Motocross

Tim Gajser and Jago Geerts Conclude The 2023 MXGP Season With Matterley Basin Wins

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Photo of motocross rider Tim Gasjer at the 2023 MXGP of Great Britain.
After missing most of the season 2022 MXGP Champion Tim Gasjer found his way to the top step of the podium with a win at the final round of the season.

The grand finale of the 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship unfolded in dramatic fashion at Matterley Basin during the nineteenth and ultimate round.

Despite challenging windy conditions making the race even tougher, riders delivered remarkable performances. Tim Gajser made a resounding statement, securing a flawless 1-1 victory, and reasserting his dominance in MXGP. Jeremy Seewer, who consistently graced the podium, clinched the overall second place, setting the stage for his future partnership with third-placed Romain Febvre next season.

In the MX2 category, the battle for Grand Prix victory and second place in the Championship intensified. Jago Geerts emerged triumphant in his final MX2 Grand Prix, solidifying his silver medal position in the Championship. Simon Laengenfelder secured the second spot on the podium, complimented by a race win, and claimed the Championship’s bronze medal. Meanwhile, MX2 World Champion Andrea Adamo celebrated his title with another podium finish in third place.

The first MXGP race witnessed Glenn Coldenhoff seize the Holeshot, narrowly ahead of Jorge Prado. Coldenhoff momentarily grappled with Prado for the lead but soon took command. However, Prado’s misstep on lap six cost him, slipping to fourth behind Gajser and Seewer. The trio at the front distanced themselves, with Coldenhoff leading, yet Gajser’s late-race charge paid off as he secured a thrilling victory. Coldenhoff valiantly defended against Seewer’s surge but yielded on the final lap, settling for third.

Prado exhibited a strong comeback, almost challenging Seewer and Coldenhoff but ultimately finished fourth. Romain Febvre had a less-than-ideal start, initially sixth behind Rubén Fernández. While chasing the Spaniard, Febvre grappled with goggle issues, briefly impeding his progress. Regaining composure, he steadily climbed to fifth. Fernández recovered from a crash to finish sixth, while Pauls Jonass endured late-race woes, slipping to ninth.

Photo of motocross rider Jeremy Seewer at the 2023 MXGP of Great Britain.
Jeremy Seewer collected his seventh piece of podium silverware with second place in his final ride for Yamaha.

Race two saw Coldenhoff again rocketing to an impressive Holeshot, with Gajser hot on his heels. This time, Coldenhoff’s lead was short-lived as Gajser made an impressive move to claim the front spot. Gajser asserted his dominance, cruising to a perfect 1-1 victory, underlining his return to the form that won him the 2022 championship. Disappointingly, Coldenhoff couldn’t capitalise on his promising starts, slipping to fifth and narrowly missing a podium finish in fourth.

Febvre showcased remarkable tenacity, surging from fifth on the opening lap to third by lap five. He continued his relentless pursuit, eventually overtaking Seewer on lap nine to secure second in the race and third overall. Seewer settled for fourth in the second race but secured the second overall position. Fernández mounted a late-race charge in race two, surprising Seewer and snatching third place. Overall, Fernández finished fifth.

Photo of motocross rider Romain Febvre at the 2023 MXGP of Great Britain.
Romain Febvre rounded out his silver-medal year in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship with his thirteenth podium of the season with third place.

Calvin Vlaanderen demonstrated unwavering consistency, steadily climbing to a sixth-place finish, securing sixth overall with a 7-6 performance. Pauls Jonass, in solid form since his return, secured another top-ten finish, placing seventh overall with a 9-7 showing. Valentin Guillod initiated the race strongly but slipped to eighth, finishing ninth overall with an 11-8 tally. Tom Koch displayed his best performance of the season, finishing eighth in the second race and securing an ideal eighth overall, setting the stage for his Monster Energy FIM MXoN appearance with Team Germany.

The home crowd rallied behind Ben Watson, who finished thirteenth overall with a 13-11 performance. Notably absent were Maxime Renaux, Mattia Guadagnini, and Alberto Forato, expected to return for the MXoN, competing for Team France and Team Italy.

Tim Gajser expressed his satisfaction with a perfect Matterley Basin outing, emphasising his enjoyment despite the challenging track conditions and his eagerness to continue performing at a high level next year.

“I couldn’t wish for a better end of the season, you know. Achieving 1-1 in Matterley Basin that I always enjoy. I was really enjoying it today. The track was quite tough but I managed to take two solid starts so I think it was really good to lead some laps too so I’m really happy. I want to say thank you to all my team who worked so hard especially when I came back from injury and I’m so happy that we could finish the season strongly and I am super motivated for next year,” Gasjer said.

Photo of motocross rider Jago Geerts at the 2023 MXGP of Great Britain.
Jago Geerts ended his MX2 career with a Grand Prix win at the 19th and final round of the series. As a result, the Belgian secured this year’s FIM MX2 World Championship silver medal. Photo: Fullspectrum Media

MX2

In the MX2 class, Simon Laengenfelder once again dominated, securing his eleventh Holeshot of the season and establishing an early lead. Behind him, Thibault Benistant and Jago Geerts engaged in a fierce battle. Geerts faced increasing pressure from Andrea Adamo on lap three, while Laengenfelder extended his lead over Benistant.

