Motocross

Tony Cairoli and Maxime Renaux take the wins at the MXGP of Great Britain

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Tony Cairoli extended hi GP-winning career to 19 successive years and 95 wins.

The MXGP of Great Britain has delivered once again, with awesome action in both MXGP and MX2 races that saw different winners in each heat for both categories.

While rain was forecasted for the entire day, this did not stop a healthy crowd of British fans made the trip to Matterley Basin to enjoy some of the most exciting racing that we have had this season so far. And what a show the riders put on for the cheering crowd that lit the whole track alive, making for an incredible atmosphere that MXGP missed by the entire paddock in 2020.

In MXGP all eyes were on Antonio Cairoli who bounced back to form in incredible fashion, following an unlucky GP in Orlyonok, going 1-3 in the races to secure his 8th GP win. Joining him on the podium was Tim Gajser and Jeffrey Herlings who put together another solid day to get himself on the podium.

In MX2, Maxime Renaux was determined to make up for lost ground from Orlyonok and he did just that with a win and a second to secure his career second overall victory. Mattia Guadagnini placed second overall during what was his second Grand Prix as a factory rider and Ruben Fernandez continued his podium streak to finish third.

In the opening heat it was Jorge Prado who grabbed the Fox Holeshot with Jeremy Seewer and Cairoli closely behind. Though Cairoli wasted no time as he jumped into the lead, while Gajser was fighting further down the order.

On the opening lap it was Cairoli, Prado, Glenn Coldenhoff and Herlings, with Seewer, Gajser and Pauls Jonass just behind.

A few laps later, Gajser had managed to get around Seewer and was closing in on the back of Herlings, while Seewer was coming under more pressure from Jonass. And so was his teammate Coldenhoff, who lost two positions in one lap to Herlings and Gajser as the pair went after Cairoli and Prado.

On his return to MXGP racing, Arminas Jasikonis had a tough opening heat, as he eventually pulled into the pits to retire from the race.

With 2 laps to go Cairoli stretched out his lead to 8.731 seconds over Prado, with Herlings, Gajser and Coldenhoff completing the top 5, as Romain Febvre chased down Jonass.

In the end it was Cairoli who secured his first race win of 2021, with Prado 2nd and Herlings 3rd.

Tim Gajser produced another epic second moto performance to take the race win and now leads the MX1 Championship

Tim Gajser produced another epic second moto performance to take the race win and now leads the MX1 Championship

In race two it was Febvre who grabbed the second Fox Holeshot, though much like in the opening heat, Cairoli was quick to get out in front.

The opening lap was exciting, with Prado taking the lead from Cairoli and then Febvre doing the same as Gajser got himself up into third.

Seewer then lost a position to Herlings who took 5th from the Swiss. Prado also lost another position, this time to Gajser as he got up into second and then it was game on as the Slovenian rode patiently behind Febvre for most of the race.

Gajser worked away at the gap lap by lap and towards the end of the race he was right on Febvre’s tail. Cairoli kept up with the leaders and at one point it looked like both Gajser and Cairoli were in for the chance of stealing the race win from Febvre.

The last two laps of the heat were intense, as Gajser and Febvre traded positions, with Gajser eventually able to make a pass on the Frenchman stick, on the final lap, and edge out slightly to take the chequered flag.

Cairoli topped the podium, with Gajser second and Herlings third. Febvre ended up fourth overall just 2 points off the podium.

Heading into the third round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Tim Gajser continues to lead with 93 points, as Jeffrey Herlings sits second in the championship standings just 15 points behind and Romain Febvre is third a further 5 points back.

Jeffrey Herlings finished third in MX1 for his second podium in a row.

“Actually, I enjoyed race two more because it was nice with all the passing, and it was nice to be back battling,” Cairoli said. “In the first race I had a really good start and immediately after a few corners I made my way into first place and then pushed as fast as I can. Of course, I was disappointed with last week. I was really not happy about this mistake; we lost a lot of points but of course today was very good and I really enjoyed the track. I ran short of breath during the second race in the last 4 laps, the guys were pushing hard. It was easy to make a mistake, so I thought let’s bring it home and make this 93rd GP victory happen”.

MX2

Maxime Renaux celebrated an emphatic Grand Prix – the second of his career and first of 2021

In race one of MX2, it was Renaux who took the Fox Holeshot as he edged out ahead of Isak Gifting and Mathys Boisrame. Thibault Benistant was keen to move forward as he got himself into 3rd, with Australian Jed Beaton getting off to a fantastic start in 4th as he pushed Benistant.

