Tim Gajser has extended his MXGP championship lead with a strong victory at the MXGP of Flanders in Belgium while in MX2 Tom Vialle took a pair of seconds for the overall win.
In the opening MXGP race of the day, it was Kiwi Dylan Walsh who grabbed the Fox Holeshot, as he led Gajser, Arnaud Tonus and and Gautier Paulin.
There were a few riders caught up in a crash on the first turn, two of them being Adam Sterry and Calvin Vlaanderen.
It didn’t take long for Gajser to take the lead, as Walsh crashed, Prado and Paulin also followed through and those were the top three for the next few laps. Brian Bogers had a great start to the race as he was sitting in fourth, this was also the position he eventually finished the race in.
Both Romain Febvre and Jeremy Seewer both didn’t have the best start to the race as they were down in 16th and 17th in the opening laps. Though Seewer was able to quickly pull through, as he passed 6 riders in a single lap to get himself into the top 10.
Paulin then went after the #61 of Prado and was able to pass him by the second lap, to get himself into P2. The Frenchman then set his best lap of the race and was 2.808 seconds down on Gajser who led the way. But Gajser was quick to respond with a flying lap, which put the gap back up to 4.383.
Championship rival, Antonio Cairoli had a tough first race after starting outside the top 15. He managed to finish the race in 13th, not where the 9-time world champion would have hoped to be.
Paulin, Prado and Bogers then clocked their best laps of the race at the same time, as Paulin got the gap down to 2.386. Further down the field, Seewer was applying the pressure to Jeremy Van Horebeek for sixth. The pair then caught up to Tonus, as Seewer passed the two riders within a couple of laps.
On lap 11 we saw a change of lead, as Gajser crashed out of first place, which allowed Paulin to make of this opportunity to go after his first race win since Valkenswaard 2017.
Seewer was the next rider to go down, as he lost the two spots he worked hard to gain, to Van Horebeek and Tonus. And despite his best efforts he had a small issue with the bike, which he needed to pull over to fix, that also lost him 2 more spots and he eventually finished the race in 8th.
In the end it was Paulin who claimed the first race victory here in Lommel, while Gajser finished second and Prado third.
Coming into today’s races, Glenn Coldenhoff was among the favourites for the podium. Unfortunately, the Dutchman did not line up for the races, as a crash in the MXGP timed practice session forced him out of today’s action.
As the gate dropped for the second MXGP race of the day, it was Prado who grabbed the Fox Holeshot, with Gajser, Seewer, Tonus and Bogers right behind him. Gajser then started to go after Prado for the top spot, as just 0.5 seconds separated the pair, and he was able to make the pass stick by the second lap, as Prado made a mistake.
Seewer then started to come under pressure from Bogers who was keen to put on a good performance. Cairoli was also having a much better start to the race as he was sitting in 7th just behind Paulin.
Gajser then continued to lead the way as he gradually stretched out his lead, while Seewer started to catch up to Prado, as Febvre joined in on the battle too.
Bogers then crashed out of 5th, which allowed Paulin and Cairoli through, as the two continued their race long battle.
With 6 minutes plus 2 laps to go, Seewer and Prado were having a close battle. The pair made contact in one of the corners, after Prado lost a bit of ground, which also saw the Spaniard go down as a result. Febvre benefited from this as well, as Prado re-joined in 4th.
3 laps to go and Gajser had a comfortable 10.447 second lead to Seewer, who made a mistake on the final lap and went off the circuit. As a result, he lost a position to Febvre.
In the end it was Gajser who was victorious, as Febvre crossed the line in second and Seewer holding on to third.
In terms of the podium, it was Gajser who took to the top step of the podium and claimed his second consecutive win in Lommel. Gautier Paulin finished second overall, for his first podium appearance of 2020 and Prado occupied the final step.
After today’s races, Gajser has doubled his championship lead from 24 to 48 points over Cairoli, as Prado and Seewer both have 429 points and are third and fourth in the standings heading into round 14.
“Already from the beginning I was feeling really good on the bike and on the track as well," Gajser said. "In the first race I got a really good start, I was second and I managed to catch the leader and pass him. I was able to make a little gap and go ahead but I made a mistake and I lost the front. I crashed, this is when Gautier passed me. In the second race the start was not so good but after the first corner I was able to go second and then pass Prado, make a little gap and go ahead with the win of the race so I’m super happy about today”.
The first MX2 race was another opportunity for Tom Vialle to show off his skills when it comes to the starts, as he claimed yet another Fox Holeshot. Watson and Geerts were closely behind, with Maxime Renaux, Roan Van De Moosdijk and Thomas Kjer Olsen, also right there as well.
Geerts then crashed out of 3rd on the opening lap and re-joined further down the order in 8th, which was only the beginning of a tough race for the Belgian.
