Tim Gajser extends MXGP championship lead with MXGP of Europe win as Geerts tops MX2


Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser put in his best result of what is already a championship-leading season as he swept to one-two races results to take the MXGP of Europe overall.
Tim Gajser made his much-awaited return to the top step of the podium at the MXGP of Europe, as he took the overall win in MXGP for the first time this season while Jago Geerts topped the MX2 podium.

As the gate dropped for the first MXGP race of the day in the Italian town of Mantova, it was Jorge Prado who led the way, as Tim Gajser, Romain Febvre and Dylan Walsh followed him into the first corner.

There was drama on the first lap as Prado and Febvre went down, which allowed Walsh to move into the first place and lead the way in MXGP. Gajser was second with his teammate Mitch Evans and Antonio Cairoli just behind him.

Walsh then led the field into the second lap of the race, as Gajser was searching for a way past, with Evans, Prado, Cairoli and Jeremy Seewer right there as well.

Keen to make a recovery, Febvre moved around his teammate, Clement Desalle, for 7th in the race, while things were getting heated at the front as Walsh tried to keep Gajser at bay. At which point, Gajser was looking impatient as he pushed to pass Walsh, with Walsh blocking him and the pair banging bars.

Prado was then all over Evans, with the Spaniard eventually finding a gap to move past the Honda rider for third. And then after several attempts, Gajser was finally able to get around Walsh and become the new race leader.

The battle in the top 10 was crazy, with lots of action and a lot of changes in positions. Walsh dropped to 9th within a lap, as Gautier Paulin passed Brian Bogers to move into 10th.

Gajser then extended his lead to 3.041 seconds, as Seewer pushed to pass Evans, though he needed to keep guarded, as Febvre, Glenn Coldenhoff and Cairoli were also closing in.
Tony Cairoli won his second moto of the season (170th overall) and claimed 2nd position overall
Febvre then crashed out of 5th, as Evans backed off from Prado, while Seewer got passed by Coldenhoff and Cairoli, dropping down to 6th in the race. Evans then came under pressure from Cairoli, as Prado was also coming under pressure from Coldenhoff for 2nd place in the race. The Dutchman was able to pass the Spaniard eventually, with 2 laps to go.

In the end it was Gajser who won the opening race, with Coldenhoff 2nd and Prado 3rd.

In race two, Prado got another good start but this time it was the FOX Holeshot, with Gajser and Cairoli there in the top 3. Though Gajser wasted no time, as he quickly moved into the lead on the opening lap.

Prado then crashed out of P2, picking himself up way outside the top 20, which no doubt made for a very difficult race.

As Gajser pulled his gap to 3.268 seconds, a small mistake caused him to wash the front of his factory Honda. Cairoli then inherited P1, with Gajser able to re-join just behind him, ahead of Febvre and Seewer. Cairoli then led the race by 2.186 seconds, while Seewer was trying to fight his way into the top 3.
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With 12 minutes and 2 laps on the clock, Gajser was able to catch on to the back of Cairoli as he whittled away at the gap. And despite catching the #222 and keeping him there within a second or so, Gajser still struggled to find a way past the Italian.

Further down the field, Prado was up in 18th and would only pick up one more position before the chequered flag.

With a few laps left, Seewer continued to go after Febvre, with the Swiss rider eventually finding a way through on the final lap.

Despite catching onto the back of the race leader, Gajser just ran out of time as Cairoli took the race win, with Gajser having to settle for 2nd and Seewer 3rd.

In terms of the podium, Tim Gajser claimed his first overall victory of the season, while Cairoli occupied 2nd and Coldenhoff making another podium appearance to finish 3rd.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs just an amazing feeling, I won many races this year, but I wasn‰Ûªt able to win an overall yet until today so I‰Ûªm super happy," Gajser sai. "First race I had a little bit of arm pump but after I felt ok; the second race I had a really good start and I was able to pass [Jorge] Prado immediately in the first or second lap and I take the lead. When I was leading, I made a little mistake and I fall, Tony passes me and after we had a really nice battle for the victory, we were both pushing really hard but at the end I finished second and first overall so I‰Ûªm happy about that. I‰Ûªm really looking forward to going to Spain because it‰Ûªs news track and a new event so I‰Ûªm quite excited about that.‰Û
Jago Geerts was back on the winners list taking the MX2 class win.
The first MX2 race of the day saw Tom Vialle take the FOX Holeshot and lead the way ahead of Jago Geerts, Michael Sandner and Maxime Renaux.

Meanwhile, Alvin Ostlund, didn‰Ûªt get off to the best beginning in the race, as he went down on the first corner. Roan Van de Moosdijk also struggled in the start and was down in 17th on the opening few laps. Despite working his way back up, Van de Moosdijk did not finish the race.

Geerts and Renaux then caught on to the back of Sandner, as the pair pushed to pass the GasGas rider. Renaux then pushed a tad too hard and went down.

