Tim Gajser and Tom Vialle Claim Grand Prix Victories at the MXGP of Charente Maritime


Photo of motocross rider Tim Gajser at the 2022 MXGP of Charente Maritime at Saint Jean d’Angely, France
Tim Gajser put on an incredible last-lap display to pass two riders and take his fourteenth race win, and his ninth overall of the season with his two-one moto scores. Photo: @shotbybavo

A large French crowd was treated to an exciting MXGP of Charente Maritime that ended with Tim Gajser making his return to the top of the box after an intense second MXGP race, while Tom Vialle gave the home crowd exactly what they wanted by claiming the GP win and bringing the points gap down to just two, heading into the final round.

The Grand Prix in Saint Jean d’Angely also saw Thibault Benistant make his comeback to the podium for the second time in front of his home fans, while Jorge Prado claimed his first top three finish after some very tough races.

In MXGP, the first Holeshot of the day went to Jeremy Seewer who led the way ahead of Romain Febvre, Tim Gajser as well as Ivo Monticelli and Maxime Renaux.

Australian Mitch Evans also started well and was quickly by Monticelli as he moved up to fourth, with Jorge Prado also doing the same shortly after as Monticelli dropped further down the order.

Gajser then got onto the back of Febvre and was pushing the Frenchman for second, while Seewer was 1.367 seconds ahead of the pair. Eventually on lap four Gajser was able to find a way past Febvre.

The Slovenian then focused on Seewer ahead and was able to bring down the gap to just 1.1 seconds, while Prado began to push Evans who was ahead in fourth. At that point, Febvre, was having a lonely, but comfortable ride in third.

Prado then lost some time to Evans, though a mistake from the Australian allowed Prado to get into fourth anyway, as Evans picked himself up in sixth place. He later dropped to seventh after being passed by Glenn Coldenhoff.

Photo of motocross rider Jeremy Seewer at the 2022 MXGP of Charente Maritime at Saint Jean d’Angely, France
Jeremy Seewer secured his place as the 2022 MXGP World Championship runner-up with second ovarall in MX1 in France. Photo: FullSpectrum 

In race two, the Holeshot was won by Prado who was the leading rider ahead of Febvre, Renaux, and Seewer. Gajser started down in seventh but made some nice passes in the first few corners to get behind Renaux and Seewer.

The trio then pushed Febvre and were able to pass him by the second lap, as the Frenchman dropped to fifth.

Renaux then closed the gap right down to Prado as he showed the front wheel to the Spaniard, as did Gajser to Seewer. But again, the triple worked wonders for Seewer who managed to stay ahead.

A mistake saw Renaux lose second to Seewer who was fast to react to the opportunity. While Gajser continued to push in fourth, with Febvre also edging closer.

Photo of the MX1 start at the 2022 MXGP of Charente Maritime at Saint Jean d’Angely, France
Jorge Prado (61) with his customary holeshot in the MX1 class. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

On lap 10, Gajser was able to put a squeeze onto Renaux and move up to third, as Prado continued to fend off Seewer.

In the final two laps of the race, Prado was under immense pressure from Seewer and Gajser. The trio had a bit of a moment in a rut, which allowed Gajser to react and take second from Seewer and then quickly Prado as he moved from third to first on the final lap.

That move by the Slovenian secured him the overall victory ahead of Seewer who was forced to settle for second, while Prado made an emotional return to the box after some tough GPs in the second half of the season.

Photo of motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2022 MXGP of Charente Maritime at Saint Jean d’Angely, France
Jorge Prado entertained the thousands of supporters – he was involved in the best race of the season and returned to the Grand Prix podium with third. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Gajser is already champion, and Seewer solidified his silver medal this weekend, while Prado still has Coldenhoff just four points behind him in the standings and will need to deliver another top result to end the year with a medal.

“Yeah, it was a good day of racing. Definitely, It was way more easier to ride without the pressure, you know, last couple of GPs were very difficult,” Gajser said after the final moto. “I was struggling. And yeah, thinking about the championship, maybe too much. But today, I could really relax and just ride like I know. In both races didn’t have the best start, I had to came from the back. And it was not easy to pass because the riders in front of you, they were all super fast. But anyway, yeah. Super happy with another overall”.


Photo of motocross rider Tom Vialle at the 2022 MXGP of Charente Maritime at Saint Jean d’Angely, France
Tom Vialle will enter his final MX2 race in Turkey before a move to AMA competition in 2023 with a 2-point gap to Jago Geerts in a tight championship decider after winning in front of his home crowd. Photo: Ray Archer

In the opening race of the MX2 category, the Holeshot went to Andrea Adamo, though Thibault Benistant wasted no time and was quickly into the lead as Adamo lost a couple of positions to Tom Vialle and then Jago Geerts who went from fifth to third within the first lap.

The Belgian then looked to apply the pressure onto Vialle who was just ahead of him, but the Frenchman was keen to stay ahead and blocked every opportunity for Geerts.

Roan Van De Moosdijk made a mistake and crashed down to 17th, while Benistant was looking to break free of the two championship rivals behind him.

Photo of the MX2 start at the 2022 MXGP of Charente Maritime at Saint Jean d’Angely, France
The MX2 class head into action in front of a large enthusiastic French crowd. Photo: FullSpectrum

Simon Längenfelder was fourth and looking to edge closer to Geerts and Vialle who continued their fight for second. This urged both riders back onto the rear wheel of Benistant and the top three were separated by just 2.026 seconds.

