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Tim Gajser And Tom Vialle Celebrate Wins At The MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina

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Tim Gajser made in three overall wins out of three, extending his lead at the top of the 2022 MXGP World Championship to 17 points.

Tim Gajser has celebrated a third consecutive Grand Prix victory and 90th career podium while Tom Vialle finally returned to the top step, in MX2 at the 2022 MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina.

The third round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship in Villa La Angostura delivered, as it always does, with a crowd of 39,000 fans keeping the atmosphere at a maximum from the first warm-up session to the last chequered flag of the day, reminding the whole paddock why the Argentinian Grand Prix is among the best on the racing calendar.

In the opening MXGP race of the weekend, we saw Henry Jacobi grab the Holeshot, though it was Maxime Renaux who jumped into first place ahead of Ruben Fernandez, who sensed his own opportunity to lead an MXGP race and did just that.

Pole winner Pauls Jonass was right there too, searching for a way around Renaux and so were Jeremy Seewer and Gajser.

Fernandez’s lead did not last long as only a couple of corners later it all went wrong, and he crashed hard. This meant that Jonass took over the lead after finding a way past Renaux. Fernandez managed to get going again and eventually came back to 15th.

On lap four, Gajser eased past Seewer for third, as Jorge Prado was starting to come under attack from Thomas Kjer Olsen for fifth.

Gajser then focused his efforts on the front as he closed in on Renaux. The Frenchman made a small mistake which handed Gajser an opportunity to attack, but he could not get it done as Renaux was riding defensive and not backing down to the multi-time world champion.

After leading for 11 laps of the race, Jonass went down, which meant that Renaux was then the leading man with Gajser breathing down his neck. The battle continued for another nine laps as Gajser tried his best but ultimately Renaux was cool under pressure and went on to secure his first-ever MXGP race victory ahead of Gajser and Seewer. In the final laps, Jonass dropped two spots, finishing behind Prado and Olsen.

Maxime Renaux celebrated a race win at the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina and finished the Grand Prix on the second step of the podium, with the same points as Gasjer.

In MXGP race two, it was Gajser who secured his first Holeshot of 2022, though it was Prado who led the race. Gajser though was not going to miss out on a win again, as he made a quick pass on the Spaniard to move into the leading position.

Seewer and Olsen went down on the opening lap, with Olsen not finishing the race, while Seewer gave it his best to come back to 13th before deciding to retire from the race just four laps from the end.

Renaux got by Jonass for third, as Fernandez did the same. Though Jonass was able to get the Spaniard back by the third lap and maintain his position for much of the race until Fernandez bounced back in lap 14 to take away fourth from the Latvian as the pair banged bars.

Back at the front, Gajser was looking in control as he got his head down and opened up a strong gap to second position. At that point, it was Prado who was second, though Renaux played it smart and took time to get by the GasGas rider on lap five.

Australian Mitch Evans was having a strong race in sixth, though later in the race, dropped two positions and finished eighth.

In the end, it was a fairly easy race victory for Gajser, who was victorious ahead of Renaux, Fernandez, Prado, and Jonass.

Jorge Prado maintained his podium streak at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina; he ended third overall via 4-4 moto scores. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

In terms of the podium, it was Gajser who secure his third back-to-back GP win, while Renaux celebrated his second time on the box in MXGP, as Prado joined them in third.

Heading into the next round at the MXGP of Portugal, Gajser leads the MXGP standings with 141 points ahead of Renaux who now moves into second 124 points, six points ahead of Prado in third.

“I’m really happy, it was a good weekend for us,” Gajser said. “We had a little bit of bad luck in the qualifying race, but I knew I had the speed and everything and seventh gate pick was not too bad. I managed to take two solid starts, in the first one the start was not the best but anyway I came through the pack, finished second, Maxime was riding really good, and we were battling until the end. And then the second race I took the holeshot, but Jorge passed me and then I passed him back. I made a little gap and controlled the race so I’m really happy”.

MX2

Tom Vialle went 2-1 for his first win and second podium finish of the season in MX2.

In the first MX2 race of the Argentinian Grand Prix, it was Vialle with the Holeshot as he led the way ahead of Jago Geerts, Kay de Wolf, Simon Längenfelder and Gianluca Facchetti.

Further behind was Mikkel Haarup who was applying a lot of pressure onto Isak Gifting. He was able to make it stick and move into sixth and set his sights on Facchetti ahead.

Geerts then managed to break free of the hard-charging de Wolf and set the fastest lap of the race as he looked to get back in the battle with Vialle.

de Wolf then lost some ground and it looked like Längenfelder was going to use this to his advantage to go after third. As the battle between the pair intensified, both de Wolf and Längenfelder crashed hard, in two separate crashes within second of each other, with de Wolf not finishing the race, while the Längenfelder was able to get going again.

