The new MXGP World Champion, RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING’S JEFFREY
HERLINGS, had nothing to prove this weekend but still came out and
dominated with double race wins to take the final MXGP overall of the
The first MXGP race was started with a season first FOX HOLESHOT from
GEBBEN VAN VENROOY KAWASAKI’S ALESSANDRO LUPINO in front of his home
crowd as RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING’S ANTONIO CAIROLI opted out of
racing to recover for next week’s MONSTER ENERGY FIM MOTOCROSS OF
Behind Lupino was TEAM HRC’S TIM GAJSER, WILVO YAMAHA OFFICIAL MXGP
TEAM’S JEREMY SEEWER, and then Herlings. Seewer and Herlings banged
bars in the 4th corner was put the Dutchman up to third. Gajser took the
lead from Lupino before the end of the first lap along with Herlings.
Lupino was then third but a collision with Seewer dropped the #77 out of
the top 20 and the Swiss rider to 10th. MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI RACING
TEAM’S CLEMENT DESALLE took over third with ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA
FACTORY RACING’S GAUTIER PAULIN 4th and WILVO YAMAHA OFFICIAL MXGP’S
SHAUN SIMPSON 5th.
On the third official lap Herlings took the lead from Gajser and a lap
later MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI RACING TEAM’S JULIEN LIEBER went to 5th
past Simpson. In the remaining 16 laps the top 5 held their positions.
Herlings had the race win ahead of Gajser, Desalle, Paulin, and Lieber
while Seewer made a last lap pass to get by teammate Simpson for 6th.
Race 2’s Fox Holeshot belonged to Herlings who had Gajser and Desalle
just behind him. Simpson had another good start in 4th with Lieber again
behind him. Paulin was in 6th and had to deal with pressure from MONSTER
ENERGY YAMAHA FACTORY MXGP’S JEREMY VAN HOREBEEK.
After 4 laps of heat from the Belgian Paulin lost 6th and Van Horebeek
then went after Lieber. With 5 laps to go Lieber moved past Simpson for
4th and Van Horebeek put the Wilvo rider another spot back to 6th.
Herlings took the race win with Gajser again 2nd then Desalle, Lieber,
and Van Horebeek. Paulin took 6th after passing Simpson with 2 laps to
go. In the overall Herlings was the clear winner for the 84 time in his
career as Gajser took 2nd and Desalle took third.
JEFFREY HERLINGS, "It is a great way to finish of the year, to finish
with a win. I am very happy and thankful, it has been a great journey, a
great experience, a great year, and I have met a lot of great people. I
really want to thank especially my team as without them I wouldn't to be
able to do what I did... it is something that will be hard to ever
accomplish again. The most beautiful way to finish off the year is to go
1-1 at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations and if I can
accomplish that it will be the cherry on top!"
ANTONIO CAIROLI: "I am really happy to be here, it is such a great place
for racing and I think this is a great way to step up our sport. I am
looking at the bigger picture of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of
Nations next week, it is very important for me and the country of Italy.
Like I have said congratulations to Jeffrey and thanks to Youthstream
for another good and very intense championship. They have stepped it up
with a more professional staff so I am really happy to have another 2
seasons and follow my dream to fight for another world title."
CLEMENT DESALLE: “Finishing third in the championship is really great,
also it is a great feeling to be on the box at the end of the
championship. My whole team works to be the best possible and to beat
those guys and have the best result in the GPs. It is not easy but we
are very motivated... it was a very good season overall."
MXGP RACE 1 TOP TEN: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:41.213; 2. Tim
Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:12.438; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki),
+0:28.131; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:30.461; 5. Julien
Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:32.590; 6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha),
+0:34.849; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:35.907; 8. Jeremy Van
Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:43.218; 9. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna),
+0:51.689; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Suzuki), +0:54.842.
MXGP RACE 2 TOP TEN: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:35.763; 2. Tim
Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:34.828; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki),
+0:50.772; 4. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:01.847; 5. Jeremy Van
Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +1:03.991; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna),
+1:06.621; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:07.493; 8. Glenn
Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:09.285; 9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM),
+1:15.790; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Suzuki), +1:20.562.
MXGP OVERALL TOP TEN: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Tim
Gajser (SLO, HON), 44 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 40 p.; 4.
Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 34 p.; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 33 p.; 6.
Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 29 p.; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, YAM), 28
p.; 8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 24 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM),
23 p.; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, SUZ), 22 p.
MXGP CHAMPIONSHIP TOP TEN: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 933 points;
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 782 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW),
685 p.; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 669 p.; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS),
574 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 544 p.; 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED,
KTM), 534 p.; 8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 469 p.; 9. Jeremy Van
Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 433 p.; 10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 386 p.
MXGP MANUFACTURERS: 1. KTM, 997 points; 2. Kawasaki, 704 p.; 3. Yamaha,
685 p.; 4. Honda, 684 p.; 5. Husqvarna, 643 p.; 6. Suzuki, 289 p.; 7.
TM, 245 p.
Main Photo: FIM/CMS Director Tony Skillington, Jorge Prado, Jeffrey
Herlings, Youthstream Vice President David Luongo
Bottom Photos: 1. Jeffrey Herlings; Clement Desalle
RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING’S JORGE PRADO came into this weekend
already knowing he was going to be crowned 2018 MX2 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD
CHAMPION but it didn’t stop the 17-year old from taking his 26th FOX
HOLESHOT of the year.
