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FIM MX World Champs 2014

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MX1 :  King Cairoli in Thailand

Defending World MXGP Champion Antonio Cairoli proved too good for his competition as he scored 1-1 results and dominated the Grand Prix of Thailand in the MXGP class. Having struggled somewhat in the opening round last week this was the perfect answer to his rivals. Ray Archer image

“I am very happy,” Cairoli said. “The track was hard but I rode good and my style came out. I saved some energy and I look forward to Brazil in two weeks.”

The first MXGP moto and Shaun Simpson take the holeshot ahead of Antonio Cairoli, Clement Desalle, Tommy Searle, Jeremy Van Horebeek, Gautier Paulin, Kevin Strijbos, Joel Roelants, David Philippaerts and Evgeny Bobryshev. Jake Nicholls had a big crash and tried to remount his bike.

Cairoli and Desalle both went past Simpson, the Italian with a lead of two seconds now. A frieghttrain of riders sat behind Simpson as Searle, Van Horebeek and Paulin were in a torrid fight for fourth spot.

Further back in the pack Bobryshev, Nagl, Philippaerts, Guarneri and Waters raced for 10th spot, Nagl making the most of a bad start as he passed Bobryshev for ninth spot on lap three.

After four laps Cairoli’s lead was two seconds, followed by Desalle, Van Horebeek, Simpson, Paulin, Searle, Strijbos, Nagl, Roelants and Bobryshev.

Philippaerts had a problem and dropped off the pace as Guarneri passed Bobryshev for 10th spot and while Waters moved up to 12th spot. Simpson and Paulin were in a great fight for fourth place as they passed and repassed eachother, then suddenly Simpson went down as they two collided. That moved Paulin up to fourth and Searle fifth.

After seven laps it was Cairoli with a lead of nearly three seconds, then Desalle, Van Horebeek, Paulin, Searle, Strijbos, Simpson, Nagl, Guarneri, Bobryshev, and Waters in 11th.

Searle had a big crash over the triple jump (wrecking his Kawasaki and hitting his head hard) on lap nine and was out of the race (word is a broken wrist). After 10 laps the lead by Cairoli was now three and a half seconds, with Van Horebeek 14 seconds off from Cairoli. Next was Paulin, Strijbos, Simpson, Nagl, Guarneri, Bobryshev, Waters, Boog and Roelants in 12th place.

After 11 laps six riders were out of the race, included in that group was Karro, Nicholls, Philippaerts and Searle. Just like his fellow World Champion Herlings was showing his competition that he  had something to prove in Thailand.

Cairoli wins with a handy 14 second lead, followed by Desalle, Van Horebeek, Paulin, Strijbos, Nagl, Simpson, Guarneri. Boog, Waters, Bobryshev and Frossard in 12th place.

Van Horebeek holeshot the second MXGP moto with Desalle, Cairoli, Simpson, Bobryshev, Guarneri, Strijbos, Paulin, Frossard and Roelants in 10th. After one lap Desalle held the lead from Van Horebeek, and Cairoli.

The two HRC riders Bobryshev and Nagl were on a charge, Boby passing Simpson for seventh and Nagl passing Waters for ninth spot. It wasn’t as pretty for veterans Leok and Philippaerts who held 19th and 23rd spots.

Desalle was suddenly three seconds ahead of Van Horebeek, with Cairoli a second back from Van Horebeek. Next came Paulin, Strijbos, Frossard, Nagl, Bobryshev, Waters and Guarneri in 10th.

Cairoli passed Van Horebeek and started his charge towards Desalle. Behind the top three it was Paulin, Strijbos, Nagl, Bobryshev, Frossard, Waters and Guarneri. British riders Simpson and Nicholls held 14th and 16th. Frossard pitted and moved all the riders from 8th up one place.

Cairoli caught Desalle and made short work of passing as he took the lead on lap 13. As soon as the Italian passed he pulled a break.

After 13 laps the lead by Cairoli was three seconds, with Van Horebeek in third 13 seconds behind, then came Paulin, Nagl, Strijbos, Bobryshev, Waters, Guarneri and Goncalves in 10th.

In lap 14 Cairoli pulled amazingly seven seconds on both Desalle and Van Horebeek. The lead now 11 seconds. A lap later he was four seconds a lap quicker than Desalle, this was a Cairoli masterclass.

