Round 8 of the FIM Motocross World Championship took place in Teutschenthal, Germany, with KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings continuing to dominate, with his MXGP lead now almost reaching 50 points.
In MX2 Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado each took a win and a second a-piece, leaving them both on 47 points, with Prado declared the victor, while Jonass retains his championship lead. Thousands of German fans turned out in the great conditions, to check out the competition on the reworked track, and were rewarded by great racing on display.
Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado gave the crowds a taste of what was to come in qualifying, with both taking dominant wins ahead of the weekends races.
MXGP Qualifying Race Top 5
Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 24:12.661
Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:04.591
Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:07.775
Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:12.921
Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:18.446
MX2 Qualifying Race Top 5
Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 24:43.710
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:11.311
Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, Honda), +0:15.290
Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:16.661
Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:17.650
Jeffrey Herlings continued to add to his winning resume this weekend with double race wins, both by a substantial margin over Tim Gajser and Gautier Paulin.
Race 1 started with a season first Fox Holeshot from Paulin but Herlings was right alongside the Frenchman and took the position almost immediately. In third behind the pair was Gajser and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Romain Febvre.
On the first lap Febvre’s Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP teammate, Jeremy Van Horebeek, ran in 6th just behind Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle. However only a lap later the #89 of Van Horebeek was moved back by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli.
Cairoli proceeded to the back wheel of Desalle for several laps before he lost control in a rutted turn and dropped his KTM. The mistake cost Cairoli but only in the way of time as he remounted in the same position in which he fell.
Meanwhile Herlings again pulled away from the field leaving Paulin and Gajser to battle over second. On the 14th lap of 18 Gajser made a pass on Paulin and then pulled away from the Husqvarna rider. Across the finish Herlings won by just over 16 seconds with Gajser 2nd, Paulin 3rd, while Cairoli took 6th behind Desalle and Febvre.
Race 2’s start was remarkably similar as Paulin took the Fox Holeshot but Herlings took the lead before the second corner. A mistake from Paulin on the opening lap allowed Gajser into second but Paulin quickly rejoined the race just ahead of his fellow Frenchman, Febvre.
Behind Febvre was Van Horebeek on lap 1 with Desalle and Glenn Coldenhoff behind the pair of YZ450s. On the second lap Van Horebeek made a mistake which put him off the side of the bike and into the path of Julien Lieber. Lieber was able to remount his Kawasaki in 15th but Van Horebeek would not resume the race.
The incident helped Cairoli to move forward in the running order from 9th to 6th once again finding himself behind Desalle. In the following 15 laps the top 8 riders remained in the same position before Febvre dropped 3 positions in lap 16 and Evgeny Bobryshev lost a 8th position to Max Nagl.
Nagl, racing at his home GP, had an impressive comeback to the 8th spot after starting in 16th, all with the help of the vocal support from his fans. Across the finish line Herlings beat out Gajser by over 28 seconds with Paulin, Desalle, and Cairoli rounding out the top five. In the overall result the math was easy for the consistent 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers, Herlings, Gajser, and Paulin. Cairoli would end up outside the top 5 in 6th with Desalle 4th and Febvre 5th.
“Good starts again and my riding was really good both motos. I cannot ask for more than leading every single lap this weekend. I’m really pleased and it’s a bit of a dream weekend. This track is not one of my favourites – even if I don’t really mind most of the circuits – but they prepped it better than yesterday and there were some more lines and it was a bit rougher. Onto the next one!”
“We are happy with what we achieved this weekend. Being on the podium is always a great feeling; we have twelve more rounds so now the goal is to continue building momentum and try to keep it as high as possible. I enjoyed riding my Honda throughout the whole weekend and I managed to maintain a consistently-fast pace up to the chequered flag, which is a very good sign. I was much more relaxed, confident and comfortable on track than in Latvia: this is why we were fifth there, and second here! Now we go home, train hard and get ready for Matterley Basin, which is a track I really love.”
“It’s been a great weekend. Getting two holeshots and two third place results at this rough track is a good confidence booster for the races to come. We’ve been working a lot with the team and to get two holeshots shows we’ve made some good progress. In both motos my speed was good and I managed to fend off all the attacks from behind. During qualifying on Saturday a stone hit my back and there was some pain in both final motos. The FC 450 was working great at this rough track and I really want to thank my team for the great job. We’ve been testing a lot and the results here in Germany show we are moving in the right direction.”