Benistant demonstrated resilience, maintaining a solid race, even as Geerts intensified his pursuit, fighting to minimise the points gap for the MX2 silver medal. In a race where Laengenfelder commanded his own destiny, Benistant and Geerts relentlessly closed the gap on lap eight. Laengenfelder clung to his lead, securing his eighth race win of the season.

Geerts relentlessly challenged Benistant until the final corner, but Benistant’s determination prevailed, securing the second position. Geerts settled for third, conceding five crucial points in the Championship and jeopardizing his silver medal.

MX2 World Champion Andrea Adamo displayed remarkable consistency, securing a steady fourth-place finish. The race witnessed limited overtaking, with riders in the top ten maintaining their positions, including Roan Van de Moosdijk, Kay de Wolf, and Liam Everts, finishing fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively.

In the second race, Liam Everts seized the Holeshot, momentarily controlling the lead. However, an impressive Kay de Wolf executed a successful pass on lap two to claim the lead. De Wolf showcased exceptional speed in front of Adamo, who surpassed his teammate Everts on lap three. Despite their composure, de Wolf’s victory pursuit was disrupted by Geerts.

Photo of motocross rider Simon Laengenfelder at the 2023 MXGP of Great Britain.
Simon Längenfelder claims his ninth podium of 2023 with second overall and rounded out the season with third in the MX2 Championship. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Geerts, who began the race with a less-than-stellar start, found himself in fifth place, trailing Laengenfelder. Determined to regain his spot on the podium, Geerts overtook Laengenfelder on lap three and Everts on lap four, securing third place. But he didn’t stop there. Geerts surged forward, overtaking Adamo on lap twelve, reclaiming the second spot and the silver medal.

De Wolf’s efforts to defend proved futile as Geerts stormed to victory, clinching the Grand Prix of Great Britain and securing second place in the Championship in his final MX2 race. De Wolf, in a bittersweet ending, finished fourth overall, while Adamo’s 4-3 performance secured third overall.

Simon Laengenfelder, with a fourth-place finish in race two, clinched second place on the podium but conceded the final Championship battle to Geerts. Laengenfelder, consistent throughout the season, secured the Bronze Medal. Liam Everts settled for fifth overall with a 7-5 performance.

Thibault Benistant maintained his steady race, finishing seventh overall and overtaking Roan Van de Moosdijk to secure sixth. Van de Moosdijk settled for seventh overall.

Jago Geerts expressed his satisfaction with a GP victory and his pride in his season’s performance, highlighting his excitement for future challenges in the 450cc category and the upcoming season.

“I’m proud of what I did today, and I am proud of my whole season,” Geerts said. “I came back from two injuries, and it was still a good season for me. This weekend was not easy, but in the end, especially in the second race, I felt good on the bike and on the track and won the second race. It’s nice to end my MX2 career with a win. Now, I’m looking forward to moving to the 450cc, which I will race at the Motocross of Nations, and hopefully, I will have a good season next year.”

Photo of motocross rider Andrea Adamo at the 2023 MXGP of Great Britain.
Andrea Adamo rounded off his world championship winning year with another trophy at Matterley; making 11 podium finishes and 2 overall victories. Photo: Ray Archer

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 35:43.624
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:01.627
3 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:02.791
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:04.109
5 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:05.683
6 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:40.228
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:44.507
8 Tom Koch (GER, KTM), +0:49.032
9 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +0:55.687
10 Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +1:00.063

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 36:01.409
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:05.868
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:06.664
4 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:07.912
5 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:12.687
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:38.133
7 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +0:41.292
8 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:42.874
9 Tom Koch (GER, KTM), +0:45.611
10 Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), +0:47.503

MXGP – Grand Prix Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 50 points
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 40 points
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 38 points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 36 points
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 35 points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 29 points
7 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 26 points
8 Tom Koch (GER, KTM), 25 points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 23 points
10 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 21 points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 921 points
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 854 points
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 759 points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 695 points
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 654 points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 599 points
7 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 490 points
8 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 456 points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 363 points
10 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 314 points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), 35:42.760
2 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:01.783
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:02.017
4 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:11.924
5 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:13.408
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:13.802
7 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:42.026
8 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Honda), +0:46.197
9 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:47.314
10 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:48.565

MX2- Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 36:25.148
2 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:01.436
3 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:02.265
4 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:23.631
5 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:25.316
6 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:34.958
7 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:40.028
8 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:42.348
9 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:57.152
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +0:57.965

MX2– Grand Prix Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 45 points
2 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 43 points
3 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 38 points
4 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 37 points
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 37 points
6 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 30 points
7 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 30 points
8 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 24 points
9 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, HON), 21 points
10 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, YAM), 20 points

MX2- World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 826 points
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 759 points
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 755 points
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 734 points
5 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 577 points
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 573 points
7 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 565 points
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 560 points
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 533 points
10 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 394 points

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