Strijbos had problems and was out of the top ten, moving Waters up to seventh place, a brilliant result for a rider in just his second Grand Prix.

Up front though Cairoli took the moto victory and the GP victory. 

MXGP – Overall Classification

1 222 Cairoli, Antonio ITA FMI KTM 25 25 50
2 25 Desalle, Clement BEL FMB SUZ 22 22 44
3 89 Van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL FMB YAM 20 20 40
4 12 Nagl, Maximilian GER DMSB HON 15 18 33
5 21 Paulin, Gautier FRA MCM KAW 18 12 30
6 777 Bobryshev, Evgeny RUS MFR HON 10 16 26
7 47 Waters, Todd AUS MA HUS 11 15 26
8 39 Guarneri, Davide ITA FMI TM 13 13 26
9 24 Simpson, Shaun GBR ACU KTM 14 10 24
10 121 Boog, Xavier FRA FFM HON 12 11 23
11 22 Strijbos, Kevin BEL FMB SUZ 16 7 23
12 999 Goncalves, Rui POR FMP YAM 6 14 20
13 34 Roelants, Joel BEL FMB HON 7 9 16
14 3 Leok, Tanel EST EMF TM 8 3 11
15 281 Rauchenecker, Pascal AUT OeAMTC HUS 5 5 10
 

MXGP – Championship Classification

1 222 Cairoli, A. ITA KTM 92 22-20 25-25
2 12 Nagl, M. GER HON 76 25-18 15-18
3 21 Paulin, G. FRA KAW 75 20-25 18-12
4 89 Van Horebeek, J. BEL YAM 72 16-16 20-20
5 25 Desalle, C. BEL SUZ 71 12-15 22-22
6 777 Bobryshev, E. RUS HON 51 13-12 10-16
7 22 Strijbos, K. BEL SUZ 50 14-13 16-7
8 183 Frossard, S. FRA KAW 49 18-22 9-0
9 47 Waters, Todd AUS HUS 43 7-10 11-15
10 34 Roelants, Joel BEL HON 38 11-11 7-9
11 39 Guarneri, D. ITA TM 35 9-0 13-13
12 24 Simpson, Shaun GBR KTM 34 10-0 14-10
13 121 Boog, Xavier FRA HON 31 0-8 12-11
14 100 Searle, Tommy GBR KAW 29 15-14 0-0
15 999 Goncalves, Rui POR YAM 28 4-4 6-14

MX2  Race 1:  Jeffrey Herlings has lived up to his comment on wanting to smash the opposition as he won the opening moto of the MX2 class at the Grand Prix of Thailand. Ray Archer image

In that opening MX2 moto Herlings took the holeshot after Jordi Tixier blocked Ferrandis entering into the first corner. While Ferrandis tried to stick his front wheel under Herlings in the early going of lap one, the Dutchman looked determined to not hand the lead over to the Frenchman.

Herlings was able to make a small break on the second lap and held a two second lead over Ferrandis, followed by Tixier, Coldenhoff, Anstie, Tonus, Guillod, Febvre and Lupino in 10th. Way back was American Covington (16th) and Frenchman Charlier (17th).

Once again the expected leaders in the class held the top spots and on lap four Herlings had extended his lead to five seconds. Ferrandis was two seconds ahead of Tixier, with Coldenhoff and Anstie fighting over fourth spot. Charlier had moved past Covington into 15th place.

Lupino and Butron passed Febvre dropping the Frenchman into 11th place and Stykes dropped to 20th place after another poor start. After five laps it is Herlings, Ferrandis, Tixier, Coldenhoff, Anstie, Tonus, Tonkov, Guillod, Lupino and Petrov in 10th.

After six laps the lead was six seconds as Tixier did his best to try and catch Ferrandis for second place. Lupino who was on a little charge moved into 8th place and Charlier continued his climb moving past Lieber for 14th spot.

On lap eight Tixier lost third place to Coldenoff and Febvre passed Butron for 11th spot.  Herlings continued to pull away making it nearly 8 seconds over Ferrandis, and Tonus passed Anstie for fifth spot.

Coldenhoff made a move passing Ferrandis and making it a double dutch up front. Ferrandis was now getting pressure from both Tixier and Tonus as the race for third place heated up.

