Race Report: FIM World MXGP of Finland

Round thirteen of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Hyvinkää was unforgiving to say the least with the track embodying a full variety of dirt compound and obstacles, putting not only the riders to the test, but the teams as well as they strived to find the perfect suspension set up and tire choice to suit the circuit which proved to be more or less indecipherable. At the end of the day, MXGP is a world championship and a world championship in any sport is not supposed to be easy, although Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s duo of Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings could have fooled you, as they both dominated both races to extend their championship points lead even further.

 

MXGP

It’s a commonly known fact ‘the tougher the better’ for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoliwho is undoubtedly one of the most technically gifted riders in the world. The Italian pulled two Fox Holeshotsand dominated both races for his seventh overall victory this year. “I think this track was one of the toughest we have had so far, it was very bumpy and difficult but it was nice for me to get the holeshot, it always makes everything easier and I have been working hard on my starts this year and it seems to be working well,” he said.

It has been a while since we have seen Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Steven Frossardon the box, but finally he made it after charging mega hard all day for two top three finishes. Despite crashing in race two, the Frenchman bounced back hungrier than ever to take second for second overall.

The third step of the podium was hard fought today for Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Kevin Strijboswho stood on that same step for the sixth time this year. Strijbos admitted the day was difficult and very physically demanding saying: “after the first race I was out of power, I felt like I had already raced three heats and then I had a really bad start in the second heat, so I was like dead last, I just thought to myself I need to save energy and then push at the end and that’s what I did so it worked out ok.”

Proving just how testing the circuit here in Hyvinkää is, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeekuncharacteristically crashed in race two and destroyed the front end of his bike. A pit stop with some quick repairs, the Belgian gritted his teeth and soldiered on despite his handlebars being insanely bent. Remarkably the twenty-four year old managed to salvage tenth place, which in combination with his second place in race one, rewarded him with fourth overall.

Out of the eight rounds Team HRC’s Max Nagl has contested, he has banked seven top five finishes with today’s fifth overall being the seventh.

Meanwhile performance of the day has to go to Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Ferris who, after nine months off of racing motocross and only just recovering from injury, proved he is a real force in the MXGP class after mixing it with the top five in both motos to take home sixth and fifth for sixth overall.

MXGP Race 1 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:02.155; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:07.878; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:11.988; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:19.692; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:24.144; 6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:38.039; 7. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:40.980; 8. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), +1:00.359; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:09.083; 10. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), +1:10.032.

MXGP Race 2 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:36.408; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:22.277; 3. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:28.140; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:28.733; 5. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:31.066; 6. Rui Goncalves (POR, Yamaha), +0:31.718; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:34.772; 8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:50.435; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:52.472; 10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:54.411.

MXGP Overall top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 42 p.; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 34 p.; 4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 33 p.; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HON), 32 p.; 6. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 29 p.; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 24 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, YAM), 23 p.; 10. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), 21 p.

MXGP World Championship Classification Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 577 points; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 515 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 470 p.; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 424 p.; 5. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 307 p.; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 296 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HON), 269 p.; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 234 p.; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 218 p.; 10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, KAW), 205 p.

MXGP Manufacturer: 1. KTM, 577 points; 2. Suzuki, 542 p.; 3. Yamaha, 519 p.; 4. Kawasaki, 479 p.; 5. Honda, 404 p.; 6. Husqvarna, 260 p.; 7. TM, 248 p.

 

MX2

What more can we say about Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings? The kid’s riding speaks for itself as he dominated both races by over a minute to take home his forty-third MX2 Grand Prix overall at the tender age of nineteen. With his double victory here today, it’s more than likely the Dutch sensation will claim FIM MX2 World Title number three at the next round of MXGP in Loket, Czech Republic.

Another solid result for Honda Gariboldi rider Tim Gajser who claimed his fourth podium finish of the year with second overall. Looking at the championship standings, the Slovenian is in fifth; only thirteen points shy ofDylan Ferrandis in fourth and a further three from Romain Febvre in third. The seventeen year old said, “I know I have closed the gap to third and fourth, so I will work hard to try and get there.”

Despite being a little black and blue with bruises from yesterday’s huge crash in qualifying, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier toughed it out today to take second and fourth for third overall.

Meanwhile it was a very frustrating day in the office for CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Dylan Ferrandis, who charged hard in race one to cross the line in second only to be penalized for passing on a waving yellow flag which dropped him back to twelfth after a deduction of ten positions. In race two the Frenchman redeemed himself with a second place he could keep, landing him in fourth overall.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Christophe Charlier battled the gnarly conditions all day long with a hard fought fourth in race one and a tenth in race two for fifth overall and his best result of the season.

MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:23.599; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:03.805; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +1:07.586; 4. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:16.455; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +1:23.575; 6. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +1:25.424; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), +1:27.328; 8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +1:28.451; 9. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +1:30.580; 10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Honda), +1:35.460.

MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 33:57.672; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:17.102; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +1:17.431; 4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:28.590; 5. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:34.931; 6. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), +1:41.869; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +1:46.747; 8. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 9. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s).

MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 40 p.; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 40 p.; 4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 31 p.; 5. Christophe Charlier (FRA, YAM), 29 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 28 p.; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, SUZ), 27 p.; 8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 26 p.; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 24 p.; 10. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 24 p.

MX2 World Championship Classification Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 594 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 449 p.; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 416 p.; 4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 403 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 390 p.; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 389 p.; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 314 p.; 8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 308 p.; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 289 p.; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 257 p.

MX2 Manufacturer: 1. KTM, 624 points; 2. Kawasaki, 508 p.; 3. Husqvarna, 432 p.; 4. Honda, 400 p.; 5. Suzuki, 381 p.; 6. Yamaha, 350 p.; 7. TM, 6 p.