KEMEA YAMAHA OFFICIAL MX2 TEAM’S BEN WATSON was a top qualifier
yesterday but jumped the gate to early today and was back outside the
top 15 on the start. Prado lost his lead to YAMAHA SM ACTION MC
MIGLIORI’S SIMONE FURLOTTI in the first corners and went back to 6th.
HONDA 114 MOTORSPORTS HUNTER LAWRENCE was third behind ROCKSTAR ENERGY
HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THOMAS COVINGTON but pushed the American
off the track to take second.
Covington rejoined the track in 4th behind Prado while Lawrence went on
to take the lead from Furlotti who then dropped another spot to Prado.
The following lap Covington was up to third but lost the spot 2 laps
later to his teammate THOMAS KJER OLSEN.
STC RACING HUSQVARNA’S HENRY JACOBI was impressive along with YAMAHA
SM ACTION MC MIGLIORI’S MICHELE CERVELLIN. Jacobi came from 9th on the
first lap all the way up to 3rd after a bike issue ended the race for
the leader Lawrence.
Prado took over first after the misfortune of Lawrence and held the lead
to the finish where he was met by the RED BULL KTM crew and media to
celebrate his 2018 MX2 World title. Olsen took 2nd and Jacobi 3rd while
Cervellin made it up to 4th ahead of F&H RACING TEAM’S MARSHAL WELTIN.
Race 2 started with a 5th Fox Holeshot of the year for THOMAS COVINGTON
ahead of ASTES4-TESAR YAMAHA’S SAMUELE BERNARDINI and JD GUNNEX KTM
RACING’S RICHARD SIKYNA from Slovakia.
Prado was up into 2nd quickly while KEMEA YAMAHA OFFICIAL MX2 TEAM’S
ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ held 4th ahead of Olsen but the #19 fell and handed
5th to BUD RACING MONSTER ENERGY’S BRIAN MOREAU in his first MX2
Prado then went for the lead and took the spot from Covington as his
teammate Olsen took 5th back from Moreau. Olsen was pushed back out of
the top 5 on the next lap by Lawrence.
The Aussie was on a roll and took positions away from Rodriguez,
Bernardini, and Covington in the following laps. Lawrence gained
multiple seconds on Prado in each of the final laps but it was a little
too late as the Spaniard took the race victory and his 12 overall win of
the season. Lawrence finished second with Covington third and Olsen 4th
but in the overall it was Prado, Olsen, and Covington taking the podium.
JORGE PRADO’s season has been nothing short of impressive, the 17-year
old becomes the first Spanish MX2 World Champion via 10 pole positions,
331 laps in the lead, 17 individual race wins, 12 overall victories and
17 podiums. Prado scored 873 points in 20 rounds of racing averaging
43.6 points per race of the maximum 50. Prado becomes one of only 3
riders to win the title at such a young age joining Ken Roczen and
Jeffrey Herlings and is also now tied for 3 most career MX2 Overall wins
with Tyla Rattray behind Herlings and Antonio Cairoli."
JORGE PRADO: "I knew I was World Champion already on Thursday so it was
a great moment that I didn't expect. It was a great weekend and I am
really happy to finish off the season with a win."
THOMAS KJER OLSEN: "I am really happy to finish third of course, I would
like to be closer to Prado and Jonass but I did everything that I could
this season. There was a lot of positives this season and there are a
lot of things I have learned. I am super happy with my 10 podiums and I
don't think I can be anything other than happy."
MX2 RACE 1 TOP TEN: 1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 33:49.364; 2. Thomas Kjer
Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:21.043; 3. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna),
+0:36.879; 4. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:39.380; 5. Marshal
Weltin (USA, Kawasaki), +0:44.867; 6. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha),
+0:48.945; 7. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:50.601; 8. Ben
Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:56.013; 9. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, Yamaha),
+1:02.653; 10. Simone Furlotti (ITA, Yamaha), +1:04.280.
MX2 RACE 2 TOP TEN: 1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 34:00.879; 2. Hunter
Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:02.164; 3. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna),
+0:15.652; 4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:18.136; 5. Anthony
Rodriguez (VEN, Yamaha), +0:20.887; 6. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, Yamaha),
+0:28.846; 7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:33.265; 8. Calvin
Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:34.859; 9. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna),
+0:42.038; 10. Richard Sikyna (SVK, KTM), +0:42.743.
MX2 OVERALL TOP TEN: 1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points; 2. Thomas
Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 40 p.; 3. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 34 p.; 4.
Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 32 p.; 5. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 32 p.;
6. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, YAM), 28 p.; 7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 25
p.; 8. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, HON), 22 p.; 9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED,
HON), 22 p.; 10. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 17 p.
MX2 CHAMPIONSHIP TOP TEN: 1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 873 points; 2.
Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 777 p.; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 673
p.; 4. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 602 p.; 5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS),
599 p.; 6. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 543 p.; 7. Michele Cervellin
(ITA, YAM), 397 p.; 8. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 391 p.; 9. Hunter
Lawrence (AUS, HON), 353 p.; 10. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 343 p.
MX2 MANUFACTURERS: 1. KTM, 968 points; 2. Husqvarna, 814 p.; 3. Honda,
693 p.; 4. Yamaha, 680 p.; 5. Kawasaki, 457 p.; 6. TM, 119 p.