“Yesterday I had a bad qualifying race as I crashed in the second corner, and then again later in the race to finish only twenty-first. We know that the position at the gate is really important here, and I must admit that I didn’t slept so well last night as I tried to find a solution. Finally, I got two good starts to finish the races fifth and fourth. It was a similar scenario in both races; I was between sixth and seventh in the first few corners and pushed straight away to advance to fifth and fourth in the races, defending my position in each race against Cairoli. It was very important to stay on two wheels here.”
“Today was a very strange race; normally it develops a bit during the moto but it seemed like if you crossed the finish line at the end of the first lap in the top five then you stayed there. Jeffrey had two good starts and he was free to make a good speed and rhythm. When you are in the pack it is like a war: on this track everyone was cutting lines and ruts and trying to pass and there were crashes. When it settled I was both times behind Desalle and he is one of the toughest to pass and the roost was very painful. I came close a few times but in the end just limited the damage. I don’t know what really happened with the starts. We need to check.”
MXGP Race 1 Top Ten
Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:00.399
Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:16.255
Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:24.028
Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:30.534
Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:34.056
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:38.000
Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:40.490
Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:42.772
Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:45.918
Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Suzuki), +0:53.710
MXGP Race 2 Top Ten
Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:12.176
Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:28.620
Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:32.863
Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:48.723
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:58.165
Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:03.226
Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +1:10.615
Maximilian Nagl (GER, TM), +1:12.138
Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Suzuki), +1:18.087
Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +1:18.923
MXGP Overall Top Ten
Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 44
Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 40
Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 34
Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 32
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 31
Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 27
Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, SUZ), 23
Maximilian Nagl (GER, TM), 22
Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 21
MXGP Championship Top Ten
Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 386 points
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 338
Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 278
Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 258
Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 255
Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 221
Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 207
Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 193
Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 176
Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 149
In the MX2 class racing was close throughout the field but especially among Jorge Prado and Pauls Jonass, Calvin Vlaanderen, Ben Watson, and Henry Jacobi.
At the start of Race 1 the KTM pair of Prado and Jonass rocketed out of the gate while Conrad Mewse crashed down the start straight. Prado took the Fox Holeshot but just like Paulin in the MXGP class Prado was passed right away by the points leader, Jonass.
With Prado chasing Jonass for the lead on the opening lap the German MX2 hero Jacobi ran in 3rd. Unfortunately for Jacobi his Husqvarna lost traction as he jumped up onto the start straight causing him to bobble and letting both Vlaanderen and Watson past.
While Vlaanderen put his head down to catch Jonass and Prado, Thomas Kjer Olsen was battling with Jed Beaton. The battle between the Aussie and the Dane ended badly however as Olsen scrubbed his Husqvarna into the side of Beaton’s Kawasaki. The mid air mishap sent both riders down but both managed to continue the race. Beaton got back up in around 13th while Olsen was in 19th.
As the Beaton and Olsen worked their way forward, Prado was unable to find a way around Jonass as Vlaanderen was applying pressure to the Spaniard. Luckily for Prado, Vlaanderen was also struggling to find a preferred passing spot and both remained 2nd and 3rd whilst Jonass won the race. Well worth mentioning was Beaton’s charge through the pack to finish 7th while Olsen only managed to reach 15th.
Race 2 started with another Fox Holeshot from Jorge Prado after hitting elbows with Jonass into the first turn. Prado clearly learned a lesson from race 1 and did not allow Jonass to take the lead early again.
Again in 3rd after the start was Jacobi who managed to hold the position longer. Just behind Jacobi with an amazing start was the number 931 of Andrea Zanotti from San Marino. On the 3rd lap Olsen found his way into the 4th spot but only 2 laps after taking the position Vlaanderen took it away. Olsen then came under heat from Watson who made it past the Dane on lap 11. Only a lap after that Jacobi was moved back by both Vlaanderen and Watson.
Prado crossed the finish 5 seconds ahead of Jonass leaving the #61 with the overall. Even though the pair leave tied in points the overall win for Prado was significant and it gave Claudio de Carli his 100th win as Team Manager. Vlaanderen took his 2nd third place finish of the day marking his best ever result and giving him his first MX2 podium of not only 2018 but also aboard his new HRC bike.