Meanwhile Geerts struggled down the order as he was 12th, though he managed to get back up into 7th by the end of the race.

Benistant remained one of the fastest riders out on track as he was pushing to catch Boisrame and Renaux, while also fending off Beaton. Beaton then crashed out of 4th and eventually came into pitlane before retiring from the heat.

Benistant then crashed also, dropping from 3rd to 5th. At that point Renaux had pretty much controlled the race but things got interesting behind him as Fernandez and Guadagnini were having a strong fight for third.

Guadagnini was applying the pressure as he clocked fast laps, lap after lap, though Fernandez was able to respond and that’s when the pair caught up with Boisrame who was second. Fernandez went after Boisrame and was able to make a pass on the corner before the finish line, for the perfect photo finish.

Renaux was the race winner, with Fernandez and Boisrame 2nd and 3rd.

Mattia Guadagnini scores maiden podium finish and moto win with 2nd overall in MX2

In race 2, it was Simon Laengenfelder who secured the Fox Holeshot. Though he didn’t hold the lead for long as Guadagnini and Rene Hofer were quick to jump into P1 and P2.

Fernandez didn’t have the best start as he began the race in 11th.

Guadagnini then edged out from the rest of the field as Boisrame went after Hofer with the pair having a close battle. Hofer did a great job of fending off the Frenchman, though some laps later Boisrame was able to find a way through into P2, before making a mistake and crashing. He re-joined to eventually finish in 7th.

Race 1 winner, Renaux was keen on getting back in the action and chase a podium spot as he worked his way up the order as he caught up with Roan Van De Moosdijk and then Hofer.

5.929 seconds separated Renaux from Guadagnini, as Geerts finally found his way up into the points. And as Renaux was looking like he was working away at the gap to the race leader, Guadagnini responded quickly to keep the gap healthy.

In the end it was the #101 of Guadagnini who won his first ever MX2 race, while Renaux was 2nd and Hofer 3rd.

A 1-2 result gave Renaux the overall win, while Guadagnini got his first taste of a World Championship Podium and Fernandez made it two in a row with a 3rd overall.

With Tom Vialle not lining up for today’s races due to injury sustained during the week, Ruben Fernandez has taken the championship lead, 5 points ahead of Maxime Renaux who is 2nd and Mathys Boisrame who sits 3rd on the same points (74).

“I had really good races, we worked with the team to make progress on the starts, and I actually took the Fox Holeshot in race one so I’m happy about that. I had some consistent races, so I’m very happy about the weekend”. Renaux said.

Next Stop of the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship will mark round three of the series and it’ll be held in Maggiora, Italy, in a weeks time.

Ruben Fernandez backed up his fantastic first race second place with sixth in race two to secure third overall. The Spaniard now leads the MX2 World Championship by five points,

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 36:02.691
2 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:07.922
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:10.502
4 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:12.831
5 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:15.617
6 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GASGAS), +0:16.646
7 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:18.008
8 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:28.312
9 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), +0:38.199
10 Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:39.569

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 36:18.266
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:01.468
3 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:15.489
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:21.730
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:24.350
6 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GASGAS), +0:32.300
7 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:41.289
8 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Beta), +0:43.046
9 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:43.610
10 Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:46.107

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 45 Points
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 43 Points
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 38 Points
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 36 Points
5 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 36 Points
6 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GAS), 30 Points
7 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 29 Points
8 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 28 Points
9 Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 21 Points
10 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), 20 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 93 Points
2 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 78 Points
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 73 Points
4 Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 65 Points
5 Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 61 Points
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 60 Points
7 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, KTM), 54 Points
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, GAS), 50 Points
9 Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 43 Points
10 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 42 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), 37:05.389
2 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:02.590
3 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.737
4 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), +0:04.269
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:05.951
6 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:15.108
7 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:21.278
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:22.675
9 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:27.678
10 Wilson Todd (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:44.740

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 36:34.006
2 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:02.407
3 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:04.397
4 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:09.087
5 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:10.791
6 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:15.057
7 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:24.453
8 Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:25.214
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:29.094
10 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:33.158

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 47 points
2 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 43 Points
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 37 Points
4 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 34 Points
5 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 31 Points
6 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 31 Points
7 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 28 Points
8 Wilson Todd (AUS, KAW), 21 Points
9 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 20 Points
10 Bastian Boegh Damm (DEN, KTM), 15 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 79 points
2 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 74 Points
3 Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 74 Points
4 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 67 Points
5 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, KTM), 66 Points
6 Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 54 Points
7 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 53 Points
8 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 50 Points
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 48 Points
10 Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 37 Points

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