Kevin Horgmo was looking very strong as he charged through the field. By lap seven, he inherited third and was looking good to finish inside the top three.

Meanwhile, Vialle was looking more and more comfortable in the lead, as the riders battled behind him. Mattia Guadagnini got by Conrad Mewse for fifth, with Haarup doing the same after crashing earlier in the race.

In the final two laps, we saw some excitement at the sharp end of the field, as Geerts looked to steal the win from Vialle. And he did just that, though Vialle responded, and it took the Belgian a couple more corners to secure the spot entirely.

Jago Geerts claimed an emphatic race win and a second-place finish to celebrate the third round of the FIM Motocross World Championship from the second step of the podium

Geerts went on to win the race ahead of Vialle, Guadagnini, Haarup, and Horgmo, who lost two spots on the final lap.

The second race of the MX2 category did not begin as planned with the race being red-flagged less than two laps in, as Facchetti went down, and the medical crew needed a clear track to move him safely. The Italian confirmed on his Instagram page that he sustained a small fracture to his wrist and ribs.

The restart of the race though saw Längenfelder claim the second Holeshot with Geerts right behind him.

By the end of the second lap, Geerts was already the race leader, as Vialle also went by Längenfelder and so did Horgmo. The German and Norwegian then had a close battle, though were caught out by Guadagnini who was on a charge, as he managed to get by both riders by the fifth lap, to move into third.

Vialle looked like he was on a mission after a tough couple of races and on lap five he got by Geerts to take over first place. A couple of laps later Horgmo crashed out of fourth but was able to get going quickly in sixth, though he did not finish the race in the end.

Haarup was on it as he passed both Längenfelder and then later Guadagnini to secure third place in the race by the chequered flag.

Vialle crossed the finish line first, 6.463 seconds ahead of Geerts, with Haarup third, Guadagnini fourth, and Längenfelder fifth.

A 2-1 result gave Vialle his first Grand Prix victory of the season, with Geerts forced to settle for second, while Haarup celebrated his first MX2 podium since Matterley Basin 2020.

As it stands, heading into the fourth round of the series in Portugal, Geerts leads the championship with 137 points, 26 ahead of Vialle, with Längenfelder third just a further point behind.

“It was a nice victory, you know it was a little bit tough for me in the last few weeks, so after Mantova, we made tested with the bike and I made a pretty good set-up,” Vialle said. “I felt good and I really wanted to win the second race and when I passed Jago I was really wanted to push until the end and it was a nice victory and hard because Jago was really fast, but I tried to stay focused on the race. The weekend went pretty well, and it was a nice victory”.

Next up is the MXGP of Portugal, which is taking place on April 2-3 at another beautiful track in Agueda.

Mikkel Haarup soared to his second career podium in the third round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship

MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina Results:

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), 34:54.035
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:02.144
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:22.532
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:23.309
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, KTM), +0:29.169
6 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:37.743
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Beta), +0:55.028
8 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +1:00.144
9 Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:03.026
10 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +1:06.488

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:00.470
2 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:07.861
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:09.957
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:11.016
5 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:17.799
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:21.711
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Beta), +0:34.804
8 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:40.573
9 Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:47.676
10 Ben Watson (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:49.428

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 Points
2 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 47 Points
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 36 Points
4 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 31 Points
5 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 28 Points
6 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, BET), 28 Points
7 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 26 Points
8 Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 24 Points
9 Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 24 Points
10 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 20 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 141 Points
2 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 124 Points
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 118 Points
4 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 94 Points
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, BET), 76 Points
6 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 74 Points
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, KTM), 73 Points
8 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 71 Points
9 Jed Beaton (AUS, KAW), 58 Points
10 Alberto Forato (ITA, GAS), 58 Points

MX2

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:13.204
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:02.401
3 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GASGAS), +0:31.165
4 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:31.799
5 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:32.170
6 Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:38.811
7 Isak Gifting (SWE, KTM), +0:40.484
8 Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:52.935
9 Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, KTM), +0:54.846
10 Jeremy Sydow (GER, KTM), +0:56.125

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 34:09.782
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:06.463
3 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:10.911
4 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GASGAS), +0:26.614
5 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:38.264
6 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GASGAS), +0:44.819
7 Jeremy Sydow (GER, KTM), +0:47.426
8 Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:50.910
9 Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +1:04.245
10 Hakon Fredriksen (NOR, Honda), +1:15.163

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 47 Points
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 47 Points
3 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 38 Points
4 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 38 Points
5 Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 27 Points
6 Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 26 Points
7 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GAS), 25 Points
8 Jeremy Sydow (GER, KTM), 25 Points
9 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GAS), 24 Points
10 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 24 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 137 Points
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 111 Points
3 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GAS), 110 Points
4 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 92 Points
5 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GAS), 85 Points
6 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 81 Points
7 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 78 Points
8 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 78 Points
9 Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 69 Points
10 Isak Gifting (SWE, KTM), 67 Points

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