“The first moto I got the holeshot but decided to go to the inside ruts on the second corner and they were deep and muddy. Pauls went outside and passed me and from that moment I was behind him the whole moto and trying to make the pass. I just couldn’t find one spot and was thinking every lap ‘where can I do this?’ and look for new lines but it became too late. It was tough, and I knew the next start would be so important. I touched something with my front wheel in the second moto and came across into Pauls a little bit out of the gate. We kinda fought down to the first corner and I had the inside. I could lead every lap. So I’m happy. The points gap is not so big and we are still improving.”
“I’m feeling good; didn’t lose anything, didn’t gain anything. I wanted the top step of the podium but I always tend to struggle a little bit on this track. That first moto was tough because Jorge was always pushing and then in the second moto he pulled a little gap and I just couldn’t close it. He was riding really well this weekend. We’ll go back home and work on a few things and I know what we need to do.”
“It was a great day. I’m very happy to be on the podium for the first time this season. We had two solid motos with good starts, good riding and good speed; the bike was really working perfectly, so thanks to the team for the great job. It’s good to put the team for the first time in the box, and I hope from now on I’ll be able to do it again many more times.”
“I struggled to get a good pace at the track and a crash in the opening moto made it all harder. I was racing in sixth position and right after a jump I got together with another rider, both ending up on the ground. I got up pretty quick but couldn’t find my pace after that. In the second moto my start was a lot better and I felt better during the race. We had some good battles and I ended up crossing the line in fifth position. It might not have been the best weekend for us in terms of results but we take it as it is and move on.”
Jed Beaton took his Kawasaki to fifth place in the German round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Teutschenthal to maintain fifth place in the series standings.
“My starts were not so great this weekend; I really need to go back home and work on that aspect of my game. Today my riding was good but I had a crash in the first race with another rider; that dropped me a few positions but I could recover back to seventh so I was pretty happy with that. My lap times were good all through the race, so there’s a lot of positives about that race. I felt good in the second moto too, but I had used a lot of energy in the first race and I started to make a few mistakes towards the end of the race. But I managed to finish fifth overall from a difficult weekend, so I’m pretty happy with that.”
MX2 Race 1 Top Ten
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 35:15.756
Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:01.421
Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, Honda), +0:03.062
Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:04.047
Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), +0:30.914
Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:32.752
Jed Beaton (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:33.692
Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:36.420
Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +0:46.183
Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, Husqvarna), +0:47.923
MX2 Race 2 Top Ten
Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 34:32.231
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:05.017
Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, Honda), +0:10.067
Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:11.950
Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:25.126
Jed Beaton (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:26.579
Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:33.729
Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), +0:35.520
Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:55.600
Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +1:00.888
MX2 Overall Top Ten
Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 47 points
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 47
Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, HON), 40
Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 36
Jed Beaton (AUS, KAW), 29
Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 29
Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 29
Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 22
Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 22
Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 20
MX2 Championship Top Ten
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 351 points
Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 329
Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 288
Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 246
Jed Beaton (AUS, KAW), 203
Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, HON), 196
Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 160
Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 157
Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 140
Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 139
88 riders entered the racing from around the world for their chance to qualify for the main races’ 40 rider starting list. Qualifying on Saturday morning narrowed the field down for Race 1.
From the start to the finish KTM Junior’s Rene Hofer led race 1 with red plated #11. Behind Hofer the first half of the race was Eddie Wade. Wade, the 2017 FIM Junior Motocross 85cc World Champion, had the Husqvarna of Guadagnini behind him from the start but on lap 9 of the 15 total Wade lost the spot.
Thibault Benistant, a first time podium finisher from last weekend in Latvia, ran in 4th every single lap. Past the checkered flag Hofer won his 4th race of the season while Guadagnini took 2nd and Wade 3rd.
The surface for today’s Race 2 was noticeably different as the riders were the first on the track following overnight watering and track maintenance. The conditions played perfect into the hands of Meico Vettik from Estonia who took the lead early over Benistant, Guadagnini and Hofer.
The Italian, Guadagnini, mounted a charge immediately and was into 2nd by lap two while for Hofer it took longer to move forward. On lap 5 Guadagnini was into the lead past Vettik but Hofer was still positioned 4th. With Guadagnini getting away, Hofer found a way to get by Benistant on lap 6 and then Vettik on lap 8.
In the remaining 6 laps Hofer chipped away at the gap of Guadagnini successfully. With only two corners to go Hofer was all over the back of the Italian who could feel the pressure. The last minute charge from Hofer was left too late to make a pass and Guadagnini took his first ever race win swapping results with Hofer for equal points. The race 2 performance gave the Italian his first ever overall victory while Hofer extended his points lead and Vettik took 3rd.
