until the end of the season.‰Û
Strijbos and Anstie take first wins of the season at Lommel
Max Anstie took his first overall win of the season in the MX2 class.
Most bench racers would have put their chips on Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Max Anstie for the win since he has won the grand prix here for the last two years. Anstie said, ‰ÛÏI wasn‰Ûªt sure I could make it happen this weekend. Everyone was telling me I should win, I crashed in the qualifying race, and I didn‰Ûªt sleep last night‰Û
Strijbos and Anstie take first wins of the season at Lommel
Jeremy Seewer was second overall in the MX2 class.
No-one actually LOVES Lommel except Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Petar Petrov who seems to step it up here every year. Petrov managed to lead a few laps today which was exciting for him, maybe a little too exciting,

‰ÛÏWe finally got this podium, but it was a tough day," Petrov said. "I felt good all weekend. In the first race I had a good start, pushed really hard and got the lead for two laps; it was great to lead the race but that was also a new experience for me. In the second moto my start was not quite as good, and then I hurt my shoulder; the track was really brutal. In the last few laps I pushed again as Paturel was not far behind me; I knew that if he passed me the podium was gone so I had to push and we manage to get it ! Now I‰Ûªm focused on the Swiss GP next weekend.‰Û
Strijbos and Anstie take first wins of the season at Lommel
Petar Petrov took the final podium spot in the MX2 class
MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 34:19.494
2. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:09.152
3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:13.700
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:16.852
5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:18.247
6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:18.848
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:38.021
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:40.038
9. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), +0:43.251
10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:55.033.

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:

1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:41.636
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:13.289
3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:36.471
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:40.503
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:47.864
6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:53.330
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +1:00.924
8. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki), +1:04.634
9. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:08.197
10. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:16.375.

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 40 points
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 39 points
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 37 points
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 32 points
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 31 points
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 31 points
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 29 points
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 29 points
9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 26 points
10. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), 22 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 607 points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 504 points
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 490 points
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 464 points
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 445 points
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 417 points
7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 292 points
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 277 points
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 273 points
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 264 points

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), 36:12.881
2. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +0:11.777
3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:15.189
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:20.081
5. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:20.819
6. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:42.291
7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:46.331
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:52.785
9. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:54.990
10. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Yamaha), +1:04.456.

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:

1. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), 35:16.537
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:09.198
3. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:16.432
4. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:17.172
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:49.525
6. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +1:04.026
7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +1:06.321
8. Lars van Berkel (NED, Husqvarna), +1:33.680
9. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +1:36.713
10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +1:40.398.

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 50 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 40 points
3. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 37 points
4. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 34 points
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 34 points
6. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 30points
7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 23 points
8. Lars van Berkel (NED, HUS), 21 points
9. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 20 points
10. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, YAM), 19 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 597 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 510 points
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 403 points
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 393 points
5. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 378 points
6. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 366 points
7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 320 points
8. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 319 points
9. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 294 points
10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 280 points

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