Anstie had been dropped by the top five and was 20 seconds back from Herlings (and rethinking his Qatar interview statement). Charlier was making the charge of the race passing Butron for 12th spot and Mel Pocock was in 15th place.

On lap 12 Tonus also got past Ferrandis and Herlings lead over Coldenhoff was now 13 seconds. On lap 15 Charlier was up to 11th spot.

Herlings cruised the last few laps as his countryman Coldenhoff pulled back the lead to just nine seconds. Tonus in third place was pushing to pass Coldenhoff, although it wasn’t possible as it ended up Herlings, Coldenhoff, Tonus, Ferrandis, Tixier, Anstie, Tonkov, Lupino, Febvre, Charlier in 10th.

“I just rode smart,” Herlings said. “I didn’t push too hard because of the heat. I need to save some energy for the second moto.”

MX2 Race 2 :  Herlings and Anstie Battle

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Herlings Thailand

In what was described by many as a highly anticipated Grand Prix of Thailand, the battle between defending World MX2 Champion Jeffrey Herlings and British rider Max Anstie did see some block passes and exciting action. Ray Archer image

Herlings took the victory with 1-1 results, however Anstie proved more than just a one GP wonder (after leading both motos in Qatar before going DNF-DNF) with his third place overall with 6-2 scores. Second overall was Glenn Coldenhoff with 2-4.

“I feel really tired,” Herlings said. “The heat got me and the humidity was amazing. It has been a good race, because of Max’s interview there was some interest, he is a good guy and hats off to him. Two moto wins, so I am happy. Max (Anstie) is ok and rode well, he’s a good guy. I did two good races, got two moto wins, and I have to thank all my team and family for helping me out”

“I made a step,” Anstie said. “Steve (Dixon) did a great job with the bike and I came here with 2013 bike and they did an aamzing job. We struggled with the set-up a little. I was nervous and never got a holeshot before or lead a race like that, so I was pretty nervous.”

“I gave so much in the first moto,” Coldenhoff said. “I didn’t have anything for the second moto and I dropped to fourth, but still got second overall.”

In that opening MX2 moto Herlings took the holeshot after Jordi Tixier blocked Ferrandis entering into the first corner. While Ferrandis tried to stick his front wheel under Herlings in the early going of lap one, the Dutchman looked determined to not hand the lead over to the Frenchman.

Herlings was able to make a small break on the second lap and held a two second lead over Ferrandis, followed by Tixier, Coldenhoff, Anstie, Tonus, Guillod, Febvre and Lupino in 10th. Way back was American Covington (16th) and Frenchman Charlier (17th).

Once again the expected leaders in the class held the top spots and on lap four Herlings had extended his lead to five seconds. Ferrandis was two seconds ahead of Tixier, with Coldenhoff and Anstie fighting over fourth spot. Charlier had moved past Covington into 15th place.

Lupino and Butron passed Febvre dropping the Frenchman into 11th place and Stykes dropped to 20th place after another poor start. After five laps it is Herlings, Ferrandis, Tixier, Coldenhoff, Anstie, Tonus, Tonkov, Guillod, Lupino and Petrov in 10th.

After six laps the lead was six seconds as Tixier did his best to try and catch Ferrandis for second place. Lupino who was on a little charge moved into 8th place and Charlier continued his climb moving past Lieber for 14th spot.

On lap eight Tixier lost third place to Coldenoff and Febvre passed Butron for 11th spot.  Herlings continued to pull away making it nearly 8 seconds over Ferrandis, and Tonus passed Anstie for fifth spot.

Coldenhoff made a move passing Ferrandis and making it a double dutch up front. Ferrandis was now getting pressure from both Tixier and Tonus as the race for third place heated up.

Anstie had been dropped by the top five and was 20 seconds back from Herlings (and rethinking his Qatar interview statement). Charlier was making the charge of the race passing Butron for 12th spot and Mel Pocock was in 15th place.

On lap 12 Tonus also got past Ferrandis and Herlings lead over Coldenhoff was now 13 seconds. On lap 15 Charlier was up to 11th spot.

Herlings cruised the last few laps as his countryman Coldenhoff pulled back the lead to just nine seconds. Tonus in third place was pushing to pass Coldenhoff, although it wasn’t possible as it ended up Herlings, Coldenhoff, Tonus, Ferrandis, Tixier, Anstie, Tonkov, Lupino, Febvre, Charlier in 10th.