On lap 3, Watson set the best lap of the race as he cut the gap down to 1.8 seconds, as he started to go after the race leader. Meanwhile Geerts managed to get back up to third and crashed once more. Vialle then made a mistake, which allowed Watson to get even closer and by lap 7, the Yamaha rider was the new race leader.
Vialle then whittled the gap down to just 1.646 seconds as he started to go after Watson for the win, while the pair had a solid 16 second gap to Renaux who was third in the race.
By lap 9, the top 5 included Watson, Vialle, Renaux, Olsen and Van de Moosdijk, but Van de Moosdijk found himself in trouble as he crashed out of 5th.
With a few laps to go Vialle picked up the pace as he gave it one last push to get Watson, the gap changed several times in the following laps, but it was a mistake, which resulted in a crash, from Vialle in the last lap which solidified the hard-earned win for Watson.
Watson was the race one winner, with Vialle holding on to second and Renaux finishing 6 seconds down, in third.
The start of the second race was once again dominated by Vialle, who claimed his 16th Fox Holeshot of the season. Factory Yamaha riders, Geerts and Watson got another flying start and were up there, running with the leader.
Renaux then took 3rd from Watson, as Van de Moosdijk was looking to pass him as well, though it was a crash from the Brit that saw him drop down to 7th in the opening laps.
Olsen then went after Renaux for P3, which he was able to do, as Geerts worked away at the gap between him and Vialle, which was 1.053 at the time.
By lap 5, Geerts was the new race leader, as Van de Moosdijk took 4th from Renaux.
Van de Moosdijk then set his fastest lap of the race as he looked to go after Olsen who was a couple of seconds ahead of him. It took a bit of work for him to find a way through on the Dane, but by lap 9 he was able to do just that. All while Watson was going after Beaton and Renaux to get back into the top 5, which he was also successful in doing so.
With 3 laps of the race remaining, Geerts led the way by 2.170 seconds, though Vialle was able to get onto the rear wheel of the race leader. Though after putting up a good fight, he was unable to pass the Belgian rider.
In the end it was Geerts who was the race winner in the second heat, with Vialle second and Van de Moosdijk crossing the line in third.
In terms of the podium, it was Vialle who took to the top step of the box for the 6th time this season, as Geerts occupied second and Watson getting back on the box for the second time this year, as he finished third.
As it stands, Vialle continues to lead the MX2 championship with a nice 53-point lead, while Renaux and Beaton are tied on 407 points in third and fourth.
“It has been a really good day for me," Vialle said. "In the first race I was riding good, but Ben was pushing on the back and then he passed me. I tried to push but I did a little mistake and I crashed just before the last lap, but I still finished good so at least it was a good race for me. In the second race I was feeling really good on the track better than the first one. I pushed Jago and at the end I finished second. Winning the overall here is something really special for me because three years ago I was riding the European championship here and I finished really at the back. I’m really happy about that. We work a lot with the team, Joel, my family and it’s really nice to win.”
Teams will remain in Lommel until October 25th with the next two rounds of the FIM World Championship set to take place at the venue on Wednesday 21st and Sunday 25th of October.
MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 36:38.456
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:08.713
3. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:19.653
4. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:21.723
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:33.340
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:34.647
7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:35.438
8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:55.038
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:01.292
10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Husqvarna), +1:05.035
MXGP - Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 36:21.474
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:12.666
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:13.976
4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:29.157
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:32.265
6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:38.527
7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +1:14.279
8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Husqvarna), +1:15.053
9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +1:16.036
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +1:47.967
MXGP - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 Points
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 41 Points
3. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 38 Points
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 37 Points
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 33 Points
6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 32 Points
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 27 Points
8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HUS), 24 Points
9. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 23 Points
10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 20 Points
MXGP - World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 488 Points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 440 Points
3. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 429 Points
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 429 Points
5. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 383 Points
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 375 Points
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 352 Points
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 312 Points
9. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 263 Points
10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 248 Points
MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), 36:16.844
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:22.023
3. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:28.203
4. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:31.157
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:42.546
6. Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +1:01.154
7. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:18.517
8. Alvin Östlund (SWE, Honda), +1:26.138
9. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +1:28.880
10. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +1:31.051
MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 36:22.920
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:09.511
3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:27.551
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:30.982
5. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:32.601
6. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:56.536
7. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:58.842
8. Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +1:21.322
9. Nathan Renkens (BEL, KTM), +1:45.424
10. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +1:55.624
MX2 - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 44 Points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 43 Points
3. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 41 Points
4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 35 Points
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 34 Points
6. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 31 Points
7. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 28 Points
8. Isak Gifting (SWE, GAS), 28 Points
9. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 23 Points
10. Alvin Östlund (SWE, HON), 23 Points
MX2 - World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 569 Points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 516 Points
3. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 407 Points
4. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 407 Points
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 381 Points
6. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 357 Points
7. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 355 Points
8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 287 Points
9. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 249 Points
10. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 234 Points
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