Motocross

Tim Gajser and Maxime Renaux Extend Championship Leads with Latvian Grand Prix Wins

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Tim Gajser at the Motocross Grand Prix of Latvia
For the third time in his highly successful career, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser has won the MXGP of Latvia to extend his championship lead in the MX1 class.

The seventh round of the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship has concluded in Kegums, with MXGP and MX2 Championship leaders Tim Gajser and Maxime Renaux taking overall victories to extend their lead in the series standings.

In the first MXGP race, it was Jeffrey Herlings who grabbed the Fox Holeshot ahead of Jorge Prado and Glenn Coldenhoff who was being pushed by Antonio Cairoli.

Home hero Pauls Jonass got off to a strong start in the race as he was sitting in sixth place ahead of Romain Febvre and Alessandro Lupino. All while Jeremy Seewer and Ben Watson were buried in the mid-field.

Thomas Kjer Olsen went out of the first race, while his teammate Arminas Jasikonis did not line up for the races at all, due to a crash in timed practice this morning.

Herlings continued to lead Gajser who was looking to close the gap down, with Prado, Coldenhoff, and Cairoli just behind, while Febvre was trying to push #222 for fifth.

Calvin Vlaanderen got off to a fantastic start in the race as he briefly ran in the top five, though did not finish the race as he rode back to the paddock.

Just as it looked like Prado, Coldenhoff, Cairoli, and Febvre were starting to settle behind Herlings and Gajser, Cairoli sensed his opportunity to get around the #259 of Coldenhoff to get himself into fourth place.

Cairoli then went after Prado to steal third, while the Spaniard was coming under more pressure from Coldenhoff and Febvre, as well as Jonass who was starting to close in on the group.

Febvre then passed Coldenhoff and set his sights on Prado, with Jonass also making a move on Coldenhoff which the Latvian fans loved.

In the end, Gajser could do nothing to close the gap to Herlings who was the race winner, with the Slovenian finishing second and Cairoli placing third.

In race two, it was Febvre who led the rest of the field into the first corner to secure his fifth Fox Holeshot of the season. The Frenchman then led Prado, Herlings, Cairoli and Vlaanderen.

Jorge Prado went 4-1 on the day for 2nd overall and now has five top three moto results from the last seven starts, including two wins.

Cairoli then crashed out of fourth and re-joined the race inside the top 10, all while things were looking good for Febvre but just two laps later he made a mistake and crashed out of the lead with Prado inheriting P1.

Jonass had a tough start to the second heat after crashing in the first corner. He then chased Watson for 15th, after doing so he caught onto Henry Jacobi who rode into the side of the Latvian and thus both riders went down. Jonass managed to get back up to 15th by the end of the race with Jacobi ahead in 14th.

Prado continued to lead Herlings, as Gajser was looking to close in on the pair.

Herlings then stepped things up in the closing stages of the second race as he took the gap down from 2.6 seconds to 0.789 – and it was clear that the race win was his focus.

It then looked like Febvre was chasing down Gajser for third with a smoking bike, putting his race in doubt.

The gap between Prado and Herlings remained under a second for the remainder of the race and on the final lap it looked like he was going to make a pass but was dealt another blow this season as he went down. The Bullet managed to pick himself up in fourth, only with Gajser and Febvre going through.

In the end, Prado was the race winner, with Gajser second and Febvre third.

Jeffrey Herlings dominated the opening moto but in the second dropped it with a few corners remaining finished fourth and third overall for the round.

With two very solid second places, Tim Gajser was the overall Grand Prix winner, while Jorge Prado and Jeffrey Herlings were tied on 43 points for second and third.

Today’s overall victory was the perfect comeback for the HRC Honda rider who struggled in Loket and Lommel as he continues to lead the MXGP World Championship on 270 points, 13 ahead of Romain Febvre who intern has Jorge Prado breathing down his neck a further two points behind.

“That was the goal for today, just to have two solid starts. I was riding well, didn’t make any mistakes, I was consistent and we managed,” Gajser explained. “Of course, we had a little bit of luck with Jeffrey going down on the last lap but super happy about the day. It’s good to go into the summer break with the overall and work hard to improve some things to make sure I am strong in the next GP’s, so I’m really looking forward to coming back to Turkey as I really like the track”.

“In the last couple of weeks, I was just adding too much pressure onto myself, so today I just said to myself, just enjoy it and have fun. I really don’t want to look at the championship as it’s still early in the season, but I just want to focus on each GP. Of course, I will take a rest day and then will train hard to be strong for the second half of the season”.

MX2

Maxime Renaux dominated the MX2 Grand Prix of Latvia with a double race win – the first of his career – to extend his championship lead out to 34-points.

As the gate dropped for the opening MX2 race of the day, it was Mattia Guadagnini who secured the Fox Holeshot ahead of Australian Jed Beaton and Jago Geerts. Rene Hofer got a good start in fourth ahead of Maxime Renaux.

Isak Gifting and Simon Längenfelder both had an unlucky start to the race, with the pair both hitting the start gate. Kay De Wolf and Ruben Fernandez also struggled with the start as the pair were down at the bottom end of the top 20.

Guadagnini led Beaton, Geerts, and Renaux but Renaux was keen on wasting no time, as he quickly got around Geerts for third, before catching onto the back wheel of Beaton to steal his position as well.

Renaux then set the fastest lap of the race as he got within 3.088 seconds of Guadagnini with more than 20 minutes on the clock. From then on it was a charge for the lead by the Yamaha rider who was taking time out of the leader lap by lap.