“I just rode smart,” Herlings said. “I didn’t push too hard because of the heat. I need to save some energy for the second moto.”

The second MX2 moto and Anstie get the holeshot ahead of Coldenhoff, Tonus, Herlings and Tixier in fifth. Tonus stalled his bike and dropped back a bunch of places. Herlings moved into second although Anstie was putting on a masteclass and had pulled a three second lead over the Dutchman.

After one lap it was Anstie, Herlings, Coldenhoff, Ferrandis, Tixier, Charlier, Febvre, Tonkov, Lupino and Gajser. Anstie continued to hold a three second lead until lap three, when Herlings cut half a second on the lead.

Tonus was up to 16th after being as far back as 22nd, and American Thomas Covington was into 14th place.

The top three got into a battle and Herlings nearly went down as he came close to clipping the back wheel of Anstie. Coldenhoff sat back watching as the two leaders battled hard. This is the perfect situation after the weeks comments by the two riders.

Further back it was Coldenhoff, Ferrandis, Tixier, Febvre, Tonkov, Gajser, Lupino and Lieber. Tonus was up to 13th, Covington still 14th.

Then the real action began as Anstie and Herlings began to block pass eachother in Supercross styled action. Eventually though a lapped rider got in the way and Herlings zapped through to take the pass. Once past Herlings just took off as Anstie lost control with the Dutchman.

After 11 laps it was Herlings, Anstie six seconds back, Coldenhoff, Febvre, Ferrandis, Tixier, Lupino, Tonkov, Tonus and Butron in 10th. Charlier who had retired from the race was carted off to the medical area.

Not a lot happening at the front as Herlings held an eight second lead over Anstie, Febvre made a pass on Coldenhoff for third place. Herlings eventually got the win from Anstie, and Febvre.

 

MX2 – GP Classification

1 84 Herlings, Jeffrey NED KNMV KTM 25 25 50
2 259 Coldenhoff, Glenn NED KNMV SUZ 22 18 40
3 99 Anstie, Max GBR ACU YAM 15 22 37
4 122 Ferrandis, Dylan FRA FFM KAW 18 16 34
5 461 Febvre, Romain FRA FFM HUS 12 20 32
6 200 Tonus, Arnaud SUI FMS KAW 20 12 32
7 911 Tixier, Jordi FRA FFM KTM 16 15 31
8 8 Lupino, Alessandro ITA FMI KAW 13 14 27
9 59 Tonkov, Aleksandr RUS MFR HUS 14 13 27
10 17 Butron, Jose ESP RFME KTM 8 11 19
11 64 Covington, Thomas USA AMA KAW 5 8 13
12 119 Pocock, Mel GBR ACU KTM 6 7 13
13 91 Seewer, Jeremy SUI FMS SUZ 2 9 11
14 23 Charlier, Christophe FRA FFM YAM 11 0 11
15 141 Desprey, Maxime FRA FFM HON 0 10 10

28 26 Styke, Luke AUS MA YAM 0 0 0

 MX2 – World Championship Classification

1 84 Herlings, J. NED KTM 97 22-25 25-25
2 122 Ferrandis, D. FRA KAW 74 25-15 18-16
3 259 Coldenhoff, G. NED SUZ 69 20-9 22-18
4 461 Febvre, Romain FRA HUS 66 16-18 12-20
5 200 Tonus, Arnaud SUI KAW 65 11-22 20-12
6 911 Tixier, Jordi FRA KTM 59 14-14 16-15
7 59 Tonkov, A. RUS HUS 58 15-16 14-13
8 17 Butron, Jose ESP KTM 50 18-13 8-11
9 8 Lupino, A. ITA KAW 42 10-5 13-14
10 99 Anstie, Max GBR YAM 41 0-4 15-22
11 64 Covington, T. USA KAW 33 0-20 5-8
12 243 Gajser, Tim SLO HON 33 13-11 9-0
13 23 Charlier, C. FRA YAM 32 9-12 11-0
14 92 Guillod, V. SUI KTM 29 12-7 10-0
15 119 Pocock, Mel GBR KTM 23 8-2 6-7

 
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