“The first race was good but I messed up the second start. The conditions were really difficult and the track had been watered a lot. We fought for the win until the last corner so I’m happy with the way I rode in the end. There is still a long way to go in this championship and we’re going race-by-race and always looking to win. It was fun this weekend. We have worked hard this winter, especially in the sand and we have two sandy races left, but I am feeling comfortable with my bike so all good.”
EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top 10
Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 29:57.155
Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:11.687
Eddie Wade (GBR, KTM), +0:18.122
Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.955
Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +0:25.510
Emil Weckman (FIN, KTM), +0:49.673
Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), +0:55.135
Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, Yamaha), +0:56.898
Matheo Miot (FRA, KTM), +0:57.502
Raf Meuwissen (NED, KTM), +1:02.151
EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top 10
Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), 29:20.023
Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:00.387
Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), +0:18.090
Raivo Dankers (NED, KTM), +0:22.712
Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +0:24.051
Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:30.797
Emil Weckman (FIN, KTM), +0:44.592
Petr Polak (CZE, KTM), +0:54.309
Lion Florian (GER, KTM), +0:55.519
Filip Olsson (SWE, Husqvarna), +1:01.663
EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top 10
Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 47 points
Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 47
Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), 34
Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 33
Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 32
Eddie Wade (GBR, KTM), 30
Emil Weckman (FIN, KTM), 29
Raivo Dankers (NED, KTM), 26
Matheo Miot (FRA, KTM), 21
Filip Olsson (SWE, HUS), 18
EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top 10
Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 180 points
Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 132
Emil Weckman (FIN, KTM), 111
Petr Polak (CZE, KTM), 104
Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), 104
Raivo Dankers (NED, KTM), 93
Raf Meuwissen (NED, KTM), 84
Lion Florian (GER, KTM), 79
Filip Olsson (SWE, HUS), 72
Emilio Scuteri (ITA, KTM), 71
The FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship’s 3rd round of 2018 played out over 2 days on the German circuit of Teutschenthal. Courtney Duncan faced tough competition and a challenging track this Saturday and Sunday but provided a masterclass for her competitors taking double race wins.
The WMX round of Germany was held along side the MXGP of Germany’s MXGP and MX2 races on the classic motocross track with tens of thousands of fans witness the action.
Coming into the weekend Courtney Duncan led the Championship with 2 rounds complete and at the drop of gate for Race 1 on Saturday she would take the Holeshot. Duncan battled with her fellow Yamaha mounted competitors such as Kiara Fontanesi.
Fontanesi, who is the defending WMX Champion, took the lead from Duncan before the end of the first complete lap. Duncan chased Fontanesi for 10 laps as Nancy van de Ven was running in third.
The German fan favorite was of course Larissa Papenmeier who maintained 4th position every lap from the start just ahead of fellow German Stephanie Laier. Back at the front the pair of title contenders battled on their way through lapped traffic but when the two lap board came out, Duncan made a pass to win the race almost 7 seconds ahead of Fontanesi.
Race 2 started with Duncan again out front but Fontanesi back slightly further unable to put in an early challenge. Splitting Duncan and Fontanesi on the first lap was Nancy van de Ven while Papenmeier was again 4th.
Fontanesi passed van de Ven for 2nd on lap 2 and 2 laps after that Papenmeier moved into 3rd. The #85 of van de Ven then lost 2 more spots to both Sara Andersen from Denmark and Amandine Verstappen.
Nancy van de Ven was able to get back two positions but remained unable to pass Papenmeier which would ultimately decide the final spot of the podium. Duncan took her second race win of the weekend this time by more than 15 seconds over Fontanesi. In the overall standings Duncan and Fontanesi clearly went 1-2 after identical race scores but Papenmeier took the final spot on the podium after a tie in points with van de Ven but a better race 2.
“I’m really happy again with the weekend. Another 1-1 performance here in Germany. Obviously we cannot get any better than that points-wise.I wasn’t really willing to push it on the first few laps. The track was difficult in its own ways. It was very hard to pass and rock hard. It took me a while to find my flow. Then I was like ‘nah we are going to go for it’. I still felt good enough to win. “I took the holeshot and just rode smart to bring it home and was able to pull a 15-second lead on Kiara in the end, so that was cool. I’m really happy to come out of here having extended out my points lead in the championship.”
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