For much of the race, we saw Geerts get creative, as he tried different combinations and lines to get every advantage possible on Vialle, but the Frenchman was smart to block every attempt by the Belgian, as he also made sure that Benistant remained in his sights.

In the end, Benistant was able to stay focused and mistake-free to take the race win, despite struggling with a shoulder injury, while Vialle and Geerts crossed the line in second and third ahead of Längenfelder and Mikkel Haarup.

Photo of motocross rider Thibault Benistant at the 2022 MXGP of Charente Maritime at Saint Jean d’Angely, France
Frenchman Thibault Benistant finished second overall after a victory in race one and an impressive second-place finish in race two.  Photo: FullSpectrum

In the second, it was home rider Tom Guyon who took the Holeshot, though Vialle took the first opportunity that he had to get by Guyon and into first place. Benistant followed too, as Guyon dropped to third ahead of Moosdijk and Haarup.

Geerts started the race in sixth and was pushing hard to get by Haarup, who was not making it easy for the Belgian. Eventually, Geerts passed Haarup, who then crashed and got going in 16th, while the Belgian focused on chasing down Moosdijk.

Guyon started to fade which allowed Moosdijk and Geerts to close in and as Geerts was lining up a pass on the Dutchman, his front end slipped, and he went down. He picked himself up in seventh, but his race only got worse as he crashed once more, though was able to finish in seventh nonetheless.

In the final few laps, there was a nice battle forming between Moosdijk, Liam Everts, and Kevin Horgmo for fourth, as Horgmo squeezed by the Belgian to move up to fifth, though could not get around Moosdijk by the end of the heat.

Photo of motocross rider Jago Geerts at the 2022 MXGP of Charente Maritime at Saint Jean d’Angely, France
Jago Geerts his 15th podium finish of the season with a 3-7 scorecard for third overall. Geerts maintains a 2-point lead in the championship. Photo: FullSpectrum

Vialle ended up winning the race ahead of Benistant, as Guyon rounded out the French 1-2-3, while Moosdijk and Horgmo crossed the line in fourth and fifth.

Vialle and Benistant ended the weekend tied on 47 points, but a race victory in the second race for Vialle was the decider in terms of who would get the honour of the top step. Vialle got his second GP win on the bounce, while Benistant made his comeback to the box in second ahead of a disappointed Geerts in third. Guyon was fourth overall, just two points off the podium.

Heading into the final round of the 2022 season, Geerts leads the championship by just two points ahead of Vialle, while Längenfelder is safe in third and is on track for the bronze medal.

“It was an incredible weekend! It’s special for one always in France with so many fans coming to watch the race,” Vialle said. “And it’s for sure a little bit of extra pressure for us the French riders because we don’t want to crash or something… But it was great. I had a great feeling on the track already on Saturday, I won the qualifying race. And yeah, to be honest, the first race wasn’t so easy because Thibault was just in front, I couldn’t find a way to pass him and when I tried to change lines, I was a little bit slower. So, I just followed Thibault as Jago was pushing me from the back, so it was not an easy one. In the second race, I started second and passed into the lead already after the first corner. I could gap a little bit to Thibault and just finish nice to win the race”.

The final round of the 2022 season will take place in twoo weeks  in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. 

Photo of motocross rider Tom Vialle at the 2022 MXGP of Charente Maritime at Saint Jean d’Angely, France
Tom Vialle celebrates in front of his home crowd. Photo: Ray Archer

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), 35:29.204
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:00.983
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:30.870
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:32.416
5 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:33.885
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +1:00.331
7 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +1:01.846
8 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +1:02.717
9 Alberto Forato (ITA, GASGAS), +1:08.419
10 Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +1:13.670

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 35:33.882
2 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:00.953
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:01.991
4 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:11.598
5 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:19.761
6 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:27.624
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:30.715
8 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:34.169
9 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:44.855
10 Alberto Forato (ITA, GASGAS), +0:49.032

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 Points
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 45 Points
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 40 Points
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 36 Points
5 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 34 Points
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 28 Points
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 27 Points
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 25 Points
9 Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 24 Points
10 Alberto Forato (ITA, GAS), 23 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 721 Points
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 615 Points
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 557 Points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 553 Points
5 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 540 Points
6 Brian Bogers (NED, HUS), 406 Points
7 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 380 Points
8 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 379 Points
9 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 350 Points
10 Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 296 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), 34:13.423
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:01.860
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:04.781
4 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:26.284
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:29.579
6 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GASGAS), +0:31.352
7 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:32.122
8 Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:48.509
9 Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +0:50.911
10 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +1:23.049

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 34:10.603
2 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:05.436
3 Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +0:09.862
4 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:11.309
5 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:20.200
6 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:21.922
7 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:48.825
8 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:58.990
9 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GASGAS), +1:09.337
10 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +1:11.660

MX2 – Top 10 GP Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 47 Points
2 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 47 Points
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 34 Points
4 Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 32 Points
5 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 29 Points
6 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GAS), 29 Points
7 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 27 Points
8 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GAS), 27 Points
9 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 26 Points
10 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 25 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 710 Points
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 708 Points
3 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GAS), 564 Points
4 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 503 Points
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 481 Points
6 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 435 Points
7 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 410 Points
8 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GAS), 410 Points
9 Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 373 Points
10 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 286 Points

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