Very early on in the race Vialle already had a decent 6.004 second gap to Sandner and Geerts, though it didn‰Ûªt take long for Geerts to find his way through into second and set his sights on the win. Sandner then dropped another position, as Conrad Mewse caught on to the back of him and passed him for 3rd.

Following his earlier crash, Renaux was down in dead last which made for a very tough opening race of the day. Meanwhile further up the field, Australian Jed Beaton and Thomas Kjer Olsen were up in 4th and 6th, edging closer to the top 3.

Vialle then focused on his own race, as he extended his lead to 8.586 seconds. Geerts was still in 2nd, with Mewse 3rd, Beaton 4th and Isak Gifting, who was having a great ride inside the top 5.

Olsen then went after Gifting, who he passed not long after, while the second Ben Watson, was also catching the pair as he pushed for higher positions.

Mewse had a fantastic ride in 3rd as he kept with Geerts throughout the race. And as the race progressed, Vialle made a mistake which cut the lead down to just 2 seconds with 9 minutes and 2 laps to go of the race.

Olsen then took 4th from his teammate, as Geerts continued to go after Vialle for the win. For the next few laps of the race, Geerts worked hard to pass Vialle, though was unable to make it stick which gave Vialle the first race win of the day. Geerts settled for 2nd while Mewse crossed the line just behind in 3rd place.

In the second MX2 race, Watson was the rider to time the start perfectly and reach the first corner in the lead as he claimed the second FOX Holeshot of the day. Van de Moosdijk, Vialle and Geerts were right there as well.
Tom Vialle scored a moto win and was runner-up: he still guards a 46-point margin at the top of championship.
Vialle then slipped into 2nd as he went after Watson, who he was able to pass not too longer after. Geerts then went after his teammate as well, who he caught and passed too.

Further down the field Mewse was attacking Beaton for 6th as the two were close. Though back at the top end of the field, Geerts was getting close to Vialle, though a small mistake from the Yamaha rider, gave the championship leader a tiny bit of breathing room.

Bas Vaessen, was forced out of the race as he pushed his bike back to pitlane.

Geerts then caught Vialle once again, who was able to quickly respond and set the fastest lap of the race at the time. The gap then was 1.278 seconds. But Geerts then put the work in to go fastest himself and passed Vialle on lap 9.

As Geerts led the way, Olsen found a way to move past Van de Moosdijk, which also put him on the podium at the time. He then went after Watson who was further ahead in 3rd, though he eventually ran out of time.

And despite his last lap effort, Vialle could not get the better of Geerts, as the factory Yamaha rider took the win in race 2. Vialle crossed the line 2nd, with Watson 3rd.

A 2nd and a race win was enough to put Jago Geerts back on the top step of the podium, while Vialle had to settle for second and Olsen making another podium appearance to finish third.

‰ÛÏIt was a really good day for me as the last few races weren‰Ûªt that good, as I made a lot of mistakes," Geerts explained. "I‰Ûªm happy to win today and to be back on the podium. I got two good starts. In the first race, I spent a little bit too long behind some of the other riders in the beginning and I was a little bit too late on Vialle, so I finished second. And then in the second race, I was really happy with the result‰Û
Thomas Kjer Olsen raced to another overall MX2 class podium result with third following two fourth-place finishes
MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:17.344
2. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:01.263
3. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:04.925
4. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:08.675
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:09.994
6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:11.544
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:19.247
8. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, GASGAS), +0:20.654
9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:21.495
10. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:21.844

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34:09.190
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:02.652
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:06.339
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:08.174
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:20.703
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:26.332
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:30.752
8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:33.840
9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:35.952
10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:37.138

MXGP - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 Points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 41 Points
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 38 Points
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 35 Points
5. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 31 Points
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 29 Points
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 28 Points
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 24 Points
9. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 24 Points
10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 23 Points

MXGP - World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 399 Points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 388 Points
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 369 Points
4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 341 Points
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 341 Points
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 304 Points
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 285 Points
8. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 263 Points
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 262 Points
10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 248 Points

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 34:19.566
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:01.423
3. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:04.773
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:16.055
5. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:28.127
6. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:30.314
7. Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:47.738
8. Alberto Forato (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:49.364
9. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +1:01.210
10. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), +1:07.256

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 34:04.896
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:00.982
3. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:17.392
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:19.448
5. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:23.091
6. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:38.099
7. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:48.261
8. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:52.212
9. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:01.791
10. Alberto Forato (ITA, Husqvarna), +1:05.437

MX2 - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 47 Points
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 47 Points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 36 Points
4. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 35 Points
5. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 35 Points
6. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 32 Points
7. Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 24 Points
8. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 22 Points
9. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 20 Points
10. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 19 Points

MX2 - World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 478 Points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 432 Points
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 348 Points
4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 341 Points
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 311 Points
6. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 293 Points
7. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 287 Points
8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 252 Points
9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 234 Points
10. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 208 Points

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