The battle between the pair was intense, but by lap five we saw a change for the lead as Renaux managed to find a way through. He quickly stretched the gap to just over 3 seconds as Guadagnini was looking to keep close.

Renaux led Guadagnini, Geerts, Beaton, and Mikkel Haarup who was having a very strong race, fighting at the sharp end of the field in fourth.

De Wolf was making a good recovery as he chased Hofer for eighth place, all while Haarup was starting to come under pressure from Thibault Benistant and Tom Vialle. Both riders managed to get around the Dane over the next few laps.

With two laps to go, Renaux continued his lead with Guadagnini second, while Geerts was coming under pressure from Beaton for third.

Maxime Renaux
“It was a great day. It feels really good to get a double moto win, especially as I had to make some passes in both motos without having the best starts,” Maxime Renaux.

In the end, it was Renaux who won the race, with Guadagnini finishing 5.989 seconds behind, with Geerts holding on to third.

The second race saw Guadagnini time the start perfectly once again as he led the race early in the heat. Haarup started the race in second just ahead of Renaux who made a quick move on the Dane to get himself in the perfect position behind Guadagnini.

Fernandez got a much better start in the second race as he was running fifth behind Geerts who was quick to get around Haarup for third in the opening lap.

Beaton had a tough start to the heat as he went down on the opening lap and was down in 18th place. Things did not get much easier for the Aussie, as he fought his way back to 12th and crashed once again to eventually finish the race in thirteenth place.

Much like in the first race, Renaux was not looking to waste any time as he chased down Guadagnini and just like in race one, the Frenchman passed the Italian on lap five!

Italian rookie Mattia Guadagnini (101) took two superb holeshots to lead both of the MX2 motos before finishing the round tied on points with Jago Geerts and finishing third overall on countback.

There was an entertaining three-way battle between Haarup, Hofer and Vialle for fifth, with Vialle managing to get both riders ahead. Haarup then dropped two positions as Hofer and Mathys Boisrame both got around him. He eventually finished the race in ninth while Boisrame made a mistake and dropped to 15th.

While Renaux continued to lead, Vialle was looking fast as he caught and passed Fernandez to move into fourth.

In the closing stages of the race, it looked like Guadagnini was going to try to get back up to Renaux but unknowingly came under fire from a hard-charging Geerts who stepped it up a gear in the final laps.

Geerts then set his fastest lap of the race as he closed in on Guadagnini and with just a handful of laps to go, the Belgian made a tough move on the Italian to steal second place.

In the end it was Renaux who won the race and celebrated his first 1-1 result, with Geerts second and Guadagnini third.

A third and second place was enough to see Jago Geerts (91) finish second overall after he tied on points with Mattia Guadagnini, but was awarded second on countback.

With two race wins, Maxime Renaux won the MXGP of Latvia, while Jago Geerts stood on the second spot of the podium and Mattia Guadagnini making a comeback to the podium in third, after a tough GP in Lommel.

Renaux now stretches out his championship lead to 34 points over Guadagnini as Geerts sits third just a further two points behind.

“Yeah, actually I got some special motivation for this race. I really wanted to get some good points in the championship before the break,” Renaux said. “I Didn’t have the best start in both races but then I could turn really good, try to make my passes as quick as possible and come back. Mattia made two really good starts. I just found my pace and found some spaces to pass him in both races and make a really good gap to be not under pressure, then just cruise to the finish line. So that was really a perfect day. First time for me to have both race wins. I am really happy about it and so happy with how the day turned out”.

“The plan now is for sure to take some rest. Even though it’s not really going to be off for me. Then back to work and try to continue to build for the second half of the season. I really want to make it step by step. I think I am in a good place and don’t want to let anything come in the way. So yeah, keep the focus and keep on going”.

MXGP now takes a break for a month and returns on the 5th of September with the MXGP of Turkey.

After taking pole position Aussie Jed Beaton finished eighth-overall after a crash in the second moto halted a promising round, yet he advances to sixth in the MX2 World Championship. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

MXGP Of Latvia Results

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:16.523
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:07.703
3 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:11.783
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:15.598
5 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:16.934
6 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GASGAS), +0:18.641
7 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:38.794
8 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), +0:49.702
9 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:51.833
10 Brian Bogers (NED, GASGAS), +1:05.516

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 36:22.889
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:07.092
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:15.563
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:26.606
5 Brian Bogers (NED, GASGAS), +0:45.399
6 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:54.203
7 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:58.321
8 Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +1:00.486
9 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), +1:08.843
10 Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:10.292

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 44 points
2 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 43 points
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 43 points
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 36 points
5 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35 points
6 Brian Bogers (NED, GAS), 27 points
7 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 26 points
8 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), 25 points
9 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GAS), 21 points
10 Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 19 points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 270 points
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 257 points
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 255 points
4 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 252 points
5 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 227 points
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 206 points
7 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GAS), 180 points
8 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 174 points
9 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), 134 points
10 Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 130 points

MX2

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), 35:49.854
2 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), +0:05.989
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:09.857
4 Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:10.701
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:13.810
6 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:14.718
7 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:24.155
8 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:29.084
9 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:33.119
10 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:36.031

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), 35:36.088
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:03.991
3 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), +0:10.646
4 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:12.473
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:30.841
6 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:35.150
7 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:36.555
8 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:39.295
9 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:56.809
10 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:59.130

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 50 points
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 42 points
3 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 42 points
4 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 33 points
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 30 points
6 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 28 points
7 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 26 points
8 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 26 points
9 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 25 points
10 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 21 points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 271 points
2 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 237 points
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 235 points
4 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 214 points
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 204 points
6 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 197 points
7 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 192 points
8 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 184 points
9 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 184 points
10 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 137 points

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